October 18, 2010
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his weekly Saturday night sermon said that non-Jews exist to serve Jews.
“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,” he said during a public discussion of what kind of work non-Jews are allowed to perform on Shabbat.
“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat,” he said to some laughter.
Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party and the former chief Sephardi rabbi of Israel, also said that the lives of non-Jews are protected in order to prevent financial loss to Jews.
“With gentiles, it will be like any person: They need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” said the rabbi, who recently turned 90.
But does this square with what the Talmud teaches? Yes, it does. But just how far does this go? Surely this is just theoretical.
You might be surprised. Counterpunch, August 2009: “Israel’s very first, historic heart transplant used a heart removed from a living patient without consent or consulting his family.”
Many Christians labor under the delusion that the Talmud is just annotations on the books of Moses. I remember a neo-evangelical friend telling me years ago that his men’s group was reading Everyman’s Talmud in order to better understand the Old Testament (best construction). But the Talmud has virtually nothing to do with the Torah (i.e. the Pentateuch); it has nothing to do with the Scripture and faith of Old Testament Israelite believers.
But don’t take our word for it. Bookmark this: The Talmud Unmasked by Father Iustinus Bonaventura Pranaitis (HTML Book). Fr. Pranaitis prophesied his own death at the hands of the Jews. He was martyred by Bolshevists on January 28, 1917.
It’s really a shame—I mean it: a real shame—that the LSB Altar Book omits the prayer for the Jews from the Bidding Prayer. In fact the LSB contains no prayers specifically for the Jews. Not a single one.
Rewind to the the 1941 TLH. This is what you would have prayed on Good Friday:
Here are the collects in reference:
There is absolutely no good reason for the removal of this prayer. Sadly, it appears that the editors of the LSB cared more about currying favor with the world than they did about the eternal salvation of this miserable, cursed people.
Don’t be offended. “Miserable” means “pitiable.” Cursed means…well, cursed! But it doesn’t mean that a given Jewish person cannot be saved. Consider what the father of the LCMS, C. F. W. Walther, had to say about the earthly fate of the Jews:
[I]f one dreams of a glorious future of the Jews as a special nation, perhaps with a return to Palestine [and] ruling over all nations, that already borders on chiliasm and becomes dangerous and objectionable. As a nation the Jews will remain Jews till Judgment Day, for 1 Thess. 2:16 says that God’s wrath has come upon them eis telos, till the end [of time]. And Christ says: “This generation [or “race”] will not pass away till it all comes to pass” (Matt. 24:34). As a nation there is no more hope for them; there is salvation for them only if they enter the open door of the Christian church. But then they also stop being Jews, and their glory will be no greater than that of other Christians. In the kingdom of God physical descent provides no privileges (Matt. 3:9).
C. F. W. Walther, Essays For The Church: C.F.W. Walther, Volume I, 1857-1879 (CPH, 1992), 188
I can’t wait to meet Walther in heaven. Stop being a Jew! What a wonderful evangelical admonition.
Also, stop coveting my kidneys.
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