1. Andrew Jackson: Jeremiah 34 no.2
2. Roy Garland: Ark of the Covenant at Tara
3. BBC versus Brit-Am
4. TOWARD TRADITION URGES: DON'T BE PARALYZED
Date: 06/03/2002 8:49:51 PM Central Daylight Time
Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 08:29:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: Andrew Jackson
Subject: Re: Jeremiah 34 no.2
This is an admitedly belated response, but it might be
Indeed, the practice of 'indentured servitude' existed
in the USA during the Colonial period. Georgia, the
last colony established, was established by this.
Debtors were shipped to the new colony and served
seven years to pay off the passage.
Indentured servitude was also practiced in several
At the end of the term, the 'master' or employer was
expected to provide the newly freed man with a 'stake'
(seed, an ox or some work animal) to get established.
My Dad found this out in the course of researching our
genealogy. (We are of Quaker stock and settled in New
Jersey during the middle to late 1600's.)
From: Roy Garland
Subject: RE: Jeremiah 43
Recently there was a lecture in Navan County Meath in Ireland on the British
Israelites. The story of Tea Tephi was related and details of the attempt
to find the Ark of the Covenant at nearby Tara in the late 19th/early 20th
century. A large crowd had gathered to hear the story from an archeologist
and were fascinated by it. The account was very fair and I was able to
update them on British Israelism in Northern Ireland.
I am not a believer in this but I said that there was at least one positive
element in British Israelism and that was that it gave unionists in the
north a positive sense of identity with Ireland. The main negative side was
a kind of anti-Judaism. At that time I was unaware that some Jewish people
could hold these views. My comments were given a warm reception.
Subject: UK anti-semitism
I don't know if you've already addressed this. You probably have since I'm
sure I'm not the 1stperson to consider it. How do you reconcile the UK
people being descendants of Israel when anti-Semitism is so prevalent in the
UK press and culture today? I thought one of the major qualifications for a
lost tribe was the relative lack of anti-Semitism.
As both a Celt and a Jew (by choice), I have longed to visit both Israel and
the UK (I'm American). I have always been very attracted to and proud of my
Celtic heritage, and have truly longed to re-visit the UK (especially
Edinburgh). Now I find myself strongly at odds with the blatant
anti-Semitism I find in the UK press. I am repulsed, and feeling less and
less pride in my association to my fellow islanders. It is really hard for
me to reconcile this disparity. What is your opinion, Yair?
Anna Morrison Markowitz
* An acquaintance of mine listens frequently to the British BBC. He says
that regarding Israel BBC reportage is antagonistic and false and one would
think that Israel is being treated as an enemy country and sometimes worse.
BUT According to a report UK Press (contrary to general impression) is
sometimes very fair and balanced. Most of the time it is not but it is not
as the European Press.
A friend of mine received a copy of "The Observer" which he is forwarding
to me. The paper has a middle-page spread about the Israelis in Jenin
and how they sacrificed the lives of their soldiers and risked those of
others in order to avoid civilian casualties. The article says that the
Israelis did more to save the lives of civilians than anybody else
(including the British) would have dreamt of doing in similar
circumstances. The article says that it is time for the Press to give the
Israeli "a fair go".
* The media position can only be taken in part as a valid indicator and
even then with much reservation. The Press does not represent the people.
Even in Israel the two leading newspapers (Maariv and Yediot Acharonot) and
most of the minor ones
(such as "HaAretz") are sometimes anti-Semitic and say things that border
on treason. These papers do not represent the people but they do
represent certain monied interests and cliques in Israel and Overseas who
have an interest in pushing anti-Jewish views.
What I am saying can be backed up with a lot of evidence. It is not
something I have invented. The non-religious media in Israel helped
railroad the country into the Oslo Agreements that caused the deaths of
innocent and good Jewish people.
Some of the papers in Israel (such as The Jerusalem Post and the religious
papers) do however provide a responsible service.
* Much anti-semitism in the west is due to Moslem or migrant hostility or
is due to a non-Israelite element in the population.
*In Biblical times "Judah" and the Ten Tribes of "Israel" sometimes went to
war with each other and even enlisted foreign allies to fight against each
*Isaiah 11:10 indicates that an envy of Judah will be present in Ephraim
until the End Days.
* The gentlemanly British in effect have a warrior streak that sometimes
receives wrong expression.
On the one hand in the Gulf War British pilots flew diver bombs on
dangerous missions that nobody else was prepared to undertake. On the other
hand when British football fans are even allowed to visit European cities
supporters of European teams very wisely stay of the streets. In Britain
today there are many foreigners, many unwed mothers, many deny God and sin
in general. People from one street are enemies of those from another
street. Supporters of one football team beat up supporters of another.
There is a problem of drunkenness, petty crime, and drugs. Some actions
that appear to be anti-Semitic may be merely expressions of sheer
wickedness in general. They would do the same to their own direct kin.
*Britain was known in Europe as "Perfidious Albion". Hosea describes
Ephraim as a cheating merchant:
[Hosea 12:7] HE IS A MERCHANT, THE BALANCES OF DECEIT ARE IN HIS HAND: HE
LOVETH TO OPPRESS.
[Hosea 12:8] AND EPHRAIM SAID, YET I AM BECOME RICH, I HAVE FOUND ME OUT
SUBSTANCE: IN ALL MY LABOURS THEY SHALL FIND NONE INIQUITY IN ME THAT WERE SIN.
This works in every direction. The British are unpredictable. In some ways
they are publicly often against Israel. Even so in other ways Britain
sometimes surprisingly comes out on behalf of Israel or co-operates with
Israel behind the scenes in various ways.
Both Britain and the USA and the offshots of Britain still fulfil the role
of Joseph: Menasseh and Ephraim.
TOWARD TRADITION URGES: DON'T BE PARALYZED
BY "SUM OF ALL FEARS"
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SEATTLE, WA, JUNE 3, 2002 .... Toward Tradition today urged Americans not
to assume that nuclear terrorism is "inevitable," as experts in media and
government have lately asserted. The new film Sum of All Fears, depicting a
nuclear strike on Baltimore, is the latest way the culture has expressed
its growing pessimism about the future. Toward Tradition's president, Rabbi
Daniel Lapin, said that optimism is the right attitude for an authentic
Judeo-Christian culture like America's.
Rabbi Lapin said: "Commentators, analysts, even figures in the Bush
Administration suggest it is only a matter of time before another
devastating terror attack is perpetrated on our soil. While understanding
their desire to deflect possible future criticism, I believe that no less
an authority than Maimonides, the great interpreter of Biblical tradition,
would disagree with them. In his encyclopedic statement of Jewish thought,
the Mishneh Torah, he condemns those who claim that national disasters
occur by chance, as a part of nature. Their attitude, Maimonides teaches,
is the way of achzariut, 'cruelty' (Hilchot Taniot 1:3).
"What's so 'cruel'? The answer is that this idea--that disasters happen by
unavoidable random chance--not only makes our suffering appear meaningless,
and the more excruciatingly painful for being so. It also leads us to
despair at the mistaken impression that we are powerless to avert
catastrophe. Jewish tradition says no: Catastrophe can indeed be averted
when a nation looks deep within itself and corrects its previous mistakes.
"Whether we think Maimonides would call for aggressive attention to defense
and intelligence measures, for moral introspection, or most likely for all
three, the point remains the same: God has set up the universe so that
nothing people may do, for good or evil, is inevitable. Even God's
unfavorable decree can be averted. Thus the Torah advises us, 'And you
shall be ever joyful' (Deut. 15:16). When we are confident we have taken
responsible action, we are free, indeed obliged, to be grateful,
optimistic, and joyful. We need not be paralyzed by the sum of our fears."
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