This is Part 5 of our ongoing series "The Three Wars of Gog Umagog." In Part 4, I said that I hoped to show how the two concepts of "Being a Light to the Nations" and the Temple being "A House of Prayer for All Nations" have been corrupted by Judeo-Christianity and are now being used as a weapon in this Third War of Gog uMagog - Torah miSinai vs. the "Universal" Torah.
The war against authentic Torah depends entirely on Jewish ignorance. That's why learning is so important. Like the Serpent in the Garden, the enemies of Torah miSinai do not come out with something glaringly false through and through. They mix a bit of truth with a bit of lie and twist it together until the ignorant can be easily confused. They cast doubt. Doubt and confusion are the real weapons here. And these can only be countered with confidence that comes from Torah knowledge.
The current war on Torah is notable for the following falsehoods that I call the Christianization of Judaism because all of these ideas are expressed in the Greek Testament.
1. Everybody received the Torah (not only the Jews).
2. Israel has an obligation to disseminate it to everyone.
2. Nobody is better than anyone else, all are equal.
3. Both Jew and non-Jew have a role to play in the geulah.
3. The World needs to unite.
4. Belief in the Brotherhood of Man - we are all one big family.
5. All should pray and work together.
6. Eliminate all barriers.
7. We are now entering a new era where the old rules no longer apply, i.e. the era of the New Covenant (Testament).
But now, in addition to the missionaries, these ideas are being expressed by "rabbis" involved in outreach to Jews as well as non-Jews! If you hear anyone say that Israel's "job" is to be "a light to the nations" which is then interpreted to mean acting as missionaries by going all over the world spreading the 'gospel' of the Torah to gentiles, do NOT believe it! First, it isn't true and second it distracts us from our real job.
Regarding these very days - "...when you will return [from the exile]...." - Moshe Rabeinu told us...
"You shall return and listen to the voice of Hashem, and do all His commandments that I command you today. ...when you listen to the voice of Hashem, your God, to observe His commandments and His decrees, that are written in this Book of the Torah, when you shall return to Hashem, your God, with all your heart and all your soul. ...For the commandment that I command you today - it is not hidden from you and it is not distant. ...Rather, the matter is very near to you - in your mouth and in your heart - TO DO IT." (Devarim 30)You won't find on any list of the 613 mitzvot a commandment to teach Torah to gentiles or to missionize them to Judaism. Quite thw contrary. And the reason for that is very simply that their souls are not equipped to handle it.
It is true that the Torah was originally intended for the whole world, but the nations rejected it and only Israel agreed to take it. Therefore, the nations were never made suitable to receive it. As a consequence, it is now only available to those gentiles who have what it takes to become a part of Am Yisrael in order to obtain it.
You see, when the convert goes into the mikvah and immerses, it is not just a symbolic gesture. It is like going again into the waters of the womb and coming out reborn with a new level of soul that he did not have before - one entirely suited for Torah learning and Torah observance. We learn, not for learning's sake, but in order to DO.
We were never commanded to go and teach gentiles. We were commanded to build a model society which the gentiles could observe and imitate in order to better their own lives. Moshe Rabeinu again...
"...Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, as the Lord, my God, commanded me, to do so in the midst of the land to which you are coming to possess. And you shall keep them and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples, who will hear all these statutes and say, "Only this great nation is a wise and understanding people." (Devarim 6)To quote Rabbi Meir Kahane of blessed memory, Hy"d...
...Israel's being separated from the nations is so important, because if Israel, chosen to be God's holy, special people, are not set apart from them but influenced by their culture, why then were Israel created? What special purpose is there for the existence of Israel...?
G-d established that there must be no unity between Israel and the nations. They must not mix or mingle together. The walls separating them must never come down. Rather, there must be separation, borders, division.[And we see clearly that when we do not maintain this separation on our own, Hashem enforces it for us by creating antisemitism, BDS movements, border wars, etc. And whoever sets himself up to do battle with these tools in God's hand, is fighting God Himself.]
This separation, indeed, serves the purpose of unity, but genuine unity of a world under Divine sovereignty, for a united world of falsehood is not G-d's will.
...This is Israel's role. Yet, it is not to be carried out through assimilation and intimacy with the nations in order to be a false light unto them, as the ignoramuses and distorters say. Rather, it will occur through isolation and separation from them, through creation of a holy nation that will provide a real and different example. Then, they will come forth, and they too, will wish to be a holy people. (Or HaRa'ayon, chapter 25, "Havdalah")
The Powers That Be know all this and that is why they are trying so hard to pervert and subvert the authentic Torah in order to render Am Yisrael useless to God and worthless in this world. But, when they mess with us, they mess with HKB"H Himself, so their game is lost before it's even begun; however, they can deceive themselves into thinking they actually have a chance to succeed and possibly take many of us down with them, God forbid!
I actually had an opportunity to address the other Big Lie during the chagim. The other Big Lie after "Light to the Nations" is that the Temple of God in Jerusalem would be a "House of Prayer for All Nations," corrupted - again - to mean that Israel must unite with the nations and their false religions. I'll reproduce that part here...
I think when people hear the phrase "house of prayer for all nations" they form an image of Jews and non-Jews filing into a synagogue-or-church-like structure and sitting down side-by-side in earnest prayer.
That's not what the phrase means at all. Surprisingly, the well-worn phrase "house of prayer for all nations" comes from the mouth of JC in the Greek Testament. The Hebrew original found in Yeshayahu 56 says amim and is more commonly translated in the Tanakh as "peoples."
But, no one should imagine, like this poor misguided soul or this one, that this is a vision of Jews side-by-side with practitioners of avodah zarah. Never in a million years!
ISAIAH 56:6-8 is the only reference to "a house of prayer for all peoples." According to the commentaries and as evidenced by the pshat, it speaks of converts to Judaism, not gentiles, and most certainly not idolaters!
And the foreigners [bnei hanechar] who join with the Lord to serve Him and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, everyone who observes the Sabbath from profaning it and who holds fast to My covenant.
I will bring them to My holy mount, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples [amim].
[Rashi] for all peoples: Not only for Israel, but also for the proselytes.
So says the Lord God, Who gathers in the dispersed of Israel, I will yet gather others to him, together with his gathered ones.
[Rashi] I will yet gather: of the heathens ([Mss. and K’li Paz:] of the nations) who will convert and join them.The Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez says...
[On Isaiah 56:6-7] And those whose conversion to Judaism is with the sincere intent of serving God and not for any ulterior motives, attested to by their observance of the Sabbath and the covenant, shown by their "coming close to God" while the Jewish people are still downtrodden, those are the proselytes who God will bring to His Temple, His "House of prayer for all peoples," and grant them the joy of seeing their offerings accepted. But more than their material offerings are acceptable to God, the offerings and sacrifices of their hearts and spirits shall be desirable to Him.In both instances, it can clearly be seen that both statements are revelations of fact, not a wish or a desire or a prediction for the future.
1) Israel, by virtue of keeping Torah and mitzvot, IS a light to the nations of how to build happy, functioning, just societies.
2) The Holy Temple Mount, by virtue of the fact that Israel absorbs converts from every people on earth, IS, in fact, the place where all of them turn in prayer, until the Third Holy Temple will be built soon in our days.
We've just come off the week-long celebration of Sukkot when we know that Israel offered korbanot for the future sustenance of all the nations of the world. Doesn't logic even tell us that had the nations been able or welcome to bring their own korbanot, they would have done so? Gentiles cannot offer korbanot. They must request a Jew to do it for them, on their behalf, those who are truly righteous. It's just not what many unlearned people are imagining.