Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Freemason Noahidization of the Zoroastrians (Parsis)


Many Indians have heard of and and are leery of the insidious movements of Freemasonry as it was absolutely central to areas of colonial rule. However, most Indians likely do not know that Freemasonry, by its own definition, is Noahidism, Freemasonry exists for Noahide aims (here). Now, did you know that in its earlier years, that Hindus were not allowed inside Freemasonry, but Parsis were on the account that they were believed to be monotheists? Actually, because they were favored over both Hindus and Muslims, Parsis came to dominate and be over represented in the Indian Freemason lodges. Well Guess what? Freemasons declared Parsis to be Noahides. Actually, the Freemason Noahide conspiracy may have been hatched with the Grand Lodge in Calcutta as the first mentioning of the term Noachidae for Freemasons was in a correspondence between the Grand Lodge of England and Calcutta, at least according to Albert Mackey's Encylcopedia of Freemasonry, and they were interested in Zoroastrian rituals. Now the question is this, how far did the British Freemasons inculcate this sense of Noahide superiority among the Parsis and are there any Noahide-Freemason-Parsi connections today?

Parsis Dominated Indian Freemason Lodges 
Freemasonry and the Indian Parsi Community: A Late Meeting On the Level.
Simon Deschamps
Issued Date: 15 Oct 2013 
Following closely in the wake of British imperialism, the first Indian lodge was constituted in 1730, by officials of the East India Company based in Fort William, Calcutta. From there, masonic lodges started to spawn in the other urban centres and army cantonments of the fast-expanding Indian Empire. As the native elites started expressing a growing interest in joining, India became a testing ground on which freemasonry, initially an all-white organization, could experiment its universal creed. The first Indian to become a mason was Umdat-ul-Umrah Bahadur, son of the powerful Nawab of the Carnatic. Following his lead, a handful of muslim noblemen were able to gain access to the fraternity. Local masons appeared to be more willing to fraternize with the Muslim. But in the 1840s, this pattern was somehow overturned, as the Parsi community grew to become the most represented group within Indian lodges. This paper seeks to examine the foundations of this newly acquired eligibility.
Parsis Were Accepted In Freemason Lodges, Hindus Were Not
Masons in India were occasionally willing to let in Muslim aristocrats – Umdat ul-Umrah, eldest son of the Nawab of the Carnatic was made a member in 1775. Parsis were also allowed after a spirited campaign by Maneckji Cursetji, the first Indian sheriff of Bombay. But Masons refused Hindus, arguing that Masonry believed in a single Deity, which Muslims and Parsis did, but not Hindus. They also asked how Hindus could accept universal brotherhood while supporting caste barriers. (As a practical point, orthodox Hindus would not eat at the dinners that were an important part of Masonic life).
- Doctor, Vikram. "How Masonry Built Integration In India", Economic Times, Published Oct 6th, 2017. Retrieved 06/30/20 from https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/miscellaneous/how-masonry-built-integration-in-india/articleshow/60977201.cms?from=mdr

Grand Lodge Of Calcutta First To Use Term Noachida
Noachidae: The descendants of Noah. A term applied to Freemasons on the theory, derived from then Legend of the Craft, that Noah was the father and founder of the Masonic system of theology. Henee the Freemasons claim to be his descendants, because in times past they preserved the pure principles of his religion amid the corruptions of surrounding faiths. Doctor Anderson first used the word in this sense in the second edition of the Book of Constitutions: "A Mason is obliged by his tenure to observe the moral law as a true Noachida." But he was not the inventor of the term, for it occurs in a letter sent by the Grand Lodge of England to the Grand Lodge of Calcutta in 1735, which letter is preserved among the Rawlinson Manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (see Transactions, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, volume xi, page 35).  
Freemasons Declare Parsis Noahides 
What those "old traditions" were nobody knows because there is no evidence that Operative Freemasons called themselves by that name. But it was in some use prior to 1738, for in 1734 Lord Weyrnouth ordered a letter to be sent to the Prov. Grand Master at Calcutta in which this curious statement was included: "Providence has fixed your Lodge near those learn'd Indians that affect to be called Noachidae, the strict observance of his Precepts taught in those Parts by the Disciples of the great Zoroastres, the learned Archimagus of Bactria, a Grand Master of the Magians, whose religion is much preserved in India (which we have no concern about), and also many of the Rituals of the Ancient Fraternity used in his time, perhaps more than they are sensible of themselves. Sow if it was consistent with your other Business, to discover in those parts the Remains of Old Masonry and transmit them to us, we would be all thankful ...." (A. Q. C. XI, p. 35.)

Monday, June 29, 2020

[VIDEO] - Noahide infiltration of Black Lives Matters (setting up Noahide courts!)


Here I discuss with Jewish commentator Doooovid about the Noahide infiltration into Black Lives Matters in regards to setting up Noahide courts (here), Jewish calls to respond to the violence with Noahidism (here), and Jewish racism in regards to applying Noahidism (here). 


[VIDEO] Noahide Law, Freemasons, Jehovah' Witnesses And Ruling The World For Jerusalem w/ Doooovid on Church of Entropy


We have already seen how the Freemasons embedded the mandatory nature of the Noahide Laws into their earliest charters and writings (here). Few people know the deep Freemason roots of the American Religions like Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism, Christian Science, Seventh Day Adventist, Scientology and Nation of Islam. For starters, you can read the Freemason links to the Jehovah's Witnesses (I was raised a JW) in the works of Fritz Springmeier; "The Watchtower and the Masons" and "Be Wise As Serpents". In this video I discuss with Jewish commentator and JW researcher Doooovid about how Freemasonry could use such religions for Noahide ends and the eventual ruling of the world for Jerusalem. 


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Noahides don't need to return lost items to non-Jew



Recently, on another anti-Noahide blog I have, I relayed an article in which a Noahidist Jew called a Hindu guru animalistic after he found a lost wallet but did not return it to the owner (here). However,  according to the Jew who wrote this article, we find that actually according to the Talmud one is not even allowed to return the lost item of a non-Jews (you must return the item of a lost Jew however). Even non-Jews who follow the Noahide laws are not required to return the lost property. How is that not stealing if you know the party who lost the item? And whose interpretation are we to follow... do you return it our not? It could mean life or death for the non-Jew, so why are these teachings so contradictory?



Returning A Non-Jew’s Lost Item
By Rabbi Raphael Fuchs - 25 Kislev 5774 – November 27, 2013

In this week’s parshah, Yosef is the ruler of Mitzrayim and his brothers come to purchase food from him, not realizing with whom they were dealing. On the return from their first trip to Mitzrayim, Yosef’s brothers realized that the money that they paid for their food was returned to them in their sacks of food. Immediately upon their return to Mitzrayim, they were sure that they would be reprimanded for not having paid for their purchased food.

So they confessed to Yosef, and explained to him that they had brought back the money intended for the first acquisition in addition to the money they intended to use to purchase more food. Yosef assured them that everything was okay and that their God and the God of their father must have gifted them by placing money in their sacks. Keep the money, he told them.

The Ohr HaChaim explains Yosef’s response. He says that Yosef was telling his brothers that some other person must have placed the money in their sacks, and that Hashem gave it to them by means of yiush ba’alim (the owner relinquishing his ownership). He was also saying to them that bnei Noach are not commanded to return a lost object that they find.

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 76b says that one is not allowed to return a lost item to a non-Jew. The Gemara speaks very harshly of one who does this. The Rambam (Hilchos Gezeilah 11:3) codifies this prohibition, but adds that it is praiseworthy to return the item if this will make a Kiddush Hashem. Perhaps Yosef’s brothers felt that returning the money would create a Kiddush Hashem, and therefore decided to return the money. Alternatively, they may have felt that if they did not return the money they would be penalized – and perhaps even killed.

Some have asked why the Ohr Hachaim felt it necessary to write that Yosef’s brothers could keep the money due to yiush ba’alim. Why would it not suffice to say that bnei Noach are not commanded to return a lost object that they find?

The Bach (Yoreh De’ah 266) explains that although one may keep a found lost item that belonged to a non-Jew, nonetheless the item still belongs to the non-Jew. The finder does not become the item’s new owner even though he is not obligated to return it. But if the non-Jew had relinquished his ownership before the item was found, the finder would be allowed to keep it.

This is in fact a machlokes. The Machaneh Efraim (Hilchos Gezeilah, siman 31) disagrees with the Bach, saying that one acquires a non-Jew’s lost item when he picks it up – even before he relinquishes ownership.

According to the Bach, perhaps the reason why the Ohr Hachaim says that Yosef told his brothers that the owner had relinquished ownership was because the brothers otherwise would have felt that the money was not theirs to keep. Even though they did not have to return the money, they would not have acquired it. Therefore Yosef assured them that the owner had already relinquished ownership.

If this is so, why did the Ohr Hachayim have to write that the bnei Noach are not commanded to return a found lost object? It would have sufficed to write that the owner has already relinquished ownership.

Perhaps the reason for this is because the Ramban, in Baba Metzia (Milchamos Hashem 26b), explains that when one finds a lost object he becomes a shomer over the object until it is returned to its owner. Whenever one is guarding an object for another we consider the object to be in the domain of the owner. When an object is in its owner’s domain he cannot relinquish ownership. Ownership can only be relinquished when an item is lost; when it is in his domain it is not considered lost and thus he cannot relinquish his ownership. Consequently, if one finds a lost object before the owner relinquishes his ownership, he must still return the object.

Yet since there is no obligation to return a lost object to a non-Jew, the one who finds it will not become a shomer for the non-Jew. Therefore, even if the non-Jew relinquishes his ownership after the object is found, the finder is permitted to keep the object. It is for this reason that the Ohr Hachaim added that bnei Noach are not commanded to return a lost object that they find. It is this fact that permits one to keep a non-Jew’s lost item, even if the non-Jew only relinquished his ownership after the item was found.

Noahide's daughter says Israel needs Noahides to build the 3rd Temple


I have written about Vendyl Jones on this blog before, the former Baptist preacher who left his religion to start what some consider to be the official modern Noahide Movement back in the 1960s (here). Vendyl's son remained a Noahide but his daughter converted to full Judaism, and according to her, Israel needs the Noahides in order to rebuild the 3rd Temple. What does she mean by this? Does Israel need the international support and numbers she means? Rebuilding of the 3rd Temple in regards to Noahidism is a scary thought since it would be after the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple that perhaps the Jewish Messianic Era would begin where those humans who do not follow the Noahide Laws would be beheaded. But remember, this is only according to one version of Judaism and not even legally the most authoritative. US Public Law 101-267 says that Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a man who said non-Jews have satanic souls (here), that he has ascended to the position of the leadership of world Jewry (here). Schneerson said there was no need for a Sanhedrin (thus no need for a Temple) in order for Jews to "force" non-Jews to comply with the Noahide Laws (here). Remember, there is no need for any divine man to come forward to be the Jewish Messiah to rebuild the Temple, the "Messiah" is often interpreted to mean the Jewish people themselves (here) and this would seem to also include Noahides. Will they gather the Noahides first, build the 3rd Temple, and then enact the Noahide Laws... or will the Noahide Laws come first? They are all interrelated so any talk about Noahides and the 3rd Temple should be very concerning for non-Jews.


“But there is no separating the corn from the cob on this one. The nation of Israel needs the Bnei Noah in order to bring back the Temple. The other nations need to know that Hashem did not leave them unprotected,” Sara Chaya told Breaking Israel News. “Religion was created as a code that links all men into life, with the Nation of Israel at the center where they all come together. It is the answer to peace. My father saw this. We are all so close, yet so far from seeing the simplicity of it all, because it is a natural thing.”



From the Pulpits of Tennessee to the Desert of Israel: Legacy of Spiritual Maverick Vendyl Jones Lives On

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”(Jeremiah 31:33-34)
There are people in the world that have a unique that vision drives them to bring Jews and Christians closer. Vendyl Jones, who passed away six years ago this year, was clearly one of these people. A Baptist preacher from Texas who studied Biblical archaeology, he served as a pastor, first in the mountains of Tennessee and then later in South Carolina. A spiritual maverick using his inner beliefs to guide him to the truth, his criticism of the way the Church related to the Jewish people compelled him to leave his calling as a pastor.
Studying under rabbis convinced him of the holiness in the relationship between God, Torah and Israel as an everlasting covenant. Jones went on to found the Institute of Judaic-Christian Research (IJCR), later called the Vendyl Jones Research Institutes (VJRI). He also established the official Noahide Movement, which advocates all religions accepting their part in the Torah based on the Seven Noahide Laws.

Vendyl Jones (Photo: Courtesy Jones Family)
Vendyl Jones (Photo: Courtesy Jones Family)

This initiative was adopted by others, including the nascent Sanhedrin and the late leader of the Hassidic Chabad Lubavitch movement, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Today, the Chabad movement distributes information in Arabic instructing Israeli-Arabs in the Seven Noahide Laws.
Still a devout Christian, Jones moved to Israel in 1967 to further his understanding of Jewish teachings. His daughter, Sara Chaya, converted to Judaism and lives in Israel. She described to Breaking Israel News his struggles within the Church that led him to bring his family to Israel.
“He used to say, ‘The Teacher serves the Headmaster’, and for Dad, that Headmaster was Hashem (God). I asked Dad what we believed in exactly, and he said, ‘It doesn’t matter what you call yourself. What matters is what you do. And that is to always pursue the truth.’ I took that to heart, and here I am today; a Jew, living in Israel. But neither my father nor I believed that you had to be Jewish to have a connection with God. That comes from the soul,” she explained to Breaking Israel News.
“But there is no separating the corn from the cob on this one. The nation of Israel needs the Bnei Noah in order to bring back the Temple. The other nations need to know that Hashem did not leave them unprotected,” Sara Chaya told Breaking Israel News. “Religion was created as a code that links all men into life, with the Nation of Israel at the center where they all come together. It is the answer to peace. My father saw this. We are all so close, yet so far from seeing the simplicity of it all, because it is a natural thing.”
While in Israel, Jones pursued his intense interest in Biblical archaeology at the Qumran dig along the Dead Sea. Three years earlier, a find known as the Copper Scrolls had been discovered at Qumran, listing the hiding places of 64 sacred articles, including the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.
Jones began his excavations in earnest in 1972. Funded by private donations, Jones brought over 300 volunteers to his digs, utilizing the most advanced technologies at the time. He refused funding from the Israel Antiquities Authority or the Israeli government because he wanted to remain unencumbered by their rules and expectations. The Israeli government responded in kind, denying him permits and delaying his projects even when permits were in place, forcing workers to stand around idle until given permission to begin.

Rabbi Shalomo Goren at a dig with Vendyl Jones. (Photo: "A Door of Hope" by Vendyl Jones/ Courtesy Jones Family)
Rabbi Shalomo Goren at a dig with Vendyl Jones. (Photo: “A Door of Hope” by Vendyl Jones/ Courtesy Jones Family)

Undaunted and ahead of his time, Jones was in search of artifacts from the Temple. His methodology and goals were criticized by experts and the establishment. One of the reasons Jones never converted to Judaism was his mission of finding relics from the Temple. All Jews are ritually impure and without the ashes of the Red Heifer, they are unable to purify themselves to a state where they can touch the relics. A non-Jew cannot be impure, so, as a Christian, Jones was able to handle the Temple artifacts that he found.
Despite the heavy criticism, in April of 1988, Jones and his team discovered what they believed to be shemen afarsimmon (Psalm 133), persimmon oil, used to anoint high priests to serve in the Temple and kings of Israel. His discovery was verified by the Hebrew University, but many still contest the authenticity of his find or credit it to other archaeologists.

The anointing oil discovered by Vendyl Jones. (Photo: "A Door of Hope" by Vendyl Jones/ Courtesy Jones Family)
The anointing oil discovered by Vendyl Jones. (Photo: “A Door of Hope” by Vendyl Jones/ Courtesy Jones Family)

Even more remarkable was his discovery of a hidden silo carved into the bedrock, containing a cache of 600 kilograms (over 1,300 pounds) of powder. The powder was sent to the Weizmann Institute and Bar Ilan University for testing, where they confirmed that it contained the eleven ingredients listed in the Bible for the incense used in the Temple service.
Interestingly, the cinnamon, listed in the Bible as an ingredient, was actually three different types of cinnamon. Nonetheless, the Israeli Department of Antiquities refused to recognize his find, even after analysis.
Jones’s journey and his connection to God affected the world and his children. Two of his five children – Sarah Chaya and son Gershom – are Jewish. Julia was married to Muslim.  Sons Nunnery and Vendyl Jr. are Noahides.
“He worked all these years with one thing in his heart, and that was the Temple,” Sara Chaya explained to Breaking Israel News. “My father lived humbly before God, in his heart and mind.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Temple Institute/Sanhedrin Rabbi wants to spread Noahide Law through global war

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel is the head of both the Temple Institute and the unofficial Sanhedrin in Israel. The Sanhedrin is not only seeking to become the official highest authority in Jewish law, but they are also looking to international recognition. They want to replace the UN with their own international Noahide court (here). In this video with provided transcript, Rabbi Ariel speaks of the need to use war to spread the Noahide Laws globally and to destroy other faiths. Now his speech is set in the future, when the Jewish Messiah arrives... but the Temple Institute subscribes to the ideology that the Jewish people can collectively be the Messiah and there is no need for any divine man to come forward (here). Ariel speaks of "if" you have the ability to force global non-Jews to follow the Noahide Laws, do it, it is a mandatory command. He is eager for the Messiah... the Messiah being the Jews themselves. All it takes is Jewish and Noahide will and his blood thirst could be satiated. 

Jewish Dominion

by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel
Head of The Sanhedrin [unofficial]

and the Temple Institute 

recorded in Jerusalem 9 Sept 2015

With all due respect to the rabbis and this holy audience, we have to raise a point here: we are talking about the Sanhedrin. We are talking about the purity of the court. As we said we are dealing with the Jewish people. What power does the Sanhedrin have with respect to the other nations of the world? Let's say they come here and decide to put on trial sentence to some punishment or other the Pope [Francis], or [US President] Obama, somewhere it is written what must be done about it. We read it earlier, although not all of it. This is the name of Maimonides. Maimonides says: This is what the Torah commanded us, what Moses commanded us, from the mouth of The Might [god]. When Maimonides says this, it means that it is a commandment from the Torah to take actions. Where is it written? We recently read [Deuteronomy 20:10]: "When though drawest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it". What is meant by 'peace'? Maimonides says that they must agree to follow the 7 Noahide Laws. So why do you call for war? Stay home! Why go to war? Because it is commanded from the Torah to take action! Just as there is a commandment to conquer the Land of Israel, there is a commandment to fight "Sanctioned Wars"! There are commandments. It is written. In a "Sanctioned War", if you see an attractive woman, then there is another commandment: Can you marry the woman, and if so, how? etc. These are commandments from the Torah. Who makes the decision to embark on "Sanctioned War"? King David asks The Sanhedrin! For example: "May I embark on a war with Northern Syria and Aleppo?" Maimonides says that King David went to The Sanhedrin and asked them if he could go out and conquer. Everything that David did was sanctioned by the High Court, that's what Maimonides says. Then he went out to conquer Northern Syria and Aleppo. This conquest by the people of Israel you decidde that they deserve all kinds of punishments, and so on, you summon them to court. And you decide whether to go for broke over it. That's not how it works. the law works differently [for them]. In Israel, you take the person and put him on trial. You take a convert to Judaism who did not follow the religious laws, you judge him and punish him. But non-Jews who do not follow the 7 Noahide Laws, such as "Though Shalt Not Kill" and "Though Shalt Not Steal", etc. you proclaim peace to them! Meaning, you ask them "Do you follow the 7 Noahide Laws? If so, we will allow you to live"."If not, you kill all their males, by sword. You only leave the women. How do you leave them? They must all agree to follow the 7 Laws. And that is how to impose the 7 Laws on that city. Someone just said: "We don't have the might to fight." But who decides if we have might or not? God! He gives you the might to raise and army. Therefor, he is the one who commanded [us] to go from city to city, conquer them all, and to impose the 7 Laws [throught] the world. That is the job of the Messiah, among others. He does not come as the Messiah, he comes to carry out these commandments! You conquer a city, and then they follow the 7 Laws. We will conquer Iraq, Turkey... we will get to Iran too. We will impose the 7 Noahide Laws on all of these places. But installing does not mean with courts! Rather, it means with war! But not just kill. Just the opposite. You say "I call upon you in peace." If they raise the flag [of surrender], and say, "From now on there is no more Christianity, no more Islam", the mosques and the Christian spires and their crosses come down, from now on we foll the 7 Noahide Laws." This is a task of the Messiah, to bring the entire world to the 7 Noahide Laws, for real. This is not a matter for court hearings, it is something to carry out! Plain and simple. Therefore, Maimonide says that if you see a person in the street who does not follow the 7 Laws, -- this is what he says -- if we have the might, you have to kill him. If you catch [US President] Obama on the street, and you know that he does not follow the 7 Laws, etc. (You are commanded to kill him.) Sorry? (You are commanded to kill him, and the sooner the better.) This is why Maimonides. If someone threatens you, to ruin you, to kill you, you kill him first. But there are numerous levels to the snake, and you have to go level by level. We cannot invent religious laws that do not exist. Maybe these words are not so pleasant to hear. But this is why we have to Torah of Moses. We are also forbidden to lie. We have to tell the whole Torah, the truth of it. May we all merit to follow the commandments and to see the Messiah follow these commandments. 

Inconsistency in Noahide shituf laws make them dangerous


I have already written on this blog about the Shituf deception (here). Shituf is a form of worship which Jewish law does not count as polytheism, but does not quite fit the definition of pure monotheism in Jewish terms. The deception comes in when Jews or Noahides might try to tell you that your form of worship, whether it is Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or Pagan, that these practices are not banned under Noahide Law because Jews have determined they are Shituf, an intermediate, and thus are acceptable for non-Jews (but not Jews). However, as we already know, this is a matter of hot debate. I contacted the director of Ask Noah, who officially use "The Divine Code" by Moshe Weiner in their mission... a book that was approved of by the Chief Rabbis of Israel and which calls for the execution of non-Jews who do not follow the Noahide Laws (here). Ask Noah said that shituf, a belief in plural powers outside the definition of Jewish monotheism, is only permissible in thought but not in action or speech, as soon as you say Jesus or Vishnu or Zeus is lord, you are practicing idolatry and are liable for the death penalty. However, the shakiness of consensus on Noahide law can make the playing field dangerous for non-Jews as they may be confused by differing opinions. In this article we are asked the question that when Harry Truman in 1945 acknowledge the Emperor of Japan's decent from the sun goddess, did he practice idolatry? According to whom I think is Yair Hoffman who wrote the article, this was actually a form of permissible shituf. Unlike Ask Noah, Hoffman says that a non-Jew is permitted to oath to a non-Jewish god out loud, but is only prohibited in believing this... the very opposite of what Ask Noah said! Now, there are also some stipulations here according to Hoffman. First, a non-Jewish god can only be oathed to out loud (according to Hoffman), if the pronouncer is meaning that the god called upon is actually a lower form of deity than the god of Israel and that the god of Israel is central and foremost in the pantheon. He makes it clear that the Christian trinity is not acceptable however under this premise because Christians view Jesus as co-equal with the god of Israel, and Christianity is considered idolatry in Talmud and by Maimonides (here). So wait... what if one Rabbi says we can proclaim another god out loud, but another Rabbi says we can't... who decides? Are we allowed to practice polytheism if the god of Israel is the top or our pantheon, or is this forbidden? And are we allowed to believe this in our own heads or not? However, much of this may be very irrelevant as it is Rabbi Schneerson who is said to be the leader and spiritual guide of world Jewry in American federal law 101-267  (here) and is lauded in other laws and proclamations for his preeminence in the Noahide movement. Rabbi Schneerson made it clear he believes Christianity is idolatry and not Shituf [permissible or impermissible] (here)... so it might not be all that hard to guess what is opinion is on calling out to pagan deities, we will have to see but it is a sure bet this would be forbidden under a Schneerson-Chabad Noahide world. Led astray by a Rabbi? Off with your head!


Rav Aharon Kotler ZATZAL, Truman, And Hirohito
The author can be reached at yairhoffman2@gmail.com
September 18, 2014 1:00 pm

It could be a study in contrasts between how two central figures in World War II dealt with Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
Rav Aharon Kotler zatzal and l’havdil President Harry S Truman both had their encounters with Hirohito – revered as a Divine figure among the Japanese prior to Japan’s capitulation.
Rav Aharon’s encounter was the first. After having received their Soviet-issued exit visas on February 7th, 1941, Rav Aharon, his wife and daughter Sarah booked passage aboard the MS Kamakura which was leaving Kamakura, Japan. The Kotler family arrived early and stayed in Kamakura until the MS Kamakura Maru was to depart to San Francisco. While Rav Kotler was on the street, Emperor Hirohito’s arrival was announced. The police ensured that everyone present was to lay prostrate on the ground. Rav Aharon Kotler, zt”l, however, refused to listen to the police instruction. He was severely beaten, t inches of his life.
Visiting Rav Aharon as he was recovering, was Reb Moshe Cohn, one of his students from the Yeshiva in Kletz. Rav Aharon asked him, “How is it that you are in such fine physical shape? You were there too when Hirohito arrived!”
“Yes, Rebbe, but I listened to the instructions,” responded Reb Moshe Cohn.
“What? How could you do such a thing? Hirohito is revered in Japan as a god. That is Avodah Zarah and bowing is abizraihu d’avodah zarah! It is yehareg v’al yaavor!”
Rav Aharon recovered. He, his wife, and daughter Sara arrived in San Francisco on Thursday, April 10th, 1941. It was two days before Pesach. Eight months later, the United States and Japan were at war after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
In 1945, after the bombing of Hiroshimo and Nagasaki, President Truman wished to strengthen the hand of the Japanese emperor in dealing with the Japanese military. In a speech broadcasted around the world he publically referred to Emperor Hirohito as a “direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu.”
For political purposes, Truman conceded the existence of a sun goddess –contradicting thousands of years of the teachings of Christianity.
Gentiles are enjoined by the seven Noahide laws to believe in G-d. President Truman certainly would not have asked halachic questions as to what his obligations might be vis a vis the Seven laws of Noah. But the question does arise as to whether what Truman did was halachically permitted.
The Shulchan Aruch (OC 156) explains that a Jew should not have a partnership with an idol-worshipper as perhaps a situation will arise where the idol-worshipper will be forced to take an oath. He would thus be in violation of the command not to have allowed the name of idols to be heard. The Ramah, however, cites a dissenting view (the Ran end of first chapter of tractate AZ). He writes that in modern times, when the gentile mentions idol-worship, he is really intending for the creator of Heaven and Earth it is just that he is looking at it as if it was shituf – i.e. both G-d and (l’havdil) the Avodah Zarah entity who created things. He writes further, and this is the key idea, that “gentiles are not commanded against ‘shituf’ – a belief in both G-d and (l’havdil) the Avodah Zarah entity.”
The reading of this Ramah is the subject of great controversy. Does he really mean that a gentile is not commanded against a belief in G-d plus Avodah Zarah? A look at the RaN itself shows that his view is that there is no special prohibition of a gentile swearing to Avodah Zarah, but not that there is no prohibition in believing that Avodah Zarah can co-exist with G-d.

One might, therefore, be tempted then to read the Ramah as only referring to the oath. Yet the Ramah elsewhere (Darchei Moshe YD 151) clearly refers to more than just permission to cause them to swear. Rabbi Akiva Eiger in a letter to his son Rav Shlomo (new responsa, end) writes that one may not rely on the lenient view of this Ramah.
Yet we find that the Chsam Sopher, Rabbi Akiva Eiger’s own son-in-law, writes in his Toras Moshe (parshas VaYishlach) that, in fact, gentiles are not commanded on Shituf. There is also a fascinating Rashi on Tehillim 6:11 that finds fault with the gentile nations for making idol-worship central and the Holy One Blessed be He – minor. The takeaway from this Rashi is that it is the lack of centrality rather than actual “sharing” that is what is faulty. The Maharatz Chajes (Horios 5) also writes clearly that a gentile is not commanded in “shituf.”
There is also a Pirkei D’Rebbi Elazar (beginning of Chapter 34) that states that if a gentile says that there is a second god – he will not have life in the world-to come. How then does the view that a gentile is not commanded in Shituf understand this latter source? It would be difficult to say that he is not forbidden in this belief, but if he does believe in it, he will have no spiritual future.
This author would like to suggest an entirely new understanding of what Shituf means. According to the view that permits Shituf, it does not mean polytheism as it is understood in a dictionary. Rather, it means that the Creator created secondary powers after Creation – powers that were not co-eternal in origin. These secondary gods took charge of various other forces. This is the philosophy that the Ramah and others permit for gentiles, and it would fit nicely with the For Jews, however, such a belief would be strictly forbidden.
How would this new definition fit with those who believe in the divinity of the founder of Christianity? Well their theology is actually two-fold. They believe not only in his divinity but that he is co-eternal. Non-trinitarian Christians, however, would be a different matter altogether.
Getting back to President Truman, however. It could very well be that his politically motivated mention of the Avodah Zarah was just a matter of Maris Ayin or a Rabbinically forbidden issue. The Minchas Chinuch points out that the sages never made their enactments for gentiles. The Gemorah in Avodah Zarah (12a), however, clearly states that there are Rabbinic prohibitions for Jews in such circumstances. Thus Rav Kotler should not have bowed, while Truman’s speech – even according to the strict opinion – would still be permitted.
The author can be reached at yairhoffman2@gmail.com

New Noahide homophobic organization springs up to replace JONAH



JONAH was a Jewish gay conversion center located in New Jersey which was court shut in 2015 for consumer fraud, peddling unsubstantiated "cures" for homosexuality... after being shut JONAH reopened as JIFGA, a Noahide awareness organization (here). In the wake of their disappointment, some NYC homosexuals and Jews have opened a new conversion group called Community Guardians Group which is up to the same anti-gay Noahide tricks. 


According to the tradition of Judaism, the Torah that G-d Almighty gave the Jewish people also contains a universal code of laws applicable to all mankind. Called the "Seven Laws of Noah," this code contains the foundations of human society, including a prohibition against acts of homosexuality, alongside murder, theft and cruelty to animals. The Community Guardians Group is a grassroots organization based in the New York City area that seeks to engage the spirit of the eternal values of the Torah in dialogue on matters that confront American society.



Conversion Therapy Suit Sparks Hope for True Change

Community Guardians Group 
Nov 28, 2012, 03:47 ET

KEW GARDENS HILLS, N.Y.Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of men dissatisfied with an organization offering therapy that promised to rid them of their homosexual attractions have filed a lawsuit in New Jersey court alleging consumer fraud. The Community Guardians Group, a New-York based organization that seeks to engage the spirit of Torah values in dialogue with American society, released the following statement.
"The allegations stated in the complaint against JONAH, as reported by the press are disturbing to any G-d fearing person," said Dovid Z. Schwartz, Director of the CGG. "If these accusations are true, many vulnerable young people may have been grossly mistreated by the very people they sought to help them.
"Everyone has a unique set of challenges, but the Almighty Creator endowed every human being with the ability to rule over his or her desires. The impulse of sexual attraction may require a person to struggle for control just as much as the impulse for violence to others. These men and women who feel betrayed by therapy should never lose hope of realizing the true strength of their souls."
According to the tradition of Judaism, the Torah that G-d Almighty gave the Jewish people also contains a universal code of laws applicable to all mankind. Called the "Seven Laws of Noah," this code contains the foundations of human society, including a prohibition against acts of homosexuality, alongside murder, theft and cruelty to animals. The Community Guardians Group is a grassroots organization based in the New York City area that seeks to engage the spirit of the eternal values of the Torah in dialogue on matters that confront American society.
SOURCE Community Guardians Group