Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Yesterday I spent a couple of hours with a group from AFSI. I took them to Tel Shiloh and spoke about our being in a time of transition, like when the Biblical Chana prayed for a son who would lead the Jewish People. We, too need leadership. Leadership isn't a bunch of politicians hoping the Americans or United Nations or the Europeans or media will approve what we do.
The AFSI members asked some interesting questions. I'm so entrenched in my Shiloh life, especially since my father is with us and I don't get out much, that I sometimes lose track of how others see us. AFSI members support us, so I know that their questions come from a good place, without dangerous agendas. They asked if the Arabs, Muslims and chrisitans have any claims on Shiloh, history etc. That is especially because there are remains of some churches.
The AFSI members know well that the Muslims and Christians claim ownership of many ancient Jewish locations, like Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount and Mount Zion in Jerusalem and Ma'arat HaMachpela, Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. So they wanted to know if the churches built in Shiloh were of the same status. As we talked about it, I realized that the perfect term for what those other religions, Islam and Christianity, have been doing is "Identity Theft." It's nothing new, not at all.
Both Islam and Christianity have attempted to supplant, substitute themselves for Judaism. This isn't new. It has been going on for thousands of years. We must fight it!