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Volume 11 Issue 4
February 2017...Shevat 5777

Proving God

Different people try almost every week to draw us to their gods. The Catholics’ and Protestants’, sundry pagan godlets and goddesses, Islam’s Allah - and also, figuring the Hebrew term “E’L’O’H’I’M” or “God” really means “Powers,” “High Ones,” “Highest Forces" - the high values of secular humanism, Progressivism, the so-called alt-right’s “Judeo-Christian tradition,” Masonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, and Buddhism.

 

Striking us variously as irritating, funny and sad, all this anti-Torah proselytizing flies in the face of the clear proof that constantly floods the world that only Yah, HaShem (blessed be He; blessed be His Name), is God. And that His Torah is true.

 

These proofs are pervasive and unmistakable. Yet an illiterate could miss them. Weak or damaged people, fearing upset in their thinking, can block them. But anyone who’s literate, and disdainful of mendacity and claptrap, should see through the darkness to the truth.

 

The proof from God, of God, comes through the Jews. It’s right before our eyes.

 

 

The great Mark Twain was sharp about this, likening the world’s Jewish population to “a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way” (1899). There just aren’t, and never have been, very many Jews in the world.

 

Thanks to the teachings of the Torah and the rules of maternal descent, no Jew is many generations removed from Orthodox observance: the less affiliated Jews assimilate, so, even taking the persecution of the Jews out of the equation, the People of Israel’s numbers are always pressured downward. Thus Israel remains “the fewest of all peoples” (Deuteronomy 7:7). Yet this, below, is the kind of thing that comes up constantly: a Jew – in this case, the great Jules Feiffer - leading the charge against [the Jewish] Henry Kissinger, over the Vietnam War.

 



Drawing © by Jules Feiffer (b. 1929), borrowed from Jules Feiffer's America: from Eisenhower to Reagan, edited by Steven Heller (Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1982)

 

The Trump White House boasts, besides son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka, “senior White House counsellors for policy” who are, reportedly, almost kissing-close to the president: extreme right-wing ideologues Stephen Miller and Julia Hahn, who are both Jewish. Plus a new [Jewish] Treasury Secretary, hedge-fund billionaire and “foreclosure king” Steven Mnuchin (replacing President Obama’s Treasury Secretary, [the Jewish] Jack Lew), who is likely to denounce at some point soon the [Jewish] head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellin.

 

For the opposition, we have, for instance, Bill Maher, Dr. Robert Reich, Dr. Paul Krugman, George Soros or, below, writer Adam Gopnik, calling on the country to join against the Trump administration in the lead piece in The New Yorker (Feb. 13):

 

“Oppposing bad governments with loud speech, unashamed argument, and public demonstration is not […] off the normal grid: it’s the pro-American part, exactly what the Constitution foresees and protects. Dissent is not courageous or exceptional. It is normal – it’s Madisonian, it’s Hamiltonian. It’s what we’re supposed to do.” (p.30)

 

Butting heads, working at cross purposes – to talk about “a Jewish position” on most subjects is ridiculous – the easily observable fact is that the story here extends past politics to practically every field of human endeavor, from aviation to zoology. And often even into fields like pork-cookery and tattoo-artistry, which should be completely alien to Jews.

 

It’s so pervasive… if you know where to look. But, once you do, you can’t paint more than the bare outlines of this phenomenon; you can get lost in the details. It helps a lot to have the benefit of the obituaries in The New York Times. We collect them!

 

You simply can’t look through them and not come away – once you’ve checked with Wikipedia, when a Hennessy, for instance, has started out in life as Hertzberg – conscious of this fact: that God uses the Jews to draw the world’s attention to Himself, to teach us ALL, everywhere, His “Good News”: that our lives have meaning; that we’re not just scuzz on the surface of a planet; that He, HaShem, the God of Israel, is real.

 

We talk about this one set of proofs. That something like a third or more of the world’s winners of the Noble Prize in Science - and also, incidentally, Economics, and Medicine – should be Jewish people is a head-turner. But when you put it beside all the other evidence, even beyond those obituaries…  the lesser prophecies of Scripture and the ancient promises fulfilled… Creation from nothingness … the “God Particle”…  the “what other nation hath statutes and judgments so righteous” (Deuteronomy 4:8)… and all the uniqueness of the Bible… the holy prayers of Israel, and Psalms… the confirming archaeology… the battles won, and the ideas spread, and the atrocities averted, because of the Jews, and the beneficent influence of Hebrew Revelation... combined, if you will, with the extraordinary, wild Jew-hatred of human history’s worst, the Nazis and Hamans and Torquemadas, Pharoahs, Commisars, Czars, bin Ladens, etc….

But, above all that, beyond all that, God gives us the daily news, including the obituaries….

 

Upon opening one’s mind to the truth here, demonstrable as it is, prudence and common sense naturally combine, to urge:

 

Study what God loves and what He hates and do His will so far as possible.

 

By Michael Dallen

 

 

We call on God for help. As the prayer that Israel says every morning just before reciting the Hebrew statement of faith known as the shema asks (please understand that this is richer in Hebrew than English): Our Father, the merciful Father, Who acts mercifully, have mercy on us, instill in our hearts to understand and elucidate, to listen, learn, teach, safeguard, perform and fulfill all the words of Your Torah's teachings with love. Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah, attach our hearts to Your commandments, and unify our hearts to love and fear Your Name. Amen.

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