Rosh Hashanah or The Feast of the Trumpets?

A short commentary on the coming Feast of Trumpets known to the Jews as Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah means “The head of the year” – namely the beginning of the year. It’s the Jewish New Year. Yet biblically the feast that we are told to be celebrating has absolutely nothing to do with the beginning of the year as it was the first day of the seventh month.

“…Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…’”
(Leviticus 23:23-25)

The Calendar God intended Israel to follow had Passover as the first feast on the fourteenth day of the first month. In fact, No holiday was prescribed for the head of the year at all.

There are many traditions as for why the Feast of Trumpets is now the head of the year but none of them is biblical whatsoever.
However, the trumpets element of this unique feast is extremely important.

The Bible tells us that God ordered Moses to make 2 silver trumpets.
These trumpets were formed in order to direct the camp in its journey from Mt. Sinai towards the Promised Land as well as the calling for the attention of the people.

“…And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps….”
(Numbers 10:1-2)

I believe that God id using Israel and the Church as the 2 silver trumpets calling for the attention of the world and preparing those that are willing to repent to get ready for their journey to the real Promised Land – The presence of the Lord!
Are you a trumpet? Are you living like one? Do people see in you the need for them to change?

“….For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?…”
(1Corinthians 14:8)

We are to be ready soon to our journey to our Promised Land. A very short yet most awaited one – The Rapture. Indeed the trumpets are sounding! Can you hear them?

“…. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….”
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

The continuing United Nations war against the Jews

Anne Bayefsky’s Op-ed on the United Nation’s stance against Israel, the Jewish people and its bias and support for the Palestinians.

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On August 6, 2014, the United Nations convened the entire global community for an unusual day-long “informal” session of the General Assembly. The purpose: to demonize the Jewish state and emasculate its right of self-defense.

The UN formula for ravaging Israel by ignoring the criminal actions of its foes – and the foes of the civilized world – is breathtaking.

Not one of the UN speakers – the Secretary-General, the representative of the Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Human Rights Commissioner, the UN’s Mideast envoy, the head of UNRWA – even uttered the word “tunnel.”

Israel was denounced for destroying “homes and neighborhoods” and “civilian infrastructure.” But the fact that Israel had destroyed an extraordinary labyrinth of 32 terror tunnels deep underground – running for miles, jam packed with explosives, opening near Israeli towns, and built for the sole purpose of killing Jews – somehow just got left out.

Terror tunnels also did not make it into repeated references to “root causes.” Hamas’ promise to kill Jews and “obliterate” Israel did not count as a root cause of the conflict either. At the UN, “root cause” is reserved for the Israeli “occupation” – that is, the non-existent Jews that have not lived in Gaza for eight years.

Part of the reason that Palestinian hate-speech does not make it on to the UN agenda is that the UN has no definition of terrorism. In UN circles, Hamas is not a terrorist organization, but a welcome member of the Palestinian “unity” government.

This may help explain why UN actors have difficulty distinguishing a Palestinian combatant from a civilian, and have no hesitation heavily relying on Hamas-affiliated sources for casualty figures. At the General Assembly, UN representatives repeatedly talked about 1,800 dead in total; some referred to 1,350 civilian casualties.

The numbers game was sufficiently confusing – or maybe not – to the European Union that its representative told the assembled:  “We condemn the terrible loss of almost 2,000 lives” – genocidal Hamas killers included.

The Secretary-General, UNRWA, and OCHA all called for an immediate “reconstruction effort” – that is, more concrete for Hamas that the UN will not ensure will be used for peaceful purposes.

Disturbing evidence of possible UNRWA complicity in Hamas attacks, which warranted a full investigation, was ignored. The facts that UNRWA schools have been used as Hamas rocket storage facilities and that the immediate vicinity of UNRWA schools have been used as staging grounds for Hamas rocket attacks were shrugged off with an implausible “we had no clue,” a de minimis naughty-naughty, or a lecture about overcrowding.

Meanwhile, UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl had the audacity to complain of Israeli actions that inadvertently have damaged its schools: “we cannot comprehend why they occurred.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added this whopper: “there were reports that Hamas rockets were fired from near UN premises. Yet, let me be clear: Mere suspicion of militant activity does not justify jeopardizing the lives and safety of many thousands of innocent civilians.”

Mere suspicion?  The video and photographic substantiation is in the public domain. And the lives and safety of the 3.5 million innocent Israelis jeopardized by those rockets were deftly omitted from this equation.

UN Mideast envoy Robert Serry simply refused to blame Hamas for rejecting or violating the ceasefires or to acknowledge that Israel had done the opposite.  To the UN, the terrorist organization and the democratic state are equals.   Or as Serry put it: “each time a ceasefire expired, despite our best efforts to extend it, the violence raged on and claimed more victims…”

Topping the agenda is the start of a UN-driven global witchhunt for Israeli servicemen and women – or in UN terms, war criminals.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has already succeeded in launching another Goldstone-type inquiry via a UN Human Rights Council special session that took place on July 23, 2014. Just as she helped cook the books for the original 2009 Goldstone report, Pillay started by telling the Council that Israel’s “disregard for international humanitarian law…was shockingly evident.” Then she said “these incidents must be properly and independently investigated…” Pillay’s specialty: being UN judge, jury, and executioner.

Before the General Assembly on August 6, 2014 Pillay went farther.  She aggressively pushed “the need for the International Criminal Court to address the situation.”

And the Palestinian Authority is actively considering accepting the jurisdiction of the Court, daring the U.S. Congress to respond to an American and Israeli “red line,” since this would render peace negotiations pointless.  Why negotiate with a party that the Court is poised to debilitate?

While the General Assembly was fixated on slandering Israel, here is some of what was going on elsewhere in the real world.

In Iraq in July alone, 1,600 died. 5,576 civilians were killed by the Islamist terror organization ISIS and other Sunnis in the first six months of 2014. Another 40,000 members of religious minorities in Iraq are being starved and face immediate slaughter. In Syria in the second half of July alone, 2,000 Syrians were killed. The Islamist terror group Boko Haram has killed 2,053 in the first half of 2014.  In Ukraine, 1,129 people have been killed since mid-April, and Russian tanks are lined up on the border.

But there have been no “informal” or “emergency” sessions of the General Assembly on any of these issues. In fact, there have been no “emergency” sessions of the General Assembly on any country but Israel since 1997.  There have been no special sessions of the Human Rights Council on Iraq, Nigeria or Ukraine. And the last special session of the Council on Syria took place  way back in June 2012.

In the face of this inversion of right and wrong, the Obama administration lined up – on the wrong side.

Rosemary A. DiCarlo, the U.S. Deputy UN Permanent Representative, told the General Assembly that the administration was “horrified at the strikes that hit UNRWA schools” – knowing full well that Israel had confirmed the school was not targeted, that Hamas operatives fired mortar shells repeatedly from the area surrounding the school, that the more precise circumstances were being carefully and expeditiously examined by Israel, and that UN allegations could not be taken at face value.

Compare the U.S. remarks to the statement made by the Canadian UN Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, a true friend of Israel. Canada told the General Assembly:  “the responsibility for the death and the destruction that we have witnessed in recent weeks are attributable solely to Hamas.”

That is exactly the point. If a hostage is abducted, and police fire a shot that kills the hostage despite valiant efforts to target the hostage-taker, the death of the hostage is attributable solely to the abductor.  Palestinian civilians are hostage to the violent criminals who use them as human shields.

Clearly, Israel cannot count on the Obama administration. So the prospect of an American abstention on a Security Council resolution on Gaza now looms over Israel’s head – providing undeserved comfort to the enemies of both Israel and America.

“The UN is leading, global purveyors of anti-Semitism”

Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, and a leading human rights advocate, addressed the United Nations and its member states accusing the U.N of being “the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.”

Speaking at the Global Anti-Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security which was arranged by Palau, a non-permanent member of the U.N, she addressed the rise of modern anti-Semitism.

Her speech is below:

 

The U.N. is not having a conference on the threat that global anti-Semitism poses to international peace and security. This is lunch-time. The courageous organizer, assisted by the principled representative of the small state of Palau, is independent of the U.N. The facilities are not free.

But why couldn’t the U.N., founded on the ashes of the Jewish people, and presently witnessing a widespread resurgence in anti-Semitism, sponsor a conference on combating global anti-Semitism?

The answer is clear: because the United Nations itself is the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.

Photo ops of the U.N. Secretary General and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights at the gates of Auschwitz are not an alibi. One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now.

Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist, as does the U.N. Durbin Declaration, the flagship of the U.N. racist anti-racism program of action.

In theory the U.N. charter demands equality both of individual men and women, and of nations large and small. In reality, the U.N. mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.

35% of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the U.N.’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, that are critical of the rights records of specific states, condemn one state: Israel. That’s anti-Semitism.

50%. 50% of the emergency special sessions of the general assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel. No emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That’s anti-Semitism.

The Human Rights Council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 U.N. member states, if required. That’s anti-Semitism.

70% of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That’s anti-Semitism.

The UN Division for Palestinian Rights denies entry to public meetings at UN Headquarters for individuals and NGO’s that discovers are Jewish and Zionist, as it did to me… that is anti-Semitism.

This past May, the UN screened a film portraying Israel a green monster that rises off the Gaza Coast to attack Palestinian children.

A UN authorized film about the 2009 Gaza War mirroring the vile, Nazi imagery of the Jew as a serpent is anti-Semitism.

Modern anti-Semitism targets Israel’s exercise of the right of self-defense because self-defense is the essence of sovereignty. Demonize and delegitimize self-defense, the plan is, and the viability of the Jewish state will be degraded.

In 2009, Israel responded to 8,000 Hamas rockets and mortars launched almost over a decade.

In 2014 Israel responded to 4,382 rockets, and an underground labyrinth of terror tunnels, 14 of which opened into Israel.

The current UN Chant of 2,000 dead by its own admission includes hundreds and hundreds of genocidal Palestinian combatants in addition to the civilians forced to become human shields.

In 2004 when Israel targeted Hamas terrorist leader Abdul Majid al-Rantisi and there were no civilian causalities, the U.N. still called it a violation in international law.

So the truth is, that at the U.N. for Israel alone, none is too many. That’s anti-Semitism.

Today, U.N. anti-Semitism has taken yet one more treacherous turn. The U.N. has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish state.

Hired guns, posing as independent arbiters, like William Schabas, are appointed to discover what they’ve already found: guilty. Phony legal rules misinterpret proportionality to favor a more even number of dead Israelis. The Iron Dome worked too well. And the International Criminal Court is poised to pounce.

Serious about “never again”? Then never forget that the perversion of the legal system is how genocide begins. A legal pogrom serves as a license to kill.

The U.N. is not having a conference about combating anti-Semitism, but we are. So let us start, let us start by combating the legal henchmen and human rights impostors at the United Nations.