Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Franciscans, EU to Open Yeshiva in Poland

Recall that Opus Dei supports rabbinic seminarians HERE.

Catholic friars to open Hebrew academy in Poland

(AFP) July 21, 2009

WARSAW — Roman Catholic Franciscan friars are to open Poland's first privately-run Hebrew academy in October with the approval of the country's chief rabbi and a Polish cardinal, its rector said Tuesday.

"We've started recruiting and there's a lot of interest. We're thinking of accepting 45 students for a start," academy rector Father Maksymin Tandek told AFP.

"During my studies in Israel, I discovered its rich and beautiful history. Jews lived in Poland for a thousand years. My dream is to preserve the wealth and beauty of their society here," he said.

The three-year-long programme at the academy located in Torun, north-east Poland, will focus on Hebrew literature, linguistics, Israeli history, Poland's Jews, and modern, rabbinical and biblical Hebrew as well as Syrian and Aramaic.

"Polish archives and libraries contain a large number of documents with an an enormous wealth of Jewish thought, but now no one is examining them. We need specialists to catalogue them and make them public," Tandek said.

European Union funds will cover half of the operation costs of the academy, open to high school graduates. Students will have to pay 2,000 zloty (470 euros, 670 dollars) in tuition fees per semester, Tandek said.

The project has been endorsed by Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich and Roman Catholic Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former private secretary of the late Polish-born pope John Paul II.

The academy is to be based in Torun, a university town of 200,000 residents, also home to Radio Maryja, a Catholic fundamentalist broadcaster run by Father Tadeusz Rydzyk criticised for nationalist and anti-Semitic programming ...

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Related to this story is the rabbis' golem who calls herself 'Madonna' and her handlers scheduling a performance in the same area of Poland on the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother:

Poland Catholics oppose Madonna's concert

For some background on the history of antipathy between Catholics and the rabbis in Poland see Judaism Discovered pp 110-111 and Benedict XIV's encyclical A Quo Primum.

And it is worth recalling this moment in 'Jewish'-Catholic relations:

Pope John Paul II disciplined by his elder brother in the faith, Poland Chief Rabbi Menachem Joskowicz June 11, 1999. (AP File Photo / June 11, 1999)

In the past, traditionalists, seemingly unable to face the reality of the Judeo-Catholic relations racket, have dismissed this image as being photoshopped. I assure readers that it is authentic and the details of the incident it captures are documented here:

The Crosses of Auschwitz, Geneviève Zubrzycki


Anonymous said...

You couldn't make this stuff up if you wanted to. This is total insanity.

Prodinoscopus said...

Time for a lesson from a venerable Father and Doctor of the Church ...

Many, I know, respect the Jews and think that their present way of life is a venerable one. This is why I hasten to uproot and tear out this deadly opinion. I said that the synagogue is no better than a theater and I bring forward a prophet as my witness. Surely the Jews are not more deserving of belief than their prophets. "You had a harlot's brow; you became shameless before all". Where a harlot has set herself up, that place is a brothel. But the synagogue is not only a brothel and a theater; it also is a den of robbers and a lodging for wild beasts. Jeremiah said: "Your house has become for me the den of a hyena". He does not simply say "of wild beast", but "of a filthy wild beast", and again: "I have abandoned my house, I have cast off my inheritance". But when God forsakes a people, what hope of salvation is left? When God forsakes a place, that place becomes the dwelling of demons.

- St. John Chrysostom, First Homily Adversus Judaeos

Anonymous said...

Hindus glad that pop icon Madonna finally "woke up"

Mon, Aug 3 04:00 PM

Nevada (US), Aug.3 (ANI): Hindus are happy to note that American entertainer Madonna finally "woke up".

Writing an exclusive article in July 31 edition of Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Madonna wrote that she was looking for an answer for quite some time which she has now found in Kabbalah.

Indian American leader Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that they were happy that Madonna finally "found an answer" to her quest for the meaning of life. But, if she wanted, she was still welcome back to further explore the rich philosophical thought of Hinduism in the future. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist her, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.

Madonna writes in this article titled "I found an answer" that she felt "something was missing in my life". "I was raised a Catholic... but none of my questions ever really got answered...I was practicing Yoga for years and studying Sanskrit.

I had read many books by the great Yogi Masters and Indian Avatars. I studied Buddhism and the teachings of the Dali Lama. I studied Taoism and the Art of War...I read about the Gnostics and the early Christians. I learned a lot and I was very inspired but I still could not connect the dots...".

Talking about her exploration of Kabbalah, Madonna further wrote: "All the questions I had about life began to be answered...All the puzzle pieces started falling into place...I woke up...I also began to see that being Rich and Famous wasn't going to bring me lasting fulfillment...it was the beginning of the journey."

Kabbalah (Qabbalah) incorporates teachings of Jewish mystics. Hinduism is the oldest religion of the world and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal. Golden Globe winner Madonna (Evita) is singer-actress-dancer- songwriter- record producer- film director and producer-author-entrepreneur- fashion designer-etc., and Rolling Stone described her as "one of the greatest pop acts of all time". (ANI)