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From the Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitism Dept.

Sydney Indymedia have a disgusting piece from Dr Ed. Fields, a fixture on neo-nazi sites and author of hate literature such as The Jewish Origins of Communism (hat tip: Tim Blair). Given that I happen to be Jewish and have more than a passing knowledge of Judaism, I have taken the liberty to fisk this extraordinary piece of hatred and lies.

One of the great myths of our time is that a Jewish synagogue is the same thing as a Christian church. Even the Jews disagree with this. Most people think that the only difference is that Christians believe that the Messiah has already arrived in the personage of Jesus Christ while the Jews reject Christ.

What Are The Real Differences?

1) Christians believe that those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and lead a righteous life will be rewarded with eternal life in heaven while sinners who are unforgiven will go to hell.

The Jewish Encyclopedia (1948 edition) Vol. 5, page 269 states: “Heaven, it was thought. must merely be an idealized state of existence on earth!” In Vol. 4, page 484 it states: “Beliefs about the hereafter never solidified into dogmas in Judaism … Traditional Judaism consigns this subiect to the realm – of those hidden matters on which it is deemed inadvisable to speculate. The final destiny of the individual is subordinated to the question of the future of the Jewish people.”

(Thus Judaism is based on the future success of the Jewish race and not upon a heavenly reward from God. However, Orthodox Jews believe that the Judgement Day will arrive when all Gentiles are dominated by the Jewish nation!)

How pathetic that the author of this piece needs to quote the Jewish Encyclopedia to fisk our religion. I do not recall ever learning this book when I went to an Orthodox Jewish day school for 12 years. It is kind of like trying to fisk Christianity by quoting Readers Digest.

In any event, life after death is a very important concept in Judaism. a fundamental one in fact. The last of Maimonides 13 Principles of Faith (which every Jew is supposed to believe) concerns believing in resurrection of the dead. We are just supposed to focus on our deeds in this life.

Oh, by the way, we believe that good people who are not Jewish go to heaven. Not bad for the world’s “most evil religion.” Yet Dr Ed Fields would say that even good Jews go to hell for not believing in Jesus.

As for the contention that “Orthodox Jews believe that the Judgement Day will arrive when all Gentiles are dominated by the Jewish nation”, this is also incorrect. We believe that all of the world will recognize the true G-d, and all nations will flourish and live in peace. There is nothing about world domination.

When Jews join a synagogue, they sign a contract to pay so much money per year. The better the seating, the higher the price. There have been court cases of Jews being sued by the Rabbi after dropping out and not paying the contract in full. They may still owe hundreds or thousands of dollars! Tickets are also sold for special events in the synagogue during High Holy days.

In my (Orthodox) synagogue, membership is optional. There are no assigned seats whatsoever, so any guest can sit wherever he or she likes. Some synagogues do have a yearly membership and assigned seats, which I do not have a problem with since synagogues also have bills to pay. It is only fair that members of a synagogue contribute towards it longetivity.

But Fields makes a blanket statement about all Jews and all synagogues, insinuating that making money is the objective. This is palpably wrong..and offensive.

2) Christians will accept anyone into a church whether they can give large or small voluntary donations or nothing at all. Christians also give millions of dollars a year to help poor people throughout the world regardless of what religion they follow. The Jews do not believe in giving money to any organization unless it benefits a Jewish cause.

Is that a fact? Giving charity is a mitzvah (commandment), and this means charity to Jew and non-Jew alike. Some wealthy Jews prefer to give to Jewish causes, just like some wealthy Christians and Muslims prefer to give to Christian and Muslim causes. But there are incredibly wealthy Jews who do not donate at all to Jewish organizations.

Judaism is the only religion in the world which has no “missionary” program. They frown on converts and believe that one must be born of a Jewish mother in order to be recognized as a Jew. (Today many Jews will accept one born of a Jewish father.) It is Jewish blood which makes one a Jew. Jews actively try to discourage converts.

This is the most amusing criticism. Judaism is one of the only religions which does not have a history of murdering people who refuse to convert, and that makes Judaism an “evil” religion?

The philosophy behind this is that Judaism does not believe that members of other faiths are “going to hell” for not being Jews. We believe that good people go to heaven. We also believe that it is harder to be a good Jew than non-Jew, since we have 613 commandments to keep, rather than merely the 7 Noahide laws. So being a Jew is something to be taken seriously, and hence only serious applicants need apply.

Many who have married Jews and sought to become converts say they are never truly accepted by racial Jews as a “fellow Jew.”

When Fields says “many”, how many is he talking about? 10? 20? I guarantee that the vast majority of converts are accepted without prejudice by observant Jews. It is a sin to treat them any differently. I personally admire converts more than people who are born Jewish, since they arrived at their decision totally independently, despite all of the anti-Semitism and anti-Israel propoganda in the world.

3) Christian churches spend millions annually on missionary efforts world-wide to win one and all to the faith of Jesus Christ. All who are baptized and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior are happily welcomed into the fellowship of Christianity.

How nice. But I am personally more impressed with tolerance for other religions and cultures.

Judaism Is Based On Race

The Jewish Encyclopedia (l948 edition) in Vol. 6 regarding the striking differences which exist between Judaism and other religions states: The very name Judaism sharply differentiates it from other religions. Whereas Buddhism centers in Buddha, Christianity in Christ, Mohammedanism in Mohammed, Judaism centers in no particular personality – but in the Jewish people themselves … while Christianity is based upon events in the life of Christ, Judaism is based on occurrences in the history of the Jews.

“Christians look to Jesus Christ for their salvation and Godliness. In Judaism the center of gravity is in the Jewish people themselves.”

Once again quoting the Jewish Encyclopedia. Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Judaism focuses not on Jews but on man’s service to G-d. Jews have a specific role to play – to bring light unto the nations – and we have partially achieved that since the other monotheistic religions stemmed from Judaism.

Every religion has an element of ethnocentrism. Again, the litmus test is how well do members of a religion treat practicioners of other religions? Dare I say that Judaism has one of the more explemporary records in this regard.

“Jewish history records a continuous struggle against other nations and their religions … Judaism has grown out of the soul of the Jewish people and has been nourished by their life-blood. Hence it is not called Mosaism, prophetism, rabbinism, but Judaism – AFTER THE JEWISH PEOPLE THEMSELVES!”

Jewish history does indeed record “a continuous struggle against other nations and their religions”, but who attacked who?

As for the criticism of the term “Judaism”, what about Hinduism and Buddism? And who in their right mind would call it “rabbinism”? That is like calling Christianity “Priestism” and Islam “Muftiism.”

Christianity Forgives – Judaism Seeks Vengeance – The Jewish Encyclopedia states that another important difference is that Christians believe in “grace” while Jews believe in “justice!”

Grace is defined as a Christian receiving “the unmerited love and favor of God … and the forgiving of one’s enemies as we would have them forgive us.” Judaism believes in “JUSTICE” which is defined as “the reward or penalty as deserved just deserts or the punishment for a wrong.” ln other words, they reject the Christian ideal of loving one’s enemies or the “turning of the cheek.” Judaism teaches the punishment and even destruction of their enemies.

This guy is a “Dr”, yet his whole argument is based on an encyclopedia description of a religion?

For the record, if we believed in strict “justice”, don’t you think we would have gone a little medieval on the rest of the world by now, for treating us like yesterday’s trash? We are a pretty forgiving lot.

Judaism is based upon the “eternal hatred of all enemies” and calls for an “eye for an eye” and “a tooth for a tooth” philosophy. Thus the exacting of “vengeance” upon all opponents constitutes the very core of this strange religion and it is expressed in their famous motto: “NEVER FORGIVE – NEVER FORGET!” Could any religion be more opposite of Christianity?

I do not recall the last time we “exacted vengeance” on our opponents.

Anyone who bothers learning Judaism in more depth than the Jewish Encyclopedia may be familiar with the real meaning of an “eye for an eye”. It refers to the notion of compensation, which is a cornerstone of modern day torts law. In other words, if you injure someone (“eye”), then the injured party is entitled to compensation, the amount consisting of the amount of loss caused by the injury, such as loss of work capacity (“eye”).

The most respected leader within every Jewish community is he who has accumulated the most wealth!

Absolutely wrong! In Judaism, the most respected Jews are the most learned ones. Some communities may respect wealthy people, but that is just as endemic in non-Jewish societies.

Judaism is based upon the rewards of this life with its goal being financial success, luxury and living a life of pleasure and materialism.

No, Judaism is based on living a good life and doing good deeds. Having enough money to survive is important, but only the means to an end.

The Reflex, a magazine produced for Rabbis explains the role of the Rabbis: “He is valued most as the executive manager of a wealthy congregation. He knows and cherishes the power of money and is adept in matters of finance, mortgages and loans!”

I have never heard of this magazine. Even Google is of no help to me. Which is not surprising, given that no proper Rabbi would ever say this.

Bernard Lazare, one of the greatest Jewish writers in all history in his book “Anti-Semitism” on page 350 wrote: “The Jew is not satisfied with de-Christianizing, he destroys Catholic or Protestant faiths, he provokes indifference but he imposes his idea of the world, of morals and of life upon those whose faith he ruins. He works at his age old task, the annihilation of the religion of Christ!”

Lazare also wrote in this same book: “The only conquest the Jews have ever made is by the holding of gold. They became the masters of their masters, they dominated them for the Jews love of Gold, there can be no question.”

These quotes are used by many neo-nazi hate sites. But as Paul Halsall writes:

One will find Lazare’s book cited at many anti-semitic websites and in in anti-semitic publications. The reason for this is that Lazare conducted a major reveiw of the history of anti-semitism and, to a very large decree, can be read as having put the blame on Jews themselves.

This, however, is a misreading of his work. From the way he is cited by anti-semites it may come as something of a surprise to note that Lazare, a journalist, was famous as the first defender of Captain Dreyfus – the first Drefusyard. Moreover, he was perhaps the first French Jewish intellectual to commit fully to Zionism as a political solution. Here are comments by Aron Rodrigue.

Bernard Lazare has interested commentators and historians not only for his contribution to the revision of the Dreyfus case but also for his distinction as the first French Jew to make the transition from an almost self-hating endorsement of total assimilation as a solution to the Jewish problem to a full embrace of the cause of Zionism. Lazare’s deserved reputation as the first Dreyfusard in the public sphere became magnified by the extraordinary pen of Charles PÈguy, who elevated him to the rank of a Jewish Prophet, an incarnation of the essence of the Jewish “mystique,” of the Jewish “prophetic” tradition.

But I am sure Fields merely lifted these quotes from another hate site, without doing any research on the matter.

The London Jewish World of March 15, 1923 declared: “Fundamentally, Judaism is anti-Christian!” Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) became the first and only Jew ever to be Prime Minister of England. He wrote a book in 1858 entitled “Lord George Bentinck: A Political Biography.” Disraeli wrote on page 357 the following: “The people of God cooperate with atheists; the most skillful accumulators of property ally themselves with communists; this peculiar and chosen race touch the hand of all the scum and low casts of Europe! And all this because they wish to destroy that ungrateful Christendom whose tyranny they can no longer endure!”

Another quote that features heavily on hate sites, which I suspect is untrue, especially given this famous Disraeli quote:

“The Jews are a nervous people. Nineteen centuries of Christian love have taken a toll.”

Indeed.

Judaism’s Secret Book – The Talmud

Most Christians believe that the Jews follow only the Old Testament of the Holy Bible and reject the New Testament. The truth is their “real bible” is The Talmud. The Jewish book “The Mizbeach” states that “there is nothing superior to the ‘Holy Talmud’.

The Talmud is made of of 63 books and is often printed in about 18 large volumes. The Talmud was written by Rabbinical sages between the years 200 AD and 500 AD.

The Talmud represents the Oral Law in written form. We believe that the Written Law (Old Testament) can only be understood with the Oral Law, which was transmitted to Moses when he was on Mount Sinai. As such, it is an integral part of Judaism but is not more important than the Written Law.

And yes, it is no secret that we do not believe in the New Testament. So what?

While Chrstians follow the Twelve Commandments, the Jews follow the 613 Commandments of The Talmud. The BIG SECRET is -just what are these commandments of the Jews?

It is no secret. See for yourselves. The 613 commandements include these:

To love all human beings who are of the covenant (Lev. 19:18) (CCA60).

Not to stand by idly when a human life is in danger (Lev. 19:16) (CCN82). See Love and Brotherhood.

Not to wrong any one in speech (Lev. 25:17) (CCN48).

Not to cherish hatred in one’s heart (Lev. 19:17) (CCN78).

Not to take revenge (Lev. 19:18) (CCN80).

Not to bear a grudge (Lev. 19:18) (CCN81).

To leave the unreaped corner of the field or orchard for the poor (Lev. 19:9) (affirmative) (CCI1).

Not to refrain from maintaining a poor man and giving him what he needs (Deut. 15:7) (CCN62).

To give charity according to one’s means (Deut. 15:11) (CCA38).

Treatment of Gentiles

To love the stranger (Deut. 10:19) (CCA61).

Not to wrong the stranger in speech (Ex. 22:20) (CCN49).

Not to wrong the stranger in buying or selling (Ex. 22:20) (CCN50).

By the way, these are from the Old Testament, which Christians also believe in.

Eight Catholic Popes condemned the Talmud. Martin Luther, founder to the Protestant Church ordered it burned! Pope Clement VIII declared: “The impious Talmudic, Cabalistic and other wicked books of the Jews are hereby entirely condemned and they must always remain condemned and prohibited and this law must be perpetuallv observed.”

And this proves that Judaism is an evil religion? If anything, this reflects badly on the medieval Christians.

What The Talmud Rules About Christians

The Talmud holds that only Jews are true human beings and Gentiles are the “goyim” who are on the level with cattle and other animals. The following are shocking but exact quotes from the various books of “The Talmud.”

Sanhedrin 59a: “Murdering Goyim is like killing a wild animal.”

Abodah Zara 26b: “Even the best ofthe Gentiles should be killed. ”

Sanhedrin 59a: “A goy (Gentile) who pries into The Law (Talmud) is guilty of death.”

Libbre David 37: “To communicate anything to a Goy about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the Goyim knew what we teach about them, they would kill us openly.”

Yebhamoth 11b: “Sexual intercourse with a little girl is permitted if she is three years of age.”

Sanhedrin 105ab: “Jesus fornicated with his jackass.”

Gittin 57a: “Jesus is in hell and is being punished by being boiled in hot semen. Christians are boiled in dung.”

(NOTE: The violent hatred of the Jews for Jesus Christ is clearly expressed in The Talmud where it highly praises the torture and crucifixion of Jesus. It adds that Christ deserved four other sadistic types of death. It says that Jesus also deserved to be sunk in dung to the armpits and then strangled – sunk in dung to the armpits and then boiling lead poured down his throat to burn out his intestines – stoned to death, or decapitated!

Schabouth Hag. 6d: “Jews mav swear falsely by use of subterfuge wording.”

Zohar 1,160a: “Jews must always try to deceive Christians.”

Hilkkoth Akum X I: “Do not save Goyim in danger of death.”

Kilkhoth Akum X1: “Show no mercy to the Goyim.”

Choschen Hamm 388, 15: “If it can be proven that someone has given the money of Israelites to the Goyim, a way must be found after prudent consideration to wipe him off the face of the earth.”

Choschen Ham 266,1: “A Jew may keep anything he finds which belongs to the Akum (Gentile). For he who returns lost property (to Gentiles) sins against the Law by increasing the power of the transgressors of the Law. It is praiseworthy, however, to return lost property if it is done to honor the name of God, namely, if by so doing Christians will praise the Jews and look upon them as honorable people.”

Choschen Ham (156,5 Hagah): “The Jew is allowed to go to the Akum (Gentile), lead him on, do business with him, to deceive him and take his money. For the wealth of the Akum is to be regarded as common property and belongs to the first who can get it.”

Sotah, 12a: “The money of the truly righteous Jew is more precious to them even than their own bodies.”

I do not have time to go through all of these verses, popular with the neo-nazis. But I will say the following:

1. All of these verses are quoted out of context. If I desired, I could quote many Christian/Islamic quotes out of context to degrade Chrisitianity/Islam.

For instance, in many cases, it is not “Christian” being referred to, but rather idolatorer.

2. The Talmud was written in a period of intenses persecution and during the exile. Many statements in the Talmud reflect the times and are designed to minimize Jewish involvement with the non-Jewish societies in which they lived, so as to enable Judaism to survive. But as previously discussed, Judaism has a positive approach to the other religions.

Foes Destroyed During the Purim Feast

The Book of Esther is the only true Jewish book in the Old Testament. It was the last book added to the Bible by the ancient sages who long argued whether or not to exclude it. (Dr. Martin Luther stated that it should be removed from the Bible!)

It is the only book which does not mention the name of God one single time! It tells the story of Esther who uses her guiles to win over the king of Persia. He then grants the Jews the power to hang his Prime Minister Hamen and his ten sons along with the slaughtering of 75,000 other Gentiles!

I discussed this on Purim. We celebrate defeating our enemies who tried to annihilate us. It is the equivalent of us killing the nazis before they murdered us. This would surely be reason to celebrate!

Each year, the secret businessmen’s B’nai B’rith fraternity selects two Gentile enemies of the Jews who are to be hanged in effigy. Last year they hanged Yasser Arafat and Syrian President Assad. The year before it was Austrian President Kurt Waldheim and anti-Zionist U.N. leader V. Sofinsky.

It must be really secret because I have never heard of this. The Elders of Zion perhaps?

As for hanging Yasser Arafat, all I can say is hand me the rope!

Besides hanging “two enemies of Zion” in effigy, the Jews make dolls and cookies which are called “Hamen.” The celebrants then smash the dolls with hammers or stomp upon them with their heels screaming, “we have destroyed Hamen the enemy of the Jews. “They break the arms and legs off cookies and eat them saying “we have devoured Hamen.” All the while hissing and swinging noisemakers to drown out the name of the hated Hamen each time it is uttered.

The cookies are not called “Hamen”. We eat the cookies since they are delicious. They have no arms and legs. And while we do hiss at the name of Haman, wouldn’t you also hiss if Hitler’s name was mentioned?

Jews pray that this will be the fate of all the enemies of Zion! They have even denounced people of the U.S. Congress as “Hated Hamens” for voting against foreign aid to Israel. Can anyone visualize such a “feast of hatred” existing in any Christian Church? Such a vicious hatred is foreign to everything that can be called Christian!

I cannot visualize such hatred. And I am sure the people of Madrid, Chechnya, New York and Bali also cannot imagine anything as horrible as a group of people making a bit of noise, drinking wine and celebrating their good fortune.

The Shocking “Kol Nidre” Oath

Jewish prayer books hold the Kol Nidre, (“All Vows”) to be the most solemn of all prayers of the Jews. It is sung in the synagogue three times as the first ritual of Yom Kippur which is the holiest day of the Jewish New Year. It permits Jews to disavow in advance all promises, oaths, or sworn statements they may make to Gentiles during the coming year. Here are the words of this – the most important prayer of Judaism.

“All vows, obligations, oaths, anathemas, whether called ‘konam,”konas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow or swear or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this day of atonement unto the next, whose happy coming we await, we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, void and made of no effect; they shall not bind us or have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths.”

The Jewish Encyclopedia (1948 edition) states: “The Kol Nidre attains extraordinary popularity through the gripping melody and the earnestness and solemnity of the hour and exercises a profound influence upon the proving congregation.”

Another favorite of the far Right – and another outright lie. Kol Nidre refers to only those vows between the person making them and G-d. It does not absolve any Jew from vows he has made to his fellow man.

The Bar Mitzvah – A Pledge to The Jewish Race

When a Jewish boy reaches age 13, he begins to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah. There is nothing like it in any other religion.

The young Jew has spent 10 to 15 hours a week at the Hebrew school learning about the powerful figures in Jewish life whom he should identify with and strive to emulate. The age-old enemies now become his personal and present enemies. His racial identity becomes stronger and he feels an obligation to overcome the old and present foes of his people.

Actually, it is all about accepting the 613 commandments upon yourself. No mention of enemies.

It is a day-long celebration in which relatives travel long distances to attend and friends from the local Jewish community bring gifts for the Bar Mitzvah Boy. There is a great deal of singing, chanting, drinking and finally the Rabbi steps forward with the final blessing:

“When you arrived at the Synngogue this morning, there were nine men present. After you entered, there were ten men. That is the first time in your life that occurred because – now you count! From now on, you must take your place as a Jew in overcoming all enemies of our people!”

No such quote in an Orthodox synagogue. I cannot speak for Conservative and Reform; perhaps one of my readers knows the answer to this.

This is followed by toasts and short congratulatory speeches. The young Jew is now a part of the Jewish nation ready to confront that “hostile world of the Gentiles.” The Jew is loyal to his race – self-assured, aggressive, disciplined with high self-esteem, purpose and steadfast loyalty to his race.

I have been to many bar mitzvahs (including my own) and I have never heard any speech like this. I have heard plenty of bar mitzvah speeches with bad jokes though (including my own).

How unprepared are we Christians in facing this “United Front of The Jews.” We are taught to be humble, to turn the other cheek, to be meek and mild – is it any wonder this small 4% of our population controls over 50% of our nation’s wealth and their political power expands with each passing day!

The Jewish Kabbala states: “The Jew is the living God, God incarnate: he is the heavenly man. The other men are earthly, of inferior race. They exist only to serve the Jew. They are the cattle seed!”

Hardly any Jews know the Kabbala so I am surprised that Fields does. Maybe Madonna taught it to him?

In any event, this is simply not true. If anything, we believe that us Jews are serving the world by bringing morality to it.

The “Judeo – Christian” Hoax

Joint religious services under the auspices of “Judeo Christian” programs are an affront to any true Christian. It is a cunning attempt to subjugate our faith beneath one which is anti-Christian in every conceivable way! Christianity has more in common with Mohammedanism, Hinduism or Buddhism than we do with Judaism. However an ecumenical service with these religions would be unthinkable!

Hollywood and TV have done much to brainwash Christians into believing that the Jews are “God’s Chosen People.” The truth is that the Jews broke their covenant with Abraham and are no longer heirs to God’s promises. Christians, who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, are indeed the true “Chosen People of God!” The Jewish Encyclopedia contemptuously describes Christians as those who believe in ascetic monasticism! “This means training the body for self-denial and living an austere life.”

Judaism teaches the exact opposite in that “life is good and should be endowed with material worth.” Thus they believe in achieving riches and pleasure in this life!

Judaism is a religion based upon selfishness, greed, revenge and hatred of one’s enemies whose sacred slogan is “Never Forgive – Never Forget,” It is vital that Christians never allow such a philosophy to ever enter and corrupt our religion!

Do I detect a bit of hate and paranoia? But I thought it was us Jews who were hateful and paranoid!

As you can hopefully see, this piece is full of lies, distortions and hate. It is pure anti-Semitism. I suppose Sydney Indymedia is only showing its disdain for Israel by running it?

In the meantime, do not be holding your breath for a similar Indymedia piece on Islam.

About the author

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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