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I'm an Irish Girl, A Dubliner, with the 'Gift of the Gab' ... I like to talk & to tell you things. In Celtic times news, views and comment were carried from place to place by wandering Seanachaí ~ Storytellers ~ who relied on their host's hospitality and appreciation. I will need that from you too, as I venture to share Politics, Poetry, Laughter, Love, Life & everything in-between ... from Bog to Blog!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Travesty of Torah Desecration!!

This Obscenity came to my attention as the minutes closed to Shabbat Observance on Friday ....  it so Horrific, so Disgusting, so Obscene, so vomit inducing;   I'm so Sickened ~ totally filled with Indignation & Rage ~  it is as though I have witnessed a Rape.  Which I have ~ a Rape of Torah.  May these fakers die painfully and their names be forever obliterated from history .... Yemach sheimem v'zichrem!!!!
Popular Christian messianic missionary and hebraic roots teacher, self styled  "Rabbi" Ralph Messer, of Simchat Torah Beit Midrash (www.torah.tv),  wraps scandalized mega-church leader Eddie Long in a Torah scroll and crowns him as king.  "Rabbi" Ralph Messer declaring the soon-to-be divorced accused homosexual pedophile Eddie Long.  Eddie Long took in young fatherless teen boys, lavished them with expensive gifts (homes, trips, cars, jewellery, etc,) and had intimate sexual relationships with them.  
When the boys brought it to court, and after initially denying the allegations, Long settled out of court for a reported $15,000,000 awarded to each party and a gag order. When this "Minister" took his place back in the pulpit, the boys were horrified and spoke out despite the agreed gag order.  This is who is to be a King of Israel????  This is who was imbibed with the ritual use of a Jewish Torah scroll???    I felt sick to my stomach it was so nauseating.   Torah is not a Toy!!!

Ha'Shem looked into Torah & created the world ... Torah is precious beyond words, and is in the Keeping of B'nei Yisrael. Only B'nei Yisrael. To usurp (incorrectly so!) the Torah in this self glorifying parody amounts to Rape of Torah.  This man desecrated a Sefer Torah,  one that survived the Shoah no less (if he is to be believed) ~ Millions of Jews died rather than desecrate Torah,  murdered in the ovens of Auschwitz  .... How much more offensive to their memory can you possibly get??

This 'Rabbi' Ralph Messer represents himself as a Jew ~ He is NOT a Jew.  He does not represent recognizable Jewish thought or practice in his (mis-) representations of the Torah or any Minhag.  This obscene material is a good reason why Jewish leaders need to temper those evangelical and prophetic flames with strict halachic borders, and to consider who these Idolators are teaching our Torah to.

I want to combat just some of the obvious lies and deliberate distortions in the video extract below ....

The Torah cover is not a "foreskin." Hyper-masculine, hyper-sexualization of the Torah reduces the Holy Torah to a problematic phallic symbol ~ Hashem's? or Long's???     Perhaps this is a Brit Milah????  It is totally a LIE.   Grammatically and symbolically, the Torah is feminine in Hebrew and is personified as "She," as in "She is a Tree of Life," in Mishlei. 3:18.  The Shekinah is the majestic presence or manifestation of Ha'Shem in this earth,  it denotes the dwelling or settling divine presence of Ha'Shem amongst his people and again is a Female presence.  The Brit Milah is a Specific covenant between Ha'Shem and B'nei Yisroel ONLY.    And no ritualistic occasion is going to confer it upon such a faker .... It is RAPE of Torah & it's teachings by garrolous goyim.

The Torah 'wrapper' is not referred to as a "belt of righteousness" anywhere I've ever seen.

The claim that "only one of great authority" is given a "finger" to touch the scroll is patently false. Any Bar or Bat Mitzvah, girl or boy, woman or man, who has completed the rite of passage, can chant the Torah according to the (minhag) custom in their congregation. Torah scroll pointers, called "hands," (yadayim), not "fingers" are common gifts and possessions in Jewish families and communities.

The claim that 90 percent of the Jews in the world have "never seen, approached or touched" Torah scrolls is utterly without foundation. The Torah is taken out of the Ark during Shabbat and other services ....  it is processed through the assembly twice where people reverence it (Her!) by touching and kissing it/Her.

The frequent references to significant numbers may be an attempt to mimic the Jewish mystical tradition of Gematria that elicits meanings from numbers and their contexts. The speaker is devising his own system without reference to any of the classical texts in Judaism, frequently by simple free- and word-association.

The point that "these"  presumably Torah scrolls are only given to "cities in need of anointing" is false. Individuals, families and religious communities own and commission Torah scrolls and keep or give them as they see fit, to synagogues, Jewish seminaries and other schools and museums.

The claim that the kings of Israel were crowned with Torah scrolls wrapping them has no foundation in Torah/Tanakh.  None.  However, the great second century rabbi Hanina ben Teradion, was however wrapped in a Torah scroll and burned alive in his martyrdom ... a conflation of 'tales' perhaps????   There is no precedent for presenting anyone, even a fictitious Israelite-ish monarch with the Torah wrapper.  None.  It is like playing to the 21st Century Crowd!!!

The donning of the Tallit, prayer shawl, is done by those who have completed their Bar or bat Mitzvah ~ whatever it was that just occurred, it had none of the requisite elements of a bat or bar mitzvah. In addition the tallit is donned by pulling it over one's head and reciting the traditional prayer, which was not done in this video.

The elevation of Long lifted in the chair by four men seems to have been borrowed from Jewish wedding festivities and has noting to do with coronation; there is no evidence of this practice among Israelite or Judean monarchs.  And the desectation of the Kohenite blessing is stomach churning.


And I want this  Sefer Torah back .... my Grandfather Lubomir ben Alter Menachem, OBM.  perished in Auschwitz.   It desecrates his Torah Observance in life to have such Idolators demean it so.  Y'mach Shemo!!!!!

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