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Monday, May 25, 2009

Davka, Just Days Before Shavuot

Shavuot is the Jewish Holiday during which we read Megilat Ruth, the story of the most famous convert to Judaism, the one every potential convert is to emulate. Ruth's oath to her mother-in-law Naomi parallels G-d's instructions to Abraham in Lech Lecha. My next step in this thread is to compare these stages of Jewish commitment to the stages of Jewish Redemption as signified during the Passover Seder and the four cups of wine.

Jewish Israel has been focusing on the increasing Christian influence on various Israeli politicians. Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is married to a Christian woman who proclaims her belief in Jesus at every event and in all media. Jewish Israel has also alerted us to Likud's Sagiv Assulin strong connection to the missionary Joel Bell.

Unfortunately, because many Israelis lack knowledge of true Torah Judaism, they're confused and influenced by christian values and tempted by the generous donations that christians offer.

King Solomon wrote "Nothing's new under the sun," and it's so true. Megilat (The Scroll of) Ruth begins by reporting that Elimelech and his family went down to Moav.

א וַיְהִי, בִּימֵי שְׁפֹט הַשֹּׁפְטִים, וַיְהִי רָעָב, בָּאָרֶץ; וַיֵּלֶךְ אִישׁ מִבֵּית לֶחֶם יְהוּדָה, לָגוּר בִּשְׂדֵי מוֹאָב--הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ, וּשְׁנֵי בָנָיו.
1 And it came to pass in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth-lehem in Judah went to sojourn in the field of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
ב וְשֵׁם הָאִישׁ אֱלִימֶלֶךְ וְשֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ נָעֳמִי וְשֵׁם שְׁנֵי-בָנָיו מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן, אֶפְרָתִים--מִבֵּית לֶחֶם, יְהוּדָה; וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׂדֵי-מוֹאָב, וַיִּהְיוּ-שָׁם.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem in Judah. And they came into the field of Moab, and continued there.

They left the HolyLand for financial reasons, but in the end, they lost their money and Elimelech and their sons died without leaving any descendents. By the time that Naomi returned to Beit Lechem with Ruth, who stubbornly insisted on joining her, regardless of their prospects, affluence had returned to the HolyLand.

No doubt, those who've aligned themselves with today's wealthy Christians will suffer the same fate as Elimelech.

Chag Shavuot Sameach
May you have a joyful Shavuot Holiday


Anonymous said...

nefesh bnefesh began, and for a long time, was funded by evangelical christians. was this also not okay?

Batya said...

A problem for sure, especially since Ayalon was connected with it for a while.

ellen said...

The Jpost ran an article a while back with the following quote - and I think it says it all:

"We love you because you are a man of God," said Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to the United States, as he accepted a check for a million dollars on behalf of Nefesh B'Nefesh

the point being that suddenly secular Daniel Ayalon had become a religious man at the site of $1,000,000

ellen said...

forgot to add that the above quote is in reference to (reverence of)
Pastor John Hagee: the contributor of the check.

Batya said...

Thanks Ellen, I don't know why he hasn't been put in cherem yet.

Shiloh said...

And Bibi's former advisor is Joel Rosenberg. Wiki Joel.

Batya said...

thanks, Shiloh,
He's a halachik goy with a Jewish name.

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