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Bare Your Arm of Salvation, A Traditional Hanukkah Song – Repost 2012

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This is a long standing repost. I hope to visit it later to clean it up, etc…

Sundown approaches, darkness will cover the earth, and Hanukkah will being – it promises to be a bitterly cold night in some parts of the United States and moderately cool in Jerusalem. Here is song (and if you click the link at the bottom, it will take you to site to hear it sung in Hebrew) traditionally song, at least since the 13th century.

The last stanza strikes me, for God has indeed shown us His arm

But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” (John 12:37-38 NKJV)

Maoz Tzur

O mighty stronghold of my salvation,
to praise You is a delight.
Restore my House of Prayer
and there we will bring a thanksgiving offering.
When You will have prepared the slaughter
for the blaspheming foe,
Then I shall complete with a song of hymn
the dedication of the Altar.

My soul had been sated with troubles,
my strength has been consumed with grief.
They had embittered my life with hardship,
with the calf-like kingdom’s bondage.
But with His great power
He brought forth the treasured ones,
Pharaoh’s army and all his offspring
Went down like a stone into the deep.

To the holy abode of His Word He brought me.
But there, too, I had no rest
And an oppressor came and exiled me.
For I had served aliens,
And had drunk benumbing wine.
Scarcely had I departed
At Babylon’s end Zerubabel came.
At the end of seventy years I was saved.

To sever the towering cypress
sought the Aggagite, son of Hammedatha,
But it became [a snare and] a stumbling block to him
and his arrogance was stilled.
The head of the Benjaminite You lifted
and the enemy, his name You obliterated
His numerous progeny – his possessions –
on the gallows You hanged.

Greeks gathered against me
then in Hasmonean days.
They breached the walls of my towers
and they defiled all the oils;
And from the one remnant of the flasks
a miracle was wrought for the roses.
Men of insight – eight days
established for song and jubilation

Bare Your holy arm
and hasten the End for salvation –
Avenge the vengeance of Your servants’ blood
from the wicked nation.
For the triumph is too long delayed for us,
and there is no end to days of evil,
Repel the Red One in the nethermost shadow
and establish for us the seven shepherds.

Maoz Tzur – Texts and Prayers – Chanukah – Hanukkah.

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Supreme Irony: Iran leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ‘may be Jewish’

The man is a lunatic, and if he possessed the bomb, he would make Hitler and Nazi Germany look like a bump in the road:

The Iranian leader who called for Israel to be “wiped off the face of the earth” may be Jewish, it is being claimed.

Outspoken president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust. But his ID card shows his family name before it was changed was Sabourjian.

It is of Jewish origin and means cloth weaver. (read the rest here)

Madoff case brings out the bigots

NEW YORK – Of all the words that have been used to describe the Bernard L. Madoff scandal, the most emotionally charged may be “Jewish.”

The disgraced investment guru is accused of orchestrating a $50 billion Ponzi scheme that preyed heavily on fellow Jews and ultimately drained the fortunes of numerous Jewish charities and institutions.

There’s nothing new about con artists targeting their own kind. There’s even a word for it — affinity fraud — and it has struck numerous religious, ethnic and professional groups.

But the allegations against Madoff are particularly wrenching for some in the Jewish community, who fear that the sensational case is fanning vicious stereotypes about Jews that go back to the Middle Ages.

The Anti-Defamation League cites a spike in anti-Semitic comments online after Madoff’s Dec. 11 arrest. A columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz lamented the case as “the answer to every Jew-hater’s wish list.”

And the American Jewish Committee’s executive director, David A. Harris, wrote a letter to The New York Times criticizing what he saw as “a striking emphasis” on Madoff’s faith in one of the paper’s many stories about the scandal.

The case is “fodder for the bigots,” Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director, said in an interview this week with The Associated Press. “It’s both embarrassing and it’s painful.”

I saw this floating around the web, and the msm, last week, but last night this caught my attention. If you skip to the bottom, you will see that he preyed on the charitable and the hopeful – the religious. I do not believe people are born evil – but this guy nearly makes me change my mind.

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NCC challenges Christian Zionism

DALLAS (BP)–The National Council of Churches has released a brochure castigating Christian Zionism as a dangerous movement that fosters fear and hatred of Muslims and non-Western Christians, as well as endangering peace in the Middle East.

Jim Sibley, a Southern Baptist leader whose career has focused on Baptist-Jewish relations, set forth an opposite view in assessing the brochure: The NCC resorts to caricature and slander, particularly when accusing evangelicals of regarding Jewish people “as pawns in a cosmic drama of divine vengeance and retribution.”

To fair, the Christian Zionist has declared that a real church would have the flag of Israel – which I assume is the flag since 1948 – in the sanctuary. I do not believe that the NCC is far off on this one; although their stance is more political than theological.

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Israel considers question: ‘Who is a Jew?’

via Israel considers question: ‘Who is a Jew?’

JERUSALEM – Raised without religion in Maryland, Shannon sought to make a new life for herself as a Jew in Israel.

In a rigorous conversion process, she studied religious law for a year, took a Hebrew name and changed her wardrobe to long skirts and sleeves as dictated by Orthodox Jewish custom. Finally, a panel of rabbis pronounced her Jewish.

But five years later, she and some 40,000 like her have suddenly had their conversions annulled by Israel’s Rabbinical High Court. The court says the rabbi who heads a government authority set up to oversee conversions is too liberal in approving them.

The issue, now headed to Israel’s Supreme Court, has exposed an intensifying power struggle inside Israel’s religious establishment over the age-old question of “who is a Jew.” It also threatens to deepen the wedge between Israel and American Jews, who largely follow more liberal schools of Judaism.

While 34-year-old Shannon’s Israeli citizenship isn’t in jeopardy, the ruling diminishes her religious rights. Many rabbis will no longer oversee basic Jewish rituals for her, such as getting married or receiving a Jewish burial. If she has children, they might not be considered Jewish.

“I’m very worried. I probably will not be able to get married in Israel,” she said. “God forbid, if I die, will I be allowed a Jewish burial?”

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