2nd Candle of Hanukah
What better time for the present-day Hellenizers to come out with an earth-shaking proclamation than the week of Hanukah? For those who still don't know. The Hanukah wars were fought as much against Hellenistic Jews as it was against the Greeks. In fact, the first casualty was a Jew who stepped forward to sacrifice a pig on the altar in lieu of Mattityahu the High Priest and the second was the Greek soldier who was there to ensure that Mattityahu complied.
"In 167 BCE, when asked by a Seleucid Greek government representative under King Antiochus IV to offer sacrifice to the Greek gods, he not only refused to do so, but slew with his own hand the Jew who had stepped forward to do so. He then killed the government official that required the act." (Source)
The descendants of the Hellenizers who were great admirers and emulaters of Greek culture are with us still.
Shlomo Riskin - who I will not honor with the title "rabbi" - has in the past acted as an agent of the Vatican to get control of the room above Kever David for the Pope. He openly admits on video to being a great admirer of Yeshu, claimed by the Greek testament to be the Xian god, and has worked tirelessly to break down the dividing wall between Xianity and Judaism. (See Jewish Israel for more information.)
On 3 December 2015, his newest initiative was posted to his website. It's called "Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Xianity". Following are some excerpts...
After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe recognize the historic opportunity now before us. We seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters. Jews and Christians must work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era.
...we acknowledge that Christianity is neither an accident nor an error, but the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations.
...we Jews can acknowledge the ongoing constructive validity of Christianity as our partner in world redemption,...“We are no longer enemies, but unequivocal partners in articulating the essential moral values for the survival and welfare of humanity”. Neither of us can achieve G-d’s mission in this world alone.
...We are all created in G-d’s Holy Image, and Jews and Christians will remain dedicated to the Covenant by playing an active role together in redeeming the world.
The Greco-Roman Church through their willing stooge Riskin are working towards the same goal as the Syrian Greeks of Hanukah fame - the destruction of Judaism by assimilation. They won't stop until Hashem stops them.
Know that this is the new "World" religion which seeks to unite all mankind by denying the unique character, mission and destiny of the Jewish people. Judaism is EX-clusive. The new "World" religion is IN-clusive. Everybody just has to compromise the smallest little bit. But, compromise on any Torah principle is impossible for the true Torah Jew - just as it was for the Maccabim.
Ironically, at nearly the same time this came out, another Shlomo - the Rishon LeTzion and Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rav Shlomo Amar reportedly said at a conference in Kfar Chabad - quoting the Rebbe of Chabad - that all our troubles come because we do not distinguish between Jews and gentiles. "If we would know how to make a clear spiritual distinction, it would save us from all these troubles." (Source)
Mattiyahu echoed the famous words of Rabbeinu Moshe ben Amram when he called to Klal Yisrael: "Mi l'Hashem alai! - whoever is for Hashem follow me". In the war for hearts and minds, be sure yours are aligned with the winning side.
~ HAPPY HANUKAH ~