By Marc Chagall (Mark Zakharovich Shagal) from www.msgr.ca
The Praying Jew
Yeshua (Jesus) knew the weight of the Talith over his head, the warmth of the prayer shawl about his shoulders.
Prayer was not casual, accidental.
Prayer was intentional, deliberate.
The phylacteries may have reminded him of Joseph who may have given him
these symbols of prayerful discipline.
The two would have sat beside each other in the Synagogue at Nazareth.
Maurycy Gottlieb (1856--1879). Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. Vienna. 1878. Oil on canvas. 96 1/2 x 75 1/2 in. (245.1 x 191.8 cm.) Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The artist's self portrait is standing to the right of the seated rabbi, looking outwards. The inscription on the Torah scroll says "Donated in memory of our late honored teacher and rabbi Moshe Gottlieb of blessed memory 1878." The artist has depicted himself and his wife at various stages of life. All of the men in the painting are of the author at different ages and similarly the women are all of his wife.
(From Jewish Art, edited by Grace Cohen Grossman, ISBN 0-88363-695-6, page 199. Copied with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel with EF 50mm f/1.8 mounted on a copy stand at the UConn art department. ISO 100, f/8, 1/15s. The image was then cropped and level-adjusted with Gimp and saved with a JPEG quality of 0.95.)
May our G-d bless all of you and keep you on this, your most high and holy day. I know that the above reference to Jesus in the first picture may seem galling to you.
I am not trying to convert anyone. Jesus was a Jew, and as more evidence comes along, unlike the portrayal of him in a certain movie by a certain moonbat, the realization for me, at least, is that Jesus, the Jew - spoke Hebrew, as a Jew to his fellow Jews, first and foremost.
We Gentiles seem to think that Jesus spoke red letter King James English, and that Jesus was a bit on the Germanic side of the racial scale. Over time, we have erased his Jewishness from our minds, and as a result, he is no longer a Jew. I guess that explains why churches are ever willing to "divest" from Israel.
In any case, a great lie and evil has been perpetuated over the years.
Whether or not you believe in him as the Messiah is neither here nor there to me.
Be the Jew and I will be the Gentile Christian. Everyone else hates us anyway...sadly, many of them are Jews and Christians! Go figure.
Having long ago given up on the church as it is in this country, I have found myself most comfortable cloaked in invisibility, alongside those who are also invisible to me. I pray and think about you all each and every day. You are all more real to me than my own self! We are spiritual sojourners in a parched land. Much love to you, Annie and joem, and Rabbi Brody, Pamela at Atlas Shrugs, the Elders of Zion, Israpundit, all of you, a blessed Yom Kippur.
Did not Amos predict the coming famine? And is it not here already?
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
In this long day of fasting, may you feast upon the words of G-d, and may He sustain you and preserve your land.
We are governed by buffoons and wretches.
Today, belatedly, I will keep a fast, from sun-up to sundown. And you invisible Jews and Christian sojourners, and all you agnostics, too....you will be in my heart and prayers and always in my one thought this day.
G'mar Chatima Tova!
(and may you all be inscribed into the Book of Life)
A fitting close: From Ocean Guy, via Elder of Ziyon:
The following true story, dramatically demonstrates the deep prayer in the heart of every Jew, for a world free of hate and violence, for a world of peace.
For Benaya Rein, of blessed memory, his prayer was not fulfilled in his life time. But he has left it for us here in the world, to meditate upon, as part of his legacy.
Benaya Rein was killed on Saturday night, the last day of the war. Benaya, along with his four young comrades, were part of the special unit that rescues wounded soldiers and soldiers in distress. Benaya became a legend even before his death, for his never ceasing, heroic, rescue efforts under heavy fire, throughout the war. Benaya and his comrades almost never slept, and he SMS'd his mother only once during the month of the war. There was no time, Benaya was saving lives while risking death, every minute.
The day after his death, his grief stricken younger sister went into labour and gave birth to her first child, a son.
The following Sunday, when the family got up from Shiva, they went first to the cemetery to visit Benaya grave, and then to the Brit Milah of their new grandson - who they tearfully named Benaya. One Benaya was taken from this world, another was given.
When the family went through Benaya's belongings, they found a piece of paper, handwritten by Benaya, with a prayer that he carried with him into war. The text is below, in Benaya's own handwriting, and translated into English. In memory of Benaya and the message that he left for all of us, with his death, let's spread his story this Yom Kippur to the world he left behind, and let us forever remember the Prayer of a Jew as he goes into battle -
"Please G-d, let there be no more war"!!
May it be your will Dear G-d, our L-rd, and L-rd of our fathers, that you erase war and the spilling of blood from the world and that a great and wonderful peace should overtake the world; that nation should no longer lift up sword against nation, nor should they learn war anymore. Rather let all residents of the Earth recognize and know the ultimate truth - that we did not come to this world for arguing or fighting - G-d forbid - and not for hatred or deceit, spitefulness or spilling of blood, G-d forbid. Rather, we have come into this world in order to recognize and to know You, the Blessed One.
Shabbat Shalom and ....
G'mar Chatima Tova!