In the land of Israel, there are about 40,000--that's right, forty thousand--archeological sites identified RIGHT NOW. But none of those sites have ever produced a single artifact referring to a land of "Palestine." Why, it's almost as if that famous country...NEVER EXISTED.
But here we have this beautiful find that literally connects to two Biblical Israelite figures by name.
The first of the clay bullae, which surfaced during [Eilat] Mazar’s excavation of what may be King David’s palace, bears the name “Yehuchal [or Jehucal] ben Shelemyahu [Shelemiah]” (pictured above left). The second was found in the First Temple period strata underneath what has been identified as Nehemiah’s Northern Tower, just a few yards away from the first, and reads “Gedalyahu [Gedaliah] ben Pashur” (pictured above right).
These two men are mentioned together in the Bible as ministers of King Zedekiah (597–587 B.C.E.). As the Babylonians closed in on Jerusalem during the last years of the First Temple period, Jeremiah, prophet to Judah’s last kings, advised Zedekiah and the people of the city to surrender to Nebuchadnezzar’s men so that their lives and city might be spared. But not everyone liked Jeremiah’s message, including Gedaliah son of Pashur and Jehucal son of Shelemiah. According to Jeremiah 38:1–13, the two ministers had Jeremiah thrown into a pit because they did not like the message of surrender he was preaching to the people of Jerusalem.
Ya know, the Wakf can't destroy EVERY ancient treasure in the land of Israel, though they may do their worst.
"Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again."
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
motivations of this terrorist." --French Pres. Sarkozy.
"Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in the enemy's rear. Such a belief reveals lack of comprehension of the relationship that should exist between the people and the troops. The former may be likened to water the latter to the fish who inhabit it. How may it be said that these two cannot exist together?"--Mao Zedong, "On Guerilla Warfare," 1937
The Muslim "communities" inside France, and the rest of Europe, provided the invigorating, nourishing waters for vile fish like this to swim in. And continue to provide it. They need to be dealt with. They need to be dealt with. Can anyone doubt that? Sorry, Sarkozy, ya spineless worm.
France NEEDS Le Pen.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 7:21 PM
So there I was a little while ago, when my little boy started enthusiastically babbling something crazy. He’s been slow in verbal development, but he’s become sooooo much more coherent that we can now basically understand him. He’d been babbling for years, but we cdn’t understand most of what he said. Now it seems he’s making up for lost time, but he still has some problems with vocabulary, grammar, and some concepts.
Well, he started telling me about some singing skeletons, and a horse with a guitar, and a bad guy with blue eyes, and the horses dancing, and a train, and the horse blew up the train…and I thought, “What kind of dreams has this kid been having?!” I knew he loves cartoons, but I never heard of any cartoon like that.
So today he calls me into the living room, “Dad, dad, come see it!” Oh, my God--this was it:
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 7:25 AM
Thursday, March 15, 2012
My friends, imagine if you will a kind of Einsteinian thought experiment, with the question being:
“Can we posit or theorize a single action that would:
*Make Ahmedinejad and the mullahs go weak in the knees with terror and rage?
*Shock and confuse the worldwide left-progressive mob?
*Refute, delegitimize and invalidate the theory and practice of shariah? And provoke an existential crisis within the ideology of Islam?
*Leave George Soros and his White House puppet utterly confused and humiliated?
*Make courage and inspiration swell in the breast of every true Christian and Jew, and every other human with a soul, on earth?
*This action would instantly halt the largest ongoing process of archeological vandalism since the Taliban blew the Bamyan Buddhas to smithereens; and actually restore one of the most storied and ancient religious sites of all of human history.
*And this single action could be executed by a sovereign, democratic government…without any need for an invasion nor intervention upon any other country.
*And, strictly as an added bonus...MAAAAAAAYYYYYBE even speed the arrival of the Messiah?
Imagine this, all in theory.
If we could posit such an action, would you support it?“
What’s not to like?
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce the visionary Rabbi Chaim Richman, the international director of the Temple Institute, and a man who along with all of the great folks at the Institute, has devoted his life to rebuilding the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Yes, the same Temple that was built by King Solomon in 957 B.C.E.; demolished by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.E.; rebuilt by Haggai and Zechariah in 516 B.C.E, and expanded by Herod in 16 C.E.; and then destroyed a second time by Titus in 70 C.E.
This coming Sunday, March 25, Rabbi Richman and his dedicated comrades will host the Third Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day, webcast live from the holy city of Jerusalem for 6 solid hours. The purpose of this event is to increase support for the many organizations, both in and out of Israel, that are working to rebuild the Holy Temple, on its original spot on Mount Moriah. Informative links to the program can also be found here, here, and here.
Everyone knows that Israel liberated all of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War; but I doubt if anyone knows exactly why, for nearly 45 years (so far), Israel refused to exercise its lawful sovereignty over the single holiest Jewish site, inside its own capital. “It didn’t seem like a good idea at the time,” I guess. But, as we all know, it’s never too late to do the right thing.
[And for those who have been misled into believing that only G-d himself can restore the Holy Temple to its rightful place, you need to listen to any or all of Rabbi Richman's 5-part video series, "The Holy Temple: Man-made or Heaven sent?," based on the teachings of the Rambam/Maimonides, that decisively refutes this pernicious and corrosive myth.]
One argument that has been offered repeatedly over the years is that, ”If Israel does this now, it will destabilize moderate Arab regimes, and threaten the Camp David Accords.” Well, as we review the wreckage of Western Mideast policy in March 2011—with the Muslim Waqf still being allowed to control the Temple Mount-- that argument is the deadest of dead letters, n’est ce pas?
On the merits, there is a compelling case to rebuild the Holy Temple now. The Waqf has delighted in destroying and trashing (as in: bringing to the town dump) as many artifacts from the original Temples as it could, and pursuing a rogue policy of expanding its two sites—the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque without regard for the Jewish archeological treasures that overflow Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount). By commencing the rebuilding project now, and ejecting the waqf from the Temple Mount until it is complete, Israel will be able to preserve or salvage those treasures, in keeping with the universally-recognized high standards of its Antiquities Authority, without the absurd distraction of obscurantist-inspired riots to interfere with their work.
Perhaps most important, by making the inalterable decision to rebuild the Temple, Israel will effectively throw the deadly bucket of water onto the Wicked Witch of Islam. Ever since Khomeini returned to Iran in 1979, revanchist Islam has become bolder and bolder in its threats against both Israel, da Joooooooooooos, and the West in general. Indeed, the last time Muslim zealots felt so free to proclaim a coming “momentous massacre” was in the days of Gamal Abdel Nasser. In 1967.
Nasser trafficked in military threats, was crushed on the battlefield, and was a shadow of his former self until he died a few years after. Today’s Islamists traffic in koranic threats and prophecies, and until now not a single major figure has stood up to address and refute their disgusting libels.
But actions speak louder than words. Once the Jewish Temple is rebuilt and consecrated on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, can you imagine the shock and consternation amongst the Islamists? Instantly, all these odious and lurid koranic sermons against the Jews will be rendered nothing short of ridiculous and laughable; while the faith of the supporters of Israel will be strengthened and vindicated. And will this lead to a more peaceful world?
Well, as a well-known Arabian Muslim said a few years back: “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.” What would demonstrate the strength of the Jewish people and their faith more conclusively than the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem?
Just last year, what should the vile octogenarian Yusuf Qaradawi bray out to a roaring crowd of Cairo jihadis? That he plans to pray at the alAksa mosque. Imagine if his dream is thwarted by the presence of the third Holy Temple? It might even provoke an aneurysm in the old demon.
Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan was pilloried by the sophisticates and beautiful morons for asserting that America’s (unsuccessful) effort to save South Vietnam from communism was a “noble cause.” Reagan ignored the catcalls, and crushed an incumbent president-sophisticate. That is a lesson for us as we contemplate how close we are to seeing the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in our days, for what nobler cause could conceivably be found on the face of the earth?
Let's all pray that this effort will eventually grow to become much more than a finger in the eye of Satan, something much more decisive:
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 8:13 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2012
"To ask the question is to answer it."--the late great Amb. Jeanne Kirkpatrick.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 9:01 PM
Saturday, March 10, 2012
This is some fabulous work, showing the integration of intelligence, technology, and targeting. But it still has its limitations.
Israel has to just drain the swamp. Forget about shooting the alligators, they just need to drain the swamp.
Drain the swamp.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 8:52 PM
Friday, March 9, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Sorry, my friends, the RINOs have won. Romney is obviously going to be the GOP nominee. If Santorum or Newt had the horses to win, they'd have exhibited a lot more strength than they've shown so far. C'est fini, c'est tout.
As I pointed out a few weeks back, Romney's victory is really a reflection on the fundamental weaknesses of his opponents not his own strengths, but you know what? In the land of the quadraplegics, the one-legged man is king. At least the establishment RINOs ended up supporting the man they torpedoed 4 years ago.
But Romney had one key advantage over Gingrich and Santorum (Paul isn't really Republican, although his relative success strengthens this point) that is often overlooked. He's run a national campaign before. Since 1952, only 2 GOP nominees have won that never ran nationally before: Barry Goldwater and George W. Bush. And Bush was running just 7 years after his Dad's 3d consecutive national campaign (1980, 1984, and 1988), and thus simply stepped into the old man's shoes, inheriting his cadre of supporters and contacts. So Goldwater was really the only one to legitimately hack a path to the nomination on his first try.
If Newt had pulled the trigger 4 years ago, he might have avoided, ohhhhh, 50% of the unforced errors he made this time, and won it easily on his second shot. But Newt stayed in his cozy thinktank offices, while Romney chewed the rubber chicken from Iowa to Pennsylvania. And made thousands of valuable contacts.
To summarize: it sure helps winning the nomination this time around, if you've had even a rudimentary trial run 4 years earlier.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 7:20 PM