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About Immanuel Verbondskind

Being a creature of the Most High Maker, wanting to know His Word better and to see clear in the many religious groups this world has. + Een schepsel van de Allerhoogste Maker, die Zijn Woord beter wil leren kennen en duidelijk wenst te zien in de Goddelijke Boodschap en in de vele religieuze groeperingen van deze wereld.

Parallels between what is happening in our world today and the atmosphere in pre-Nazi Germany

When looking how certain populist politicians react in Belgium, we can not resist to think about the times of our grandparents and parents. Our family members who were confronted with an attitude which made them fear those around them, never being sure if that person could be trusted.

The present situation makes that several Jews and Messianics do not want to come into the public and therefore from the contacts we made and discussions we had the previous weeks, we found that not many are interested to make themselves know to others or to have their meeting and synagogues or prayer-houses be known to non-Jewish people.

No wonder when we do know that more than one  holocaust survivor says that they see a lot of parallels between what is happening in our world today and the atmosphere in pre-Nazi Germany that led to millions of people being murdered by the state.

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Holocaust survivor says Trump’s America ‘feels like 1929 or 1930 Berlin’

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Passover (Chol Hamoed) • Omer: Day Two – Gevurah sheb’Chessed

• Chol Hamoed

Of the eight days of Passover, the first two and the last two are “yom tov” (festival days). The middle four days are called chol hamoed–“weekdays of the festival,” also called “the intermediate days.” (In Israel, where Passover is observed for seven days, the first and last days are yom tov, and the middle five days are chol hamoed).

The yom tov days are days of rest, during which all creative work is forbidden, as it is on the Shabbat, with the exception of certain types of work associated with food preparation (e.g., cooking and “carrying”). On chol hamoed the prohibition of work is less stringent–work whose avoidance would result in “significant loss” is permitted (except when chol hamoed is also Shabbat, when all work is forbidden).

The “Yaale V’yavo” prayer is included in all prayers and Grace After Meals. Hallel (partial) and Musaf are recited following the Shacharit (morning) prayers. It is the Chabad custom not to put on tefillin during the “intermediate days”.

Click here for a more detailed treatment of the laws of Chol Hamoed.

• Passover Torah Readings

Click here for a summary of the Passover Torah readings.

• Count “Three Days to the Omer” Tonight

Tomorrow is the third day of the Omer Count. Since, on the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall of the previous evening, we count the omer for tomorrow’s date tonight, after nightfall: “Today is three days to the Omer.” (If you miss the count tonight, you can count the omer all day tomorrow, but without the preceding blessing).

The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer; the 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Tonight’s Sefirah: Tifferet sheb’Chessed — “Harmony in Kindness”

The teachings of Kabbalah explain that there are seven “Divine Attributes” — Sefirot — that G-d assumes through which to relate to our existence: Chessed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut (“Love”, “Strength”, “Beauty”, “Victory”, “Splendor”, “Foundation” and “Sovereignty”). In the human being, created in the “image of G-d,” the seven sefirot are mirrored in the seven “emotional attributes” of the human soul: Kindness, Restraint, Harmony, Ambition, Humility, Connection and Receptiveness. Each of the seven attributes contain elements of all seven–i.e., “Kindness in Kindness”, “Restraint in Kindness”, “Harmony in Kindness”, etc.–making for a total of forty-nine traits. The 49-day Omer Count is thus a 49-step process of self-refinement, with each day devoted to the “rectification” and perfection of one the forty-nine “sefirot.”

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How to count the Omer
The deeper significance of the Omer Count

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A special weekend for Jews, Messianics, Jeshuaists and Christians

Tonight at sunset, the eight-day celebration of Passover begins.

Jewish people will mark the beginning of this prophetic holiday, which foreshadows the salvation wrought for all mankind
by the Messiah (Jeshua), with a ceremonial meal called the Seder, in which the story of deliverance from slavery in Egypt is retold.
This year this special weekend falls together with the Easter-weekend of several Christians who remember on Good Friday, what we also remember tonight, that Jesus was taken as a prisoner and tortured, afterwards he was brought to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was nailed at the stake to find his death.

True Christians and Jeshuaists or non-trinitarian Messianics shall come together tonight like the 12 men celebrating the Passover Seder in Jerusalem nearly two thousand years ago. They were told by their rabbi and master, Jeshua (Jesus), that this would be their last Seder together.  He also explained its prophetic significance.

Though despite that this would be the last time of Jeshua being with his talmidim, breaking unleavened bread and sharing of the wine, Jeshua did not leave them without hope.
He emphasized the physical coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth and His return:

Luke 22:14-20 OJB And when the hour came, he reclined at tish and the Moshiach’s Shlichim were with him. (15) And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to them, With great tshuka (deep and sincere desire, longing) I have desired to eat this Pesach with you before I suffer. (16) For I say to you, I may by no means eat it until it is fulfilled in the Malchut Hashem. (17) And having taken the Cup of Redemption, having made the bracha, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said, Take this, and share it among yourselves. (18) For I say to you, from now on by no means shall I drink from the p’ri hagefen until the Malchut Hashem comes. (19) And having taken the Afikoman and having made the hamotzi, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach broke the matzah and gave it to them, saying, This is my BASAR (SHEMOT 12:8) being given for you: this do in zikaron (remembrance) of me. [Lv 5:7; 6:23; Ezek 43:21; Isa 53:8] (20) And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach took the kos (cup) similarly after they ate, saying, This kos (cup) is HaBrit HaChadasha in my dahm, being shed for you. [Ex 24:8; Isa 42:6; Jer 31:31-34; Zech 9:11; 53:10-12]

This weekend is so special that when we do gather, we consider it as having boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Yeshua. Though we do know we should not fall in the trap of the Easter celebrations by also partaking in the heathen actions, like searching for chocolate Easter eggs. We should be aware how Jeshua by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh, we should try to stay clean like he was clean and did not do his own will but the Will of God.
Therefore let us draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and having our body washed with pure water, holding fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful.

Tonight and the coming days let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching. When we shall hear the stories of how the Elohim liberated His people from the slavery of Egypt and how He is prepared to guide all those who want to be His and want to find the Way to enter the Holy Land, having put their hope on the Kingdom of God, we shall know that God is prepared also to be with us and to let us be partakers of the Body of Christ.

Tonight we take it at heart how as the blood of the Passover lamb spared the Israelite firstborns from death in Egypt, the blood of Messiah Jeshua spares us from eternal death and separation from God.

Tonight we think about that Lamb of God that could redeem humankind from the curse and the punishment of disobedience, as well as give eternal life.

Exodus 12:5 OJB Your seh (lamb [see Yeshayah 53:7]) shall be tamim (without blemish), a zachar (male) within its first year; ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats;
2 Corinthians 5:21 OJB The one who in his person had no da’as of chattat (sin) [Ac 3:14; Yn 8:46; MJ 4:15; 7:26; 1K 2:22; 1Y 3:5], this one Hashem made a chattat sin offering [Ga 3:13; YESHAYAH 53:10; VAYIKRA 4:24 TARGUM HASHIVIM] on our behalf that we might become the Tzidkat Hashem [DANIEL 9:24] in Moshiach. [1C 1:30; Pp 3:9] [T.N. In this next chapter Rav Sha’ul warns against associations or worldly influences or fascinations that will contaminate the believer, who should not think he can have both the world’s evil pleasures and the House of G-d’s holy chelek.]
Hebrews 10:19-28 OJB Therefore, Achim b’Moshiach, having confidence for bevitachon (confidently) entering haSha’ar laHashem (gate to approach G-d’s presence, access of the tzaddikim TEHILLIM 118:20) into the Kodesh HaKodashim by HaDahm HaYehoshua, (20) Which he opened for us as a Derech Chadasha, a Derech Chayyah, through the parokhet, that is to say, the parokhet of the basar of Moshiach. [Ps 16:9-10; Dan 9:26; Isa 53:5-12] (21) And als (since) we have a Kohen Gadol over the Beis Hashem, (22) Let us approach and draw near to Hashem with a lev shalem, with full assurance and bitachon of Emunah, our levavot having been sprinkled clean (tehorim) [YAZZEH, “MOSHIACH WILL SPRINKLE,” YESHAYAH 52:15] from an evil matzpun (conscience) and our bodies plunged kluhr (pure) into a tevilah in a mikveh mayim [YECHEZKEL 36:25-26]. (23) Let us, without wavering, hold firmly to the Ani Ma’amin of Tikveteinu (our Hope), for Ne’eman is the One having given the havtachah (promise). (24) And let us consider how to meorer (stimulate, motivate, shtarken) one another to ahavah and mitzvos, (25) And let us not turn away and defect from our noiheg (habitually) conducted daily minyan, as some are doing; let us impart chizzuk (strengthening, encouragement) to one another, and by so much the more as you see the Yom [HaDin (Day of Judgment)] approaching. (26) For when we intentionally commit chet b’yad ramah [“wilful sin with a high hand of defiance” BAMIDBAR 15:30] after having received the full da’as of HaEmes, there remains no longer a korban for chattoteinu, (27) But only a terrible expectation of Din and Mishpat and of a blazing EISH TZARECHA TOKHLEM (“Fire that will consume the enemies of Hashem” YESHAYAH 26:11). (28) Anyone who was doiche (rejecting or setting aside) the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu, upon the dvar of SHNI EDIM O AL PI SHLOSHA EDIM (“Testimony of two or three witnesses” DEVARIM 19:15), dies without rachamim.

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Lamb of God – Edgerton Cemetery, Huddersfield

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  10. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  11. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
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  13. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  14. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  15. 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
  16. 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus
  17. 14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast
  18. 14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain
  19. Jesus memorial
  20. Easter holiday, fun and rejoicing
  21. Observance of a day to Remember
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  23. Worthy partakers of the body of Christ
  24. High Holidays not only for Israel
  25. Seven days of Passover
  26. Risen With Him
  27. Paul’s warning about false stories and his call to quit touching the unclean thing
  28. Pesach and a lot of brokenness in the world
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  30. Preparing for 14 Nisan
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  32. The Most important weekend of the year 2018
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Journée du souvenir de la Shoah et de l’héroïsme

Yom Hashoah; en raison de menaces terroristes, la célébration des noms des Juifs de Belgique déportés se tiendra cette année en un lieu encore tenu secret

Chaque année, dans le monde, hommage est rendu lors du Yom ha-zikaron laShoah vèlaGvoura (en français journée du souvenir de la Shoah et de l’héroïsme) aux millions de Juifs assassinés par les nazis et leurs collaborateurs, ainsi qu’aux résistants Juifs.

Initialement, les cérémonies étaient conçues par l’Etat d’Israël pour rendre hommage aux insurgés du ghetto de Varsovie et autres partisans Juifs pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, considérés comme autant de frères d’armes des pionniers de la nation israélienne. Aujourd’hui, elles s’étendent à un hommage rendu l’ensemble des victimes de la politique allemande d’extermination du peuple juif et donne lieu en Israël à diverses cérémonies civiles, la principale se tenant à Yad Vashem. Ce jour-là, les sirènes du souvenir résonnent dans tout le pays, où la majorité de la population arrête toute action durant quelques minutes.
Pavé Comme à Anvers aujourd’hui au sujet des Pavés de mémoire, certains milieux orthodoxes et haredim israéliens contestent cet hommage auquel ils ne reconnaissent pas de caractère religieux et refusent d’y participer.

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Insurrection du ghetto de Varsovie. Photo extraite du « rapport Stroop » que Jürgen Stroop adressa en mai 1943 à Heinrich Himmler. La légende originale en allemand est « Forcés hors de leurs caves ». Cette photo est l’une des plus célèbres de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

En Belgique, la cérémonie aura lieu le 12 avril 2018, date anniversaire du début du soulèvement du ghetto de Varsovie et de l’attaque par trois Résistants du XXème convoi de déportés de Malines vers Auschwitz le 19 avril 1943. Elle se tiendra à 18 heures 30 au Mémorial aux Martyrs Juifs, à Anderlecht, situé Square des Martyrs Juifs, à l’angle des rues Emile Carpentier et des Goujons.

Elle sera précédée par la lecture des noms de 245 résistants Juifs en Belgique, des 24.036 Juifs déportés via Malines et, pour la première fois, des 5.906 Juifs déportés via Drancy (France); une litanie de 29 heures à laquelle tous les citoyens sont appelés à participer.

L’inscription préalable est obligatoire pour la participation à ces deux cérémonies; cliquez ici.

Auparavant, la lecture des noms se faisait également au sein du Mémorial, face aux murs sur lesquels sont gravés les noms des martyrs. Mais cette année, comme la précédente, la police n’assurera pas la sécurité des participants à ce long hommage. C’est pourquoi les organisateurs, regroupés au sein de la fédération Présence Juive pour la Mémoire, ont prévu, en concertation avec le BESC, un service de sécurité interne de la communauté juive, un autre lieu qu’ils révèleront aux inscrits la veille de leurs prestations.

L’inscription pour la lecture peut également se faire en envoyant un couriel à lectureyh@uejb.org, ou par téléphone : jusqu’au 25 mars ainsi que du 8 au 11 avril au n° 0475 35 10 53 et du 26 mars au 7 avril au n° 0476 70 93 99

Radio Judaïca (90.2 fm) assurera du mercredi 11 avril à 13h00 au jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 18h30 la retransmission de la lecture des noms.

Les organisateurs de cette cérémonie ont souhaité ne pas y associer l’Association pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

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Répression de la collaboration après la Première et la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Belgique

Vers de nouvelles études universitaires de la répression de la collaboration, hormis la participation au génocide, après la Première et la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Belgique

Le jeudi 19 avril 2018, le CegeSoma/Archives de l’Etat organisera une journée de rencontre à l’intention des futurs historiens en quête de sujet de mémoire et de leurs promoteurs. La thématique retenue a trait aux archives judiciaires produites dans le cadre de la répression de la collaboration après la Première et la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Belgique et à leur utilité pour l’étude d’autres aspects liés à l’histoire de l’Occupation.

Le CEGES/SOMA a invité des historiens qui ont travaillé sur le sujet à présenter leurs recherches à un plus large public. Les futurs historiens (bacheliers en seconde ou troisième année) sont invités à venir non seulement écouter leurs aînés mais aussi, via des exposés de spécialistes, à découvrir les sources relatives à la thématique retenue et à réfléchir sur les sujets, problématiques et angles de recherche qui peuvent en découler.

Le programme, qui débutera à 9 heures 15 sous la présidence de Bruno De Wever (UGent), prévoit plusieurs communications relatives aux suites de la seconde guerre mondiale. A 11 heures, Ernest Martijn (KULeuven) parlera de l’influence de la répression sur le football belge. Ensuite, Hélène Pochart (ULB) examinera la répression de la collaboration après la seconde guerre mondiale dans le Tournaisis, en particulier des rexistes et de leur participation à la chasse aux réfractaires.

A 11 heures 30, Jiel Foubert, (UAntwerpen) analysera le pèlerinage de l’Yser entre 1960 et 1980; et Hannah Surmont résumera sa thèse sur Frans Gevaert (1911-2006), historien nationaliste flamand, incivique, finalement été nommé Chevalier de l’Odre de Léopold.

A 14 heures, Joachim Derwael, fonctionnaire des Archives de l’Etat, présentera des sources relatives à la répression de la collaboration avec l’occupant pendant la seconde guerre mondiale et à 15 heures 45, Dirk Luyten,  chargé de recherche au CegeSoma/Archives de l’Etat, évoquera des thèmes et angles de recherche envisageables au sujet de l’occupation et de la répression.

Aucun exposé ne se centrera sur le génocide perpétré en Belgique durant la seconde guerre mondiale avec la complicité de l’Etat belge, ni sur l’absence de répression qui s’en est suivie.

Salle de conférence du CegeSoma – square de l’Aviation 29 à 1070 Bruxelles; de 9 heures 15 à 16 heures 45.
Inscriptions : accès libre mais sur inscription préalable avant le mardi 17 avril 2018 : isabelle.ponteville@arch.be ou par téléphone : 02/556.92.11.

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Speaking up and Celebration of Purim

Tonight starts the celebration of Purim, for many known as the Jewish carnival. In many families it is a pleasant day for the kids they being allowed to dress up and them looking for presents which are sent by family members and friends. First the children were asked to fast and to keep those things that the like much, to share with others who have less then them.

From today until Schmini Shel Pesach the final day of Passover on Nisan 22, commemorating the Splitting of the Red Sea, the climax of the Exodus from Egypt, and the day when we focus on the final liberation, the one that’s yet to happen. We look at the days of or moments of liberation the Hashem has given to His People. These days we remember the time of Moshe and Estêr, but also we reflect on the way God is with us all the time.

Starting with the commemoration of the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from the wicked Haman his plot

“to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,”

as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).

Esther before Ahasuerus, by Franciszek Smuglewicz, 1778

The Jew-hating Haman, appointed prime minister of the Persian Empire under King Aḥašvērōš, convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar, a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.
Mardəkī or Mordecai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to the Most High Elohim. After the first wife of the king had been executed for failing to follow his orders, he arranged a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favour in the king’s eyes and became the new queen, though she refused to divulge her nationality. After Haman had required to kill the Jews Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity, which would mean when the decree would be executed his beauty and loved one would be killed also. To avoid such drama Haman was hanged and instead of him Mordechai was appointed prime minister. A new decree was issued, granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated. In the capital city of Shushan, they took one more day to finish the job.

Since Haman had thrown lots to determine when he would carry out his diabolical scheme this remembrance period is also called “Feast of lots”.

Queen Estêr (Esther) is the heroine of the Megillah tale, and has been a character used in several films and some ballets. From a simple girl she could take a very high position, which made her able to use her influence to save the Jewish people. But this was only possible by revealing her nationality. She could have been quiet and let the Jews been killed, but preferred to speak, endangering herself. Though the king madly in love with her did not kill her but killed the man who had asked for the Jews to be killed.

Married to a non-Jew she was stuck having the privilege to live in a palace, and the years after this event was still unable to join her people in their celebrations. She had saved her people, but could not save herself from her ‘castle-walls’. She was trapped, living between two worlds.

We have to take care we get not trapped, but also that we do not stay silent. Certainly in these times when we can find more and more people who do find that this world only belongs to (trinitarian) Christians. Looking around and following the news, we hear several times a week how Jews are bullied or even how certain people try to kill Jews on the street (like the incident in Antwerp last week).

Rabbi Michael Knopf who writes extensively on matters of halakhah (the Jewish legal tradition) a few days ago wrote about Purim and the Responsibilities of Privilege and looking at our position in this world wrote:

We cannot be truly safe, truly free, truly prosperous, until everyone is safe, free, and prosperous.

He also remembered Martin Luther King, Jr. who wrote,

“I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” (“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”).

These coming days we especially look at the way God helped His People and how they acted in their life on the way to the Promised Land. Most of them never saw that place which could have been an ‘heaven on earth’. Throughout history we have seen many pogroms and years of torture and killings of our ancestors. These days we can remember them but also remember the liberation of so many. Because these days that is going to be our focus, how the Elohim is there to help us and to guide us to be able to live in a world which does not like the Children of God. Going up to Pesach, the climax of the year 15-22 Nisan, remembering the Passover and liberation of Gods people.

The Rabbi reminds us:

If you are reading this column, chances are good that you are among the ranks of the most fortunate people to ever live.
Mordechai‘ s challenge to Esther is, therefore, our challenge as well. When there are those in our world, in our country, whose lives are at risk, do we stand by, fearful that speaking up will cost us our position? Or do we remember that our fate is bound up in their fate, too, and perhaps we have attained our privilege for just such a crisis?

This was the question of Esther’s time. This is the question of our time. As we celebrate Purim, let us honor Mordechai’s challenge, and recall Esther’s heroic response. {Purim and the Responsibilities of Privilege }

On the Israel Forever Foundation website and on Inspiration from Zion: This is a Love Story we also find the warning

Today we are not witnessing the Holocaust but there are world leaders who advocate for the elimination of the Jewish State. There are individuals who openly declare that the genocide of the Jewish people should have been completed. Antisemitism is again becoming something that is socially acceptable to express in public. {Purim: Not to speak is to speak}

And a question

In a world where Antisemitism is again becoming socially acceptable, where Jews are told that they cannot be both feminists and Zionists and many Jews are afraid to speak out about the injustices against our people – what message could be more relevant? {Purim: Not to speak is to speak}

 

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  2. Beginning of weeks for the Feasts of deliverance
  3. The son of David on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread
  4. High Holidays not only for Israel
  5. 8 Reasons Christian Holidays Should Not Be Observed
  6. Observance of a day to Remember
  7. Around the feast of Unleavened Bread
  8. Day of remembrance coming near
  9. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  10. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  11. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  12. Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
  13. Preparation for Passover
  14. A new exodus and offering of a Lamb
  15. Sukkoth, Gog, Magog, Armageddon, a covenant and Jerusalem
  16. Wednesday 5 April – Sunday 9 April 30 CE Pesach or Passover versus Easter
  17. Most important day in Christian year
  18. Most important weekend of the year 2016
  19. This day shall be unto you for a memorial and you shall keep it a feast to the Most High God
  20. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  21. 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
  22. 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus
  23. 14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast
  24. 14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain
  25. 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
  26. Easter holiday, fun and rejoicing
  27. A Great Gift commemorated
  28. Jesus memorial
  29. Thinking about fear for the Loving God and an Invitation for 14 Nisan
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Many members of Jewish community wondering if they are still welcome in Poland

In the European Union we can find more groups which deny the atrocities that happened only a little bit more than half a century ago. In a few weeks’ time, Poland’s Jewish community will mark the 50th anniversary of the events of March 1968. They will do so in the wake of arguably the most serious crisis in Polish-Jewish relations since the fall of communism in 1989, after the passage of controversial legislation criminalising the attribution to the Polish state or Polish nation of complicity in the crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

About the Jewish Community” in Warsaw – Photo by Marysia Galbraith, cultural anthropologist, professor at New College and the Department of Anthropology at The University of Alabama, and Fulbright scholar in Poland for the 2014-2015 academic yea

Perhaps 10% of the of the pre-war Jewish population in Poland may have survived World War II and could see her Jewish culture to resurrect itself driven by the younger generation taking almost 50 years to face now again some danger. Also the relations between Poland and Israel may seem to come in their deepest crisis in memory in the wake of Poland’s move to criminalize criticism of Polish collaboration with the Nazis during the Holocaust.

To understand why this state of affairs is dangerous, regrettable and difficult to resolve, it is important to consider it against the backdrop of wider European-Israel and European-Jewish relations.

Speaking to the Observer, members of the Polish-Jewish community and activists involved in Polish-Jewish dialogue and reconciliation have expressed their shock and dismay at this deterioration in public discourse. While stressing that the present crisis is not comparable to that of March 1968, many said that, with their loyalties once again being called into question, the echoes of the rhetoric of the “anti-Zionist campaign” were too uncomfortable to ignore.

“We are receiving antisemitic, anti-Jewish statements on a daily basis,”

said Anna Chipczyńska, president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw.

“Members of the community feel that their loyalty is being questioned, that people are expecting them to take a side. Some of them also indicate the silence of friends and work colleagues in the face of these attacks, and this really hurts them.”

Still today we must be very well aware that anti-semitism in Poland is so high that Poland is listed the second most anti-Jewish country in Europe (Spain is first) according to a 2008 Pew survey of European sentiments towards Jews. 36 percent of Poles express hostility towards Jews. we can also not undue the impression that Poland wants to whitewash the role of the Poles who killed or denounced Jews during the German occupation of Poland during World War II.

2018 February 6, Tuesday Polish President Andrzej Duda signed legislation that outlaws blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany, defying both criticism from Israel and a warning from the U.S.

For some long time we could hear Polish officials arguing that a Holocaust speech law was needed to fight the use of expressions like “Polish death camps” as shorthand for the German camps in Nazi-occupied Poland where Jews and others were exterminated. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the new law

“adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry.”

and found that the

“terms like ‘Polish death camps’ are painful and misleading,”

best countered through

“open debate, scholarship, and education.”

Though President Andrzej Duda said he would also ask Poland’s constitutional court to evaluate the bill said it would not prohibit Holocaust survivors and witnesses from talking about crimes committed by individual Poles.

“We do not deny that there were cases of huge wickedness,”

he said in a speech but made it clear not the whole Polish nation could attributed to be guilty for what happen in their heimat.

He said the point of the law is to prevent the Polish nation as a whole from being wrongly accused of institutionalized participation in the Holocaust. He recalled that the Polish government at the time had to go into exile and Polish officials were those who struggled to inform the world that the Germans were putting Jews to death on Polish soil.

“No, there was no systemic way in which Poles took part in it,”

Duda said.

The bill first was proposed about two years ago, soon after Law and Justice took power in 2015, but hadn’t been an issue of public debate recently. Many people were surprised when lawmakers suddenly approved it on Jan. 26, the day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Jan Grabowski, a historian at the University of Ottawa in Canada who studies Polish violence against Jews during the war, called Duda’s signing of the law

“further proof that the nationalists now in power in Poland will do anything to cater to the hard, right-wing core of their electorate.”

“Unfortunately, it is not only the nationalists but also the whole Polish society which will have to pay the price,”

said Grabowski, who is also a member of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw.

Like in Germany we should know that not all people agreed with what was happening and that not all Poles behaved indecently during German occupation. The Polish people shall have to recognise that there may have been a small criminal underclass, who were especially visible in small towns, like we shall have to see that their guilt cannot be put on the nation as a whole and that there also have been several Polish people who fought valiantly against the Nazis.

Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, told CNN on Tuesday February 20, that the fallout from the new law has been so fierce it has left many members of the Jewish community wondering if they are still welcome in Poland.

Schudrich said the open letter was not a political move but more of an opportunity to show how the community is feeling.

“This is one of the most devastating effects of the past few weeks,”

Schudrich said.

‘It is devastating that such questions are asked and speaks to the fragility of the situation. It’s not just the new law but the tone of the discussion with almost no reaction from leadership to that tone. A deafening silence by the leadership.”

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Growing anti-Semitism possible sign of certain times

The last five years there was a lot to do about immigrants but also in West Europe several people started showing more hate against Jews and Muslims. The right wing movements have been growing stronger the last decade and many are not afraid tocome on the streets to tell their disgust about Jews and Muslims.

After the Holocaust, in which some six million Jews were exterminated in Nazi occupied Europe between 1942 and 1945 under the National Socialist regime of Adolf Hitler one would think no such hate against Jews would arise. But the formation of the state of Israel in 1948 soon  created new antisemitic tensions in the Middle East. In West Europe it was considered at the beginning of the 21st century to exist only on the margins of society. Our present day situation, having to notice more acts against the Jewish people has us to see that anti-semitism is growing again as if the 1930ies did not happen. The prejudice against, the hatred of, or the discrimination against Jews as an ethnic, religious, or racial group, and is widely recognized as a form of racism is back again.

Today we should have the words of Moses in our mind

Deuteronomy 28:37 OJB And thou shalt become an object of horror, a mashal, and a byword, among kol haGoyim whither Hashem shall lead thee.

The name of Jew has long been a proverbial mark of detestation and contempt among all the nations whither they have been dispersed, and is so to this day, whether among Christians, Mohmammedans, or Pagans.

Zechariah 8:13 OJB And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a kelalah (curse) among the Goyim, O Bais Yehudah, and Bais Yisroel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a berakhah; fear not, but let your hands be strong.

Lots of people who call themselves Christian do forget that their lord Jesus Christ was a Jew. They also should see or should have to know that all nations who now worship the true God, and receive the Sacred Scriptures as His word, have derived the whole of their divine knowledge, under God, from Jewish prophets, apostles, and teachers. That the Saviour in whom all nations shall be blessed, sprang from that favoured race, emphatically explains what is meant that they shall be a blessing. The full accomplishment of this prediction in Zecharia, however, is probably reserved for the future restoration of the Jews, which for sure shall come.

On account of what we can see now we would not have much to believe that the Jews are such a blessed people. As in the old times Israel was entering a very dangerous environment in Canaan and needed strong warnings against yielding to the temptations she would encounter, we should see the many warnings in Scripture also for today. We do know we can’t avoid the suffering people try to bring over us. It is known from Scriptures that Israel would suffer physical distresses, and that her enemies would plunder and oppress her. As freedom from Egypt came to epitomize God’s grace in the past, so return to Egyptian conditions represented His judgment and now in the time that many Jews come to live in the Promised Land, others may come to hate their divine position.

The people in ancient times were commanded, when they should come into possession of the Promised Land, to erect two pillars (probably suggesting the permanency and authority of the Law) and an altar, for sacrifice and propitiation in case of failure to keep God’s law (Deuteronomy 27:1-8).  When looking at the present Jewish state we notice that there are several non-religious Jews who go in against the Laws of God. They know and consider Israel as their Promised Land, but they forget the conditions for them being allowed to be resident in it.

The elohim has it about “foreigners” or “strangers” living on this globe, we having to know as lovers of God we would be “aliens” for those of this world. So it can be idle hope to think goyim would come to be willing to accept us and to have our faith in One true God respected.

The growing xenophobia we can see for us can also be sign which we may not ignore as a sign of coming end-times. Because we can see the augmentation of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as the increase of people setting others against others, religions against religions.

The rising fixation with Jewish power in our time has unwittingly revealed Jewish emasculation instead. Jews do not control the discourse; rather, the discourse controls them.

is said by the Community Security Trust (CST) which works across the Jewish community, from the most religious to the most secular, young to old, across the political spectrum and throughout the whole of the UK.

In their aim to bring more hate against the Jewish people we find people who are not afraid to bring false news, like telling that that Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev were both assumed names and that the men had been born Baruch Yeltzer and Mikhail Solomonovich Gorbachev (his real patronymic is Sergeyevich). In other words, the architects of Russian misery after the collapse of the Soviet Union were secret Jews, according some.

This was outlandish even by the standards of eastern European antisemitism. It was also hypermarginal in the media. You had to buy pamphlets on the street to read about plots to dilute the purity of the Russian race by a cabal of Jews/Zionists (the two words were interchangeable). Then came the internet. These days you are never more than a couple of clicks away from weapons-grade antisemitism.

writes the political columnist in the Guardian.

But it still comes as a shock when one of the oldest and most versatile themes of the genre – the Jewish financier, dandling politicians on puppet strings, coordinating events in the shadows – finds its way on to the front page of a national British newspaper.

And that way not only the English newspaper The Daily Telegraph create a possible subtext which certain people misuse to contaminate the Jewish name.

Following the article’s publication on Thursday February the 8th, Theresa May’s former chief of staff, Nick Timothy was accused of anti-Semitism in the front-page exclusive he co-authored, and which RT UK along with many other national outlets picked up.

Anti-Semitism accusations leveled at the Telegraph following its George Soros ‘exclusive’

George Soros(L) , Nick Timothy(R) -© AFP / Global Look Press

The article outlines how Soros, described by the Telegraph as the “man who broke the Bank of England” in reference to the fortune he made betting against the sterling in the 1990s, is attempting to undermine the Tory government by donating £400,000 (US$560,000) to pro-EU group Best for Britain. The group is campaigning for a second referendum on the final Brexit deal agreed between Parliament and the EU.

The accusations of anti-Semitism were made by Guardian columnist Owen Jones, academic Bonnie Greer and King’s College professor Jonathan Portes, among others. Portes drew a response from Timothy when he asked if he and the right-wing paper were really endorsing “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard highlighted the controversial implications of using the phrase “secret plot.”

James Ball writes

This needs saying clearly: baiting people on George Soros conspriacy theories is a tactic currently being used by would-be autocrats and anti-Semitic groups across the world.
Theresa May and Conservative MPs should distance themselves from this tactic, and fast. https://twitter.com/markdistef/sta

This was just one incident in Great-Britain, where the Jewish community was targeted at a rate of nearly four times a day last year, according to statistics from the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that monitors antisemitism, which recorded 1,382 antisemitic incidents nationwide in 2017.
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Verontrustende incidenten in Antwerpen

Op zaterdagochtend 3 februari omstreeks halfnegen, werden een ultraorthodoxe man en zijn zoontje bijna omvergereden door een zwarte Seat Ibiza terwijl ze op het voetpad aan het wandelen waren. Beelden van het spectaculair incident werden geregistreerd door recent geplaatste veiligheidscamera’s.

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IngangN’sheiU’BnothAgudathYisraël op de Isabellalei 93 in Antwerpen.

Het incident vond plaats aan de Isabellalei door een wagen die verder koers zette richting Belgiëlei.

Camerabeelden werden hierop bekeken en hielp de politie om de verdachte te identificeren. De dader in kwestie, volgens ooggetuigen een man van allochtone origine, werd nog dezelfde middag opgepakt. Hij zal moeten voorkomen voor een rechter voor poging tot doodslag.

Al een viertal weken is er ook een 24-jarige vluchteling die het minder aangenaam voor Antwerpse Joden maakt. Op bewakingsbeelden is te zien hoe de twintiger vier grote kruisen op een deur van een synagoge kerft. Andere beelden tonen hoe hij de hoed van een Joodse man op de grond gooit. Ook op scholen zou hij met een scherp object markeringen hebben aangebracht. Alsook ging hij over tot het afrukken van mezoeza’s, de kokertjes met Bijbeltekst aan Joodse deuren. In de Charlottalei, Consciencestraat, Brialmontlei en Mercatorstraat heeft hij er zo een twintigtal vernield.

Hij is geen onbekende bij de politie en werd al meermaals opgepakt, maar komt telkens snel weer vrij. De gemeenschap vraagt dat de politie en het parket hard optreden.

Het Forum der Joodse Organisaties is gealarmeerd door de antisemitische incidenten die zich de laatste weken hebben voorgedaan in de zogenaamde Antwerpse Joodse buurt.

Dankzij de steun van de federale regering kon de Joodse gemeenschap camera’s plaatsen waardoor zij over duidelijke beelden van de daders beschikken.

De joodse bevolking is echter ook verbijsterd over de snelle vrijlating van de daders, daar waar er duidelijk het risico bestaat dat zij opnieuw ageren en er gewonden zouden kunnen vallen.

Daarom onze oproep naar slachtoffers om samen met het Forum klacht neer te leggen bij het parket van Antwerpen om de ernst van de feiten te kunnen benadrukken. …

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Holocaust and Bravery Day

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943)
In the summer of 1942, about 300,000 Jews were deported from Warsaw to Treblinka. When reports of the mass murder in the killing center leaked back to the Warsaw ghetto, an organized resistance began forming, which managed to smuggle a modest chache of arms into the ghetto. On the 14th of Nissan of 1943, the remaining 35,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto (from an original 450,000) staged an organized uprising, and drove back the Nazis with a rain of bullets when they came to begin the final removal of all Jews. The Jewish resistance lasted 27 days. A heroic stand was made in an underground bunker under 18 Mila Street, where hundreds of fighters, including the 24-year-old leader of the uprising, Mordechai Anilevitch, met their death. Although the Ghetto was burned to the ground by Iyar 3, a few stray survivors hid in the rubble and fired at the Nazis for two months longer.

In tribute to the uprising, the Israeli government designated the 27th of Nissan as its official “Holocaust and Bravery Day,” and in many Jewish communities the day is observed as an annual Holocaust remembrance day. But because of the halachic prohibition to conduct eulogies and other mournful events in the festive month of Nissan, the chief rabbinate of Israel, and many Jewish communities, observe instead the 10th of Tevet as a day to mourn and remember the six million, which include many whose yahrtzeit (date of passing) remains unknown.

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