Tish B'Av MEDITATIONS 2020
Meditations of the saddest day in Jewish history
The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies... All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is this secret of their Immortality?
Well, from the survival of the Jews, from Pharaoh to Hitler, every detractor of the Jews sealed his doom in persecuting them. Some were even aware of the fact that the Jews are indestructible, yet could not help themselves, as if compelled by a force greater than themselves.
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote, ―When ... I scrutinized the activity of the Jewish people, suddenly there arose up in me the fearful question whether inscrutable Destiny, perhaps for reasons unknown to us poor mortals, did not, with eternal and immutable resolve, desire the final victory of this little nation. Despite this premonition, Hitler tried and almost succeeded in exterminating European Jewry. But he, too, eventually failed and will go down in history as the epitome of evil. Why? Because the gates of hell will not prevail against the Jewish people. Hated or loved, Jews were always treated as different. They are judged by different standards, revered, admired, and hated more than any other nation on the face of the Earth.
British Bishop, Thomas Newton wrote about Jews: ―What but a supernatural power could have preserved them in such a manner as none other nation upon earth hath been preserved?
French mathematician, Blaise Pascal, pondered the formula that has kept the Jews thus far: ―This people are not eminent solely by their antiquity, but are also singular by their duration, which has always continued from their origin till now ... in spite of the endeavors of many powerful kings who have a hundred times tried to destroy them. Again, the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
Illustrious Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, pondered the survival of the Jews, but also sensed that their existence had to do with a unique purpose: ―What is the Jew? What kind of unique creature is this whom all the rulers of all the nations of the world have disgraced and crushed and expelled and destroyed; persecuted, burned and drowned, and who, despite their anger and their fury, continues to live and to flourish?
...The Jew is the symbol of eternity. ... He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. People such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity. He is the one who for so long has guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. People such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Jewish people.
In our time of quarantine and considering the advancement of our work, the vision has remained the same: Raise, train, and equip our church to help bring the Jewish people home!
AUGUST 2020, NEWSLETTER