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one word, sickening!
I think Rabbi Cohen should be allowed a forum to explain his views. This 3 minute you-tube takes some of the most complex tragedies of all human history and marries it in a three minute you-tube?
It left me uneasy, and confused. I would like to hear the Rabbi’s full explanation for me to make more sense of this.
I can see that from the Youtube that evil is against G_d . This evil wants to redefine the connection to G_d in the worldly sense. To do this Nazism is pure evil and would first destroy the ones who have the oralcles of Torah, and then redefine Christianity infiltrated by paganism. Judism has always been meant to be taught by the Rabbi’s to the rest of the world. If Yeshua is the messiah it will be revealed soon and then Torah can finally be complete with the full plan of G_d and all nations will learn from the Jewish perspective from Torah to the completion. The youtube is showing that evil would send every Jew to the gas chamber especially the Jewish Messiah. As improbable as it seems to me right now possibly I will have some understanding to the reasons of the sickening and despicable atrocity of the holocaust. It is a very sensitive issue that one must be very careful about in making a short youtube and throwing the cross into the middle of it. The question still loom’s where was G_d during this horrific time? Where was the Messiah? In a few years both of these questions will be answered when satan will be bound up and the rabbi’s grasp the full 120 jubilee periods. Look at the story of Job, many complexities in that story, but hind sight it is finally grasped by the human mind.
When I first watched the promotional video my first reaction was that I didn’t like it at all and was wondering what in the world they were thinking. I thought it would certainly incite fresh anger among Jews, whether Orthodox or not and that would definitely not be productive. We all know Christianity is associated with the Holocaust. Holocaust remembrance day is this week.
I also disagreed with the idea that if Jesus were alive during the Holocaust he would have been executed as just another Jew. He could not have fulfilled any prophesies and could not have been their Messiah so, in my opinion, I don’t think it was the best message to use on that level either.
I watched the clip a few more times and after the last time there were some testimonial videos posted that I hadn’t noticed before. I then realized that the greater majority of Jews may not even know Jesus is Jewish and that the NT was dictated by His Jewish followers. If JFJ’ objective is to get that message out then they’ve succeeded. Of course their main objective is that “that Jew” died for them but I’m thinking “the Good News” is lost amid the painful images invoked by the setting being in the midst of the Holocaust. I’m wondering if the message won’t be drowned out by the animosity it’s going to stir up. I hope not.
Many Jews asked themselves, “Where was God during the Holocaust?” and a great number came away believing He was dead. They felt He could not have looked on while they suffered such a fate. In that respect, for one moment in time, Jesus does fit in perfectly with the setting of the Holocaust. Their common ground is found in the following Psalm.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones, they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
Jesus answers to the question asked by Cain, the one that seems to have been forgotten by all but a few in times of incomprehensible evil, in the affirmative; “I am my brother’s keeper.”
Here’s a link to one of the testimonials with many others to watch at the end of it.
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