In Judaism there is a basic notion – note that Judaism was the religion that said “do not kill” advocating the highest sanctity for life – and precisely as we place the primary obligation on the preservation of life, hence there is a law (in fact four biblical laws that basically teach) Kill before you are killed!
In 1928, Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood, a rigidly conservative and highly secretive Egyptian-based organization dedicated to resurrecting a Muslim empire (Caliphate). According to al-Banna, “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.” The Muslim Brotherhood, also called Muslim Brethren (jamiat al-Ikhwan al-muslimun, literally Society of Muslim Brothers), it opposes secular tendencies of Islamic nations and wants return to the precepts of the Quran, and rejection of Western influences. Al Bana was Born out of the extreme Muslim right wing’s desire to counter the ideology of modernization, the Brotherhood’s platform included a strict interpretation of the Quran that glorified suicidal violence. Along with Al Banna, the grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj-al Amin Al-Husseini was also an enormously influential Muslim leader of the time. Together, the two created a powerful and popular Islamist party by classically appealing to fundamentalist Islamic principals while blaming the world’s problems on the Jews. Al-Banna also gave the group the motto it still uses today: “Allah is our purpose, the Prophet our leader, the Quran our constitution, jihad our way and dying for God our supreme objective.” The 9/11 Commission Report states the Brotherhood’s influence on Osama bin Laden and on Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman responsible for the 1993 attack on the WTC. An important aspect of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology is the sanctioning of Jihad such as the 2004 fatwa issued by Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi making it a religious obligation of Muslims to abduct and kill U.S. citizens in Iraq.[5
What do people really want? Well the Lubavitcher Rebbe said something that my father said to me, and that is that people want to make a lasting impact on the world!
Man is born like a wild animal the Talmud tells us Indeed living in Africa where people receive very little education and practically no moral guidance, we see this clearly in murder, rape; and in fact in people actually believing that power entitles them to do this – we need not look further than the President of the Country. The bottom line is, that man is composite of two distinct souls, each driving in opposite directions, goodness versus selfishness, and all selfishness is able to rationalize its correctness. So though man is good, nonetheless as he is also selfish and he usually is more selfish than good (for do the facts of human behavior – even amongst good people not abundantly show this?) So for good people seeking to do good, they need to overcome their selfish side! And it wont work to say “well I will just choose to do good” for the selfish side has more access to the mind than the selfless side; for as man’s desires creates his thoughts, hence the stronger desire in man will be the dominance of the thoughts, that will rationalize why selfishness should be done out of righteousness! For example, imagine a person wants to give charity, and at the same time wants to go on holiday / vacation, his thinking will go something like this, “I would very much like to help that poor family, at the same time, in order for me to make money I need rest, if I don’t go on vacation then I wont have money to help anyone.” Hence, it is only when man has a higher power, through adherence to his Rabbi, or his Rabbi to the law, that man can irrationalize the rationalizations.
Esther Levens a dear friend of mine from Kansas City my hometown, has a coalition of 200 Jewish and Christian organizations “You know people thought, somehow I was hoodwinked into working with Christians she tells me. The reason I started unity coalition was because I saw a pole that said 70% of the support for Israel in America comes from evangelical Christians. In fact when I first started joint programs I would have security hired to remove any evangelical missionizing papers – but these papers never showed.” In other words, Jews rightfully have deep scars in their relationships with the Christian world. But the world has definitely changed. This is not to say ALL Christians have changed – the Catholic Church for one has and will presumably always continue to be a deep bone, supporting the PLO, the enemies of the Jews and it all has to do with worldview. You see the very fundamental belief of the evangelical Christians is that Jews are not some kind of inferior race, rather a super, chosen by God, nation. In fact they believe that if they act as God wishes, they TOO can become chosen by God (which is actually how Judaism sees the world – that all people behaving in God’s ways of goodness and kindness are invaluable.) On the other hand, the Catholic Church (though many of the parishioners and perhaps even priests etc. may not subscribe to this) Jews were banned due to their rejection of Jesus – cast aside, God made them eternal sufferers. It is for this reason they have always sided with enemies of the Jews, for it supports their notion of their ideology – one in which they scarcely desire to see eradicated Read more…
Judaism is the only universal religion Why? Doesn’t Judaism exclude and discourage conversion? The answer is yes and no. Judaism sees not, my way or the highway. Rather, Judaism sees that all men are created in the image of God, all men share an equal but distinct responsibility towards a unified goal! In other words, most people and hence religions from people, think that uniformity is ideal. Uniformity is as stupid as communism! Every person seeks to make his impact on the world, which is a good thing. If we were all the same, God may as well not have created us, for if there is a single model in the image of God, it is God, and the reality is, the God of the Bible never once says, be all the same! Rather E-Pluribus-Unum, the true idea of harmony is many instruments playing together – each is unique, each is different, but instead of competing, they blend into a symphonic melody, which is as pleasing as the notion of unity itself. Hence the universal religion is quite simple, Judaism states clearly, categorically, unequivocally – which will be the messianic universal reality soon – all people are children of God. All people must serve God. Now we know Jews have 613 commandments and Gentiles 7 commandments; Do not worship idols Do not curse God Do not commit adultery Do not murder Do not steal Do not harm animals And create a justice system in the country you live Essentially, all of these and Judaism’s commandments boil down to: Serve God through doing goodness and kindness.
It was my desire that you, using your intelligence would discern between what is true and what is not: The truth is, that God is not a physical thing. Of course you may say – doesn’t everyone know that?! – but the truth is, that no one can understand what they cannot relate to. God is like 1+1 = 2, – is that true? Certainly is – now where does 1+1 = 2 exist? Does it exist? Yes, it does, because it is true, and if it didn’t exist, it couldn’t be true; yet at the same time, its existence is unlike any other existence we know, for it is both existing and non-existing at the same time, for scarcely shall we call a mathematical equation existence. So God is that kind of existence, yet with infinite power; hence his ability to create out of literally thin air, all that exists, to order it in such a way that it appears to be a fully functional universe with no hand guiding every DNA split, no hand guiding every turn of the electron, no hand guiding gravity etc. etc. The more science we have discovered, the more we see God’s hand!!!
Many yeas ago in a plush garden a man was created – lighter than the sun – wiser than angles – master of the universe – well as we know, pride is the greatest vice of the sons of man, and he became proud. Banished was he from his kingdom – by the sweat of your brow will you toil – in great difficulty will you give birth and your husband will dominate you – said the creator to his none so compliant children. But the question begs – can eating a cookie from the cookie jar when mom isn’t watching, be so bad? Can such grandeur leader to such degradation, so light lead to such darkness, over a apple? Why? Does the punishment fit the crime? As we know in Jewish mysticism, the punishment is the result of the crime, it is a consequence of the crime. Because what man symbolically did by disobeying God was not so terrible in the act, but in the ego that preceded it. For as God cries, even an ox knows and rebels not against its master – are you foolisher, stupider, more illogical than an ox?! The ego and truth are antonyms. Where man is self promoting, he cannot be a subject of a higher cause.