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Bi-Weekly Newsletter of Judaic Theocracy
Week of 19 Kislev, 5767 / December 10, 2006
Editor: Boruch (Bryan) Ellison
It happened once again, this time even more freakishly.
In the Sept. 17 issue of our newsletter we reviewed the startling, unnatural death of Steven Irwin, the Australian "Crocodile Hunter" who advocated environmentalism and conservationism in "moderate" amounts. In September, while scuba-diving off the coast of Australia, Irwin was struck directly in the heart by a normally harmless stingray in a bizarre "accident" that killed him almost instantly. Stingrays, biologists observe, rarely attack humans, and in any case their stings are almost never fatal; but this one struck with amazing accuracy between Irwin's ribs right into his heart, an astronomically improbable event by purely natural explanations.
We noted that the Torah teaches that
Some readers of this newsletter didn't like that concept very much. So
On October 18th, hardly one month after Irwin's untimely demise, James Bertakis, a retired Florida man, was out boating with his granddaughter and her friend when another such stingray, weighing about thirty pounds with a wingspan of perhaps three feet, jumped out of the water straight into Bertakis' boat and stung him in his chest, directly into his heart! The animal's barb lodged in the heart tissue, cutting open the heart wall and causing heavy blood loss and a collapsed lung. Bertakis ended up in the hospital in critical condition, and we haven't heard how he fared since then.
Needless to say, authorities had never before heard of such an event anywhere around Florida, referring to it as a "freak accident," something that was "extraordinarily rare." Experts said they had "never heard any reports of a stingray attacking a person" (other than Irwin the month before). And even if one would, the odds of blindly striking directly into a person's heart are less likely than a given person winning the lottery. The point, of course, was to get our attention.
Why was Bertakis so obviously targeted by the Creator? Probably for the same general reason as Steve Irwin the previous month. Bertakis was described in media reports as being athletic and an avid outdoorsman in other words, probably not a big opponent of conservationism yet he was also a retired real estate developer (that is, someone who isn't exactly a big environmentalist, either). So like Irwin, Bertakis was apparently not choosing a clear side in the war between
Irwin and Bertakis were struck in rapid succession precisely because they were not extreme radicals, but rather because they had so much in common with ordinary people who try to stay out of the approaching war between good and evil. These events were Divine warnings to comfortable, middle-class people, rather than to fighters on either side of the war.
Time is running out, and soon it's going to become very dangerous to "play it safe" somewhere in the middle.
"Issues of World War III" Survey
"How can we prevent corporate scandals and ensure proper ethics are maintained by business leaders?" There was no trend at all in the responses this time. Every single answer was represented more or less equally: stricter enforcement against corporate leaders, abolishing corporations altogether, deregulating corporations, and "other." The additional comments reflected the general uncertainty of what to do, but with a common feeling that the system as a whole is in a serious mess. These are some excerpts:
The earliest corporations date back a few centuries, before the founding of the American republic. But the corporate dominance of the economy didn't take place until the twentieth century. Today, not only large companies but even private-practice doctors or other small businesses have incorporated.
The motivation is obvious. In troubled economic times when inflation, high taxes, massive debt loads, and the rising cost of regulations can leave businesses out in the cold, it can be comforting to shield oneself behind the "corporate veil" that protects against bankruptcy. If the company goes under, its owners the investors don't.
But with that protection comes a high price. Any corporation, even the tiniest one, can't really be run by its owners. A wall of separation is created between ownership and management, requiring a board of directors who actually make the day to day decisions but who generally don't own the company.
That structure sets up the worst possible situation for running a business. The owners, who are motivated to make the business succeed, don't run it. Decisions are not just made by managers without much of a personal stake in the company's success and who can always jump ship to the next company when things go sour, but worse, by a committee of such managers. Anyone who has ever tried to organize serious business knows how ineffective and damaging committees can be.
The result is a parasitic class of professional managers who move from one company to the next, stacking it with their freeloading friends by creating layers of unneeded management and useless job titles while looting the company for all it's worth while the money's available. They award the investors' money to their friends and allies in contracting firms, including advertising and marketing people who can't sell anything, and run the business into the ground with dangerous acquisitions of failing companies that merely add nice-looking "achievements" to their personal resumes, or with just plain incompetent management decisions.
It was therefore inevitable that we would increasingly witness corporate scandals in which managers bilk the investors and stockholders, rip off the company's assets, and sink the ship while enjoying the party. As government spending, taxes, inflation, and regulations continue to rise, making business survival harder than ever, the number of corruption scandals and criminal prosecutions can only be expected to rise as well. This, in turn, provides the excuse for Marxists and their allies to argue for nationalization of the economy.
One of the leading Communist revolutionary objectives has always been the "democratization" of businesses, especially those critical to an industrial economy. The aim has been to remove control of business from the hands of its owners and investors, ultimately transferring entire industrial sectors to the management of "workers' councils," or "soviets" (in Russian), under the control of the Communist Party. The aim is the destruction of the industrial economy itself.
Modern corporations have already achieved much of this goal. And they've opened the door to Communist agents who have infiltrated management, from where they can redirect corporate policy to fit Environmentalist or Public Health objectives; they can arrange for its advertising budget to subsidize Leftist media outlets while paying for subversive, immoral commercial advertising; and they can spend the corporation's philanthropic donations on Marxist organizations. All these policies are now being seen with almost all large corporations, driven by growing ranks of secret Communist agents recruited either (a) while in college or business management school, or (b) while traveling on business trips to Soviet Russia, Red China, or other Communist Bloc nations where the secret police is able to use seduction, blackmail, and other techniques to recruit approximately half of all such visitors.
Thus investors are pouring their money down rat-holes that seem to produce easy returns now, but which will eventually crumble taking the stockholders' hard-earned money (including life savings) with them.
Relevant Torah Principles:
1) Torah Law does not allow an owner of any property to be anyone but a human being. A company or institution cannot be its own entity, nor can it be owned by another such entity. Nor may any business owner evade his financial obligations in case of debt or bankruptcy. These principles are explicitly stated in Jewish Law, but presumably apply equally under the Noahide Laws.
2) The owner of any property, including a business, may be an individual or partners, including unequal partners, under Torah Law. Property may also be held collectively by the community or nation as a whole; in that case, the government is the caretaker and supervisor of the property, as the representative of the people, and must manage the property in the best interests of the people as a whole.
3) Despite the theoretical problems, the rabbis have accepted the principle of corporations, and have permitted people to form and use such entities. The religious basis of this permission may be that, according to Torah Law, corporations and corporate property actually belong to the government, which then uses its Torah-derived authority to assign management of those properties according to the rules of corporations that it has established. In other words, Torah only recognizes corporations as being public, or government, property that has been assigned to certain managers, rather than being private property, which must be owned by actual human beings with full financial responsibility.
4) These permissions do not mean that government is encouraged to allow corporations to exist, nor itself to hold public property of any kind. Under the Noahide Laws, such permissions are only to be used for the benefit of society as a whole. In a modern, industrial, capital-development economy, which thrives much better in private property and is badly inhibited or dysfunctional when publicly owned, it becomes imperative that the government divest itself of as much public property as possible. The damaging economic effect of corporations and their special bankruptcy protections likewise mitigates for the government to reverse and abolish this privileged status, together with the entire corporate structure of business.
The corporate economy of today is a badly unstable entity that will soon collapse forever. It will either be converted to a system of privately owned businesses without special protections or democratized management, or it will plunge into radical Socialism under Communist revolutionary control. The former will bring great prosperity, the latter crushing poverty and famine.
Either way, the end result will be the economy of private ownership with the coming of Moshiach (the Messiah) and the Redemption in the near future. If we go through a Marxist revolutionary period, that will merely serve as a spiritual purification before Communism is completely annihilated.
But we'll obviously be much better off if we make the transition directly to the Messianic, capitalist system of private property. And that will only happen through our repentance before
And now for this week's survey question:
|In response to a recent call by President Bush, NASA has proposed new manned missions to the Moon, including permanent bases. Is this a wise idea?
(1) Yes, let's create Moon bases now.
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The "Sanhedrin" Cover-Up Is Beginning
The Moscow-controlled "Sanhedrin" has been badly exposed as having leaders with Communist ties who openly participate in forbidden interfaith activities, as having numerous connections to the Communist-front
When all else fails, Communist agents always resort to dialectical publicity stunts to make themselves appear to be loyal, patriotic, religious guys. Specifically, they arrange to be "opposed" or "persecuted" by their fellow agents who are openly Leftist, counting on people's wishful thinking to drown out evidence of their subversive activities.
Last week, one of the bogus "Sanhedrin's" leaders, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, managed to have himself detained by the Israeli police on unclear charges of allegedly supporting the nation's right-wing opposition. The same "Sanhedrin" that never takes a stand against PLO funding (nor even against Israeli surrender of land, etc.) was accused of making some namby-pamby, minor criticism of a military officer who persecutes Jewish settlers. The fact is that, as usual, neither the phony "Sanhedrin" nor Rabbi Ariel took any real action against the officer for his treasonous actions; they just made a big show of mildly recommending he not be honored in any synagogue.
That made the entire "arrest" of Rabbi Ariel all the more mystifying. Not only were the unstated charges not clear, but for that mattter it was never established that the Rabbi was even arrested at all. He was simply brought to a police station for a short while, then left again. But immediately the "Sanhedrin" and its supporters loudly proclaimed this as indirect evidence that they're taking a stand against the Leftist Israeli government. Arutz Sheva, the phony "right-wing" media group controlled by agents of Israeli intelligence, made a big fuss over the whole affair as alleged "proof" of the "Sanhedrin's" new right-wing credentials. Of course, Arutz Sheva has also played the leading role in promoting the bogus "Sanhedrin" all along.
Our newsletter has profiled Rabbi Ariel in past issues for his ties to the Communist-front
Another "Sanhedrin" member,
This isn't the first time
In attempting to restore the "Sanhedrin's" image, Moscow may even resort to publicly attacking its own agents, such as Rabbis Adin Steinsaltz or Yoel Schwartz, who lead the group. Or
They'll be too busy promoting those same agents.
(Note: The underground Communist apparatus and its aboveground tentacles are actively engaged in subversion in all sectors and institutions of society today. Its agents would dearly love to know the full extent of our information, which would assist their disinformation efforts. Consequently, we do not divulge all our facts or sources. These profiles are intended only as a warning to the wise to monitor the individuals and groups exposed here, and to avoid their influence.)
A Wave of New Endorsements for the PLO-Defunding Campaign
We've received some new signatures on our PLO-defunding Proclamation from rabbis in America and Israel. Some of them have said openly that they're signing because of those who have signed previously which shows the powerful influence of participating. Not only do your own actions make a huge difference, but they start a domino effect that mobilizes others to get involved, too.
You can see the updated list of endorsers at our PLO-defunding web site on ATTAC Report.
Summary of PLO-related terror attacks these last two weeks, Wednesday (November 29) through Tuesday (December 12): While Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and his fellow Communist agents continued to paralyze Israelis on instructions from Moscow, the KGB-directed PLO network kept up a steady rate of Kassam missiles, bombings, Molotov cocktails, gunfire attacks, knifings, and other techniques of wearing down their victims' will to fight.
Very little credit was reported in the media for specific attacks, although the PLO's Fatah group the same one heavily funded to the present day by the Bush Administration openly boasted of carrying out attacks and of their plans to fire missiles from the West Bank into Jerusalem and other cities. The Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades took credit for at least one of the Kassam missile launches (with help from their Hezbollah front in Lebanon, created years ago as an unofficial arm of the PLO), and the PLO-controlled Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) joined with the PLO-coordinated Islamic Jihad in admitting they ambushed Israeli soldiers with gunfire that injured two.
The PLO's war of intimidation against Arabs continued unabated. Palestinian shops and cafes were torched or destroyed with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), while an Israeli Arab was targeted in a knifing attack that sent him to the hospital for emergency treatment. Arabs are getting the message: The PLO can strike almost at will at anyone who will not cooperate with the despised Marxist revolution, and Israelis won't bother protecting the helpless Arabs. It's no surprise that Arabs are increasingly desperate to flee the growing PLO Communist regime in the West Bank and Gaza or else are finding themselves trapped in a nightmare that forces them to participate in a war they never wanted.
Aid to the PLO, from the United States, Europe, and the United Nations, is decidedly higher in recent months, fueling the ongoing escalation of terrorism. And the traitors of Olmert's government are helping in every way possible. The phony "right-wing" member of Olmert's cabinet, Avigdor Lieberman, is visiting Washington, DC, this week to try to persuade Congress to open the floodgates of PLO aid even faster, and Olmert himself is publicly supporting the idea of bringing United Nations "peacekeeping" troops into Israel's Gaza Strip to protect the PLO (and to open the door for Soviet Russian and Red Chinese armored divisions).
The PLO badly needs the money, without which it couldn't sustain the terror war, much less build an infrastructure for an invasion by the Communist Bloc's Red Army. Visit our PLO-defunding site, at www.attacreport.com/plo/volunteer.php, to find out how you can help turn the tide against dollars for terrorism.
Casualty count for this last week (not counting dead & injured terrorists):
(Sources: various Israeli and American news agencies)
Letters to the Editor
(Part 3 of a letter with several questions regarding Hasidic Gentile religious observance):
" May Noachides take any prayer out of the orthodox siddur [prayer book] and adjust it to fit a Noachide, or is this forbidden? May I devise my own daily prayers that our family does, and borrow from Jewish prayers or must I make them from scratch? " LW.
Our response: Jewish prayers were formulated by the Men of the Great Assembly, a rabbinical body over 2,000 years ago that responded to the fact that many Jews, as a result of the Babylonian Exile, no longer knew how to pray properly. So the rabbis composed the same basic prayers used today by Jews everywhere, and which have only been modified with certain additions over the course of centuries, as defined in parallel traditions. But how should non-Jews pray?
Under the Noahide Laws, the minimum obligation for gentiles is to pray whenever there is any need, rather than relying on other forces, luck, or oneself (That doesn't mean a person should sit back and do nothing; on the contrary, one is expected to take full action. But one is also obligated to acknowledge that one's own efforts cannot succeed except with
These are the basic, minimum rules for gentile prayer. But in practice, gentiles should actually do much more. Some have recommended that gentiles pray once every day, parallel to the main Jewish morning prayers. There is also a good case to be made that gentiles should pray three times a day, as Jews do, and even that gentiles may use most of the text of the Jewish prayers as found in the siddurim (prayer books) as long as the person's intent is proper, and probably leaving out certain blessings (such as those on the "Shma" or the "Hallel").
Most rabbis will tell you that gentiles are not bound by any particular formulation of prayers, since the Jewish prayers were composed by rabbis and thus would not be binding on gentiles. But at the same time, there are certain rules that gentile prayers must follow, and they should strive to do more than the bare minimum required by the Noahide Laws.
To deal partly with this dilemma, I composed a "Universal Prayer Guide for Hasidic Gentiles" a few years ago, which was accepted by every rabbi who read it and which can be downloaded from our site (www.noahide.com). But that Guide is really only a beginner's introduction to proper gentile prayers. One who is ready to take more spiritual responsibility would be better advised to use a Jewish prayer book, subject to advice from one's local rabbi about certain specific blessings that may be best to avoid.
That's the best that is available at this time. In order for prayer to be properly respectful and effective, the most important advice is not to invent prayers from scratch, nor to use "free-form" prayers as so many Christians do nor to use the subversive "prayers" and illegitimate "blessings" formulated by the
To be continued
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