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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

One has to ask, in point of fact there has been more than one rabbi ponder: How is
it that so many of Moses' people were caught up in the Holocaust? Where was God
during all that? Why didn't He step in and do something to protect His chosen

To find an answer to that question one need look no further than Ex 34:6-7, Lev
26:3-38, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:1-69. In other words: the Jews, as a people,
brought it on themselves in accordance with the covenant that their ancestors
agreed upon with God as per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

A covenant is essentially a contract. Well; if God were to fail to fulfill His end of the
agreement; then He would be in breach of contract; which is not only unethical, but
also uncivil. Long story short: the covenant requires Him to lower the boom on His
people for failure to honor their end of the agreement; and you can see the extent
of the damage for yourself in the scripture references in the above paragraph.

There are numerous blessings that God is contractually obligated to fulfill too; so
the covenant isn't all one-sided; viz: compliance with the covenant accrues
blessings; while breaching the covenant accrues curses. Anybody who has read the
Old Testament can attest that God came down on His own people quite often for
breaching the covenant; and just as often quite cruelly. The curses that Lev 26:3
38, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:1-69 list are very disturbing; and when examining
them, one cannot help but realize they're reading a synopsis of the Jews' history.

The status of God's chosen people has its advantages; but also its disadvantages;
viz: the status of God's chosen people is not something to be proud of; but rather,
something to fear because the covenant's God is not the kind of judge influenced by
favoritism. No; if anything, Moses' people run the risk of being judged even more
severely than Gentiles because of their privileged position and the insider's
knowledge they were given of His likes and dislikes.

Amos 3:1-2 . . Hear this word that Yhvh has spoken against you, O children of
Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities. (cf. Luke 12:42-48)
faq: Is the world supposed to believe it was the Jews' own fault that they were
rounded up like cattle, stripped of their dignity, their property, their wealth, and
their possessions, enslaved, starved, deprived of basic human necessities, tortured,
subjected to Frankenstein medical experiments, worked to death, and gassed, shot,
and incinerated by the millions?

a: If the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God is binding; then yes;
the Jews, as a people, are definitely at fault for what happened to them. There's
really no mystery to this: it's all laid out in black and white at Lev 26:14-38, Deut
27:15-26, and Deut 28:15-69.

faq: God caused an event whose collateral damage led to the deaths of all those
other people too besides the Jews?

a: We're not saying God engineered the Holocaust. All we're saying is: He stood by
and did nothing to prevent a number of His own people being taken in it. In other
words: the essential thing that Moses' people brought upon themselves was the
loss of God's providence. I think God took advantage of Hitler's agenda as an
opportunity; viz: a convenient means of throwing His people to the wolves like He
did in the Old Testament with Nebuchadnezzar.

The covenant Moses' people agreed upon with God obligates Him to protect them
from misfortune when they're compliant with it; but the same time the covenant
also obligates God to lower the boom on them when they're not compliant with it. If
there is only one good thing to come out of the Holocaust is that it proves to the
world that God is reliable, viz: He can be trusted to honor His commitments.
faq: Supposing there is no one to blame for the loss of Jewish life in the Holocaust
but the Jews themselves? If so; then how many of them would've had to breach the
covenant to put them all in so much danger?

a: It's surprising how few Jews it takes to ruin it for all the rest. For example the
incident at Ai in the 7th chapter of Joshua. The insubordination of one insignificant
Jewish man-- just one --caused God to stop assisting Joshua's army in battle. As a
result, 36 men were needlessly killed in action; and ultimately capital punishment
was inflicted upon not only the insubordinate man himself, but also his sons and his
daughters. God's accusation? "Israel has sinned" (Josh 7:11)

See that? God didn't accuse the perpetrator; no; He accused Israel. In other words:
in that particular incident; the sin of just one Jew under Joshua's command became
the sin of all the Jews under his command; viz: the whole kit and caboodle-- lock,
stock, and barrel; and Israel could proceed no further with its conquest of Canaan
until the guilty man was executed.

And then there's this incident:

2Sam 21:1 . . Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year
after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said: It is for
Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.

Joshua agreed to a non-aggression pact with the Gibeonites during the conquest of
Canaan (Josh 9:3-16). Saul, when king, dishonored the pact. He apparently got
away with it; but not his countrymen, no; God slammed them for what Saul did;
and that posthumously.

In another Old Testament incident; God lowered the boom on 70,000 Jews. What
did they do to deserve it? Absolutely nothing. The insubordination of just one
Jewish man caused their deaths. King David breached the covenant that Moses'
people agreed upon with God by taking an unwarranted census. As a result; those
70,000 Jews went to their deaths through no fault of their own; it was all on David.

I can't imagine what just one Jew would have to do in order to bring about the
deaths of six million of his fellows; but if a whole bunch of them throughout the
world were breaching the covenant all at the same time, I guess that could become
a sort of force-multiplier.

That's pretty scary when you think about it because more than fifty percent of the
Jews living in the State of Israel right now today are hiloni (secular). In my
estimation, that's easily enough insubordinate Jews all in one place for God to
justify bringing down the whole country; and then if you combine those with the
number of insubordinate Jews around the rest of the world, including the USA; now
you can appreciate just how insecure Israel's future really is.

Another possibility is that the generation caught by the Holocaust, was caught not
only due to their own breaches of the covenant, but also due to breaches
committed by generations preceding them.

Ex 34:6-7 . . Then Yhvh passed by in front of Moses and proclaimed: Yhvh, Yhvh
God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness
and truth; who keeps loving-kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity,
transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished: visiting
the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and
fourth generations.

That statement is included in the covenant, so God is morally obligated to honor it
lest He be found in breach of contract. But it just goes to show that sins have a way
of snow-balling from one generation to the next till the snowball is so big that it
triggers an act of God; which is disturbing because it tells me that it's not
impossible that the Jews of today are endangering the Jews of tomorrow by their
current breaches of the covenant-- breaches that according to Ex 34:6-7, God will
by no means sweep under the rug.

Wouldn't it be awful if the next Holocaust took place right inside the Jews' own
homeland? I sincerely believe that Saddam Hussein's SCUDS were a wake-up call.
Next time; incoming missiles just may contain nuclear warheads instead of high
explosives; and many among Jacob's people will be poisoned to death with
radiation instead of pesticide.

The upside to the Holocaust is its value as historical evidence for the existence of
the covenant's God. It is also valuable as historical evidence that the covenant was
still in force for Moses' people as recent as the middle of the last century. True; the
covenant is obsolete where Christians are concerned, but that old dog can still
bark; and it will be the basis in the future to decide which Jews return to their
homeland and which don't. (Ezek 20:33-38)

I believe it's okay to pity the Jews as per Lam 1:12; but I do not believe it is
appropriate to let them get away with playing the victim all the time. That's just a
red herring diverting attention away from their own chronic failure to honor the
covenant in a manner consistent with their God's requirements.
Posit: Your degree of anti-Semitism is unacceptable; especially coming from
somebody passing themselves off as a Christian!

Response: Jehovah's very own criticisms, and the prophets' writings too, contain
far more of what can be construed as "anti-Semitism" than anything I've written.
For example: the book of Isaiah opens with this:

Isa 1:1-3 . . The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah
and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of
Judah. Hear O heavens! and give ear O earth! for Yhvh has spoken. Children I have
raised and exalted, yet they have rebelled against Me. An ox knows his owner and a
donkey his master's crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not think about it.

Oxen and burros are well known for their below-average IQ; but in His indictment,
Jehovah complained that those two species of barnyard beasts of burden have
more brains than His own people when it comes to appreciating His providence; and
Jehovah's statement: "they have rebelled against me" mirrors the age-old
colloquialism of biting the hand that feeds you.

There are so many anti-Semitic comments and remarks throughout the book of
Isaiah that sometimes it's actually difficult to believe it wasn't penned by a
Palestinian instead of a patriot; and that's only Isaiah, some of the other prophets
are just as harsh.

Note: The term "holocaust" comes from the Greek word holókauston, referring to
an animal sacrifice offered to a god in which the whole (olos) animal is completely
burnt (kaustos).

That's an appropriate meaning seeing as how a number of observant Jews sincerely
believe that the deaths of six million of their fellows via German atrocities during
the second world war satisfied certain teachings and predictions in the 53rd chapter
of Isaiah's prophecy. A rabbinic interpretation of that chapter proposes, in so many
words, that the fate of Jehovah's people at the hands of Hitler's minions
accomplished the salvation of the world.

The interpretation is a bit involved so I won't go into it here; but suffice to say that
the interpretation provides, for some, the only rational explanation as to why
Jehovah stood by and did nothing to prevent so many of His own people from being
rounded up like cattle, stripped of their dignity, their property, their wealth, and
their possessions, enslaved, starved, malnourished, deprived of basic human
necessities, tortured, subjected to Frankenstein medical experiments, worked to
death, and gassed, shot, and incinerated by the millions by Nazi mad men.

The error of that interpretation is so obvious that it's almost below me to point it
out; to wit: Judaism regards human sacrifice as a breach of the covenant that
Moses' people agreed upon with God; and also sincerely believes that human
sacrifice is an abomination.

There are astute Bible scholars of the opinion that the Jewish genocide of the last
century was only a taste of one to come in the future when a super powerful
political figure, known to just about everybody as the anti-Christ, will target
Jehovah's people with another mass extinction. They say his won't be confined to
Europe like the last one, but will encompass the entire globe so that Jews won't be
safe anywhere on the planet.

Those scholars also believe that the present State of Israel isn't permanent; but
that it will be conquered and the Jews lose control of their homeland all over again.
I don't know for myself whether those scholars are right, but if they are, then it
would appear that the future of Jehovah's people at this point in time is looking
mighty grim, to say the least.
Writing to the Christians in Rome; the apostle Paul said:

"Share with God's people who are in need." (Rom 12:13)

The Jews are God's people in accordance with an unconditional covenant that He
made with Abraham. (Gen 17:7-8)

Nazi Germany was very nearly 99% Christian. Had they all complied with Rom
12:13, the effects of the Holocaust would've no doubt been greatly reduced.

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