Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Extremists will destroy Judaism and then Christianity and Old Chrome Cars for entertainment

One of the reasons I chose to become an Orthodox Jew was the fact that the Jewish people are the witnesses that G-d came to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave Moses the ten commandments that changed the world.

Christianity lives and dies on its Jewish roots. We don't take a leap of faith to believe in G-d as Christianity believes. We accept the first commandment to believe in G-d based on the intellectual knowledge that our Great-great grandfathers actually witnessed the giving of commandments.

Although Orthodox Judaism looks like a cult to outsiders, and in truth many people in the movement are there as cult members, those of us that chose to live the live style do it for the intellectual understanding (and that includes me), that this is how we are supposed to walk in G-d's way..TO BE A HOLY PERSON.

Now some of our greatest Jewish  thinkers are under attack. Shmuely Botech whose article I attach and Nathan Slifkin who writes about science and the bible, dare to look at the bible and use modern thought and science to try to understand what G-d has to say to us.

Talabad type thinkers in Orthodox Judaism are so threatened by asking questions they are attempting to kill the messenger.

All that it takes for evil to flourish is for no one to speak up for good...I ask you to be open minded and read Shmuely's article..One doesn't have to agree with a writer to completely to stand up for his right to say what he has to say. As Voltaire said,
"I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Love Yehuda Lave

No holds barred: Chabad fanatics are destroying the movement

02/24/2014 21:48

We need grass-roots activists to build mikvahs and synagogues, and to look after special-needs children, like Friendship Circle.

RUBBLE OF what had been Christchurch Chabad House
RUBBLE OF what had been Christchurch Chabad House Photo: Jehuda Nitke/Chabad.org
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Of late I have found myself a target of Islamic extremist websites and Iranian activists around the world. As one of Israel’s more high-profile defenders in American media – and one of Iran’s most strident critics – I have received death threats and repeated condemnation in Israel-hating outlets across the globe.

So when I was invited again to lecture in South Africa, a benevolent nation whose government has unexpectedly emerged as one of Israel’s harshest critics, followed by a major debate in England at the Oxford Union on Iran, I knew that I would come in for more of the same.

What I did not expect was that my most strident critic on this trip would not be an Islamist fanatic but a Jewish one – my own former yeshiva head from Los Angeles, Rabbi Ezra Schochet, part of a new breed of religious fundamentalists who are destroying the Chabad movement.

Some background.

Since 1994 I have visited South Africa many times for lecture tours. On some occasions I was brought by my publishers to do national media tours on my books on marriage and relationships. On other occasions I was a guest of the Jewish community to address eroding support for Israel in an otherwise staunchly Zionist community.

I have watched this incredible country evolve from the end of apartheid when I first arrived to the multi-ethnic, harmonious society which has become an inspiration to the world.

I have also watched the standing of the State of Israel slowly devolve as more and more South Africans accept the superficial comparison of Israel as an apartheid state.

The popularity I have been fortunate to earn in South African media as a promoter of the family – and few continents love family as much as Africa – has allowed me to emerge as a credible defender of Israel explaining that we Jews, as the Christian Bible makes clear, are analogous to Black South Africans as the indigenous people of the Holy Land who were invaded by a white, oppressive, European, colonial power who destroyed our temple, murdered us, and exiled us from our land. For 2,000 years we have prayed to return, never losing contact with our soil.

And now that we have come back and rebuilt our country, we granted equal citizenship to our Arab brothers and sisters who came to the land over the centuries in our absence, when we Jews were forcibly denied entry, and who have, even more so, come to Israel over the past century as Zionist pioneers have made the country more habitable and prosperous.

Fast-forward to my lecture tour this week as a guest of Johannesburg’s largest congregation, Sydenham, headed by one of the world’s most successful communal rabbis and orators, Yossi Goldman, where I spoke to more than a thousand people.

Today, out of the blue, I started hearing from friends that Rabbi Ezra Schochet, head of the Chabad Yeshiva in Los Angeles, had written to the Beit Din of Johannesburg to say that “It is totally prohibited and unacceptable for orthodox Jews to hear someone like S. Boteach speak, since his views on many issues are against Torah and halacha.”

That was bad enough. But then Schochet did something truly astonishing.

Those of us who love Chabad and the Jewish intellectualism it has represented for centuries have been pained and appalled to witness over the past few years how two vapid, insipid, gossip-mongering and illiterate websites – who trade in daily attacks on leading figures in Chabad and beyond – publish drivel that contravenes all Jewish standards of decency and values, but have nevertheless become the de facto news outlets for the global Chabad movement.

Rabbi Schochet actually sent a statement to these websites attacking Rabbi Goldman, one of South Africa’s most esteemed religious leaders, as “a Lubavitcher hassid” who has committed a “chilul hashem,” a desecration of God’s name, and fought “an active war against the Rebbe and everything the Rebbe promoted and stood for.”

Surely Rabbi Schochet is aware that he is funded by the Jewish community of Los Angeles, to the tune of millions of dollars a year, to run a yeshiva and not a Taliban madrassa. His disgusting assault is an insult to all the hard-working financial supporters who expect him to graduate students who spread love and not hate, acceptance and not attacks, Jewish light rather than odious darkness.

This same Rabbi Schochet is the brother of Rabbi Immanuel Schochet, who banned my book Kosher Jesus without ever citing a single textual source or reason, even as the book brought back so many Jews who had been lost to Christianity. Rabbi Schochet was extremely ill at the time and would tragically die a few months later. Many were puzzled that he would suddenly malign a book that was widely praised as a powerful response to Christian missionaries, so much so that entire books have now been published by leading Christian scholars responding to my arguments against the divinity of Christ and the founding of a new faith.

“Chabad” translates literally as “Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge.” The Rebbe himself was a world-class intellectual, with encyclopedic knowledge of both Jewish and secular texts.

Sadly, this air of intellectual sophistication is being lost to Chabad with fanatics and extremists like Rabbi Schochet rising to prominence amid the dearth of scholarly leadership. Religious extremism always thrives in a vacuum. Chabad continues to be the most successful Jewish outreach organization in the world. But everyone in the movement is aware of the acute shortage of Chabad writers, thinkers and intellectuals as an emerging and bullying thought police attempts to enforce suffocating doctrinal purity and rigid academic conformity.

Their methods are harsh and immoral.

When they set their sights on people like me who believe that Judaism must illuminate the modern world, they go after not us, but our children. They try to ban our kids from attending Chabad schools, and when that doesn’t work they even try and stop people from dating and marrying our offspring.

The loser, of course, is Chabad, which is producing outstanding fundraisers and organizational heads but is experiencing a diminishing intellectual life. Chabad is world-famous for outreach and programming.

But just a generation ago, in the Rebbe’s lifetime, Chabad was producing world-class orators and thinkers who resuscitated Jewish life not just with buildings but with the power of Jewish ideas. Both are necessary.

We need grass-roots activists to build mikvahs and synagogues, and to look after special-needs children, like Friendship Circle.

But we also need broadcasters, authors, lecturers and debaters who bring Jewish values to millions through the power of the global media. The Jewish people are meant to be not just the group that opens outposts throughout the world. Their biblical mandate is to be a light unto the nations.

Accusing scholars of veering from halacha without citing a single example is a form of intellectual tyranny that cuts against the grain of Jewish love for learning.

I joined Chabad as a boy. The Rebbe’s warmth and genius won me over, as did his worldly sophistication, polish and refusal to judge less observant Jews.

At the age of 14 I became a student at Rabbi Schochet’s yeshiva and would eventually win top prizes in both Jewish and secular studies. Now, this man who educated me is calling me a heretic because I dare to say that gay Jewish men should be encouraged to put on tefillin and keep the Sabbath as opposed to just being ostracized as an abomination. If he’s right that I am a heretic to orthodoxy he should be capable of easily defending his revolting allegations in an open and public debate, to which I challenge him, before a public audience of his own choosing.

If he denies me the right to defend myself, then you know what this is. A great intellectual movement, built by the Rebbe, which is slowly, like too many other religious movements, being taken over by ignorant, radical fundamentalists who exercise power through character assassination and then hide like cowards after shooting their arrows.

The author, who Newsweek and The Washington Post call “the most famous rabbi in America,” is the only rabbi to have won the London Times Preacher of the Year competition and is the international best-selling author of 30 books. In May he will publish Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer.

 His website is www.shmuley.com. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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For all you old car lovers. Old Chrome - You will want to see these.
From a Canadian, feast your eyes on this collection of some restored oldies from years ago. If this is the actual name of the couple, I hope they have very secure storage, and I don't mean  from the weather !!!!!!!

Anyone on this planet could only dream of owning any one of these cars.  Please let me introduce two people that restored every one of these cars and still retain ownership to every one.  Ted and Sharon (Sunflower) Forbes live in Sooke B.C. Which is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.  This collection is without a doubt the absolute finest collection of fifties cars in the World. I will endeavor through mere photographs to display this incredible collection
Of beauty on this webpage.

1956 Ford Skyliner (Glasstop)We restored this car in 1988 from an original car that came from the Indian
Reservation here on Vancouver Island .  It is full power with all options.

1956 Meteor Crown Victoria - We restored this car in 1990 and drove it to Ocean Shores Washington for
its first drive.  It is full power with all accessories except "air".
1955 Meteor Convertible -This car is mostly original and it has taken me 28 years to buy it from the
Original owner.  This car spent a good part of  its life in Winnipeg .  There is probably only about 8 of these cars surviving out of the total production of 201 cars.  We have driven this car more last summer than any of our other
Cars.  I rebuilt all the mechanics and added all the accessories and options and it has everything except "air".  There is an article on this car in FoMoCo Times.

1956 Meteor Convertible - Meteors used some Mercury colors in 1956.  This 56 Meteor is painted
Grove Green and Saffron Yellow with a black lightning bolt and the production numbers are only 479.  It is full power with all accessories except "air"  She has taken us to Rockin Red Deer in Alberta, Hot August Nights in Reno and many other trips.  Because of the color, we call her "Juicy Fruit" and many people have seen this car.

1956 Mercury M-100 Pickup - We have driven this truck all over the place from Calif to Manitoba to Sturgis
Many times since we bought it in 1978.  About 12 years ago I put an Aspen suspension, 302 and AOD in the truck to make it drive better.   It has never missed a beat.  The next time I rebuild the truck I have a 5 L. For it.

55 Merc Sun Valley - I bought this car from an old ladies estate sale in 1983.  It was rust free but pretty banged up with only 26,000 miles on it.  I added all the options and accessories and restored only as needed keeping the car as original as possible.
56 Mercury Montclair Convertible -This car is one of our favorites.  I found what was left of it in the Spokane area and restored and drove it to Hot August Nights in Reno in 1996.  It is London Grey and Persimmon with full power and all accessories.

1955 Mercury Convertible - I tow barred this car from Southern Calif in 1989 behind my little Ford short box 302 .  The 55 was so ugly, not once did anyone give me the "thumbs  up". It is now restored Canadian colors, Sunset Coral with matching Tapestry weave interior and Metric speedo, full power and accessory steering wheel. It has only 530 miles on it because we mostly drive the 56 Mercury convertible.
1958 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible - I built this car out of a super basket case.  I welded 6 months on this car
Alone.  It is a 348 tri-power, bucket seats and with practically every factory and dealer option available in 1958.  We drove this car to Hot August Nights in 2004.

1966 Park Lane convertible - I bought this car at Don Wheaton's in Edmonton when I was a kid working in the oilfields in 1968.  My wife and I honey mooned in this car in 1969 and then went overseas to work in the oilfield for 25 years.  I had the car in my barn in Manitoba until May 2005.  It is now at home on Vancouver Island with 30,000 miles showing on the speedometer.  This is a Canadian built, bucket seat car of which only a handful were made.
1964 Park Lane convertible - It is a good old 78,000 mile car, with all good parts to restore it.  It is a full power, bucket seat car with super marauder engine and rare 15" wheels.  I have cast iron headers and tri-power for it.
1958 Mercury Convertible - I looked for one of these cars for about 10 years and finally got this one from John Fowlie in Calif.   We restored it with a 430, full power with memory seat and everything and it is big.  I was able to find a lot of NOS parts for this car probably because not many of these cars are being restored.  Mostly 57's.
1959 Impala - It was a rust bucket folded up on an 8 ft. pallet.  The car had no interior or power train.  It was originally a black Canadian built car.  I installed a 1995 LT-1 fuel injected engine with 700R4 trans but when finished this car will look like it was built this way from the factory, I hope !!!!!!  It is going to be the usual cruiser with fenderskirts, full continental kit, spotlights and so on.  It is presently 70% finished but will probably be finished for next spring.
1959 Edsel Convertible - It is the latest addition to the Mountaintop Collection.  Of course it goes without saying, this machine has full power options and has been meticulously restored under the skilled hands of Ted Forbes.
Another beautiful contribution to an already stunning collection.

It is hard for me to imagine how all the cars that I had always admired all my life and just dreamed about how they used to look. They can actually be located in and indeed be the property of one couple right here in Canada .  They couldn't possibly belong to finer people.  Without their vision fortitude and desire, these cars would very probably be nothing but a mere memory processed in a scrap yard somewhere.  Our hat goes off to Ted and Sharon. Their efforts have ensured that these treasures of our past will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

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