Wednesday, December 19, 2012

For Advent, 'The Remnant' Offers 'Hope' in Rabbinic Fables

In keeping with the traditional Catholic kosher imperative, 'The Remnant' has published an article titled, "Lessons of Hanukkah for 2012" which offers the Talmudic fable of 'the miracle of the oil which lasts 8 days' as hope to neotraditionalists despairing a litany of issues approved for them to despair.

The Chanukah 'miracle of the oil' has its origin in Talmud tractate Shabat 21b and is generally accepted as originating 600 years after the events recorded in Book of Maccabees. Numerous rabbinic scholars have determined that the fable was invented at a time when militant Judaism would be a liability (c.f. the Bar Kochba rebellion), and so the 'miracle of the oil' was contrived and emphasized over the militant theme in the Book of Maccabees to mollify fanatics and thereby avoid backlash. This is an example of Judaic dispensationalism at work. For our time, when fear of backlash is less, we can see that the militant theme of Chanukah is more heavily emphasized (c.f. George W. Bush's White House Chanukah party speeches, Chabad Chanukah literature).

During the Advent season of 2012 we should find hope in anticipation of the commemoration of the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ who drove the moneychangers from the Temple, chastened the rabbis' pharisaic forefathers, healed the sick, raised the dead and conquered sin by His own death and resurrection, not a silly rabbi-contrived "miracle" that even Judaic people are wont to poke fun at and liken to arriving at a gas station when the fuel gauge is near empty. This kind of regressive bait-and-switch itself would cause despair to any thinking Christian.

Let us find hope in the countless Christians; St. Stephen, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John Chrysostom, St. Vincent Ferrer, et al, who putting aside "fear of 'the Jews," preached the unvarnished Gospel and converted 'Jews' rather than converting the message to one Judaic sensibilities can tolerate. This is true cooperation of man with the will of God which the true Church was built upon and it's the only way a true restoration of the same can take place.


Malleus Haereticorum said...

Kudos on taking "The Remnant" to task.

Fear of the Jews? Editor Michael Matt has been in a state of knee-knocking terror ever since the loathsome SPLC accused the periodical of being a hate group some years ago.

The inevitable next step in the self-inflicted Judaization of the paper has now taken place -- an ostensibly traditionalist Catholic publication further degrading and delegitimizing itself by heaping praise on a holiday that even most Jews recognize as minor and insignificant.

One takes comfort and pleasure in the knowledge that "The Remnant" is (surprise!) continuing to hemorrhage readers and subscribers at an ever-increasing pace. The sooner it and its bogus Catholicism disappear, the better.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Malleus.

As if the Remnant's enthusiastic support for Judaizing the Good Friday liturgy wasn't treason enough! A "Papal Masterstroke" they called it:

Since the Remnant has steadily lost their base of practicing Catholic subscribers, to butter their bread they must pander to the neo-Pharisees of the Novus Ordo and their Pharisee overlords.

Abe said...

"We have tried using the traditional four candles for the four Sundays of Advent. This has not usually work well for us, and I don’t know why.

But two things have been consistently helpful in preparing for Christmas. One is to ask the Lord what particular thing He would like me to do for Advent. And the other is to observe the Feast of Hanukkah, which this year begins at sundown on December 19 and runs for eight nights."

The Traditions of Advent and Hanukkah by Sue Towne

"Like most good Catholics, we’re celebrating Hanukkah this year. It was my daughter’s idea, one inspired by a classmate’s confession that, in her Catholic-Jewish home, they celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, which of course yields more presents."

A very Catholic Hanukkah

"I knew my classmates lit candles, and that sometimes Hanukkah fell more near to Christmas Day than others — but that was about it. Such is the cultural myopia of a Christian focused on his Savior’s birth...That which is no threat to one’s own culture or faith should be embraced for its contributions to cultural richness. As for my own faith, the longer I moved into adulthood, the more I felt more spiritually energized and enlightened by Advent than by Christmas itself (although, in a way that counter-intuitively rejoiced in its Jewishness, I clearly love Christmas as well). Advent’s promise of a profound change in our very covenant with our Lord somehow appeals to me more (maybe because of what might be an over-intellectualized conceit of mine) than does an idyllic baby in a manger, helpless and majestic at one and the same time...And, for once, I felt enough embarrassed by my cultural cluelessness to take the time to find out what this Jewish celebration is all about.
And, lo and behold, I found it eerily similar to Advent. From the website, the page called “Chanukah in a Nutshell..."

Hanukkah Before Advent

Abe said...

"...the light of Advent steadily growing as we look forward to Christmas, and forward to the Second Coming -- but unmistakably, there is an older part to this story, and we keep those lights burning, too. The flames in the menorah don't illuminate the path forward; they are a different kind of light, a commemoration, and a call to courage...Four candles of Advent, the simple pillars holding up the foundations of our world -- and in between those foundations, the many flames of the Hanukkah candles, doubled and tripled as they burn. They are a little army, reminding me of how the world will be, as long as it lasts: if we want peace and freedom, someone's going to have to take up a sword."

More Light

*** WARNING: a big bag of stupid ***
pig sacrificed on the altar?
oh that's right it is in the lutheran bible's book of talmud
quoting from garrison keillor & mormons?

12-12-12 - Advent Sermon - Christmas and Hanukkah - Pastor David Anglin

Anonymous said...

Fellay's Trads are headed for the cliff!

Anonymous said...

I ve stopped reading The Remnant after they ve pulbished interview with Zionist Krah. Thanks for posting this. Now i see it was good decision.

@ Malleus Haereticorum
Thanks for your explanation.


Unknown said...

I sent Michael Matt a stinging email before he went crawling off to Rome with the useful idiot neo-cons supporting the judeophile liberal modernist regime of the post-conciliar papacies.
I asked him ironically if he was going to have strong words with the pope about his plans to hybridise The Latin Mass.
Yes the Krah interview was the last straw. Only a blindman could fail to see the egg all over Bishop Fellay's face after he fooled himself he could get a deal with the ecclesiastical masonic regime in Rome.