Saturday, July 09, 2016

Let's Reduce Incitement

At this Arab-language site you can read this:

 الاستيطانية أعلنت اقتحام الاقصى، وذلك لإقامة الصلوات التلمودية على روح 

and that translates as

Settlers announced the storming of Al-Aqsa, so as to establish the spirit of Talmudic prayers

You can find that phrase, "Talmudic prayer" or "Talmudic ritual" here, and here, here and more.

To me, Talmudic rituals/prayers" resonates of anti-Semitism.

Jewish prayer is from the Bible:

Our Sages tell us that the custom of praying three times a day was originally introduced by our Patriarchs, AbrahamIsaac and Jacob. Abraham introduced prayer in the morning, Isaac—in the afternoon, and Jacob added one at night.

Moses prayed:

And I prayed unto the LORD, and said: 'O Lord GOD, destroy not Thy people and Thine inheritance, that Thou hast redeemed through Thy greatness, 

King Solomon prayed:

the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as He had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And the LORD said unto him: 'I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before Me: 

I can understand Muslim opposition to Jews praying but to apply the adjective "Talmudic" is an act of anti-Semitism.

And incitement such as this should be halted.



Anonymous said...

assuming you don't consider jews on Har Habayit incitement enough....

YMedad said...

With a capital 'J'.
And no, Jews being present on the Temple Mount, where our first and second temples stood, where even Julian the Apostate in the 4th century sought to have the Jews rebuild a thrid temple, is not in any way an act of incitement.

Do you think it is? Why?

OnlineCommentingGuy said...

I suppose I cannot prove it, but I'm certain you are correct about the phrase "Talmudic prayer". I have also seen "Talmudic rituals".
Your point about conspiracy theories about the Talmud is surely part of it. The Bible, after all, has been translated into every language you could want; anybody can read it and see what it says. Only the Talmud is a (nearly) closed-book to non-Jews. So if you want to accuse the Jews of hiding evil secrets, it must be there!
But really, I think the real thrust is this: the Tanach is revered by non-Jews too - mostly Christians, but even some Muslims. But the Talmud is uniquely and exclusively a Jewish text. So the thrust is less that they think the Talmud is evil, I think, but rather that they think it's Jewish! Talking about "prayer" is something Jews and Muslims can both relate to. If it's "Talmudic prayer" however, it could be anything, and the anti-Semitic attitudes toward Jews fills in the blank.