A unique education on the teachings of Judaism and the talmud

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Compiled after 15 months’ filming and editing, this fast-moving, professional video documentary will give you a unique education on the inner teachings of Judaism and the talmud.

Through the television camera “The Other Israel” takes you where few Christian scholars have gone before.

Some claim this controversial video is anti-Israel, anti-Jew, and/or anti-semetic.

After much study and reflection, I have come to believe that the intentions of the video producer are pure, and he is simply trying to shed some light on matters that remain very  mysterious to many … including the majority of our Jewish brothers and sisters … and that what you will see on the video is the essential truth.

For the record, this is what the official Catechism of the Catholic Church says about non-Christian faith traditions … including Jews, Muslims, and others:

The Church and non-Christians

839 “Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related to the People of God in various ways.”325

The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People,326 “the first to hear the Word of God.”327 The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ”,328 “for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”329

840 And when one considers the future, God’s People of the Old Covenant and the new People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus.

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”330

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:

 All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331

843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”332

844 In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:

Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair.333

845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.334

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Thought for Tuesday, 18th week in ordinary time

Thought for Tuesday, 18th week in ordinary time.

Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14 
Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.”

He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand. It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.”

Then his disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”

He said in reply, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Commentary by Fr. Burke Masters
Director of the Vocations Office, Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

In today’s world we often have an attitude of relativism: “If it works for you, go for it.” We are afraid to look at objective truth. We don’t want to offend anyone.

Well, look at what Jesus does in this reading today:

The Jews during Jesus’ time had many ritual washings; when you entered someone’s home, or before you ate.

Jesus and His disciples did not do this. Jesus basically says that it is not about the ritual washings, it is about what comes from within.

The Pharisees were offended that Jesus would not follow the Jewish law, but He didn’t back down. He called them blind guides, leading the blind.

Now some people would try to interpret this as Jesus was a rebel and He threw out all rules. Therefore anything goes.

No. We can see from Jesus’ other teachings, that He did not just open the doors for anything. He talked clearly about what was right and wrong. He talked about serious consequences for those who didn’t listen, as He does in this reading about the Pharisees.

Sometimes the Word of God offends people. Usually this happens when someone is living in a situation that is contrary to the Gospel. We must be careful, though, not to beat people up with the Word of God. It must be shared with love.

The TRUTH with LOVE, always.

Let us reflect on our own lives. Am I living in the truth? Do I justify actions that go against the Word of God? Does the truth hurt sometimes? And am I able to share the truth with love, when the situation calls for it?

Submitted by Don H.