Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal
Over time, I have covered most Jewish and Israeli holidays and commemorative days, one of the exceptions being those following the Jewish New Year, namely Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. These three are related; in Israel the last two are celebrated as one. “Simchat Torah” literally means “The Joy of the Torah;” it commemorates the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. I skipped them due to their lesser importance; yet, in the 2012 celebrations an incredible event took place. On October 9, the rabbi of Moshav Brosh in the Negev—whose name wasn't disclosed—was arrested by the Israeli police after he became the main suspect of stealing seven Torah scrolls from his synagogue. This was found during the celebration of Simchat Torah; since this festival symbolizes a public affirmation of Jewish identity, the event is especially symbolic.
The theft was discovered by the eldest son of Mordechai Vaknin, a resident of Moshav Brosh. During the “Akafot”—the traditional encircling of the synagogue with the scrolls—he got permission from his father to open the stylish box where the scrolls were kept, in order to see them for the first time. He rushed to the exciting task only to find the scrolls had been replaced with paperboard, so that no one would feel the difference while carrying the box around. “Dad, this isn't a Torah scroll. There’s no parchment, it's fake,” said the kid to his father, and the police were called. Despite the specific scroll being kept by the synagogue and its rabbi, it was the property of the Vaknin family; they had bought it four months before. The missing scrolls are valued at between $12,900 and $31,000.
Following his arrest, the unnamed rabbi said to the press: “I'm a bit confused. I intend to return the stuff. I would like to apologize to anyone who might have been hurt by this.”
The event is fascinating. “Torah” is Hebrew for “Doctrine,” or “Teachings,” and is the name reserved to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament. The best known teachings are the Ten Commandments; one of them is in Exodus 20:15, “Thou shalt not steal.” The rabbi openly acknowledged having broken the rules he preaches, in addition to the State laws. “Well, this is an exemption, they exist in every human society,” would sensible Jews exclaim at this point. Their excuse is not true on two levels.
In the most basic analysis, it is difficult to trust the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. In Rabbinical Fake: 6000 Differences I commented on discrepancies appearing in different manuscripts of the Old Testament. Some of them can be explained by the fact that during most of their history, they were handwritten. Torah scrolls—like the abovementioned—are handwritten even nowadays; this explains their high value. Tired scribes made typos and changed the meaning; the most popular error is the transformation of “she” (“ee”) into “he” (“oo,” a yod letter becomes a vav), the difference is a vertical line spanning the height of half a letter. However, some errors were intentional and aimed at changing prophetic meanings, especially if they had Christian implications. In Jewish Manipulations of the Bible I analyzed such a modification in the texts of Acts 15:16-18 (New Testament) and Amos 9:11-12 (Old Testament). Essentially, the robbing rabbi could claim the Ten Commandments have been forfeited. He could cite the fact that Samaritans have a different version of the Ten Commandments. How could one trust such an ambiguous text?
However, the robbing rabbi doesn't need to go into such complexities. For over two-thousand years rabbis have not used the Old Testament; instead they rely on an interpretation of it called the Talmud. In times of Jesus, the Talmud was still incomplete, but its foundations already influenced the behavior of the rabbis. The manipulation of the Mosaic Law for their personal profit—the main task of the Talmud—is time and again denounced by Jesus. The strongest text on the issue is the whole of Chapter 23 in the Gospel of Matthew. However, that’s not the only relevant text. He said:
Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:6-9)
The problem is that the Talmud turns around every Law, allowing rabbis to commit any crime in the name of God. For example, the Talmud teaches in Baba Bathra, Folio 54b, that non-Jews have no property rights. Their possessions are “like unclaimed land in the desert.” The passage appears on page 222 of the English Soncino edition: “Rab Judah said in the name of Samuel: The property of a heathen is on the same footing as desert land; whoever first occupies it acquires ownership.” This means that robbing a non-Jew is not robbery at all. Our robbing rabbi could claim the people he robbed from are not Jews and thus he is innocent.
However, as claimed at the beginning of this section, the problem runs deeper.
The robbing rabbi is not an exception
The robbing rabbi may not be the rule, but he clearly is not an exception. There is no way a complete review of rabbinical crimes in the State of Israel could be reviewed in this article. Recently, I reported on "Rabbi accused of bribery appointed Head of Jerusalem Rabbinical Court". In May 2012, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar appointed Rabbi Yisrael Yifrah to head the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, a court that is just one level below the Great Rabbinical Court. Shortly before that, Rabbi Yifrah had his name removed from a list of candidates to the latter court because he was accused of bribery, extortion, and refusing to compel abusive husbands to grant their wives a divorce. He is unable to refute the accusations, yet, he lives well and happy, enjoying his new job while ruining the lives of many.
In Monster Rabbi, I expanded on Rabbi Dov Lior. Among his notable achievements are:
*He legitimized killing non-Jews during wartime; this is used by the IDF while using Palestinian human shields – including children.
*He ruled that Jewish women should not use sperm donated by a non-Jewish man, claiming that a baby born through such an insemination will have the negative genetic traits that characterize non-Jews. He literally said: “Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring.”
*He is directly connected to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Leading rabbis have testified that he was the source of rulings labeling the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin a "rodef" and a "moser" (“pursuer” and “giver,” in other words a traitor who endangers Jewish lives). Yigal Amir - Rabin's assassin - used to travel to Hebron to get advice from the rabbi.
*He instructed Baruch Goldstein, who massacred many Palestinians praying at the Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994. After the massacre, the rabbi ruled that Goldstein was “holier than all the martyrs of the Holocaust” (and the ADL didn’t sue him!).
*Menachem Livni, who headed a terror organization dubbed the "Jewish Underground" and was convicted of murders testified that the spirit behind the Underground was the rabbi Dov Lior. The latter was very specific in his demands, and according to the testimony of the murderer, the rabbi was involved in the details and decided how and when they would act. Lior pressured the hesitant perpetrators to blow up six buses with all their passengers. The buses were loaded with explosives with the object of killing hundreds. Only the delay enabled the Shin Bet security service to arrest them at the last minute.
Shmuel Eliyahu is the rabbi of Tzfat. Recently, he issued a decree instructing residents not to rent rooms or houses to Israeli Arabs. The last are full citizens of the State of Israel. Subsequently, posters appeared all over the town, saying: “Don't rent rooms to Arabs. Don't give work to Arabs. Don't give Arabs any foothold in our community.” Jews renting rooms to Israeli Arabs (in other words Palestinians with Israeli citizenship) got telephonic threats. One such a case was that of Eliyahu Zvieli (89, survivor of WWII) who rented rooms to three Palestinian students. He reported that "People have called the house and threatened to attack, they said they would burn it down if we don't leave." Other odd events related to strange rabbinical interpretations of the Bible can be read at Rabbi Lays down Religious Basis for Attack on Syria and many other places, including the official media of the State of Israel.
Invariably, in all these events we witness behavior and interpretations that contradict the principles of God’s teachings. Incredibly, they even contradict the laws of the State of Israel, an entity recently defined as “inflicting terror” by the UN. Most of the time, these criminals enjoy the protection of that state. One must conclude that these crimes are not only accepted and common, but are the real hidden law behind that society.
Complex laws and their even more complex interpretations—both kept largely inaccessible to the people—are the root of evil. They allow corrupt priests and humanist administrators to thrive in happy camaraderie, ruining the lives of innocents. The State of Israel is as ungodly as these rabbis are. A robbing rabbi is an aberration to God. Instead, the Laws of God are simple and were summarized two millennia ago in the Gospel of Matthew 22:37-40: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
P.S. Nuff said.