23 February 2020

A Tale of Two Religions - One True, One False

29 Shevat 5780
Yom Kippur Katan

There's an old saying:  "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."  A lot of truth can be found in "old sayings."  And this one is best exemplified today by the relationship between the Church and the Synagogue.

Traditionally, that relationship was depicted like this...
ECCLESIA ET SYNAGOGA, the name given to the symbolic representations in Christian art of the Middle Ages of the victorious Church and defeated Synagogue, symbolizing the triumph of Christianity. The representation is often found in medieval Christian manuscript art. It also became a conventional decoration in many medieval churches, especially in France, England, and Germany, and took the form of two graceful female figures, usually on the outside of the building. The Church is shown erect and triumphant, bearing a cross; the Synagogue is usually blindfolded and dejected, bearing a broken staff and sometimes decorated with the Tables of the Ten Commandments symbolizing the Old Testament. The best known statues of this type are on the exterior of the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Bamberg. They are also found in Rheims, Paris, and Bordeaux. In England, they figure, generally in a mutilated condition, in Rochester, Lincoln, Salisbury, and Winchester. The representation of the blindfolded synagogue was paradoxically reflected even in Jewish manuscript art: as for example in the miniature of the blindfolded Torah with her spouse, the People of Israel, in a 14th-century manuscript prayer book (Hamburg, Cod. Lev. 37; possibly having a symbolic meaning, representing the Torah and the People of Israel).  (Source)
In 2015, Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia commissioned a large sculpture by Joshua Koffman showing the pair in harmony. The sculpture is aimed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration Nostra aetate. Both personifications wear crowns and hold their respective Holy Scriptures, the pair suggesting the notion of learning one from another. The final, bronze cast version of the sculpture was blessed by Pope Francis at St Joseph´s University in September 2015.  (Source)
Some might see the second depiction as an improvement over the first, but that would be a mistake...

Judaism and Christianity are not equals in any way. They are complete opposites, pretty much the way the medieval church depicted it, but it is the Synagogue that will be victorious in the end, not the Church, because the Synagogue marks the path to Truth and the Church is founded on a pack of lies.  

This reminds me once again of the Midrash about Eisav putting on a tallit at the End of Days...
In the future, Esau will wrap himself in a tallis, sit down next to Yakov and say to him, "You are my brother"....Yakov will say to him, "My brother, you will not be like me. I will lead you to death, I will be the pestilence that leads you to Sheol (Hoshea 13,14). Had I upheld decrees that you promulgated against me, I would have been guilty at the eyes of Heaven. Had I violated them, you would have killed me (Yalkut Shimoni, Yirmiahu 333).

"That was Esau's intention when he told Yakov, 'Let us travel together and I will go before you' (Genesis 33,12). He wanted them to join together in both this world and the world to come, to meet each other halfway, with each modifying his conduct until they were alike (Yalkut Shimoni, Genesis 133).
This "meeting halfway" is accomplished by Christians "embracing" [their Christianized idea of] the "Torah" and the Jews accepting the "Jewish messiah."  How has anything really changed???  Practically speaking, it hasn't!  This is just assimilation with tallit and tefillin and a kippah or headscarf!

There is absolutely nothing that Christianity can teach the Jews and there is absolutely no compromising on the Torah of Sinai!! 


Lowell Joseph Gallin said...

YAS (Yes As Usual)

moshe said...

What do we expect from a generation that knows absolutely nothing of any Yiddishkeit; no history, no Torah. To them there is no difference because they have no faith (emunah) nor can they even understand anything other than all the garbage that was indoctrinated into them, thanks not only to the teachings in the universities, etc., but to their ignorant parents & grandparents who threw away our traditions and most of all, the teachings of our holy G-D Given Torah! 80% did not leave Egypt in the first Redemption and today, it looks the same, but there will be one big difference - every Jewish 'neshama' will do teshuva this time, even if the mountain has to be forced upon their heads, thus they will be redeemed (those who are true Jewish neshamot). All this assimilation leading to such a degree started more than 200+ years ago with the Reform movement (ErevRav), communism, and the total freedoms to do as you wish and breaking all barriers, leading to intermarriage and blurring the lines of religions, all with the help of their Esavian allies. May H' have rachamim and hasten the Geulah b'chesed and rachamim aleinu.

Anonymous said...

There's a saying, a Farmer needs rain-Yesterday! Because as we have seen recently when the rain comes it sometimes brings its own problems. The same with the Geula which when preceeded by the Judgements-watch out!
Well, we've been crying out for Moshiach for a long time, just need to get past those Judgements רח"ל. Ditto for the world!
Not trying to scare people, who are scared plenty already.
As Hashem says in Parshas va'era and again in Parshas Bo,'I didn't need to bring Ten Plagues; one would have been enough!
Looks like we may be facing the second optipn. Lots of questions out there but this Cov19 is starting to look like the penny that doubles every week.
As for Edom, Ishmael and throw in the Beni Ketura in the east, they're History! And yes most dangerous when mortally wounded as they now are. לכן והתהזקתם באמונה ובמצות והייתם קדושים.

Anonymous said...

The good news is that belief in esavian avodah zara is declining in the USA. According to Pew research, the total number American Esavians is declining.

They are literally disappearing in the USA. So much for much for the "triumphant return" of cheezus the cheesecrust to save the day. They refuse to get the memo, and time is up so Hashem is basically removing them from significance.

The bad news is that paganism, athesim and islam are taking the place of cheezus the cheesecrust believers in the USA. But the global reign of Melech Moshiach should take of those new clowns in short order.

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד