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Rabbinic Judaism as Told by a Jew

Posted on December 26, 2017 by Alexander
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How rabbinic Judaism views Christianity

Jewish History-Jewish Religion: the Weight of 3,000 Years of History was  written by one of their own, an Ashkenazi Jew, Israel Shahak.  Shahak was a Polish Jew who survived the WWII concentration camps, then later served in the Israeli Defense Forces with honors.  He was also a biochemist and a humanist that was critical of the state of Israel.  Because of his views, and this book, he was spat upon by his fellow Israelis, and considered hostile to Jews and Israel, of which he was not.  When a Jew criticizes Judaism, it is worth knowing what he has to say.  This is no anti-Semite, since he is a Semite himself.

His book was published in 1994, but only recently did I find out about it and read it.    A few years ago I read Arthur Koestler’s book on Khazarian Jews called, The Thirteenth Tribe,  which claims that Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants of Judah but are Europeans from the area now known as Georgia and Russia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.  Once again, we have a Jew criticizing Judaism who is   also considered “debunked” by the Jewish community.  His work is also worth the read.

In the history portions of his book he breaks up Jewish history into 4 periods.

  1. The Biblical History of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel unto the Babylonian exile.
  2. The dual centers of Palestine and Babylon unto about 200 AD when the diaspora began with the Bar Kochba revolt.
  3. Classical, or Rabbinic Judaism which lasts from about 900 AD to 1800 when the modern states begin.
  4. The modern phase which came with the nation states and the dissolution of the feudal empires unto today.

He has much to say regarding the Jewish Religion, of which I will address later.

He says that the time between 200 AD and 900 AD has little historical record.

I think this is significant.  According to Koestler’s, Thirteenth Tribe,  it was in the 900’s that the king of the nation of Khazaria made the decision to force all his citizens to become Jewish, even though they were descendants of Japheth and not Shem.  This decision was made to avoid being forced into Christianity or Islam. Koestler claims that Ashkenazi Jewry is actually Khazaria Jewry.  Ashkenazi Jewry makes up the bulk of world wide Jewry with Sephardic Jewry a small minority.  Khazar Jews have been Jewish for  over a thousand years now, so, no wonder they can not imagine themselves not being descendants of Judah.  Hence the overwhelming rejection of Koestler’s book by the Jews.

According to a Jewish history book, “Pathways through Jewish History” by Ruth Samuels and published by KTAV Publishing House,  the Sephardic Jews migrated south from Palestine through upper North Africa settling in Iberia, Portugal and Spain.  This migration happened early which is why Paul the Apostle wanted to see the Jews in Spain.  The Ashkenazi Jews (presumably) left Palestine by the north crossing Asia Minor (Turkey) through the Balkans and north towards the current Eastern European nations.

History of Classical Judaism

Israel Shahak’s book makes some startling statements regarding what he calls the Classical period of Judaism, also called the Rabbinic period of Judaism (900 to 1800).  Shahak says:

There can be no better definition of ‘classical Judaism’ and of the ways in which the rabbis manipulated it than this Platonic definition. [Plato said]

The principle thing is that no one, man or woman, should ever be without an officer set over him, and that none should get the mental habit of taking any step, whether in earnest or in jest, on his individual responsibility. In peace as in war he must live always with his eyes on his superior officer… In a word, we must train the mind not to even consider acting as an individual or know how to do it.” (Laws, 942ab)

If the word ‘rabbi’ is substituted for ‘an officer’ we will have a perfect image of classical Judaism.1C1 A Closed Utopia p. 14

He tells us that the Rabbis had totalitarian control over Jews because they always obtained the backing of the emperors, kings, dukes or whoever was in power. This was an agreeable arrangement with the gentile rulers because it removed the responsibility of managing the Jews, and because the Rabbis taxed the Jews sharing the tax with the gentile rulers.

[Prior to the 19 century] whenever a Jew was fined by a rabbinical court for violating the Sabbath, the rabbis had to hand nine tenths of the fine over to the king – a very profitable and effective arrangement.2C2 Prejudice and Prevarication p. 16

This totalitarian attitude of the Rabbis remains today in Israel.

Historical Judaism and its two successors, Jewish Orthodoxy and Zionism, are both sworn enemies of the concept of the open society as applied to Israel.3C1 A Close Utopia p. 14

This grip of the Rabbis upon the Jews was broken by the Modern era when republics replaced monarchies. Without a single ruler to confederate with, Jews found a new freedom to believe how they want and to live as they liked. If Koestler is right in his belief that Ashkenazi Jews are really Khazars, and knowing that the king of Khazaria forced all his subjects to become Jews, Rabbis inheriting totalitarian methods makes sense. The formation of republics has brought freedom to many Jewish families, so while Orthodox and Hassidic Jews stand by the Zionists who want Israel to be a closed society, there are many cultural Jews who do not.  Because of this freedom, Jews such as Israel Shahak and Arthur Koestler are able to critically evaluate their own people and past.

Religion of Classical Judaism

Shahak makes the surprising statement that much of Judaism is not monotheistic as Christians believe. He points out the Old Testament apostasy of Israel in general as they worshiped other gods along with Yahweh.  The high places included altars to Yahweh, which was forbidden since Israel was required to worship Yahweh only in Jerusalem, included altars to many other gods.

He also explains the influence of the Kabbalah upon Talmudic Judaism.

The decay of monotheism came about through the spread of Jewish mysticism (the cabbala) which developed in the 12th and 13th centuries, and by the late 16th century had won an almost complete victory in virtually all the centers of Judaism.4C3 Orthodoxy and Interpretation p. 33

The Kabbalah believes in polytheistic deities similar to teachings of the Latter Day Saints. Since I have not studied the Kabbalah, I will let Shahak explain the gist of it.

According to the cabbala, the universe is ruled not by one god but by several deities, of various characters and influences, emanated by a dim, distant First Cause. Omitting many details, one can summarize the system as follows. From the First Cause, first a male god called ‘Wisdom’ or ‘Father’ and then a female goddess called ‘Knowledge’ or ‘Mother’ were emanated or born. From the marriage of these two, a pair of younger gods were born: Son, also called by many other names such as ‘Small Face’ or ‘The Holy Blessed One’; and Daughter, also called ‘Lady’ (or ‘Matronit’, a word derived from Latin), ‘Shekhinah’, ‘Queen’, and so on. These two younger gods should be united, but their union is prevented by the machinations of Satan, who in this system is a very important and independent personage. The Creation was undertaken by the First Cause in order to allow them to unite, but because of the Fall they became more disunited than ever, and indeed Satan has managed to come very close to the divine Daughter and even to rape her (either seemingly or in fact – opinions differ on this). The creation of the Jewish people was undertaken in order to mend the break caused by Adam and Eve, and under Mount Sinai this was for a moment achieved: the male god Son, incarnated in Moses, was united with the goddess Shekhinah. Unfortunately, the sin of the Golden Calf again caused disunity in the godhead; but the repentance of the Jewish people has mended matters to some extent. Similarly, each incident of biblical Jewish history is believed to be associated with the union or disunion of the divine pair. The Jewish conquest of Palestine from the Canaanites and the building of the first and second Temple are particularly propitious for their union, while the destruction of the Temples and exile of the Jews from the Holy Land are merely external signs not only of the divine disunion but also of a real ‘whoring after strange gods’: Daughter falls closely into the power of Satan, while Son takes various female satanic personages to his bed, instead of his proper wife.5C3 Orthodoxy and Interpretation p. 34

What this means for Christians is that terms like Shekhinah do not have the same meaning that we give it as the Kabbalahist Jews give it. This is no monotheism. In fact, there are a group of Jews who are monotheists called the Karaites who believe that only the Old Testament (TANAK) should be studied, not the Talmud, and they are considered heretics by the Orthodox Jews. American Christians like to say our country is founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs. The word, “Judeo,” in the minds of American Christians is more appropriately applied to the Karaite Jews, then the rest of Judaism. That expression is wrong because Judaism is hostile and antithetical to Christianity.

Shahak explains the hostility of Judaism towards Christianity begins first with Jesus in the Talmud and extends to all his followers.  Shahak says:

Judaism is imbued with a very deep hatred towards Christianity, combined with ignorance about it. This attitude was clearly aggravated by the Christian persecutions of Jews, but is largely independent of them. In fact, it dates from the time when Christianity was still weak and persecuted (not least by Jews), and it was shared by Jews who had never been persecuted by Christians or who were even helped by them. … This deeply negative attitude is based on two main elements.

First, on hatred and malicious slanders against Jesus. … However, what is at issue here is not the actual facts about Jesus, but the inaccurate and even slanderous reports in the Talmud and post-talmudic literature – which is what Jews believed until the 19th century and many, especially in Israel, still believe. For these reports certainly played an important role in forming the Jewish attitude to Christianity.

Secondly, for theological reasons, mostly rooted in ignorance, Christianity as a religion is classed by rabbinical teaching as idolatry. This is based on a crude interpretation of the Christian doctrines on the Trinity and Incarnation. All the Christian emblems and pictorial representations are regarded as ‘idols’ – even by those Jews who literally worship scrolls, stones or personal belongings of ‘Holy Men’.6C5 The Laws Against Non-Jews pp. 98-99

Shahak points out the Jewish hypocrisy in their regarding Christianity as idolatrous.

Why This Matters to Christians

There are many Christians, because of prophetic interpretation, are consciously or ignorantly, Christian Zionists. They mistakenly believe that Jews worship the same God of the Old Testament. As I pointed out, only the Karaite Jews do, and they are regarded as heretics by Orthodox Jewry. They believe that the modern state of Israel is a “democracy” the same as (we are told) the USA. Shahak makes it clear that there are significant differences.

The widespread misconception that Israel, even without considering its regime in the Occupied Territories, is a true democracy arises from the refusal to confront the significance of the term ‘a Jewish state’ for non-Jews.7C1 A Closed Utopia p. 3

The principle of Israel as ‘a Jewish state’ was supremely important to Israeli politicians from the inception of the state and was inculcated into the Jewish population by all conceivable ways.  …the State of Israel is not a democracy due to the application of a Jewish ideology directed against all non-Jews and those Jews who oppose this ideology.8C1 A Closed Utopia p. 4

In other words the benefits of “democracy” in a full sense applies to Jews only, whereas gentiles are given a limited version of “democracy”. Shahak makes this comparison.

I suspect that the Jews of the USA or of Britain would regard it as antisemitic if Christians would propose that the USA or the United Kingdom should become a ‘Christian state’, belonging only to citizens officially defined as ‘Christians’.9C1 A Closed Utopia p. 5

It was the Zionists that worked to set up Israel as a modern state. As Shahak pointed out earlier the Orthodox Jews, Hassidic Jews, the Kabbalahist Jews and the Zionist Jews are all in agreement. They are working to fulfill the promise of God for all the land that is between the River of Egypt and the Euphrates River. In their minds all that land belongs to them, even though occupied by gentiles, and the command to exterminate them all in the Old Testament still stands. To them this is all un-redeemed land.

Israel also propagates among its Jewish citizens an exclusivist ideology of the Redemption of Land. … According to this ideology, the land which has been ‘redeemed’ is the land which has passed from non-Jewish ownership to Jewish ownership. … Therefore the Utopia of the ‘Jewish ideology’ adopted by the State of Israel is a land which is wholly ‘redeemed’ and none of it is owned or worked by non-Jews.10C1 A Closed Utopia p. 8

Expansion in the Middle East is not all, there is more. They want total hegemony in the Middle East.

However, an Israeli grand strategy, not based on the tenets of ‘Jewish ideology’, but based on purely strategic or imperial considerations had also developed since the inception of the state. … In other words, Israel aims at imposing a hegemony on other Middle Eastern states.11C1 A Closed Utopia p. 12

My Opinion

Shahak has done the world a great service. Christians need to keep a wary eye upon the state of Israel.  It is being run by expansionists who, I believe, want more than the promised land.  I am now of the mind that the Zionists want to rule the whole world and will be the driving force behind the prophesied world government.

Another document dismissed by the Jews as a fake are the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  They make this chilling plan in their last protocol number 24.  They are going to cultivate the seed of David to produce their own Messiah.  As Christians we call that man the Anti-Christ.  No Jew will ever accept a gentile as their Messiah. Jesus said,

Joh_5:43  I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Christians, remember, too, what else Jesus said.

Rev_3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Do not make the mistake in thinking Jews and Christians have a brotherhood. Like all unregenerate people they are anti-Christ, and those who are Zionists especially, have more in common with Lucifer than with Jesus.

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