May We Remember

Gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael.com
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In memory of a man who much of the world knew as one defined by and articulating the depths of the suffering which was the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel.
May his memory be a blessing.

Lives were formed and shaped, built and moving forward
In the hopes that the rejection and suspicion,
The paranoia and hatred of the past had finally gone away

Thriving Jewish life and vibrant Jewish communities
Became possible in Europe finally
After centuries of pogroms, pain and persecution
Liberation had come
Equality and freedom had won

Many believed that anti-Semitism
Was finally a thing of the past
Yet this virus of the soul had not died
But remained latent
Waiting for a time to lash out once again

In retrospect, with history behind us
We know when this happened with a vengeance
And most cannot quite comprehend humanity’s ability
To stand in silence, to hate, to allow murder like this

Most do not understand
The degradation and torture of another people
Like was done with Hitler at the helm

Most could not comprehend this happening again
Yet boycotts and hatred run rampant online and offline
They reek of a similar putrid odor
Of that of the thirties in a Germany
That most want to forget

Yet some cannot erase the memory
Of dignity ripped away, family stolen,
Lives lost and humanity crushed

May we remember every Holocaust survivor today
May we pray that G-d himself visit
And reveal Himself to them
As the one who never left them nor forsook them
Despite what their experience has been

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
and my Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
and not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
your walls are continually before Me.”
Isaiah 49:14-16

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
Out of Egypt I called My son…
I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms;
But they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love,
And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.
I stooped and fed them…
How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel?
My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.”
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8

Shabbat Shalom to you and to all Israel!

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Today is the Day

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The prompt is:

decide

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Today is the Day

Today is the day to decide
Not to stay silent in the face of injustice and hatred

Many learned a lesson they never wished they had
Some seventy years ago

Many stayed silent,
Thinking they would be safe

Many were slaughtered

Yet those who lived
To preserve themselves
Still lost their dignity

The shame that comes with regret
Is immeasurable
It’s reach insurmountable
May the blood-stained silence
Never prevail again

A people consumed with self-preservation and fear
Will not stand against that which kills your neighbor

Yet in not standing for your neighbor
You lose the essence of your humanity,
The ability to be free and whole
The ability to love

If we do not love our neighbor as ourself,
We do not love our Maker and Creator

May we learn from those who lived through such darkness
To love our Maker,
To love our neighbor
To not remain silent today

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Israel’s Cry

In peering at the Holocaust, one witnesses the depths of the depravity of man. In hearing survivor’s stories, only tears can answer and soothe the deep heartache of these ones. As daily terror against Israel (in words, deeds and boycotts) continues and increases with an energy only resolute hatred or anti-Semitism can explain, I am concerned about what is to come.

Where are the courageous ones standing against the tide of anti-Semitism today? May many who are filled with love for the people of G-d’s choosing be strong and resolute in love in these days. May we hear Israel’s cry and the cry of the heart of G-d.

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Israel’s Cry

Israel’s cry is a deep cry
It is a heart-wrenching cry
It is a cry that must be heard

Israel’s cry resounds
On the earth and in the heavens
It is a cry that will not go away
It will be answered

Israel’s cry is a cry
That prophesies
Israel’s cry is a cry
Deeper than words

Israel’s cry touches
The very heart of G-d

Will you hear the cry of a people
Set apart yet reviled
Will you hear the cry of a people
Aching for their G-d

Will you hear the cry of G-d
Longing for his firstborn
Will you hear the cry of Abba
Aching for his children to be near

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To Love the G-d of Israel

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To those who have been reading daily, I apologize for the delay in posting this. You may understand when you read this post.

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 30: Bacon

Bacon is a difficult word prompt for me. Let me explain why.

About seventeen years ago, I accidentally landed upon a path that has been wonderful yet filled with heartache in many ways. It has been a lonely road and it took me years to comprehend why. The path has been to learn about and walk with the G-d of Israel and the people of Israel.

If you ask the average person that has been a part of what has historically been called the “church,” you may never know that the faith began as a Jewish sect. The church seems to be a place where it is very rare to learn about the dynamic Jewish experience and the story of the historical people of Israel. Most would know that Jesus was a Jew even though some still desire to rewrite this historical fact due to their hatred of all things Jewish.

The story goes on. I connected with G-d as the G-d of Israel almost two decades ago. It has been a journey I would never ever regret. As I mentioned earlier, it has been lonely and isolating at times. As I’ve delved into the study of Jewish history, their story is filled with loneliness, isolation and rejection.

The overall Jewish experience at the hands of those who profess to believe in Israel’s long-awaited messiah has been utterly horrible. Rejection and isolation would have been kind compared to what the historical realities are. There are not words to adequately describe this tragic and dark history nor the Jewish people’s anguish and persecution by Christians. I realize that you may be shocked by this information but the reality is undeniable. This history can no longer be denied nor argued away. It must be taken seriously.

If you have a courageous heart, I implore you to take a glimpse of this story for yourself. Please stare at it with open eyes and an open heart and be willing to ask some deep and difficult questions.

A book written by the late Catholic priest Father Edward Flannery, originally published in 1965, chronicles twenty-three centuries of anti-Semitism. Father Flannery wrote a “confessional” history of the historical church’s longstanding mistreatment and hatred of the Jewish people. His post-Holocaust self-reflective hope was to see many own and repent over such sins. He links the church’s anti-Semitism to ancient pagan anti-Semitism. This faulty foundation of anti-semitism in the church opened the door for supersessionist ideology, the claim that the church was the new and true Israel. This ideology thrived among the early church fathers and has proven to be a seedbed for some of the most vile and abhorrent acts of murder and hatred of the Jewish people ever expressed throughout history.

Most surprising of all is that this history has been mostly hidden and ignored in the halls of churches and the classrooms of theological seminaries. Yet the Jewish community is starkly aware of it. Here is an excerpt from Flannery’s book to this point, “The vast majority of Christians, even well educated, are all but totally ignorant of what happened to Jews in history and the culpable involvement of the Church…the anti-Semitic record does not appear in Christian history books or social studies, and because Christians are not inclined to read histories of anti-Semitism. Jews on the other hand are by and large acutely aware of this page of history if for no other reason than that it is so extensively and intimately intermingled with the history of the Jews and Judaism. It is little exaggeration to state that those pages of history Jews have committed to memory are the very ones that have been torn from Christian (and secular) history books.”

All that to say, caring about Israel in a world of people who profess to follow a Jewish man is harder than you’d think. 1900 years of a rewritten identity of this Jewish man is sad and it is painful. It is heartbreaking. And because most don’t know this history, people are shocked by even small pieces of this information. Many get offended when the subject is brought up and many want to stay ignorant of the hard facts and the real realities.

Yet, how can there be any real reconciliation between Jews and Christians without dealing with this history? How can the church be absolved if they never ask forgiveness for these crimes? How can those who follow this Jewish man walk outside of hypocrisy and into reality without dealing with him as a Jew?

Outside of the historical truths, what is the core identity of the messiah that the masses say they follow? Who was he? Where did he live? Who was his family? What was his background? It’s like knowing someone without knowing their personal history, their family background, the joys and heartaches of their experience, what they love and what they don’t. All of these things are simply thoughts and questions to stir hunger and hopefully shed light on the subject.

So what about bacon besides the obvious fact that it isn’t kosher. In light of what we’re talking about, Jews were forced to eat bacon to prove they had converted to Christianity or they would face death during the days of the Spanish inquisition. This is the history of the church. This is the history of the Jewish people.

Reconciliation is the goal. Yet the hard work of reconciliation is hard work. And oftentimes we don’t want to do the hard work until it comes knocking on our door, and oftentimes it comes later than we had wished. Germans know this better than any modern culture. A nation professing belief in the one G-d, yet standing by while the Jews in their midst slowly but surely had everything, ultimately their lives, taken from them.

If all of this sounds too heavy and is confusing, it is heavy but it doesn’t have to be confusing. Let me connect you a couple of resources to look into it on your own. Contact me on the comments page if you have throughts/questions.

Note: In using the term “church” I am referring to all parts of what has historically been considered a part of the church including Catholics, Protestants and other Orthodox churches.

The Anguish of the Jews by Edward H. Flannery
Link to New Revised & Updated Paperback Edition: http://www.amazon.com/The-Anguish-Jews-Twenty-Three-Antisemitism/dp/0809143240

Link to Used Edition: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=anguish+of+the+jews

Link to Electronic Edition:
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=J40gNC7cxfYC&rdid=book-J40gNC7cxfYC&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_atb

Our Hands are Stained with Blood by Michael Brown
http://askdrbrown.myshopify.com/collections/special-deals/products/special-buy-our-hands-are-stained-with-blood-book-and-receive-a-free-dvd

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 29: Sea

“We’re going to drive them into the sea!”

That was the rhetoric of the Arab Muslim leaders to their followers regarding the Jews in the early days of the rebirth of the Jewish nation called Israel. The Arab leaders encouraged annihilation back then as they encourage hatred today.

“Just get rid of the Jews; push them into the Mediterranean Sea and take over all of the land partitioned to the Jews and to the Arabs.”

Before the rebirth of Israel, the Brits controlled the land. Before the Brits the Turks (the Ottoman Empire) controlled the area for hundreds of years. But furthest back and most prominent in the history of this area was Israel and always will be Israel.

G-d created a people who he called his own people. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are these people. The Jewish people are these people. G-d led their descendants to the land he promised to them. Eventually this land became Israel.

Today the land is called Israel again. After a tragic 2,000-year history of terrible persecution for the Jewish people up to the Holocaust, the Jewish people are home again.

As many rage against Israel and multitudes rage against the Jewish people, it’s time to make a choice to stand against this injustice against G-d and his choosing of Israel. It’s time to choose to stand with G-d and to stand with the Jewish people and Israel.

History of Israel http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/History/Pages/Facts%20about%20Israel-%20History.aspx

Israel in Maps http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/Maps/Pages/Israel%20in%20Maps.aspx

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 27: Perhaps

Perhaps things are better than they seem
Perhaps the hatred we see is not really hatred at all
Perhaps the darkness of young ones
desiring to murder Jews in the name of god
isn’t as bad as it seems
Perhaps peace is possible
Perhaps

Perhaps the world will not continue in their anti-Semitic ways
Perhaps Israel will not be hated continually,
in the same way Jews have been hated century after century
Perhaps

Perhaps the kings will bow before the one G-d
Perhaps the enemies of G-d will stop their hating
Perhaps those who hate the G-d of Israel
will change their ways
and change their minds
and change their hearts
Perhaps

May the wicked turn to G-d
that they may not perish in their wickedness
May those who glorify death
turn from their wicked ways
and seek the living G-d who gave them life

May the haters find G-d’s love
May those seeking death find G-d’s life
May those given to darkness encounter G-d’s light

May G-d keep and protect his people Israel
from those seeking their destruction
May Israel find deliverance and life
in the G-d who has never forgotten nor forsaken them
May Israel run into the heart of G-d
who made Israel for his own glory

Baruch haShem

Standing with Israel, Standing with G-d

O G-d, do not be silent;
 do not hold aloof; 
do not be quiet, O G-d! For Your enemies rage,
 Your foes assert themselves. They plot craftily against Your people,
 take counsel against Your treasured ones. They say, “Let us wipe them out as a nation; 
Israel’s name will be mentioned no more.”…pursue them with Your tempest, 
terrify them with Your storm. Cover their faces with shame
 so that they seek Your name, O Lord…May they know
 that Your name, Yours alone, is the Lord, 
supreme over all the earth. Tehillim/Psalm 83

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Do Not Be Silent

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 24: Silence

When the poor suffers
The peoples cry out
When injustice is prevalent on every side
Nations lift their voices
Yet when Israel suffers,
the world is eerily silent

Every time
in
Every generation
when Jews suffer
those standing against injustice
fall strangely silent

Every generation
when Jews suffer
the blame games begin
The lies of Jew hatred are told

Another generation
of the descendants
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob suffer loss

So few care
And so many justify
This vile loathing

Over and over and over again
Hatred of Israel rises and falls

Today Jew hatred
is rising again
A tide of anti-Semitism
is slowly overtaking
and we must fight back

We cannot remain silent
We cannot stick our heads in the mud
or cover our eyes and ears
and ignore Israel’s situation

A Jewish nation is treated
as Jews have been treated
Over and over again

This hatred is the same
and we must stand against it
with our voices, our actions
and our lives

Join those who are awake
and willing to stand
on Israel’s behalf

The following links are worth watching/reading:
Netanyahu’s 45 Seconds of Silence at U.N. Oct. 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YllqrXMkDWo

Netanyahu Full Speech & Transcript at U.N. Oct. 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQp8XZc8bv0

Deafening Silence Op-Ed
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/10/15/terrorism-israel-deafening-silence/

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Love = Do Not Be Silent

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 7: Love

How can we stand with
and love the people of Israel
in these days and this time?

How can we NOT BE SILENT
as the majority were
just seventy years ago

We must lift our voices
We must cry out
We must sound the trumpet

In these days, in this time
We cannot stand and watch
anti-Semitism go unopposed
It is not an option to be SILENT yet again

May many in this generation lift our voices
with and on behalf of Zion,
Jerusalem, the Jewish people

May we make a choice and do what is right
May we be righteous in the sight of G-d and man
May we stand with Zion and Jerusalem
and Israel in days of crisis
and tell them
Love, life, hope and deliverance are coming for Zion
and all Israel

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