Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

The real, non-biblical rabbinic Sabbath traditions, which "hang like mountains by a string" which Benedict lauds euphemistically and associates with Jesus Christ in his Orwellian address to rabbis and EJC-type characters in France who he calls "the children of the Promise, the children of the Covenant, beloved brothers and sisters in the faith" are elucidated in Judaism Discovered pp. 942-952.

In the Gospel Jesus and the disciples pick grain on the Sabbath, Jesus heals on the Sabbath and instructs the lame man who He healed at the pool at Bethsaida to carry his bed on the Sabbath. This was all contrary to the rabbi/Pharisees' tyrannical man-made Sabbath laws which Jesus wholly condemned. Jesus didn't praise the Pharisees for reading scripture on the Sabbath while overlooking their tyrannical, anti-biblical Sabbath laws as Benedict does here.

Furthermore, Talmud tractate Yoma, which Benedict cites approvingly, is filled with anti-goy legalism, notably, the double-standard of compensation for damages which the Soncino footnotes explains thus:

The Jewish owner of an ox which has gored an ox owned by a [Gentile], is not obliged to pay damages, whereas the [Gentile] would have to pay full damage, whether the owner had been forewarned or not. The Jewish owner of an ox who has gored an ox owned by a fellow-Jew, if not forewarned must pay half of the damage; if forewarned, full damage. (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 85a Soncino footnote v.5)

Benedict XVI, a well educated man who is knowledgeable of rabbinic tradition, is perpetrating a diabolical fraud. He's attempting to create harmony between Mark 2;27 and Talmud Yoma 58b. If the rabbi/Pharisees who wrote the Talmud really intended that observance of Sabbath rest was subordinate to the needs of men, as Jesus taught in Mark 2:27, then why did they attack Jesus for healing on the Sabbath? Why do they--to this day--rule that Judaic doctors may not treat a dying non-Judaic person on the Sabbath unless it would cause trouble to "the Jews" to not do so? Why must "Jews" to this day not turn on light switches on the Sabbath, wash dishes, push baby strollers, etc., etc. ad infinitum? Why must they be roped into a rabbi-designated ghetto (eruv) to get some relief from the myriad of tyrannical, impossible to observe rabbinic Sabbath laws?

What a farce.

(SEPTEMBER 12 - 15, 2008)



Elysée Palace, Paris
Friday, 12 September 2008

Dear friends, it is with great pleasure that I meet with you this evening. Our meeting auspiciously coincides with the vigil of the weekly celebration of the shabbat, the day which from time immemorial has occupied a significant position in the religious and cultural life of the people of Israel. Every pious Jew sanctifies the shabbat with the reading of the Scriptures and the reciting of the Psalms. Dear friends, as you know, the prayer of Jesus also was nourished by the Psalms. Regularly he went to the temple and the synagogue. There he too listened to the word on the Sabbath. There he wanted to underline the goodness with which God cares for man, even in the arrangement of time. Does not the Talmud Yoma (85b) say: the Sabbath is offered to you, but you are not offered to the Sabbath? Christ has asked the people of the Covenant to recognize always the unprecedented greatness and love of the Creator for all humanity. Dear friends, because of that which unites us and that which separates us, we share a relationship that should be strengthened and lived. And we know that these fraternal bonds constitute a continual invitation to know and to respect one another better.

By her very nature the Catholic Church feels obliged to respect the Covenant made by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, the Church herself is situated within the eternal Covenant of the Almighty, whose plans are immutable, and she respects the children of the Promise, the children of the Covenant, as her beloved brothers and sisters in the faith. She compellingly repeats, through my voice, the words of the great Pope Pius XI, my beloved predecessor: Spiritually, we are Semites (Allocution to the Belgian Pilgrims, 16 September 1938). The Church therefore is opposed to every form of anti-Semitism, which can never be theologically justified. The theologian Henri de Lubac, in a time of darkness, as Pius XII (Summi Pontificatus, 10 October 1939) described it, added that to be anti-Semitic also signifies being anti-Christian (cf. Un nuovo fronte religioso in: Israele e la Fede Cristiana [1942]). Once again I feel the duty to pay heartfelt recognition to those who have died unjustly and to those that have dedicated themselves to assure that the names of these victims may always be remembered. God does not forget!

I cannot neglect, on an occasion such as this, to recall the eminent role played by the Jews of France in the building up of the whole nation and of their prestigious contribution to her spiritual patrimony. They have given - and continue to give - great figures to the spheres of politics, culture and the arts. To each one of them I extend affectionate and respectful wishes and with fervour I invoke upon all of your families and upon all of your communities a special Blessing of the Lord of time and of history. Shabbat shalom!



Tony said...

Maurice, I'm confused. You quoted BT 85a, whereas the pope quoted BT 85b. You did not make a straight comparison.

Maurice Pinay said...

Dear Br. Anthony,

Actually, Benedict quoted Mark 2;27 verbatum but said the words are from Yoma 85b which has a similar saying with different wording mixed in with some pilpul (dialectical argumentation). The saying does not represent rabbinic teaching on Sabbath observance in any way. Benedict is apparently attempting to create kinship where there is none. Scholars and "Judeo-Christians" often make this absurd comparison between Mark 2;27 and Yoma 85b--absurd because anyone who knows rabbinic sabbath laws knows they are as far from Jesus' teaching on Sabbath observance as black is from white.

I quoted the Soncino footnote from Yoma 85a as an aside. The pope's statement leaves the uninformed with the impression that Talmud tractate Yoma is some kind of benevolent, enlightened text, similar to the Gospel. My objective is to demonstrate that it absolutely is not.

Tony said...

Thanks for the response.

JesusOverIsrael said...

they used to tell us in yeshiva the saying More than the Jew keeps Sabbath, the Sabbath keeps the Jew. i am not sure where it is from, but it is talmudic.

as far as i know, Jewish law would permit faith healing of the sort Jesus did in His day.

but other things, like not washing ceremonially for bread and picking grain would be interdicted.

some commentators claim that Jesus' disciples picked grain because they were not shown hospitality in the town and had no provisions prepared for sabbath and thus had no alternative.

Jewish law always permits breaking sabbath restrictions if life is imperilled, but probably would not have permitted the Disciples to pick grain since they were not in mortal danger of their lives.

But despite all this, Jesus' citation of David eating from the shew bread and the Priests breaking sabbath restrictions in their normal Temple duties (and then saying that One greater than David, and the Temple, is here with you...) has no precedent in Jewish law and is utterly shocking to the Jewish mindset.