Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.” Exodus 15:20-21 (The Israel Bible™)
Dawn breaks over Jerusalem. (Credit: Seth Aronstam)
When Breaking Israel News spoke to Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaim Justice to the Nations (PJTN), she was in a fiery mood. “In a really busy week,” she remarked, “we will maybe send out four calls-to-action emails; last Monday alone, I sent out six.” That was the main thread of our lengthy and detailed conversation, the return and growth of the scourge of antisemitism in American life; in schools, on college campuses and yes, even in the church.
The emails that Cardoza-Moore sent last Monday were related to the following; Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory refusing to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (and this even before she’d taken the stage with another rabid antisemite Linda Sarsour); the World Council of Churches training 2,000 Christians in pro-Palestinian Propaganda; the refusal of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and senior Democrats refusing to censure Rashida Tlaib for her antisemitism; calling for the State Medical Board of Ohio to revoke Lara Kollab’s license to practice; calling Christians in Newton, Mass to condemn “blood libel” posters and the rise of the “new” antisemitism of the Left. For an organization that works to battle antisemitism, it was certainly a busy few days
Maurie Cardoza-Moore speaks at the UN. (PJTN)
In Cardoza-Moore’s assessment the reappearance and seemingly widespread acceptance of open antisemitism (predominantly in the US, but the same holds true of Europe and elsewhere also) should be a “wake-up call to both Christians and Jews.” She said that PJTN’s mission was to “educate Christians around the world to stand with Jewish people to counter antisemitism.” And she is under no illusion about the scale of the task. She stated that if one had mentioned to her in 2005, for example, that in 2019 we’d see antisemitism as commonplace, she would have not thought it possible. And yet.
Cardoza-Moore questioned where the Christian leadership was in a time of desperate need. She acknowledged the fraught relationship between Christians and Jews that has existed for the best part of two millennia and is only now seeing improvement – and commented that this was all the more reason to stand up now. “Where are the Christian leaders condemning outright antisemitism?” she asked. “Why is the Church silent on this issue?” she added. “We receive emails from members all over the world, the UK, Australia and South Africa, who see not just the increase, but the seeming acceptability of espousing openly antisemitic views, and they want to know what they can do about it?
In the case of the United States, she noted that despite some issues, the country – like it has to many other minorities – has been a hospitable place for Jews. “Why won’t Tamika Mallory – who claims to be a Christian – not condemn the outrageous comments of Farrakhan when presented with the opportunity? (She also wondered why a Muslim preacher was given the honorific “minister” rather than “cleric.”)
The recent story highlighting the World Council of Christians (WCC) – who through its Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel – is allegedly training thousands of activists in the entirely pro-Palestinian narrative also drew her ire. “The WCC parades itself at the UN as a Christian organization, but what BIble are they using? We are reading the same Bible and in mine it says that those who bless Israel will similarly be blessed.” Cardoza-Moore unambiguously calls such views “heretical.” “These people, fueled by Replacement Theology, accuse the Jews of occupying their own land. Which Bible are priests and other leaders using in Bethlehem and Jerusalem?”
A 2018 demonstration against antisemitism in Berlin. Photo: Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch.
A slight drop in the number of antisemitic incidents in Berlin during the first half of this year is no excuse for complacency, the city’s antisemitism commissioner emphasized on Thursday following the publication of statistics for hate crimes targeting Jews in the German capital from January-June 2019.
“Antisemitism remains a serious problem that we cannot tolerate in Berlin,” Lorenz Korgel — the city’s commissioner for combating antisemitism — told local news outlet Berliner Morgenpost. “The number of antisemitic incidents remains at a high level. ”
People wear kippas at a demonstration in front of a Jewish synagogue denouncing an antisemitic attack on a young man wearing a kippa, in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. (photo credit: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS)
The population of the State of Israel has increased 2.1% since last year, according to a report released in time for Rosh Hashanah by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Today, there are 9.1 million citizens of Israel, of which some 6.7 million (74%) are Jewish, the report shows. The country’s citizens also include 1.9 million Arabs (21%) and 0.4% of “others,” including Christians and those of other minority groups.
A women holds up a sign against anti-Semitism at a rally in New York City on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo: Rhonda Hodas Hack.
JNS.org – Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in front of City Hall in New York on Sunday, calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other municipal leaders, as well as those on the national level, to act against antisemitism and the wave of antisemitic hate crimes taking place against the Orthodox Jewish community.
The beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.
On the eve of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, ushering in the Jewish year of 5780, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released its traditional end-of-the-year findings.
Israel’s population now stands at 9.092 million people — 6.744 million (74.2 percent) of whom are Jews, with 1.907 million (21 percent) Arabs and 441,000 (4.8 percent) listed as “other.”
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason. Photo: Instagram.
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason play Pertshik and Hodl, whose love story takes them all the way to Siberia in the award-winning show by the National Yiddish Theatre.
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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” — Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
“Israel must, in the most blunt and clear way possible, illustrate to Washington that the prosperity of Jordan is a first-rate Israeli security and strategic interest.” — Former head of Mossad Ephraim Halevy at “Between Jerusalem and Amman: 25 Years Since the Signing of the Peace Agreement Between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Institute for National Security Studies, Sept. 25, 2019.
A thought came to mind the other day.
For all the bluster about Judaism and anti-Semitism in America, I am not convinced that far-out-left and liberal young Jews, who have been very strident and even threatening on Israel-related issues and local American political battles, have done much on the ground to confront and quash, one way or another, attacks on Jews. They have portrayed themselves as gliding along a moral highway but have permitted immoral actions to exist quite close to home, far from Gaza (did any of them recite a public Kaddish in the town square for murdered and injured Jews, or their damaged and desecrated property)?
One of the hallmark features of Yom Kippur are the communal sins which we need to repent for. Most Jews focus on what we have done personally towards G-d and towards others. Little thought is given to how we could be better as a community. Or the sins we bear as a community.
However, the communal recitation of the Al Chet, repeated over and over on Yom Kippur is to drive the point home that we are responsible for one another
Incoming freshman Member of Knesset from the leftist, Democratic Union list, Yair Golan, did it again. Golan’s constant delegitimization of his political opponents on the right, smacks of the same delegitimization that tyrants, dictators, demagogues and assorted totalitarians always use, just before the Putsch.
In that regard, he’s right when he said recently, “I’m reminding people that the Nazis came to power democratically, so we have to be careful, very careful, so that radicals with a messianic view won’t exploit Israeli democracy to replace the system of government.” Think “
As Israeli frustration mounts about violence coming out of Gaza, the idea of a ground invasion, and once and for all to finish with Hamas aggression, becomes more appealing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed this approach, saying, “There probably won’t be a choice but to topple the Hamas regime.” While sympathetic to this impulse, I worry that too much attention is paid to tactics and not enough to goals. The result could be harmful to Israel.