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Against The Name, Anti-Semitism

From Burt Yellin, Messianic Rabbi, Roeh Isra’el, Denver.

In an ironic twist, Yerushalayim – the City of Peace – has seen much violence since the time of Melchi-Tzedic (Gn 14). This present violence (hamas in Hebrew) has increased the ocean of blood that has been spilt on that holy ground. My friend Elhanan lives in that Holy City of God, and has written some insightful words for us to ponder.

“WHAT IS ANTISEMITISM? A very ancient phenomenon has been given a new name in the 20th century: Anti-Semitism – hatred of the Jew – which culminated in the atrocities of the Nazi Holocaust. It was that very destruction of millions of Jewish people because the were Jews that led to an international agreement to establish a national home for the Jews on their ancient homeland where they might defend their right to existence. But then with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, that phenomenon known as Anti-Semitism morphed into a new form: Anti-Israelism.

But what is Anti-Semitism? The word arises from the term Semite, which is actually Shemite, being a descendant of Shem, one of the three sons of Noah- Shem, Ham, and Yafet. The two latter names are Hebrew adjectives- Ham (hot), and Yafet (pretty or beautiful), only the name Shem [is] a noun, meaning ‘Name.’ It is through the line of Shem that would arise Abraham, Izaak and Jacob, and the tribes of Israel and Moses the lawgiver, and through the tribe of Judah would come King David and then his seed, Yeshua of Nazareth, called the Messiah, King of the Jews. The line of Shem (Name) would be those elected to carry and witness to the Name of the one Creator God, YHVH.

Anti-Israelism is alternately called anti-Zionism. ‘Zionism’ derives from the Hebrew word Zion (Tzion- ציון), which essentially means a mark, or a marked place. In the Torah it is written, “then it shall come to pass that to the place which YHVH your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there,…you shall seek YHVH at the place which YHVH your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come” (Deuteronomy 12:5,11). That marked place is Mount Zion, Jerusalem of the tribe and land of Judah. Judah, Yehuda in Hebrew-יהודה – is the only word that fully contains God’s name YHVH, plus one letter, ‘d’ (dalet). The term Jew arises from Judah, thus being ‘the people called by my Name,’ and Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, the King of the Jews, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the quintessential Jew who said, “Salvation is of the Jews” [John 4:22].

From its very inception and the creation of the State of Israel, Islam has been its greatest and most consistent opponent, waging numerous unsuccessful wars to annihilate the tiny Jewish nation, Islam being boasted as the final replacement for Judaism and Christianity, being founded much later, in the 7th century AD. To this day such organizations as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran vow the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. ‘Hamas’ (who has fired over 800 missiles into Israel as I write) is the Hebrew word used to describe why God brought the flood in the days of Noah, meaning ‘violence, corruption, deceit.’ Genesis 6:11,13, “The earth is filled with violence (hamas).” The Muslim deity Allah of the Quran is the driving force behind all this (allah in Hebrew is ‘a curse’, as in Isaiah 24:6: “for the curse – allah – has devoured the earth.”

Thus the root of the term Anti-Semite is to be against the Name, literally to take a stand against the very Name of the Creator of the universe, and the Creator of Israel, the people He has chosen to bring His Law and His Messiah into the world, and to whom He has apportioned as their inheritance the Land of Israel. Therefore, the support of Zionism and the prophesied return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem after 2000 years is the correct and Biblical and Godly thing to do.

What is now termed anti-Semitism goes back long before the Nazis, can be found in the Amalekites and their descendant Haman in the book of Esther, in the invading Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans who crucified many Jews, including Jesus. It can also be found in the writings of some of the Christian church fathers, including the German Martin Luther, who wrote “The Jews and Their Lies” which became an inspiration for Hitler’s atrocities, all the way back to Chrysostom and the fathers of the Replacement Theology heresy, and the distancing of the Christian religion from its Jewish roots at the Nicaean Council in 325 AD.

Antisemitism, and racism as well, can be outlawed and discouraged, but that will not make it go away. In America, one may rise to the heights despite that kind of opposition, as did many Jews and Blacks, right up to the top. But few ever speak about the reverse racism of Blacks who despise Whites and especially Jews, Louis Farrakhan and the Black Muslims for example. All this will not end or be resolved until there is a deep and true understanding that we are all created in the image of G-d, and the knowledge of God covers the Earth, and we act thus upon that knowledge.

Elhanan 5-2021

Genesis 23:1-20 – Hebron and the West Bank

Genesis 23:1-20

“Sarah lived to be 127 years old; these were the years of Sarah’s life. Sarah died in Kiryat-Arba, also known as Hevron (Hebron), in the land of Kena’an (Canaan); and Avraham came to mourn Sarah and weep for her.  Then he got up from his dead one and said to the sons of Het.”

Het is the son of Canaan, the son of Ham, the son of Noah.

“I am a foreigner living as an alien with you; let me have a burial site with you, so that I can bury my dead wife.” The sons of Het answered Avraham,  “Listen to us, my lord. You are a prince of God among us, so choose any of our tombs to bury your dead — not one of us would refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”

Abraham was considered a prince among the people and the sons of Het were willing to give him land to bury his dead.  Abraham knew these people as he lived with them. He  did not accept the offer, but asked to buy the cave from Efron, the son of Tzochar so he would own a burial site for his family. 

“Avraham got up, bowed before the people of the land, the sons of Het, and spoke with them. “If it is your desire to help me bury my dead, then listen to me: ask ‘Efron the son of Tzochar to give me the cave of Makhpelah, which he owns, the one at the end of his field. He should sell it to me in your presence at its full value; then I will have a burial site of my own.”

Efron also offered to give the land for free to Abraham.  There are no Hittites today,  but the region today they would have come from would be western Turkey.

‘Efron the Hitti was sitting among the sons of Het, and he gave Avraham his answer in the presence of the sons of Het who belonged to the ruling council of the city:  “No, my lord, listen to me: I’m giving you the field, with its cave — I’m giving it to you. In the presence of my people I give it to you.”  Avraham bowed before the people of the land and spoke to ‘Efron in their hearing: “Please be good enough to listen to me. I will pay the price of the field; accept it from me, and I will bury my dead there.”

Efron, though he wants to give the land to Abraham, he mentions its value 400 shekels or ten pounds of silver as nothing between ‘friends.’  Abraham understood Efron’s meaning:  “I’ll give it to you as it is worth only 400 shekels.”   Abraham weighs out the money in the presence of Het.

“But ‘Efron answered Avraham, “My lord, listen to me. A plot of land worth 400 silver shekels — what is that between me and you? Just bury your dead.” Avraham got the point of what ‘Efron had said, so he weighed out for ‘Efron the amount of money he had specified in the presence of the sons of Het, 400 silver shekels of the weight accepted among merchants [ten pounds].”

When the transaction is complete, Abraham owns the plot of land in Hebron and is given the deed to the property.  

“Thus the field of ‘Efron in Makhpelah, which is by Mamre — the field, its cave and all the trees in and around it — were deeded to Avraham as his possession in the presence of the sons of Het who belonged to the ruling council of the city.”

There is a repetition of the event making it clear that in the front of Het, Abraham bought a cave in a field from Efron in the land of Canaan as a burial site for his wife.

“Then Avraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Makhpelah, by Mamre, also known as Hevron (Hebron), in the land of Kena‘an. The field and its cave had been purchased by Avraham from the sons of Het as a burial-site which would belong to him.”

Sarah buried in this cave along with Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah.  Rachel was buried near Bethlehem.  This cave is now known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, a tourist attraction in Hebron. 

Hebron etymologically means ‘alliance’ and can also mean ‘friend’ as Abraham was a ‘friend of God.’  It also means ‘city of the Hebrews.’  Hebron is 12 miles south of Jerusalem and the largest city in the West Bank, the second largest Palestinian territory after Gaza.   Eighty percent of the city is controlled by Palestinians while twenty percent by Israel.    Historically, it was the last city to fall to the Muslims in the seventh century and is not mentioned in any of the Arab conquests.  The Caliphate established rule over Hebron and transformed the Byzantine church over Abraham’s ‘land’ into a mosque.  It remained in other nations’ possession until the Six-Day War in June 1967 when Israel regained complete control of Hebron along with other west bank land owned by Jordan   As part of a peace agreement, Israel annexed only a part of the land and returned the rest to Jordan.  David ben Gurion felt that there needed to be a Jewish settlement in Hebron as it was part of conquered territory and they had  ‘inalienable rights’ according to the Biblical deed bought by Abraham.   There is nothing written in the Koran that the burial ground for Abraham included his other wives and children nor that they obtained the land through victory in warfare.  This has created mixed feelings as some Jews and Arabs live peaceably with one one another in Hebron while others want the Jews out.   It was only the generosity of Israel to return 52% of the conquered land back to Jordan.

This is why Abraham bought the land and received the deed – so who owned the land would never be disputed.

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