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Netnenyahu, Hamas, What the Rabbi's Don't Want You To Read and Christmas!

Posted by Abraham Sandler , 22 December 2014 · 1153 views

In Gaza, there is no serious reconstruction and certainly no disarmament. Instead, the Hamas-ruled enclave is gearing up for its next war against Israel. Three months after Operation Protective Edge, nothing has changed in Gaza. The Palestinian media has been full of reports about how the people in Gaza continue to suffer and how Hamas does nothing to help, preferring instead to invest its time and money in new rockets and terror tunnels.

“The Palestinians are set to introduce a resolution calling for Israel to withdraw entirely from the West Bank, from Judea and Samaria, leaving it shockingly vulnerable to its terrorist enemies. In the past, the U.S. has vetoed anti-Israel resolutions… Israel faces constant terrorist threat, and a wave of terrorist violence in Jerusalem has killed Israeli citizens. Now is the time to stand with Israel, not stand against her.”
Jay Sekulow ACLJ
President Obama said that this resolution is unacceptable and we will veto it.

Turning to a group of Christian soldiers attending the event, Netanyahu stated, “We are brothers in arms. I commend you on the will to be full partners in contributing to and defending this nation.” “Christians are suffering in the Middle East,” said the Israeli leader, recalling the recent “shrinkage and disappearance of entire Christian communities, communities that were there thousands of years, since the birth of Christianity, entire communities that are erased in one fell swoop, brutally, savagely.” Netanyahu insisted that all who would criticize Israel and work toward the birth of a Palestinian state that would most likely fall to Hamas must “compare this [regional situation] to Israel, the only nation in the region where the Christian population is growing.”

“I had been teaching my 7th graders about World War II, and a test question was, “the largest amphibious assault of all time?” Expecting to see “the D-Day invasion” as the answer, I found instead on one paper, “Moses and the plague of frogs.” -- Steve Callahan, Reader’s Digest March 2002, p.53
“As a fund-raiser for a Jewish organization in New York City, I telephone people in the metropolitan area to raise money for the needy in Israel. On one call I reached a gentleman on Long Island and asked him to help the homeland. "The homeland," he repeated. "What, is Brooklyn in trouble?" -- Charles Hyde, Reader's Digest, October, 1995

Why are Isaiah 52:13-5 and 53:1-12 never read in the synagogue? Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki, 1040-1105) and some of the later rabbis, though, interpreted the passage as referring to Israel. They knew that the older interpretations referred it to Messiah. However, Rashi lived at a time when a degenerate medieval distortion of Christianity was practiced. He wanted to preserve the Jewish people from accepting such a faith and, although his intentions were sincere, other prominent Jewish rabbis and leaders realized the inconsistencies of Rashi's interpretation. They presented a threefold objection to his innovation. First, they showed the consensus of ancient opinion. Secondly, they pointed out that the text is in the singular. Thirdly, they noted verse eight. This verse presented an insurmountable difficulty to those who interpreted this passage as referring to Israel. It reads:
"He was taken away from rule and from judgment; and his life who shall recount? for he was cut off out of the land of the living; through the transgressions of my people was he stricken."
"Were the Jewish people, God forbid, ever cut off out of the land of the living? No! In Jeremiah 31:35-37, God promised that we will exist forever. Likewise, it is impossible to say that Israel suffered for the transgressions of "my people," which clearly means Isaiah's people. Surely Isaiah's people are not the Gentiles, but the Jews."
Moshe Kohen, a 15th-century rabbi in Spain, explains the section. This passage, the commentators explain, speaks of the captivity of Israel, although the singular number is used in it throughout. Others have supposed it to mean the just in this present world, who are crushed and oppressed now…but these too, for the same reason, by altering the number, distort the verses from their natural meaning. And then it seemed to me that…having forsaken the knowledge of our Teachers, and inclined "after the stubbornness of their own hearts," and of their own opinion, I am pleased to interpret it, in accordance with the teaching of our Rabbis, of the King Messiah.
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C is for He came to die.

H is for Hark the herald angels sing.

R is for he came to rescue us from sin.

I is for Israel.

S is for shepherds.

T is for three wise men

M is for Messiah.

A is for alleluia.

S is for the shining star.

By Abraham Ellis Sandler, son of Pastor Abe, when he was 9 years old

“In the Peanuts comic strip, one of the little girls says that Christmas is a time for kindness and joy, and a time when we forgive one another. Charlie Brown responds by saying, "Why just at Christmas? Why can't we be kind and forgiving all through the year?" She looks at Charlie Brown and says, "What are you, some kind of religious fanatic?" Wouldn't it be great if the lessons we learned at Christmas and the attitudes we consider appropriate at Christmas could be exercised the year round? Wouldn't it be great if we would risk being called religious fanatics for that purpose?”
J. Michael Shannon

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16