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A Mormon Girl Among Jews

At Sunday school, I learned about the Israelites and end-times. Then bar mitzvah season began.

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Before I met any Jewish people, I learned about Jews in my Mormon Sunday school classes. But no one used the word “Jews.” Instead, it was always “Israel,” or “the tribes of Israel,” or “Israelites.” Or maybe even “Hebrews.”

During sacrament meeting on Sunday morning, I would trace the movements of the Israelites charted on the colored maps at the back of my scriptures. Perhaps the most important of these movements, I learned, was the exodus of a small family of Israelites led by a righteous man named Lehi away from the land of their ancestors and across the ocean to the Americas, where they grew and divided and clashed and became the civilizations of the Book of Mormon. In Sunday school, I studied the colorful Arnold Friberg Book of Mormon illustrations that my teacher propped up on her knees as we all sat in our little semicircle of child-sized chairs. The Israelites in these pictures were tall, dark-haired, and heroically muscled. Their expertly crafted wooden ships parted the waters as they approached some unspecified American coastline. At the center of the painting stood Lehi, the white-bearded patriarch, looking toward the heavens in prayer as the rest of the traveling party strained to see land on the horizon; his wife, Sariah, clung to him and silently rested her head upon his shoulder, eyes closed.

After church, because our family kept the Sabbath, I was not allowed to watch secular television, only Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. Sunday afternoons, my sisters and brother and I would watch the Israelites—mostly tall and sculpted (Charlton Heston, John Derek) or lovely and lithe (Yvonne DeCarlo)—act and reenact their epic journey from slavery and across the sea and the deserts to freedom.

And sometimes around the Sunday dinner table, or even on long drives to Utah for summer vacation, my parents would narrate other epic journeys made by the 12 tribes. The lost tribes especially—you know, Dan, Naphtali, Reuben … those guys—had migrated across the globe and into many secret locations, from Korea to England to the Americas. American Jews, my mother told me, were all the tribe of Benjamin. And when the time was right, the lost tribes would gather home to Israel and star in the dramas of the end-times.

So much, so very much, depended on the Israelites.

***

I first met actual Jewish people in 1979. I was in third grade, and my family had just moved from one Southern California orange-grove suburb to another, wealthier one. My new best friend’s name was Amanda Goldstein. Amanda’s dad worked as a disc jockey at a local FM soft rock station, spinning the BeeGees and Rod Stewart. He was tall and had dark, feathered, shoulder-length hair and wore tight, dark Jordache jeans. He was home in the afternoons when I went to Amanda’s house to play, but he didn’t say much. That was the job of Amanda’s mother, a freckled beauty who wore a little star of David around her neck on a gold chain.

In December of my third-grade year, I learned for the first time about Hanukkah, and I tried to politely point out to Mrs. Goldstein its rank injustice, because whereas some of us had only one Christmas morning with presents, others of us had eight entire Hanukkah nights.

“Honey,” Mrs. Goldstein said, fixing me in her gaze. “You’re wrong. It’s not like that at all. Some nights we only give socks.”

And that was the end of that.

My third-grade crush was a Jewish boy named Matthew Alexander. He had beautiful olive skin and curly hair, and his older brother, Ethan, played soccer, which in 1979 seemed a beautiful and exotic sport. His mother’s name was Charlie—a woman named Charlie!—and she spoke with a New York City accent.

All the Jewish kids in my grade-school classes—David Schwarz, Craig Turk, Jenni Samuelson, Rebekah Rosen, Adam Carl, Brian Stern—blended in with the rest of us in their corduroy O.P. surfer shorts and slip-on Vans tennis shoes. But their mothers! Dark-haired women with big-city accents, book- and newspaper-readers who backed Jimmy Carter and plainly spoke their minds. Sometimes they even argued with their husbands or gossiped about each other.

One afternoon, sitting in the back seat of David Schwarz’s family station wagon, I heard Mrs. Schwarz criticize another Jewish mom: “She thinks her son is a little Jesus!”

I started a bit, hearing the name of Jesus used in other than worshipful tones. Mrs. Schwarz caught my gaze in her rear-view mirror.

“Honey, when I say ‘little Jesus,’ what I mean is that she thinks her kid is God. But he’s not. Jews, we don’t believe in Jesus.”

And that was the end of that.

I found a brisk and delicious contrast between the world of the Jewish mothers and my own Mormon world, where women were supposed to be unflappably sweet and dutiful and line up to vote against the Equal Rights Amendment. Plus, Mormons were not supposed to disagree with each other, directly or in public. All our differences we swallowed, and we quietly treasured this superior truthfulness. We were, after all, God’s other chosen people.

I managed to keep them separate for a while: the Israelites I learned about on Sundays, and the actual Jews I went to school with the rest of the week. But it all got a bit trickier to manage in seventh grade, the year of bar and bat mitzvahs.

Oh, those long Saturday mornings in synagogue with the rest of the goyishe girls, tied up in our Gunne Sax dresses, patiently abiding hour after hour, aliyah after aliyah, unable to disentangle all those baruch atahs or distinguish one Hebrew prayer from another. Perhaps the other kids could just tune it all out and fantasize about the hotel after-party. But I was seriously religious. And my young Mormon mind grimly tried to reconcile the American Reform Judaism in front of me and the epic scriptural story lines of my church.

The Sunday morning after my first bat mitzvah, wrestling mentally with the foreignness of the davening and the kissing of prayer books and the grandeur of the reception—where every child received his or her own personalized New York Yankees mini baseball bat!—I carved an especially pious confession in the pages of my journal. Oh, Israelites! I wrote. Only in time would you come to know Jesus as your Savior!

I was 12 years old.

***

It’s now three decades later, and I’ve been through a number of religious transformations, having moved from Mormon orthodoxy to a place on the spectrum you might compare to Reform Judaism—except that there is no organized Reform Mormonism. Yes, I attended Brigham Young University, but I followed it with a Ph.D. at UCLA, where I met plenty more real Jewish people. Including my husband, David.

Through his eyes (and my own), I notice anew the relish with which we Mormons like to make casual comparisons between our faith and Judaism. I hear Mormons describe ourselves as a “chosen people” who made an “exodus” (across the American plains) to build our “Zion.” In the American West, some Mormons even call non-Mormons “Gentiles.” And I now understand the hazards—big and small—that come with presuming too much familiarity between Mormons and Jews, hazards that reveal a disconnect in many LDS minds between Israelites as an abstract conception and the reality of contemporary Jewish life. The big hazards we witness every time posthumous LDS baptisms of dead Jews cycle back into the headlines. The small ones I observe whenever my husband sets foot into the world of my observant Mormon friends and relations.

Take, for example, the arcane Old Testament questions David gets from well-meaning Mormons. Like the time my sister earnestly started quizzing him about the ritual sacrifice of animals as described in Leviticus. As if this guy, raised Reform in Newport Beach, Calif., had any grip on Leviticus beyond his Torah portion. Or just last Sunday, when someone in our local San Diego congregation tried to strike up a conversation with my husband on the subject of temple eunuchs in the book of Isaiah by saying, “I know how important Isaiah is to the Jewish people.” You know what may be even more important than Isaiah to my husband? Citizens United, finding decent deli in San Diego, and the Lakers. Then there are the sweet 19-year-old LDS missionaries who eye him, tenderly, with anticipation. As if he were literally a chosen person and not just a guy who loves his Mormon wife so much that on Sunday mornings he’ll put on a nice suit and entertain himself by trying to make book over the U.S. Open with a Mormon buddy in the church foyer.

If some of my fellow Mormons don’t get contemporary Judaism—especially other-than-Orthodox ways of being Jewish—perhaps it is because we have yet to acknowledge other-than-orthodox ways of being ourselves. Through the framework of Mormon experience, early 21st-century Mormons have become accustomed to thinking of a religion as a monolithic institutional power rather than a multidimensional tradition, as a set of fixed truth claims rather than a set of evolving questions. Candid, self-aware, and critical examination of our own theology, history, and culture—that work is just beginning in Mormonism.

***

I once had a conversation with a wise Jewish person who told me, “When people say, ‘You dirty Jews,’ we say, ‘Look, you are wrong; we are clean.’ ” He held his arms wide. “But when someone says, ‘You dirty Mormons,’ you close yourselves off and turn away.”

I am waiting for that opening to arrive. Someday, more Mormon people will be ready to have a broad and open dialogue with ourselves about the reality of our own contemporary lives. And then we will be ready to have the same open dialogue with others, including Jews.

Please be patient. We are a young religion. Give us time.

***

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I roomed with a Mormon in college. We had a great friendship. Neither of us ever gave the other offence over the religion thing. I learned a lot, he learned a lot.

Best wishes to you in your journey.

Quite a fascinating article. For the last few years, I’ve been fascinated with Mormon religion and culture. It gets me a few quizzical looks from Orthodox (and rabbi) friends, but I just roll with it. Having made some great Mormon connections (Richard Bushman, anyone?), I’ve made this pursuit academic. Its been quite rewarding so far.

    So AJ you are FASCINATED WITH MORMON RELIGION & CULTURE:

    Genesis of the Mormon religion and the Joseph Smith’s “Doctrine of Cain”In order to understand the genesis of the Mormon “Two-Seeds Doctrine”, one has to understand the history and theology of the Joseph Smith and the Mormon religion. Joseph Smith and the Mormons owned slaves in New England states prior to the time when the Mason-Dixon Line was created in 1820. The Mason-Dixon Line became the line of delineation between “northern” and “southern” states and mandated that slavery was illegal in states north of the Mason-Dixon Line. It was created with the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which also allowed Missouri into the Union as a northern state, and also as a slave-state. Obviously, this new legislation, which was enacted by the US Congress, created a lot of controversy among the people of the United States at the time. Slavery, which was an accepted part of US culture, was becoming problematic and had been banned by England. However, powerful US interests were financing the slave-trade from New England states, thousands of miles away from Africa, the Caribbean and the slave states of the south. When this landmark legislation was enacted by Congress, white northerners who obtained their livelihood from slavery, and those who owned slaves in the northern states in 1820 viewed this as a bombshell that could drastically change their lives for the worse. And, they now faced the choice of divesting themselves of their slaves without compensation, moving from their homes in the northern states or fighting a US Government that caused them this pain.In 1820, Joseph Smith who was only 14-years old at the time had his infamous “Grove Experience”, which was never largely published and most Mormons were never even aware of until years later. This is because Joseph Smith published many versions of his so-called “First Vision”, which made it appear as if his so-called first-vision actually occurred 4-years later, when Smith was 18. Of course this is in keeping with the Mormon hierarchy’s trend of fraud and mendacity, and to deflect the true genesis of the Mormon religion. The cadre of Mormons that created the Mormon religion in 1820 was so incensed by the US Government, and the Missouri Compromise of 1820 that they ultimately decided to create their own religion, which would vilify the Black man, sanctify slavery and call for the destruction of the United States Government. Ironically, they also knew the US Constitution could then be used to defend their racist beliefs. Consequently, between 1820 and 1830, the Mormons creating their bogus Mormon religion from a compilation of the King James Bible, the Deist philosophies of Thomas Paine, Freemasonry, Islam and anything else that offered them the appropriate doctrines that suited their needs. Smith and his Mormons then created a wonderful cover story about the Angel Moroni and the Golden Plates, and by 1830 Smith and his Mormons had published the so-called book of Mormon and incorporated the Mormon religion as the Church of Christ in Fayette, New York on April 6th.After the so-called book of Mormon was published and their religion was incorporated, it didn’t take long for the Mormons to begin creating the image that they are so well known for today. Immediately, Smith and his Mormons began proselytizing members of the other “mainstream” religions of the day, which Smith taught were “not true”, and began teaching that the new Mormon religion would vanquish Christianity and conquer America, which would then become their Mormon “Kingdom of Zion”. Of course, they also taught that the Mormon religion was not “Christian” at all, and that the new Mormon religion was the “next dispensation of God’s religion” that would replace Christianity. They also began teaching that Black man was cursed with the “mark of Cain”, which was why he was black in the first place and that all Lamanites (Mormondom’s dark-skinned people of the world) were the result of an illegitimate union between Cain and his father, the Devil. This insane Mormon theology, known as the “Doctrine of Cain”, goes on to teach that “the Jews” were the offspring of the illegitimate union between Cain and the Devil and that the Lamanites are the result of the illegitimate union between “the Jew” and the “beasts of the field”. Of course, the radical teachings of Smith and the Mormons did nothing to ingratiate their radical new culture to the “normal people” of New York State, and their actions resulted in conflict and their ultimate expulsion from New York State, beginning in the fall 1830. Not surprisingly, the Mormons began migrating en-masse to the state of Missouri, where they thought they would finally be among their own kind of people, who believed in slavery.The rest of the history and theology of the Mormon religion is well documented on this sight, and therefore is not addressed here. However, between 1830 and 1857, the Mormons fought 3-wars with the United States (Missouri War, Illinois War and Utah War), executed the September 11, 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, declared independence from America on September 15, 1857 and created the domestic terrorist environment that led to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. Incredibly, Joseph Smith even wrote a 9/11 prophecy after he and his Mormons were kicked out of New York State in 1830 and created the Mormon “Oath of Vengeance Against America”, which he began requiring all his Mormons to recite, in Mormon temples no less. All of the facts and history of these events are well documented on this site, along with proof, citations and corroborative material that can be independently verified by anyone who wishes to do so.

lcsterling says:

Wonderful writing. A pleasure – truly – to read.

Having lived on “both sides now”, having been lived both LDS and Jewish lives, I have to say there are more similarities than differences. LDS teachings are very pro-Israel, and though all things have an LDS “spin” there are many things that both sides can learn from each other. My background in being LDS prepared me more for becoming Jewish, and I’m thankful for the blessings of being open and recieving “ah ha” moments that made sense once I went through Jewish teahings.

    Admiral_Shackleford says:

    Yes, but at the same time the LDS make living in Utah incredibly difficult for Jews. I’m thinking especially of their fake seders at BYU with grape juice and yeast rolls, while making wine harder and harder to get for actual Jews.

      When my Israeli Aunt, Uncle and two cousins lived in Salt Lake City for two years in the late 1960s, they were treated a lot worse than being subjected to fake Seders…I hope things have improved at least a little!

      Susie says:

      I loved my seders at BYU and I loved any Jews I met in Utah. I wanted to give them a big hug. Do you think I, or any of us participating, had any control or knowledge about the laws allowing Jews to get wine?

        Admiral_Shackleford says:

        Yes, I think you and anyone else living in Utah know how the liquor laws work, and that they are the most restrictive in the country. And your presence at those “seders” at the very least passively condones the second class status of Jews in Utah. (And the second class status of anyone not LDS.) Saying that you enjoyed the “seders” and any Jew you met there does not excuse the blatant offensiveness of them to the entire Jewish community in Utah.

          That’s funny, I’m from California and some of my best friends are Jewish or dating Jews. They weren’t offended at all and were happy for me and called me more Jewish than them because I knew the language. I actually know very little about the liquor laws. I thought whatever ones existed applied to dance clubs or something.

          If Jews need help acquiring wine more easily, they should contact the Hebrew Club at BYU ask for support. I would have totally stood in front of Utah Capitol with them and asked for easier access to alcohol.

          There is a tendency when there is a large group of one “ethnicity” or religion to push out the “others.” I’m sorry it exists in Utah for many people, but that doesn’t make me complicit with their acts. Just like it happens in Jewish sections of New York and Israel. I’m not holding you responsible for the men who wouldn’t look at me or speak to me when I spoke in Hebrew to them in Israel asking for help. Or for my friend who can’t go visit where her grandparents were born because her skin is browner than most Ashkenazi Jews.

My best friend in the sixth grade was Mormon. I saw the Hill Cumorah Pageant when I was 11. I knew my ancestors came from Chicago but before that Belarus, not Israel. I’m still confused about how the Israelites made it from Jerusalem to Salt Lake, but you wrote a really nice essay.

    Lynn says:

    The Saga of Ancient Hebrew Explorers — Who Really DiscoveredAmerica?hope-of-israel.org/hebinusa.htm
    I read it… kinda interesting. Truth? I don’t know.

    Hi Jennifer,

    TIME TO GET DIRTY:

    In the Jewish Talmud, Yebamoth 103b we
    read:

    “For R. Johanan stated: When the
    serpent copulated with Eve, 14 he infused her15 with lust.”

    Notes:

    14 In the Garden, according to a tradition.

    15 i.e.The Human species.

    In Yebamoth 63a we read:

    “R. Eleazar further stated: What is
    meant by the Scriptural text “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my
    flesh?5 This teaches that Adam had sexual intercourse with EVERY beast and
    animal but found no satisfaction until he cohabited with Eve.”

    Notes:

    5
    Genesis 2:23 Emphasis on THIS IS NOW

    Today’s “Two-Seeds Doctrine”Mormons, and “Christian Identity” theology both teach that Eve was impregnated by two “seeds” in the Garden of Eden. Interestingly enough, this phenomenon has recently been proven to have some basis in scientific fact. The idea is that a woman could become pregnant by two different men at the same time, and have twins. One of the twins would be the son of one man and the other son would be the son of the other man. This is the underlying theory behind the Mormons’ belief that Able is the son of Adam and Cain is the son of the Devil. Therefore, Joseph Smith’s “Doctrine of Cain”, or “Two-Seeds Doctrine” as it is otherwise known, is the notion that Eve was simultaneously impregnated by God, and his brother “the Devil”, in the Garden of Eden at the same time. Hence, Mormon theology goes on to teach, Cain is the son of the Devil, Able is the son of God, the white race (Mormons) descended from the lost tribe if Israel, which also descended from Adam and every other race (Mormondom’s Lamanites) descended from the Devil. Incredibly, the “Doctrine of Cain”, or “Two-seeds Doctrine” goes on to teach that “the Jews” were created by the illegitimate union between Cain and the Devil and all the dark-skinned people of the world (Lamanites) were created by the illegitimate union between “the Jews” and the “beasts of the field”. Taken one step further, this same secret Mormon theology provides an understanding for why Mormon theology has always taught that Christianity and America were vile and decadent and would be “conquered” by the Mormons and why America would ultimately be converted into their “Mormon Kingdom of Zion”. This is because Mormons also teach that “Christianity” came from “the Jews”, the Judeo-Christian Laws of America are derived from Jewish Law (which they are). Consequently, America and Christianity are built upon Christianity and the “Laws of Man” rather than the “Laws of God”, which renders the America and the Government of the United States “illegitimate” and “of the Devil”.Note – It is assumed that the reader is already aware of the body of research that proves that radical Mormons took over today’s “Christian Identity” movement in the Early 1980’s. This began when Richard Butler took over Dr. Wesley A. Swift’sChurch of Jesus Christ Christian after Swift’s death in 1970, and continued under the tutelage of Dan Gayman, a radical Mormon bishop, and his radical Church of Israel. This additional body of research is documented on my website under “Mormon Terrorism” and in “The Elohim Brief”.

      RaymondSwenson says:

      This guy buys his books from the Mein Kampf bookstore.

        Hi
        RaymondSwenson,

        Now, now Ray, no silly tantrums!

        Deal with the issues; make your argument to the best of your ability.

        God HATES people who are not honest!

        They said Jesus had a demon when they couldn’t answer Him.

        You are acting like those Talmudic Jews!

      Ra'anan says:

      Wait a minute, how did Joseph Smith know Talmud??? And if he acknowledged the Talmud’s authority, then why didn’t he abide by TALMUDIC understanding of Eve’s rape by the serpent as well as her intimacy w/Adam??? The word in reference to Adam and all animals is NOT physical intercourse, but KNOWLEDGE. It means Adam couldn’t tie into “knowing” the essence of all of the animals. He wanted to KNOW Eve. After that INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE came CARNAL KNOWLEDGE the idea is similar w/the serpent & Eve.

        Hi Ra’anan,
        “When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is
        nothing, for when the girl is less than this (three years and a day) it is as
        if one put the finger into the eye.” The footnote says that as “tears come
        to the eye again and again, so does virginity come back to the little girl
        under three years.” Kethuboth 11b.

        What kind of KNOWLEDGE is this?

          Ra'anan says:

          Carnal & you’ve proved nothing because as I’ve already stated the Talmudic passages that you quote are NOT proscribing pedophilia, rather they are stating the status of a minor girl’s LEGAL STATUS regarding her dowry as a virgin or as a non-virgin. Intercourse w/a girl under three years old is therefore, as far as dowry is concerned, NOT a bonafide intercourse and is as if she were injured like having her eye poked. Talmudic “footnotes???” Are you reading an English translation??? You’re not even quoting a primary source and you are using archaic language as well. If you were a decent man then you’d find a scholar to sit down with you & teach you those quotes you’ve misquoted so you’d understand in as a primary source & not as a corrupted secondary translation. But I have a feeling you’d never to that because you have an anti-Jewish agenda, facts be damned. The terms for intercourse with that 3 yr old girl is, if I remember correctly, “bia” or “coming on to her,” while the term used for Adam & Eve’s relationship is NOT “bia,” but “yada’,” or “knowledge,” which refers to a type of “grasping” in the sense of “apprehension” & “comprehension.” Mystically, Adam & Eve were once one being & G-d split them so that all men & women are really looking to reunite, to reKNOW our second halves.

          YADA, YADA, YADA! BIA, BIA, BIA!

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          complaints came in 1971. He was finally convicted in 1997.)

          29. Case
          of Cantor Joel Gordon (Buffalo Grove, IL) (Convicted of
          having keeping a house of prostitution and involvement in a prostitution ring.)

          30. Case
          of Rabbi Mark A. Golub – Mental Health Counselor (Newport, Virginia)
          (Had professional
          counseling license revolked for having sex with a female client, according to a
          state disciplinary order).

          31. Case of Rabbi
          Sidney Greenbaum (AKA: Rabbi Zalman Greenbaum, Professor Zalman Greenbaum)
          (Pleaded guilty at Hendon
          magistrates’ court to three charges of indecent assault on young boys)

          32. Case
          of Rabbi Yisrael Menachem Grunwald (AKA: Israel Grunwald) (Borough
          Park/Brooklyn NY) (In a plea bargin agreement Rabbi Israel Grunwald agreed to 500
          hours of community service and counseling after being accused of fondling a
          15-year-old on a 1995 plane flight from Australia. The
          charges against him were then dropped.)

          33. Case of Rabbi
          Solomon Hafner (Borough Park/Brooklyn, NY) (Accused
          of sexually abusing a developmentally disabled boy)

          34. Case of Cantor Mark
          Horowitz, Temple Beth Am in Amherst (Getzville, NY) (Charged
          with committing lewd acts on an undercover police officer.)

          35. Case
          of Rabbi (Alan J.) Shneur Horowitz (Hagerstown, MD; Israel; Schenectady,
          NY; California; Iowa) (Convicted and sentenced to 10 – 20 years in prison for sodomizing
          a nine-year-old psychiatric patient. Allegedly, he has assaulted a string of
          children from California to Israel to New
          York in the past twenty years. Alan J. Horowitz is an
          Orthodox rabbi, magna cum laude, M.D., Ph.D. A graduate of Duke University,
          and was a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association).

          36. Case of Rabbi
          Steven J. Kaplan (Saskatoon, Canada) (Allegations, detailed in court documents,
          that he lacked proper ordination, sexually harassed female congregants and
          committed adultery with one of them).

          37. Case
          of Rabbi David Kaye (Potomac, MD; Rockville, MD; San Antonio, TX) (There is a Call for Action on
          this case. Featured on “Dateline NBC” for
          seeking a sexual encounter with an underage boy in a chat room. NBC News
          conducted a sting in August, (2005) working with a group called “Perverted
          Justice.” Members of the group, posing as underage boys and girls, entered
          Internet chat rooms and waited for adults to engage them in conversations)

          38. Case of Rabbi David
          Kedmi – Certified Mohel (New Hempstead, NY; Spring Valley, NY) (Accused of Battery
          and Breach of Contract.)

          39. Case of Case of
          Rabbanit Bruria Keren (AKA: Burka Wearing Mother) (Beit Shemish, Israel)
          (Arrested on charges of child
          sexual abuse and physical abuse of her twelve children. She has also been
          accused of cult like practices)

          40. Case of Rabbi
          Israel Kestenbaum (New York, NY) (Convicted of child pornography on the internet)

          41. Case
          of Rabbi Robert Kirschner (San Francisco, CA) (Confessed to sexually exploited
          or harassing three congregants and a synagogue employee)

          42. Case of Rabbi
          Yisucher Kohn (AKA: Barry Kohn) (New Square, NY) (Convicted of Sexual Abuse 1st: Sexual
          Contact With Individual Less Than 11Years Old.)

          43. Case
          of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko (AKA: Joel Kolko, Yudi Kolko) – Yeshiva Torah
          Temimah (New York, NY) (Arrested in New York City
          on December 7, 2006 following a long-term police investigation. He was
          charged with four counts of sexual abuse, including two felony counts, and
          endangering the welfare of a child. The most recent sexual abuse was
          allegedly against an 8-year-old boy, who says he was abused while he was in the
          first grade during the 2002-03 school year.Rabbi Yudi Kolko and Yeshiva Torah
          Temimah were hit with a $20 million civil lawsuit on May 5, 2006, accusing him
          of molesting two students more than 25 years ago. One of the alleged
          victims said Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, 60, sexually assaulted him when he was a
          seventh-grade student).

          44. Case of Rabbi
          Ze’ev Kopolevitch (Jerusalem, Israel) (Convicted of molesting students
          at Rosh Yeshiva, Netiv Meir yeshiva high school)

          45. Case of Rabbi
          Mahluf Aminadav Krispin – Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Bialik (suspected and chared with the sexual
          assault of two women)

          46. Case of Rabbi
          Baruch Lanner (New York, NY) (Convicted – child molestation. Sentancing still
          pending after 2 years)

          47. Case of
          Rabbi Avraham M. Leizerowitz (AKA: Avraham Mordecai Lazerewitz) –
          Geres Misivta Bais Yisroel School, (Borough Park Brooklyn) – (A civil suit was filed against Rabbi
          Avraham Mordecai Leiverowitz of the Gerrer Mesivta High School in Borough Park
          Brooklyn. The charges include improperly touching a boy during a one-on-one
          help session in the rabbi’s office in the Borough Park
          secondary school. Three other older boys have also come forward making
          similar allegations.)

          48. Case
          of Cantor Steven Joel Levin (AKA: Steven Levin, Steve Levin, Steven J. Levin) (Allegations
          were made against Cantor Steven Joel Levin of child molestation. There was also
          a seperate allegation of professional sexual misconduct by another party.)’

          49. Case of Rabbi
          Stanley Z. Levitt (Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD) (Several adults who have accused Rabbi
          Stanley Levitt of child molestation over the last forty years.)

          50. Case
          of Rabbi Jerrold Martin Levy (Boca Raton, FL) (Convicted
          of two counts of soliciting sex through the Internet and two counts of child
          pornography. He was sentenced to six years and sex in prison. He
          was caught in the “Candyman” year-long sting operation by the US
          government.)

        actually, the verbs used w/ the snake and eve are not “copulated.” it’s more subtle than that, and for a reason. the snake in the talmudh “put his slime in eve,” which is an image that has a reason: the same talmudic pericope says that the slime of the snake was washed away by the experience of Sinai. Which is to say, human civilization from the days of Eden until the revelation of God at Sinai were all afflicted with this “slime of the snake,” a culturally-hereditary condition used to describe pagan humanity’s thought processes. Sinai wiped that away from israel’s collective unconscious, allowing a monotheistic culture freed from the bonds of magic, superstition and pagan mythical thinking to exist. and that is how the rabbis understand the image, incidentally, of the copper snake which existed in the desert– a mark of how the snake no longer has power over the mind of Israel.

          HARRY POTTER MEETS ADAM!

          WALTER MITTY MEETS MOSES.

          HUGH HEFNER MEETS EVE & WANTS HER TO DO CENTERFOLD FOR PLAYBOY.

          YOU JEWS CAN COME UP WITH WHOPPERS!

    Admiral_Shackleford says:

    Lots of Jews (not exactly Israelite) came to salt Lake City with westward expansion. Just like other western States, Jews set up many small businesses in Utah. One important guy in Salt Lake City is Samuel Newhouse, a mining tycoon, who’s responsible for the building of two of our most iconic Downtown buildings: Boston building and the Manhattan building. He must have been pining for the East when they were christened such names.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Newhouse

    One of our earliets governers was SImon Bamberger. He was a pretty damn big deal.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Bamberger

    There are a few Jewish families still in Utah that can trace their lineage back to the 1800’s in the time of the “Wild West” sort of era.

    Ancient Israelites is a WHOLE other story. Can’t help you there.

Stephanie Noble says:

Loved this post! I’m a MorJew, a label my Jewish friend has given me that fits how I view the world. I’m Mormon, but a lot of my theology and culture is Jewish. I worked for a few years as the director of a small Jewish agency. One of the rabbis and I used to debate which was a more difficult code to follow: The Word of Wisdom or Kashrut. I value the role both faiths play in my life. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

300d says:

Cine Cafe in Gaslamp makes a great sandwich. Ate there three times over the past five days.

Lynn says:

I am Mormon yet did not have this upbringing she claims to have had. We are very pro women and women rights. We are also respectful of others religions and beliefs. When we are accused of being non Christian etc… We support our beliefs not hide from those who accuse. We also see similarities between those of the Jewish faith and ours. I am glad she is at peace with her beliefs but I am a little disappointed in her disrespectful views of the LDS religion. We should respect all those who have beliefs in God and let them choose to worship in their own ways.

    Hello Lynn,

    Masonic Origin of the Joseph Smith’s “Doctrine of Cain”Joseph Smith’s father, Joseph Smith, Sr., was a Mason and his brother, Hyrum, who was 6-years his senior, had been indoctrinated into Freemasonry by their father. They proceeded to indoctrinate young Joseph in the rights of Freemasonry, even though he would not even become a Mason until 1842. During his indoctrination into Freemasonry by his father and brother in the 1820’s and 1830’s, Smith learned that Freemasonry was based on the Book of Enoch, that the Book of Enoch was of Jewish origin, that Freemasonry affirmed Jewish culture and that Freemasonry propagated the notion that there was but one God who had created everyone. Joseph Smith, who was pro-slavery, anti-Semitic and didn’t subscribe to the Freemason’s “One God” theory, didn’t take kindly to the fact that his father’s religion (Presbyterian), Freemasonry and the Judeo-Christian Laws of America all originated from Jewish culture. Then, in 1842, he specifically set out to steal Freemasonry, bastardize it and morph it into the rights, rituals and symbolism of his radical Mormon religion, which was racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-American. By 1844, after he had completed the process of bastardizing, distorting and deranging Freemasonry, the basic foundation of his Mormon religion was now complete, and bore no real resemblance to Freemasonry. So, Joseph Smith morphed the “one God and single bloodline” concept of Masonic lore and morphed it into his own racist “Doctrine of Cain” or “Two-Seeds Doctrine”, which is what white supremacist neo-Nazi “Identity Christians” call this Mormon doctrine today. Coincidentally, all of the most radical Identity Christian groups ever formed were formed by Mormons who had been indoctrinated into the theology of Joseph Smith since childhood.

      Unfortunately you are wrong. It is uneducated people who set out to harm others armed with nothing but rumor and innuendo. I happen to know the LDS church’s doctrine and have done research on Joseph Smith and he did not preach hatred and antisemitic beliefs. Our religion teaches tolerance and understanding. We do good works in the community. If we were to “hate” the Jews as you claim we would not be friend of Israel and we are. You are part of the problem with the world and there is not much difference between your hateful preaching and the Evil Muslims. When you live free of the hatred in your heart you will see that the LDS religion is nothing like you have accused.

        Only in recent years does it seem like Mormans have renounced racism. When I was a child blacks were not welcome at LDS temples.
        As an older adult (in the late 1990’s) some young men came to my house to invite me to their temple. I was shocked that they were allowing and even inviting blacks to their temples.
        This is not much different from American Christian churches however. I find most are really christless. There is no church that welcomes me so I do not belong to any. However I am a follower of Yahoshua, the Messiah and of the Most high. There is not one day that passes without my worship. I keep the Sabbath and the commandments of YHWH. I am not bothered because I have found no place for me in the organized world of worship.
        I am just amazed that people who read the Bible and say they believe in it can practice so great a lack of understanding of its teachings.
        By the way, how is it that all of those claiming to be God’s chosen people are white when the original tribes came from North Africa? White people, including white Jews could not possibly be from that region. Those people, including the Egyptians were black. Take a look at the pictures and artifacts discovered there by archaeologists.

        Hi
        Lynn,

        Spoken like a woman!

        No logic! No facts, just your mouth running, an hour before your brain clicks in!

        Don’t yo think for of little second that I might have studied Mormon documents?

        The ones that were printed before the EDITING was done!

        Seventeen Little Known Facts
        About the Mormon Religion:

        The following facts represent teachings that are either openly taught
        in the Mormon Church today, or that have been taught by the highest authorities
        of the Mormon Church. All quotes given are from official LDS publications or
        the Bible.

        FACT #1. The Mormon Church teaches ALL other Churches are WRONG; ALL
        their creeds are an ABOMINATION in the sight of God; and ALL their teachers are
        CORRUPT. One of the Mormon Books of Scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, says
        this about non-LDS churches: “…they were ALL WRONG; and the Personage
        who addressed me said that ALL their creeds were an ABOMINATION in his sight;
        that those professors were ALL CORRUPT;. . .” (Joseph Smith, 2:19)

        FACT #2. Mormonism teaches there is no salvation outside the Mormon
        Church and no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith. Apostle Bruce R.
        McConkie makes this statement: “If it had not been for Joseph Smith and
        the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The
        Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Mormon Doctrine, p.670) The
        Bible, on the other hand, teaches salvation is in Jesus alone; “Neither is
        there salvation in any other [Jesus]: for there is none other name under heaven
        given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

        FACT #3. Mormons are taught to doubt the reliability of the Bible and
        their leaders have consistently attacked its accuracy. Joseph Smith claimed:
        “… it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of
        men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled.”
        (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.10) The Bible answers this attack:
        “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall
        stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

        FACT #4. A basic tenant in Mormonism today is that Jesus Christ is the
        brother of Satan. Milton R. Hunter explains it like this: “The appointment
        of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons
        of God. He was called Lucifer,. . .this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately
        tried to become the Savior of mankind.” (The Gospel Through The Ages,
        p.15) Nowhere in the Bible does it indicate that Lucifer attempted to become
        the Savior: In fact, Jesus created Satan, so they can’t be brothers. Colossians
        1:16 indicates that Jesus created “all things,” whether “in
        heaven,” or “in earth, visible or invisible.”

        FACT #5. Mormonism continues to teach that God the Father is a
        glorified, resurrected Man, and men and women may become Gods and Goddesses.
        Apostle Bruce R. McConkie makes this claim: “God himself, the Father of us
        all, is a glorified, exalted, immortal, resurrected Man!” (Mormon
        Doctrine, p. 643) Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism taught: “…you
        have to learn how to be Gods ourselves…the same as all Gods have done before
        you,…” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 346) The Lord Himself
        answers this teachings by pronouncing: “…I am the first, and I am the
        last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

        FACT #6. Mormons consider Polygamy a righteous principle which will be
        practiced in heaven. Although there is nothing in the Bible that will support
        this thinking, current Mormon Scripture has this to say: “…if any man
        espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her
        consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to
        no adultery. . . . And if he have TEN VIRGINS given unto him by this law, he
        cannot commit adultery. . . .” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:61,62)

        FACT #7. Mormons today believe God the Father is married and past
        leaders have taught both God the Father and Jesus Christ are polygamists.
        Apostle Orson Pratt makes these unbelievable statements: “…the great
        Messiah who was the founder of the Christian religion, was a Polygamist. . .
        .the Messiah chose to take upon himself his seed; and by marrying many
        honourable wives himself, show to all future generations that he approbated the
        plurality of Wives under the Christian dispensation. . . .God the Father had a
        plurality of wives….the Son followed the example of his Father….both God
        the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as
        in time;…” (The Seer, p. 172) Nowhere in the Bible does it indicate that
        God the Father and Jesus Christ are married or polygamists.

        FACT #8. The majority of the activity in the Mormon Temples is work
        done in behalf of the DEAD. Joseph Smith offers this explanation: “The
        greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after
        our DEAD.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 356). Although many
        Mormons are attempting to save their dead relatives, the Bible indicates:
        “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a
        ransom for him.” (Psalms 49:7)

        FACT #9. To the Mormon, the ultimate test that Mormonism is true is an
        “inner feeling.” Mormons often refer to this feeling as a
        “burning in the bosom.” They believe their scripture (Doctrine and
        Covenants 9:8) gives the best test for determining truth. This test reads:
        “. . .study it out in your mind; then you must ask me [the Lord] if it be
        right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you;
        therefore, you shall FEEL that it is right.” The Bible, on the other hand,
        tell us: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
        not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)

        FACT #10. Mormon leaders demand total obedience regardless whether they
        are right or wrong. The ward teacher’s message for June, 1945, stated:
        “When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a
        plan–it is God’s plan. When they point the way, there is no other which is
        safe. When they give direction, it should mark the end of controversy. God
        works in no other way. To think otherwise, without immediate repentance, may
        cost one his faith, may destroy his testimony, and leave him a stranger to the kingdom of God.” (Improvement Era, June 1945,
        p. 354) Herber C. Kimball, First
        Councillor to Brigham Young, clarifies further: “But if you are told by
        your leader to do a thing, do it. None of your business whether it is right or
        wrong.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p.32) The Bible warns us in I John
        4:1: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
        are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

        FACT #11. Mormon leaders have consistently attacked the Biblical
        doctrine of Salvation by God’s Grace through Faith alone. In Apostle James
        Talmage’s book, The Articles of Faith, twice he refers to justification by
        Faith alone as a “pernicious doctrine,” and further declares:
        “The Sectarian Dogma of Justification by Faith Alone has exercised an
        influence for evil.” (pp. 107,480) The Bible responds: “Therefore
        being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
        Christ.”

        FACT #12. Mormon Apostle Bruce R. McConkie has warned his people
        against a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. McConkie made these
        shocking statements at a speech given at BYU. “…gaining a special,
        personal relationship with Christ that is both improper and perilous. . . .
        Now, I know that some may be offended and the counsel that they should not
        strive for a special and personal relationship with Christ. . . .But you been
        warned, and you have heard the true doctrine taught.” (Church News, week
        ending March 20, 1982, p.5) In opposition to this, Jesus gives us a personal
        invitation: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I
        will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

        FACT #13. Joseph Smith founder of the Mormon Church, boasted of doing a
        greater “work” than the Lord Jesus. Joseph Smith made this incredible
        boast: “I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man
        that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam.
        A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor
        Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers
        of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me
        yet.” (History of the Church, Volume 6, Chapter 19, Page 408) No true
        Prophet of God ever spoke such words as these.

        FACT #14. In 1835 Joseph Smith prophesied concerning the coming of the
        Lord. At a meeting called by Joseph Smith he instructed the Latter day Saints
        that it was “the will of God” to go forth and “prune the
        vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh even
        fifty six years should wind up the scene.” (History of the Church, vol. 2,
        p. 182) Eight years later he reinforced this by stating: “I prophesy in
        the name of the Lord God, and let it be written; the Son of Man will not come
        in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty five years old.” (History of the
        Church, vol.5, p. 336)

        FACT #15. Mormons are taught to “shake hands” with a
        messenger to determine if he is from God or if he is the devil. The following
        information is found in Mormon scripture: “When a messenger comes saying
        he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with
        you. If he be an angle he will do so, and you will feel his hand. . . .If it be
        the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer
        you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect
        him.” (Doctrine and Covenants 129:4,5,8) Rather that trusting in
        “feelings” the Bible commands us to “Prove all things; hold fast
        that which is good.”

        FACT #16. Brigham Young claimed that these who leave the Mormon Church
        would turn “wrinkled” and “black.” The following curse was
        pronounced by Brigham Young: “. . .but let them apostatize, and they will
        become gray-haired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil.” (Journal of
        Discourses, vol. 5, p. 332) There have been tens of thousands of people leave
        the Mormon Church — Where are the “black and wrinkled” ones?

        FACT #17. Joseph Smith taught the moon was inhabited by people who
        dressed like Quakers and lived to be about 1000 years old. In the Mormon
        publication, The Young Woman’s Journal, pp. 263 & 264, O.B. Huntington
        gives this interesting information: “As far back as 1837, I know that he
        [Joseph Smith] said the moon was inhabited by men and women the same as this
        earth, and that they lived to a greater age than we do — that they live
        generally to near the age of 1000 years. He [Smith] described the men as
        averaging near six feet in height, and dressing quite uniformly in something
        near the Quaker style.” Now that man has walked on the Moon, there can be
        no doubt that there aren’t any 6 foot tall Quakers roaming its surface.

        Matt 24:23-25, New Living Translation:
        “Then if anyone tells you, `Look, here is the Messiah,’ or `There
        he is,’ don’t pay any attention. For false messiahs and false prophets will
        rise up and perform great miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if
        possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you.”

        O YEAH!

        THE MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE WAS A TV SITCOM.
        COWBOYS & INDIANS & MORMONS.
        NO ONE DIED DURING THE MAKING OF THIS SITCOM & THE DANITES WERE A CHORAL SOCIETY.

        BRING-UM-YOUNG WAS MONOGAMOUS & JOE SMITH WAS CELIBATE. HE NEVER EVEN MASTURBATED; NOT ONCE!

        I HAVE THE TWIN TOWERS FOR SALE!

        ANY OFFERS?

      RaymondSwenson says:

      Leonardo, you are living in fantasyland. The Ku Klux Klan HATED Mormons and even lynched Mormon missiobaries. The original Mormons were from New England and other non-slave owning parts of America, and the Church grew through thousands of convertsnfrom Britain and Scandinavia. There was no cultural affinity between Mormons and slave holders, one of the reasons the governor of Missoui in 1838 ordered all Mormons driven from the state orbexterminated! Once they had started their setylements in the West, the Mormobs sent missionaries to invite American Indians and Hawaiians to join the Church. The town of Laie, Brigham Young University Hawaii and the Polynesian Cuktural Center are a directndescendant ofnthose eforts. Larry Echohawk, until recently head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a Mormon General Authority, and a Pawnee Indian, us another. Mormons have gone out from Utah into over 150 nations to invite peopke into their Church, and it includes a million peopke in Mexico, a million in Brazil, a million thrpugh Asia and Polynesia, and 400,000 in African batiins like Nigeria and Uganda.

        Hi
        RaymondSwenson,

        Joseph Smith Didn’t Believe the Book of
        Mormon…

        So Why Should Anyone Else?

        In 1844 Joseph Smith declared that the Book of Mormon was “the
        most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man
        would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book”
        (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 194, and History of the Church,
        4:461).

        One would think that the Prophet would found his church upon the
        teachings of this “keystone” book. Let’s see if he did.

        Ask yourself the following twenty questions and try to
        chapter-and-verse them the Book of Mormon.

        1. Where in the Book of Mormon does it teach that Elohim (God the
        Father in Mormonism) was once a mortal man and that he was not always God?

        1. God once was a mortal. man — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right.
        The Book of Mormon never says God was once a man. In fact, it teaches that God
        was always God. Take for instance Moroni
        8:18. It says God is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity. Joseph
        Smith, however, taught,

        “We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity,
        I will refute that idea, and take away the veil so that you may see’ (Teachings
        of the Prophet Joseph Smith. pg. 345).

        2. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that God has a body of flesh and
        bones?

        2 God has a body of flesh — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The
        Book of Mormon never says God has a body of flesh and bones. On more than one
        occasion it clearly teaches that God is a God of spirit (see Alma
        18:2-5, 24-28; Alma
        22:9-1 1). This is taught in Doctrine of Covenants 130:28. See also Parley P.
        Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology 1978 ed., p. 23.

        3. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that God is married in heaven?

        3. God is married — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The Book of
        Mormon never teaches that God is married. This was taught by LDS Apostle Orson
        Pratt (The Seer, pp. 37, 158).

        4. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that men can become Gods?

        4. Men can become Gods — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The
        Book of Mormon never says men can become Gods. This was publicly proclaimed by
        the Prophet Joseph Smith on April 7, 1844 at the general conference of the LDS Church
        in Nauvoo. Known as the “King Follett Discourse,” it is recorded in
        the Journal of Discourses s: 1-1 1 See also The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph
        Smith, pp. 342-362, and the teachings of the Prophet Lorenzo Snow quoted by
        Milton R. Hunter in The Gospel Through The Ages, pp. 105-106.

        5. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that temple participation is
        necessary to become exalted?

        5. Temple
        participation is necessary -If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The Book o/
        Mormon never mentions that men must participate in temple ordinances in order
        to become exalted. This is found in Doctrine of Covenants 131:14. See also
        Bruce R. McConkie. Mormon Doctrine, p. 779.

        6. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that Jesus and Lucifer are
        brothers?

        6. Jesus and Lucifer are brothers – If you said it doesn’t. you’re
        right. The Book of Mormon never teaches Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. This is
        found in Milton R. Hunter. The Gospel Through the Ages. p. 15.

        7. Where does the Rook of Mormon teach that the blood of Christ does
        not cleanse certain sins?

        7. The cleansing power of Christ’s blood is not, always sufficient —
        If you said it doesn’t your right. Never does the nook of Mormon hint that
        there are sins beyond the cleansing power of Christ’s blood. However, second
        LDS Prophet Brigham Young taught,

        “There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with
        their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will
        never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it; and the judgments of the
        Almighty will come, sooner or later, and every man and woman will have to atone
        for breaking their covenants” (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 385).
        Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie wrote,

        “But under certain circumstances there are some serious sins for
        which the cleansing of Christ does not operate, and the law of God is that men
        must have their own blood shed to atone for their sins” (Mormon Doctrine,
        P. 92).

        8. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that a person can lose his
        salvation if he is not baptized on behalf of dead relatives?

        8. Baptism for the dead — If you said it doesn’t you’re right. The
        Book of Mormon never teaches baptism for the dead is a necessary ordinance. In
        fact, the Book of Mormon teaches if a person dies in his sins, the devil has
        sealed him his and this is the final state of the wicked. (see Alma 34:34,35).

        However, tenth LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith stated, “If we
        wilfully neglect the salvation of our dead, then also we shall stand rejected
        of the Lord, because we have neglected our dead; and just so sure their blood
        will be required at our hands … we cannot be saved without them”
        (Doctrines of Salvation 2: 145, 149)

        9. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that there is more than one God?

        9. The Plurality of Gods — if you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The
        Book of Mormon never teaches there is a plurality of Gods. In fact, it strongly
        teaches there is only one true God (see Alma
        1 1:26-29). This was proclaimed by the Prophet Joseph Smith, History of the
        Church, 6:474.

        10. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that males must hold either the
        Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood?

        10. The Priesthood — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The Book of
        Mormon never mentions either the Aaronic or Melchizedek priesthood. You will
        find this in Gospel Principles, p. 73.

        11. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that you can’t drink coffee or
        tea?

        11. Can’t drink coffee or tea – If you said it doesn’t, you’re right.
        The is taken from Doctrine and Covenants 89. Still, this health law never
        mentions coffee or tea specifically, only “hot drinks.”

        Mormon General Authority George Q. Cannon included soup in this
        prohibition when he said. “We must not permit them to drink liquor or hot
        drinks, or hot soups or to use tobacco or other articles that are
        injurious” (Journal of Discourses 12:223).

        12. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that there are “three
        degrees of glory”?

        12. Three degrees of glory — If you said
        it doesn’t, you’re right. The terrestrial, telestial, and celestial kingdoms
        are never mentioned in the Book of Mormon. See Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine,
        pp.777-778.

        13. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that the Holy Ghost is a son of
        God just as Jesus is a son of God?

        13. The Holy Ghost is a son of God — If you said it doesn’t, you’re
        right. Only Jesus and those who embrace Christ as their savior are given that
        title in the Book of Mormon. Under the heading of “Holy Ghost,” The
        Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 2, states. “The Church of Jesus Christ of
        Latter-day Saints teaches that the Holy Ghost is a spirit man, a spirit son of
        God the Father.”

        14. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that polygamy was approved by
        God?

        14. Polygamy was approved by God -If you said it doesn’t, you’re right.
        Polygamy is never mentioned in a positive way in the Book of Mormon, it is
        always described as an abominable practice. However, LDS Prophet Joseph E Smith
        taught that polygamy was essential to exaltation (Journal of Discourses,
        20:28).

        15. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that if a man wishes to be
        saved he must have a woman by his side?

        15. A man must have a woman to be saved – If you said it doesn’t,
        you’re right. The Book of Mormon never teaches that. However, Brigham Young
        taught, “No man can be perfect without the woman, so no woman can be
        perfect without a man to lead her. I tell you the truth as it is in the bosom
        of eternity. If he wishes to be saved, he cannot be saved without a woman by
        his side” (as quoted by Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p.
        215). See also Improvement Era, Vol. 2 1, Dec. 1917, pp. 105-106, as well as
        Joseph F. Smith. Gospel Doctrine, p. 272.

        16. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that faithful members of the
        Church must wear sacred under-garments that have the power to protect them?

        16. Protective Garments – If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. The Book
        of Mormon never mentions “garments of the Holy Priesthood” yet Temple Mormons
        are told that if they do not defile them the garment will “be a shield and
        a protection” to them against the power of the Destroyer. This is found in
        Bruce R. McConkie. The Mortal Messiah, 2:295. See also Teachings of Ezra Taft
        Bensun, p. 357.

        17. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that official church doctrine
        must be voted on by the general membership?

        17. Doctrine to be voted on — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. Never
        were the words of the Book of Mormon prophets sustained by the believers in the
        Book of Mormon in order to be considered official teaching. The LDS vote
        “to sustain” official teachings as well as church officials. However,
        see Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 149150.

        18. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that the Black race (seed of
        Cain) survived the flood because the devil needed a representation on earth?

        18. The Seed of Cain — If you said it doesn’t, you’re right. This
        abominable concept is not to be found in the Book of Mormon. However, third LDS
        Prophet John Taylor said,

        “And after the flood we are told that the curse that had been
        pronounced upon Cain was continued’ through Ham’s wife, as he had married a
        woman of that seed. “And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was
        necessary that the devil should have a representation upon the earth as well as
        God” (Journal of Discourses, 22:304).

        19. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that God is the offspring of
        another God who, in turn, is the offspring of still another God, etc.?

        19. God having a father and grandfather — If you said it doesn’t,
        you’re right. However, Joseph Smith claimed, “If Jesus Christ was the Son
        of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father,
        you may suppose that He had a Father also” (Teachings of the Prophet
        Joseph Smith, pg. 373).

        20. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that the highest level within
        the celestial kingdom is the “Church of the Firstborn”?

        20. The Church of the Firstborn — If you said it doesn’t, you’re
        right. Such an expression is never used in the Book of Mormon. The Church of
        the Firstborn is found in Doctrine & Covenants 76:94 and The History of the
        Church 1:283.

        Frustrated and confused? Joseph Smith apparently did not believe the
        teachings of the very book that he proclaimed in the Introduction to the Book
        of Mormon as “the most correct of any book on earth!”

        This presumable fact can be demonstrated by a careful examination of
        these twenty distinctive teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
        Saints. If you had difficulty locating these teachings, then read on, for, in
        fact, they cannot be found in this “most correct” book. The Book of
        Mormon does not teach:

        Therefore, if Joseph Smith did not really believe the Book of Mormon,
        then why should you — or anyone else?

        Now that’s a very good question!

        I know how I would answer it!

        How about you?

The difference between Jews and Mormons is that Jews, even the Haredi are supposed to think for themselves and form their own relationship with God.

    Minjae_Lee says:

    Yeah, ‘cept that is what Mormons are expected to do as well so it isn’t really the difference that you seem to think it is. I think you don’t really know about Mormons though you may think you do. You seem to be relying on the stereotype presented by the media and others who don’t really know us.

    Son_of_J says:

    Not sure how many Haredi or Hasidic Jews you know Laeh, but thinking for themselves is definitely not valued. People may pay lip service to the concept, but in reality they somehow all end up thinking alike, which just happens to be the same things their leaders think. They are a cult of personality.

      It’s always problematic to speak of any group of people holding monolithic views or values. I would just be careful– Haredi society emphasizes conformity and obedience, but it certainly doesn’t forbid free thought.

    ISTHIS WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?

    The Talmud is Judaism’s
    holiest book (actually a collection of books). Its authority takes precedence
    over the Old Testament in Judaism. Evidence of this may be found in the Talmud
    itself, Erubin 21b (Soncino edition):

    “My son, be more careful
    in the observance of the words of the Scribes than in the words of the Torah
    (Old Testament).”

    Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby, in “Judaism on Trial,” quotes Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph:

    “Further, without the Talmud, we
    would not be able to understand passages in the Bible … God has handed this
    authority to the sages and tradition is a necessity as well as scripture. The
    Sages also made enactments of their own … anyone who does not study the
    Talmud cannot understand Scripture.”

    Second century Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, one of
    Judaism’s very greatest rabbis and a creator of Kabbalah, sanctioned
    pedophilia—permitting molestation of baby girls even younger than three! He
    proclaimed,

    “A proselyte who is under
    the age of three years and a day is permitted to marry a priest.” 1

    Yebamoth 60b,

    Subsequent rabbis refer to
    ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia as “halakah,” or binding Jewish
    law. 2 Yebamoth 60b

    Has Rabbi ben Yohai, child
    rape advocate, been disowned by modern Jews? Hardly. Today, in ben Yohai’s
    hometown of Meron, Israel, tens of thousands of
    orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jews gather annually for days and nights of singing
    and dancing in his memory.

    References to pedophilia abound in the Talmud. They occupy
    considerable sections of Treatises Kethuboth and Yebamoth and are
    enthusiastically endorsed by the Talmud’s definitive legal work, Treatise
    Sanhedrin.

    The Pharisees Endorsed Child Sex

    The rabbis of the Talmud are notorious for their legal
    hairsplitting, and quibbling debates. But they share rare agreement about their
    right to molest three year old girls. In contrast to many hotly debated issues,
    hardly a hint of dissent rises against the prevailing opinion (expressed in
    many clear passages) that pedophilia is not only normal but scriptural as well!
    It’s as if the rabbis have found an exalted truth whose majesty silences
    debate.

    Because the Talmudic authorities who sanction pedophilia
    are so renowned, and because pedophilia as “halakah” is so explicitly
    emphasized, not even the translators of the Soncino edition of the Talmud
    (1936) dared insert a footnote suggesting the slightest criticism. They only
    comment: “Marriage, of course, was then at a far earlier age than now.” 3

    In fact, footnote 5 to Sanhedrin 60b rejects the right of
    a Talmudic rabbi to disagree with ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia:

    “How could they [the rabbis], contrary to the opinion of R.
    Simeon ben Yohai, which has scriptural support, forbid the marriage of the
    young proselyte?” 4

    1 Yebamoth 60b, p. 402.

    2 Yebamoth 60b, p. 403.

    3 Sanhedrin 76a.

    4 In Yebamoth 60b, p. 404, Rabbi Zera disagrees that sex with girls under three
    years and one day should be endorsed as halakah.

      Flagging fake Talmud quotes and anti-semitic crap.

        Case of Chaim Ciment
        (Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY) (Accused and charged with first-degree
        sexual abuse, after allegations were made that he fondled a 17 year old
        girl in an elevator).
        Case of Adiah
        Cohen, Moshav Shadot, Israel (Accused of sexually assaulting a
        woman in the washroom of DOME in Tel Aviv)
        Case of David
        Cohen (Jupiter, FL) (Convicted of Lewd, Lascivious Child acts with a minor
        child)
        Case of James A.
        Cohen – Jewish Youth Group Leader (Davi, FL) (Convicted child molester,
        sentenced to 9 years for assaulting 4 boys)
        Case of
        Larry Cohen – Soccer Coach (Lake Oswego, OR) (Accused of molesting two
        individuals.)
        Case of
        Lawrence Cohen – Kindergarten School Teacher (Manalapan, NJ; Brooklyn, NY) (Convicted and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for
        transmitting child pornography through his home computer).
        Case of Lewis K.
        Cohen (AKA: Keith Cohen, Lewis Cohen) (Milwaukee, WI) (Convicted after being charged with using a computer to
        facilitate a child sex crime and child enticement-exposing sex organs.
        Cohen used his work and home computers to engage in sexually
        explicit conversations with a 14-year-old boy in Internet chat rooms. The
        complaint also charges that Cohen sent nude photographs of himself and
        other males to the boy via e-mail).
        Case of Phillip
        “Eli” Cohen (London, England) (Accused of 13 charges of indecently assaulting a boy and four
        offences of indecently assaulting a girl)
        Case of Seth
        David Cohen, MD (Southfield, Michigan) (Convicted- Pled no contest to Accosting a Minor for Immoral
        Purposes)
        Case of
        Stephen Colmer (Brooklyn, NY; Passaic, NJ; Jerusalem, Israel) (Indicted on charges of child
        sexual abuse. He attempted to escape facing charges by moving to Israel)

        Case of Victor
        Wayne Cooper (CA) (Convicted of four counts of lewd and
        lascivious acts upon a child. He is serving four consecutive terms of
        fifteen years to life due to two prior rape convictions).
        Case of
        Stuart Cooperman, MD – Pediatrican (Merrick, New York) (Accused of molesting six female patience).
        Case of
        Corrido (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Suspected of sexually abusing several minors claims to
        have witnessed the murder of 10-year-old Alexandra Brandt in 1994)

        Case of Jon
        Andrew Cottriel (Holdenville, OK) (Convicted of Forcible Sodomy and Rape in the 1st
        Degree).
        Case of Gil
        Dahan (Convicted
        of a gang rape and sodomy of a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman, and of
        confining her).
        Case of Oren
        Danan (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Confessed
        to child abduction, sexual assault, and attempted murder of a neighborhood
        girl)
        Case of Sliman
        Dawiri (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentence to 28 years
        for robbery, rape and false imprisonment, terrorized the women working at
        the brothels, raped them and stole money and possessions from them).
        Case of Lior
        Dekel (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Arrested after the girl told her school counselor of
        the rape. In the past, a court acquitted Dekel of rape charges against a
        16-year-old girl due to lack of evidence.)
        Case of Gary
        Dolovich, former Executive Director of Manitoba Kosher, Winnipeg, Canada (Arrested and charged with 17 counts of distributing child
        pornography).
        Case of Eric
        Dorfner, BBYO Group Leader (Evesham/Cherry Hill, NJ) (Plead guilty and was sentenced to five years in state prison
        for sexually abusing two teenage boys once in his care.
        Case of Gary
        Edelman (Skokie, IL) (Convicted sex offender)
        Case of
        Mordechai Ehrman (AKA: Morton Ehrman) – Simcha’s Play Group (Brooklyn, NY) Accused of molesting dozens of
        students).
        Case of Ariel
        Elimelech, Jerusalem, Israel (Convicted of rape and indecent
        assault under aggravated circumstances, of two minors aged 14 and 17)

        Case of
        Victor Einhorn – Owner of Two Brooklyn-Based Bus Companies (Brooklyn, NY) (Pleaded guilty to two of 12 counts of unlawfully transporting
        minors to a New Jersey
        hotel for sex)
        Case of
        Benjamin Elisha (Miami, FL) (Convicted of sexually assaulting a
        10-year-old in a Swap Shop restroom).

        Case of
        Jeffrey Epstein (New York, NY; Virgin Islands) (Allegedly solicited sex with a minor at least three times
        between August 1 – October 31, 2005. He has been charged with four counts
        of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and of lewd and lascivious
        molestation).
        Case of Werner
        Erhard (AKA: John Paul Rosenberg) Founder EST (now called Landmark Forum) (Accused of incest, which were later recanted. Also
        accused of cult like practices)
        Earl R.
        Everett – Teacher South County Jewish Community Day School (Boca Raton, FL)
        (Arrested and charged
        with sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 (the girl was 7).
        His victim was not one of his students.)
        Case of
        Shmuel Faber – KACH Rescue Squad Volunteer, Israel (Accused of sexually pressuring two
        women into sexual acts, so that they could obtain better treatment).
        Case of Ed Fagan,
        Attorney (Short Hills, NJ) (Accused of paying to have sex with a
        minor)
        Case of Naftali
        Feig (Chicago, IL; Beachwood OH; Cleveland, OH; Far Rockaway, NY; St.
        Louis, MO) (Convicted after communicating online
        for months with an investigor posing as 12-year-old girls.)
        Case of
        Robert Feivish – security guard (Brooklyn, NY) (Convictedof
        sexually abusing a teenage boy over the course of a year, at times in a
        synagogue).
        Case of
        Joseph Fisher (Jerusalem, Israel)
        Case of Irina
        Fishman (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted of delivering women to work
        as prostitutes)
        Case of
        Zora Flagashvili (Convicted of a gang rape and sodomy
        of a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman, and of confining her).
        Case of
        Hbrandon Lee Flagner (Akron, OH) (Convicted of the kidnapping and aggravated murder of
        Tiffany Jennifer Papesh a 8-year-old girl. Flagner also claimed to have
        molested hundreds of girls during his life. While in prison, Flagner
        convert to Judaism by an Chasidic rabbi.)
        Case of Rabbi G.
        George Fox (Galveston, TX)
        Case of
        Kenneth A. Frank, MD (AKA: Yonatan Efrat) (Bakersfield, CA; Ra’anana,
        Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel) (Frank was convicted on Dec. 20,
        1989, in Kern County (California) of drugging and raping two woman in
        separate incidents in 1985 and 1986)
        Case
        of Arnold and Jesse Friedman “Capturing the Friedmans” (Great
        Neck, NY) (Convicted
        sex offenders). Also see: Case of Ross
        Goldstein
        Case of Steven
        Lewis Friedman (Interstate, CO; Citrus, FL; Hewlett, NY) (Convicted sex offender).

        Case of Steven
        Frucht – Housekeeping Supervisor – Yeshiva University (New York, NY) (Accused
        of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment of at least four female
        employees)
        Case of
        Dennis E. Fulbright (Boley, Oklahoma) (Convicted of Lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16, Rape
        in the first degree, Burglary, nad Larceny of Merch from Retaile.)

        Case of Ramon
        Gantz – Gym Boss (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentanced after slipped two tablets of the
        dance drug into the victim’s orange juice after she rebuffed his romantic
        advances on a Monarch flight from Tel Aviv to Gatwick).
        Case of Ellen
        Garfield – Music teacher (Boston, MA) (Acquitted
        of charges she raped a 14-year-old boy.)
        Case of Avraham
        Ger (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Accused of sexually assaulting
        several girls and boys)
        Case of Daniel
        Gersh – Former FA-Registered Coach (Bloomingburg, New York; Ilford, Essex,
        England) (Arrested
        after admitting to 60 counts of assault and related charges, including
        molesting nine boys, aged seven to 11, and filming several of them.
        Daniel Gersh stated in court: “My life is over. I have been
        trying to hide this since I was 13 years old.”)
        Case of Ovadia
        Gershon – Director of Group home for Mentally Challenged minors (Tel Aviv,
        Israel) (Convicted raping a mentally
        challenged resident in a group home in Tel Aviv, Israel)

        Case of Barry
        Gerstein – Attorney at Law (Beverly, MA) (Convicted and sentenced to serve seven to fifteen years at
        MCI-Walpole and ordered to serve a concurrent ten- to eighteen-year
        sentence for the cases in Norfolk County)
        Case of Ofer
        Glazer (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted of two incidents of
        committing obscene acts and of sexual harassment).
        Case of
        Richard “Steve” Goldberg (Long Beach, CA) (Allegedly engaging in sex acts with several girls under
        10 in California.
        He is on the
        FBI’s ten most
        wanted fugitives list)

        Case of Chaim Ciment
        (Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY) (Accused and charged with first-degree
        sexual abuse, after allegations were made that he fondled a 17 year old
        girl in an elevator).
        Case of Adiah
        Cohen, Moshav Shadot, Israel (Accused of sexually assaulting a
        woman in the washroom of DOME in Tel Aviv)
        Case of David
        Cohen (Jupiter, FL) (Convicted of Lewd, Lascivious Child acts with a minor
        child)
        Case of James A.
        Cohen – Jewish Youth Group Leader (Davi, FL) (Convicted child molester,
        sentenced to 9 years for assaulting 4 boys)
        Case of
        Larry Cohen – Soccer Coach (Lake Oswego, OR) (Accused of molesting two
        individuals.)
        Case of
        Lawrence Cohen – Kindergarten School Teacher (Manalapan, NJ; Brooklyn, NY) (Convicted and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for
        transmitting child pornography through his home computer).
        Case of Lewis K.
        Cohen (AKA: Keith Cohen, Lewis Cohen) (Milwaukee, WI) (Convicted after being charged with using a computer to
        facilitate a child sex crime and child enticement-exposing sex organs.
        Cohen used his work and home computers to engage in sexually
        explicit conversations with a 14-year-old boy in Internet chat rooms. The
        complaint also charges that Cohen sent nude photographs of himself and
        other males to the boy via e-mail).
        Case of Phillip
        “Eli” Cohen (London, England) (Accused of 13 charges of indecently assaulting a boy and four
        offences of indecently assaulting a girl)
        Case of Seth
        David Cohen, MD (Southfield, Michigan) (Convicted- Pled no contest to Accosting a Minor for Immoral
        Purposes)
        Case of
        Stephen Colmer (Brooklyn, NY; Passaic, NJ; Jerusalem, Israel) (Indicted on charges of child
        sexual abuse. He attempted to escape facing charges by moving to Israel)

        Case of Victor
        Wayne Cooper (CA) (Convicted of four counts of lewd and
        lascivious acts upon a child. He is serving four consecutive terms of
        fifteen years to life due to two prior rape convictions).
        Case of
        Stuart Cooperman, MD – Pediatrican (Merrick, New York) (Accused of molesting six female patience).
        Case of
        Corrido (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Suspected of sexually abusing several minors claims to
        have witnessed the murder of 10-year-old Alexandra Brandt in 1994)

        Case of Jon
        Andrew Cottriel (Holdenville, OK) (Convicted of Forcible Sodomy and Rape in the 1st
        Degree).
        Case of Gil
        Dahan (Convicted
        of a gang rape and sodomy of a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman, and of
        confining her).
        Case of Oren
        Danan (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Confessed
        to child abduction, sexual assault, and attempted murder of a neighborhood
        girl)
        Case of Sliman
        Dawiri (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentence to 28 years
        for robbery, rape and false imprisonment, terrorized the women working at
        the brothels, raped them and stole money and possessions from them).
        Case of Lior
        Dekel (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Arrested after the girl told her school counselor of
        the rape. In the past, a court acquitted Dekel of rape charges against a
        16-year-old girl due to lack of evidence.)
        Case of Gary
        Dolovich, former Executive Director of Manitoba Kosher, Winnipeg, Canada (Arrested and charged with 17 counts of distributing child
        pornography).
        Case of Eric
        Dorfner, BBYO Group Leader (Evesham/Cherry Hill, NJ) (Plead guilty and was sentenced to five years in state prison
        for sexually abusing two teenage boys once in his care.
        Case of Gary
        Edelman (Skokie, IL) (Convicted sex offender)
        Case of
        Mordechai Ehrman (AKA: Morton Ehrman) – Simcha’s Play Group (Brooklyn, NY) Accused of molesting dozens of
        students).
        Case of Ariel
        Elimelech, Jerusalem, Israel (Convicted of rape and indecent
        assault under aggravated circumstances, of two minors aged 14 and 17)

        Case of
        Victor Einhorn – Owner of Two Brooklyn-Based Bus Companies (Brooklyn, NY) (Pleaded guilty to two of 12 counts of unlawfully transporting
        minors to a New Jersey
        hotel for sex)
        Case of
        Benjamin Elisha (Miami, FL) (Convicted of sexually assaulting a
        10-year-old in a Swap Shop restroom).

        Case of
        Jeffrey Epstein (New York, NY; Virgin Islands) (Allegedly solicited sex with a minor at least three times
        between August 1 – October 31, 2005. He has been charged with four counts
        of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and of lewd and lascivious
        molestation).
        Case of Werner
        Erhard (AKA: John Paul Rosenberg) Founder EST (now called Landmark Forum) (Accused of incest, which were later recanted. Also
        accused of cult like practices)
        Earl R.
        Everett – Teacher South County Jewish Community Day School (Boca Raton, FL)
        (Arrested and charged
        with sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 (the girl was 7).
        His victim was not one of his students.)
        Case of
        Shmuel Faber – KACH Rescue Squad Volunteer, Israel (Accused of sexually pressuring two
        women into sexual acts, so that they could obtain better treatment).
        Case of Ed Fagan,
        Attorney (Short Hills, NJ) (Accused of paying to have sex with a
        minor)
        Case of Naftali
        Feig (Chicago, IL; Beachwood OH; Cleveland, OH; Far Rockaway, NY; St.
        Louis, MO) (Convicted after communicating online
        for months with an investigor posing as 12-year-old girls.)
        Case of
        Robert Feivish – security guard (Brooklyn, NY) (Convictedof
        sexually abusing a teenage boy over the course of a year, at times in a
        synagogue).
        Case of
        Joseph Fisher (Jerusalem, Israel)
        Case of Irina
        Fishman (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted of delivering women to work
        as prostitutes)
        Case of
        Zora Flagashvili (Convicted of a gang rape and sodomy
        of a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman, and of confining her).
        Case of
        Hbrandon Lee Flagner (Akron, OH) (Convicted of the kidnapping and aggravated murder of
        Tiffany Jennifer Papesh a 8-year-old girl. Flagner also claimed to have
        molested hundreds of girls during his life. While in prison, Flagner
        convert to Judaism by an Chasidic rabbi.)
        Case of Rabbi G.
        George Fox (Galveston, TX)
        Case of
        Kenneth A. Frank, MD (AKA: Yonatan Efrat) (Bakersfield, CA; Ra’anana,
        Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel) (Frank was convicted on Dec. 20,
        1989, in Kern County (California) of drugging and raping two woman in
        separate incidents in 1985 and 1986)
        Case
        of Arnold and Jesse Friedman “Capturing the Friedmans” (Great
        Neck, NY) (Convicted
        sex offenders). Also see: Case of Ross
        Goldstein
        Case of Steven
        Lewis Friedman (Interstate, CO; Citrus, FL; Hewlett, NY) (Convicted sex offender).

        Case of Steven
        Frucht – Housekeeping Supervisor – Yeshiva University (New York, NY) (Accused
        of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment of at least four female
        employees)
        Case of
        Dennis E. Fulbright (Boley, Oklahoma) (Convicted of Lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16, Rape
        in the first degree, Burglary, nad Larceny of Merch from Retaile.)

        Case of Ramon
        Gantz – Gym Boss (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentanced after slipped two tablets of the
        dance drug into the victim’s orange juice after she rebuffed his romantic
        advances on a Monarch flight from Tel Aviv to Gatwick).
        Case of Ellen
        Garfield – Music teacher (Boston, MA) (Acquitted
        of charges she raped a 14-year-old boy.)
        Case of Avraham
        Ger (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Accused of sexually assaulting
        several girls and boys)
        Case of Daniel
        Gersh – Former FA-Registered Coach (Bloomingburg, New York; Ilford, Essex,
        England) (Arrested
        after admitting to 60 counts of assault and related charges, including
        molesting nine boys, aged seven to 11, and filming several of them.
        Daniel Gersh stated in court: “My life is over. I have been
        trying to hide this since I was 13 years old.”)
        Case of Ovadia
        Gershon – Director of Group home for Mentally Challenged minors (Tel Aviv,
        Israel) (Convicted raping a mentally
        challenged resident in a group home in Tel Aviv, Israel)

        Case of Barry
        Gerstein – Attorney at Law (Beverly, MA) (Convicted and sentenced to serve seven to fifteen years at
        MCI-Walpole and ordered to serve a concurrent ten- to eighteen-year
        sentence for the cases in Norfolk County)
        Case of Ofer
        Glazer (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted of two incidents of
        committing obscene acts and of sexual harassment).
        Case of
        Richard “Steve” Goldberg (Long Beach, CA) (Allegedly engaging in sex acts with several girls under
        10 in California.
        He is on the
        FBI’s ten most
        wanted fugitives list)

      Ra'anan says:

      Lenny, you’re an anti-Semitic schmuck! I just explained to you that these Talmudic quotes do NOT advocate sexual intercourse w/a less than 3 year old girl, Rebi Shim’on bar Yochai is merely stating that IF it were done then it is not considered intercourse & therefore she’d be permitted to marry a cohen as well as claim the dowry of a virgin (200 zuz, instead of 100 zuz).

      YehoshuaFriedman says:

      I have seen these passages in the Talmud and Ra’anan is absolutely right, you are wilfully distorting the source in order to pursue a Jew-hating agenda.

        1.
        Case of Rabbi
        Sheldon Zimmerman (New York, NY) (Suspended from the Reform movement’s rabbinic organization because
        of sexual impropriety was later hired to a top position by a program that sends
        thousands of young Jews on free trips to Israel.. Sheldon
        Zimmerman was based in Cincinnati, OH, yet, also had responsibility for the
        Hebrew Union College’s campuses in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA and Jerusalem,
        Israel
        .)

        2.
        Case of the Rabbi Max Zucker
        (Dallas, TX) (Accused by three women of improperly
        touching)

        3.
        Case of a List of
        Abuses at Ner Israel (Toronto, Canada)
        (High school
        student, said he was assaulted by two college students)

        4.
        Case of The Zwi Migdal
        Society (Brazil, South Africa, India, China and Poland) (According
        to reports there were rabbis who were members of the society. From the 1860s to
        the beginning of the Second World War, thousands of naive, impoverished Jewish
        girls from eastern Europe were sold by Jewish mobsters into sexual slavery.
        This hugely profitable (annual revenues of $50 million in the 1890s) commerce
        in flesh was operated by the Zwi Migdal, a criminal association)

        5.
        Case of The
        Unnamed Kidnapping Chazen /Cantor (Toronto, Canada) (Accused
        of kidnapping young boys from Europe and bringing them to Toronto, Canada)

        6.
        Case of the
        Unnamed New York Rabbi Who Has An Unhealthy Interest In Teenage Boys

        7.
        Case of the
        Unnamed Rabbi – Principal Who Inpregnated A Girl With Learning Disabilities (There
        is a Call for Action on this case. The Awareness
        Center is looking for all
        the information we can find regarding the Rabbi-Prinicipal who inpregnated a
        girl with learning disabilities at school he was principal at.)

        8.
        Case of The Unnamed
        Orthodox Rabbi (Quebec, Canada) (An undercover reporter posed as an
        employee of an escort service. One of her two clients included a Hasidic
        rabbi, who masturbated in a motel room while looking at pornography on
        television and at the reporter in her underwear.)

        9.
        Case of
        40-year-old man residing in an ultra-orthodox yeshiva (Several yeshiva students have testified in
        the case and verified suspicions that a 40-year-old man who resides in the
        yeshiva sexually assaulted them).

        And Other Trusted Officials (Parents, Teachers, Camp Counselors,
        etc.)

        Case of
        Yisrael Abadi – Teacher (Holon, Israel) (Convicted of sexually molesting three children, aged eight to
        10, in the synagogue where he teaches)
        Case of Faiz
        Suleiman Abukarinat – The Negev Pedophile (Israel) (Convicted of kidnapping and raping three girls from Beersheba and Ashdod)

        Case of Eugene
        Abrams (AKA: Eugene George Harris) (Long Island, NY; Miami, FL) (Convicted on 77 counts of child of rape, incest, sodomy and
        obscenity involving five young girls, including his own daughter. He
        spent 10 years in Attica
        State Prison. He was
        also convicted of running a nationwide child pornography ring on Long Island, He relocated to Flordia and was charged
        and convicted ofsexually assaulting a 4 1/2-year-old girl).
        Case of Joyce
        Abrams (North Bellmore, NY) (Convicted of running a nationwide
        pornography ring with her husband Eugene Abrams,
        out of their home. One of the victms was her own daughter).
        Case of Faiz
        Suleiman Abukarinat – The Negev Pedophile (Israel) (convicted
        and sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping and raping three girls
        from Beersheba and Ashdod)
        Case of
        Errine Renata Acciaroli (AKA: Shlomit Acciaroli) – Special Education
        Teacher (Hamilton, Canada) (Found guilty of professional
        misconduct for kissing a 10th grade student after asking him to make love
        to her and showering him with gifts, e-mails, phone calls and visits to
        his home)
        Case of Arie Adler
        and Marisa Rimland (New York, NY) (Arie Adler was accused of molesting his daughter.
        Marisa Rimland murdered her daughter, and then committed suicide).

        Case of
        Gerald “Ajax” Ackerman – Former Mayor (Port Huron, MI) (Convicted and sentenced to up to 38 years in prison for
        having sex with children he was supervising as part of a youth program he
        ran).
        Case of Simcha
        Adler – Ohel Counselor (Borough Park/Brooklyn, NY (Plea-bargained charges of sodomy, sexual abuse and two counts
        of endangering the welfare of a child down to attempted sodomy.)

        Case of Ya’acov
        Agmon – Director of Habima Theater (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Accused of sexually harassing a secretary who worked for him
        for two-and-a-half years with words and deeds, and of committing indecent
        acts against her on three separate occasions. The prosecution closed the
        file for lack of sufficient evidence).
        Case of Tal Alaluf (Arrested and confessed to raping a 13-year-old boy he
        “groomed” via an Internet chat room, according to police
        detectives).
        Case of Hen
        Alkobi (Haifa, Israel) (Accused of raping and sexually abusing teenage
        girls in the Haifa
        area, ended in a plea bargain arrangement.)
        Case of Ben Amotz
        (Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Israel)
        (Allegedly lured
        12 to 13-year-old girls to his apartment using drugs)
        Case of Isa
        al-Natcha (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentence to 25 years for robbery, rape and
        false imprisonment, terrorized the women working at the brothels, raped
        them and stole money and possessions from them.)
        Case of
        Igor Antapika – Haifa, Israel; Soviet Union (AKA: Street Stairwell Rapist)
        (sentenced Igor
        Antapika, known as “the stairwell rapist,” to 31 years in
        prison. The 25-year-old serial rapist who had terrorized Haifa women in 2004 was convicted on
        eight of nine counts. He earned his nickname after assaulting his victims
        in dark stairwells in the city’s Hadar and Carmel neighborhoods)
        Case of
        Herbert Aptheker – (Accused of sexually abusing his
        daughter)
        Case of Eugene
        Loub Aronin – School Counselor (Joppa, TX and Buffalo Grove, IL (Convicted in 1984 of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy)

        Case of David
        Carl Arndt, M.D. (Boston, MA)
        (Charged with
        four counts of statutory child rape and one count each of indecent assault
        and battery, drugging a person for sexual intercourse, contributing to the
        delinquency of a child, and possession of the drugs ketamine hydrochloride
        (“Special K”) and methamphetamine).
        Case of
        Michael Ashbal – Hebrew Academy Teacher (Miami Beach, FL; Barbados) (Arrested for allegedly fondling an 11-year-old male student.)

        Case of Stanley
        Ashman (AKA: Stanley Virgil Ashman, Butch Ashman) (Baltimore, MD) (In 2006, police overheard a telephone
        conversation between the woman and Ashman in which the former teacher
        admitted to having sex with her when she was 14, and repeatedly
        apologized, according to court records)
        Case of
        Samuel S. Aster – Music Teacher/College Professor (Teaneck, NJ) (Gave prosecutors a sworn statement detailing the crimes and
        his videotaping of them.)
        Case of
        Yehezkel Atar (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted of raping a nine-year-old girl).

        Case of
        Boris Bardichevsky (Petah Tikva, Israel) (Arrested this week by the Israel
        Police’s Etgar unit on suspicion of trading in women).
        Case of Leeore
        Batshaw – Psychology Student at The University of Winnipeg (Israel) (Convicted
        – internet sting on child pornography)
        Case of
        Philip Bender, Consultant (Columbia, MD; Baltimore, MD) (Pleaded guilty to one count of child
        abuse in return for prosecutors’ recommendation for probation before
        judgment).
        Case of Uriel
        P. Bendavid – AKA: Peter Bendavid, Peter U. Ben, Peter U. Bendavid, Peter
        U. David, Peter D. King (Passaic, NJ) (Convicted of endagering the welfare of a child The
        victims were students at the school where Bendavid taught)
        Case of Ralph
        Harrison Benning (Fulton County, GA) (pleaded guilty
        to molesting and murdering Peter Downing Howell Jr., 8. Benning told
        police he killed Howell on the site where he was molested as a child).

        Case of Shimon
        Bentov (Jerusalem, Israel) (Charged with alleging he committed
        sexual assaults on children and child-pornography offences).
        Case of Achi
        Ben Shalom – Music Teacher (San Francisco, CA) (Arrested for alleged “lewd and lascivious acts”
        with a female student).
        Case of
        Robert Berezin (Brooklyn, NY; Skokie, IL) (Allegations were made that he entered the apartment of one of
        his tenents in the middle of the night, pushed her against the door,
        groped and forced his tongue into her mouth. When he was leaving, she
        said, he suggested she could provide sexual favors in lieu of rent).

        Case of
        Alexander Berg (Czech Republic; Haifa, Israel; Petah Tikva, Israel; Tel
        Aviv, Israel) (Extradited from the Czech Republic to
        Israel under suspicion of involvement in women trafficking, as well as a
        myriad of related offenses including pimping, imprisonment, assault,
        threats and rape.)
        Case of
        Jonathan (Yochanan) Berkowitz, MSW, CSW, LMSW – Yoga Instructor (Monsey,
        NY; New York City, NY; Passaic, NJ; Clifton, NJ) (Allegations of sexually
        inappropriate behavior and of allged date rape)
        Case of Harvey
        N. Berish – School Teacher (Bronx, NY) (Drama
        teacher in an intermediate school in the Bronx
        was arrested on charges that he had sexually abused four boy pupils).

        Case of Ariel
        Berlin – Retired Travel Agent
        (Arrested along
        with an a father
        who is an Ex-convict, who offered up his 5-year-old daughter for
        sex).
        Case of David
        Steven Berman (Ruislip, England) (Convicted and sentenced to prison.
        Berman admitted to 13 charges of making indecent images of children.
        Judge Jeremy Connor stated: “The images showed children as young as
        six, some with elements of sadism.”)
        Case of
        Yoav Biran (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of distributing
        child pornography over the Internet, also of preforming indecent acts on
        children. Also see: Case of Rafael Kaplanovsky and Case of Itai Snapier).
        Case of Moni Biton
        (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentence to sentenced
        to 22 years for purchased a stun gun, tear gas, knives and scissors, and
        decided in advance which brothels him and his friends would attack).

        Case of
        Yaron Blanc (Ariel, Israel) (Accused of using the internet to lure minors for
        sexual activity)
        Case of Baron
        Bloom (London, England) (Convicted of indecently assaulting a
        15-year-old girl. The judge ordered Bloom’s name to be placed on the sex
        offenders register for 10 years and sentenced him to one year’s
        imprisonment).
        Case of
        Harold Bloom – Humanities and English Professor at Yale (New Haven, CT) (Accused of sexually
        harassing students).
        Case of Yossi
        Boker, Assistant Commander – Police Investigative Department (Jerusalem, Israel) (Arrested on charges of sexual
        harassment.)
        Case of
        Yitzhak Bohasilovsky (Bnei Brak, Israel) – (confessed
        to series of indecent acts involving 300 children)
        Case
        of Nachman Borenstein – Teacher’s Aide at Talmud Torah (Jerusalem, Israel)
        (Convicted
        of molesting five children)
        Case of
        Peter Braunstein (New York, NY)
        (Accused of
        drugging and molesting a woman for 13 hours. He entered her
        apartment by wearing a firefighter’s uniform, after allegedly setting
        small hallway blazes to trick his way into her apartment.)
        Case of Zerach
        Brown (AKA: Scott Brown) (Seattle, WA; New York, NY) (Arrested in 1999 in Mountaindale, NY
        on charges relating to sexually improper conduct in respect to minors.)
        Case of
        Michael Broman (Givatayim, Israel) (Arrested this week by the Israel
        Police’s Etgar unit on suspicion of trading in women).
        Case of Rami
        Buchnik – Physical Education Teacher (Tiberias, Israel) (Arrested after complaints that he had
        been molesting youths at several kibbutzim in the region. He was also
        charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm).
        Case of
        Lieutenant Colonel Eli Buhbut – Israel Defense Forces (Accused of sexually assaulting
        another officer)
        Case of Franklin
        “Jack” Burr – Piano Teacher (Edison, NJ) (On
        trial charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
        He is facing up to 20 years in prison).
        Case of Ralph
        Capone – School Custodian, Patachogue: Medford School District (Long
        Island, NY) (Accused of asking two male students
        in their 20s, working on the High School equivalency diploma, claimed
        Capone asked them for oral sex).

          I’ll repeat: get a LIFE. And also, learn to format your posts so they don’t take me five minutes to scroll through? It would encourage people to read them if they formed sentences instead of two- to four-word fragments.

        1.
        Case of Rabbi
        Sheldon Zimmerman (New York, NY) (Suspended from the Reform movement’s rabbinic organization because
        of sexual impropriety was later hired to a top position by a program that sends
        thousands of young Jews on free trips to Israel.. Sheldon
        Zimmerman was based in Cincinnati, OH, yet, also had responsibility for the
        Hebrew Union College’s campuses in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA and Jerusalem,
        Israel
        .)

        2.
        Case of the Rabbi Max Zucker
        (Dallas, TX) (Accused by three women of improperly
        touching)

        3.
        Case of a List of
        Abuses at Ner Israel (Toronto, Canada)
        (High school
        student, said he was assaulted by two college students)

        4.
        Case of The Zwi Migdal
        Society (Brazil, South Africa, India, China and Poland) (According
        to reports there were rabbis who were members of the society. From the 1860s to
        the beginning of the Second World War, thousands of naive, impoverished Jewish
        girls from eastern Europe were sold by Jewish mobsters into sexual slavery.
        This hugely profitable (annual revenues of $50 million in the 1890s) commerce
        in flesh was operated by the Zwi Migdal, a criminal association)

        5.
        Case of The
        Unnamed Kidnapping Chazen /Cantor (Toronto, Canada) (Accused
        of kidnapping young boys from Europe and bringing them to Toronto, Canada)

        6.
        Case of the
        Unnamed New York Rabbi Who Has An Unhealthy Interest In Teenage Boys

        7.
        Case of the
        Unnamed Rabbi – Principal Who Inpregnated A Girl With Learning Disabilities (There
        is a Call for Action on this case. The Awareness
        Center is looking for all
        the information we can find regarding the Rabbi-Prinicipal who inpregnated a
        girl with learning disabilities at school he was principal at.)

        8.
        Case of The Unnamed
        Orthodox Rabbi (Quebec, Canada) (An undercover reporter posed as an
        employee of an escort service. One of her two clients included a Hasidic
        rabbi, who masturbated in a motel room while looking at pornography on
        television and at the reporter in her underwear.)

        9.
        Case of
        40-year-old man residing in an ultra-orthodox yeshiva (Several yeshiva students have testified in
        the case and verified suspicions that a 40-year-old man who resides in the
        yeshiva sexually assaulted them).

        And Other Trusted Officials (Parents, Teachers, Camp Counselors,
        etc.)

        Case of
        Yisrael Abadi – Teacher (Holon, Israel) (Convicted of sexually molesting three children, aged eight to
        10, in the synagogue where he teaches)
        Case of Faiz
        Suleiman Abukarinat – The Negev Pedophile (Israel) (Convicted of kidnapping and raping three girls from Beersheba and Ashdod)

        Case of Eugene
        Abrams (AKA: Eugene George Harris) (Long Island, NY; Miami, FL) (Convicted on 77 counts of child of rape, incest, sodomy and
        obscenity involving five young girls, including his own daughter. He
        spent 10 years in Attica
        State Prison. He was
        also convicted of running a nationwide child pornography ring on Long Island, He relocated to Flordia and was charged
        and convicted ofsexually assaulting a 4 1/2-year-old girl).
        Case of Joyce
        Abrams (North Bellmore, NY) (Convicted of running a nationwide
        pornography ring with her husband Eugene Abrams,
        out of their home. One of the victms was her own daughter).
        Case of Faiz
        Suleiman Abukarinat – The Negev Pedophile (Israel) (convicted
        and sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping and raping three girls
        from Beersheba and Ashdod)
        Case of
        Errine Renata Acciaroli (AKA: Shlomit Acciaroli) – Special Education
        Teacher (Hamilton, Canada) (Found guilty of professional
        misconduct for kissing a 10th grade student after asking him to make love
        to her and showering him with gifts, e-mails, phone calls and visits to
        his home)
        Case of Arie Adler
        and Marisa Rimland (New York, NY) (Arie Adler was accused of molesting his daughter.
        Marisa Rimland murdered her daughter, and then committed suicide).

        Case of
        Gerald “Ajax” Ackerman – Former Mayor (Port Huron, MI) (Convicted and sentenced to up to 38 years in prison for
        having sex with children he was supervising as part of a youth program he
        ran).
        Case of Simcha
        Adler – Ohel Counselor (Borough Park/Brooklyn, NY (Plea-bargained charges of sodomy, sexual abuse and two counts
        of endangering the welfare of a child down to attempted sodomy.)

        Case of Ya’acov
        Agmon – Director of Habima Theater (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Accused of sexually harassing a secretary who worked for him
        for two-and-a-half years with words and deeds, and of committing indecent
        acts against her on three separate occasions. The prosecution closed the
        file for lack of sufficient evidence).
        Case of Tal Alaluf (Arrested and confessed to raping a 13-year-old boy he
        “groomed” via an Internet chat room, according to police
        detectives).
        Case of Hen
        Alkobi (Haifa, Israel) (Accused of raping and sexually abusing teenage
        girls in the Haifa
        area, ended in a plea bargain arrangement.)
        Case of Ben Amotz
        (Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Israel)
        (Allegedly lured
        12 to 13-year-old girls to his apartment using drugs)
        Case of Isa
        al-Natcha (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentence to 25 years for robbery, rape and
        false imprisonment, terrorized the women working at the brothels, raped
        them and stole money and possessions from them.)
        Case of
        Igor Antapika – Haifa, Israel; Soviet Union (AKA: Street Stairwell Rapist)
        (sentenced Igor
        Antapika, known as “the stairwell rapist,” to 31 years in
        prison. The 25-year-old serial rapist who had terrorized Haifa women in 2004 was convicted on
        eight of nine counts. He earned his nickname after assaulting his victims
        in dark stairwells in the city’s Hadar and Carmel neighborhoods)
        Case of
        Herbert Aptheker – (Accused of sexually abusing his
        daughter)
        Case of Eugene
        Loub Aronin – School Counselor (Joppa, TX and Buffalo Grove, IL (Convicted in 1984 of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy)

        Case of David
        Carl Arndt, M.D. (Boston, MA)
        (Charged with
        four counts of statutory child rape and one count each of indecent assault
        and battery, drugging a person for sexual intercourse, contributing to the
        delinquency of a child, and possession of the drugs ketamine hydrochloride
        (“Special K”) and methamphetamine).
        Case of
        Michael Ashbal – Hebrew Academy Teacher (Miami Beach, FL; Barbados) (Arrested for allegedly fondling an 11-year-old male student.)

        Case of Stanley
        Ashman (AKA: Stanley Virgil Ashman, Butch Ashman) (Baltimore, MD) (In 2006, police overheard a telephone
        conversation between the woman and Ashman in which the former teacher
        admitted to having sex with her when she was 14, and repeatedly
        apologized, according to court records)
        Case of
        Samuel S. Aster – Music Teacher/College Professor (Teaneck, NJ) (Gave prosecutors a sworn statement detailing the crimes and
        his videotaping of them.)
        Case of
        Yehezkel Atar (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted of raping a nine-year-old girl).

        Case of
        Boris Bardichevsky (Petah Tikva, Israel) (Arrested this week by the Israel
        Police’s Etgar unit on suspicion of trading in women).
        Case of Leeore
        Batshaw – Psychology Student at The University of Winnipeg (Israel) (Convicted
        – internet sting on child pornography)
        Case of
        Philip Bender, Consultant (Columbia, MD; Baltimore, MD) (Pleaded guilty to one count of child
        abuse in return for prosecutors’ recommendation for probation before
        judgment).
        Case of Uriel
        P. Bendavid – AKA: Peter Bendavid, Peter U. Ben, Peter U. Bendavid, Peter
        U. David, Peter D. King (Passaic, NJ) (Convicted of endagering the welfare of a child The
        victims were students at the school where Bendavid taught)
        Case of Ralph
        Harrison Benning (Fulton County, GA) (pleaded guilty
        to molesting and murdering Peter Downing Howell Jr., 8. Benning told
        police he killed Howell on the site where he was molested as a child).

        Case of Shimon
        Bentov (Jerusalem, Israel) (Charged with alleging he committed
        sexual assaults on children and child-pornography offences).
        Case of Achi
        Ben Shalom – Music Teacher (San Francisco, CA) (Arrested for alleged “lewd and lascivious acts”
        with a female student).
        Case of
        Robert Berezin (Brooklyn, NY; Skokie, IL) (Allegations were made that he entered the apartment of one of
        his tenents in the middle of the night, pushed her against the door,
        groped and forced his tongue into her mouth. When he was leaving, she
        said, he suggested she could provide sexual favors in lieu of rent).

        Case of
        Alexander Berg (Czech Republic; Haifa, Israel; Petah Tikva, Israel; Tel
        Aviv, Israel) (Extradited from the Czech Republic to
        Israel under suspicion of involvement in women trafficking, as well as a
        myriad of related offenses including pimping, imprisonment, assault,
        threats and rape.)
        Case of
        Jonathan (Yochanan) Berkowitz, MSW, CSW, LMSW – Yoga Instructor (Monsey,
        NY; New York City, NY; Passaic, NJ; Clifton, NJ) (Allegations of sexually
        inappropriate behavior and of allged date rape)
        Case of Harvey
        N. Berish – School Teacher (Bronx, NY) (Drama
        teacher in an intermediate school in the Bronx
        was arrested on charges that he had sexually abused four boy pupils).

        Case of Ariel
        Berlin – Retired Travel Agent
        (Arrested along
        with an a father
        who is an Ex-convict, who offered up his 5-year-old daughter for
        sex).
        Case of David
        Steven Berman (Ruislip, England) (Convicted and sentenced to prison.
        Berman admitted to 13 charges of making indecent images of children.
        Judge Jeremy Connor stated: “The images showed children as young as
        six, some with elements of sadism.”)
        Case of
        Yoav Biran (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of distributing
        child pornography over the Internet, also of preforming indecent acts on
        children. Also see: Case of Rafael Kaplanovsky and Case of Itai Snapier).
        Case of Moni Biton
        (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Convicted and sentence to sentenced
        to 22 years for purchased a stun gun, tear gas, knives and scissors, and
        decided in advance which brothels him and his friends would attack).

        Case of
        Yaron Blanc (Ariel, Israel) (Accused of using the internet to lure minors for
        sexual activity)
        Case of Baron
        Bloom (London, England) (Convicted of indecently assaulting a
        15-year-old girl. The judge ordered Bloom’s name to be placed on the sex
        offenders register for 10 years and sentenced him to one year’s
        imprisonment).
        Case of
        Harold Bloom – Humanities and English Professor at Yale (New Haven, CT) (Accused of sexually
        harassing students).
        Case of Yossi
        Boker, Assistant Commander – Police Investigative Department (Jerusalem, Israel) (Arrested on charges of sexual
        harassment.)
        Case of
        Yitzhak Bohasilovsky (Bnei Brak, Israel) – (confessed
        to series of indecent acts involving 300 children)
        Case
        of Nachman Borenstein – Teacher’s Aide at Talmud Torah (Jerusalem, Israel)
        (Convicted
        of molesting five children)
        Case of
        Peter Braunstein (New York, NY)
        (Accused of
        drugging and molesting a woman for 13 hours. He entered her
        apartment by wearing a firefighter’s uniform, after allegedly setting
        small hallway blazes to trick his way into her apartment.)
        Case of Zerach
        Brown (AKA: Scott Brown) (Seattle, WA; New York, NY) (Arrested in 1999 in Mountaindale, NY
        on charges relating to sexually improper conduct in respect to minors.)
        Case of
        Michael Broman (Givatayim, Israel) (Arrested this week by the Israel
        Police’s Etgar unit on suspicion of trading in women).
        Case of Rami
        Buchnik – Physical Education Teacher (Tiberias, Israel) (Arrested after complaints that he had
        been molesting youths at several kibbutzim in the region. He was also
        charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm).
        Case of
        Lieutenant Colonel Eli Buhbut – Israel Defense Forces (Accused of sexually assaulting
        another officer)
        Case of Franklin
        “Jack” Burr – Piano Teacher (Edison, NJ) (On
        trial charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
        He is facing up to 20 years in prison).
        Case of Ralph
        Capone – School Custodian, Patachogue: Medford School District (Long
        Island, NY) (Accused of asking two male students
        in their 20s, working on the High School equivalency diploma, claimed
        Capone asked them for oral sex).

      Dude. Get a LIFE.

LakersTrent says:

It seems like Ms Brooks had an extraordinarily unusual childhood compared to most Mormons, or that she overemphasizes the “Mormonness” of it for effect- I have known many Mormons and talked about growing up, and none of their stories or consciousness seems so heavily flavored with mormon or pioneer themes, especially on weekdays or with friends. I think it’s true that most Mormons view Jews as God’s people, definitely in history and probably today, the same way many American Christians do, but beyond that young Ms Brooks seems to have been unusually preoccupied with their place in her belief system. I would love to read about her parents and what they were like religiously, I think that might explain alot.

Like contemporary Jews and Americans in general, Mormon kids spend far more hours during their childhood watching TV or playing pogs or pokemon or power rangers or whatever than they do in Church, and sadly many come away with only cursory understanding of their religion or the thought and heritage in it. Apart from premarital sex and drinking in high school, and maybe a likelihood of playing the piano, Mormon kids are on average virtually indistinguishable from their classmates growing up. In other words “raised on stories of the Israelites and end-times” isn’t remotely accurate in describing typical Mormon childhoods.

Using an exotic sounding ‘other’ to offset oneself from the norm or build interest in readers is an interesting literary technique, but hopefully in the process readers don’t confuse this author’s story with Mormon reality, or take her as representative of Mormons in general. Every person and every life is unique, but Ms Brook’s story may be few clicks beyond that, among Mormons or otherwise. An enjoyable read all the same.

    Minjae_Lee says:

    Yeah, she seems to like to emphasize the “weirdness” factor a lot – it gets her the attention she seems to crave. Like you, my experience has not been nearly so exotic.

      I used to be a Mormon and her description of that mindset in Mormonism especially during that time seems completely accurate.

    I am LDS and there were some more fanatical families. They didn’t go around in “pioneer” garb but they did, and I will use the word force here, force their kids to accept the more strict understandings of the LDS values. Need less to say these were the kids we grew up with and saw most of them not lead a life of moral values. They were prone to be more rebellious of the congregation outside of church.

    Mormon families in good standing do send their children to seminary in the before-school hours, so while your friends may not have gotten a lot out of it, they’re definitely exposed to the doctrines of their faith. Obviously, there are Mormons who fall across the spectrum of observance in their faith– not unlike Jews, eh? But I come from an area with heavy Mormon saturation (and have a branch of my family that is devoutly Mormon), and the author’s description seemed to fit very well with the life experiences of many members of my peer group. The girls in “pioneer garb,” etc. were the exception, but the focus on church, community, and family were universal.

I remember that I gave blood once, and the volunteers at the post-donation table were Mormon missionaries. I happened to have with me a book about Hassidic Jews. Ia m Jewish, but far from Hassidic. The Mormons gave me that nonsense about being from the ten lost tribes. Having just given blood, I wasn’t allowed to stand up and leave, but I was seriously offended. I know there have been hundreds of versions of what became of the lost ten tribes, but I find that one especially improbable.

    I understand finding it improbable, but I don’t get why you were offended. I mean, I’m a religious Jew, and there’s no concrete evidence that Hebrews were ever slaves in Egypt– is it offensive to teach that? I have a large branch of my family that is made up of faithful Mormons, and while I completely disagree with their theology and historical understandings, I think it’s beautiful that they feel a sense of responsibility and brotherhood toward the Jews. They don’t even try to convert us– except after we’re dead, and even then, they believe our souls have the choice to accept their teachings or not, and that we’ll still have a place in Paradise. Kind of a win-win, if you ask me.

      Amy Gorin says:

      You’re not a religious jew, except in your own head. Mormons constantly try to convert Jews. And there is in fact concrete DNA evidence that there was a genetic bottleneck event in the Jewish community about 4,000 years ago.

        I just saw this comment– sorry to have not responded until now. I don’t know why you resorted to trying to discredit me as religious. If you’re Orthodox, I understand that we have different communities and understandings of Halakhah, but I’m a Conservative rabbinical student who is shomer kashrut and shomer Shabbat/Chagim– if I’m not religious, I’m doing a bad job of acting like what I am, and it’s certainly not just “in [my] own head.”

        I’d love to see the concrete DNA evidence you mentioned. I Googled it, but only came up with the mitochondrial DNA marker for kohanim, which is a different issue. Could you link to an article or study? I’d really appreciate it.

Glad Ms Brooks is having such and interesting life journey but ,as a Reform Jew who loves my religion and all the depth it adds to my life, I am disturbed by this article.
I wonder what her husband’s family think of a Mormon dtr-in-law , not as a person, I’m sure shes delightful, but as the mother of future grandchildren.
This “two worlds” family religion doesn’t work. Exposing children to “Jesus is G-d” is antithetical to Judaism. You cannot be both a Christian and a Jew. You are more likely to raise children who are nothing. How sad. I’m sure Ms. Brooks’s journey , intellectual as it is, is interesting. Her children’s journey is likely to lack any firm foundation.
So that there is some understanding , my husband is not Jewish. But he has always been supportive of our Jewish home, raising our son Jewish and has enjoyed our temple. When I first took him to temple he said it mad so much more sense to him that the church his family belonged to. So I know the challenge of in-laws being Christian and Evangelical Christians at that.

    “YOU TALKING TO MEEEEE”?

    “When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is
    nothing, for when the girl is less than this (three years and a day) it is as
    if one put the finger into the eye.” The footnote says that as “tears come
    to the eye again and again, so does virginity come back to the little girl
    under three years.” Kethuboth 11b.

    The Oedipus complex was the invention of Sigmund
    Freud!

    Freud originally discovered, in the treatments partially
    conducted under hypnosis, that all his Jewish patients, both male and female,
    had been abused children and recounted their histories in the language of
    symptoms. After reporting his discovery in Jewish psychiatric circles, he found
    himself completely shunned because none of his fellow Jewish psychiatrists was
    prepared to share the findings with him. Freud could not bear the isolation for
    long. A few months later, in 1897, he described his patients’ reports on sexual
    abuse as sheer fantasies attributable to their instinctual wishes.

    Freud’s father was a pedophile! In a letter to his
    friend Wilhelm Fliess, he wrote:

    “Unfortunately, my own father was one of these
    perverts and is responsible for the hysteria of my brother (all of whose
    symptoms are identifications) and those of several younger sisters. The
    frequency of this circumstance often makes me wonder.”

    Fliess’s son, Robert Fliess
    exposed his own father as being another pedophile who had sexually abused him
    when he was a child.

      Flagged for fake Talmud quotes that are anti-semitic in nature.

        1.
        Case of Rabbi Pinchas
        Lew (Pottville, IA and Chapel Hill, NC)
        (Accused of exposing
        himself and touching his genitals repeatedly in front of an unrelated woman in
        his home)

        2.
        Case of Rabbi David
        E. Lipman – Kiruv Rabbi (Prescott, AZ; Cranston, R.I.) (Pleaded guilty to one count of sexual
        exploitation of a minor, a Class 2 felony, and three counts of attempted sexual
        exploitation of a minor, Class 3 felonies. Lipman pleaded guilty to
        pertain to the computer images of children younger than the age of 15. ).

        3.
        Case of
        Rabbi/Psychologist Mordecai Magencey (St. Louis, MO) (Lost
        his license to practice in the State of Missouri
        because of his sexual misconduct with his patients.)

        4.
        Case of Rabbi
        Richard Marcovitz (Oklahoma City, OK) (Convicted of indecent or lewd acts with a
        child, and sexual battery)

        5.
        Rabbi Jacob A. Max
        (Baltimore, MD) (Convicted on charges of a sex offense in the fourth
        degree and second degree)

        6.
        Case of Rabbi Samuel
        Mendelowitz – Licensed Marriage Counselor (Teaneck, NJ) (Accused of gross malpractice with four female patients between 1981
        and 1992. He allegedly pressured women to remove their blouses and touched them
        sexually, engaged in masturbation and oral sex with one patient, and disparaged
        their husbands and urged them to have extramarital sex with what he called
        “surrogate lovers” male patients in his group sessions.)

        7.
        Case of Rabbi Yaakov
        Menken (Baltimore, MD) (There is a Call for Action on this
        case. Serious allegations have been made against Rabbi Yaakov
        Menken which include sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual
        assault. Menken’s alleged modus operandi (M.O.) is of becoming a father
        figure to vulnerable young women and eventually allegedly sexually assaulting
        them.)

        8.
        Case of Rabbi Yona
        Metzger (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of sexually misconduct with four men)

        9.
        Case of Rabbi Juda
        Mintz – AKA: Yehuda Mintz (Montreal, Canada; Williamsburg, NY; Atlanta, GA; Mt.
        Freedom, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; Venice, CA) (Convicted –
        internet sting on child pornography)

        10. Case of Rabbi
        Avrohom Mondrowitz, M.Sc., Ph.D., L.N.H.A. (Chicago, IL; Brooklyn, NY;
        Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused
        of two counts of sex abuse with boys at a special education school in New York.
        He is currently a college professor in Jerusalem,
        Israel).

        11. Case
        of Rabbi Shalom Nagar – AKA Shlomo Nagar (Ariel, Israel) (Arrested
        for allegedly raping a woman who had turned to him for advice. Nagar,
        married with children, has served for many years as the chief rabbi of this
        mainly secular town, the largest Jewish settlement in Samaria)

        12. Case of Cantor Howard
        Nevison (New York, NY) (Nevison pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
        charges of indecent assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, corruption of
        minors and endangering the welfare of children. Two
        felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse will be dismissed when
        Nevison is sentenced. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.)

        13. Case of Rabbi
        Gabriel Ohayon (Boca Raton, FL) (Alleged rabbinical sexual misconduct.
        A former employee sued a Boca
        Raton Judaic studies institute, alleging that Rabbi
        Gabriel Ohayon groped and sexually harassed her).

        14. Case of Rabbi
        Yehuda Aryeh Oratz (AKA: Yehoda A. Oratz) (LAKEWOOD, NJ; Marietta, GA;
        Brooklyn, NY) (Convicted
        of stalking children under the age of thirteen, and then sexually assaulting
        them. The Victims did NOT know the offender.Please note that there is
        more then one Rabbi Yehuda Oratz. This convicted offender was born on
        April 11, 1967).

        15. Case of Rabbi
        Michael Ozair (Beverly Hills, CA)
        (There is a Call
        for Action on this case. Convicted, pleaded no contest to oral copulation
        with a 14-year-old minor. )

        16. Case
        of Cantor Alain Oziel (New York, NY; Toronto, Canada) (Convicted on one count of indecent
        assault, gross indecency and attempted buggery during the period January 1,
        1981, to December 31, 1982, of a teenage boy. He was sentenced to five
        years’ in prison. Oziel’s sentence was reduced due to his deteriorating
        health).

        17. Case
        of Rabbi Haim Pardes – Former President of the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court
        (Israel) (Convicted
        of sexually blackmailing” and performing “licentious acts” with
        women who sought his counsel in a synagogue. Pardes was sentanced to six months
        in prison and given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and fined 25,000
        shekels ($12,500).

        18. Case of Lou Pearlman
        – Mentor to the Stars (Queens, NY, Hollywood, CA) (Alleged child molester)

        19. Case of Rabbi
        Avrohom Reichman (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY) (Accused of child molestation)

        20. Case
        of Shimon Rosen (Monsey, NY) (Convicted sex offender)

        21. Case of Cantor
        Stanley Rosenfeld (Warwick, RI) (Convicted of molesting a 12-year-old boy
        he was tutoring.)

        22. Case of Rabbi
        Edward Schlaeger (Shelton, CT; West Haven, CT) (
        Arrested on a warrant Saturday and charged with one count of third-degree
        possession of child pornography.)

        23. Case
        of Rabbi Arthur Charles Shalman (AKA Charles Friedman, Charlie Frideman, Arthur
        Friedman, Arthur Shalman) (Buffalo, NY) (The Rabbinical Assembly concluded that Rabbi
        Shalman violated several principles of rabbinic conduct. Accused of sexual
        misconduct toward female congregational members. )

        24. Case of Rabbi
        Ephraim Shapiro (Baltimore, MD) (There is a Call for Action on this
        case. Accused of molesting several boys.)

        25. Case
        of Cantor Robert Shapiro (Detroit, MI)
        (Pleaded guilty to 14
        counts of indecent assault and battery on a mentally retarded person. In
        return, Norfolk County prosecutors dropped seven counts
        of rape.)

        26. Case of Yisroel
        Shapiro (Baltimore, MD) (Accused of molesting children)

        27. Case of Cantor
        Michael Segelstein (Las Vegas, NV)
        (There is a Call for
        Action on this case. Originally arraigned on one count each of
        attempted sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault and open
        and gross lewdness. On December 19, 2002, Michael Segelstein pled guilty to the
        lessor charges of open or gross lewdness, in which he received one year
        suspended sentence with conditions and court ordered into counseling. According
        to court documents, Segelstein’s probation was successfully completed. He has
        since been discharged. A civil suit is currently pending.)

        28. Rabbi Ben Zion
        Sobel (New York, NY; Jerusalem, Israel) (“Rabbi Ben Zion Sobel is one of the
        most notorious pedophiles he has known, leaving hundreds of boys he has
        victimized. At one point Rabbi Shach made a rabbinic decree stating that Rabbi
        Ben Zion Sobel could NEVER teach again.” “Ben Zion has left survivors
        in both the United States
        and Israel.”
        “His modus operandi was extremely violent and barbaric.” )

        29. Case of Rabbi Jack
        Sparks (Talleyville, DE; Newark, DE) (Arrested on charges of child endangerment of a fourteen-year-old
        boy.)

        30. Case of Rabbi David
        Alan Stein (AKA: David Stein, David A. Stein) – Dean of Jewish Life, American
        Hebrew Academy’s former director of campus (Greensboro, NC) (charged with eight counts of
        having sex with a student. The alleged sex acts
        occurred on campus during the 2006-07 school year. The student was a
        16-year-old male.)

        31. Case of Robert
        Sternberg (AKA: Yerachiel Sherberg, Robert Stein) (Monsey, NY) (Convicted
        sex offender)

        32. Case of Rabbi
        Ze’ev Sultanovitch (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of sexually molesting a number of
        adult yeshiva students at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva)

        33. Case of Rabbi
        Melvin Teitelbaum (Los Angeles, CA)
        (Charges dismissed at
        the request of the District Attorney’s Office, which conceded it had
        insufficient evidence to prosecute.Teitelbaum then a filed a $10-million damage
        suit in Los Angeles Superior Court. In his suit that the Jewish Federation
        Council of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and
        the family that accused him conspired to have him arrested and charged.Later,
        confronted with evidence that placed Teitelbaum elsewhere at the time of the
        alleged incident, the siblings changed their story, a move the prosecutor said
        was “devastating” to their credibility.)

        34. Case
        of Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler (Los Angeles, CA; North Hollywood, CA) (Accused
        of sexually abusing teenage girls. Please Note: There is more then one
        Rabbi Aron Tendler. This page is about Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler, who was
        born on January 15, 1955.)

        35. Case of Rabbi
        Mordecai Tendler (AKA: Mordechai Tendler) (Monsey, NY) (Accused
        of innappropriate sexual behavior with women in he counseled that had gone on
        for years. According to Rabbi Benzion Y. Wosner, head of the Shevet Levi
        rabbinical court in Monsey, One should never allow their wives or daughters to
        go to Rabbi Mordecai Tendler at all including [for] counseling… and all his
        rulings are null and void.” He also stated: “The RCA had every right
        to oust this rabbi from their organization, and his own congregation has the
        same obligation.” In conclusion, he wrote, “the rabbi can no longer
        officiate at divorces, weddings, etc.)

        36. Case of Rabbi
        Isadore Trachtman (Chicago, IL and Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused
        of cultic type practices and sexual offenses)

        37. Case of Rabbi
        Hirsch Travis (Monsey, NY) (Charged with the sexual abuse of an unidentified
        27-year-old female patient. He was also charged with posing as a Brooklyn
        doctor specializing in infertility problems, and illegally operating the
        Fertility Foundation in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.)

        38. Case of Rabbi
        Eliyahu Tzabari – Former chief rabbi of Ganei Tikva, Israel (Charged with sexually abusing a
        women with whom he counseled).

        39. Case of Rabbi Ivan
        Wachmann – Manchester, England (Accused of sexual misconduct with women
        from his Manchester
        synagogue)

        40. Case of the Rabbi
        Tzvi Wainhaus (AKA: The Rabbi at Hillel Torah (Chicago, IL) (arrested on October 26, 1999 and
        chargedwith sexual exploitation of a child. The report states that while
        he was tutoring an 11-year-old child, Wainhaus removed all of his clothing and
        exposed himself to the minor while stating that the minor “was a very sexy
        child”)

        41. Case
        of Rabbi Matis Weinberg (Baltimore, MD, Santa Clara, CA and Har Nof, Israel) (There is a Call for Action on this case. Accused of
        cultic type practices and sexual offenses)

        42. Case
        of Rabbi Yaakov Weiner (New York, NY and Israel) (Accused of molesting boy at Camp Mogen Avraham, New
        York)

        43. Case of Rabbi Israel Weingarten
        (Monsey, NY; England; Israel; Belgium) (

        44. Case of Rabbi
        Nachman Weisfeld (Northern, Israel) (Convicted of physically and sexually
        abusing children under his care in an education institution)

        45. Case
        of Rabbi Yaakov Weiss (Loudonville, NY) (Accused and arrested on charges of having
        a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy).

        46. Case
        of Rabbi Don Well – Principal (Brooklyn, NY) (Accused
        and charged with Rabbi one count of third-degree sexual abuse).

        47. Case of Cantor
        Phillip Wittlin (Harrisburg, PA) (Convicted of molesting two girls)

        48. Case
        of Rabbi Hershel J. Worch (Manchester, England, Mbale, Uganda; Melbourne,
        Australia; Pawtucket, RI; Chicago, IL; Istanbul, Turkey) (There
        is a Call for Action on this case. Formerly known as the Case of the Unnamed
        Rabbi in West Rogers Park). Accused of
        cult like practice which include BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism).
        The alleged offender originially mmets his victims on line. Allegations
        include using a mixture of kabbalah, hypno-eroticism and other manipulative
        techniques to enagage his potential victims prior to sexually assaulting them.

        49. Case of Rabbi
        Mordechai Yomtov (Los Angeles, CA)
        (WARNING: Rabbi
        Mordechai Yomtov, is in violation of sex offender registration requirements in California for past 2
        years. If you know his whereabout please notify the California authorities at: (916) 227-4974.
        Convicted of sexual abuse and committing lewd acts against three boys)

        Case of Sabbatai
        Zevi (Accused of cultic type practices and sexual
        offenses.)

          Ra'anan says:

          Oh my gosh! What do you think you’ve proven by publicizing a list of sinful Jews? Is that supposed to somehow invalidate Judaism? If I give you a list of physicians who smoke will that mean that medicine is invalid or that the smoking doctors have a problem??? Really, Lenny, WHY DO YOU HATE JEWS SO MUCH? You know that w/o Jews the world would be little more than Jurassic Park & you’d probably be one of the first pests to be hunted down. Lenny, what do you like most about Jews? I’ll tell you what I dislike about your behaviour. You’ve made false claims about the Talmud supporting pedophilia, I showed you that you were wrong, so instead of admitting it, you illogically throw a list of sinning Jews at us as if that will somehow show that the Talmud really does support pedophilia. If you can’t admit that you were wrong, then, to me, that shows that you are just an Jew-hater, but I’d really like to know why. Do you feel that a Jew once hurt you??? If so, please put it on the table & let’s talk!

          I DON’T JEWS! I HATE HYPOCRITES! LIKE THESE ONES:

          The Danites were a fraternal organization founded by Latter Day Saint members in June 1838, in the town of Far West in Caldwell County, Missouri. During their period of organization in Missouri, the Danites operated as a vigilante group and took a central role in the events of the 1838 Momon War. Whether or not the Danites existed in the years after the 1847 arrival of the LDS in Uth is still debated. However, they remained an important part of Mormon and non-Mormon folklore, polemics, and propaganda for the remainder of the 19th century, waning in ideological prominence after Utah gained statehood. The exact nature and scope of the organization, and the degree to which it was officially connected to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are a matter of some dispute among historians. In 1834, during the march of Zion’s Camp, Joseph Smith created a militia known as the “Armies of Israel” to protect his community; this group was also called the Danites. After the 1838 war, the term “Danite” was often connected with any Latter Day Saint militarism, including the Nauvoo, Illinois police, the bodyguards of Joseph Smith, Jr., the “Whistling and Whittling Brigades”, and Brigham Young’s so-called “Destroying Angels” or “Avenging Angels.” Although some members of these later groups had been Danites in the Missouri period, the leadership of the 1838 secret society, particularly Sampson Avard, was not associated with the leadership of the peace-keeping militias using the same name.In Bennett’s time the number of the Danites was over two thousand. From their “elite,” to use the word of George Q. Cannon, twelve men were selected, called Destructives, or Destroying Angel, and sometimes Flying Angel. Their duty was to act as spies, and to report to the first presidency. Their oath was as follows:

          “In the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I do covenant and agree to support the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in all things, RIGHT OR WRONG; I will faithfully guard them and report to them the acts of all men, as far as in my power lies; I will assist in executing all the decrees of the first president, patriarch or president of the twelve; and that I will cause all who speak evil of the presidency, or heads of the church, to die the death of dissenters or apostates, unless they speedily confess and repent, for pestilence, persecution and death shall folUnv the enemies of Zion. I will be a swift herald of salvation and messenger of peace to the saints, and I will never make known the secret purposes of thissociety, called the Destroying Angel, my lifebeing the forfeiture in a fire of burning tar and brmistone. So help me God, and keep me steadfast.”

          Ra'anan says:

          I must say, I see no difference between Mormonism and other brands of Christianity. Why is Joseph Smith any worse than any of the ignorant, unlearned fisherman who followed the nazarene around? Neither Joseph Smith or fisherman Peter have an more authority or credibility than anyone else on the planet. We Jews, however, don’t have this gentile problem of having to have blind faith in someone who CLAIMS G-d spoke to him because G-d performed 10 plagues and took our nation out of Egypt & met us “face-to-face” at Mount Sinai. He didn’t do that w/Joseph Smith, not w/Peter, not w/Paul, not w/Mohammed, not w/Jesus et al. That’s why there’s no difference to a Jew between Christianity, Islam, Bahai, Sikhs & certainly not Hinduism & Buddhism which don’t even make pretenses to be historical.

          Farhad Sacoor says:

          You a professional cutter and paster.

      Ra'anan says:

      Actually, you are taking that Talmudic quote out of context. It is NOT advocating intercourse w/a 3 year old, rather it is giving a legal definition for a wife’s dowry if she’d lost her hymen before or after 3 years old (she’s still legally a virgin because her hymen will grow back). It also defines if a cohen is allowed to marry a Jewess who was raped before 3 by a gentile (she is because such intercourse is not deemed intercourse). Freud was FAR from being familiar w/the Talmud. Interesting that his theories are not backed by research, despite their deep penetration into the West.

        Shalom
        Ra’anan,

        1.
        Case of Rabbi Yoram
        Aberjil (Netivot, Israel) (Accused of cult like practices and sexual
        harassment of young women and treatening the lives of the survivors and those
        who support them.)

        2.
        Case of Rabbi
        Shlomo Aviner (Beit El, Israel) (Two women accused the rabbi of
        creating emotionally intimate relationships with them. These relationships
        included his expressions of his love for them during regular late-night phone
        conversations, extracting details from them of their sexuality and promoting an
        unhealthy emotional dependence on him).

        3.
        Case of Rabbi Aryeh
        Blaut (AKA: Louis Blaut, Louis Steven Blaut, Louis A. Blaut, Louis S. Blaut)
        (Seattle, WA) (Convicted
        sex offender on federal charges of possession of child pornography.
        According to the United States Department of Probation, Louis Blaut is
        not allowed contact with anyone under the age of eighteen on the internet or in
        person).

        4.
        Case of Rabbi Jerry
        Brauner (Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY) (Convicted on the charges of Sexual
        Abuse-1st Degree and Sexual Abuse-3rd:Subject Another Person to Sex Contact
        Without Consent. He was sentenced to 11 years probation, with the condition he
        must participate in a sex offender treatment program. Brauner has been on
        probation since 2002 for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy. On
        December 27, 2006, Jerry Brauner was arrested on charges of stealing a
        half-million-dollar home from a cancer-stricken woman, using a forged power of
        attorney to sell it and pocket the profits. Brauner is being held in lieu of
        $85,000 bail for lying about prior sex-abuse convictions when he applied for
        his notary’s license.)

        5.
        Case of Rabbi Lewis
        Brenner (AKA: Lippa Brenner) (Brooklyn, NY) (Convicted of child molestation.
        The original charges included 14 counts of sodomy, sexual abuse and
        endangering the welfare of a child. He agreed to plead guilty to one
        count of sodomy in the third degree, a Class E felony, in exchange for a
        sentence of five years’ probation.)

        6.
        Case of Rabbi
        Yaakov Yitzhak Brizel (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of child molestation)

        7.
        Case of Rabbi
        Ephraim Bryks (Winnipeg, Canada, New York, NY) (There
        is a Call for Action on this case. Accusations about sexual
        inappropriate behavior with children started surfacing in the 1980’s. Rabbi
        Bryks is currently a member of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. The
        Vaad is a Rabbinical committee that makes important decisions within an
        orthodox community.)

        8.
        Case of Rabbi
        Shlomo Carlebach (There is a Call for Action on this
        case. Accused of several cases of child
        molestation, and sexual assault of young adult women)

        9.
        Case Rabbi Perry Ian
        Cohen – Montreal and Toronto Canada
        (Accused of sexual
        abuse of a seventeen year old. Fired for sexual impropriety with congregants)

        10. Case of Rabbi
        Yitzchak Cohen (Israel) (Accused of sexually harassing students at Bar-Ilan University)

        11. Case
        of Rabbi Asher Dahan, Be’er Sheva, Israel (Arrested
        after being accused of raping and sexually abusing two 17-year-old girls after
        he offered “to redeem them of sin and evil inclinations.”)

        12. Case
        of Rabbi Anthony Dee (Blackpool England; Portsmouth, England) (Former
        synagogue minister Reverend Anthony Dee found guilty of sexually abusing two
        boys and a girl in Blackpool and Portsmouth,
        England. This
        is the first set of convictions, there was a second set of convictions in
        1997.)

        13. Case of Rabbi Moshe
        Eisemann (AKA: Moshe Eiseman) – Mashgiach Ruchni Ner Israel Rabbinical College
        (Baltimore, MD) (There is a Call for Action on this case – Accused of child sexual
        abuse)

        14. Case of Rabbi Elior
        Chen (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused
        of cultic type practices)

        15. Case
        of Rabbi Arnold Fink – Beth El Hebrew Congregation – Alexandria, VA (Accused
        of Professional Rabbinic Sexual Misconduct)

        16. Case of Rabbi
        Benyamin Yaakov Fleischman (AKA Benyamin Fleischman, Ben Fleischman)-
        Photographer (Baltimore, MD) (Convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.)

        17. Case of Rabbi
        Gershon Freidlin (Colonia, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, PA) (Rabbi
        Gershon Freidlin pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment , saying he
        had touched the youth’s penis and buttocks while applying tanning lotion on the
        boy on July 10, 1995 Under the terms of a plea agreement, the rabbi will
        not be jailed for the crime, but faces up to five years probation.)

        18. Case of Yehudah
        Friedlander – Rabbi ‘s Assistant (Brooklyn, NY) (Accused of
        molesting a 15 year old on a 1995 plane flight from Australia to LA. Friedlander was
        the assistant to the chief rabbi of an Hungarian Hasidic congregation in
        Brooklyn, known as the Pupas)

        19. Case of Cantor
        Stuart Friedman (Halifax,Canada-Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Los Angeles,
        Baltimore) (Convicted and sentanced to 15 months in
        federal prison on one count of distributing child pornography).

        20. Case of Cantor
        Philip Friedman (Albany, NY, Queens, NY, Long Island, NY) (Temple
        Israel fired its longtime cantor for “inappropriate behavior” toward
        a member of the congregation, and the Albany County district attorney’s office
        confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating the matter.)

        21. Case
        of Rabbi Jacob Frank (AKA: Yaakov Frank) and the Frankist Movement (Convicted
        of cultic type practices and sexual offenses.)

        22. Case
        of Rabbi Lewis Furman of Ohr Somayach, Johannesburg, South Africa (Prominent South African rabbi who was
        allegedly caught having an affair with a married woman. He is also accused of
        being “serial philanderer” — was forced to resign his position in South Africa
        and will not practise as a rabbi in this country again.)

        23. Rabbi Tobias
        Gabriel (Toronto, Canada) (There is a Call for Action on this
        case. Accused by more then one woman of clergy sexual abuse /
        professional sexual misconduct).

        24. Case of Rabbi
        Mordechai Gafni (aka: Marc Gafni, Mordechai Winiarz, Marc Winiarz) (There
        is a Call for Action on this case. Accused sexually abusing
        teenage girls, attempted sexual assault of a young adult, and also accused of
        cult like practices).

        25. Case of Rabbi
        Shimon Gerlick (Nahariya, Israel) (Arrest for allegedly committing indecent sexual acts with a
        two minors and and adult woman)

        26. Case of Rabbi
        Jonathan Ginsburg (St. Paul, MN) (There is a Call for Action on this
        case. Resigned as senior rabbi at Temple of Aaron,
        shortly after reaching an out-of-court settlement with a former congregation
        member who accused him of sexual misconduct. A criminal investigation into the
        case also is being closed, with no charges forthcoming).

        27. Case of Rabbi
        Ephraim Goldberg (Boca Raton, FL) (Pled
        guilty to one misdemeanor count of exposure of sexual organs in a washroom at a
        Palm Beach Mall.)

        28. Case of
        Rabbi/Cantor Sidney Goldenberg (Levittown,NY; Seaford, NY; Bayshore, NY;
        Petaluma, CA; Coney Island, NY) (Convicted of molesting children. The first
        complaints came in 1971. He was finally convicted in 1997.)

        29. Case
        of Cantor Joel Gordon (Buffalo Grove, IL) (Convicted of
        having keeping a house of prostitution and involvement in a prostitution ring.)

        30. Case
        of Rabbi Mark A. Golub – Mental Health Counselor (Newport, Virginia)
        (Had professional
        counseling license revolked for having sex with a female client, according to a
        state disciplinary order).

        31. Case of Rabbi
        Sidney Greenbaum (AKA: Rabbi Zalman Greenbaum, Professor Zalman Greenbaum)
        (Pleaded guilty at Hendon
        magistrates’ court to three charges of indecent assault on young boys)

        32. Case
        of Rabbi Yisrael Menachem Grunwald (AKA: Israel Grunwald) (Borough
        Park/Brooklyn NY) (In a plea bargin agreement Rabbi Israel Grunwald agreed to 500
        hours of community service and counseling after being accused of fondling a
        15-year-old on a 1995 plane flight from Australia. The
        charges against him were then dropped.)

        33. Case of Rabbi
        Solomon Hafner (Borough Park/Brooklyn, NY) (Accused
        of sexually abusing a developmentally disabled boy)

        34. Case of Cantor Mark
        Horowitz, Temple Beth Am in Amherst (Getzville, NY) (Charged
        with committing lewd acts on an undercover police officer.)

        35. Case
        of Rabbi (Alan J.) Shneur Horowitz (Hagerstown, MD; Israel; Schenectady,
        NY; California; Iowa) (Convicted and sentenced to 10 – 20 years in prison for sodomizing
        a nine-year-old psychiatric patient. Allegedly, he has assaulted a string of
        children from California to Israel to New
        York in the past twenty years. Alan J. Horowitz is an
        Orthodox rabbi, magna cum laude, M.D., Ph.D. A graduate of Duke University,
        and was a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association).

        36. Case of Rabbi
        Steven J. Kaplan (Saskatoon, Canada) (Allegations, detailed in court documents,
        that he lacked proper ordination, sexually harassed female congregants and
        committed adultery with one of them).

        37. Case
        of Rabbi David Kaye (Potomac, MD; Rockville, MD; San Antonio, TX) (There is a Call for Action on
        this case. Featured on “Dateline NBC” for
        seeking a sexual encounter with an underage boy in a chat room. NBC News
        conducted a sting in August, (2005) working with a group called “Perverted
        Justice.” Members of the group, posing as underage boys and girls, entered
        Internet chat rooms and waited for adults to engage them in conversations)

        38. Case of Rabbi David
        Kedmi – Certified Mohel (New Hempstead, NY; Spring Valley, NY) (Accused of Battery
        and Breach of Contract.)

        39. Case of Case of
        Rabbanit Bruria Keren (AKA: Burka Wearing Mother) (Beit Shemish, Israel)
        (Arrested on charges of child
        sexual abuse and physical abuse of her twelve children. She has also been
        accused of cult like practices)

        40. Case of Rabbi
        Israel Kestenbaum (New York, NY) (Convicted of child pornography on the internet)

        41. Case
        of Rabbi Robert Kirschner (San Francisco, CA) (Confessed to sexually exploited
        or harassing three congregants and a synagogue employee)

        42. Case of Rabbi
        Yisucher Kohn (AKA: Barry Kohn) (New Square, NY) (Convicted of Sexual Abuse 1st: Sexual
        Contact With Individual Less Than 11Years Old.)

        43. Case
        of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko (AKA: Joel Kolko, Yudi Kolko) – Yeshiva Torah
        Temimah (New York, NY) (Arrested in New York City
        on December 7, 2006 following a long-term police investigation. He was
        charged with four counts of sexual abuse, including two felony counts, and
        endangering the welfare of a child. The most recent sexual abuse was
        allegedly against an 8-year-old boy, who says he was abused while he was in the
        first grade during the 2002-03 school year.Rabbi Yudi Kolko and Yeshiva Torah
        Temimah were hit with a $20 million civil lawsuit on May 5, 2006, accusing him
        of molesting two students more than 25 years ago. One of the alleged
        victims said Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, 60, sexually assaulted him when he was a
        seventh-grade student).

        44. Case of Rabbi
        Ze’ev Kopolevitch (Jerusalem, Israel) (Convicted of molesting students
        at Rosh Yeshiva, Netiv Meir yeshiva high school)

        45. Case of Rabbi
        Mahluf Aminadav Krispin – Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Bialik (suspected and chared with the sexual
        assault of two women)

        46. Case of Rabbi
        Baruch Lanner (New York, NY) (Convicted – child molestation. Sentancing still
        pending after 2 years)

        47. Case of
        Rabbi Avraham M. Leizerowitz (AKA: Avraham Mordecai Lazerewitz) –
        Geres Misivta Bais Yisroel School, (Borough Park Brooklyn) – (A civil suit was filed against Rabbi
        Avraham Mordecai Leiverowitz of the Gerrer Mesivta High School in Borough Park
        Brooklyn. The charges include improperly touching a boy during a one-on-one
        help session in the rabbi’s office in the Borough Park
        secondary school. Three other older boys have also come forward making
        similar allegations.)

        48. Case
        of Cantor Steven Joel Levin (AKA: Steven Levin, Steve Levin, Steven J. Levin) (Allegations
        were made against Cantor Steven Joel Levin of child molestation. There was also
        a seperate allegation of professional sexual misconduct by another party.)’

        49. Case of Rabbi
        Stanley Z. Levitt (Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD) (Several adults who have accused Rabbi
        Stanley Levitt of child molestation over the last forty years.)

        50. Case
        of Rabbi Jerrold Martin Levy (Boca Raton, FL) (Convicted
        of two counts of soliciting sex through the Internet and two counts of child
        pornography. He was sentenced to six years and sex in prison. He
        was caught in the “Candyman” year-long sting operation by the US
        government.)

EZRA

&

THE BLOODLINE

Racism was invented

By the Jewish Priest
Ezra!

Ezra & Hitler are in total
agreement

“it
was against the will of the Eternal Creator. . .Nations that make mongrels of
their people or allow their people to be turned into mongrels sin against the
Will of Eternal Providence.”

Mein Kampf, p. 186 .
. . p.162

The Book of Ezra is the Mein Kampf of the
Bible

In 587 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians.
The town and the Temple
were razed to the ground and the Jewish people were exiled to the land of their
captors. But fifty years later Cyrus, King of Persia, conquered the conquerors
and established his own rule in Babylon.
He was well-disposed toward the Jewish people living there and issued an edict
allowing them to return to their own country. But not everyone wanted to go.

Although the siege of Jerusalem had been brutal,
once the people were settled in their land of exile, living conditions kept
improving. Ultimately, they were given the opportunity to become contributing
members of the Empire and encouraged to retain their own Jewish culture. By the
time Cyrus came to power, the majority of Jewish people did not want to
exchange a prosperous lifestyle for the uncertainty of returning to a country
that had been lying in ruins for half a century. But they were quite generous
in their financial and moral support of those who were willing to go back and
resettle their homeland.

When the first group of exiles
arrived back in Jerusalem,
circa 537 B.C., they found things were even worse than expected. The
countryside was desolate and rebuilding loomed as a monumental task. And other
problems faced the returnees. They had
come back ready to reclaim Jerusalem
and institute their own agenda. But
when they arrived they found that the ruins of the city were inhabited by the
descendants of poor peasants who had hidden out in the hills during the
Babylonian siege. They had escaped capture while the wealthy merchants,
landowners and priests who had substantial lands and other holdings, had been
rounded up and deported by their conquerors.

During the years of Exile, the peasants left behind had
made a life for themselves that centered around Jerusalem. They built homes for their
families and for many years had eked out a living in the barren countryside.
And during those years, the peasant survivors of the southern kingdom of Judah
had made common cause with those left alive after the takeover of the northern
kingdom of Israel.
[1] The bitter rivalry that had once divided the Jewish tribes had been healed
by the misfortunes they suffered and by the need for mutual aid if any of them
were going to survive.

But those who first returned from
Babylonian Exile, under the leadership of the High Priest Jeshua, had nothing
but contempt for those who had been left behind. They were considered ignorant;
the dregs of society, because without the leadership of the exiled priests and
scribes, they would not have properly fulfilled the religious rules and
regulations that were supposed to govern daily life. Therefore, they were
ritually unclean and were to be shunned. Of course, ritual impurity can be
remedied over a period of time by observing every jot and title of the Law but
this remedy was not applied to those who had been left behind. Their impurity stemmed from intermarriage
with mixed-race Jews. They had mixed the pure blood line of Abraham through
intermarriage with those of impure lineage and their offspring had been
contaminated.

So, although the resident
survivors around Jerusalem thanked God for the
return of the Exiles and wanted to help them rebuild the Temple site, they were not allowed to do so.
They presented themselves to Jeshua and other leaders saying

“We would like to build with you, for we
seek your God as you do and we have sacrificed to him since the time of
Esarhaddon” [2]

Their offer was refused, they
were unworthy; unclean. They reacted to this bigotry by harassing the returnees
as they undertook the reconstruction of the Temple.

But despite various problems, the
altar was reestablished and dedicated to God by a massive slaughter of animals
that provided a great feast for the people. In a total rejection of the oracles of the Latter Prophets,
who condemned killing animals in the name of God, one hundred bulls, 200 sheep, 400 lambs and 12 goats were
sacrificed and slaughtered on the altar site. [3]

In the generations that followed,
the descendants of those who returned from exile married, raised families and
centered their religious life around the altar at Jerusalem. And for those who married other
pure-blooded Jews there were no problems. However, some of them were marrying
those whose bloodlines had been
tainted by intermarriage. The religious leaders were very disturbed by this
trend, but were unable to do anything about it until a priest named Ezra
arrived in Jerusalem.

Ezra was a scribe as well as a
hereditary priest. As a scribe he was trained in the minutiae of religious law
and was qualified to translate and interpret those laws. In Babylon he had been the equivalent of a
minister for Jewish affairs at the Persian
Court and he used that position to secure letters
of authority from the king. He had himself sent to Jerusalem as a political and
religious leader, empowered to collect money, appoint judges and punish with
death, banishment, confiscation or imprisonment any Jew who did not obey the
laws he expounded.

Armed with that power, Ezra
arrived in Jerusalem almost a hundred years
after the first returnees had come back from Babylon and lost no time in instituting a
policy of ethnic cleansing. He, and other like-minded leaders, were determined
to get rid of those half-breeds who were the offspring of several generations
of unions between pure-blood Jews and the impure resident survivors.

In ancient Israel mixed marriages had been
allowed, but eventually they came into disfavor. Foreign women were blamed when
Jewish men failed to fulfill their religious obligations or fell into
idolatrous worship. The reaction against such marriages was an attempt to avoid
influences that might dilute or corrupt Judaism.

However, those foreigners who
were willing to renounce their pagan worship and follow all the requirements of
Jewish law and worship could be accepted into Judaism.

But Ezra introduced a new element
into his ban on intermarriage. The issue was not whether or not a spouse was
willing to worship the one God; beliefs did not matter. The issue was whether
or not a person was a pure-blooded Jew. For the first time, one group of people
viewed other groups as a contaminating influence – – a source of racial or
ethnic impurity – – regardless of how they lived or what they believed.

Ezra began his purge with a
lengthy speech-prayer that he gave in the Temple
court-yard. For the benefit of God and the assembled people, he gave a synopsis
of Israelite history and then told the Lord how angry He was going to be about
what was taking place in the present. Because the chosen people had
intermarried “with wicked people. . . You will be so angry that You will
destroy us completely and let no one survive.”[4] Not surprisingly, the
assembled men were terrified by the message that God would completely destroy
them if they did not cast off their contaminated wives and children. And this
time no one would escape; Abraham’s descendants would be wiped out.

This public speech-prayer,
threatening the extermination of an entire people, is universally praised by
religious spokesmen who echo the sentiments of the Inter-national Bible
Commentary:

“Ezra’s prayer is one of
the most moving of all the prayers which are recorded in Scripture.”[5]

Having established the threat of
annihilation, Ezra took the next step in implementing his purge. He issued a
proclamation demanding that all the Jewish people come to a meeting in Jerusalem. By now they
were scattered about the countryside and under ordinary circumstances many
would not have bothered to come. But this was not an ordinary situation; Ezra
used the extraordinary powers given to him by the Persian King to insure full
attendance.

“A proclamation was issued
throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem. Anyone who
failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property. . .and would
himself be expelled for the assembly.”[6]

Under the impetus of that threat,
all the Jewish males assembled in the Temple
square. There they were given details of the purge that was about to take
place. They were to turn in any members of their family who were tainted by
non-Jewish blood. They were informed that committees would be set up to
investigate all reports of the existence of such undesirables. There was no way
to avoid detection. There was no escape.

“Ezra the priest selected men
who were family heads, one from each family division and all of them designated
by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to investigate the
cases and by the first day of the first month they finished dealing with all
the men who had married foreign women.”[7]

It took three months for this
systematic purge to identify all the undesirables.

Not only did Ezra demand that the
foreign wives of Jewish men be cast off, he demanded that all the children of
such marriages be sent away. His edict was multi-generational. Children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren were to be cast off, never again to see
their families.[8] And wives, who had been with their husbands only a few
years, as well as those who had spent a lifetime with their mates, must also be
sent away. No one whose blood was contaminated with non-Jewish blood could
stay.

Of course, there was no place for
most of them to go. In that day and time women, children, the frail and the elderly,
had no way to sustain themselves. The homes from which they were banished were
the only homes they had known. They were sent out into a hostile environment
with no resources and few skills. For many of them, Ezra’s proclamation was a
death sentence.

The fate of women and children
without male protection was well-known among the Hebrew people. The Prophets
had repeatedly spoken of God’s concern for the oppression they suffered at the
hands of their own people and the oft-repeated Psalm 146, clearly told of the
Lord’s special concern for them;

“(God) protects the strangers
who live in our land and helps widows and orphans. . .he judges in favor of the
oppressed.” [9]

Ezra’s threats of retribution
forced the acceptance of his purge in spite of such demands for the care of the
powerless from both the psalmist and the prophets. Unless the assembled men did
what he demanded, they themselves would become outcasts; they would lose their
property and be banished from their homes. Faced with such drastic
consequences, it is not surprising that the Bible reports only four of the
assembled men protested Ezra’s demands.[10]

In Ezra’s time there was no
precedent for the kind of massive purge he wanted to institute and the men of
Israel may not have been aware of the extent of the suffering he was about to
unleash on so many people. But it is difficult to understand how Ezra’s policy
of ethnic cleansing can continue to receive religious endorsement in a
post-Holocaust world. Yet modern Christian scholars continue to endorse Ezra’s
purge because the scribe who wrote the biblical account claimed that “God’s
holy people had become contaminated” by marrying those whose bloodlines were not pure.”[11]

Consequently, modern commentators
have turned the victims, who were banished from their homes into the villains.
Ezra is applauded for his courage in demanding that the national and religious
purity of his people be maintained and those who lost everything in the purge
are seen as transgressors who had taken part in what the Evangelical Commentary
calls “the reprehensible sin of intermarriage.” [12]

And a Catholic scholar notes that
in Ezra’s “concern for racial purity” can be seen as a religious reason for the banishment of
undesirable children and wives. Another scholarly note says

“if (Ezra’s) reforming measures
seem severe, it is because his zeal was great, and the need to protect his
community, urgent.” [13]

Because all the protagonists in
the story of Ezra’s purge were male and because Bible scholars are usually
male, some people of faith have hoped that with the inclusion of female
exegetes a more comprehensive and compassionate understanding of the scriptures
might emerge. Unfortunately, the publication of The IVP Women’s Bible
Commentary has momentarily dashed those hopes. [14] Typical, is the comment
regarding Ezra and his emphasis on the need for a pure lineage:

“(Ezra’s) radical
emphasis on pure lineage. . .was timely and vital for the continuation of pure
religion.”

The commentator goes on to claim
that had he not instituted this ethnic cleansing, the Jewish people would have
become extinct.

Jewish apologists, as well as
their Christian counterparts, continue to insist that Ezra’s purge was an
absolute necessity. Rabbi Bernard M. Caspar, Dean, University of Jerusalem,
writes that

“the great problem which faced
Ezra upon his arrival in Jerusalem
was the danger of assimilation for the newly established community. During the
period of the Babylonian exile. . .a small nucleus of original Israelites from
the North of the country were now mixed with other (impure) colonists not only
in blood but also in cultural standards.” [15]

This contemporary support for the
divine right of a people to rid themselves of the culturally and ethnically
undesirable is not limited to religious spokesmen. A best selling, 20th century
author, supported Ezra’s concept, writing that

“The loss of racial purity will
wreck inner happiness for ever. It degrades men for all time to come. And the
physical and moral consequences can never be wiped out.”

He also said that the result of
mixing a pure-blooded people with those who are mixed, always results in the
degeneration of the pure-bred. And although he did not claim or affirm the
biblical claim that intermarriage with undesirables would ultimately lead to
the destruction of an entire people and their culture because

“it was against the will
of the Eternal Creator. . .Nations that make mongrels of their people or allow
their people to be turned into mongrels sin against the Will of Eternal
Providence.” [16]

His book became just as popular
as the Bible. By 1933 Mein Kampf was
alternating with the Bible for the number one spot on Germany’s best seller list. In his
book, Adolph Hitler did not introduce a new concept to the people of Germany;
he built on the foundation of the Judeo-Christian acceptance of Ezra’s purge as
a necessary and godly undertaking.

Although horrified by the
Holocaust, traditional Christians and Jews continue to endorse the purge that
was instituted by Ezra. And as long as they attribute that ancient, man-made
reign of terror to God, Western civilization is threatened by a foundational
belief that ethnic cleansing can be a godly undertaking, necessary for the
survival of a nation. Unless it is repudiated, this potentially destructive
belief, usually concealed beneath the surface of everyday life, will continue
to erupt in terrible ways that cannot be predicted.

[1] Survivors of the
Northern kingdom of Israel
came to be called Samaritans. Their kingdom fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C.

[2] Ezra: 4:2 JB

[3] Ezra 6:16, 17 JB

[4] Ezra 9:14 TEV

[5] IBC p. 495

[6] Ezra 10:7, 8 NIV

[7] Ezra 10:16, 17
NIV

[8] The policy instituted by Ezra
was more severe and contradicted the Deuteronomic Law which said: “You shall
not detest an Edomite… you shall not detest an Egyptian…The sons of the third
generation who are born to them enter the assembly of the Lord.”
Deuteronomy. 23:8

[9] Psalm 146 is the first
of a third Hallel: Ps 146 – 150 (JB note p. 927

[10] Ezra 10:15 TEV

[11] Ezra 9:2
TEV

[12] Evangelical Commentary
on the Bible, p. 295

[13] Jerusalem Bible, Old Testament, p. 495

[14] InterVarsity Press,
2002

[15] An introduction to
Jewish Bible Commentary, Rabbi Bernard M. Caspar, Dean, The Hebrew University
Jerusalem. Publ: Thomas Yoseloff, NY © 1960 World Jewish Congress.

[16] Mein Kampf, p.
186 . . . p.162

    Flagging fake Talmud quotes and anti-semitic crap. Others should be advised to do the same.

      Sanhedrin
      55b

      since the latter reason embraces both the
      reason of a stumbling block and of human degradation,1 the
      former reason is that of stumbling block alone, e.g. when a heathen commits
      bestiality!2
      — No. The second reason is that of stumbling block and of degradation, but the
      first teaches that even if there is degradation without a stumbling block, the
      animal is stoned, e.g., if a Jew committed bestiality in ignorance [of the fact
      that it is forbidden].3

      Even as R. Hamnuna propounded: What if a
      Jew committed bestiality in ignorance; must there have been both a stumbling
      block and degradation [for the animal to be stoned] and in this case there is
      only degradation, but no sin; or perhaps for degradation alone without there
      having been a stumbling block [the animal is stoned]?4 — R.
      Joseph said: Come and hear! A maiden aged
      three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition, and if her
      deceased husband’s brother cohabits with her, she becomes his. The
      penalty of adultery may be incurred through her; [if a niddah] she defiles him who has connection with her, so that
      he in turn defiles that upon which he lies, as a garment which has lain upon [a
      person afflicted with gonorrhoea].5 If she
      married a priest, she may eat of terumah;6 If any
      unfit person7
      has a connection with her, he disqualifies her from the priesthood8 — If any of the forbidden degrees had intercourse with
      her, they are executed on her account,9 but she
      is exempt.10
      Now, ‘any of the forbidden degrees’ implies even a beast: in this case, there
      is degradation but no stumbling-block, yet it is taught that they [including a
      beast] are slain on her account.11 [No,
      this is not conclusive, as it can be argued that] since she deliberately
      offended there is a stumbling-block] [though she is a minor] but the
      All-Merciful One had mercy upon her; now, He shewed mercy to her, but not to
      the animal.

      Raba
      said: Come and hear! A male aged nine years and a day who cohabits with his
      deceased brother’s wife [the former having left no issue] acquires her [as
      wife]. But he cannot divorce her until he attains his majority.12 He is
      defiled through coition with a niddah,13 so
      that he in turn defiles that upon which he lies, as a garment which has lain
      upon [a person afflicted with gonorrhoea] — He disqualifies [a woman from the
      priesthood],14
      but cannot enable a woman to eat [of terumah].15 He
      renders an animal unfit for the altar,16 and it
      is stoned on his account,17
      and if he had intercourse with one of the degrees forbidden in the Torah, the
      latter is executed. Now here there is degradation, but no stumbling-block, yet
      it is taught: ‘It is stoned on his account.’ Since it was a deliberate offence,
      there is a stumbling-block, but the All-Merciful One had mercy upon him; now,
      He showed mercy to him, but not to the animal.

      Come
      and hear! ANOTHER REASON IS THAT THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOT PASS
      THROUGH THE STREETS WHILST PEOPLE SAY, ‘THIS IS THE ANIMAL ON ACCOUNT OF WHICH
      SO AND SO WAS STONED.’ Now surely, since the latter reason embraces both
      stumbling-block and degradation, the former reason refers to degradation only,
      that is, when a Jew committed bestiality in ignorance.18 No!
      The second reason is one of stumbling-block and degradation; but the first
      teaches that even if there is a stumbling block without degradation, the animal
      is stoned,18
      e.g., if a heathen committed bestiality, even as it was asked of R. Shesheth.19

      MISHNAH. THE BLASPHEMER IS PUNISHED ONLY IF HE UTTERS [THE DIVINE] NAME.20 R.
      JOSHUA B. KARHA SAID:

      When
      people remark that so and so was stoned through this animal, its own part
      in enticing to sin and the degradation of the offender are brought to
      mind.
      The
      reasoning is as follows: Since the second reason refers to both sin and
      disgrace, the first is superfluous; hence it must have been given in order
      to shew that even where sin alone is incurred, without degradation, the
      animal is stoned.
      According
      to this, the ‘stumbling block’ refers to the degradation involved, and not
      to the sin. When bestiality is committed in ignorance, one has not sinned,
      yet he has greatly degraded himself. The superiority of this explanation
      lies in the fact that both reasons now refer to a Jew, instead of one
      referring to a Jew and one to a heathen, which is not very plausible.
      According
      to the latter explanation of the Mishnah, this problem is solved, whilst
      the first remains unanswered; but according to the first explanation, the
      first problem is solved, but not the second. As we cannot be certain which
      is correct, both so far are unsolved.
      A man
      who had sexual connection with a niddah, defiles that upon which he
      lies even if he does not actually touch it. But the degree of
      uncleanliness it thereby acquires is not the same as that of bedding upon
      which a niddah herself, or a person afflicted with gonorrhoea,
      lies. For in the latter case, the defilement is so great that the bedding
      in turn renders any person or utensil with which it comes into contact
      unclean; whilst in the former, it can only defile foodstuffs and liquids.
      This is the same degree of uncleanliness possessed by a garment which has
      lain upon, or been borne by a zab (i.e., one afflicted with issue).

      As the
      law of an Israelite’s (adult) daughter who married a priest. But if she
      was less than three years old, although the Kiddushin accepted on
      her behalf by her father is valid, yet since she is sexually immature, the
      marriage cannot be consummated, and hence she is not thereby enabled to
      eat of terumah. On terumah, the priest’s portion of an Israelite’s
      produce, v. Glos.

      E.g., a
      heathen, hallal, nathin,
      or bastard.
      I.e.,
      if a priest’s daughter, or if the daughter of a Levite or Israelite
      married to a priest, she may not eat of terumah.
      If they
      are of those forbidden on pain of death, v. supra 53a.
      As she
      is a minor.
      This
      solves R. Hamuna’s problem.
      For,
      being a minor, he has no power to release her from a bond laid upon her,
      in the first place, by an adult (his brother).
      This
      rendering follows the more correct text of the Mishnah, Niddah 45a,
      of which this is a quotation, which has umittamma beniddah (through or by
      a niddah), instead of the reading here: umittamma keniddah, as a niddah.

      V. p.
      343, n. 6.
      If he
      is a priest, and has sexual connection with an Israelite’s daughter with
      marital intent, this does not authorise her to eat of terumah,
      because he has no legal powers of acquisition in marriage, excepting over
      his levirate sister-in-law, who is already bound to him.
      If he
      committed bestiality therewith, only one witness attesting the offence,
      the animal is not killed, nor does it become unfit for secular use, but it
      may no longer be offered as a sacrifice.
      If his
      bestiality was attested by two witnesses.
      Which
      solves the problem propounded by R. Hamnunah.
      V. p.
      373, supra.
      I.e., the Tetragrammaton.

      In the Jewish Talmud, Yebamoth 103b we
      read:

      “For R. Johanan stated: When the
      serpent copulated with Eve, 14 he infused her15 with lust.”

      Notes:

      14 In the Garden, according to a tradition.

      15 i.e.The Human species.

      In Yebamoth 63a we read:

      “R. Eleazar further stated: What is
      meant by the Scriptural text “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my
      flesh?5 This teaches that Adam had sexual intercourse with EVERY beast and
      animal but found no satisfaction until he cohabited with Eve.”

      Notes:

      5 Genesis 2:23 Emphasis on THIS IS NOW.

      In Yebamoth 59b it states:

      “R. Shimi b. Hiyya stated: A woman who had sexual
      intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a priest. 4 Likewise it was
      taught: A woman who had sexual with that which is no human being, 5 though she is in
      consequence subject to the penalty of stoning, 6 is nevertheless
      permitted to marry a priest. 7

      When R. Dimi came 8 he related:
      It once happened at Haitalu 9 that
      while a young woman was sweeping the floor 10a village dog 11 covered
      her from the rear, 12 and
      Rabbi permitted her to marry a priest.

      Notes:

      4 Which proves that unnatural sexual intercourse does
      not cause a woman to be forbidden to marry a High Priest.

      5 The Baraitha cited by Raba.

      6 Lit., “this, according to whom”?

      7 Cf. supra 59a n. b7

      8Cf. supra ibid. n. b10

      9 As a reason for prohibition.

      10Who is forbidden not onlyto a High Priest but also a
      common priest(v. Lev. XXI:7) Why, then, did Rabrefer to a High Priest only?

      11 Infra 61b. 76b Sanhedrin 51a. Tem. 30a

      12 Rab’s reason of “previous carnal intercourse” was
      necessary.

    Ra'anan says:

    ‘Ezra was enforcing Biblical law, are you against the Bible? Remember Numbers 25:10-30:01 where Pinchas executed both Jew Zimri ben Salu & Midianite Kozbi bath Tzur for engaging each other in sexual intercourse??? G-d doesn’t want his chosen people doing this & it’s WORSE when cohen-priests do so (see Jewish priest marriage restrictions: no divorcees, no Jewess who’s had intercourse w/a man who cannot have a marriage w/her (like a gentile or a slave). This was certainly one of the most traumatic events in Jewish history, but remember that those Jewish men had a choice on whether to stay or leave w/their foreign wives & children. Also remember that ‘Ezra was one of the PROPHETS so he was speaking in the name of G-d. ‘Ezra did NOT kill or act violently towards these foreigners & it was only the law as far as being married to cohens. Remember that Ruth the Moabite was ALSO a foreigner & she became the great-grand mother of King David, ancestor of the MASHIACH, but she had CONVERTED to Judaism, NOT like these foreign Babylonian women, NOR did Ruth marry a COHEN. ‘Ezra was NOT ethnically cleansing anyone. The foreign women & children were WELCOME to convert to Judaism & marry non-cohen.

      Please remove the posts from this individual and ban him/her. These are simply rants that indicate that he/she walks around wearing a tinfoil hat.

        Ra'anan says:

        Michael, I disagree. It is far more important to answer false claims
        point by point. Without information/knowledge you can’t exercise free
        choice. What if YOU could have PERSUADED Adolf Hitler that he was
        wrong??? What if you could persuade someone NOT to commit suicide???
        What if you could persuade someone NOT to commit violence against
        another? Forums are a marketplace of ideas, allow each idea stand on its
        own merit & don’t shy away or run to ban something because it’s not
        comfortable. If an idea is uncomfortable or even repulsive, then
        articulate a counter position!

          Shalom
          Ra’anan ,

          At last.

          I am NOT your enemy!

          I might get up your nose, but everything I post is true. I have dealt with Gil Student on the Talmudic verses quoted and he has run away and hid. I have been studying for 40 years and I am learning all the time, as you will, when you are prepared to question EVERYTHING & pl,ace it on the ALTAR OF TRUTH.
          Many idols will be sacrificed there, if you are HONEST & BRAVE.

          THE TRUTH ABOUT

          THE JEWISH BLOOD LIBEL

          Shalom,

          In
          Exodus 32:7-14 the God of Israel tells Moses to go down from the mountain
          because He wants to wipe the Israelites off the face of the earth & start
          with a new people. Moses argues with God & slaughters 3,000 of the
          Israelites (see Exodus 32:21-28) Why? Because they had offered their children
          as Human Sacrifices to Moloch & continued to do so right through the Bible,
          even Solomon offered Human Sacrifices to Moloch. The prophet Amos chapter 5
          tells us this; see verse 25-27& Acts 7:42-43.

          To
          see what happened we have to study Book of Jeremiah, especially chapter 7. Look
          at verses 21-27. It is clear that Judaism is corrupt from the beginning
          & we see that in Exodus 18 it’s the Pagan Priest of Median who
          is organizing Moses not God. The True religion of God is that of God’s
          Prophets.

          Talmudic
          Judaism has come down through the centuries pretending to be God’s Chosen
          People, but as Jesus says in John 8:44-47, they are the children of the devil.
          Jesus warned His followers to, “Beware the leaven (teachings) of the
          Pharisees”, which we have in English today called the Babylonian Talmud.
          In it you will read how Talmudic Jews are to offer Human Sacrifices:

          MISHNAH. HE WHO GIVES OF HIS
          SEED TO MOLECH INCURS NO PUNISHMENT UNLESS HE DELIVERS IT TO MOLECH AND CAUSES
          IT TO PASS THROUGH THE FIRE. IF HE GAVE IT TO MOLECH BUT DID NOT CAUSE IT TO
          PASS THROUGH THE FIRE, OR THE REVERSE, HE INCURS NO PENALTY, UNLESS HE DOES
          BOTH.

          Babylonian
          Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 64a

          Soncino
          1961 Edition, page 437

          Following
          the Mishnah is a discussion among the sages. One of the Talmud Sages, Rabbi
          Ashi, comments as follows:

          GEMARA. R. Ashi propounded:
          What if one caused his blind or sleeping son to pass through, (3) or if he
          caused his grandson by his son or daughter to pass through? — One at least of
          these you may solve. For it has been taught: [Any men … that giveth any of his
          seed unto Molech; he shall he put to death … And I will set my face against
          that man, and will cut him off from among his people;] because he hath given of
          his seed unto Molech. Why is this stated? — Because it is said, there shall not
          be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through
          the fire. From this I know it only of his son or daughter. Whence do I know
          that it applies to his son’s son or daughter’s son too? From the verse, [And if
          the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man] when he giveth
          of his seed unto Molech [and kill him not: Then I will … cut him off.]


          Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 64b

          Soncino
          1961 Edition, page 439

          If
          YHWH was REALLY talking to Moshe, then He was the FIRST anti-Semite!

          Exodus
          32:7-10

          7 At the same time, the LORD said to Moses, “Go down
          from this mountain. Your people, the people you brought out of the land of Egypt, have committed a terrible
          sin. 8 They have very quickly
          turned away from what I commanded them to do. They made a calf from melted gold
          for themselves. They are worshiping that calf and making HUMAN sacrifices to it. The
          people have said, ‘Israel,
          these are the gods that led you out of Egypt.’”

          9 The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen these people, and
          I know that they are very stubborn. They will always turn against me. 10 So now let me DESTROY THEM in anger.
          Then I will make a great nation from you.”

          Ra'anan says:

          I found no reference to Solomon
          offering human sacrifices to Molokh. Also not in ‘Amos 5.

          Why are you quoting Acts???

          Yithro advised Moses & G-d back up
          Yithro just similar to the daughters of Tzelafechad challenging Moses & G-d
          backing them up. Don’t forget that Yithro had by this time already become
          Jewish, his descendents lived in Jericho &
          then moved to Arad.

          To say that the true religion is the
          G-d of the prophets is ridiculous because G-d is obviously greater than His
          prophets & G-D Himself backed up Yithro.

          Molokh was a very specific type of
          idolatry & you are giving it a much wider definition which it doesn’t have,
          but now I’ve seen that you’ve given yourself away as a CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY!!!

          A son of the founder of the protestant
          movement, Martin Luther, who called synagogues “brothels” & that
          our “rabbis should not be allowed to teach on pain of death.” We’ve
          had quite enough of your “love.” Thanks, but no thanks! Discussion is
          over!

          KING SOLOMON
          Solomon earned his reputation as a wise king by settling a maternity dispute between two women. His solution was to cut the child in half. The real mother prevented the execution by giving up her claim. We are left to wonder if Solomon would have done it.
          24And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king.
          25And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.” (1 Kings 3:16)
          He built a place for Molech.The cult of Molech was associated with child sacrifice.
          7Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem.
          8And so he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. (1 Kgs. 11:7-8)

          Ra'anan says:

          Oh, that. Solomon is held responsible because the FAMILIES of the 700 “wives” & 300 concubines he took to himself set up foreign worship, so HE is held accountable. One of the reasons the rationales for the Torah laws being hidden is that if a person will know them he may say that w/that knowledge he can protect himself. Solomon was given that knowledge & therefore permitted himself to marry more than the 18 wives a KING is allowed to marry because he said that HE would not be swayed by his wives, yet he was by allowing their gentile families to continue worshiping alien gods. I think Solomon learned his lesson as can be seen in his transitional POV from Song of Songs’ celebration of male-female relationships to the more somber Ecclesiastes where he declares he’s basically experimented w/every (permissible) lifestyle yet has not found satisfaction/wisdom w/these experiments. Ironically, Solomon sought to marry a woman from every nation in order to unite the world under G-d, but because he wasn’t more insistent that the gentile families of these converted women keep the 7 Noachide Commandments 10 of the 12 Israelite tribes were LOST amongst the nations!

        Shalom Michael Shapiro,

        ALL TOGETHER:

        CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!

        WE WILL NOT HAVE THIS MAN EXPOSING OUR FALSE CULTS!

        WE LOVE OUR CULTS!

        SIGNED

        TALMUDIC JEW

        The Talmud is Judaism’s
        holiest book (actually a collection of books). Its authority takes precedence
        over the Old Testament in Judaism. Evidence of this may be found in the Talmud
        itself, Erubin 21b (Soncino edition):

        “My son, be more careful in the observance of the words of the
        Scribes than in the words of the Torah (Old Testament).”

        Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby, in “Judaism on Trial,” quotes Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph:

        “Further,
        without the Talmud, we would not be able to understand passages in the Bible
        … God has handed this authority to the sages and tradition is a necessity as
        well as scripture. The Sages also made enactments of their own … anyone who
        does not study the Talmud cannot understand Scripture.”

        4 BILLION JEWS SLAUGHTERED BY EMPEROR
        HADRIAN

        Over
        four billion Jews were killed by the Romans in 135AD… 64 million children
        wrapped up in Torah scrolls and burnt…. apparently

        The Jews’ last
        stand at Bethar, Judah

        in the final
        Roman Jewish war 135AD

        “The voice of Jacob': this is the cry caused
        by the (Roman) Emperor Hadrian who killed in the city of Bethar four hundred
        thousand myriads”

        Babylonian Talmud Gittin 57B

        Myraid = 10,000

        .

        400,000 x a
        myraid = 4,000,000,000 (four billion)

        “There
        were four hundred synagogues in the city of Bethar, and in every one were four hundred
        teachers of children, and each one had under him four hundred pupils, and when
        the enemy entered there they pierced them with their staves, and when the enemy
        prevailed and captured them, they wrapped them in their scrolls and burnt them
        with fire.”

        Babylonian Talmud Gittin 58a

        Four hundred synagogues each with

        Four hundred teachers each with

        Four hundred students

        400 x 400 x 400 = 64,000,000 (sixty four million)

        There wasn’t
        4,000,000,000 people on Earth, until 1970, and ancient demography indicates
        that there were not 16 million Jews in the entire world at that time, much less
        64 million Jewish children or four billion Jews.

        Gittin 57b

        R. Hiya b. Abin said in the name of R. Joshua b. Korhah: An old
        man from the inhabitants of Jerusalem told me that in this valley Nebuzaradan
        the captain of the guard killed two hundred and eleven myriads,1 and
        in Jerusalem he killed ninety-four myriads on one stone, until their blood went
        and joined that of Zechariah,2 to
        fulfil the words, Blood toucheth blood.3 He
        noticed the blood of Zechariah bubbling up warm, and asked what it was. They
        said: It is the blood of the sacrifices which has been poured there. He had
        some blood brought, but it was different from the other. He then said to them:
        If you tell me [the truth], well and good, but if not, I will tear your flesh
        with combs of iron. They said: What can we say to you? There was a prophet
        among us who used to reprove us for our irreligion, and we rose up against him
        and killed him, and for many years his blood has not rested. He said to them: I
        will appease him. He brought the great Sanhedrin4 and
        the small Sanhedrin5 and
        killed them over him, but the blood did not cease. He then slaughtered young
        men and women, but the blood did not cease. He brought school-children and
        slaughtered them over it, but the blood did not cease. So he said; Zechariah,
        Zechariah. I have slain the best of them; do you want me to destroy them all?
        When he said this to him, it stopped. Straightway Nebuzaradan felt remorse. He
        said to himself: If such is the penalty for slaying one soul, what will happen
        to me who have slain such multitudes? So he fled away, and sent a deed to his
        house disposing of his effects and became a convert. A Tanna taught: Naaman was
        a resident alien;6
        Nebuzaradan was a righteous proselyte;7
        descendants of Haman learnt the Torah in Benai Berak; descendants of Sisera
        taught children in Jerusalem;
        descendants of Sennacherib gave public expositions of the Torah. Who were
        these? Shemaya and Abtalion.8
        [Nebuzaradan fulfilled] what is written, I have set her blood upon the bare
        rock that it should not be covered.9

        The voice is the voice of Jacob and the hands are the hands of
        Esau:10
        ‘the voice’ here refers to [the cry caused by] the Emperor Hadrian11 who
        killed in Alexandria of Egypt sixty myriads on sixty myriads, twice as many as
        went forth from Egypt. ‘The voice of Jacob': this is the cry caused by the
        Emperor Vespasian12 who
        killed in the city of Bethar four hundred thousand myriads, or as some say,
        four thousand myriads. ‘The hands are the hands of Esau:’ this is the
        Government of Rome which has destroyed our House and burnt our Temple and driven us out
        of our land. Another explanation is [as follows]: ‘The voice is the voice of
        Jacob:’ no prayer is effective unless the seed of Jacob has a part in it. ‘The
        hands are the hands of Esau:’ no war is successful unless the seed of Esau has
        a share in it. This is what R. Eleazar said:13
        Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue;14
        this means, thou shalt be protected from the heated contests15 of
        the tongue.

        Rab Judah said
        in the name of Rab: What is meant by the verse, By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered
        Zion?16
        This indicates that the Holy One, blessed be He, showed David the destruction
        both of the first Temple and of the second Temple. Of the first
        Temple, as it is written, ‘By the rivers of Babylon there we sat, yea we wept';
        of the second Temple, as it is written, Remember, O Lord, against the children
        of Edom17 the
        day of Jerusalem, who said, rase it, rase it, even unto the foundation thereof.18

        Rab Judah
        said in the name of Samuel, or it may be R. Ammi, or as some say it was taught
        in a Baraitha; On one occasion four hundred boys and girls were carried off for
        immoral purposes. They divined what they were wanted for and said to
        themselves, If we drown in the sea we shall attain the life of the future
        world. The eldest among them expounded the verse, The Lord said, I will bring
        again from Bashan, I will bring again from the
        depths of the sea.19 ‘I
        will bring again from Bashan,’ from between
        the lions’ teeth.20 ‘I
        will bring again from the depths of the sea,’ those who drown in the sea. When
        the girls heard this they all leaped into the sea. The boys then drew the moral
        for themselves, saying, If these for whom this is natural act so, shall not we,
        for whom it is unnatural? They also leaped into the sea. Of them the text says,
        Yea, for thy sake we are killed all the day long, we are counted as sheep for
        the slaughter.21 Rab
        Judah, however, said that this refers to the woman and her seven sons.22 They
        brought the first before the Emperor and said to him, Serve the idol. He said
        to them: It is written in the Law, I am the Lord thy God.23 So
        they led him away and killed him. They then brought the second before the
        Emperor and said to him, Serve the idol. He replied: It is written in the
        Torah, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.24 So
        they led him away and killed him. They then brought the next and said to him,
        Serve the idol. He replied: It is written in the Torah, He that sacrifices unto
        the gods, save unto the Lord only, shall be utterly destroyed.25 So
        they led him away and killed him. They then brought the next before the Emperor
        saying, Serve the idol. He replied: It is written in the Torah, Thou shalt not
        bow down to any other god.26 So
        they led him away and killed him. They then brought another and said to him,
        Serve the idol. He replied: It is written in the Torah, Hear, O Israel, the
        Lord our God, the Lord is one.27 So
        they led him away and killed him. They then brought the next and said to him,
        Serve the idol. He replied; It is written in the Torah, Know therefore this day
        and lay it to thine heart that the Lord He is God in heaven above and on the
        earth beneath; there is none else.28 So
        they led him away and killed him. They brought the next and said to him, Serve
        the idol. He replied: It is written in the Torah, Thou hast avouched the Lord
        this day … and the Lord hath avouched thee this day;29 we
        have long ago sworn to the Holy One, blessed be He, that we will not exchange
        Him for any other god, and He also has sworn to us that He will not change us
        for any other people. The Emperor said: I will throw down my seal before you
        and you can stoop down and pick it up,30 so
        that they will say of you that you have conformed to the desire31 of
        the king. He replied; Fie on thee, Caesar, fie on thee, Caesar; if thine own
        honour is so important, how much more the honour of the Holy One, blessed be
        He! They were leading him away to kill him when his mother said: Give him to me
        that I may kiss him a little. She said to him: My son, go and say to your
        father Abraham, Thou didst bind one [son to the] altar, but I have bound seven
        altars. Then she also went up on to a roof and threw herself down and was
        killed. A voice thereupon came forth from heaven saying, A joyful mother of
        children.32

        R. Joshua b. Levi said: [The verse, 'Yea, for thy sake we are
        killed all the day long'] can be applied to circumcision, which has been
        appointed for the eighth [day]. R. Simeon b. Lakish said: It can be applied to
        the students of the Torah who demonstrate the rules of shechitah on themselves;
        for Raba said: A man can practise anything on himself except shechitah,33 and
        something else. R. Nahman b. Isaac said that it can be applied to the students
        who kill themselves for the words of the Torah, in accordance with the saying
        of R. Simeon b. Lakish; for R. Simeon b. Lakish said: The words of the Torah
        abide only with one who kills himself for them, as it says, This is the Torah,
        when a man shall die in the tent etc.34

        Rabbah b. Bar Hanah said in the name of R. Johanan: Forty se’ahs

        .

        1.
        V.
        II Kings XXV, 8ff.

        2.
        The
        son of Jehoiada the high priest. V. II Chron. XXIV, 22.

        3.
        Hos.
        IV, 2.

        4.
        The
        high court of 71 members.

        5.
        The
        lesser court of 23 members.

        6.
        One
        who merely abstains from idolatry but does not keep the commandments.

        7.
        Who
        accepts all the laws of Judaism with no ulterior motive.

        8.
        The
        predecessors of Hillel and Shammai. V. Aboth, I.

        9.
        Ezek.
        XXIV, 8.

        10.
        Gen.
        XXVII, 22.

        11.
        [Graetz,
        Geschichte, IV, p. 426, on the basis of parallel passages emends; 'Trajan', the
        reference being to the massacre of Alexandrian Jews by Trajan as a result of an
        insurrection. V. Suk. 51b.]

        12.
        This
        seems a mistake here for Hadrian. [V. J. Ta'an. IV.]

        13.
        The
        remark made above that through malicious speech the Temple was destroyed etc. (Rashi). [Maharsha
        refers it to the efficacy of the 'voice of Jacob.']

        14.
        Job
        V, 21.

        15.
        Apparently
        this means ‘slander’. [According to Maharsba render: 'Thou shalt be protected
        (find refuge) in the heated contests of the tongue', i.e., prayer'.]

        16.
        Ps.
        CXXXVII, 1.

        17.
        Stands
        for Rome.

        18.
        lbid.
        7.

        19.
        Ps.
        LXVIII, 23.

        20.
        [H]
        of which [H] is taken as a contraction.

        21.
        Ibid,
        XLIV, 23.

        22.
        The
        same story is related of Antiochus Epiphanes in the second book of the
        Maccabees.

        23.
        Ex.
        XX, 2.

        24.
        Ibid,
        3.

        25.
        Ibid,
        XXII, 19.

        26.
        Ibid,
        XX, 5.

        27.
        Deut.
        VI, 4.

        28.
        Ibid,
        IV, 39.

        29.
        Deut.
        XXVI, 17, 18.

        30.
        The
        seal had engraved on it the image of the king and by stooping down to pick it
        up he will make it appear as if he is worshipping the image (Rashi).

        31.
        Lit.,
        ‘accept the authority’.

        32.
        Ps.
        CXIII, 9.

        33.
        For
        fear that he might accidentally cut his throat.

        34.
        Num.
        XIX, 14. The meaning in the context is of course quite different.

      Tribalism vs. Universality:

      The Triumph of Jonah and Ruth

      Solveig Eggerz

      Issues

      Winter 1997

      During the sixth century B.C.E. Babylon and Egypt competed with one another for control of Judah. The
      inhabitants of Jerusalem
      resisted the powerful Babylonian army for two years. When Jerusalem
      fell in 587 B.C.E. the Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s Temple
      and sent the people of Jerusalem to Babylon, which marked the
      beginning of the Exile. During the Exile, the faith in Yahweh developed into
      Judaism. Without a state of their own, Jews retained their identity by focusing
      on their writings, their laws, their records of the past. For this reason scribes became important. The exiles also listened
      to prophets such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel. It was in Babylon
      that the priest Ezekiel had his vision of a resurrected Israel.

      In 539 B.C.E. after the Jews had been in exile for a little
      over 50 years, the Persian king Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon
      which included the annexation of Jerusalem.
      He issued the Edict of Cyrus which permitted the Jewish exiles to return to
      their homeland and rebuild Solomon’s Temple.
      But most Jews were comfortable in the Diaspora and chose not to participate in
      the reconstruction of a Jewish state.

      According to the Bible, 42,360 exiles returned to Jerusalem in the year 520 B.C.E. under the leadership of
      Zerubbabel, a member of the Davidic line who became Persian Governor of Judah. A
      religious exclusivity, which manifested itself in an intolerance of foreigners,
      characterized these years after the return from Babylon. This early group of returning exiles
      discriminated against Samaritans as well as against other Jews regarded as
      heretical. Partly because of this expressed hostility, the new colony faltered.
      But in 458 B.C.E. Ezra the scribe and priest brought more exiles. And in 445
      B.C.E. Nehemiah, a powerful Persian official, arrived and took over the
      governorship of Judah.
      He had the authority to build Judah
      into an independent political unit within the Persian Empire.

      Returning Exiles

      The returning exiles were serious about the purification of
      Judaism as described in Nehemiah 8:

      “And all the people gathered as one man
      into the square before the Water gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring
      the book of the Law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel. And Ezra the priest brought
      the law before the assembly . . . And he read from it facing the square before
      the Water gate from early morning until midday . . .”

      What he read was the essence of the xenophobic strain in
      Judaism. In exile it had been the task of Ezra, as befitted a scribe, to study
      and copy the writings of the Jews. Creativity and inspiration are the
      characteristics of prophets, not scribes. When the exiles looked to a scribe to
      shape the new Jewish nation, they looked to one whose interest is in a dogged
      preservation of the letter of the law. It was this kind of inflexibility
      coupled with nationalism that motivated Ezra to demand the dissolution of all
      marriages between returning Jews and those who already dwelled in Israel. Chapter
      nine of Nehemiah describes the need for Jews to separate from “foreigners”
      and chapter thirteen ends with the condemnation of all foreign marriages.

      Ezra’s laws were a return to an isolationist tribalism of an
      earlier period of Judaism. The reason for the ban on intermarriage was not
      strictly religious, for the Samaritans had accepted the religion of Judaism.
      Rather the cause was rooted in a racial, ethnic, nationalistic chauvinism.
      So natural was intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews in Jerusalem
      at this time that a grandson of the high priest had married the daughter of the
      governor of Samaria during a period when
      Nehemiah was in Babylon.
      Upon his return, Nehemiah insisted that this marriage be dissolved. The
      bridegroom refused, and was expelled from Jerusalem
      which led to the final split between the Samaritans and the Jews.

      Countervailing Force

      The countervailing force to the rigidity of Ezra and
      Nehemiah manifests itself in the teachings of two little books in the Bible —
      the books of Jonah and Ruth. The conflict between the nationalistic viewpoint
      on the one hand, and the universalistic on the other, has been described by Dr.
      Julian Morgenstern, former president of Hebrew Union
      College, as that between
      universalism and particularism. He states:

      “separate Jews from others. ‘Universalism’ on
      the other hand, concentrates upon those aspects which unite Jews with others.
      The ideas are not mutually exclusive of each other. The particularists say that
      Judaism must be separate and distinct in order to preserve the identity of the
      Jews. When this has been achieved then they can concern themselves with other
      people. The universalists also feel that Jews must remain Jews, but they
      emphasize seeking ways and means of working with all men.”

      The Book of Jonah supposedly refers to the Israelite prophet
      Jonah who prophesied during Israel’s
      expansion under King Jeroboam II (785-745 B.C.E.). God commands Jonah to
      prophesy to the people of “that great city” of Ninevah, so that its
      wayward people may repent of their evil ways. If they will do this, God will
      forgive them. During the time of the prophet Jonah, the Assyrian empire was in
      a period of decay. Ninevah was but a small provincial town, and the capital of
      Assyria was Calah.
      Yet the memory of the hated Assyrian empire, whose leaders were known for their
      cruelty to those whom they conquered, lived on. That memory was certainly vivid
      enough to make preaching forgiveness to a despised enemy a hateful enterprise
      to an Israelite prophet.

      Moral Message

      Although the story of Jonah alludes to an ancient city, and
      to a prophet of an earlier time, it is not an historical account but rather a
      parable that contains a moral message. But it is also a story of a
      fish in a long tradition of such stories. Elsewhere in the Bible we encounter
      Leviathan, the monster of the deep. In mythology fish frequently swallow
      humans. An ancient Egyptian account tells of a shipwrecked traveler who is
      swallowed by a serpent and thus carried to land. The fish that swallows Jonah
      is often referred to as a whale, perhaps because a whale is a mammal with warm
      blood and lungs, rather than a true fish with cold blood and gills. The
      imagination, already straining to envision the prophet discovering God within
      the fish’s belly, would presumably snap at the vision of a frigid hiding place.
      But the only
      type of whale with a throat large enough to swallow a man is the sperm whale,
      and these do not exist in the Mediterranean.

      Thus the story of Jonah is a fantasy, which has inspired many
      writers.

      Herman Melville in his classic story, Moby Dick, describes
      Jonah as “the God-fugitive,” guilty of “wilful disobedience of
      the command of God.” Jonah is a man wrapped up in the notion that he can
      escape the presence of God. Melville’s preacher describes him thus:

      “See ye not then, shipmates, that Jonah
      sought to flee world-wide from God? Miserable man! Oh! most contemptible and
      worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God;
      prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the sea. So
      disordered, self condemning is his look, that had there been policemen in those
      days, Jonah, on the mere suspicion of something wrong, had been arrested ere he
      touched a deck.”

      Narrow Nationalism

      Written sometime between 500 and 250 B.C.E. the book of Jonah
      is generally seen as a polemic against the narrow Jewish nationalism embodied
      in the reforms of Ezra and Nehemiah. It posits tolerance of non-Jews in
      contrast to Ezra’s and Nehemiah’s stress on a pure blood race of Jews under an
      exclusively Jewish God.

      Jonah is one in a long line of Biblical figures who argue
      with God. When Abraham learned that God planned to punish Sodom, he protested that there must be at
      least 50 good people in the evil city. Abraham bargained with God to spare the
      city on behalf of even so few as ten righteous people. The suffering Job
      accused God of injustice, and proclaimed his own innocence. Moses tried to
      evade his mission of leading the Israelites out of Egypt, begging God, “Send I
      pray some other person.”

      And when God calls Jonah, “Arise, go to Ninevah, that
      great city, and cry against it,” Jonah flees to Joppa and boards a ship
      bound for Tarshish, thinking he can thus escape the presence of the Lord.

      Tribal God

      Here Jonah is depicted as erroneously viewing God as a
      tribal God of so limited power that his hand would not stretch as far as
      Tarshish at the western end of the Mediterranean.
      He thinks that
      God’s jurisdiction extends only over Palestine.
      But the first two chapters of the Book of Jonah proclaim that God is
      everywhere. As Jonah hurries from God’s presence:

      “The Lord hurled a great wind upon the
      sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to
      break up.” The sailors were frightened, “and each cried to his
      god.”

      Jonah, perhaps to ensure that he would escape God’s voice,
      had hidden himself in the inner recesses of the ship and fallen asleep. To
      determine who was the cause of the storm, the sailors cast lots, and the lot
      fell upon Jonah.

      When they had cast Jonah into the sea, “the sea ceased
      from its raging.” The Lord then arranged for a great fish to swallow
      Jonah, and he stayed in the belly of the fish for three days. It is this part
      of the story that fascinates mythologists as well as some psychologists. Joseph
      Campbell, the late mythologist, refers to the event as a “practically
      universal” mythic theme, featuring a hero “going into a fish’s belly
      and ultimately coming out again, transformed.”

      The descent into darkness represents the conscious
      personality being overwhelmed by the unconscious. Campbell notes that,

      “Metaphorically, water is the unconscious,
      and the creature in the water is the life or energy of the unconscious, which
      has overwhelmed the conscious personality and must be disempowered, overcome
      and controlled.”

      It is indeed inside the belly of the fish that Jonah submits
      himself to the will of God.

      “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will
      sacrifice to thee; what I have vowed I will pay.”

      And the Lord commands the fish to vomit Jonah out on the dry
      land. After this Jonah fulfills God’s command to go to Ninevah and deliver
      God’s request for repentance as well as his promise of forgiveness to those who
      repent. Jonah prophesies so successfully that the entire populations of Ninevah
      puts on sackcloth and begins to fast as an act of repentance.

      Mercy and Repentance

      Here Jonah assumes the role of prophet not only as a
      deliverer of oracles but as a persuader, as a proclaimer both of God’s mercy,
      and the power of repentance. It was the beginning of the sense that deeds make
      atonement for a man.

      The figure in the story, Jonah, accepts the concept of
      atonement, but not the extension of God’s mercy to other peoples.

      When the people of Ninevah repent, God forgives them, and
      spares the city.

      “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and
      he was angry.”

      The prophet complains to God for having spared Ninevah. The
      book ends with God’s chastisement of Jonah:

      “And should not I pity Ninevah, that great
      city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do
      not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

      Thus, the Book of Jonah demonstrates that God is merciful.
      But it also shows that God is universal both in the sense of being everywhere,
      as well as in the sense that all humans, not just the Jews, are his concern.
      This last point runs counter to the beliefs of the reluctant prophet, Jonah,
      for his view was closer to the primitive conception of God presented in I Samuel
      15 where Samuel demands that Saul totally destroy the Amalekites, men, women
      and children, as revenge for earlier acts by the Amalekites against the
      Israelites. For
      Jonah, like Samuel, views God as a tribal deity who favors Israel over its
      enemies.

      Universal God

      Throughout this fantastical story, Jonah remains a man not
      quite right with God. And that is the whole point. He is the narrow-minded
      nationalist of the post-exilic period while God emerges as a truly universal
      God, one who
      cares for Jew and Gentile alike.

      Written at a similar time as the Book of Jonah, the Book of
      Ruth presents the same message of tolerance and universality. Ruth was a
      Moabite who had married a Hebrew, the son of Naomi. When her husband died, Ruth
      said to her mother-in-law Naomi:

      “Entreat me not to leave thee and to
      return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where
      thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people will be my people, and thy God, my God;
      where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried;; the Lord do so to me
      and the more also, if aught but death part thee and me.”
      (Ruth 1:16)

      Ruth returned with Naomi to Judah and married the Hebrew Boaz
      and gave birth to a son, Obed. This child was viewed as Naomi’s grandson and
      she became his nurse:

      “And the women of the neighborhood gave
      him a name saying, ‘a son has been born to Naomi.’

      “They named him Obed; he was the father of
      Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17)

      Thus, Ruth, a Moabite woman, was the great grandmother of
      David, the greatest king of the Hebrews.

      Intermarriage Not Forbidden

      In his book, Not By Power: The Story of the Growth of
      Judaism, Rabbi Allan Tarshish writes:

      “This is a bombshell; for it informs us
      that David . . . the man from whom the Messiah is supposed to come, was a
      descendant of a Moabitish woman. The great-grandmother of David was not born a
      Jewess. Thus the story shows that even in those early days intermarriage on a
      racial or national basis was not forbidden. It makes the important point that
      Ezra’s and Nehemiah’s ban on intermarriage with Samaritans or those of other
      lands who had become Jews, was a policy opposed to basic Jewish
      practice.”

      This, Tarshish points out, is another aspect of an important
      message:

      “As God was a universal God, so Judaism
      was a universal religion, not merely a tribal or national religion. Any person
      of any nationality group who wished to become a Jew could do so, and marriage
      should not be based upon national or racial criteria, but upon the criterion of
      religion. The Book of Ruth won out over the policies of Ezra and Nehemiah, for
      it was placed in the canon of the Holy Scriptures.”

      Rabbi David Goldberg, in his book The Leaven of Judaism,
      declares that,

      “Ruth constitutes a repudiation of the
      racist views expounded by Ezra, denouncing them by implication as anti-Torah,
      hence anti-Jewish . . . In contemporary terms, Ezra could be properly
      characterized as a Jewish isolationist, a chauvinistic nationalist, perhaps
      even a racist. Fortunately, the narrow aspect of Ezra’s Judaism did not
      register with the learned of his own generation. Ezra’s racist nationalism was
      repudiated.”

      Xenophobic Ideas

      Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a respected Conservative rabbi in Encino, California,
      sharply criticizes Judaism’s xenophobic ideas, going back to Ezra, and
      including the 18th century classic “Tanya,” by the founder of Chabad
      Hasidism, Shneur Zalman, which contends that the souls of gentiles
      “emanate from unclean husks that contain no good whatever.” He cites
      a more recent source, the Orthodox rabbi and philosopher Michael Wyschograd who
      argued in his 1983 book The Body of Faith that Judaism is a “carnal
      election,” claiming that God chose to elect a biological people that
      remains elect even when it sins.

      Schulweis writes:

      “Too many of our people do
      no appreciate the universalism in Jewish life. Apparently, it has not registered
      that it was the Book of Ruth not the Book of Ezra that the rabbis selected to
      be read on the festival of revelation, Shavuoth. Ruth is celebrated as the
      spiritual heroine of that text — astoundingly for Ruth is a Moabite . . . .
      Jews, even those who pray, seem not to be aware that the 13th blessing of the
      Amidah, recited thrice daily, asks that God’s tender mercies be stirred toward
      the righteous proselytes. Do we mean what we pray? . . . Too many of our people
      are not even aware that the first convert to Judaism was none other than
      Abraham, who opened his tent and, with Sarah, converted pagans to Judaism. Who
      are we Jews but, as the Haggadah reminds us, children of
      idol-worshipers?”

      Message of Tolerance

      Those who continue to assert the narrow, tribal nature of
      Judaism are ignoring the outcome of the struggle between the opposing
      viewpoints during the fractious post-exilic period. Today, it is the lesson of
      Jonah, not that of Samuel, that is read as the prophetic portion on the Day of
      Atonement, a message of universalism. Similarly the rabbis did not select the
      Book of Ezra to be read on Shavuot, the Festival of Revelation, nor did they
      select the passage from Deuteronomy 23:3, “no Ammonite or Moabite shall
      enter the assembly of the Lord,” but rather they chose the Book of Ruth, the book of the
      Moabite woman, symbol of tolerance, and great-grandmother of King David.

        Ra'anan says:

        Lenny,

        I don’t know where you got
        this spin on Ezra & Nechemiya, but Ezra was a PROPHET. Intermarriage for
        any cohen is not only not “natural,” but is prohibited by Biblical
        law. Ah you quote Julian Morgenstern of the Reform Hebrew
        Union College!
        He compares Ezra & Nechemiya to Jonah & Ruth.

        The problem is that Ezra
        & Nechemiya are rebuilding the traumatized Jewish people returning from
        Babylonian Exile after the destruction of the Temple
        in Jerusalem. Jonah
        & Ruth are long before this trauma when Judaism was firm & unchallenged
        by major backslidings. Jonah actually doesn’t even deal w/Jews, just w/gentiles
        & Ruth, unlike the Babylonian gentile women, TOTALLY SUBMITS to Judaism
        &, unlike the Babylonian gentile women, BECOMES A JEWESS! Pinchas executed
        Zimri ben Salu & Midianite Kozbi bath Tzur caught in the act BECAUSE they
        were not a married couple! Kozbi bath Tzur was actually sent to seduce Moses!
        Ezra & Nechemiya separated Jews from GENTILE women. RUTH was not only NOT
        separated, but EMBRACED because she became a Jewess. Conservative & Reform
        Judaism are already passé, voted out of relevance by their almost nonexistent congregations.
        Lenny, I can’t keep this up, I’ve got
        work. I’ll respond to one more of your comments & that’s it!

          Hi
          Ra’anan,

          Read SLOWLY & CAREFULLY:

          In ancient Israel mixed marriages had been
          allowed, but eventually they came into disfavor. Foreign women were blamed when
          Jewish men failed to fulfill their religious obligations or fell into
          idolatrous worship. The reaction against such marriages was an attempt to avoid
          influences that might dilute or corrupt Judaism.

          However, those foreigners who
          were willing to renounce their pagan worship and follow all the requirements of
          Jewish law and worship could be accepted into Judaism.

          But Ezra introduced a new element
          into his ban on intermarriage. The issue was not whether or not a spouse was
          willing to worship the one God; beliefs did not matter. The issue was whether
          or not a person was a pure-blooded Jew. For the first time, one group of people
          viewed other groups as a contaminating influence – – a source of racial or
          ethnic impurity – – regardless of how they lived or what they believed.

          Ezra began his purge with a
          lengthy speech-prayer that he gave in the Temple
          court-yard. For the benefit of God and the assembled people, he gave a synopsis
          of Israelite history and then told the Lord how angry He was going to be about
          what was taking place in the present. Because the chosen people had
          intermarried “with wicked people. . . You will be so angry that You will
          destroy us completely and let no one survive.”[4] Not surprisingly, the
          assembled men were terrified by the message that God would completely destroy
          them if they did not cast off their contaminated wives and children. And this
          time no one would escape; Abraham’s descendants would be wiped out.

          This public speech-prayer,
          threatening the extermination of an entire people, is universally praised by
          religious spokesmen who echo the sentiments of the Inter-national Bible
          Commentary:

          “Ezra’s prayer is one of
          the most moving of all the prayers which are recorded in Scripture.”[5]

          Having established the threat of
          annihilation, Ezra took the next step in implementing his purge. He issued a
          proclamation demanding that all the Jewish people come to a meeting in Jerusalem. By now they
          were scattered about the countryside and under ordinary circumstances many
          would not have bothered to come. But this was not an ordinary situation; Ezra
          used the extraordinary powers given to him by the Persian King to insure full
          attendance.

          “A proclamation was issued
          throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem. Anyone who
          failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property. . .and would
          himself be expelled from the assembly.”[6]

          Under the impetus of that threat,
          all the Jewish males assembled in the Temple
          square. There they were given details of the purge that was about to take
          place. They were to turn in any members of their family who were tainted by
          non-Jewish blood. They were informed that committees would be set up to
          investigate all reports of the existence of such undesirables. There was no way
          to avoid detection. There was no escape.

          “Ezra the priest selected men
          who were family heads, one from each family division and all of them designated
          by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to investigate the
          cases and by the first day of the first month they finished dealing with all
          the men who had married foreign women.”[7]

          It took three months for this
          systematic purge to identify all the undesirables.

          Not only did Ezra demand that the
          foreign wives of Jewish men be cast off, he demanded that all the children of
          such marriages be sent away. His edict was multi-generational. Children,
          grandchildren and great grandchildren were to be cast off, never again to see
          their families. [8] And wives, who had been with their husbands only a few
          years, as well as those who had spent a lifetime with their mates, must also be
          sent away. No one whose blood was contaminated with non-Jewish blood could
          stay.

          Of course, there was no place for
          most of them to go. In that day and time women, children, the frail and the
          elderly, had no way to sustain themselves. The homes from which they were
          banished were the only homes they had known. They were sent out into a hostile
          environment with no resources and few skills. For many of them, Ezra’s
          proclamation was a death sentence.

          The fate of women and children
          without male protection was well-known among the Hebrew people. The Prophets
          had repeatedly spoken of God’s concern for the oppression they suffered at the
          hands of their own people and the oft-repeated Psalm 146, clearly told of the
          Lord’s special concern for them;

          “(God) protects the strangers
          who live in our land and helps widows and orphans. . .he judges in favor of the
          oppressed.” [9]

          Ezra’s threats of retribution
          forced the acceptance of his purge in spite of such demands for the care of the
          powerless from both the psalmist and the prophets. Unless the assembled men did
          what he demanded, they themselves would become outcasts; they would lose their
          property and be banished from their homes. Faced with such drastic
          consequences, it is not surprising that the Bible reports only four of the
          assembled men protested Ezra’s demands. [10]

          [4] Ezra 9:14 TEV

          [5] IBC p. 495

          [6] Ezra 10:7, 8 NIV

          [7] Ezra 10:16, 17
          NIV

          [8] The policy instituted by Ezra
          was more severe and contradicted the Deuteronomic Law which said: “You shall
          not detest an Edomite… you shall not detest an Egyptian…The sons of the third
          generation who are born to them enter the assembly of the Lord.”
          Deuteronomy. 23:8

          [9] Psalm 146 is the first
          of a third Hallel: Ps 146 – 150 (JB note p. 927

          [10] Ezra 10:15 TEV

          Ra'anan says:

          A mixed marriage is technically impossible because it is technically impossible for a Jew & gentile to sanctify their relationship, there simply is no mechanism. There IS an opinion that Torah law allowed the marriage between a Jew & a Noachide like Machlon & Qiliyon’s marriages to Ruth the Moabite & her sister ‘Orpah. After Ruth was widowed while still in Moab (today’s Jordan) & her mother in-law Na’omi was also widowed, Na’omi bade her two daughters in-law farewell. Ruth insisted on joining Na’omi, while ‘Orpah turned back. Ruth then upgraded from the 7 Noachide Commandments to the 613 Torah Commandments meant exclusively for Jews.The problem was that if Jews would see that a Noachide had married a Jew, they’d think that her sister would ALSO be permitted, but that may not have been the case since being a Noachide depends on belief & behaviour & can be undone. Marriages between Jews & NON-Noachides are forbidden, according to some, by Biblical law. So a secondary law was instituted that Jews were forbidden to marry even a Noachide.

          ‘Ezra NEVER introduced marriage by blood. This is simply not true. You can look up the 3rd chapter of Tractate Qiddushin (or Kiddushin) yourself & see. if Judaism were ETHNIC then we’d have to reject our own King David & his descendent, MASHIACH since they are descendents of the non-native Jewess Ruth of Moab!

          ‘Ezra separated cohen-priests from GENTILE wives, though even CONVERTED wives are Biblically forbidden to them. They could have stayed, but these women IDEOLOGICALLY did not want to become Jewesses. There was no “turning in of tainted non-Jewish blood.” Don’t forget, the children of these gentile women were also gentiles who had not taken upon themselves to be Noachides so they were NOT allowed to stay in the Land of israel even as resident strangers. By Torah law, biologically-related does not mean one is real family. Also, these Jews w/gentile “wives” could have gotten up & left w/their gentile “wives” & “children,” but THEY CHOSE TO STAY!

          Another severe error you’ve made is claiming the purge contradicted & was more severe than Deut. 23:8. “Don’t have an Edomite, don’t hate an Egyptian…the sons of the 3rd generation can marry Jewish women.” These were BABYLONIAN women, so there is NO contradiction. As for being more severe, the OPPOSITE is true because Deut. 23:8 is talking about Edomites & Egyptians who’ve CONVERTED TO JUDAISM, while the Babylonian women were GENTILES!

          Where did you get your weird attempts at understanding from?
          You’ve again not gone to the primary source.
          r

    laife says:

    Leonardo De la Paor. You are u are menace to humans. You should take your personal opinions and stuffed it up in your hind “FACE”

RaymondSwenson says:

I wonder of Joanna is familiar with the story of how Senator Elbert Thomas of Utah, a Democrat and unuversity prifessir who gad served a Mormon mission in Japan, was instrumental in forcing Roisevelt to accept Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, afterFDR had initially turned away such people by the thousands. Thomas also helped my Japanese mother and me immigrate to America despite the racist laws which prohibited Japanese immigration, that had been enacted in 1923 with explicit support from FDR.

    Moshan says:

    Yes, he helped save far more than Oscar Shindler. Shindler was a huge mensch of course, but it’s ironic how forgotten Mr. Thomas has become in history, despite the fact that the number of Jews he helped save(together with others, mostly Jews) was far more numerous.

Ra'anan says:

Joanna, a lot DOES depend on JEWS, but when the marry gentiles, then that is the end of their Jewish lines & G-d doesn’t like it. Take a peek here so you can see how he feels about it: Numbers 25:10-30:1

    I don’t disagree about the problems with intermarriage (or G-d’s feelings about it as expressed in the Torah), but a slight tweak in accuracy: when a Jewish *man* marries a gentile, that is the end of his Jewish line according to most streams of Judaism.

      Ra'anan says:

      Actually, even according to reform “Judaism” which claims patriarchal lineage their halakhically non-Jewish children (of a Jewish father & gentile mother) mostly vote w/their feet & drop Judaism despite their fathers’ best efforts. An OLD statistic should that only 25% of children of intermarriage affiliate at any level apparently since they’ve seen their parents cross the red line of intermarriage, they, too, decide to do what “they feel like.” Demographically, orthodox Jewry is quickly becoming the majority worldwide because of nonorthodox attrition through intermarriage, cultural/religious assimilation, not getting married, getting married late, having few children. OTOH, orthodoxy is doing the exact opposite & this is a worldwide trend in all of Europe, South & North America. In Israel, it is also a trend, though there is far less intermarriage, though it exists w/Russian gentiles & Jewish girls seduced by Arabs. There is also an element of nonorthodox Jews in America returning to the orthodoxy of their great-grand parents. In Israel this return to roots is MUCH, MUCH stronger w/over a MILLION Jews having returned at various levels.

      Ra'anan says:

      The truth is, that is the end of ANY of his lines because gentile children are not his.

        I’m not familiar with that line of thinking– do you have a source for it? There’s even the concept of “zerah Israel” or “Jewish seed” (i.e. the non-Jewish children of a Jewish man) and the rabbis say that they have a special status in that the conversion process should be made as easy as possible for them.

          Ra'anan says:

          It’s Rashi on the prohibition of intermarrying w/the 7 nations. There’s a argument over that also in M. Yevamoth if it’s just the 7 or all gentiles. Zera’ Ysrael does not mean that his biological, but gentile, child will inherit him or sit shiva’ for him or have tribal rights or any other right as a son, even though he may happen to be his spitting image. R. Ya’aqov Kamenetsky z’l says NOT to discourage someone of Zera’ Ysrael from giyur. I think that was R. Moshe Feinstein z’l’s argument in favour of working w/Beta Ysrael from Chabash & their genetic status, recently “revealed,” indicates they are from Zera’ Ysrael. But a son & zera’ Ysrael are not the same. I wish I knew the source of Zera’ Ysrael, I can only remember it as a sevara/rationale of a lenient conversion because through his father he’s more familiar w/what he’s getting into & chillul HaShem as far as Chabashim because they world may think they really are Yehudim.

Admiral_Shackleford says:

well there are some seriously inaccurate aspects to this article. The part where Joanna Brooks says ” there is no organized Reform Mormonism.” is just wrong. There IS such a thing. And unlike regular LDS, RLDS can drink coffee and even alchohol, be openly gay, be openly feminist, and not have to adhere to LDS hierarchies, and they don’t go on missions to pressure people to convert. The RLDS don’t funnel money to anti-gay campaigns like Prop 8.

http://www.reformmormonism.org/whatwebelieve.htm

I think reform Mormonism would be a huge threat to the power structure of the Utah-Based LDS church. The idea that you can sincerely believe in Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon without mindlessly obeying the church president and being a conservative sexist homophobe would just shatter the LDS establishment.

    Just wanted to thank you for posting about the RLDS church– I had no idea of its existence. Since I’m usually pretty well informed about developments in the LDS world (through my extended Mormon family and my own research, though I’m Jewish), I would contend, though, that this isn’t quite the “serious inaccuracy” that you call it, since this movement seems to be quite small and still somewhat unorganized. More power to them, though– it’s wonderful when more people find their own paths to faith and inner peace.

    Your tone in the last sentence here was a little harsh, I think. While Mormons do prize obedience to the church, I think “mindlessly” is overstating the case. As in any religion or ideology, there are blind followers in the LDS church– and there are also nuanced, sophistical theologians and people who struggle to align their values and their doubts. Some of them, no doubt, were the ones who formed this RLDS church, and many of them also stay in the main church. And while many of the church’s official positions may strike me and others as “sexist” and “homophob[ic],” it is by no means a prerequisite that any individual Mormon be either a sexist or a homophobe (and conservative doesn’t have to be an insult). Your comment was full of such great information; the ending didn’t need to be polemical.

      Admiral_Shackleford says:

      I suppose it was “polemic” because I currently live in Salt Lake City
      and as a “gentile” (re: Jew) I have to witness the ugly, everyday
      discrimination heaped upon non-Mormons, especially on gays and lesbians.
      You can say that this is the fault of individuals, but it is not simply the case because the LDS establishment is explicitly opposed to equal rights for gays and lesbians. How can an individual be faulted when the LDS church can excommunicate any of its followers for openly and proudly supporting equal rights?
      Salt Lake City as a whole makes it very uncomfortable for non Mormons of all stripes. And while individual members themselves may not be homophobic, it is my understanding they are required to give 10% of their income in tithing to the LDS church which is blatantly anti-gay, and they do this with the
      full knowledge of the church’s financial involvement in things like
      Prop 8. While these saints may not consider themselves homophobic, I
      argue that by financial supporting institutions who aggressively make it
      their mission to deny equal rights to people they consider unworthy or
      sinful, supporting such institutions do in fact make them incredibly
      anti-gay.

        I’m sorry that I didn’t see this comment until now. As a queer woman, I completely understand the pain of seeing institutionalized discrimination, especially couched in religion. There *is* progress being made in the LDS Church on this issue, but they have a long way to go.

        I was surprised to read what you said about Salt Lake City– I’ve not spent much time there, but I had read many articles saying that Salt Lake was a great place for LGBT people. (See, for instance: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/01/10/10097194-gayest-us-town-surprise-its-salt-lake-city?lite) I’m sorry to hear that that has not been your experience.

        As a native Californian who still lived in that state when Prop 8 passed, I had plenty of my own ire over the LDS Church’s involvement in the campaign and I, for one, would never knowingly support an institution that did such a thing. Still, tithes are essentially taxes, and while I completely disagree with many U.S. policies, I still pay my taxes and financially support the government. I don’t know that it’s fair to assume that an individual’s financial support of an institution means that the individual support all of the institution’s policies.

Actually, Mormons always struck me culturally as a right-wing echo of urban liberal Jews, sort of what we would be if we had settled in red-state America and tried to adapt to their values instead of the values of the Northeastern upper and middle class. They value education, but mostly for their men–their women are supposed to produce lots of kids. They’re thrifty and hardworking. And they’re paranoid about persecution (based on history), which they express by stockpiling food and water and being as aggressively normal as possible in that 1950s way, instead of making the ADL and SPLC and going after prejudice in general.

    MOMONISM UNVEILED;

    OR

    THE LIFE AND CONFESSIONS

    OF THE LATE MORMON BISHOP,

    JOHN D. LEE;

    (Written by Himself)

    EMBRACING A HISTORY OF MORMONISM FROM ITS INCEPTION

    DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME, WITH AN EXPOSITION

    OF THE SECRET HISTORY, SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND CRIMES OF THE

    MORMON
    CHURCH.

    ALSO THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE HORRIBLE BUTCHERY KNOWN AS

    THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE.

    –PUBLISHED 1877–

    Pages vii-ix

    PREFACE

    I WAS requested by John Doyle Lee, after he had been
    sentenced to be shot for the part he took in the commission of the Mountain
    Meadows Massacre, to publish an account of his life and confessions, in order
    to inform the world how it was that he had acted as he had, and why he was made
    a scape-goat by the Mormon Church. I accepted the trust, and, in giving
    publicity to the facts now, for the first time fully brought to light, I am
    only performing what I believe to be a duty–to him, and to the public.

    The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands without a parallel
    amongst the crimes that stain the pages of American history. It was a crime
    committed without cause or justification of any kind to relieve it of its
    fearful character. Over one hundred and twenty men, women and children were
    surrounded by Indians, and more cruel whites, and kept under constant fire,
    from hundreds of unerring rifles, for five days and nights, during all of which
    time, the emigrants were famishing for water. When nearly exhausted from
    fatigue and thirst, they were approached by white men, with a flag of truce,
    and induced to surrender their arms, under the most solemn promises of
    protection. They were then murdered in cold blood, and left nude and mangled
    upon the plain. All this was done by a band of fanatics, who had no cause of
    complaint against the emigrants, except that the authorities of the Mormon Church
    had decided that all the emigrants who were old enough to talk, should
    die–revenge for alleged insults to Brigham Young, and the booty of the
    plundered train being the inciting causes of the massacre.

    John D. Lee was one, and only one of fifty-eight Mormons,
    who there carried out the orders of the Mormon Priesthood. He has died for his
    crimes-shall the others escape?

    The entire history of this atrocious crime is given in the
    confession. How it was done, and why it was the wish of the Mor-

    –Page viii–

    mons that it should be done, all Is fully stated. As one of
    the attorneys for John D. Lee, I did all that I could to save his life. My
    associates were, and are able men and fine lawyers, but fact and fate united to
    turn the verdict against us. The history of the first and second trials is
    familiar to most of the American people; therefore, I will not describe them
    here, any more than to say, Mormonism prevented conviction at the first trial,
    and at the second trial Mormonism insured conviction.

    After Brigham Young and his worshipers had deserted Lee, and
    marked him as the victim that should suffer to save the Church from
    destruction, on account of the crimes it had ordered; after all chances of
    escape had vanished, and death was certain as the result of the life-long
    service be had rendered the Church, the better nature of Lee overcame his
    superstition and fanaticism, and he gave to me the history of his life, and his
    confession of the facts connected with the massacre, and wished me to have the
    same published. Why he refused to confess at an earlier day, and save his own
    life by placing the guilt where it of right belonged, is a question which is
    answered by the statement, that he was still a slave to his Endowment and
    Danite oaths, and trusted until too late to the promises of protection made to
    him by Brigham Young. John D. Lee was a fanatic, and as such, believed in the
    Mormon Church, and aided in carrying out the orders of that Church. I believe
    it is my duty to publish this work, to show mankind the fruits resulting from
    obedience to Mormon leaders, and to show that Mormonism was as certainly the
    cause of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, as it is that fanaticism has been the
    mother of crime in all ages of the world. I also wish the American people to
    read the facts, as they are told by a mistaken and fanatical follower of the
    Mormon doctrines, yet, one who was a brave man, and, according to his ideas and
    teaching, a good man; who did not believe he was doing wrong when obeying the
    commands of the Mormon Priesthood. I wish the American people to read this
    work, and then say, if they can, what should be the fate of those who caused
    the crime to be committed. The following pages contain simply true copies of
    material, furnished me by John D. Lee, for the purpose of being published; all
    of which was written by him while in prison, and after the jury had returned
    its verdict of guilty.

    I have no excuses to offer for publishing the work just as
    it

    –Page ix–

    is. It is what it purport. to be, a full history of the
    Mountain Meadows Massacre, and also a sketch of the life of John D. Lee,
    embracing a revelation of the secret history of Mormonism, from its inception
    down to the death of Lee; with a correct copy of his confession as given to me
    for publication. If any feel injured by the facts, I cannot help it. If this
    publication shall, in any degree, aid in securing the much needed legislation,
    demanded by the American citizens of Utah, from the National Government, so
    that Church criminals, as well as Gentiles, can be convicted in Utah, I shall
    feel that I have been paid well for all the vexations I have endured in the
    land of the Saints, where they murder men, women and children for the glory of
    God, and the upbuilding of His kingdom.

    I also believe this publication will be an advantage to the
    large number of naturally good and honest people, who inhabit Utah,
    who joined the Church, and moved to Utah,
    believing it their Christian duty to do so. To that class of people I am
    indebted for many favors, and wish them future prosperity.

    Wm. W. BISHOP,

    Confidential Att’y of John D. Lee.

    Pioche, Nevada, May 17, 1877.

I really enjoyed the article. As someone who has a child who has intermarried, it’s very good to read the views of an intelligent and, obviously, caring person from the other 1/2 of a marriage.

I am, however very disturbed by some of the comments that have appeared. That, of course excludes those from Mr. de Paor, who is the one who is disturbed.

As someone who has really enjoyed reading about the home grown American religions over the years, I am surprised (although I shouldn’t be) by the vehemence of some of the posts. Over 2 1/4 centuries, we have grown a number of religions, with a variety much greater than any other country.

From Deism (which, while developing in Europe, reached its heights in America) and, essentially, gave birth to the Constitution of the U.S. and probably to agnosticism, which may be the largest, least acknowledged religion in the country: to the self defeating Shakerism; to the medical fraud turned tax avoiding religion, Scientology; to the weirdness of Theosophy; and of most significance to Mormonism, which was a product of it’s time and place, where Freemasonry influenced almost everything, and has its own spectrum of observance, from “reform” through standard brand and into fundamentalist, which still espouses plural marriages.

We need to spend time understanding what Mormonism is. We also need to remember that there was a time that Judaism proselytized and was only stopped from fear of attack by the Christians, or Moslems in power. Yes, we should remember that the Mountain Meadows massacre did occur, but we have such massacres in our background. We should remember that, while mainstream Mormonism only ended plural marriages so that Utah could become a state, the edict of Rav Gershom ending plural marriages (in the lands of the Ashkenazim) was in response to the Christian society in which they lived.

Maybe it’s time that we stopped referring to “them” or us as conservative or liberal and begin to look at individual political issues in terms of how we perceive the imperatives of our religion.

    BLOOD ATONEMENT:

    The Mountain Massacre

    While these are facts, they
    are not half told;

    For hundreds have been
    killed for gold;

    Both men and women have been
    slain

    And robbed to add to
    Brigham’s gain.

    What bloody deeds, what sin
    and strife,

    What sacrifice of human
    life,

    What deeds of plunder have
    been done,

    To raise a gory throne for
    Young.

    But the waters are stained
    with blood, and the milk is turned to whey,

    And the honey has lost its
    sweetness, the people seem to say;

    And dupes are getting scarcer,
    and obedience is dead,

    And all the old man’s
    judgments and plummets, too, have fled.

    So sad and sickening is this
    gospel plan

    As taught by Brigham, to
    poor fallen man,

    That every time I mention
    his ill name.

    It sends a shudder quivering
    through my frame.

    I also tremble for the deeds
    he’s done;

    For life destroyed, for
    blood he caused to run;

    For victims frozen on the
    plains, through him,

    While starving, suffering,
    falling limb from limb.

    Dear Sister, in this sad
    letter I have told you the truth.

    Burst off every fetter,
    remove this Priestly yoke.

    And never rest contented,
    till every link is broke.

    For every man in Utah and woman shall be
    free,

    And shouts shall echo
    through the

    land for God and liberty!

    Don’t forget Spiritualism which started with the Fox sisters in NY! A lovely bit of American history!

meqmac says:

‘Candid, self-aware, and critical examination of our own theology, history, and culture—that work is just beginning in Mormonism.’ That is also the case for Baha’ism, a religion about half the size of Mormonism, but almost exactly the same age.

‘We are a young religion. Give us time.’ Hmmm. Islam is over 1400 years old, but it still flounders in the same problem. There are vast areas of Catholicism and Orthodox (not to mention haredi) Judaism where open debate, self-criticism, and the rest simply don’t happen. Other forms of Judaism are more open than most religions, because Jewish learning has always incorporated an element of question and answer. What makes the present debate harder to handle is that Mormonism is based on a very blatant series of fake statements and plain historical nonsense. It’s bad enough having the Palestinians claim that there were never any Jews in ‘Palestine’ in history, without the Mormons claiming the lost tribes or Shlomo Sands saying it’s all tripe anyway.

    It’s really kind of offensive to say that “Mormonism is based on a very blatant series of fake statements and plain historical nonsense,” especially if you are any kind of believing Jew or Christian. (By the way, “Mormonism” is not a correct use of the term; I don’t object, but I thought you might want to know.)

    I’m a religious Jew, and I teach my Hebrew school students the stores about Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt– despite the fact that there’s ZERO evidence of Hebrews being slaves in Egypt, let alone in the numbers the Torah describes. The Talmud teaches things like the fact that if a girl is raped before the age of three, her hymen will regenerate, so she can still “count” as a virgin– is that medical fact?

    There are many claims about the lost tribes. The claim of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pretty outlandish, but so are a lot of things about a lot of religions. And really, where’s the harm in their feeling a sense of kinship toward the Jews? They’re not asking that we cede the Temple Mount to them or even that we convert to their religion. I can’t believe that a greater sense of brotherhood can be a bad thing.

      meqmac says:

      Why do you teach your students things you know to be false? That is the worst thing any teacher can do. If you’re doing it just to save your jopb, I understand, but I still think you’re wrong and that you should right the situation. If you think it’s offensive to say what 99% of the world’s population thinks or would think about Mormonism, hmmm. As for ‘Mormonism': you speak of Judaism, haredism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Chrétianisme, Marxism, and so on. The Church of Latter-Day Saints if just the official term. I have written vastly on the Baha’i religion, but I mainly call it Baha’ism rather than the official ‘the Baha’i Faith’. I don’t think that’s offensive. It’s just plain English.

        I teach my students the tradition– I don’t teach it as historical fact in the same way I would teach about, say, the Civil War, not least because Judaism invites questioning and investigation. My point was that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gets an unfair hand when it comes to religious criticism. Because their religion was invented more recently, it is scrutinized with a modern lens in a way that other, more established religions are not. Is it more ridiculous to say that Joseph Smith found golden plates written in Egyptian in his backyard than it is to say that Moses split the Sea of Reeds? You wrote that “what makes the present debate harder to handle is that Mormonism is based on a very blatant series of fake statements and plain historical nonsense,” which implies that other religions are *not* based on the same things. I think it’s a double standard– that’s all.

        Clearly, you have an issue with the LDS faith, and that’s your business, but I don’t think you can show me a statistic that says that 99% of the world agrees with you. Moreover, even if 99% of the world *did* think about Mormons the way that you do, the tyranny of the majority is such that an overwhelming number of people can *all* be wrong about what’s offensive or disrespectful. Most of the world (because the world is not just made up of western Europe and parts of the U.S.) is still against gay rights and thinks that homosexuality is “wrong.” Maybe you don’t think that’s offensive, either, but I do.

        Your comment is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone use the term “haredism,” and “Chrétianisme” is French, not the “plain English” (i.e. “Christianity”), so you had to really stretch to make that point! I just thought you might want to know the correct terminology for what you’re talking about. It’s on the level of calling Catholics “Papists”– not going to get you charged with a hate crime or anything, but not the correct usage according to the accepted official usage.

          meqmac says:

          I don’t know how best to address this. You favour political correctness, I do not. I’m not racist or religionist, but I have no time for pussyfooting around religious belief. All religious books are made up of legends and falsehoods, with occasional ventures into historical fact. I don’t have a particular thing about Mormonism, but what little I know shows a made-up collection of fakery, and I believe academics should say so. I don’t believe there is a single piece of evidence to show that the 10 lost tribes went to the Americas or that Jesus Christ stopped over in the United States after the resurrection. I do not intend to let the Mormons get away with passing off these falsehoods as truth: after all, they do so in part to advance their missionary work. I’m more familiar as an academic with Islam (and its distortion of history and text to advance their own missionary programmes). I have read haredism and I know perfectly well that Chrétianisme is French. This is just to show that ‘ism’ in English and French is often used to designate religions, like ‘ismo’ in Portuguese and other European languages. Is using the ‘ism’ ending the equivalent of calling Catholics? May I not use Catholicism instead of ‘the Holy Catholic Church’? Would you ban ‘Anglicanism’ or Babism (my main academic specialism) or Protestantism? I think a high figure believes what I do about Mormonism. Only Mormons (about 12 million people) believe all that guff about golden tablets. No Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, or Hindus believe any of it. And all us atheists and agnostics out here certainly don’t give it any credence. Why would you imagine they/we would? If someone does choose to believe in it, he will become a Mormon. That is not earthshaking.

          I’m sorry that I didn’t see this comment until today. Again, I don’t know why you’re focusing on what was a parenthetical statement in my original comment, which was to say that *the LDS Church* (i.e., *not I) has a problem with using “Mormonism” to refer to their religion. I would not “ban” any of the terms you used, since you’re asking. Really, I just thought you’d appreciate the information; apparently not, so I apologize.

          I think it’s interesting that you cite Islam and Palestinians in both your comments as exemplars of what is wrong with using religious belief as justification for modern policy. I completely agree, and it’s why I’m a big fan of the separation of church and state (or, at the very least, representation of minority views in a state that lacks that separation).

          My point about Mormon beliefs was just to say that I object to you saying that “99%” of people believe what you do– unless you can show me research that states that, and I would be seriously surprised. Saying, as you did in your later comment, “I think a high figure believes what I do about Mormonism” is perfectly reasonable, so thanks for clarifying. You then go on to say, though, that “no Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, or Hindus believe any of it” as though that would be justification for your statement that “what makes the present debate harder to handle is that Mormonism is based on a very blatant series of fake statements and plain historical nonsense.” With the exception of the Abrahamic religions agreeing on some tenets of faith and/or history, any of those religions would be loath to endorse the beliefs of the others (although I wouldn’t class Buddhism with the others, since it’s perfectly compatible as a belief system with many world religion). My point is that what others think of Mormon beliefs is no more determinative of their “truth” than is what other religions think of any other religion’s beliefs.

Hershl says:

I have a number of friends who are Mormons. All of them are good people. One of them calls me her rabbi and seems to really want to learn more about life than her church has taught her.

Two of these people refused to go on missions which most young men and some women do after high school.

I am glad that Tablet ran this article.

We all have a lot to learn. No one is the sole possessor of knowledge or wisdom.

Shmuel Phatoosh says:

i may be SO Jewish that i cannot see anything else. I do have concerns for everybody and truth on ALL levels. This Marriage of a Mormon and a Jew is quite something. what a tough two people to bring together, could turn out to be a good and interestingly deep union. im just concerned in other places when it comes to Torah.

MOMONISM UNVEILED;

OR

THE LIFE AND
CONFESSIONS

OF THE LATE MORMON
BISHOP,

JOHN D. LEE;

(Written by Himself)

EMBRACING A HISTORY
OF MORMONISM FROM ITS INCEPTION

DOWN TO THE PRESENT
TIME, WITH AN EXPOSITION

OF THE SECRET
HISTORY, SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND CRIMES OF THE

MORMON CHURCH.

ALSO THE TRUE HISTORY
OF THE HORRIBLE BUTCHERY KNOWN AS

THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS
MASSACRE.

–PUBLISHED 1877–

PREFACE

I WAS requested by John Doyle Lee, after he had been
sentenced to be shot for the part he took in the commission of the Mountain
Meadows Massacre, to publish an account of his life and confessions, in order
to inform the world how it was that he had acted as he had, and why he was made
a scapegoat by the Mormon Church. I accepted the trust, and, in giving
publicity to the facts now, for the first time fully brought to light, I am
only performing what I believe to be a duty–to him, and to the public.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands without a parallel
amongst the crimes that stain the pages of American history. It was a crime
committed without cause or justification of any kind to relieve it of its
fearful character. Over one hundred and twenty men, women and children were
surrounded by Indians, and more cruel whites, and kept under constant fire,
from hundreds of unerring rifles, for five days and nights, during all of which
time, the emigrants were famishing for water. When nearly exhausted from
fatigue and thirst, they were approached by white men, with a flag of truce,
and induced to surrender their arms, under the most solemn promises of
protection. They were then murdered in cold blood, and left nude and mangled
upon the plain. All this was done by a band of fanatics, who had no cause of
complaint against the emigrants, except that the authorities of the Mormon
Church had decided that all the emigrants who were old enough to talk, should
die–revenge for alleged insults to Brigham Young, and the booty of the
plundered train being the inciting causes of the massacre.

John D. Lee was one, and only one of fifty-eight Mormons,
who there carried out the orders of the Mormon Priesthood. He has died for his
crimes-shall the others escape?

The entire history of this atrocious crime is given in the
confession. How it was done, and why it was the wish of the Mormons that it
should be done, all Is fully stated. As one of the attorneys for John D. Lee, I
did all that I could to save his life. My associates were, and are able men and
fine lawyers, but fact and fate united to turn the verdict against us. The
history of the first and second trials is familiar to most of the American
people; therefore, I will not describe them here, any more than to say,
Mormonism prevented conviction at the first trial, and at the second trial
Mormonism insured conviction.

After Brigham Young and his worshipers had deserted Lee, and
marked him as the victim that should suffer to save the Church from
destruction, on account of the crimes it had ordered; after all chances of
escape had vanished, and death was certain as the result of the life-long
service be had rendered the Church, the better nature of Lee overcame his superstition
and fanaticism, and he gave to me the history of his life, and his confession
of the facts connected with the massacre, and wished me to have the same
published. Why he refused to confess at an earlier day, and save his own life
by placing the guilt where it of right belonged, is a question which is
answered by the statement, that he was still a slave to his Endowment and
Danite oaths, and trusted until too late to the promises of protection made to
him by Brigham Young. John D. Lee was a fanatic, and as such, believed in the
Mormon Church, and aided in carrying out the orders of that Church. I believe
it is my duty to publish this work, to show mankind the fruits resulting from
obedience to Mormon leaders, and to show that Mormonism was as certainly the
cause of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, as it is that fanaticism has been the
mother of crime in all ages of the world. I also wish the American people to
read the facts, as they are told by a mistaken and fanatical follower of the
Mormon doctrines, yet, one who was a brave man, and, according to his ideas and
teaching, a good man; who did not believe he was doing wrong when obeying the
commands of the Mormon Priesthood. I wish the American people to read this
work, and then say, if they can, what should be the fate of those who caused
the crime to be committed. The following pages contain simply true copies of
material, furnished me by John D. Lee, for the purpose of being published; all
of which was written by him while in prison, and after the jury had returned
its verdict of guilty.

I have no excuses to offer for publishing the work just as
it is. It is what it purport. to be, a full history of the Mountain Meadows
Massacre, and also a sketch of the life of John D. Lee, embracing a revelation
of the secret history of Mormonism, from its inception down to the death of
Lee; with a correct copy of his confession as given to me for publication. If
any feel injured by the facts, I cannot help it. If this publication shall, in
any degree, aid in securing the much needed legislation, demanded by the
American citizens of Utah, from the National Government, so that Church
criminals, as well as Gentiles, can be convicted in Utah, I shall feel that I
have been paid well for all the vexations I have endured in the land of the
Saints, where they murder men, women and children for the glory of God, and the
upbuilding of His kingdom.

I also believe this publication will be an advantage to the
large number of naturally good and honest people, who inhabit Utah,
who joined the Church, and moved to Utah,
believing it their Christian duty to do so. To that class of people I am
indebted for many favors, and wish them future prosperity.

Wm. W. BISHOP,

Confidential Att’y of John D. Lee.

Pioche, Nevada, May 17, 1877.

MOMONISM UNVEILED;

OR

THE LIFE AND
CONFESSIONS

OF THE LATE MORMON
BISHOP,

JOHN D. LEE;

(Written by Himself)

EMBRACING A HISTORY
OF MORMONISM FROM ITS INCEPTION

DOWN TO THE PRESENT
TIME, WITH AN EXPOSITION

OF THE SECRET
HISTORY, SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND CRIMES OF THE

MORMON CHURCH.

ALSO THE TRUE HISTORY
OF THE HORRIBLE BUTCHERY KNOWN AS

THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS
MASSACRE.

–PUBLISHED 1877–

PREFACE

I WAS requested by John Doyle Lee, after he had been
sentenced to be shot for the part he took in the commission of the Mountain
Meadows Massacre, to publish an account of his life and confessions, in order
to inform the world how it was that he had acted as he had, and why he was made
a scapegoat by the Mormon Church. I accepted the trust, and, in giving
publicity to the facts now, for the first time fully brought to light, I am
only performing what I believe to be a duty–to him, and to the public.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands without a parallel
amongst the crimes that stain the pages of American history. It was a crime
committed without cause or justification of any kind to relieve it of its
fearful character. Over one hundred and twenty men, women and children were
surrounded by Indians, and more cruel whites, and kept under constant fire,
from hundreds of unerring rifles, for five days and nights, during all of which
time, the emigrants were famishing for water. When nearly exhausted from
fatigue and thirst, they were approached by white men, with a flag of truce,
and induced to surrender their arms, under the most solemn promises of
protection. They were then murdered in cold blood, and left nude and mangled
upon the plain. All this was done by a band of fanatics, who had no cause of
complaint against the emigrants, except that the authorities of the Mormon
Church had decided that all the emigrants who were old enough to talk, should
die–revenge for alleged insults to Brigham Young, and the booty of the
plundered train being the inciting causes of the massacre.

John D. Lee was one, and only one of fifty-eight Mormons,
who there carried out the orders of the Mormon Priesthood. He has died for his
crimes-shall the others escape?

The entire history of this atrocious crime is given in the
confession. How it was done, and why it was the wish of the Mormons that it
should be done, all Is fully stated. As one of the attorneys for John D. Lee, I
did all that I could to save his life. My associates were, and are able men and
fine lawyers, but fact and fate united to turn the verdict against us. The
history of the first and second trials is familiar to most of the American
people; therefore, I will not describe them here, any more than to say,
Mormonism prevented conviction at the first trial, and at the second trial
Mormonism insured conviction.

After Brigham Young and his worshipers had deserted Lee, and
marked him as the victim that should suffer to save the Church from
destruction, on account of the crimes it had ordered; after all chances of
escape had vanished, and death was certain as the result of the life-long
service be had rendered the Church, the better nature of Lee overcame his superstition
and fanaticism, and he gave to me the history of his life, and his confession
of the facts connected with the massacre, and wished me to have the same
published. Why he refused to confess at an earlier day, and save his own life
by placing the guilt where it of right belonged, is a question which is
answered by the statement, that he was still a slave to his Endowment and
Danite oaths, and trusted until too late to the promises of protection made to
him by Brigham Young. John D. Lee was a fanatic, and as such, believed in the
Mormon Church, and aided in carrying out the orders of that Church. I believe
it is my duty to publish this work, to show mankind the fruits resulting from
obedience to Mormon leaders, and to show that Mormonism was as certainly the
cause of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, as it is that fanaticism has been the
mother of crime in all ages of the world. I also wish the American people to
read the facts, as they are told by a mistaken and fanatical follower of the
Mormon doctrines, yet, one who was a brave man, and, according to his ideas and
teaching, a good man; who did not believe he was doing wrong when obeying the
commands of the Mormon Priesthood. I wish the American people to read this
work, and then say, if they can, what should be the fate of those who caused
the crime to be committed. The following pages contain simply true copies of
material, furnished me by John D. Lee, for the purpose of being published; all
of which was written by him while in prison, and after the jury had returned
its verdict of guilty.

I have no excuses to offer for publishing the work just as
it is. It is what it purport. to be, a full history of the Mountain Meadows
Massacre, and also a sketch of the life of John D. Lee, embracing a revelation
of the secret history of Mormonism, from its inception down to the death of
Lee; with a correct copy of his confession as given to me for publication. If
any feel injured by the facts, I cannot help it. If this publication shall, in
any degree, aid in securing the much needed legislation, demanded by the
American citizens of Utah, from the National Government, so that Church
criminals, as well as Gentiles, can be convicted in Utah, I shall feel that I
have been paid well for all the vexations I have endured in the land of the
Saints, where they murder men, women and children for the glory of God, and the
upbuilding of His kingdom.

I also believe this publication will be an advantage to the
large number of naturally good and honest people, who inhabit Utah,
who joined the Church, and moved to Utah,
believing it their Christian duty to do so. To that class of people I am
indebted for many favors, and wish them future prosperity.

Wm. W. BISHOP,

Confidential Att’y of John D. Lee.

Pioche, Nevada, May 17, 1877.

JOSEPH SMITH’S MANY WIVES

Plural wife – maiden name (married name)

Emma Hale (Smith)
Fanny Alger
Lucinda Pendleton Morgan Harris

Louisa Beaman
Zina Diantha Huntington (Jacobs)
Presendia Lathrop Huntington (Buell)
Agnes Moulton Coolbrith
Sylvia Porter Sessions Lyon
Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner
Patty Bartlett (Sessions)
Marinda Nancy Johnson (Hyde)
Elizabeth Davis (Brackenbury Durfee)
Sally A. Fuller
Sarah Maryetta Kingsley (Howe Cleveland)
Delcena Johnson (Sherman)
Eliza Roxcy Snow
Sarah Ann Whitney
Martha McBride (Knight)

Sarah Bapson
Ruth D. Vose (Sayers)
Flora Ann Woodworth
Emily Dow Partridge
Eliza Maria Partridge
Almera Woodward Johnson
Lucy Walker
Sarah Lawrence
Maria Lawrence
Helen Mar Kimball
Hannah Ells

Elvira Annie Cowles (Holmes)
Rhoda Richards
Desdemona Fullmer
Olive Grey Frost
Mary Ann Frost (Pratt)
Melissa Lott
Nancy Mariah Winchester
Fanny Young (Murray)
Mary Houston
Sarah Scott
Olive Andrews
Jane Tippets
Sophia Sanburn
Phoebe Watrous (Woodworth)
Vienna Jaques

BRIGHAM YOUNG’S MANY WIVES

Brigham Young’s
Family

Listed here are the wives by whom Brigham
Young had children; date of marriage to each wife is in parentheses. Also is
the date of birth and deaths of the children (to the extent that they are
available)

MARIAM WORKS, 1806 – 1832 (1824)

Elizabeth, 1825
– 1903

Vaiate, 1830-1902

MARY ANN ANGELL 1803 – 1882 (1834)

Joseph A. 1834 – 1875

Brigham Jr., 1836 – 1903

Mary Ann, 1839 – 1943

Alice ( Emma) , 1839 – 1874

Luna, 1842 – 1922

John W., 1844 – 1924

LUCY ANN DECKER, 1822 – 1890 (1842)

Brigham Heber, 1845 – 1928

Fanny Caroline, 1849 – 1892

Earnest Irving, 1851 – 1879

Shemira, 1853 – 1915

Arta De Christa, 1855 – 1916

Feramorz Little, 1858 – 1881

Clarissa Hamilton, 1860 – 1939

HARRIETT E. COOK, 1824 – 1898 (1843)

Oscar Brigham 1846 – 1910

CLARISSA DECKER, 1828 – 1889 (1844)

Jeannette, 1849 – 1930

Nabbie, 1852 – 1894

Jedediah Grant, 1855? – 1856

Albert Jeddie, 1858 – 1864?

Charlotte, 1861
– 1892

CLARISSA ROSS, 1814 – 1858 (1844)

Mary Eliza, 1847 – 1858

Clarissa Maria, 1847 – 1935

Willard, 1852 – 1936

Phebe Louisa, 1854 – 1931

EMIL DOW PARTRIDGE, 1824 – 1899 (1844)

Edward Partridge, 1845 – 1852

Emily Augusta, 1849 – 1926

Caroline, 1851 – 1903

Joseph Don Carlos, 1855 – 1938

Mariam, 1857 – 1919

Josephine, 1860 – 1912

Lura, 1862 – 1862

LOUISA BEAMAN, 1815 – 1850 (1846)

Joseph, 1846 – 1846?

Hyrum, 1846 – 1846?

Moroni, 1847 – 1847

Alvah, 1848 – 1848

Alma, 1848 –
1848

MARGARET MARIA ALLEY, 1825 – 1852

Evelyn Louisa, 1850 – 1917

Mahonri Moriancumer, 1852 – 1884

EMMELINE FREE, 1826 – 1875 (1846)

Ella Elizabeth, 1847 – 1890

Marinda Hyde, 1849 – 1926

Myrum Smith, 1851 – 1925

Emmeline Amanda, 1853 – 1895

Louise Nelle, 1854 – 1908

Lorenzo Dow, 1856 – 1905

Alonzo, 1858 – 1918

Ruth, 1861 – 1944

Daniel Wells, 1863 – 1863

Ardelle Elwin, 1864 – 1900

MARGARET PIERCE, 1823 – 1907 (1846)

Brigham Morris, 1854- 1931

ZINA D. HUNTINGTON, 1821 – 1901 (1846)

Zina Prescinda, 1850 – 1931

LUCY BIGELOW, 1830 – 1905 (1847)

Eudora Lovina, 1852 – 1922

Susa Amelia, 1856 – 1933

Rhoda Mabel, 1863 – 1950

ELIZA BURGESS, 1827 – 1915 (1852)

Alfales, 12852 – 1920

HARRIET BARNEY, 1830 – 1911 (1856)

Phineas Howe, 1852 – 1903

MARY VAN COTT, 1844 – 1884 (1865)

Fannie, 1870 – 1950

Wives of Brigham
Young by whom he did not have children

Included in this
list are women Brigham Young held out to be wives, in the sense that he cared
for them in a temporal way as a husband would. He provided them with a home,
listed them in his will, and provided for their children by earlier marriages,
One supposes that all or most of these were not connubial marriages. The list
does not include the names of some thirty women who were “sealed” to
Brigham Young “for eternity only,” with no intension that he would
share earthly life with them or their children, if any, by earlier marriages.
The names below are given in the order of marriage or sealing.*

Augusta Adams
(Cobb) 1802 – 1886 (1842)

Susannah Snively
1815–1892 (1844)

Eliza R. Snow
(Smith) 1804–1887 (1844)

Martha Bowker
1822–1890 (1846)

Namah K .J. Carter
(Twiss) 1821–1909 (1846)

Mary Jane Bigelow
1822–1868 (1847) Divorced 1851

Harriet Amelia
Folsom 1838–1910 (1863)

Anna Eliza Webb
1844–? (1868) Divorced 1876

* Two plural wives
of Joseph Smith to whom Young was sealed during the winter of 1845–46 died
shortly thereafter; they might have been on this list if they had lived longer.
They were Olive Grey Frost, 1816–1845, and Maria Lawrence, 1823-1847

MUHAMMAD WAS “CELIBATE” COMPARED TO SMITH & YOUNG!

Racist comments made by leaders of the Church.
The leaders of the church up through the 1970s made it very clear why blacks were denied the priesthood. There are too many comments to list them all but here is a sample of the comments made by various LDS officials (emphasis added):
Brigham Young
“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, page 110.)You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, un- comely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race – that they should be the “servant of servants;” and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree. How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, [p.291] and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof. Until the last ones of the residue of Adam’s children are brought up to that favourable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood. They were the first that were cursed, and they will be the last from whom the curse will be removed. When the residue of the family of Adam come up and receive their blessings, then the curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will receive blessings in like proportion. – (Journal of Discourses 7:290-291, October 9, 1859)”You may inquire of the intelligent of the world whether they can tell why the aborigines of this country are dark, loathsome, ignorant, and sunken into the depths of degradation …When the Lord has a people, he makes covenants with them and gives unto them promises: then, if they transgress his law, change his ordinances, and break his covenants he has made with them, he will put a mark upon them, as in the case of the Lamanites and other portions of the house of Israel; but by-and-by they will become a white and delightsome people” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 7:336).It is not the prerogative of the President of the United States to meddle with this matter, and Congress is not allowed, according to the [p.40] Constitution, to legislate upon it. If Utah was admitted into the Union as a sovereign State, and we chose to introduce slavery here, it is not their business to meddle with it; and even if we treated our slaves in an oppressive manner, it is still none of their business and they ought not to meddle with it. Journal of Discourses 4:39-40 (Aug 31, 1856)

I DID NOT HAVE SEX
WITH ALL THEM WOMEN.

JO “CLINTON”
SMITH

Joseph Smith
Denied He Was A Polygamist!

Joseph Smith publicly denied all his life that he was ever
a polygamist. Yet, he had 33 wives, including his own foster daughters, the Lawrence sisters, aged 14
and 16. Joseph Smith was also “married” to women who were already
married and living with other men at the time, men who apparently did not know
their wives were married to Joseph Smith. In May of 1844 he declared:

“What a thing it is for a man
to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only
find one.” (History of the Church 6:411)

At that time, Joseph Smith had at
least thirty “wives”. He only provided for three of them (his public
wife Emma and his two foster-daughters who lived with him). The other women
were either very young girls still living at home, or they were the wives of
other men living with those men.

Here are more denials, from the pens of Joseph Smith, while he
was “married” to many different women:

History of the Church, vol. 2, pg.
247 (August 1835)

“The clerk of every church should keep a record of all marriages
solemnized in his branch. All legal contracts of marriage made before a person
is baptized into this Church should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as
this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and
polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one
woman but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty
to marry again.”

Messenger and Advocate (Aug 1835) pg. 163

“All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into
this church should be held sacred and fulflled. Inasmuch as this Church of
Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we
declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife: one woman, but one
husband, except in teh case of death, when either is at liberty to marry
again.”

History of the Church, vol. 5, pg. 30 (May 1836)

“Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of
fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man, should have
one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death,, when either
is at liberty to marry again.”

Messenger and Advocate (May 1837), pg. 511:

“1st. That we will have no fellowship whatever with any Elder belonging to
the quorums of the Seventies who is guilty of polygamy or any offense
of the kind, and who does not in all things conform to the laws of the church
contained in the Bible and in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.”

Times and Seasons, vol. 4, pg. 939 (October 1, 1842)

“All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into
this church, should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this church of
Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy:
we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman,
but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to
marry again. It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptized contrary to the
will of her husband neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her
husband.”

Times and Seasons, vol. 4, pg. 28 (December 1, 1842)

“He spoke of the various publications of Bennett and others, and of the
prejudices which they had necessarily excited-that the Mormons were charged
with sanctioning a community of wives and of goods, with polygamy,
and various other enormities, not one word of which is true.”

History of the Church, vol. 6, pg. 405 (May 25, 1844)

“Saturday, 25 — At home, keeping out of the way of expected writs from Carthage. Towards
evening, Edward Hunter and William Marks, of the grand jury returned from
Carthage; also Marshal John P. Greene and Almon W. Babbitt, who informed me
there were two indictments found against me, one chargine me false swearing on
the testimony of Joseph H. Jackson and Robert D. Foster, and one
charging me of polygamy, or something else, on the testimony of William
Law, that I told him so! The particulars of which I shall learn hearafter. There
was much false swearing before the grand jury.”

History of the Church, vol. 6, pg. 411 (May 1844)

“It is not right for a man to bare down his neck to the oppressor always.
Be humble and patient in all circumstances of life; we shall then triumph more
gloriously. What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing
adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one.”

Times and Seasons, vol. 5, pg. 423 (February 1, 1844)
“As we have lately been credibly informed, that an Elder of the Church of
Jesus Christ, of Latter day Saints, by the name of Hiram Brown, has been
preaching Polygamy, and other false and corrupt doctrines, in the
county of Lapeer, state of Michigan.”

The men who accused Joseph Smith of being a polygamist, and
have many wives, during the time he publicly denied he was a polygamist, and
stating repeatedly he was against polygamy and had only one wife, were:

*John C. Bennett. Former “Associate President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”.
Former Mayor of Nauvoo. Close friend and associate of Joseph Smith. Bennett
seduced a number of women and some young men in Nauvoo, and was eventually
disfellowshipped.

*William Law. The Second Counsellor in the First Presidency
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Law
claimed Joseph stole money, was a liar, thief,a possible murderer, and
polygamist. Joseph called Law a “liar” and insisted he (Joseph) was
not a polygamist.

*Sidney Rigdon. Former First Counsellor in the First
Presidency. Accused Joseph Smith of trying to seduce his daughter Nancy. In
letters and comments to others accused Joseph Smith of being a polygamist and a
“fallen prophet”.

*Brigham Young. Chief Apostle and successor to Joseph
Smith. Denied in 1845 that the Mormons practiced polygamy. However, in 1852, in
Utah,
admitted to the world that the Mormons DID practice polygamy in Nauvoo, and
that Joseph Smith was a polygamist with many wives in Nauvoo.

The diaries and statements of over 70 people, all Mormons,
have been gathered, all of which state that they were the wives of Joseph
Smith, or that Joseph Smith asked them to give him their daughter as a wife, or
that they were told by Joseph Smith, personally, that polygamy was of God; all
during the time Joseph Smith pubicly declared polygamy to be a “false
doctrine” and excommunicated anyone who taught polygamy openly.

Joseph Smith married five pairs of sisters: Delcena and
Almera Johnson, Eliza and Emily Partridge, Sarah and Maria Lawrence, Mary Ann
and Olive Grey Frost, and Prescinda and Zina Huntington. Patty and
Sylvia Sessions were mother and daughter.

This is what the Old Testament says about a man marrying a
mother and her daughter:

“And if a man take a wife and
her mother, it is wickedness, they shall be burnt with fire both he and they;
that there be no wickeness among you.” (Leviticus 20:14)

All of these women are listed as
“the wives of Joseph Smith” on the website Ancestry.com under the
genealogy of Joseph Smith. Ancestry.com is sponsored by the Mormon Church.

    Ra'anan says:

    What’s wrong w/polygamy? Lemekh had 2 wives, Abraham had a wife & a concubine, Jacob had 4 wives, Jews in Yemen STILL have more than one wife, so what. The Torah law about a man marrying a mother & daughter is prefaced by G-d speaking to Moses saying to the CHILDREN of ISRAEL! Those marriage laws have NOTHING TO DO W/GENTILES! Are you going to tell me next that gentiles have to keep levirate marriages as well? Oh & Abraham LIED to the Egyptians & said that Sarah was his sister so that they wouldn’t murder him & take her.

      I agree with most of your comment in sentiment, but I will point out one small flaw: Abraham wasn’t lying when he said that Sarah was his sister. She was his half-sister, as he explains when he’s caught. :-)

      (Let’s not get into why incest IS a problem!)

        Ra'anan says:

        Yeah, Rashi discusses that, but I wanted to keep things simple. You can also justify Jacob’s answers to his blind father in order to take the blessings. You sound yeshiva-educated.

          I’m not sure if that’s an insult or a compliment…but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Know many Meggie O’Dells who attend yeshiva? I’m a non-Orthodox convert. ;-)

          I wasn’t attempting justification, just laying out the critical facts– for the record.

          Ra'anan says:

          Yeshiva-educate indicates exposure to deeper levels of knowledge, so of course it’s a compliment. Of COURSE your named intrigued me! I thought it may be a Dell computer handle or something. Was your attraction intellectual or emotional? I keep wanting to slip into Hebrew w/you. The fact that we are having this conversation really indicates to me that you have a neshama. The integration of the neshama w/the guf is through a technical process & based on the knowledge you are displaying, I hope that you’ll go through that technical process. I see you as sharp & sensitive & I feel like I’m talking to someone way above the zera’ Ysrael stage.

          I’m sorry that I didn’t see this comment until now– I would definitely have responded. This is no longer on point for the article, but briefly: my attraction to Judaism is both intellectual and emotional, but I’d say that it was emotional for years before it was intellectual.

          As far as the technical process of conversion– I had a beit din with three halachically Jewish male witnesses and a kosher mikveh, so as far as integrating the neshama and the guf, I’m perfectly satisfied with the process. Not trying to be defensive; I just don’t feel the need to submit to someone else’s (i.e. not my community’s) understanding of halakha (nor to someone else’s bureaucracy) in order to feel “kosher.” Thank you very much for your kind words, and for both the gematria and the Ramban references. :-)

          Ra'anan says:

          I didn’t make sense to me way back when that you’d not responded. M, I live in Jerusalem & see ALL kinds of people at many, many different stages in their lives & their complications. One of the most difficult situations is an Israeli-RAISED child going to the rabbinate to get approved to be married only to find out that since their mother was lacking in the conversion process, they are cannot approve the marriage. This is usually a case of a KOSHER beith din & ritual bath, but w/o commandments observance. The mother, at the time, said that was enough for her, never expecting her daughter to want to be accepted by all of Jewry, instead of merely in the limited confines of her (the mother’s) community. I’m certainly not telling you what to do because Jewishness is a HUGE responsibility. I only want you to be aware of other consequences that may not be apparent at this stage. Also, the criteria for guf-neshama integration (aka giyur) come from Tractate Yevamoth & are not at all subjective just like the criteria for American citizenship is not based on subjective feelings. A Cuban citizen who knows American history, speaks like an American, parties on the 4th of July, FEELS he’s American, will still be turned away at the American border. I’m telling you this because their is a Tosefoth in Tractate Yevamoth that says there’s a chiyuv to assist the sincere in guf-neshama integration & he brings the sad story of Timna’ to back up his position. We are always up against 2 issues: truth vs. comfort, & this is EVERYBODY & ALL of the time. Remember, Beith Din must be shomrei shabbath. I’m not judging you, I only want to make sure that you have all of the information to make an informed choice & whatever you do, I really, really wish you the very best (ESPECIALLY since you are both SHARP AND SWEET, an unusual & desirable combination!). kol tuv, Ra’anan

          Thank you– really. I already knew about the issues with my future children, and I take the whole thing very seriously. Thank you again for your kind words.

          I’m sorry that I didn’t see this comment until now– I would definitely have responded. This is no longer on point for the article, but briefly: my attraction to Judaism is both intellectual and emotional, but I’d say that it was emotional for years before it was intellectual.

          As far as the technical process of conversion– I had a beit din with three halachically Jewish male witnesses and a kosher mikveh, so as far as integrating the neshama and the guf, I’m perfectly satisfied with the process. Not trying to be defensive; I just don’t feel the need to submit to someone else’s (i.e. not my community’s) understanding of halakha (nor to someone else’s bureaucracy) in order to feel “kosher.” Thank you very much for your kind words, and for both the gematria and the Ramban references. :-)

        Ra'anan says:

        Actually, I believe that brother-sister incest is called chesed/loving kindness because they would be an ideal couple because of their similar mindset. A similar rationale is given in Mesekheth Yevamoth regarding a preference for a man to marry his sister’s daughter. Rationally, it makes sense. Socially, it makes people uptight because of conditioning. Many societies have a lot of cousins marrying each other. Amongst Ashkenazim this has led to certain genetic disorders & a dna registry helps couples know if they are at risk before marriage. Other ethnic Jewish groups each have some type of dna issue for the same reason, but usually not as severe as Ashkenazim. Arabs in Israel & other places are having a LOT of genetic disorders because of a lot of cousin marriages w/in the same gene pool. Qaballisitcally, guys who are “overly” sexual are said to have “extra” chesed (even if it has led to adultery, which is a misdirection of his desire. This desire is parallel to the life flow that comes from G-d to His people (a la Shir HaShirm where the Male references are HaShem & the female are ‘Amekh עמך).

          That’s a very traditional (and non-textual) understanding of Shir haShirim, but okay. The “Amekh” reading of the female parts of Shir ha Shirim…I’d like to see your source for that, if you have it. :-)

          Brother/sister couplings are a direct violation of Torah law (Leviticus 18). (Abraham gets a pass because 1.) it was before the Torah was given and 2.) it was outside the land of Israel.) Marriage to a niece or a cousin is not problematic, and aside from the fact that the Torah has no issues with it, has exponentially fewer genetic issues than does a sibling marriage.

          I should have been clearer: I meant that immediate family incest is problematic for many reasons. Personally, I have no issue with cousins marrying, but some psychologists indicate that such couplings can still have an element of coercion in them that makes true consent impossible.

          Ra'anan says:

          Gevereth! The “‘Amekh” was an archaic Yiddishism!!! NOT from Shir HaShirim! The male-female: H’-His people connection can be traced to many sources, but I like starting w/the Ba’al HaTurim on the pasuq that “HaShem gave her to him,” in reference to Eve to Adam. He points out that the gematriya is 24. Now before you go getting nervous about gematriyoth, the concept already exists & the gematriya is just backup, like glue to hold it together, though that sounds slightly crass. To understand what 24 is, you have to gather as many through TaNaKh & Shas & look for a common denominator or just see what the Ba’al HaTurim says…they are the 24 jewels of the bride. You can google image “Yemenite hina” or ‘Ofra Haza z’l has a famous shot w/these wonderful jewels (google Ofra Haza Yemenite Songs) & you can see SOME of them, but there are many more around the chest, around the face & the tall conical hat. Definitely go to a Yemenite Jewish hina if you ever get the chance! Just to let you know that the Ba’al HaTurim is a heavy, he’s one of the sons of the Rosh. The Beith Yosef’s Shulchan ‘Arukh is usually based on a majority of 2 out of 3 amongst the Rif (Fez, Morocco), Rambam (Spain, Morocco, Egypt) & the Rosh (fled Germany to France, then to Spain & blew away the Sefaradim so he was elevated to be 1 of the big 3). It was unusual for Sefaradim to halakhically consider Ashkenazi positions, but he proved himself (his rebi, R. Meir of Rotenberg, jailed by the local king or mayor or whatever for ransom, was the LAST of the Ba’alei Tosefoth so the Rosh represents all of the Tosefoth, THE Ashkenazi position in halakha & the Ba’al HaTurim is his son who knew the best of both Ashkenazi AND Sefaradi worlds, very unusual & special). Now down to the business of LOVE! There are 24 hrs in each day, each infused w/a different ‘flavour” of combinations of H’s Name, there 24 mishmaroth/guards of cohanim in the Temple, 24 fingers in each cubit of stone in the Temple, 24 threads in the curtain of the Holy of Holies which serves as MODESTY & beyond only the high cohen-priest goes beyond (as a “bride”) on Yom Kippur as part of the service, but in privacy, there are 24 gifts of the cohen, there are 24 BOOKS of TaNaKh which when we learn puts 24 jewels upon the Jewish people (Ari z’l), Talmud: 24 queries that Reish Leqeish would ask R. Yochanan to sharpen him (as a result R. Yochanan authored the Jerusalem Talmud), 24 ANSWERS that Rashbi (R. Shim’on bar Yochai would give AFTER exiting from the cave after many, many years) & HE authored the Zohar…24 years that R. ‘Aqiva studied Torah & acquired 24, 000 disciples, 24 chapters of Tractate Shabbath when we are far more “intimate” w/HaShem, 24 women who went out on shabbath w/a special bejeweled hat in honour of shabbath when they found it to be permitted & on & on, these are just off of the top of my head, I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot.
          24 is really a chazaqa of 8. Since there are 7 emotional traits, if one overcomes those natural emotional traits, they are employing something ABOVE their emotions & that’s called intellect/sekhel/da’ath & it is NOT natural. EMOTIONS are natural, intellect is therefore SUPERNATURAL. To acquire a good use of intellect a person engages in wisdom. When Joseph separated Simon/Shim’on from Lewi/Levi, Lewi was allowed to grow in wisdom & continued to do so even in the Egyptian exile, while the other tribes did NOT. That is why Lewi was able to not be seduced by the Golden Calf & that is why they were awarded w/the priesthood/kehuna which has 4 garments (4 is space). The high cohen-priest though wears…8 garments. There were originally only 4 cohenic families to schlep around the mishkan/tabernacle. This was increased to 8 because of the intellect, then Samuel/Shemuel increased it to 16, then King David increased it to…24!!! David’s names WITH the yod is also…24! The shema’ is 25, but barukh shem kevodh malkhutho le’olam wa’edh is…24!!!! 24 are jewels of the bride to seduce & excite her husband through her goodness! Notice that it is a function of INTELLECT. For the record, a chazaqa of 24 (24 x 3)=72, ‘AV, which is the ultimate tiqun, but that’s not for now (is it?). Think of the 42 lettered Name said during Yom Kippur in the Temple heard all the way to Jericho. Remember that 3 is always chesedh-gevura-tifereth (chagath) which is really mercy.
          3, 30, 300, 3000, 30000 etc is all the same, just different levels of intensity. There were 42 encampments in the Sinai Desert, but if you add mercy to them you get 42 + 30=72. Also, the exodus brought out 288 sparks from Egypt. 288/12 tribes=24, each tribe’s behaviour was “seducing” HaShem. How many children did Jacob have? 12, BUT…each had a twin, so that’s…24. Enough for now.

          Ra'anan says:

          i don’t think the Abraham-Sarah marriage originating outside of Israel makes it permissible once they ARRIVED in Israel. That’s the RambaN’s pov on Jacob & his two wives & one of the reasons that Rachel had to die OUTSIDE of Israel. In M. Yev. marriage to a niece is RECOMMENDED! ? את מבינה עברית, נכון

The REAL Reason Joseph Smith was killed
in 1844

Mormons are told from birth that Joseph Smith was a martyr,
that he voluntarily went to Carthage Jail in June of 1844 to surrender his life
for the truth “as a lamb to the slaughter”; knowing he would die for
the truth. They are not told the “reason” he was arrested. Most
Church teachers simply tell young Mormons that Joseph Smith was arrested on
“trumped up charges”; not telling them what the charges are. Mormons
youth believe this, without question, that Joseph Smith was arrested and killed
merely because he was the head of an unpopular religion. The truth is this:

In 1844 a Mormon named Lawrence
dies. He has two orphaned daughters, Sarah and Maria, ages 14 and 16. Before
his death, Lawrence
names the two leaders of the Church at that time, Joseph Smith, and his first
counsellor in the First Presidency, William Law, to be the Guardians (i.e.
Foster-Fathers) of the two girls. Who better men to trust than the two closest
men to God on earth? Lawrence
leaves his daughters about $1800 in cash and holdings, a huge sum at that time.

William Law, the first counsellor in the First Presidency of
the Mormon Church, then claims the following. He claims that Joseph Smith
“married” both the daughters to himself (Joseph), who were living the
Smith home at the time. That’s right! Joseph Smith married his own
foster-daughters! Law also claims that Joseph Smith appropriated their
inheritance money for himself. William Law then discovers that Joseph Smith has
many more secret “wives”. He concludes that Joseph has “fallen”.
He privately confronts Joseph Smith, who tells him polygamy is of God and that
Law just had to accept that. This is at the same time Joseph Smith is publicly
denying he is a polygamist, and also excommunicating anyone who publicly
teaches polygamy.

William Law then forms a cabal with some other apostate
Mormons to depose Joseph Smith and take over the Church (Law is First
Counsellor, the second highest Mormon Church office). Members of this cabal
include some of the highest men in the Church at that time. Most of the
Apostles were away on missions to England. The cabal plan to either
get Joseph Smith arrested and sent away, or publicly disgraced so that Joseph
Smith would resign as Prophet. There is no evidence they plan to kill him, or
that any of them had anything to do with his assassination. They plan to
appoint David Whitmer as the new Prophet of the Church.

David Whitmer was one of the “Three Witnesses” to
The Book of Mormon. It was on a Whitmer farm that the Book of Mormon was
translated. It was at another Whitmer farm that the Church was founded in 1830.
Whitmer left the Church in 1838, claiming that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery
had a “band of Danites” who were stealing from Gentiles (non-Mormons)
and that Cowdery had threatened his life for revealing that fact. Whitmer left
and settled in Richmond, Missouri. He tried to start another “Church of Christ” but his efforts proved
fruitless. The cabal in Nauvoo decided to wrest the Church away from Joseph
Smith, and have Whitmer appointed the new Prophet. The group decides to publish
a newspaper called “The Nauvoo Expositor” which will, in a few
issues, expose Joseph Smith as a secret polygamist, thief, liar, tyrant, and
“fallen” prophet (not false, but “fallen”). They buy a
printing press, and issue the first edition of The Nauvoo Expositor.

Joseph Smith, as mayor of Nauvoo, immediately orders the
Nauvoo Expositor to be closed, and orders the Town Marshall to take the plates
for the publication into the street and destroy them. The Marshall obeys, and the type and printing
press is carried out into the street and destroyed with large hammers. William
Law and the other members of the cabal (all of them Mormons in high Church
positions) say they received many death threats, and had to leave Nauvoo for
their own safety.

The governor of Illinois
then issues an arrest warrant for Joseph Smith, because he has illegally shut
down an opposition newspaper. Joseph Smith does not go quietly. He first calls
up the 3,000 strong Nauvoo Legion, and asks them to prevent his arrest at all
costs. The Governor issues a new arrest warrant for treason against the State,
because only HE (the Governor) can call up a State Militia for action, and the
Nauvoo Legion is part of the State Militia of Illinois. He issues a direct
order for the Nauvoo Legion to stand-down. Joseph Smith then flees to the Territory of Iowa, but a number of close friends of
his accuse of him of being a coward. Joseph Smith reluctantly returns to Nauvoo
and surrenders himself to the Sheriff of Hancock County, who takes him to Carthage, the county
seat. At Carthage Jail, Joseph Smith procures a smuggled-in firearm, and also
writes letters asking the Nauvoo Legion to come to Carthage and rescue him from jail.

On June 22nd, 1844, a mob painted in black face gathers
outside of the jail, and then storms it. They kill Hyrum Smith, and wound John
Taylor, a Mormon apostle. Joseph Smith fires at the mob with his gun, wounding
two. When he is out of bullets, he gives the Masonic sign of distress (raising
both arms into squares and saying, “O Lord My God! Is there no help for
the widow’s son?” Masons promise to come to the aid of other Masons
whenever they hear this). Joseph Smith gets out “O Lord My God…”
but is shot before he can finish saying the rest. Even though there are Masons
in the mob, none come to his aid. He tries to escape out a window, but is shot
from the ground. He falls out the window to the ground, and is shot again
repeatedly until he is dead.

The Masonic “Grand Hailing Sign of Distress”. This
sign is given plus the phrase: “O Lord my God! Is there no help for the
widow’s son?”. Joseph Smith learned this when he became a Mason in Nauvoo.
Masons are supposed to come to the aid of other Masons when they see this
“sign”. Joseph Smith attempted this in Carthage Jail, but it didn’t
work.

Joseph Smith had NO intention of dying in Carthage. He did everything to try to prevent
that. He tried escaping to Iowa,
but was called a “coward” by his closest friends and supporters. He
tried calling up the Nauvoo Legion to prevent his arrest. He then wrote to Nauvoo
from the jail asking the legion and Marshall
of Nauvoo to come get him out of jail! At first he thought the “mob”
outside was his rescue party. As the mob stormed the jail, he shot two of the
mob members with a “12 shooter” designed by a Mormon named Browning,
father of the famous gunsmith.

The reason why Joseph Smith was arrested is because he
illegal shut down a newspaper which was revealing that he was secretly a
polygamist; a fact that the Mormon Church has admitted as FACT since 1852.

MORMONISM UNVEILED;ORTHE LIFE AND CONFESSIONSOF THE LATE MORMON BISHOP,JOHN D. LEE;
(Written by Himself)EMBRACING A HISTORY OF MORMONISM FROM ITS INCEPTION
DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME, WITH AN EXPOSI-
TION OF THE SECRET HISTORY, SIGNS,
SYMBOLS AND CRIMES OF THE
MORMON CHURCH.ALSO THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE HORRIBLE BUTCHERY KNOWN ASTHE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE:——————–
ILLUSTRATED
——————–ST. LOUIS:
BRYAN, BRAND & COMPANY.
NEW YORK: W. H. STELLS & CO.
1877. Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1877, by
BRYAN, BRAND & CO.,
In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. BECKTOLD & CO., BINDERS,
315 Pine Street.Press of Chas. B. Woodward & Co.
915 & 917 N. 6th st. St. Louis. PUBLISHERS’ PREFACE.———————
JOHN D. LEE’S prominent connection with the Mormon Church, and the almost universal desire on the part of the public to know the secrets that he could tell, gave a peculiar interest to the life and doings of this man, and led to a general inquiry for his Autobiography and Confessions. This has caused the publication of several pretended “Lives and Confessions of John D. Lee,” the materials for which were collected from fragmentary newspaper reports, and advertised by certain unscrupulous publishers as genuine. We therefore deem it but simple justice to those who may read this book, to state how we obtained the true and only LIFE AND CONFESSIONS OF JOHN D.LEE. It was stated at the time of Lee’s execution that he had left the manuscripts of his Life and Confessions with his confidential attorney for publication. We at once wrote to Col. Wm. Nelson, U. S. Marshal of Utah Territory, requesting him to give us the address of Lee’s attorney. He replied promptly, stating that Mr. W. W. Bishop, of Pioche, Nevada, was the man. We immediately entered into correspondence with Mr. Bishop, and made a contract with him for the publication of the work. In proof of the fact that this is the genuine and only genuine Life and Confessions of John D. Lee, we refer to Col. Wm. Nelson, U. S. Marshal Utah Territory; Hon. Wm. Stokes, Deputy U. S. Marshal, U. T.; Hon. Sumner Howard, U. S. Attorney, U. T.; the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune; Col. Geo. M. Sabin, Pioche, Nevada; Mr. Wm. W. Bishop, of the same place, and to John D. Lee’s letter to Mr. Bishop, on page 84 of this book. Lee wrote his Life and Confessions in prison, after his sentence to death, and subsequent to his execution his manuscripts were copied and prepared for publication by Mr. Bishop. They were at no time out of his possession or from under his immediate control, until they were delivered to the express company on the 17th day of May, 1877, to be forwarded to us. The Mormon leaders were so greatly alarmed at the prospect of the publication of Lee’s writings, and the consequent revelation of their secrets and crimes, that they sent their “Blood Atoners” to threaten the life of Mr. Bishop, and, If possible, compel him to give up the manuscripts. The danger was so great that he was compelled to have his office guarded while engaged in copying the papers; and when they were ready to be forwarded to the publishers, the Wells, Fargo & Co. Express refused to receive them until they were furnished with an armed guard to protect them until they were beyond the reach of the Mormons. The fears of the Mormon dignitaries were well founded, for Lee’s revelations of crimes committed by them are of the most startling character.THE PUBLISHERS. PREFACE———— I WAS requested by John Doyle Lee, after he had been sentenced to be shot for the part he took in the commission of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, to publish an account of his life and confessions, in order to inform the world how it was that he had acted as he had, and why he was made a scape-goat by the Mormon Church. I accepted the trust, and, in giving publicity to the facts now, for the first time fully brought to light, I am only performing what I believe to be a duty – to him, and to the public. The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands without a parallel amongst the crimes that stain the pages of American history. It was a crime committed without cause or justification of any kind to relieve it of its fearful character. Over one hundred and twenty men, women and children were surrounded by Indians, and more cruel whites, and kept under constant fire, from hundreds of unerring rifles, for five days and nights, during all of which time, the emigrants were famishing for water. When nearly exhausted from fatigue and thirst, they were approached by white men, with a flag of truce, and induced to surrender their arms, under the most solemn promises of protection. They were then murdered in cold blood, and left nude and mangled upon the plain. All this was done by a band of fanatics, who had no cause of complaint against the emigrants, except that the authorities of the Mormon Church had decided that all the emigrants who were old enough to talk, should die – revenge for alleged insults to Brigham Young, and the booty of the plundered train being the inciting causes of the massacre. John D. Lee was one, and only one of fifty-eight Mormons, who there carried out the orders of the Mormon Priesthood. He has died for his crimes – shall the others escape? The entire history of this atrocious crime is given in the confession. How it was done, and why it was the wish of the Mormons that it should be done, all Is fully stated. As one of the attorneys for John D. Lee, I did all that I could to save his life. My associates were, and are able men and fine lawyers, but fact and fate united to turn the verdict against us. The history of the first and second trials is familiar to most of the American people; therefore, I will not describe them here, any more than to say, Mormonism prevented conviction at the first trial, and at the second trial Mormonism insured conviction. After Brigham Young and his worshipers had deserted Lee, and marked him as the victim that should suffer to save the Church from destruction, on account of the crimes it had ordered; after all chances of escape had vanished, and death was certain as the result of the life-long service be had rendered the Church, the better nature of Lee overcame his superstition and fanaticism, and he gave to me the history of his life, and his confession of the facts connected with the massacre, and wished me to have the same published. Why he refused to confess at an earlier day, and save his own life by placing the guilt where it of right belonged, is a question which is answered by the. statement, that he was still a slave to his Endowment and Danite oaths, and trusted until too late to the promises of protection made to him by Brigham Young. John D. Lee was a fanatic, and as such, believed in the Mormon Church, and aided in carrying out the orders of that Church. I believe it is my duty to publish this work, to show mankind the fruits resulting from obedience to Mormon leaders, and to show that Mormonimm was as certainly the cause of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, as it is that fanaticism has been the mother of crime in all ages of the world. I also wish the American people to read the facts, as they are told by a mistaken and fanatical follower of the Mormon doctrines, yet, one who was a brave man, and, according to his ideas and teaching, a good man; who did not believe he was doing wrong when obeying the commands of the Mormon Priesthood. I wish the American people to read this work, and then say, if they can, what should be the fate of those who caused the crime to be committed. The following pages contain simply true copies of material, furnished me by John D. Lee, for the purpose of being published; all of which was written by him while in prison, and after the jury had returned its verdict of guilty. I have no excuses to offer for publishing the work just as it is. It is what it purports to be, a full history of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and also a sketch of the life of John D. Lee, embracing a revelation of the secret history of Mormonism, from its inception down to the death of Lee; with a correct copy of him confession as given to me for publication. If any feel injured by the facts, I cannot help it. If this publication shall, in any degree, aid in securing the much-needed legislation, demanded by the American citizens of Utah, from the National Government, so that Church criminals, as well as Gentiles, can be convicted in Utah, I shall feel that I have been paid well toy all the vexatious I have endured in the land of the Saints, where they murder men, women and children for the glory of God, and the upbuilding of His kingdom. I also believe this publication will be an advantage to the large number of naturally good and honest people, who inhabit Utah, who joined the Church, and moved to Utah, believing it their Christian duty to do so. To that class of people I am indebted for many favors, and with them future prosperity.WM. W. BISHOP,
Confidential Att’y of John D. Lee.PIOCHE, NEVADA, May 17, 1877.

Joanna, there are groups that make “fixed truth claims,” and we call these groups “religions.” There are other groups that encourage “a set of evolving questions,” such as philosophy classes and encounter groups. The LDS church doesn’t move from one category to the other just because you have changed, but still want to call yourself “MormonGirl.” Groups do evolve, but something must remain at the core. The core of any religious grip is the fixed belief. “We are the people who believe X, or pretend to believe X, or at least don’t object to X out loud so that we can still be accepted as if we did believe X.” Adding “used to believe X but are now openly questioning X,” no, that just doesn’t work.

quatra says:

I always pity the people who (think) they need religion. The concept of religion (together with money, estrogen, testosterone and other real and virtual faults built-in by nature’s errors in engineering) is the first and foremost cause of all the killing and wars.

Susie says:

As a Mormon who adores studying Jews and Hebrew and reading Jewish history, I am completely baffled by this article. We’re taught doctrines and principles in church. Many people don’t think deeply about things (pretty sure that’s the norm in the world), but for those of us Mormons who like to think deeply about things and examine our place in the world and in God’s eyes compared with everyone else, it’s encouraged by spiritual leaders (aka the 12 apostles) and those who are wise members of the church. We grow line upon line and expect to find spiritual insight when we study even secular topics.

So, I think it just depends on the person who wants to take the time to think about our past and us today. Otherwise, we’re not going to teach or hear that in church. Our job in church is to learn and participate in the ordinances of salvation and live lives that help us grow closer to our Savior and spiritually overcome our problems through greater faith, THAT is real, THAT is our substance, THAT is what our religion is about. Everything else is subject to opinion and time and if you aren’t too busy living your life to think about Jews and Mormons in the real world.

Joanna, I can be an “orthodox” and a feminist and a thinker! I wish you wouldn’t forget about us!

havok says:

I am also waiting for that opening to arrive, it was refreshing to read this article. Thank you.

Heidi says:

Does this author even know her history along with her religion?

So many Christians are historically ignorant. Mormons included.

The Tribe of Judah was only ONE of the Tribes, not all Twelve.

Judaism was NOT created until the first and second century AD (after Christ), this was formed by Rabbis that followed the Pharisee teachings – the MONEY CHANGERS, they use the Babylonian Talmud BEFORE the Torah (Old Testament). It was created after the FALL of the Last Temple. You know the Temple Christ accused them of turning into a DEN OF THIEVES.

John Ch 8 the Jews ADMIT that their “Fathers” have NEVER been slaves — meaning that they COULD NOT be the ancient Israelites, as the Israelite nation were SLAVES in Egypt. Also, 80-90% of Jews today are descendants of CONVERTS from Central-Eastern Asia.

The ignorance of people of all faiths is ASTOUNDING. Do any of you EVER pick up a FREAKING BOOK???????

Judah does NOT equal Jew. Even their own histories (Jews) prove this.

M. Jonas says:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I found it extremely interesting. As a reform Jew living in NYC I work for a firm based in Salt Lake City remotely. During my trips to the office I have been treated with respect. I was asked politely if I had any dietary restrictions and one staff member in particular drew parallels between our faith in an interesting conversation. Interestingly, the ones who questioned my beliefs were colleagues who were not members of the Church of Latter Day Saints . . . They were of other Christian denominations and one gentleman in particular could not understand how I did not accept Jesus as my savior or that I have never read the Book of Revelation.

When I flew out for my initial interview I had major travel issues. I reached out to the synagogue in SLC and was welcomed. It was nice to know that the song I sang as a camper was true — wherever you go there is always someone Jewish.

Thank you again.

Mrs Bloom says:

You say you go to Mormon church every Sunday, so obviously you still believe the teachings of the Mormom church. What’s the point of taking your Jewish husband with you to the Mormon services? Are you trying to convert him?

Stephanie says:

I think the author is on point in her description about how most Mormons think, but overly optimistic in her hopes that the LDS church is beginning to allow for openness and questioning. I was briefly a member of the LDS church just a few years ago — joined as an adult convert, but left within two years after I came to realize how wrong many of the specific LDS beliefs/doctrines seemed to me. I definitely felt like there was no openness to questioning. If you questioned anything, teachers and bishops turned it back at you — your level of faith is doubted, because if you “have a strong testimony”, you don’t question LDS doctrine. Any attempts at real discussion were quickly deflected by most active mormons I spoke with.

This is a scenario that occurs more and more, sometimes to the non-liking of stakeholders on the Mormon or the Jewish side. The organization I belong to seeks to build bridges of enhanced and respectful understanding between Mormons and Jews. There is in fact much to be learned and respected both ways. It gives us much more spiritual substance. The organization I speak of is http://www.mormonsandjews.org; non-profit, no proselyting, just friendship, understanding, and shared culture.

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