Lebron James Comments on Israel and the Jewish People

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The news of Christmas day: Lebron James injured in the second half of the game with Golden State. Israel attacks Iranian weapon storehouses in Syria.

Everyone enjoys the fantastic basketball star Lebron James.  There is no one in the NBA that compares to him.  He is the closest basketball star today to Michael Jordan.  Especially exciting is his tremendous ability to leap in the air in defense against other great players on the way to dunk and the way he is able to maneuver to make the dunk himself.  Of course he cannot compare to Steven Keri as a three pointer.  Lebron today began a new career with the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas day.

In the second half of the game Lebron James was injured his team lost badly to Golden State.  Lebron James this week was criticized for making a rude statement in the internet which was publicized about Jews how they are money people.  He later apologized. He is known for his sense of humor.

Nevertheless today he was injured in his first game with the Lakers.  Surely he will recover from the injury.  As I mentioned in my previous articles, there may be a lot to say against Jews for many reasons.  There are even Jews who may speak against Jews.  However there is so much more good than bad to say about Jews.   They have brought into the world Christianity, and Islam and taken the world out of pagan religion the way it was before the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Judaism has an important part in the plan of God.  The Five books of Moses called the Old Testament is the foundation of all religion and the greatest book of history ever written.

In the book of Kings, Elijah the prophet was punished for speaking against the Jewish people that they had desecrated the covenant.  His punishment and reward was that he will never be allowed to rest until is completed the work of heaven on earth.  There is a custom in Judaism to call him to come to visit at the ceremony of Brit which is circumcism which is done on the eight day after a male child is born.  Scripture relates that when he was together with his student Elisha a cloud came down from heaven and took him up to heaven in a physical body without death.  He is one of the great saints in history that attained eternal life before will come the resurrection of the dead. 

God rewards and God punishes.  If the prophet Elijah who was completely righteous was punished for speaking against the Jewish people to say that they had desecrated the covenant; so much more so Lebron James the basketball star. The world has to accept the Jewish people and show the most respect and tolerance for them.  They were chosen by God with a special purpose to be a minority in the world.  They have never in history forced conversion on people like other religions.  On the contrary those that want to convert they try to discourage them. 

The Jewish people have a very difficult place in the world.  There is a lot of hatred against Jews which does not serve any purpose.  In history those that attempted to harm the Jews were later punished.  Pope Francis has always spoken highly about the Jewish people, visited the concentration camps in Auschwitz where he made special prayers, and has defended them against Antisemitism in Europe. He says that Jews and Christians are partners in the Bible.   

Forgiveness is always more important than vengeance.  The merciful God is closest to the hearts of man than the God of justice.  However there is also the God of justice which mankind must recognize.  The Jewish people have represented in the world the God of justice; they were given the Law of God at Mount Sinai and they study the law day and night.  There is law in the world and not anarchy.  It is forbidden to kill, to steal, to judge the innocent without a trial. Civilization has adopted the law of God and left idolatry to accept that there is One God the creator of the universe.

Today in the Israel News again was repeated the conflict between Syria, Iran and Israel.  Israel bombed in Syria weapon storage places near Damascus belonging to Iran and Hezbollah.  Syria shot a missile in retaliation at Central Israel.  Living in Safed on the Northern Border of Israel near Syria I worry everyday about a war in the North.  The last war in the North between Hezbollah in Lebanon and Israel called the Second Lebanese War in 2006 the whole city of Safed almost evacuated. I left America living in Brooklyn N.Y. several times during the last 30 years since I immigrated to Israel in 1983.  America has its problems but not problems of security like Israel a small country living amidst enemies. 

God should protect the people of Israel and the whole world from a third world war.  People call Israel the aggressor in the wars in the Middle East starting from the six day war in 1967.  The Yom Kippur war October 1973 Israel was on the defensive of an attack on them from all fronts.  Iran continuously threatens Israel since they are competitors over power in the Middle East after the downfall of Saddam Hussein of Iraq who was their Sunni Islamic enemy.  Iraq and Assad of Syria are Shiite.  Egypt is Sunni Islamic.  Israel today prefers to be on the offensive in its conflict with Iran who is also to them a nuclear threat.  There is still no peace between Palestinians and Israelis still approaching to make a two state solution which failed at the time of Arafat Camp David. 

Nations almost always support and defend their borders through military.  Switzerland is the only country in the world existing without an army.  If Switzerland is able to exist without an army then also other nations also have this potential if they want and the world is willing.  If the major powers of the world were more organized than today it could be possible.  The ideal Israel is to become a nation like Switzerland existing without an army living on peace time economics and spirituality.  Biblical Israel was a military state and the law of Israel its Jewish constitution given to them by Moses is for a military state a dictatorship.  The ideal for Israel and the whole world is written in the prophecy of Isaiah, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened lion together, and a little child shall lead them.”  There has to be one strong power in the world than can guarantee peace for nations who accept disarmament.  Today the inner struggle between Palestine and Israel will not allow it.  Iran is a National Religious Military State standing in the way of disarmament.  Today to give permission for a National Religious State to militarize is dangerous due to extremism Islamic or Jewish.  The goal of religion today is peace and solving the spiritual problems of the world like immorality without war like said the prophet Zecharia, “not by force, not by soldiers but through spirituality.” Jews, Judaism, the state of Israel is a reality in the world.  The world needs the Jews even though for many people including Jews it may be difficult to love the Jewish people there is a reward in heaven for help, support and love of Jews.

Moses has resurrected today for the sake of World Unity and Peace and is joined by Jesus and Mohammed as they are alive, hugging, kissing, dancing and singing under the holy temple for mankind to accept resurrection and make a world a Garden of Eden like is written in the prophesy of Isaiah.  Amen.

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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