Is Torah “Antisemitic” ?


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if you do not obey the Lord, your God,

to observe to fulfill all His commandments

and statutes which I am commanding you this day,

that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

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You shall be cursed in the city, and you shall be cursed in the field

Cursed will be your [food] basket and your kneading bowl

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Cursed will be the fruit of your womb,

the fruit of your soil, the fruit of your livestock,

those born from your cattle and the flock of your sheep

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You shall be cursed when you come,

and you shall be cursed when you depart

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The Lord will send the curse of shortages, confusion, and turmoil upon you,

in every one of your endeavors which you undertake,

until it destroys you and until you quickly vanish,

because of your evil deeds in forsaking Me

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The Lord will make pestilence cleave to you,

until it has exterminated you from upon the land,

to which you are coming, to possess it

The Lord will strike you with consumption,

fever, illnesses with burning fevers,

a disease which causes unquenchable thirst,

with the sword, with blast,

and with yellowing,

and they will pursue you until you perish

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And your skies above you will be [like] copper,

and the earth below you [like] iron

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The Lord will turn the rain of your land into powder and dust,

raining down upon you from the heavens until you are destroyed

* * * * *

The Lord will cause you to be broken before your enemy:

you will come out against them in one direction,

but you will flee from them in seven directions.

And you will become a terrifying [example] to all the kingdoms on earth

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Your corpse will be food for all birds

of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth,

and no one will frighten them [away]

* * * * *

The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt,

with hemorrhoids, with oozing sores,

and with dry lesions, from which you will be unable to be cured

* * * * *

The Lord will strike you with insanity,

with blindness, and with bewilderment

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You will grope at midday,

as the blind man gropes in the dark,

and you will be unsuccessful in your ways.

You will be only oppressed and robbed all the days,

and no one will save [you]

* * * * *

You will betroth a woman, but another man will lie with her.

You will build a house, but you will not live in it.

You will plant a vineyard, but you will not redeem it[s fruits]

* * * * *

Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes,

but you will not eat from it.

Your donkey will be snatched right in front of you,

and it will not return to you.

Your flock will be given over to your enemies,

and you will have no savior

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Your sons and daughters will be given over to another people,

and your eyes will see [this] and long for them all day long,

but you will be powerless

* * * * *

A people unknown to you will eat up the fruit of your soil

and [the result of] all your toil.

You will be only wronged and crushed all the days

* * * * *

You will go insane from the vision before your eyes that you will behold

* * * * *

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The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs

with a terrible skin eruption from which you will be unable to be cured;

[it will eventually cover you] from the sole of your foot to the top of your head

* * * * *

The Lord will lead you and your king whom you will have established over you,

to a nation unknown to you or your fathers;

and there, you will serve other deities [made] of wood and stone

* * * * *

And you will become an [object of] astonishment,

an example, and a topic of discussion,

among all the peoples to whom the Lord will lead you

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You will take much seed out to the field,

yet you will gather in little,

for the locusts will finish it

* * * * *

You will plant vineyards and work [them],

but you will neither drink of [their] wine, or gather [the grapes],

because the worms will devour them

* * * * *

You will have olive trees throughout all your boundaries,

but you will not anoint with [their] oil,

because your olive trees will drop off

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You will bear sons and daughters,

but you will not have them,

because they will go into captivity

* * * * *

All your trees and all the fruit of your soil the cicada will make destitute

* * * * *

The stranger who is among you will arise above you,

higher and higher,

while you will descend lower and lower

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He will lend to you,

but you will not lend to him.

He will be at the head,

while you will be at the tail

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All these curses will befall you,

pursuing you and overtaking you to destroy you

because you did not obey the Lord, your God,

to observe His commandments

and statutes which He commanded you

* * * * *

And they will be as a sign and a wonder,

upon you and your offspring, forever

* * * * *

because you did not serve the Lord, your God,

with happiness and with gladness of heart,

when [you had an] abundance of everything

* * * * *

Therefore, you will serve your enemies,

whom the Lord will send against you,

[when you are] in famine, thirst,

destitution, and lacking everything,

and he will place an iron yoke upon your neck,

until he has destroyed you

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The Lord will bring upon you a nation from afar,

from the end of the earth,

as the eagle swoops down,

a nation whose language you will not understand

* * * * *

a brazen nation,

which will not respect the elderly,

nor show favor to the young

* * * * *

They will devour the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your soil,

to destroy you.

They will not leave over anything for you of the grain,

wine, oil, offspring of your cattle or flocks of your sheep,

until they annihilate you

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And they will besiege you in all your cities,

until your high and fortified walls in which you trust come down,

throughout all your land.

And they will besiege you in all your cities

throughout all your land, which the Lord, your God, has given you

* * * * *

And during the siege and the desperation

which your enemies will bring upon you,

you will eat the fruit of your womb,

the flesh of your sons and daughters,

whom the Lord, your God, gave you

* * * * *

The most tender and delicate man among you,

will begrudge his own brother

and the wife of his embrace and the rest of his children,

whom he will leave over

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of giving any one of them of the flesh of his children that he is eating,

because not a thing will remain for him in the siege

and in the desperation which your enemies will bring upon you,

in all your cities

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The most tender and delicate woman among you,

who would not venture to set her foot upon the ground,

because of delicateness and tenderness,

will begrudge the husband of her embrace

and her own son and daughter

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and the infants who emerge from between her legs,

and her own children whom she will bear,

for she will eat them in secret,

in destitution, in the siege and the desperation

which your enemies will inflict upon you, in your cities

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If you do not observe to fulfill all the words of this Torah,

which are written in this scroll,

to fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord, your God

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Then the Lord [will bring upon] you

and your offspring uniquely [horrible] plagues,

terrible and unyielding plagues,

and evil and unyielding sicknesses

* * * * *

And He will bring back upon you all the diseases of Egypt

which you dreaded,

and they will cling to you

* * * * *

Also, the Lord will bring upon you

every disease and plague

which is not written in this Torah scroll,

to destroy you

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And you will remain few in number,

whereas you were once as numerous as the stars of the heavens

because you did not obey the Lord, your God

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And it will be, just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do good for you and to increase you,

so will the Lord cause to rejoice over you

to annihilate you and to destroy you.

And you will be uprooted from the land

which you enter therein, to possess it

* * * * *

And the Lord will scatter you among all the nations,

from one end of the earth to the other,

and there you will serve other deities

unknown to you or your forefathers, [deities of] wood and stone

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And among those nations,

you will not be calm,

nor will your foot find rest.

There, the Lord will give you a trembling heart,

dashed hopes, and a depressed soul

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And your life will hang in suspense before you.

You will be in fear night and day,

and you will not believe in your life

* * * * *

In the morning, you will say,

“If only it were evening! ”

and in the evening, you will say,

“If only it were morning!”

because of the fear in your heart

which you will experience

and because of the sights that you will behold

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And the Lord will bring you back to Egypt in ships,

through the way about which I had said to you,

You will never see it again.

And there, you will seek to be sold to your enemies

for slaves and handmaids,

but there will be no buyer

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These are the words of the covenant,

which the Lord commanded Moses

to make with the children of Israel

in the land of Moab,

besides the covenant

which he made with them in Horeb

Devarim- Deuteronomy- Chapter 28 ; 15-69

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“I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;

I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.

I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,

like a flock in its pasture;

the place will throng with people

Micah 2: 12

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Then I said,

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,

    you rulers of Israel.

Should you not embrace justice,

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    you who hate good and love evil;

who tear the skin from my people

    and the flesh from their bones;

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who eat my people’s flesh,

    strip off their skin
    

and break their bones in pieces;

who chop them up like meat for the pan,

    like flesh for the pot?”

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Then they will cry out to the Lord,

but he will not answer them.

At that time he will hide his face from them

    because of the evil they have done.

This is what the Lord says:

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“As for the prophets
    

who lead my people astray,

they proclaim ‘peace’
    

if they have something to eat,

but prepare to wage war against anyone

    who refuses to feed them.

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Therefore night will come over you, without visions,

    and darkness, without divination.

The sun will set for the prophets,
   

 and the day will go dark for them.

The seers will be ashamed
  

  and the diviners disgraced.

They will all cover their faces
    

because there is no answer from God.”

But as for me, I am filled with power,

    with the Spirit of the Lord,
 

   and with justice and might,

to declare to Jacob his transgression,

    to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    

you rulers of Israel,

who despise justice
    

and distort all that is right;

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10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
    

and Jerusalem with wickedness.

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11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,

    her priests teach for a price,
    

and her prophets tell fortunes for money.

Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,

    “Is not the Lord among us?
    

No disaster will come upon us.”

12 Therefore because of you,
    

Zion will be plowed like a field,

Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
    

the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets

Micah 3

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Be a Rose


Be a rose

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Giving fragrance when caressed

Held up softly, crushed or destroyed

 

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In abundance it fills the ambiance

Never withholds what it contains

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Every person you come by

Paths have crossed, wisdom unknown

 

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Don’t let it pass or go to waste

Without a whisper, heart to heart

 

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Spiky shells hide weary souls

Fragile and wounded throbbing in pain

 

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Just like you, carry own load

Seeking retreat, hurting and cold

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Wash tears and fears with a glowing smile

Extend your hands, embrace a face

 

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Reassure with a tender gaze

Delight, as you leave your scent behind

 

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Brush your surrounds with your heavenly soul

Paint grey days with rainbow hues

 

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lilac and mauve, violet and green

Red and amber, pink and blue

 

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Scatter your pearls for all who seek

Sparkles of joy, boundless sublime

 

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Awaken seeds of love, dormant inside

Watch barren hearts tremble and bloom

Be a rose

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THE MEANING OF LIFE – MUSLIM SPOKEN WORD – معنى الحياة


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4iq5NM4IRA

 

Just BE, anyway


When the sun shines every morning

It does not think what if someone objects to its heat

It would Just give its best, anyway

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When twilight falls in the evening

It does not care who would curse its darkness

It would just embrace all, anyway

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When Sky gates flung open to relinquish earth

It does not hesitate in case some passers by would get wet

It would just rain anyway

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When you align yourself with the Most Sublime

You would not consider how people see you;

Would they mock you

Would they belittle you

Would they hurt you

Or would they even kill you

You’re constantly content in magnificent harmony

You would just BE, anyway

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Clues


In faces of children, pure, innocent and adorable, I see the beauty of God

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In my inexplicable ability to feel joy and sorrow, I see the heart of God

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In my humble capacity and willingness to forgive I see the compassion of God

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In my unfathomable awareness and comprehension, I see the Mind of God

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In the ocean of love gushing through my being, embracing all, I see the face of God

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Evidence of God? You bet


“For the scientist who has lived his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries”

Robert Jastrow (Astronomer and physicist at NASA)

God and the Astronomers

{سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ  } فصلت:53
 

 

In Palestine, Something Miraculous Happens


By Nahida- Exiled Palestinian

 

In Palestine 

 
Terror reigns
Psychopaths claim dominance
and a “G-d given right to rob, kill and maim
 
In Palestine
Terror reigns
 
Smiles … wiped of innocent faces
 Little girls weep
Little boys butchered
Babies are slain
In Palestine
Terror reigns
Criminals are the law
They bomb, they shoot, they smite
With mini-nukes they wipe life out
In Palestine
Terror reigns
Without “lamp-shades”, bodies mutilated
Without “cremationovens”, toddlers charcoaled 
 
Without “gas-chambers”, Tiny tots… exterminated
In Palestine
Terror reigns
Aggressors crowned with victim-hood”
Their victims… “anti-Semites”, “filled with hate” !
They murder then cry
Sneer as they lie
They twist and deceive, innocence they proclaim
 Apart from themselves, Everyone to blame
 
In Palestine
 
Primary colours no longer three
 Red and green, black and white
Freedom painted red… Love is green
Sacrifice and faith black and white
In Palestine
 Out of the ashes humanity rises tall
 Resilience leaves you you speechless
Courage takes your breath away

and in contrast 

Bottomless cowardice

As never seen before

In Palestine
Something miraculous happens
 The more people die
The more hope is born!
Hope… Astounding
 Bequest of the Divine
 
Seen in every face 
Written with every name
 

Beloved Jerusalem


Ten measures of sorrow God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of pain God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of agony God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of heartache God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of suffering God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of trauma God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of patience God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of endurance God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of bravery God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of benevolence God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of determination God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of generosity God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of modesty God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of tenderness  God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of blessing God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of kindness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of joy God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of wisdom God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of elegance God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of peace God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of harmony God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of tranquility God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of grace God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of  sweetness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of compassion God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of gentleness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of mercy God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of faithfulness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of devotion God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of love God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of beauty God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of hope God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of holiness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

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