Comments by Yeshayahu Hollander - 26 Jan 2010
http://www.all-creatures.org/hr/hrasacrific.htm it is written:
Now, almost two thousand years after this bloody worship was ended by the
destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, there are large numbers of Jews and
Christians who are working and praying for its restoration. Those who are
committed to this cause have no compunction about the massive slaughter of
animals that would take place in the name of God. But neither do they have
any compunction about a massive slaughter of human beings. They believe
this, too, is part of God's unfolding plan.
I did not understand whence the author derived the underlined statement,
accusing Jews and Christians of not having compunction about the massive
The only part of the article which could be construed to support this
contention with respect to Jews of Christians is the descriptions following this
statement, said to be from a book called "Revelation".
First of all, the belief in the scenes described in the article does not mean
that the believer has "no compunction". The believer may be terribly frightened
by his/her belief, and pray every day that the suffering should not occur.
So there is no proof of the "no compunction" accusation - even with respect
Accusing Jews on the basis of the descriptions from Revelation is even less
founded. The book of Revelation is not known to Jews, [except to a few Jewish
scholars]. It is part of the Christian scriptures which very few Jews see,
certainly they never read. Even those who do read any part of the Christian
scriptures certainly do not subscribe to them.
So the accusation of Jews having no compunction etc. is entirely baseless.
Unless, of course, the accusation, like so many others, is based on blatant
antisemitism - or ignorance of Judaism and Jewish practice.
If it is merely an expression of ignorance, it is amazing that anyone could
accuse people of having no compunction about massive slaughter of human beings
without even inquiring about the real situation among the accused. This would be
an expression of arrogance of the accuser on the one hand, and, on the other
hand, an expression of de-humanizing of the victims of such an accusation.
It seems that the writer has a lot to learn about Jews, and a lot to learn
about disguising his/her antisemitism.
But perhaps blatant antisemitism is what attracts your audience. So what the
author was doing is pandering to the worst bloodthirsty hate feelings of a sick
audience. In that case, I am very glad I have not, in all my 72 years, met
anyone as depraved as the author!!
An incidental reader.
Go on to:
Comments by Frank and Mary Hoffman - 26 Jan 2010
Return to: ANIMAL SACRIFICE