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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nothing's New, All in the Bible/Tanach

I didn't get much of a Jewish education growing up. My parents weren't religious, so besides occasionally remembering to light the Chanukah Menorah and having the traditional, though shortened Passover Seder and a rare Friday night when my mother lit Shabbat candles, we did know we were Jewish...

We were always shul (synagogue) members. When we lived in Bayside, NY, we were founding members of the Conservative Oakland Jewish Center, which has since closed for business. Then when we moved to Great Neck, NY, we joined the Orthodox Great Neck Synagogue, though the choice of Orthodox wasn't for theological reasons. Even though I'm a graduate of the OJC Hebrew School, I didn't learn much, certainly not much  Bible/Tanach. And then later as an active member of NCSY I learned living Judaism, not Bible/Tanach.

All the Bible/Tanach I know has been learned as an adult, and not when I was younger. Sometimes when I'm in a class, whether with hundreds of others in Matan, or the small senior citizens class in Ofra, I see so many parallels and similarities between what happened to the Jewish People thousands of years ago and today. It's really mind-boggling to think about it.

As in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon, it has all happened before. Human nature, our intelligence and foibles haven't changed at all. In recent years I've been studying Ezra-Nehemiah, the time between the First and Second Temples, when the Jewish People returned in part from exile. The controversies, debates and problems of that time were so similar to today's among the Jewish People. That includes the controversy over "Who's a Jew?"

I have no doubt that we are in an era of Biblical significance, and Gd willing we will do what must be done to truly bring the Moshiach. We need leadership to fully build and develop the Jewish State of Israel. Build for Jews and BUILD THE HOLY TEMPLE!

5 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

Batya Medad said:

“BUILD THE HOLY TEMPLE!”

my personal response:

Even though I appreciate your enthusiasm for
this mitzvah, as a practical matter,
not even one in 1,000 Jews is prepared for the
reconstruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem,
not even half-prepared.

What is the benefit in rushing to rebuild a
temple for which Jews are totally unprepared
and unready for, for many reasons?

Batya Medad said:

“I see so many parallels and similarities
between what happened to the Jewish People
thousands of years ago and today.”

my personal response:

I had exactly the same thought when I studied
the Biblical books of studying Ezra and Nehemiah.

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Anonymous said...

We need leadership to fully build and develop the Jewish State of Israel. Build for Jews and BUILD THE HOLY TEMPLE!

We won't find this leadership in the current government and certainly not this Prime Minister. It is essential we have a G-d fearing man who understands Israel is a Jewish state and can NEVER be modeled after anything the Goyim do. A man who understands what Jewish sovereignty is. Someone who will never expel a Jew from his home or bulldoze a Jewish home on the advice from the self haters among us. Get rid of the enemies and xtian proselytizers growing in the land. He must fear G-d and stand up to the world despite their threats and pressure. He will right the wrongs and imbalances in Israel and restore justice with G-d's help. He's out there somewhere and we're waiting..

JAH said...

It will happen in our life time.

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”(Ex.22:20)

“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the soul of the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Ex.23:9).
“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Lev.19:34).
“You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deut.10:19)
“You shall not hate an Egyptian, for you were stranger in his land” (Deut.23:8).
“Always remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore do I enjoin you to observe this commandment” (Deut. 24:22)

Batya Medad said...

Mr. Cohen, have you ever heard of Nachshon?

a, I see amazing improvement, increase in enthusiasm and interest in recent years. Silence will get us no place.

Marcel Cousineau said...

'I have no doubt that we are in an era of Biblical significance, and Gd willing we will do what must be done to truly bring the Moshiach'

Before this Israel must stop looking to America as if it were Israel's God.
I'm afraid that the Holy one of Israel will have to remove this stumbling block, USA, so that His people can look to Him alone.

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