Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Identity Theft

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!


Keli Ata said...

Identity theft! Great term to describe what Christians and Muslims have been doing.

They've hijacked Judaism.

The good thing is Hashem is true to His word when He says He will open the truth of Torah to all who search for Him in truth and sincerity.

IMO that's why so many Christians in particular can embrace all of the trappings of Judaism but still believe in a man as god. They'll never give up JC.

The land abuse...I doubt Muslims or Christians will ever stop trying to steal or lay claim to the land.

Batya said...

As King Solomon wrote in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, "nothing's new"

Judaism Facts said...

Look how luck we are, everyone in the world wants to claim that they are the real Jews, and we really are. Thank you Hashem!

Batya said...

jf, nice way of looking at it. They are jealous; they want G-d to love them the way He loves us.

Minnesota Mamaleh said...

fascinating & interesting post, batya. i love the term that you coined!

Batya said...

Minne Ma, thanks. Though I just borrowed it. The concept isn't new.