Christianity is one of the best examples in history of a little religion that made it big in the world. At the death of Jesus (and the conversion of Paul), there were twelve apostles, the original disciples of Jesus who were imbued with the Holy Spirit to teach Christianity to the masses. At the beginning, each had equal status, and the major doctrine (developed by Paul) was salvation for those who believed in the saving grace of Jesus and who underwent Baptism., the ritual which cleansed the soul. Paul added the theological point that Christians were the "true Israel," the Israel of faith rather than the crude Israel of the flesh (the Jews).
The Christians felt that because they were preaching to non-Jews, they had to discredit the status of Jews by emphasising their lack of faith and their fall from favour because they didn't accept the teachings of the Messiah, of Christ.
As in all new religions, Christianity had birth-pangs. The major assumption of the budding religion was that the Messiah had come and that the New Age was at hand. This idea could not last for very long before it started losing its immediacy. If the New Age was at hand, why wasn't anything new happening? Paul's answer was that something new was happening. The Christians just had to look inside themselves to see how much change there was.
...The leading Christian thinkers from 80 CE until 420 CE spent most of their time writing defences and arguments against heretical arguments; applying proof texts from Scripture to their theology, and concretising the beliefs of the new religion. These writings were called Apologies, and the early Church fathers were called Apologists.
In their zeal to justify early Church doctrine, the Apologists inevitably vilified the Jews. In making Christianity the New Israel, they had to explain the sins of the Old Israel, the fallen Israel, the false Israel.
The first apologist to do this was a newly-converted Christian named Justin Martyr. In 145 CE (ten years after the Bar Kochba Revolt) Justin Martyr wrote an apology in which he was having a dialogue with a Jew named Trypho. &He blasted the Jews for rejecting Jesus, for killing Jesus (but he was later killed by the Romans - same as Jesus), for leading people away from salvation. He gloated over the destruction of the Temple as being just punishment for Jewish perfidy. Justin Martyr's writings became incorporated into early Christian thought, and were the origins of Christian anti-Semitism.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
In order for Israel to gain true sovereignty and ability to reunite all Jewish land the issue of Israel 's dependency on support of Western anti-Semitic hypocrisies must be addressed and resolved. By maintaining instability in the region so-called friends of Israel have created political, military and economic leverage, and able to get Arab oil in exchange for expensive weaponry. Establishing peace between Israel and Arabs is not in their interest!
Jews in Samaria Take on IDF Function
In light of wave of attacks and carjackings on Judea and Samaria highways, civilians in the area have begun taking over from the IDF. A newly established group of Binyamin-area Israelis aims to protect the roads where the military has failed. The volunteer guards expressed hope that they would not permanently replace the IDF, but rather, would serve as a temporary back-up to army. (When government fail people, they take control of their destiny!)
Al Jazeera Wins Freedom of Speech Award
The Roosevelt Foundation, a private establishment dedicated to the ideals and achievements of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, has presented Al Jazeera with its 2012 Freedom of Speech and Expression Award. The foundation recognised Al Jazeera Media Network for "its longstanding efforts to provide independent, impartial news for an international audience and to offer a voice to a diversity of perspectives from under-reported regions". (I have to admit that Al Jazeera, compare to the Western networks - like BBC, is quite a good source of the international news. It is even more balanced about reporting news from Israel. But it is shy off the reporting bad news from the Arab Gulf states and deliberately full of anti-Western subliminal propaganda!)
Robots to Patrol Borders Instead of Soldiers
A new project currently being developed will have robots replacing IDF soldiers on patrols along Israel 's borders. The project was initiated by the families of Benny Avraham, Adi Avitan and Omar Sawaid, who were kidnapped by Hizbullah terrorists in October of 2000. On January 29, 2004, the bodies of the three soldiers were returned in exchange for 435 terrorist prisoners.
Hizballah Rushes Arms to Syria
The shocking impact of the twin explosions which killed 55 people and injured almost 400 in Damascus prompted Iran into frenetic activity. Within hours, Tehran had ordered its Lebanese proxy Hizballah to open up its arms stores and run quantities of weapons and military equipment across the border to the Syrian army.
Jerusalem Hospital Tries anti-Cancer Vaccine
The therapy, which targets a molecule found in 90 per cent of cancers, eventually could provide an injection that would allow patients' immune systems to fight off common cancers including breast and prostate cancer. The first results of trials in people, at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem, suggest the vaccine can reduce levels of disease. The human work is so preliminary it has yet to be published in a scientific journal.
Another Surrender to Islamic Terror
Among the concessions made by Israel was an agreement to stop placing prisoners in solitary confinement. In addition, Israel agreed to allow prisoners to call relatives, to pursue academic studies, and to allow prisoners from Gaza as well as from Judea and Samaria to receive visits from family members. Hamas-allied terrorists blocked kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit from receiving any visitors whatsoever for more than five years in Gaza.
Should PM Have Said "Jordan is Palestine "?
MK Aryeh Eldad criticised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's letter to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the Knesset plenum. "The letter should have included the fact that the resolution of the conflict lies with the possibility the Jordan will become the PA homeland when the Palestinian Arabs overthrow King Abdullah," he said. ( Jordan is not Palestine - It is 77% of Jewish land, which was legally allocated for Eretz-Israel. It is occupied by Arabs! Jews must remember it and aim for reversing the injustice of the past.)
Quote of the Week:
"The international clock is ticking and the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state is in danger. For years Israeli leaders have been burying their heads in the sand, occupying themselves with political exercises and spin and in that time the threat to Israel has only grown." - Tzipi Livni, the former head Kadima party - Why didn't she worry about future of Jewish democratic state when she was in power, but did everything possible to undermine its Jewish Zionist ideals? Her comrades are still " burying their heads in the sand"!
The First Step - Please, Take it!
by Steven Shamrak
This is not just another nice reading material, it is a call for action!
The time for action has come! By voting for Hamas the Palestinian Arabs clearly declared that they support the destruction of Israel. Now, more than ever, Jews must unite behind the Jewish National Goal (JNG): "Jewish people have the right to live in peace on all Jewish ancestral land." Only our true friends will support us in this endeavour, the false ones will always find the ways to sabotage our efforts.
Unfortunately, we can't rely on the leadership of the official Jewish organisations, including Zionist ones. They are completely convoluted by apathy and self-serving interests. Therefore, the creation of a grass-roots Jewish National movement, actively dedicated to the achievement of the Jewish National Goal, is the only alternative.
Jews don't want to be victims anymore! It is up to each one of us to say: "I can make a difference!" and "If not me, then who; if not now, then when?" or "God helps him who helps himself." Therefore, become active and take your first step:
1. Learn facts and become familiar and comfortable with them. Facts are on our side.
2. Talk to your friends and members of your community and form an active local Jewish group. Members must completely and unquestionably agree and support the idea of the Jewish National goal.
3. Participate in the activities of your community. Challenge and refute any anti-Zionist rhetoric publicly and privately. Educate members of your community about the facts behind the Arab-Israel conflict and Jewish rights in the Holy Land. Teach them self-pride and self-respect. Be confident and concise in your communications. Most Jews are afraid to speak up, but they will share your ideas if you become their champion!
4. Talk to your local non-Jewish groups. Let them know your intentions and gain their trust and support. Introduce them to the factual truth behind the Arab-Israel conflict and the Jewish right to the land of our ancestors. You'll be surprised how many Jewish and non-Jewish supporters are out there.
5. Do not involve yourself in useless and endless polemic with Muslim and anti-Israel organisations or individuals. It gives them a feeling of legitimacy! They ignore the facts and base their views on hatred and self-hatred.
6. Contact people you know somewhere else and help them create a group in their locality.
7. Contact your friends and relatives living in Israel and explain to them the importance of remaining optimistic and focused on JNG! They need to understand what effect the long-term exposure to random Arab terrorism has on them and their political views.
8. Let your community leaders know that inaction is not an option any more. The old way is insane, self-destructive and will lead to another Holocaust!
It is important to understand that the Jewish National aspirations are about Jewish identity and the rights of the Jewish people. By definitive actions toward the JNG we will be able to establish true peace in the Middle East.
Notes: JNG is not negotiable! We do not want to waste time and energy on useless and endless arguments about essential Jewish rights.
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