|Posted on July 4, 2021 at 2:30 PM|
There is a website that I like to learn from and it's also an organization that I like to donate to. JewsForJudaism.org helps to combat the anti-Semitism that tries to convert Jews to other religions. Their specialty is to help Jews who have been coerced into christianity by missionaries. I especially like to learn from them about distortions and mistranslations xtians use from our Torah to prove things that are just completely wrong. So many Jews are influenced because they just don't know the actual translations and meanings of said texts.
This week I watched a video on the erroneous chapter of Isaiah 53. "Erroneous" because the imposition of chapters in Isaiah are not placed there by our Jewish sages but rather by xtians. I learned that the book of Isaiah is really full of promises that the hated ones (Jews) will eventually become the honored ones. And this will shock the rest of the world. We read Isaiah as a ritual after the day of mourning for the destroyed Temples. Those passages are a comfort to us.
I love this video. It made me feel better knowing it was a temporary situation that this misinformation that has spread throughout the entire world, based on a theology of hating Jews (xtianity) and making into a god a man who was supposedly an iconoclast. It helped me see G-d's hand in the spread of these destructive interpretations of our holy book through the spread of an anti-Semitic theology. It's like it is G-d's plan to spread the disinformation over the entire world so that when the truth comes out, many, many will be shocked into a mind-blowing, mind-opening spiritual awakening!
Ha! I love it. I spend too much time frustrated with all the adoration of a guy who isn't even seen as having been Jewish! It makes me so angry that credit is not given where credit is due. Instead, xtian theology makes Jews into the devil incarnate with horns and huge noses while making that guy J.C. into a complete "Adonis" - with no huge nose anywhere! I even had a friend of mine tell me, "well, he wasn't an Orthodox Jew"....what do you think they were back then? Reform Jews? So hilarious, if it wasn't maddening!!
Yes, I've got an enormous chip on my shoulder and can rant and rave about this for a very long time. I have experienced first-hand this kind of anti-Semitism coming out of that theology. Even my first college roommate, when I told her I'm Jewish said, "but I thought Jews were a mythical character and had horns!" She'd been educated pre-college, her whole life in a catholic school, plus her mom was Syrian - does that mean you won't know what Jews are? Real Jews?
Here's a lovely, short video that Chabad put out explaining what is Judaism where you can also get a quick overview of what is a Jew? youtube.com/watch?v=yx-_IhUcAmk
We are now starting the 3 Weeks of Mourning that is prior to the day when the original Temples in Jerusalem were both destroyed on the same day hundreds of years apart. It is a very meaningful time and is the anniversary of my husband's death on Tammuz 29. My life has always seemed to mirror the Jewish calendar and so my connection to the cycles of the year and the seasons and holidays seems almost comical. You can read my story of why I created the Kabbalah classes I once taught in my office (which are now online) here. There I have made the month of Tammuz which starts the countdown of the 3 weeks, available to view for free. You can find it here. It also contains an article about why a calendar class and how I came to teach this series.
Even though we now have a country of our own, we still consider ourselves to be in the Roman exile that started 2021 years ago with the destruction of the 2nd Temple. Until the New Age comes - The World To Come - we won't believe we've been taken out of exile. It is with the coming of Moschiach that all gets restored and Jerusalem becomes the center of the spiritual world for all mankind and peace comes to the world that we can feel our exile is over. It will bring a shock to the world that the messiah isn't "he", as we read in Isaiah, that the Jewish people, the hated ones, will be recognized and no longer hated but valued and honored. May we see this in our day, AMEIN!!!