Totale Mondfinsternis (auch) über Augsburg

July 29, 2018

 red moon between city theater and cathedral of Augsburg

In vielen Kulturen und Religionen wurden (und werden) Phänomene wie Kometen, Sonnen- oder Mondfinsternisse als (meist: schlechte) Omen oder Vorzeichen gehalten, die bevorstehende Katastrophen wie Kriege, Hungersnöte und dergleichen ankündigen, während es sich für Astronomen im Grunde leicht zu berechnende Routineereignisse handelt, die – keine Frage – nichts desto trotz, im Wortsinn sehenswert sind.

Ähnlich nüchtern betrachtet das klassische Judentum solche Erscheinungen. Schon Jeremia ben Hilkia sagt:

אל דרך הגוים אל תלמדו ומאתות השמים אל תחתו  כי יחתו הגוים מהמה

Lernt nicht den Lehren der Völker und fürchtet euch nicht vor den Zeichen des Himmels, wie sie sich fürchten. Denn die Praktiken der Völker sind nutzlos“ (Jeremia 10.2-3)

Und auch im Talmud heißt es ganz sicher: „Folgen die Juden den Worten Gottes, haben sie keinen Grund, sich wegen solcher Zeichen Sorgen zu machen.“ (Sucka 29a)

Roter Mond zwischen Perlachturm und Rathaus

fotografiert aus dem 7. Stock mit Zoom

Although many people all over the world regard solar or lunar eclipses as somewhat sinister omen, astronomers in contrary rate those occurrences quite prosaic as regular and calculable constellations – which however by all means are worth watching, no doubt.

Similar sober is the traditional Jewish standpoint in relation to any of those celestial phenomena. Already the prophet Jeremia ben Hilkia said:

Do not learn the ways of the peoples and don’t be frightened by signs in sky, although they are frightened of them. For the practices of the peoples are worthless.”  (Verse 10.2-3)

While the Talmud is likewise unambitious: “When the Jews follow the word of God, they have no reason to worry about all those signs.”

 

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Zion and Jerusalem

May 11, 2018

For Jerusalem Day: Thoughts on the centrality of Zion and Jerusalem from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel.

The sages in Eretz Yisrael were furious. True, Hananiah was a great scholar, among the greatest of his generation. But even after he left for Babylon, Hananiah continued to set the Jewish calendar, deciding whether to add a leap month and determining the first day of the month.

The sages dispatched two messengers to Hananiah with the following warning: “If you insist on setting the calendar outside of Israel, then go build your own altar and publicly declare that you and your community in Babylon have left the Jewish people and no longer belong to the God of Israel.” The Babylonian Jews were stunned to hear this message, wailing, “Heaven forbid! We are still part of the Jewish people!”

 

Read more: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/22138

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts”l

First Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, revered and famed Torah sage, philosopher, writer, poet, iconic and beloved leader of religious Zionism and the return to Zion (1865-1935).


Bar Kochba – Son of Star

November 15, 2017

Bar Kochba – the ancient star of Israel (short instructive video)

 

Bar Kochba followed the same strategy that the Jews had followed in the first rebellion against Rome. He first reconquered the Galilee to cut the Romans off from the sea. Then he surrounded Jerusalem and forced them out. He had active support of most of the rabbis – in contradistinction to the first two revolts against Rome. In those instances the rabbis were at best neutral. In this war, the most influential rabbi lent his name to the cause, was Akiva ben Joseph. It was Rabbi Akiva who ascribed to Shimon bar Kochba the famous messianic verse: “A star will shoot forth from Jacob” (Numbers 24:17). That is how he got the name “Kochba,” which means “star.” In essence, Rabbi Akiva crowned him the Messiah. Rabbi Akiva was so widely respected among the people that if he saw in Shimon messianic qualities then the people immediately elevated him to the level of the Messiah.

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Augsburg gegen Antisemitismus

August 20, 2017

filmed by Yehuda Shenef, August 8, 2014 Synagoge Augsburg, Innenhof

Mayor Kurt Gribl, Rabbi Dr. Henry Brandt, Israeli consul general Dan Shaham, head of Jewish community Alexander Mazo


Israel – The Neighborhood Bully (Bob Dylan song)

May 16, 2017

Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man

His enemies say he’s on their land

They got him outnumbered about a million to one

He got no place to escape to, no place to run

He’s the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully he just lives to survive

He’s criticized and condemned for being alive

He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to have thick skin

He’s supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in

He’s the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land

He’s wandered the earth an exiled man

Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn

He’s always on trial for just being born

He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized

Old women condemned him, said he could apologize

Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad

The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad

He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it, and the odds are slim

That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him

‘Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back

And a licence to kill him is given out to every maniac

He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, he got no allies to really speak of

What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love

He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied

But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side

He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace

They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease

Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep

They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep

He’s the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone

Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon

He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand

In bed with nobody, under no one’s command

He’s the neighborhood bully.


100. Todestag Ludwig Zamenhof

April 13, 2017

Vor hundert Jahren, am 14. April 1917 starb Ludwig Zamenhof, der Erfinder des Esperando.

Elieser Samenhof als Schüler (1879, wikipedia)

Geboren wurde er am als Eliezer Levi Samenhof am 15. Dezember 1859 in Białystok. Seine Eltern und Großeltern waren bereits in der Haskala engagiert. Nach den Pogromen von 1882 wandte Samenhof sich dem Zionismus zu, am dann aber zu der irrigen Ansicht, dass es nicht gelingen könne, den Staat Israel wieder zu gründen und Hebräisch als gemeinsamen Sprache des Staates zu etablieren. So ersann er unter dem Pseudonym Dr. Esperando („Hoffender“) eine internationale Sprache, die nationale Grenzen überwinden sollte. Aus seinem Pseudonym wurde schließlich der Name der Sprache. Zamenhof starb 1917 in Warschau. Sehr viele seiner Verwandten, die ebenfalls Esperando gelernt hatten, wurden Opfer der Nazis.

Zamenhof-Straße. Tel Aviv (Israel), Wikipedia


Svulon & Ish’shachar

May 30, 2016

depiction of the Israeli tribes of Svulon and Ish’shachar at Synagogue of Augsburg, designed by Heinrich Lömpl (1877-1951) for Fritz Landauer about 100 years ago, colorfully adopted by Chana Tausendfels in 2010:

Svulon and Ishshchar Israel Tribes at Synagogue of Augsburg

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