Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Vatican 777 Live Earth Ceremony



Watch Lawrence Bender (producer of bloodfest movie, "Kill Bill") give a Live Earth sermon at the Cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran followed by an eerie requiem by Vatican composer Michael d'Alessandra on 7/07/07:

http://entimg.msn.com/i/ExperienceData/p1-7/us/x.htm?sh=LiveEarth&ep=le_other&ch=4


This ceremony coincided with the issuance of the motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum relating to the traditional Latin Mass also on 7/7/07. More on that here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/777.html

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fear of "The Jews" Prevails at Catholic DePaul University: Finkelstein Silenced

DePaul pulls plug on controversial professor

Course cancelled a week before class

By Ron Grossman | Tribune staff reporter
August 28, 2007

The required reading was at the bookstore, the students had the course syllabus, and space in Political Science 235, "Equality in Social Justice," was standing-room only when DePaul University pulled the plug Friday on what was to have been Norman Finkelstein's final year at the school.

A controversial scholar -- accused by critics of fomenting anti-Semitism and lauded by supporters as a forthright critic of Israel -- Finkelstein attracted wide attention across the academic world when he was denied tenure in the spring.

By Monday, the books for his course had been pulled from the DePaul bookstore's shelves, while his case was restarting a firestorm of protest. The American Association of University Professors was preparing a letter to the university, protesting Finkelstein's treatment as a serious violation of academic ethics.

Finkelstein vowed not to take the rebuff lying down -- or, perhaps more correctly, to do something just like that. In addition to canceling his course, the university informed him that his office was no longer his.

"I intend to go to my office on the first day of classes and, if my way is barred, to engage in civil disobedience," Finkelstein, 53, said in a telephone interview. "If arrested, I'll go on a hunger strike. If released, I'll do it all over again. I'll fast in jail for as long as it takes."

Fall classes start Sept. 5 at DePaul, where Finkelstein has been a faculty member for six years. During that time, his star has risen and fallen at the Catholic school, founded by the Vincentian order.

His books brought him far-reaching renown. They also were condemned for their provocative language, as in the "The Holocaust Industry," where he called efforts to get compensation from Germany for World War II slave laborers a "shakedown." Finkelstein, himself Jewish, has described leaders of American-Jewish organizations as "Holocaust-mongers."

He has engaged in a long-running feud with Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, a strong supporter of Israel. He has charged Dershowitz with appropriating other scholars' findings; Dershowitz was similarly skeptical of the legitimacy of Finkelstein's work when asked by DePaul to comment on his application for tenure, the academic equivalent of a lifetime job guarantee.

Nonetheless, Finkelstein's work has been praised by ivory-tower luminaries such as the distinguished linguist Noam Chomsky and the late Raul Hilberg, dean of Holocaust historians. Finkelstein's supporters are planning a lecture-rally for him in October in Chicago.

Two years ago, Finkelstein was held up as an example of DePaul's commitment to freedom of inquiry by its president, Dennis Holtschneider.

Students have held Finkelstein in high regard, reporting that his tone in the classroom is measured, quite unlike the red-hot rhetoric of his books.

This year, though, Dean Chuck Suchar found Finkelstein's scholarship inconsistent with "DePaul's Vincentian values," among them respect for others' views. Holtschneider seconded that motion in refusing Finkelstein's tenure.

Student support continues

DePaul officials declined to comment on the case. Denise Mattson, associate vice president for public affairs, said: "Finkelstein has been assigned to an administrative leave with full pay and benefits for the 2007-08 academic year. Administrative leave relieves professors from their teaching responsibilities. He was informed of the reasons that precipitated this leave last spring."

He was denied tenure in June, but officials could offer no explanation for why his courses were left in the schedule.

On Friday, Andrew Riplinger, a DePaul student registered for Finkelstein's course, received an e-mail from him.

"Professor Finkelstein wrote that if the course was canceled by the university, it would be taught at another location," said Riplinger. "Then the university sent an e-mail announcing the course had been canceled."

Riplinger and other student supporters, fearing such an action, have been meeting regularly over the summer and communicating their uneasiness to the administration. Their committee was scheduled to meet Monday evening in the DePaul student center, Riplinger said.

Final year at school threatened

According to the norms of academia, a professor denied tenure has the right to a final year of teaching at the university that turns him down. The watchdog of those rights is the American Association of University Professors, the umbrella organization of college teachers, which can censure a school found in violation of its ground rules. Such a finding also can be the preliminary to a lawsuit against the university by the faculty member.

According to Jonathan Knight, director of the AAUP's program in academic freedom and tenure, a university owes a faculty member denied tenure more than just a year's salary. He or she has the right to a classroom (and presumably an office). A university can't simply buy him or her out by invoking administrative leave, Knight said.

He added that a faculty member can't be put on administrative leave without a hearing except in an extreme emergency.

"We're not aware of an emergency requiring DePaul to take such action at the 11th hour and 59th minute," Knight said.

Finkelstein said that, rather than filing a lawsuit, he intends to fight the university's action with a hunger strike, and the attendant publicity.

"In the court of public opinion, I can win," Finkelstein said. "I say: 'Let the people judge.'"

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-depaul28aug28,1,636064.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Benedict XVI to Meet His Blood-Drenched Elder Brother, Shimon Peres

EDITOR'S NOTE: Shimon Peres ordered the 1996 "Grapes of Wrath" brutality of Lebanon which climaxed in the massacre at the Biblical village of Qana where a UN shelter was bombed killing 102 civilians, mostly women and children. See:

The Israeli Massacre of Civilians at Qana

Massacre in Sanctuary; Eyewitness

Israeli President Peres to visit Pope

Vatican, Aug. 24, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Israel's President Shimon Peres will visit Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) for a private audience on September 6, Vatican sources have disclosed. The meeting will take place at the Pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Peres will be making his first visit with the Pontiff since assuming the Israeli presidency in July of this year. But the veteran politician is a familiar figure at the Vatican, having visited on several occasions during his years as Israel's foreign minister and prime minister.

In April 2006, Peres-- who at the time held no government leadership position, although he remained prominent in Israeli politics-- spoke at length with Pope Benedict during a visit to Rome. Their conversation was dominated by two topics: the prospects for peace in the Middle East, and the stalled negotiations toward a final juridical-economic pact establishing the rights of the Church in Israel.

Pope Benedict met with the previous Israeli president, Moshe Katsav, in November 2005. During that visit the Israeli leader issued a formal invitation for the Pope to visit the Holy Land. The Pontiff responded positively to that invitation, but no date was set for a trip. Informed sources indicate that a papal trip is not likely to take place until the successful completion of negotiations toward a final diplomatic pact.

http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=53106

Monday, August 27, 2007

Poland's "Catholic" B'nai Noach

'My personal Atlantis'

By Goel Pinto

Haaretz

Janusz Makuch is visibly moved when he talks about the opening show he is planning for next year's Festival of Jewish Culture, to be held in Krakow. He fantasizes and gesticulates like a performer acting out a play, and his English is peppered with Yiddish and Hebrew words. He repeats the phrase "with God's help" in a thick Polish accent and with a frequency typical of traditional Jewish Israelis.

For next year's festival, he envisions two enormous stages: One in Jerusalem on a slope adjoining the Old City walls, and another in the central square in Kazimierz, Krakow's old Jewish quarter. Giant screens will facilitate communication between both stages. The evening will open with the sounds of three cantors and a choir in Jerusalem singing to Krakow. Singers and cantors in Poland will respond.

"The entire evening will be a message to the world," he says. "The whole world will be able to view the dialogue, the bridge that will open between Poland and Israel, between Jew and non-Jew. It's a crazy concept, I know, but I will do it" ...

"In my opinion, the seminars and lectures are the most important feature of the festival," he says. "Imagine a week-long workshop in an ancient synagogue in which two Jewish women from Warsaw teach 50 Polish children and their Catholic, Polish mothers about Passover, Rosh Hashanah and even Shavuot. As far as I am concerned, that is the goal: To teach children to maintain an open approach to the world in general and the Jewish world in particular in the hope that they will become pluralistic citizens when they grow up" ...

When Makuch speaks of "we," the Jews, as opposed to "them," the non-Jews, and employs the Hebrew word for soul, neshama, to express his real connection to Jewish culture, one might mistakenly assume that he is Jewish. But he comes from a Catholic family and is married to a Catholic who serves as the chief editor of a major publishing house in Poland ...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/897586.html

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"Israel" "Defense" Force Thugs Beat Palestinian Children 8/15/07



Ramallah, 19-08-07: Footage captured by an independent American filmmaker on Wednesday 15 August, showing Israeli soldiers beating, spitting on and throwing stones at three Palestinian children offers yet further proof that Israel's 543 permanent and 610 'flying' checkpoints "are sites of systematic torture and human rights violations against Palestinian civilians", said veteran human rights activist, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP at a press conference held in Ramallah today.

The footage was captured at the Ras at-Tira checkpoint in the Qalqiliya District, and shows the three children attempting to cross the checkpoint in a horse cart when they are stopped by two Israeli soldiers. The female soldier is clearly shown beating the boys before spitting on them and sending them back the way they came. Her male colleague is then seen picking up stones from the ground and throwing them at the children as they drive away.

Dr. Barghouthi said the beatings were reminiscent of the physical assault of 18-year old university student Mohammad Jabali by Israeli soldiers near the notorious Huwwara checkpoint in Nablus on 18 March 2007. Four Israeli soldiers punched and kicked Jabali in the face, head and genitals, causing bleeding and a blood clot in his right testicle. Jabali was forced to undergo surgery and to have part of the testicle removed.

Source:

http://www.kabobfest.com/2007/08/footage-of-israeli-soldiers-beating.html

Sunday, August 19, 2007

High Praise for Rabbis and their Talmud From JPII

JPII lauds the rabbis and their use of the Talmud as a means of "putting Sacred Scripture into practice":

When we consider Jewish tradition we see how profoundly you venerate Sacred Scripture, the Migra, and in particular the Torah. You live in a special relationship with the Torah, the living teaching of the living God. You study it with love in the Talmud Torah, so as to put it into practice with joy. Its teaching on love, on justice and on the law is reiterated in the Prophets - Nevi’im, and in the Ketuvim. God, his holy Torah, the synagogal liturgy and family traditions, the Land of holiness, are surely what characterize your people from the religious point of view. And these are things that constitute the foundation of our dialogue and of our cooperation. (JPII Address for 25th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Thursday, 6 December 1990)


But Jesus Christ said that the rabbinic, Talmudic tradition--the tradition of the elders--makes the Scriptures void (Mark 7;9).

Not satisfied with mocking Jesus' teaching on the Talmudic tradition and stating that this mockery constitutes the foundation of Vatican-rabbinic dialog and cooperation, JPII then attempts to intertwine the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Talmud:

In the Babylonian Talmud we read: "The world stands upon the single column that is the just man" (Hagigah, 12b). In the Gospel, Jesus Christ tells us that blessed are the peacemakers (Cf. Matt. 5:9). May justice and peace fill our hearts and guide our steps towards the fullness of redemption for all peoples and for the whole universe. May God hear our prayers! (JPII Address for 25th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Thursday, 6 December 1990)


http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/1990/december/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_19901206_xxv-nostra-aetate_en.html

I have no doubt that God did hear these unspeakably blasphemous "prayers" as they screamed to the heavens for justice, and not "justice" of the Talmudic variety.

What an insane attempt to mix light with darkness.

For background on the rabbinic tradition's descent from the Pharisees follow this link:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/02/whos-interest-does-vatican-represent.html

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Armenian Community Provides a Model for Turning the Tables on the Thought Cops

At the following link:

No Place For Genocide Denial

Credit to:

http://jewishracism.blogspot.com/

ADL Holocaust Hypocrisy Falls to New Lows

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue

By Keith O'Brien, Globe Staff | August 18, 2007

The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in 1915.

The firing of Andrew H. Tarsy, who had served as regional director for about two years and as civil rights counsel for about five years before that, prompted an immediate backlash among prominent local Jewish leaders against the ADL's national leadership and its national director, Abraham H. Foxman ...

Tarsy, 38, said he had been struggling with the national position for weeks and finally told Foxman in a phone conversation Thursday that he found the ADL's stance "morally indefensible" ...

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/08/18/adl_local_leader_fired_on_armenian_issue/

Friday, August 17, 2007

Chief Rabbinate of "Israel" Requires Alteration of Traditional Holy Week Liturgy, Vatican Complies


Catholic-Jewish relations: Bumps in the road should not slow journey

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

... More than a month after Pope Benedict XVI published his document granting wider use of the 1962 Roman Missal, often referred to as the Tridentine rite, concern continued over the text of a Good Friday prayer in the missal. [Oded Ben-Hur, the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican] said the chief rabbis of Israel sent a letter of concern about the prayer to Pope Benedict in early July and were expecting a response.

The controversy demonstrated how even the most carefully studied papal document is open to interpretation and further fine-tuning.

According to most observers, the papal permission to use the old rite on Good Friday would be limited to parishes that always celebrate the liturgy only according to the 1962 Roman Missal, which is expected to be only a small portion of the Catholic faithful.

Even so, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, told reporters in late July that the problem of the Good Friday prayer would be studied at the Vatican and might be resolved by deciding that even those who use the 1962 missal would use the 1970 text of the prayer.

Ben-Hur said members of the Jewish community expect the Vatican to fulfill promises to correct the situation.

... The council's presentation of the official Catholic attitude toward the Jews and Judaism "is still a small plant that still needs time to grow," Ben-Hur said. "Our main mission is one of teaching to overcome the abyss of ignorance" of one another. (Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, Aug-17-2007)

Haaretz Admits 2006 Brutality Against Lebanon Was Initiated by "Israel"

"... a war initiated by Israel against a relatively small guerrilla group several kilometers away from home ..." (Brave and forsaken, Haaretz, August 11, 2007)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/891930.html

Also see:

In 2006 Lebanon War, Most Crimes Were Israeli

Monday, August 13, 2007

Pope Rabbi Marvin Hier Issues Anathemas

"There should be no place in the church for someone who spreads anti-Semitism," Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said following the pope's meeting with Rydzyk. (Victor L. Simpson, Forbes, August 9, 2007)

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/09/ap4004388.html

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lustiger's Alchemical Funeral Update

Lustiger’s grand-nephew, Jonas Moses Lustiger, read a psalm in Hebrew and French, and placed a bowl of earth gathered from Jewish and Christian sites in the Holy Land.

A Jewish Cardinal? Oy Vey!

Joan Z. Shore

Yesterday, I attended the funeral service held for Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger at Notre-Dame in Paris.

It was unlike any funeral I've ever attended, and surely unlike any service ever held at this cathedral in its 700 years of existence. I suppose it came as close to ecumenism as one can expect in a Catholic country ...

... the extraordinary break from tradition was the presence of several dozen prominent members of France's Jewish community, seated outside the cathedral to hear the Kaddish -- the Jewish prayer for the dead -- that was intoned before the service began. Lustiger's cousin and young grand-nephew from Israel brought soil from two holy sites to be placed in the coffin -- a specific wish of the Cardinal's.

Inside the cathedral a special area was reserved in the front rows for "the Jewish Community." France's leading Reform rabbi, Daniel Fahri, was there with his wife, but no Conservative or Orthodox rabbi attended. "They wouldn't step foot in here," a friend confided to me ...

Thanks in large part to Lustiger's insistence, the Carmelite convent that was rather indecently built at Auschwitz in 1984 was removed.

"I was born Jewish, and so I remain," Lustiger once proclaimed in an interview, "even if that is unacceptable to many." While Catholics seem to accept this with a certain ironic pride, Jews are divided. A former chief rabbi of Paris once remarked that "a Jew becoming a Christian....is turning his back on it" ...

He was known to chat in Yiddish to close Jewish friends.

And once, after hearing him speak at a press luncheon, I went up to thank him and boldly said, You know, you would have made a good rabbi, too!

And he laughed. ("A Jewish Cardinal? Oy Vey!", Joan Z. Shore, August 11, 2007)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-z-shore/a-jewish-cardinal-oy-vey_b_60066.html

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Former ADL Director, Rabbi Eugene Korn's New Appointment at Sacred Heart University

Local rabbi new head of interfaith center

By Jane Calem Rosen

As commutes go, his daily trip to and from his home in Bergenfield to his job in Fairfield, Conn. isn’t too bad, said Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, the new executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University.

But his travels from ordination by the Israeli rabbinate in 2003 to head up the 15-year-old institution established as the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding to nurture ties between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church have perhaps been more extensive. Korn’s promotion from associate executive director of the center, a post he took in January, was announced following the retirement on July 1 of its long-time leader, Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz, an Orthodox rabbi from Stamford, Conn. (The center was co-founded with a mandate from Dr. Anthony Cernera, SHU’s president, by Ehrenkranz and Rabbi Jack Bemporad, a Reform rabbi from Englewood who later began the Center for Interreligious Understanding in Carlstadt. The late philanthropist Russell Berrie was the first chairman of the board of the SHU center.)

In a recent telephone interview from his SHU office, Korn said that he entered the field of interfaith relations almost accidentally. With a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics from Yeshiva University and a doctorate in moral philosophy from Columbia University, Korn was on a fellowship at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, which he described as "the foremost Jewish think tank in the world." In a theology seminar with Dr. Asher Finkel, the head of Jewish-Christian studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, he met Christian seminarians living in the Jewish state who believed they belonged in the land of the Bible, home to Jesus.

"I was very impressed by their spiritual depth, and became interested in theology and the spiritual issues we have in common and how to sort out the difficulties in our relationship over the years," he said.

Korn’s participation in that seminar led to his appointment back in the United States as adjunct professor of Jewish thought at Seton Hall. At the same time, he worked as director of Jewish affairs at the American Jewish Congress, handling relations with top church officials in the United States and Europe. Among his chief accomplishments there, he said, was that "we really dealt a mortal blow in the United States to the divestment campaign against companies doing business with Israel, generated by a number of liberal churches, universities, and labor unions."

Discussions he led with "friends in the liberal churches," he said, led to the mounting of a counter campaign to the "radical left-wing ideologues hostile to Israel." As a result, the national Presbyterian Church rescinded a divestment resolution and "we were also successful in influencing the Episcopalian and Lutheran churches in the U.S. not to go down that route," he said.

At the CCJU, Korn — who is also the editor of Meorot: A Forum for Modern Orthodox Discourse, formerly the Edah Journal — hopes to build on the successes of his predecessor as well as launch initiatives in education and interfaith relations. Relations with the Vatican and bishops within the American Catholic Church grew significantly under Ehrenkranz’s direction, said Korn, noting, "We’re going to intensify those areas and move into new areas."

According to an SHU press release, that vision encompasses three distinct institutes, one focusing on religious education to raise awareness among Jews and Christians of the recent changes in Christian theology regarding the Jewish people and Jewish scripture; the second to pursue scholarly research on values, pluralism, and theology; and the third to deepen the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people in North America and in Israel.

Specifically, in the area of religious education, SHU will establish an academic chair in September 2008 in Jewish-Christian relations. Korn will be the chair’s occupant and teach at SHU, he said.

Also in the works is a partnership between a major Catholic institution in Rome and a major Jewish institution in Jerusalem. Korn declined to name these, saying that discussions are at a sensitive stage, but added that "a number of people are all quite interested and that it’s critically important to bring together the best minds of both communities."

Just back from a trip to Rome, Monaco, and Israel, where he spoke on issues related to Mideast peace and Jewish-Christian relations, Korn said, "Interestingly, I found people associated with the Office of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel enormously receptive to deepening relations on official levels and in academic institutions with the Catholic Church. All understand that it is strategically important [for political and religious reasons] for Israel and for the Jewish people to cultivate those relations."

Common religious concerns, he said, include the sanctity of human life and how to secure the place of religion in the modern world. Unlike interfaith relations more than half a century ago that were driven by people who sought to minimize religious and cultural differences, today’s interfaith activists are deeply religious, Korn observed.

On that front, therefore, Korn has organized a series of international conferences with philosophers, theologians, and religious leaders to explore pluralism, tolerance, religious fanaticism, and the appropriate boundaries of religious communities. "Philosophers have struggled with the foundations for tolerance and what are its legitimate limits, particularly for a religious community that believes in a view of God as absolute," he said. "Intolerance grows from religious convictions, but we need to be both tolerant and recognize the legitimacy of the other. For many years, Christians couldn’t see the image of God in the Jewish people, but that has changed."

The first conference was held on the SHU campus and the second is planned for October in Los Angeles, facilitated by the board of rabbis of Southern California and Roman Catholic institutions and seminaries there. Subsequent conferences will take place in Germany and Israel. The series will culminate in the publication of a book, said Korn.

To enhance the national and international stature of the CCJU, in September Korn will take three Orthodox rabbis from the United States — including the scholar Irving "Yitz" Greenberg — six Roman Catholic bishops, and a cardinal to Auschwitz for three days, followed by a three-day visit to the Vatican. The group will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI and meet with Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Vatican office responsible for relations with Jews.

That undertaking, he noted, is reflective of the "revolution" over the past six decades in theological thinking and action by the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church that takes into account Jewish concerns.

Korn concluded, "It is not sheer coincidence that I have found myself in these places. I feel blessed and feel myself growing as an Orthodox Jew in response to my work." (New Jersey Jewish Standard, August 10, 2007)

http://www.jstandard.com/articles/3037/1/Local-rabbi-new-head-of-interfaith-center

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Please Contribute to Michael A. Hoffman for the Completion of His New Book on Judaism

I would be lying if I said I wasn't greatly indebted to Michael A. Hoffman for whatever insight I have into rabbinic Judaism and Zionism which it informs, and also for challenging me to research Judaic machinations within the Catholic Church. Anyone who has benefited from this site has indirectly benefited from the insight and work of Michael A. Hoffman.

I ask that people with the means would make a donation to Hoffman who is in the final stages of authorship of a compendium on Judaism, Judaism Discovered that will, no doubt, be the greatest revelatory work on Judaism ever printed in the English language, and who is being forced to make difficult decisions related to the book due to finances.

Hoffman's explanation of the book and the circumstances can be read at the following link:

http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2007/08/update-on-hoffmans-new-book-on-judaism.html#links


Donations can be made at the following link:

http://www.revisionisthistory.org/page1/page2/paypal.html

Consider purchasing some of Michael A. Hoffman's informative books, pamphlets, audio lectures and DVD's at his online store here:

http://www.revisionisthistory.org/cgi-bin/store/agora.cgi

Lustiger's Alchemical Funeral

Jewish Kaddish, Catholic psalms at Notre Dame for funeral of Jewish-born French Cardinal

PARIS: Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born Jewish and converted to Roman Catholicism as a boy, will be laid to rest Friday in unusual ceremonies opening with a sacred Jewish prayer and closing with a funeral Mass at Notre Dame in Paris ...

The ceremonies for Lustiger's funeral open with the Mourner's Kaddish, among a series of prayers central to Jewish worship ... (The Associated Press, August 9, 2007)

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/10/europe/EU-GEN-France-Multifaith-Funeral.php

Constance Cumbey Responds

The following is a response from the author of the book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, Constance Cumbey, to the recent blog posting titled "The Real Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow" which can be found at this link:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/07/real-hidden-dangers-of-rainbow.html

Clearly the Jews are equally a target of New Age planners along with Christians -- Catholic and Protestant, and even Moslems. A key strategy is to pit target groups off against each other. One only has to read the Alice Bailey books to see that Jews are the most despised of all the New Age targets. I have made clear links between the Historical Revisionist Movement and the New Age Movement, between Eustace Mullins, Ezra Pound etc and the New Age Movement. The New Agers label the "rainbow" as "antahkarana" or "rainbow bridge between the personality and oversoul.

I do not know you, but your site looks disturbingly like anti-Jewish propaganda to me. Please do not imply that I endorse such. I do not.

CONSTANCE E. CUMBEY


In response I should say that I have not implied that Constance Cumbey endorses anti-"Jewish" propaganda. Neither have I written anything about Ezra Pound or Eustace Mullins, which begs the question, what do these things have to do with what I have written? This wouldn't be an attempt to imply an endorsement of Pound, Mullins and New Ageism from me, would it? Perhaps Mrs. Cumbey will extend me the same courtesy which she asks for herself.

I will make clear that I do see virtue in the practice of historical revisionism in it's best form, which is the reassessment of historical people, places and events in light of new evidence. I fail to see how any person who honors truth could be opposed to this concept. To reject it would be to allow propaganda and errors which often become part of the established historical record to remain set in stone. If Cumbey is opposed to historical revisionism, that's her right, but to imply that historical revisionism is directly connected with the New Age movement is disingenuous at best, and to those who know better, it's rather a joke.

I should add, since Cumbey has brought it up, that I find Ezra Pound's poem "With Usura" to contain insight which today's "Christians" should aspire to, but that's hardly an endorsement of Pound's Gnostic tendencies or affiliations; W. B. Yeats and the Golden Dawn, for instance.

I must say I don't enjoy writing this response. I found Mrs. Cumbey's book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow to be informative when it was first published in the early 80's. I had no idea what direction Mrs. Cumbey's research had taken since that book was published. Surely, she could be forgiven for not making the connection between the rainbow and the Noahide movement of Judaism (which predates Alice Bailey by millenia) 25 years ago when reliable information on the occult and Judaism was more difficult to come by. But that's not so much the case today.

Since Mrs. Cumbey has written a response to my blog posting on the Noahide movement and it's symbol, the rainbow, I must assume that she has read it, but in her response she has studiously ignored the content of that posting including the quotes from the Talmud, Mishneh Torah, the Encyclopaedia Judaica, a joint Rabbinic Council-Pontifical Commission document, U.S. laws and presidential proclamations, news articles and video clips cited, choosing instead to imply that it's all just "anti-'Jewish' propaganda" and expressing concern that she may be associated with it. Fear not, Mrs. Cumbey. It's clear to me now that you have no fellowship with the kind of research conducted here, and I wouldn't think of associating your work with it.

I do hope that you will give the matter further consideration, however, lest the true hidden danger of the rainbow remain hidden to your readers.

P.S. I do realize that there are anti-"semitic" elements within occult movements, Mrs. Cumbey. Anti-"semitism" is a very important tool of the rabbis and Zionists. Consider this: is it likely that the world would have extended the Zionists a blank check to build a "Jewish" state called "Israel" on someone else's land--to kill and drive off the land's occupants--if the Nazi persecutions had not taken place beforehand? I highly doubt it. Many have called Hitler the true founding father of the "Jewish" state and as ironic as it may seem on the surface, I find no fault in that statement.

Whatever anti-"semitism" that exists in occult movements of the West, whether real or mocked, most often serves the purposes of the Zionist movement. The Nazi movement is the strongest case in point. Most Western occult movements (Masonry in particular, with it's fixation on the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem) are Zionist at the core.

And it is plain to see that occultists pair target groups off against each other, as you say. One only need observe how Skull and Bones member, George W. Bush and his Zionist handlers have pitted "Judeo-Christians" against Muslims in a misnamed "war on terror" which is in reality a war on Amalak, the eternal enemy of the rabbis, and a war for Israeli dominion in the Middle East.

I hope that you will consider your own point more deeply. As the traditions, cultures and religions of the world--mostly Christendom--are broken down, the tradition of Judaism is being simultaneously built up. As sovereign nations around the world are being slowly dissolved into large unions, a "Jewish" nation is simultaneously being unnaturally propped up at astronomical expense to outside sources. The Christian nations that are having their soveriegnty and religion robbed from them are forced to finance the building of a "Jewish" state. If the New Age movement is the true force behind the deChristianization of the West, the fruit of it's labor certainly seems to benefit the "Jewish" state. How could this possibly take place if the "all-powerful" New Age movement were truly against it?

Anti-"Jewish" quotes from Alice Bailey are interesting at most to me, Mrs. Cumbey. I am a Christian, and Jesus Christ said that it's by their fruits that you will know them, not by their rhetoric.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The "Jews' Catholic Prince"

The Jews' Catholic prince

PARIS – "Monsieur Cardinal, we have to leave for prayer," the young priest implored the old cleric. But Jean-Marie Lustiger stayed in the room overlooking the garden and continued to engage in a fascinating conversation in French, spiced with Yiddish. It appeared as if the old Church official preferred the company of the Israeli press over the evening mass that awaited him.

It was one of the last interviews granted by Paris' archbishop, who died Sunday, and he chose to give it to an Israeli newspaper. The meeting was held on the eve of his departure to Auschwitz as the personal representative of [the Pope] in the ceremony marking 60 years since the death camp's liberation ...

... his close ties with Pope John Paul II, ... turned Lustiger into a key figure in the historic process of reconciliation between Judaism and Christianity. After the Second Vatican Council ... before the establishment of ties between the Holy See and Jerusalem, the "Jewish cardinal" managed on many occasions to bring the two sides closer together. One example is his effort to resolve a crisis prompted by an attempt by Carmelite nuns to open a convent near Auschwitz in 1984.

It's hard to imagine who could fill the place of the Jewish kid Aaron, who became the mouthpiece of the Vatican on all issues concerning the Jews, in future crises ...
(Sefi Hendler, Ynet, August 7, 2007)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3434801,00.html


And how did Lustiger "resolve" the "crisis prompted by an attempt by Carmelite nuns to open a convent near Auschwitz in 1984:"

[Lustiger] had earlier been involved in the dispute over a convent of Carmelite nuns that had been installed in 1984 near the Auschwitz concentration camp. Many in the Polish church believed that a convent at Auschwitz was justified because Poles had died there. But many Jewish leaders were outraged, saying that 9 of every 10 camp inmates had been Jews.

Roman Catholic prelates, including Cardinal Lustiger, and representatives of Jewish organizations worked out an agreement to move the convent, but the plan was thrown into doubt in 1989 when Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Poland ruled out a move. Cardinal Lustiger pressed John Paul to intervene, and in 1993 the pope ordered the Carmelites to move, resolving the crisis. (John Tagliabue, New York Times, August 6, 2007)

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/world/europe/06lustiger.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1

Monday, August 6, 2007

Lustiger Dead at 80


Jean-Marie Lustiger with President of the World Jewish Congress, Whiskey and Gangster Rap Mogul, Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Top French Catholic prelate dies

One of France's most senior Catholics, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, has died in Paris at the age of 80.

The former archbishop of the French capital died on Sunday in a clinic to which he was admitted in April.

He was born Aaron Lustiger to Polish Jews who had settled in France before World War I, converting to Catholicism at the start of World War II ...

The prelate told priests and deacons in October 2006 that he was receiving treatment for an unspecified "serious illness".

The last time he was seen in public was in January this year ...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6932488.stm


Also see: Lustiger's NY Yeshiva Tour, Endorsement of Chabad Lubavitch as Religious Model

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Judaic Organizations Engage in Holocaust Denial

"... the ADL joined three other American Jewish organizations—the American Jewish Committee, B'nai Brith International, and the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs—to deliver to Congress a written plea from the Jews of Turkey that the U.S. not recognize the Armenian Genocide ..."

http://www.jewcy.com/feature/2007-07-09/fire_foxman

... a number of Jewish groups are pressing Congress not to recognize the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century. They are opposing bills in both the House and Senate that would formally recognize it ...

The four Jewish groups that presented the case to Congress, on behalf of the Turkish Jewish community, were the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), B’Nai Brith, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) ...

http://www.muzzlewatch.com/?p=184

For Jews too the memory of Amalek remained alive in sometimes surprising ways, one of which was the curiously long-lived link between the Armenians and Amalek that began in the tenth century and continued well into the nineteenth ... (Elliot Horowitz, Reckless Rites, Princeton University Press, p.122)

Amalek ... the one against whom war should be waged until his memory be blotted out forever—became in rabbinical literature the type of Israel's arch-enemy. (Jewish Encyclopedia, "Amalek")

ADL Board Member's Grandson Threatens More "Islamofascist" Attacks

Timed perfectly to coincide with the passing of the misnamed "Protect America Act."

U.S. al-Qaida Member Threatens Embassies

By PAUL SCHEMM
The Associated Press
Sunday, August 5, 2007; 6:40 PM

CAIRO, Egypt -- An American member of al-Qaida threatened foreign diplomats and embassies across the Islamic world in a new video Sunday, saying they would targeted as "spy dens" ...

"We shall continue to target you, at home and abroad, just as you target us, at home and abroad, and these spy dens and military command and control centers from which you plotted your aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq," said Adam Gadahn, a Californian also known as Azzan al-Amriki ...

Full Article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/05/AR2007080500640.html


More about this charade here:

ADL Board Member's Grandson Transformed as "Al Qaeda" Agent Threatens "Islamofascist" Attack on U.S.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Friday, August 3, 2007

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein Rouses Talmud Apologists

The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein (who is also a professor of Talmudic law at Loyola Law School) writes an editorial which on the surface appears to be a response to Noah Feldman's piece published in the New York Times Magazine in which he candidly speaks of the Judaic tradition of fake benevolence and legalistic murder of non-"Jews" written about here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/07/new-york-times-reveals-talmudic.html

A few observations: Adlerstein admits not only that there are many passages in the canon of Judaism which are hostile to non-"Jews," but he also admits that Judaics have covered up the offensive passages as a matter of policy. He clearly takes the position that the offensive passages should be dealt with now only because the debate is unavoidable due to the work of serious researchers of Judaism which is blacked out by the establishment press but which is being spread far and wide via the internet and self-published works.

Adlerstein seems to believe that the murderous racial supremacism of Judaism can be cleared by employing a two-wrongs-make-a-right fallacy of comical disproportion. He attempts to relativise the lying, perversion, murder, hate, racial conceit and double standards of Judaism with the polemics of St. John Chrysostom as if Chrysostom's sermons are something that Christians have been fearfully hiding for 1600 years. What a laugh! The rabbinic texts have been hidden precisely because there's something terrible within them. And there's not the slightest hint from the rabbi that any apology is in order for these offensive passages, much less any revision of them, even as the rabbis take an active part in rewriting Christian exegesis, liturgy, doctrine, history, and teaching material in their image. Always, always the double standard.

Adlerstein sets up a double-minded quagmire revealing many previously hidden rabbinic teachings but then makes the astounding claim that halacha prevents "Jews" from practicing the very things that halacha mandates!

So it appears that a debate has been forced. I don't know what to expect from such a debate given that we live in a time when Judaics "hold the swords" (to paraphrase Rabbi Jacob Neusner) and when what they're defending is in essence a tradition of deceit. I'd expect the rabbis to fight every bit as dirty as they have in Talmud debates in past history, and as they do today, jailing their holocaust debate opponents. And I'd expect the Vatican to take the rabbis' side completely. Perhaps this will, at the very least, expose the "Judeo-Christian tradition" farce and the "elder brothers in the faith" mockery for what they truly are.

Noah Feldman And The Fear Of Being Different

By: Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Ayatollahs in business suits is what Noah Feldman would have the world believe we all are. If the Orthodox were going to leave him out of his alma mater’s reunion picture just because he married out, then Noah Feldman was going to out the Orthodox.

His tell-all expose painted a picture, as he saw it, of the inherent primitiveness and backwardness of Orthodoxy. We may look modern, but scratch the surface, and we all harbor beliefs that are inconsistent with the more enlightened values of Harvard Square.

In his New York Times Magazine article, Feldman made a point of highlighting practices and attitudes toward non-Jews that he bargained would – or should – make us uncomfortable. We have always preferred to keep them under wraps, not always quite sure how to explain them to others, or even to ourselves, but quite sure that if others found out about them, they would hold them against us.

In making us face up to them Noah Feldman may have done us a favor. We have dealt with “problematic” texts in roughly the same way for the better part of a millennium. The old way will not work any longer, and the sooner we realize and react appropriately, the better.

The medieval church did a good job – often aided and abetted by Jewish apostates – in ferreting out what they saw as anti-gentile and anti-Christian nastiness in the Gemara. Modern anti-Semitic groups have revived the practice, and there are no shortage of websites that will gladly direct you to the exact places in the Talmud that prove we detest all non-Jews, and actively promote their demise.

(I am not saying, God forbid, that Noah Feldman is an anti-Semite.)

One of the prosecution witnesses in the Beilis blood libel was a Fr. Justinas Pranaitis, possibly hired because of his 1892 work “Talmud Unmasked,” still used by Jew-haters today. Most Jews are unaware of the literally thousands of hate sites on the Internet because we simply don’t run into the untermenschen who hang out on such sites. The New York Times Magazine, however, is harder to run from.

Our first line of defense was part of the shah-shtil mentality: we ran for cover. We tried to hide these passages, and if that failed, we reacted with surgically applied apologetics. Someone was always prepared to offer an explanation that seemed somewhat reasonable, and if presented by someone who looked sage and rabbinic enough, the non-Jews could be placated.

This approach will no longer work, because the nature of communications today insures that there are no longer any secrets, period. Almost anything you have ever said or written to anyone can come back to haunt you. An apologetic interpretation of a Talmudic passage – even if entirely correct and authoritative – is often not the only one on the Jewish street. For every politically correct explanation, there is a very non-PC one that can be dredged up in moments through the right search engine There will be many people, perhaps entire communities, who take a different approach. Their little secret will surface to haunt the rest of the Orthodox world.

There is no longer any option other than to own up to difficult sources and uncomfortable attitudes, and to deal openly with them. If we don’t, others will do the talking for us, which we can ill afford. We must learn where these passages are, acknowledge them, and learn to deal with them without hesitation. We will find more understanding and acceptance than we might think.

The first step is to weed out the misquotes and the misunderstood sources. Nine times out of ten, the proof-texts cited by critics are goofy errors. We must learn what the errors are, and be quick to demonstrate the fallacies.

The remaining ten percent can still do much damage. But they don’t have to – and won’t for most decent people – for several reasons.

First of all, many of them are a product of their times. Certain references to early Christians are a case in point. Can you discuss these passages with a believing Catholic without upping your life insurance? Of course you can. The person who taught me how was a Catholic priest and scholar with whom I once shared a platform at Loyola Law School.

A question arose about John Chrysostom, the fourth century Church Father who put the charge of deicide on the map. His vitriol against Jews was surpassed by none and was embraced for centuries thereafter, including by the Nazis.

Chrysostom remains a saint in the Church, and many Jews get unhinged by the mention of his name. The priest, however, was completely unfazed by the question, and calmly related that in the fourth century the Church was fighting for survival and felt very pressured by Judaism. Besides which, it was characteristic of the times for people to use the most extreme and abusive language in dealing with opponents. Contemporary Christians simply reject the entire package. Essentially he said, “That’s the way we once behaved, regrettably. We’ve moved on since then.”

What’s good for the goose is good for the gandz. Mutatis mutandis, some disparaging remarks in the Talmud against early Christians should be understandable to today’s Christians, if only as an exercise in parity. We ought not – and should not – expect them to be pleased by the language. But we have an argument in equity that they should be able to tolerate their existence, in the same way that similar (or much worse) passages regarding the Jews appear in their literature.

The passages in the Talmud that deal with Jesus himself (if they in fact do – the Rishonim, our great medieval commentators, were split on this), in far less than complimentary fashion, can be dealt with similarly.

There are yet other passages that are extremely dismissive of categories of non-Jews. Many of them, in fact, were aimed not at all non-Jews but at the idolatrous near-savages known to Chazal. To be sure, there are disputes going back to the Rishonim as to which passages refer to which groups. But many Jews are unaware as to how many mainstream decisors restricted the application of certain Gemaros to idolators, explicitly excluding the civilized folks among whom we live today.

It is also more than probable that part of the reason that this distinction is not embraced more widely is connected to the horrific experience Eastern European Jews in particular had with their non-Jewish neighbors for hundreds of years. It is frustrating to many of us that some people have not sufficiently appreciated the difference between the NKVD and the IRS. Even in this regard, my experience is that non-Jews of good will (and there are huge numbers of them in this great country) understand that habits born of eight hundred years of experience can take a while to extinguish, and are far less demanding and hostile than we might think.

There are other Talmudic sections that are not products of special conditions, and still spell out favorable treatment of Jews relative to non-Jews. These, too, are a cause for consternation for many Jews. They should not be. Almost every religious group we know of makes some claim to specialness, usually both theoretically and practically. These groups celebrate difference, and readily accept that other communities are entitled to extend privileges to the inner group as well. We Jews do not stand out in this regard so much as fit into the general trend.

Resorting to cheap innuendo, Feldman creates images and identities aimed at conveying to his reader the notion that Orthodox Jews do not, in fact, fit into the modern world. (This is not surprising. Feldman provided legal help pro bono to the city of Tenafly, New Jersey, when it sought to bar the construction of an eruv.)

Tefillin he pairs with the painful cilice of the priest-zealot of The Da Vinci Code; the silly little “fringed prayer shawl” that Jews wear under their shirts he pairs with the holy undergarment of Mormons, asking aloud why it is that Joe Lieberman was not perceived the way some see the Mormonism of Mitt Romney – as something “weird.”

Feldman, I believe, is blind here as well to the truth. Whether he wins the presidency or not, the vast majority of Americans will not reject Mitt Romney because they see Mormon belief and practice as beyond the pale.

I will put it simply: Why don’t I worry about the unusualness of Mormon belief? Mostly because I have never met a Mormon I didn’t like. (I’m sure that I could be introduced to a few, and there is also the irritating issue of posthumous baptism of Jews that many – especially Holocaust survivors – are upset about, particularly the glacial progress toward a definitive solution.)

My point is that for most Americans, actions are far more important than theology. They really don’t care what other people believe, as long as they act appropriately. If they are good, caring citizens, their beliefs – and claims of specialness in the eyes of the Lord – are just not so important.

Jews should listen up. Be a good neighbor, and you can sing a three-part harmonic ode to R. Yehuda Halevi’s special Jewish soul and most non-Jews will not hold it against you. Parts of certain chassidic communities are hardly the leaders of the pack in pushing for intergroup connection and acceptance, but tens of thousands of New Yorkers will remember them as the group that set up tables on 9/11 to provide drinks for the dazed and thirsty who fled across the bridge to Brooklyn.

There is one final argument. Part of what goes through our heads every time we encounter a Gemara that emphasizes some Jewish-gentile difference is that non-Jews will sense a slippery slope, at the base of which wait crusading Jews ready to behead all of them and impale their remains on sharpened Magen Davids.

We must confidently know ourselves – and convey to others – an overarching reality about traditional Jews: We are a legal community. Hostile attitudes can go only so far without hitting a firm halachic roadblock. No matter what animus some Jews might have for outsiders, they don’t murder, rape or maim. They cannot steal, lie or deceive without running afoul of clear-cut halachot.

Putting it all together, we have nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide. Putting aside those who have it in for us no matter what we do, the good folks of America will not find our life-style off-putting. I have been challenged several times by Jews who have rejected tradition. “Aren’t you ashamed to be part of system that says X, Y and Z about non-Jews? What if they find out?” They react with incredulity when I tell them that I discuss X, Y and Z openly with non-Jewish friends without embarrassment and without ill effect. But it is the truth.

Noah Feldman makes the mistake of so many others who believe that it is dangerous and unacceptable for Jews to act or believe differently from their fellow citizens. He is part of that large group of Jews who have felicitously been described as “proud to be ashamed Jews.”

It is a malady common to people who have little confidence in their own belief system. It has little to do with vast swaths of America, inhabited by people who are proud of their own beliefs and sympathetic to the strongly-held beliefs of others. If we remember that, we needn’t be silenced or embarrassed by the charges of the Noah Feldmans of our times.


Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is the director of Interfaith Affairs of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, teaches Jewish Law at Loyola Law School, and is a senior editor of Cross-Currents.org, where this first appeared.

http://www.jewishpress.com/page.do/22684/Noah_Feldman_And_The_Fear_Of_Being_Different.html

Congressional anti-semitism task force launched

Congressional anti-Semitism task force launched

Published: 08/01/2007

The Congressional Human Rights Caucus announced a task force that would deal with anti-Semitism.

"The Congressional Anti-Semitism Task Force will provide insights into the depth and effects of anti-Semitism worldwide," said an announcement Tuesday from the Human Rights Caucus. "The Task Force's primary role is to bring to light specific cases of anti-Semitism and educate Members of Congress, world leaders and citizens about the horrors that these cases pose on society."

The task force, the initiative of Human Rights Caucus co-chairman Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), will be chaired by U.S. Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Ron Klein (D-Fla.).

Congressional caucuses are political groupings and have no legislative powers.

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/103360.html