Moses – The First Zionist

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The most important figure in the Hebrew Bible and who endured as the most authoritative prophet in Jewish tradition from the biblical era until today is Moses, who delivered the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery to redemption in the Land of Israel.
But the identity of the Hebrews or Israelites pre-dates Moses, in spite of the fact that there was not yet a written Torah or the covenant that would bind the Jewish people to God at Mount Sinai. Prior to this, there was both a distinct Hebrew/Israelite identity and a faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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How Israel Sought to Maintain a Jewish Majority without Expelling the Arabs

BDS activists assert that Israel came into being through a calculated plan to ethnically cleanse the country of the Arab population, this is simply libel and the evidence shows the complete opposite.

The mainstream leadership under Chaim Weizmann, the head of the World Zionist Organisation and David Ben Gurion as the head of the Jewish agency had a different plan for dealing with this demographic question.

On 7th June 1939, the Jewish Agency Executive held a meeting where Ben Gurion proposed his ‘lines of action’ regarding the question of the Arab population in the prospective Jewish State.1 He proposed the following points:

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Ignorance – The Greatest Threat to the Jews

‘My people has been eliminated for lack of knowledge; for you have spurned knowledge, and I will spurn you from serving Me; and as you have forgotten the Torah of your God, I, too, will forget your children.” Hosea, 4:6

The biblical prophets provided us many years ago with the keys to Jewish survival. The Zionist leader, Ahad Ha’am, famously proclaimed in 1910, “The secret to Jewish survival, is learning, learning, learning.”1

Today this has manifested itself not simply in the form of gradual assimilation into the non-Jewish society. It takes on what appears to be a unique form, where Jews proclaim non-Jewish agendas in the name of Judaism.

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My Poland Trip Memoirs From 2006

We left from Luton airport, going through security we were stopped for one of those random checks. The security guard asked us where we were flying to and why. We said we were going on an educational tour to Poland. Thinking we were all going on a stag party or something he said, “An education in drinking beer, eh??” “Actually! We are going to visit the death and concentration camps! His grandparents were survivors as well.” His jaw hit the floor. After he had picked it up he apologised and let us through.

Unlike many Poland tours, this was a bit different. The organisers decided not to take us to Auschwitz. We would visit other camps, but it was not supposed to be only focused on the holocaust. Prior to WW2, over three million Jews lived in Poland. It was for a long period of time the centre of Jewish life in Europe, the trip aimed to try to explore this Jewish world that was eventually destroyed in a few years by the Nazis. Most of us were descended from Jews who came to London before the war fleeing pogroms in countries like Poland and Russia. Nearly all of my great grandparents came from Poland or Russia, apart from some on my dad’s mum’s side who came from Austria.

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The Western World Through The Eyes Of the Torah – Rome Part 2

In part one we looked at the biblical origin of Greece, its philosophy and its similarities and differences with the Judaic worldview. Greece is even by secular reckoning the foundation of much of western culture. In terms of Politics, Philosophy, Architecture, Art, Music and is probably most credited for the idea of democracy.

Greece itself did not last forever as an empire, but its philosophy and way of life did. Its successor Rome which was a much greater empire in terms of its power, spread Greek ideas.

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The Western World Through The Eyes Of the Torah – Greece Part 1

Before we delve into the subject of defining what the characteristics of Western culture are and the Torahs perspective on it, we must first look at the Torah’s view of the origin of the Western western world. In the Book of Genesis, following the Flood, Noah and his family would repopulate the world. Noah had three sons, Ham, Shem and Yafet. The Jewish people and other Semitic peoples descend from Shem, Shem is where the word Semite comes from. Ham descended to Africa and Yafet north towards Europe.

Yafet – Greece

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In the book of Genesis, the table of nations lists the descendants of Yafet.1 One of them is named Yavan. Yavan is the founder of Greece. The philosophy of the Greeks and the Jews can be traced back to the names of their forefathers Shem and Yafet. Shem translates as Name. In Jewish philosophy and indeed in the Hebrew language the essence of something is in its name. The focus of Jewish thinking is on what lies beneath the surface on what is internal.

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