Why The Holocaust? Pt. 3
But if you turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other elohim, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And this house, which is so high, every one that pass by it shall be astonished, and shall say, Why has Yahweh done this to this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, Because they forsook Yahweh, the Elohim of their fathers, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other elohim, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore has he brought all this evil upon them. 2 Chronicles 7:19-ff
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land Leviticus 26:40-45
I would like to start this part with one of the most sincere moving prayers in the entire Sacred Word of Father (Abba) Yahweh. This petition to Almighty Yahweh brought results to the petitioner, Daniel. Daniel was among those removed from the land of Israel into the Babylon captivity. This captivity occurred because the children of Israel sinned against Almighty Yahweh. But first, why were they taken into Babylonish captivity!
Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or virgin, old man or hoary-headed: he gave them all into his hand. And all the vessels of the house of Elohim, great and small, and the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon. And they burnt the house of Elohim, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all the palaces of it with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels of it. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: to fulfill the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths: for as long as it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years. 2 Chronicles 36:17-21
So I caused them to go forth out
of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them my
statutes, and showed them my ordinances, which if a man do, he shall live in
them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them,
that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctifies them. But the house of
Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes,
and they rejected my ordinances, which if a man keep, he shall live in them;
and my sabbaths
they greatly profaned. Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon
them in the wilderness, to consume them. But I worked for my name’s sake, that
it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought
them out. Moreover also I swore unto them in the wilderness, that I would not
bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey,
which is the glory of all lands; because they rejected mine ordinances, and
walked not in my statutes,
and profaned my sabbaths: for their heart
went after their idols. Nevertheless my eye spared them, and I destroyed them
not, neither did I make a full end of them in the wilderness.
And you will I scatter among the
nations, and I will draw out the sword after you: and your land shall be a
desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
Then shall the land enjoy its sabbaths, as long as it lies desolate, and you are in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy its sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, even the rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when you dwelt upon it. Leviticus 26:33-35
For thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself, and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall behold it; and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword. Jeremiah 20:4
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (the same was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon,) which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these three and twenty years, the word of Yahweh has come to me, and I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; but you have not hearkened. And Yahweh has sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, (but you have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear,) saying, Return you now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that Yahweh has given to you and to your fathers, from of old and even for evermore; and go not after other elohim to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the work of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet you have not listened to me, says Yahweh; that you may provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own hurt. Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts: Because you have not heard my words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, says Yahweh, and I will send to Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants of it, and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and a hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:1-11
Now, did you ever ask yourself the question, "What were the Jewish people doing in Russia? In Germany? In Poland? In Europe? They were scattered from the presence of Almighty Yahweh for their transgressions. The temple of Yahshua's time (called Herod's Temple) was destroyed just as he predicted. There are striking similarities/parallels in the temple destructions of Daniel's time and Yahshua's time! The Sabbatical land laws of Leviticus 25 were violated! Other Torah laws were violated! The predicted punishments of Leviticus were implemented against Israel!
Almighty Yahweh must be taken seriously!
How can we return to Father (Abba) Yahweh? Read, and follow the pattern Daniel gives in Daniel chapter 9
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Yahweh came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Yahweh Elohim, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
And I prayed unto Yahweh my Elohim, and made my confession, and said, O Sovereign, the great and dreadful El, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and from your judgments: Neither have we listened to your servants the prophets, which spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Yahweh, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of face, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries where you have driven them, because of their trespasses that they have trespassed against you. O Yahweh, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Yahweh our Elohim belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Yahweh our Elohim, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yes, all Israel have transgressed your law, even by departing, that they might not obey your voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of Elohim, because we have sinned against him. And he has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven has not been done as has been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before Yahweh our Elohim, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand your truth. Therefore has Yahweh watched over the evil, and brought it upon us: for Yahweh our Elohim is righteous in all his works which he does: for we obeyed not his voice. And now, O Yahweh our Elohim, that have brought your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have gotten yourself renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O Yahweh, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your anger and your fury be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our Elohim, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and cause your face to shine upon your sanctuary that is desolate, for Yahweh’s sake. O my Elohim, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before you for our righteousnesses, but for your great mercies. O Yahweh, hear; O Yahweh, forgive; O Yahweh, listen and do; defer not, for your own sake, O my Elohim: for your city and your people are called by your name.
And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Yahweh my Elohim for the holy mountain of my Elohim; Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and understanding. At the beginning of your supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show you; for you art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. Daniel 9:1-23
Israel/Judah must come to repentance! By praying to Father Yahweh as did Daniel the Prophet, accepting the punishment for the sins committed, they can be accepted once again. As Daniel was greatly beloved so also are the people of Yahweh wherever they are scattered today.
Can Israel/Judah accept the following evaluation? Please read!
By Rabbi Meir Kahane
Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaRaayon
In Defense Of G-d —
Confronting The Holocaust
The reason for the Holocaust, the Jewish reason and answer, is the one that rises out of the fundamental of fundamentals of Torah. What happens to the Jewish people is dependent on their actions and the way they live their lives. The Jewish people are a Chosen people, chosen for a mission it cannot avoid or escape. At Sinai, the covenant bound us to a life of truth or falsehood, of life or death. “See, I have set before thee this day, life and good, and death and evil... And if thine heart turneth away and thou wilt not hear... I tell you this day that you will surely perish... I call heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may liver’ (Deuteronomy 30)
The clear, direct mission and warning to the Jewish people. The open message of reward and punishment. If the Jew will obey the Torah in all its ways, he will have life, glorious and majestic. If not, he will have death, terrible and cursed. Why the surprise? Whence the absurd reply: The Holocaust has no answer...? The Holocaust, just as the terrible agonies and catastrophes of ancient times — the slaughtering of men, women and children during the destruction of the First and Second Temples; the horrors of the Crusades and Inquisitions and the Chmelnitzki Massacres in 1648-49; the red, bloody red river of Jewish history — has an answer. One that was given as a warning to all the Jewish people while yet in the desert. One that we read twice yearly in the sections of the Torah known as the tochacha (the admonition). “And if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the L-rd, thy G-d, to observe to do all His commandments and His statute which I command thee this day, then all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee” (Deuteronomy 28).
Whence the surprise? What is the origin of this sudden blindness and dumbness and failure to understand? From where cometh this sudden stupor: “It is a question no or can answer...?“
Of course we can answer it; but the irreligious Jew, the one who does not accept the Divinity of Torah, refuses to accept an answer which lays the blame upon him, upon the Jew who — knowing of the warning — ignored it and disdained it. No, since it is impossible to accept the relationship between Jewish suffering and failure to obey the Law, one must blame G-d. One must create the image of a Jewish people in Europe which was saintly and pious and observant, and thus one must ask how the modern G-d, who would never take serious our desecration of mitzvot, could do such a thing. And, of course, using that as a premise, “there is no G-d. ..“
As some modern day nation of Jobs we lay the blame for our sins upon the Almighty, even as the L-rd answered him, saying (Job 40:8) “Wilt thou even make void My justice; wilt thou condemn Me that thou mayest be justificd?” And in the words of the wisest of men, King Solomon: “The foolishness of man perverts his way and his heart rages against the L-rd” (Mishlei 19).
And the Orthodox Jew joins in. He creates picture of European Jewry that must lead to agonized and perplexed questioning of G-d. He creates a picture of saintly men that must lead to a vision of a G-d that is a cruel G-d who punishes a people who, for the most part, were religious and observant and if so, how could He do such a thing unless He does not exist or “there is no answer...”
The picture that is handed down to American Orthodox youth, of the yeshivas of an East European Jewry that was pious and traditional and observant is one that must be destroyed because it is false. It is an image that the yeshiva world gave us in its desire to negate the present material western one. But by their falsely idealizing Man, they have laid the groundwork for the desecration of G-d. By painting the East European Jew as a saint, they designed a G-d of cruelty and irrationality. And that most terrible of sins must be ended.
We must save G-d and sanctify His Name by telling the truth about European Jewry in the years preceding the Holocaust. Then and only then will we be able to tell our children and all Jews the truth of the Holocaust. The false idealizing of the Jewry of Eastern Europe is worse than foolishness. In the words of Kohelet (7:10) “Say not: ‘How was it that the former days were better than these?’ For it is not out of wisdom that thou inquirest concerning this.” Then and only then can we save G-d from blasphemy and ourselves from future horrors. Then and only then can we
Then and only then can we honestly and truly say: “All the paths of the L-rd are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies” (Psalms 25).
Of course we know the real truth of the situation and from that comes the answer, if we wish to be honest. Then and only then can we reply both to the wicked and the honestly confused —honestly. Form the words of Psalms (25):
“The secret of the L-rd is with them that fear Him, and His covenant to make them know it.” And (Mishlei 28): “Men of evil will not understand justice but those who seek the L-rd will understand everything.”
Yes, as the 19th century passed into its third quarter, the Jew of Russia and Poland was, indeed, observant. But what else could he be? The overwhelming numbers of Jews lived in a Pale of Settlement that restricted them to the shtetl, the village, where they were isolated from the gentile world, barred from participating in anything else except the society of the shtetl. And that society was religious in toto. What Jew, even if he wanted to, was prepared to rebel against the society that laid down the religious rules of life? Who was prepared to accept the ostracism that would be his inevitable punishment if he dared to throw off the halacha that was more than religion in the shtetl, but the entire social fabric of the life of the Jew? And so, of course the Jew was “religious.” He had no other choice.
But once that choice arrived, look at what happened! And in such a short span of time! The Enlightenment that began to arrive in Eastern Europe in the last third of the 19th century swept away, in a relatively few years, a society and structure that had been built up for centuries. The great Torah centers spawned, overnight, a rebellion and revolution that uncovered the reality of Jewish “religiosity.”
The same Vilna that had become a byword for piety and Torah learning, the home of the Gaon, the “Jerusalem of Lithuania.” now gave birth to the Jewish labor movement, the Bund, a bitterly anti-religious and anti-nationalist group that saw Jews, who just yesterday were “religious,” flocking to its ranks to spout atheistic socialism. The Poland and Russia and Lithuania and Galicia, the areas of the Vaad Arba Haaratzot, the places that had given us the Rama and the Shach and Chassidism and the great yeshivas, overnight gave birth to Jewish communism and socialism and secular Zionism and assimilation. The door was barely opened to enlightenment and emancipation and the Jew rushed to be a universalist and to throw away his Judaism.
(To be continued)
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Yours in Messiah Yahshua, Hawke
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