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Foolishness

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutLast week the U.N. voted 138 to 9 to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status from “entity” to “non-member state”.  This happened in spite of the Palestinian Authority’s continuing commitment to the destruction and appropriation of Israel’s territory, Israel’s opposition to the measure before the U.N, and the fact that Palestine has never been a people or a viable state.

In fact, Palestine cannot survive without Israeli life support and huge amounts of global welfare.  For example, Palestinians get their electricity from Israel, but owe $200 million in unpaid electric bills to Israel in spite of receiving about $1 billion annually in foreign aid.

When the votes were counted, 138 countries voted in favor, 9 opposed, and 41 abstained.
Here is a listing of how each country voted:  http://qz.com/32657/heres-how-countries-voted-on-palestinian-statehood-today-and-israeli-statehood-65-years-ago/

One of the most interesting elements of this resolution is that it specifically requires the withdrawal of Israel from Jerusalem, citing the Palestinians’ “inalienable rights” to the city as justification:

… the need for the withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem…

The U.N. resolution is in reality nothing more than a poorly veiled attempt to delegitimize and destroy the modern state of Israel through political means, having failed to do so militarily.  For the full text of the U.N. resolution, click here.

Actually, the vote is not surprising.   It was predicted by the prophet Zecheriah 2,600 years ago and is yet another sign that we are nearing Biblical end times[1] (Key text has been highlighted in bold): Read more…

Hungary: …More tidbits

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

View of Buda

I recently posted a series about adventures in Hungary.  If you read those, you might be interested in these two pieces from the internet.

Hungary, because of its location in central Europe, has been at the crossroads of migrations between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East – amongst them being Jews fleeing westward.  Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary; before the Second World War it was home to one of the largest concentrations of Jews in Europe.   To this day Budapest has one of the largest synagogues on the planet.  So it was not surprising to find the following travelogue about Budapest from a Jewish perspective.  Enjoy!

Of course where there are Jews, there are also anti-Semites – and Hungary is no exception.  So it wasn’t surprising that one of the most wanted living Nazis was arrested in Hungary as well, particularly in light of the fact that Hungary was under Nazi occupation during WWII.

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Jewish Riddle

October 16, 2012 1 comment

This question originated sometime between 1,000 BC (King Solomon’s time) and 500 BC, (Hezekiah’s time) at which time it was included in the Hebrew Scriptures:

Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)

To find out the answer, please read this October 2012 newsletter in its entirety.  You’ll enjoy it.  I was overwhelmed by the faith and courage of the author!

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The Tabernacle

September 26, 2012 1 comment

This is a review of the Mennonite Tabernacle reproduction in Lancaster, PA.

Summary

This is a guided tour of an actual-size reproduction of the Biblical Israelite Tabernacle described in Exodus.  The tour includes a brief history of the Mennonites as well as Biblical background so visitors can better understand the role of the Tabernacle and its implements in ancient Israelite worship.  The tour is informative, engaging, and enjoyable.  The guide and all the staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.  Great little gift shop as well.  Absolutely worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Allow about 90 minutes for your visit. Read more…

Beware False Teachings

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The night I finished writing “Jewishness” I slept soundly.  Suddenly I awoke in the middle of the night and was compelled to write and share the following:

Son of man, beware the smooth words of the enemy clothed in the wisdom of man! Read more…

Jewishness

September 17, 2012 1 comment

I saw an interesting article the other day.  It was entitled “Jews: A religious group, people or race?” and it postulated that

In another generation or two, it may be possible only to know whether one bears a “Jewish genome”

A quick internet search turned up at least a dozen firms purporting to perform “Jewish DNA tests.”  One advertised that “Newer DNA Tests Uncover Hidden Jewish Bloodlines” today.  Another promised to answer the question, “Were my ancestors of the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel?”  Yet another bragged, “Our Jewish comparative databases are the largest in the world, containing records for Ashkenazim and Sephardim, as well as Levites and Cohanim.”  … and on and on went the claims in the ads.

That started me thinking about a question I had pondered at length in the past with many Jewish friends – without a satisfactory answer.  Just what does it mean to be a Jew?[1]  Is it only a matter of genes, or is there more to the matter?  Read more…

The Punishment

September 17, 2012 2 comments

The scolding has been given, but there has been no change in behavior.  The time has come to administer punishment.  How many times has a parent said to his child as he is about to administer difficult punishment, “This hurts me more than it does you.”  Those who have been parents know truth in that statement.

We as parents want to give good gifts to our children, not painful punishment; but we administer punishment for the sake of our beloved child, because we know that if we don’t act now, the situation could get much worse and the child could experience even greater pain.  The child, of course, doesn’t understand or believe that administering punishment can be painful for the parent, but he is only a child…

It is exactly the same with our Heavenly Father.  He wants to give us good gifts, not painful punishment,  (Mat 7:11, Luk 11:13) and the book of Ezekiel provides a unique window into God’s heart in this regard. Read more…