How dare these Jews take part in this circus? How dare these people basically mock the suffering of millions of their brethren by even acknowledging this conference? As Fox News has reported, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called the Holocaust a “myth” and has said Israel would be “wiped off the map.”
This wouldn’t pose a problem for the Ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta though. It’s no wonder they are partaking in this embarrassment to the international community. These people have a mistaken religious view that since the Messiah himself (who is currently unrecognizable if he’s here) did not personally set up the State of Israel, then Israel itself is illegitimate. The same views are held by the much larger group the Satmar Hasidim.
These people hold, in one of the utmost idiotic views I have ever heard, in agreement with their late Rabbi, Joel Teitelbaum, that Tractate Kesubos 111a of the Talmud explains that God and the Jewish people exchanged three oaths at the time of the Jews' exile from ancient Israel:
* That the Jewish people would not ascend to the Holy Land as a group using force;
* That the Jewish people would not rebel against the governments of countries in which they lived;
* That the Jewish people would not, by their sins, prolong the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
The picture above is of Ultra-Orthodox members of Neturei Karta demonstrating. These people have the chutzpah to live in Jerusalem?
To these ideas I have this to say:
How does anyone know that it was not G-d who caused Israel to come back into being? Because secular men helped it to come into being? Can Hashem not use ordinary, even unbelieving men for His purposes? If not, is He really a G-d worth following? If not, He doesn’t sound like He’s too powerful to me...it sounds like He would only be powerful to those who believe. Further more, isn’t Hashem the G-d of all mankind? Wouldn’t that include the secular whether they believe in Him or not as well as the datim?
I say He is the G-d of all Jews whether those Jews acknowledge Him or not. Therefore He would perfectly be able to cause Israel to come into being as it did in 1948 against all human odds. The fact that there is a nation called Israel now is a miracle.
The Neturei Karta, along with the Satmar Hasidim are denying G-d’s power, and this disgusts me!
The Neturei Karta use this as an excuse:
According to their website they have this to say about themselves:
Neturei-Karta is the Aramaic term for "Guardians of the City. The name Neturei-Karta originates from an incident in which R. Yehudah Ha-Nassi (Rabbi Judah the Prince) sent R. Hiyya and R. Ashi on a pastoral tour of inspection. In one town they asked to see the "guardians of the city" and the city guard was paraded before them. They said that these were not the guardians of the city but its destroyers, which prompted the citizens to ask who, then, could be considered the guardians. The rabbis answered, "The scribes and the scholars," referring them to Tehillim (Psalms) Chap. 127. (Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Hagiga. 76c).
The name was given to a group of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem who refused (and still refuse) to recognize the existence or authority of the so-called "State of Israel" and made (and still make) a point of publicly demonstrating their position, the position of the Torah and authentic unadulterated Judaism.
Hmmmm....you know, when the Talmud begins to contradict the history and viewpoint of the Tanach, I think I will have to abide by the Tanach. In fact, I am more and more finding that the Oral Tradition is unacceptable to me. I was raised in the Conservative tradition. I cannot consider myself secular, nor would I want to. But, more and more I am thinking Karaite Judaism is the more correct form of observance.
Throughout the history of Israel there have had to be warriors. When G-d gave Canaan to the Israelites, was it taken by Scholars and scribes? No! It was taken by Joshua and the men of Israel who took up arms and with G-d at their side battled the Canaanites and won the day! Who protected Israel during the time of King David? Was it the Scholars and Scribes? NO! King David was a warrior...a man the Tanach says G-d called a man after His own heart!
For Neturei Karta and the Satmar Hasidim to deny the legitimacy of the modern State of Israel and to take part in Iran’s Holocaust “conference” is not only anti-G-d, it is cowardly and their views of the Torah be damned.