CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
(translated by Alla Axelrod )
1. The Europeans and Jews.
Before the Catholic Christmas, in
in the main hall of the organization uniting the world, under many spotlights,
in front of the cameras of the main television stations, the global historical event
took place: representatives of all European Christian nations signed an
official document accepting the demise of their civilization. These
representatives gathered specifically to support the resolution of Muslim
Egypt, condemning New York America
for its recognition of
as the capital of the Jewish people and its power. No European Christian
country voted against the resolution. That is, they all renounced the history
of their former religion, described in its Bible. In this story, 3,000 years
ago, the Jewish king David, whose psalms all the Christians of the world sang
in their churches while singing, made Jerusalem
the capital of the state of the Jews and the center of their religion. Jerusalem
Europeans' abandon of Christianity didn’t happen just now. Elie Wiesel[O1] wrote: "A clever Christian understands that Jewish people didn’t die in
Auschwitz -- the whole Christianity
died there." After the war, the Western world took a special care to hide
this turning point in its history, creating a false myth of the Holocaust.
In this false myth, Nazi villains, led by Hitler, were fighting against peace-loving peoples and identified the Jews as their main victims. The real story is different. It is presented, for example, in William Perl's book “The Conspiracy of the Holocaust”, and is summarized in my essay "Jews and the World - Then and Now" (http://berkovich-zametki.com/2013/Zametki/Nomer1/BorGulko1.php) .
The Holocaust was staged as follows: before the Great War, Hitler decided to expel Jews from
Similar exiles took place in European countries many times. They brought a lot
of grief to the Jews and heavy losses to the expelling countries. As an example,
the Jewish scientists, banished by the Nazis, produced an atomic bomb in Germany America, not in . Germany
But the world decided to use Hitler’s Anti-Semitism as a convenient excuse for its own anti-Semitism. In
, on July 5 to 16, 1938,
representatives of the civilized world at a specially convened international
conference agreed not to admit Jewish refugees in their countries, no matter
what danger threatened them. Neutral Switzerland suggested Evian, France would mark
the German Jewish passports with the letter J (from the German “Jude” - a Jew),
making sure not to let a Jew into their homes. Germany
A special task fell to
On July 20, 1939, the Minister for Colonies Malcolm MacDonald announced at the
debate in the House of Commons that the squadron of torpedo destroyers with the
support of five more boats would defend the shores of England Palestine
from the ships, carrying the Jews who were trying to reach . On the first day of the war, on
September 1, 1939, the British ship Lorna opened fire on the small ship “Tiger
Hill” with 1,417 refugees on board. The first victims of the British army
killed in the Second World War were not Germans, but Jewish refugees: Dr.
Robert Schneider from Palestine Czechoslovakia
and a teenager Zvi Binder from .
The British Foreign Office has developed a number of diplomatic measures
preventing Jews from fleeing their countries. Poland
The British King, traditionally, is not supposed to meddle in politics, but in this case, in February 1939, three months after Kristallnacht, [O2] the personal secretary of King George VI informed the Minister of Foreign Affairs: "The King hopes that Jewish refugees will not be allowed to leave the country of origin".
"Kristallnacht" changed Hitler's intentions. He believed that the Jewish pogrom would force the Christian countries to open their borders for Jewish refugees. Many Jews were released from
[O3] . The government even issued some money for the journey to some who
were able to emigrate. But the world, in
response to the "Kristallnacht", only tighter shut its doors to the
Finally, at the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942,
agreed to meet the wishes
of the Christian world and adopted a program called "The Final solution of
the Jewish question." In many countries, local authorities deported Jews
to "extermination camps" without a special order from the Nazis. The
raids in Germany Paris, and other cities of the continent
were conducted by the local police. Sometimes the Germans, occupying the
country, stopped the beating of Jews by the local population. For example, it
happened in Amsterdam .
maintained its exclusive right to violence. Germany
The Head Christian of
Europe - the Roman Pope Pius XII,
did not make any statements about the extermination of the Jews.
2. Jews and Greeks.
I wouldn’t be a Jew if I didn’t say that we ourselves are to blame for what is happening. Of course, the Jews are guilty of such a terrible spiritual failure of
Europe. And this guilt is an old one.
Having received the Torah from
Mount Sinai 33 centuries ago,
we had to spread monotheism among the peoples, to heal them from idolatry, to
become a light of humanity. Of course, this task was very difficult. But one nation,
with whom we had to communicate closely, was extraordinarily gifted, and as
life had demonstrated, was ready for spiritual growth. They were the ancient
Greeks. There was no people in history close to the Greeks in their genius and
contribution to civilization.
The Greeks didn’t get acquainted with the enlightenment activity of the Jews because of Jewish missionary work, but because of the energy and money of Ptolemy Philadelphus, the Greek ruler of
. In the first half of the 3rd
century BC Ptolemy organized the translation of the Torah into Greek by 72
Jewish sages. It was called “The Septuagint”. He, as Josephus Flavius describes[O4] , provided the Egypt with utensils for
worship made from pure gold cast, designed according to his sketches. Jerusalem
But the Greeks did not take Judaism from the main directions of Judaism, but from the side messianic sect - the Nazarenes. A direct transition to Judaism frightened the Greeks with a circumcision ritual, which, they thought, makes men impotent. Nazarenes promised the proselyte Greeks the full status of belonging to the chosen people as long as they believed in Jesus' Messiahship and in his resurrection from the dead.
The idea of the Messiah, although it is listed by RAMBAM[O5] among the 13 principles of faith, is a painful point for Jews. Our sages forbade the calculation of the time of the coming of the Messiah, but they did it themselves - Rabbi Akiva, Rambam, and Ramban[O6] . The most famous candidate in the Messiah after Jesus was Shabtai Zvi. When he converted to Islam in 1666, a significant number of his disciples followed him. And now in
there is a sect of Denme - the descendants of Shabtai disciples. In general,
Shabbatism remained a terrible embarrassment in the history of the Jews. Greece
It's not that simple about Jesus' Messiahship either. According to the Gospels, he were to return soon after his resurrection and establish "the
on earth." A week passed, then a month. He didn’t appear. Kingdom of God
Then the Christians created a theological theory based only on the miracle of the Jesus’ resurrection: "Jesus is risen, therefore our faith is true" - Orthodox priests, with whom I was in a short correspondence, wrote to me. But my question “what became of his resurrected human body (the soul, of course, is immortal)” cut our correspondence short. Jesus in the body must dwell somewhere on Earth. But 2000 years is an excessive period for the human body.
Alexander Blok, one of the most mystically inclined Russian poets, experienced the problem with this dogma of Christianity. Taking an epigraph from another mystic, Vladimir Soloviov: "And the heavy sleep of worldly consciousness You will shake off, yearning and loving," he wrote:
“I Foresee You. Year pass by - all in the guise of one, I foresee You.
The entire horizon is on fire, it is clear and unbearable,
And I wait in silence, - yearning and loving.
The whole horizon is on fire, and the appearance is close,
But it's scary to me: you change the appearance of You,
And the impudent excite suspicion,
Having replaced in the end the usual traits...”
Suspicion in connection with the prolonged absence of Jesus arose in
not only in Blok alone. Chukovsky, another great poet of the period, described
how Shalyapin[O7] came to see Leo Tolstoy before Easter. The singer embraced the
great writer "and pronounced the traditional formula:" Christ is
risen, Lev Nikolaevich! "Tolstoy gave Shalyapin a kiss on his cheek, and
then he said: "Christ has not risen, Feodor Ivanovich." Russia
At the beginning of the 20th century, the overwhelming majority of the population of
desperate to wait for Jesus, rejected Christianity along with Judeo-Christian
ethics. This brought the country into a century of misfortune. For decades
after the Holocaust, faith has also abandoned Christians of the rest of Russia Europe. Now there are only 5-10% of the population
visiting churches. The institute of the family collapsed in Europe,
the birth rate has catastrophically fallen. The Europeans have lost the desire
to procreate, and they invite to their countries many millions of
representatives of hostile civilizations, who are quickly replacing the
Now the Jews are trying to save the remnants of the civilized world. At the end of the twentieth century, the Bnei Noah movement was created. They are Gentiles who assumed the seven commandments of the sons of Noah and the main parts of Judaism, not exclusively addressed to Jews. Judaism involves differentiation of people - separate laws for men and women, for Cohens and for other descendants of
Under the leadership of Rabbi Uri Scherki in Israel Israel,
Brit Olam was created - the ,
which prepared a prayer book for Noahids; A remarkable site with courses of
lectures interesting for both the Noahids and the Jews was created. World
This movement already has tens of thousands of followers around the world. But will it have time to save the European civilization, who has the time and strength, I fear, to survive only for one or two generations?
3. Americans and the Jews
Abraham Lincoln called the Americans "almost elected people", leaving the place of "elected" to his biblical possessor. He intended, after the Civil War, to prepare a campaign for the return of the Jews to their historical homeland.
With the theme of Americanism, you can get acquainted with my 2006 essay “Democracy and Religion”: http://www.machanaim.org/history/gulko/demokratija.htm, written on the basis of the publications of the Yale professor David Gelenter.
The experience of developing democracy in the
was useful to ,
which was recreated 70 years ago. Europeans stressed their spiritual difference
from these two states - none of their countries supported the right of Israel America to recognize Jerusalem
as the capital of .
The Judeo-Christian civilization is leaving the Israel Old World.
Translated by Alla Axelrod ©
[O1]Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor.
[O2]Kristallnacht, literally, "Night of Crystal," is often referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass." The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. This wave of violence took place throughout
Germany, annexed Austria,
and in areas of the Sudetenland in recently occupied by
German troops. Czechoslovakia
[O5]Rabbi Moses ben Maimon commonly known as Maimonides Moses Maimonides), and also refered to as RAMBAM, Torah scholar of the Middle Ages, he was also a preeminent astronomer and physician.
[O6]Moses ben Nahman, commonly known as Nachmanides, and also referred to by the acronym Ramban and by the contemporary nickname Bonastruc ça Porta, was a leading medieval Jewish scholar, Sephardic rabbi,
[O7]Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin was a Russian opera singer. Possessing a deep and expressive bass voice, he enjoyed an important international career at major opera houses.