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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A Picture of Judaism in Israel

Is Jewishness a function of religion, culture or nationality? According to the High Court, it is all of them at once.

In a fascinating legal decision that touches on the very core of Jewish/Israeli identity, the country’s supreme legal authority ruled last week that a woman who converted to Christianity and immigrated to Germany could not regain her Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, even though two Orthodox rabbinical courts – in London and in Tel Aviv – had determined that she was Jewish.

However, in their precedent-making decision, the three justices – Neal Hendel, Elyakim Rubinstein and Hanan Meltzer – gave the woman the option of regaining citizenship if she could prove to the Interior Ministry her renewed commitment to the Jewish people.

Editorial: A path back to Judaism.

I think it is pertinent, especially to the discussions we have in this country about what is an American (in regards to religion)…

Jewish-Christian Resources on the ‘Net

Ancient Jewish Accounts of Jesus
Josephus, Celcus, Tertullian, Talmud, Toledoth Yeshu – full texts with introductions..
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~humm/Topics/JewishJesus/

Several books on Jesus and Judaism collected by Messianic Jews
– incl. Christianity in Talmud and Midrash by R. Travers Herford
and Jesus Christ in the Talmud, Midrash, and the Zohar by Gustav Dalman
(which both deal with the censored Talmudic passages about Jesus)
http://www.saltshakers.com/lm/

TRENT – Traditions of the Rabbis in the Era of the New Testament
– earliest traditions dated and explained, esp for NT relevance
Preview at http://www.T-R-E-N-T.com

Into His Own – Primary Jewish sources for background of the NT
http://virtualreligion.net/iho/index.html

You can find more ancient Jewish resources here.

Apostle Peter in Late Rabbinic Judaism

I am not so concerned with how the Apostles are treated, so much so how Christ is treated in Judaism… The blog linked to below will be doing a series of posts on the Apostle Peter in Rabbinic Judaism. The first part focuses on a medieval Rabbi who believed that the Apostle wrote Nishmat prayer.

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What is interesting about both this prayer, the legend and the blog ht’d above, is that they leave off a very important part of the legend,

A curious legend circulated in medieval France and Germany to the effect that Nishmat was composed by none other than the Apostle Peter, who is said to have built the Christian Church in order to remove Christians from the Jewish community, while believing himself that only Judaism is the true faith. (Here)

Maybe they’ll get that part later, but if we are going to be true to history, we should note that Judaism and Christianity, siblings, had a very strenuous association.

Should We Celebrate a Passover Seder?

Rev. McCain points a question to the Lutherans, but really, to us all:

“Is it appropriate for a Lutheran congregation to celebrate a Passover Seder?  This is not an unimportant question since the practice has become rather widespread in our Synod.  In fact, it has even been promoted (complete with Eucharist!) by the Synod’s Board for Evangelism (A Passover Haggadah for Christians , ed. Bruce J. Lieske, no date).  But can it be historically or theologically sustained?

“The historical question is rather complex, as the history of liturgical forms generally are.  To begin with,  we have no manuscript of a Seder Haggadah  which is early than the tenth century A.D. (Siddur Rav Saadya Gaon ).  Nearly a millennium exists between the time of Jesus and the earliest extant text.   Passover Haggadoth  have never been standardized but have always been shaped and reshaped by circumstances and time.  The ritual has been extraordinarily versatile since the tenth century A.D. and in all likelihood was just as versatile in the preceding centuries.  The claim that any ritual now in existence is identical with that used by Jesus is both anachronistic and historically suspect.

Read the rest here:

CyberBrethren-A Lutheran Blog » Why Christian Congregations Should Not Celebrate a Passover Seder.

Various sects of Christianity are ‘discovering’ their ‘Jewish/Hebrew’ roots not realizing at sometimes, those very Jewish things originated long after the time of Christ. While we should, I believe, endeavor to not forget that Christianity was a sect of Judaism, we are very much Christian. While our Eucharist is connected to the Passover Seder of the 1st century, as are our other rites and doctrines (of perhaps should be) we cannot forget that the Church took a different route, namely to follow Christ.

Pastor: No Such Thing as a Completed Muslim

We’ve discussed this before, but it does pop up every now and then:

There are Messianic Jews but there is no such thing as a completed Muslim, said a pastor who is an expert in Christian and Islamic theology.

Contrary to what some mission leaders think, J.D. Greear does not accept the equal comparison between Jews who come to accept Jesus as their savior and Muslims who become Christian. Messianic Jews are sometimes called completed Jews, but it would be incorrect to apply the term to Muslims.

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2012 – Sham or bam?

There’s an avalanche of hype about 2012, but is it just another sham or the beginning of the end?

In addition to the well-publicized ‘last date’ of the Mayan calendar cycle, some claim the Jewish Kabbalah books of Zohar predict the beginning of the seven year tribulation at the same time, as well as a prophecy by the Catholic ‘Saint Malachy’ about the next Pope being the final one.

However, Christ said that before the Great Tribulation, “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matt. 24:11).

You pick it.

More at Zohar and the Arrival of the Jewish Messiah in 2012.

More on Seismic Shock and Police Intimidation

As a blogger, censoring generally worries me. You can read my first post here. Roger Pearse (who by the way, is the keenest blogger on Patristics) has posted a reply from one of those who is accused of using the police to intimidate a blogger. Further, Roger has a few more updates, one form Seismic Shock and a final one from Anthony McRoy. Decide for yourselves.

And you might want to check out Stuart’s blog as well and some religious notes on the matter.

Blogger Faces Intimidation Tactics from Anglican Priest

A blogger, Seismic Shock who is trying to expose an Anglican priest and his associations to what he deems extremists is now being targeted with police complaints from said priest, Stephen Sizer.

(Context: Sizer has associated with some very nasty terrorists and Holocaust deniers; McRoy has delivered a paper at a Khomeinist theological conference in Iran comparing Hezbollah’s struggle against Israel via suicide bombing with the Christian’s struggle against sin via the atoning death of Jesus, and describes the world’s most prominent Holocaust denier as an “intelligent, humble, charismatic, and charming” man who “gives quick, extensive and intelligent answers to any question, mixed with genial humour”).

Thanks to Stuart for this info. (See here and here).

Wow.

From Judaism to Christianity

Thanks to Stuart for this article:

For thousands of people who convert to Judaism, Christmas is a difficult day of balancing what was once intimately theirs but now represents, in some ways, the essence of what they are giving up. The holiday brings up questions that often have less to do with theology than with culture and custom. Siblings wonder: Can we still give you gifts? Parents ask: Can I still fill your stocking? If the answers are no, does that signal something akin to betrayal?

Converts to Judaism Describe Their Feelings on Christmas – NYTimes.com.

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