We have to see ordinary things with new eyes, if we wish to see God through His works. We are all small beggars in God’s eyes; all our important projects and deadlines are mere trifles.
JEWS FOR JESUS
The Bible reveals that the whole household of Israel, the Jewish race, would one day come to Christ after “the full number of Gentiles comes in.” The watchman on the wall will not be given any rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it praise on the earth: “Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” Romans 11:25, 26
“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Isaiah 62:6, 7
THE JEWISH DIASPORA
The Fifth Diaspora was the greatest. It happened immediately after the revolt of Bar Kokhva in 135 AD. All the Jews in Palestine were forced to leave the land. A few of them remained in small pockets in Safad, Tiberias, and Yabneh. No Jew was even allowed to set foot in Jerusalem.
All the European Jewry who adopted the “German rite” synagogue ritual, were called Ashkenazim in order to distinguish them from the Jews of Spain who were referred to as “Sephardim”, the Spanish rite Jews
Nowadays 80% of the Jews in the World are Ashkenazim, they increased in America, a country of freedom and opportunities. In the late 20th Century the Ashkenazim worldwide number around 11,000,000, In Israel however, the Sephardim and the Askkenazim are about equal in number,
The Sephardim worldwide are about 1,000,000. Three quarters of them live in Israel. The Jews in Spain, having no military service to do, became: merchants, jewelers, gold and silver encrusters, arms manufacturers, tree planters, especially olives and citrus fruits.
They also dealt in finances, and had ample time to study medicine, Arabic to improve their Hebrew which they started to lose. They became secretaries to the rulers, and adapted Arab poetry, music and singing. For this reason, Sephardic Judaism became more tolerant, more humane, more poetic, more hopeful and less belligerent that the Ashkenazi (German) Judaism of Central and Eastern Europe.
Of all the nations of East Europe Poland was the only one who welcomed Jews. The other nations accepted them reluctantly. The Jews in Poland thrived and developed the economy. Unfortunately Poland was divided among Russia, Austria, and Prussia, Its boundaries changed every now and then every time Poland was occupied by foreign powers Jews were displaced according to the whims of the conquerors.
The Jews in Europe were forced out of France by King Philip Augustus in 1189 in order to recuperate the lands of the Christian Knights that were mortgaged to Jews for cash needed to fight in the Crusades, likewise in England the Jews were expelled in 1290 for the same reason, yet the Jews were readmitted in France in 1192, by the same Philip Augustus when he regulated their banking business and kept a part for himself.
Many Jews living in the Levant came back to Palestine. Of course, they were a minority in a sea of Arabs who tolerated them, for their industries and trade.
A hundred years after the victory of Saladin some 300 Rabbis who were expelled from England resettled in Palestine as well, and was the very first nucleus of Ashkenazi Jews in Palestine.
Because of the harsh life in day to day life in the Pale, the western region of Imperial Russia, some two million Jews immigrated to the United States bringing with them their Ashkenazi tradition.
Zionism is an offshoot of politicized Judaism. Its roots run deep in the history of the Jewish people. Continue reading JEWISH CHRISTIANS