1 Tamuz 5777Rosh Chodesh
Poor Avraham Avinu. So many false ideas are being laid at his feet in these last days of the World of Lies.
Listen to what Yishai Fleisher says to Adnan Oktar on his recent visit to Turkey...
Avraham Avinu was a radical extremist in his time. The Ivri! He stood on one side with HKB"H against the entire world on the other. Nimrod, the one who instigated the building of the Tower of Bavel - the first attempt at a New World Order without HKB"H - was Avraham Avinu's nemesis. Now, they are attempting to bring all the religions together for the final attempt at a New World Order and they will dare to do it in the name of Avraham Avinu!! The one who did not even withhold his only son from slaughter at HKB"H's command?? Really??!!
As Jewish, Christian and Muslim people we find common ground in our common origin. We are followers of Abraham, committed to the human family and therefore adhere to a common core of ethical standards. We shall pursue friendship, peace and justice. We will speak out against all forms of prejudice, hatred, and discrimination.
We shall stand for the religious pluralism and mutual understanding that undergird the resilience of America.How unseemly that a representative of the Jewish Community in Hevron, the City of our Patriarchs will go and totally mis-represent our forefather and all that he stood for. Professor Jon Levenson's book Inheriting Abraham opens up a discussion on this topic.
...In Inheriting Abraham, Jon Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Bible at Harvard’s Divinity School, throws cold water on the mutual-understanding campfire. Misunderstanding is not what divides the image of Abraham in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the misnomered “Abrahamic religions”; on the contrary, the founders of the younger religions well understood Abraham’s role in Judaism. St. Paul’s transformation of Abraham into the father of all who believe, and the Quran’s recasting of Abraham as a Muslim prophet who prefigured Muhammed, both rejected the Jewish version by design, by inventing their own Abrahams to serve their own doctrinal purposes.
Through published excerpts and interviews, Levenson has been drawing attention to his most provocative conclusion: that it is wrong to present Abraham as a unifying figure who transcends the differences among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The progressive wings of Christianity as well as Judaism have a great deal invested in this reassuring claim, and Levenson’s devastating refutation of the “three Abraham religions” thesis will be unwelcome. He makes short work of pop theologians like Bruce Feiler, whose best-selling book on the patriarch claims that “Abraham belongs to all of humanity” and that “the carefully balanced message of the Abraham story [is] that God cares for all his children—a tradition that existed for hundreds of years before the religions themselves existed.” Feiler and his co-thinkers, Levenson observes, have essentially invented another Abraham—“a neutral Abraham who can be made to serve as a control on the Abrahams of the three traditions that are thought to derive from him.”You can read the article in its entirety here.