For as long as Shimon Peres was alive, it suited most of us to finger him as the main ‘connection’ with the Vatican.
Peres was the man who supposedly negotiated the ‘sale’ of Kever Dovid to the Vatican.
Peres was the man educated by Jesuits, and still dancing to their tune.
I’m not saying that wasn’t true.
I’m certainly no fan of the late and totally unlamented Shimon Peres.
But having spent a couple of hours checking out the the other ‘Jewish leaders’ who are openly part of the Elijah Institute organisation, let’s say that Peres certainly had some competition.
In this post, let’s just quickly go through the ‘Jewish’ leaders listed on the Elijah Institute website, HERE, and I’ll bring some relevant snippets of info about each, and then let’s all take a breath and try to figure out who is really pulling the strings behind the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, amongst other interesting things.
Let’s do it.
All quoted information below comes from their relevant Wikipedia entry, unless otherwise stated, and I recommend you click through, and read more of the stuff I don’t have room to cover here in this post.
For once, I’m trying to avoid my own comments.
Again, make your own mind up, where all the individuals quoted below are really coming from, religiously.
The late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, UK
“While a student at Cambridge, Sacks travelled to New York. He met with Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and with Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson to discuss a variety of issues relating to religion, faith and philosophy. “Rabbi Soloveitchik had challenged me to think,” Rabbi Sacks wrote, “Rabbi Schneerson had challenged me to lead.” Schneerson urged Sacks to seek rabbinic ordination and to enter the rabbinate.”….
“No one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth” [R’ Sacks opinion stated in his book]
After the publication of his book The Dignity of Difference, a group of Haredi rabbis, most notably Rabbis Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Bezalel Rakow, accused Sacks of heresy against what they consider the traditional Orthodox viewpoint. According to them, some words seemed to imply an endorsement of pure relativism between religions, and that Judaism is not the sole true religion, e.g. “No one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth.”
2. The late Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel
In 2000, Bakshi-Doron and Lau made headlines when they met with Pope John Paul II. It was later seen as a historical precedent which led the way to the 2005 meeting between Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger with the new Pope, Benedict XVI.
In 2000, while visiting the Jewish community in Singapore, Bakshi-Doron declared that he was in favor of giving away parts of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as a way towards ending the Arab–Israeli conflict. He stipulated that any agreement would have to allow for the Temple Mount to remain in Israeli control.….
In August 2005, Bakshi-Doron, along with Modern Orthodox rabbis Norman Lamm and Aharon Lichtenstein, condemned calls by other prominent rabbis for Israeli Defense Forces soldiers to disobey their orders to dismantle Jewish settlements as part of the Gaza Disengagement.…
Bakshi-Doron was indicted in 2012 over his involvement in “the rabbis’ case,” in which he was accused of issuing false rabbinic ordinations and yeshiva education certificates to 1,500 police and security services employees during his tenure as Chief Rabbi…
3. *Former Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, France
The Chief Rabbi of France was respected as a scholar not only in the Jewish community but in the wider academic world. However, he resigned as chief rabbi in April 2013 before his term had ended, amid revelations of plagiarism and deception about his academic credentials…
In October 2012, he took a clear position against gay marriage in a plagiarized essay entitled “Mariage homosexuel, homoparentalité et adoption : ce que l’on oublie souvent de dire….
4. Rabbi David Bigman, Israel
Bigman served as the rabbi of Kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa between 1982-1986. From 1986-1993 he was the head of the Ein Tzurim Yeshiva, and has been at the head of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa since it opened in 1993. Bigman was also active in opening the Ein HaNatziv program for girls…
In 2012 Bigman joined Beit Hillel, a group of Modern Orthodox Israeli rabbis working to create a more engaged spiritual leadership.
5. Rabbi Youval Cherlow, Israel
Yuval Cherlow is a Modern Orthodoxrabbi and posek. He is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Amit Orot Shaul in Tel Aviv, Israel. Cherlow was one of the founders of Tzohar, an organization of religious ZionistOrthodox rabbis in Israel….
Cherlow is a member of the ethics committee of the Israeli Ministry of Health and the committee which allocates the budget for new drugs.
[Ed. note: He’s also the guy who recently called for all ‘non-COVID-vaxxers’ to be punished and sanctioned. Fancy that.]
In 2012, Cherlow called on the State of Israel to recognise non-Orthodox streams of Judaism and Reform conversions….
In March of 2018 he garnered attention for stating that genetically cloned pig or any other animal would be Kosher.
6. The late Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, Israel
Cohen attended Talmud Torah Geulah and studied at the yeshivot “Torat Yerushalayim,” “Mercaz Harav,” and “Etz Hayyim.” According to family tradition, Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson hid in Cohen’s grandfather’s house after the Bolshevik Revolution.
In his youth he became close to Abraham Isaac Kook. Yeshayahu Hadari, co-founder of Yeshivat Hakotel, said that Kook used to attend the melaveh malkah at the Cohen home and Eliyahu would play the violin.
Cohen served in the IDF for seven years and reached the rank of Aluf (lieutenant colonel)….He also… served in senior positions in the army rabbinate, including army chaplain and chief rabbi of the Israeli Air Force…
He was the president of the Jerusalem Lodge of Bnai Brith, and of the Bnai Tsion “Sons of Zion” association in Israel…
Several years ago, the Jerusalem D.A. summoned Rabbi Cohen to a hearing in connection with the alleged improper running of “Jewish Studies” courses for members of the police and other security personnel…. The D.A. agreed not to press charges, on condition that the Rabbi would officially announce his retirement…
[Cohen] served as a chief of the senior council for dialogue between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Vatican, and recently became Chair of the council for dialogue between Judaism and Islam; he acted as an emissary of the Israel Chief Rabbinate to interfaith meetings…
In October 2008, Rabbi Cohen was invited by Pope Benedict XVI, to lecture before the International Catholic Church Synod in Rome…Cohen led the Jewish delegation of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to the ninth meeting of the Commission for Dialogue between Jews and Catholics in Rome from January 17–20, 2010. He also chaired the Jewish delegation in the 11th Bilateral Commission meeting in March 2012.
[Ed. note: the following year, 2013, Netanyahu was in Rome cutting the secret deal to give away part of the Tomb of David, in the Old City, to the Vatican. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. Ahem.]
7. Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, Israel
Born in Jerusalem during the Mandate era, Hacohen was educated in the Slabodka yeshiva, before being certified as a rabbi. He began his military service in 1951 in the Nahal brigade, and held the post of chief editor of the Army Rabbi’s publications from 1951 until 1955. Between 1952 and 1954 he also served as the Religious Ceremonies Officer in the General Staff. He went on to work as a rabbi in the navy from 1955 until 1956.
In 1967 he became the rabbi of the Moshavim Movement, before serving as the Histadrut‘s rabbi from 1968 until 1979. While serving as rabbi of the Moshavim, he met the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who gave him four Torah Scrolls as a donation. In 1973 he was elected to the Knesset. He was re-elected in 1977, 1981 and 1984, before losing his seat in the 1988 elections.
R’ Cohen is also now the IJCIR Co-Chair. More about them in a minute.
8. Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Russia
A native of Milan, Italy, Rabbi Lazar was born in 1964 to parents who were among the first emissaries of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson…. At the age of 23, he was ordained at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in New York City…
In 1992 Lazar became acquainted with Israeli diamantaire Lev Leviev, who introduced him to Russian businessmen Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. The latter became the major benefactor of the synagogue in Maryina Roshcha.
On May 29, 2000 Berel Lazar became a citizen of Russia, while retaining his U.S. citizenship.…
According to both the Russian government and both Federations of Jewish Communities, he is the Chief Rabbi of Russia.
In September 2005, he received the ‘Peter the Great’ First Class Order. The diploma attached to the Order explains that the Chief Rabbi was honored with this award “considering his activities in advancing inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, and his great contribution to the spiritual rebirth of Russia’s Jewish community and to strengthening Russian state”.
9. Rabbi Richard Marker, USA
[This blurb comes from Sourcewatch.]
Currently, Dr. Marker serves as Senior Fellow at NYU’s George Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy where he teaches and coordinates the graduate certificate program in Funder Education. He is also co-principal of Marker Goldsmith Advisors, specializing in advising philanthropists and foundations on strategic philanthropy and issues of family involvement….
“Previously, he served as CEO of the [[Bronfman [Seagram] Foundation]]; as international vice president of Hillel; as head of its mid-West office; and as Jewish chaplain at Brown University.
Ed. note: Richard Marker also has fingers in many other pies, too, including something called ‘The Abraham Initiatives’, which is promoting a separate Palestinian State, amongst other things:
Interesting tie up with the Bronfmans.
And looky here, who is funding ‘The Abraham Initiatives’ (which sounds so similar to the recent Abraham Accords…):
SOOO interesting that our very own Ministry of Education is partnering up with the New Israel Fund, and the Klarman Family Foundation, and the European Union, on a project promoting a Palestinian State.
If there were any real journalists left in the world, this would be quite a story.
But let’s continue.
10. Rabbi Michael Melchior, Israel
Michael Melchior… is a former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a former member of Knesset for Meimad. He is the Rabbi of a vibrant community in Talpiyot, Jerusalem (Beit Boyer), while still holding the title of the Chief Rabbi of Norway.
There’s a long list of by now infamous ‘peace’ initiatives listed on Wikipedia, if you can be bothered going through it.
One thing I’ll flag here, is what Michael Melchior’s rabbinic grandfather, Marcus Melchior, said in defense of the war time Pope Pius XII’s complicit behavior with the Nazi murder machine:
“If the pope had spoken out, Hitler would probably have massacred more than six million Jews and perhaps ten times ten million Catholics, if he had the power to do so.”
Rabbi Marcus Melchior, Holocaust survivor and Chief Rabbi of Denmark, 1950.
[Strangely, I can’t get geni to work for any of R Melchior’s ancestors…. We’ll probably come back this in a future post.]
11. The late Rabbi Mordechai Peron, Israel
Mordechai Piron was the second chief military rabbi in the history of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), after his predecessor, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, created the position in 1948….Upon his retirement from his IDF position, he relocated to Zürich, to serve till 1992 as rabbi of the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zürich (ICZ), the biggest Jewish congregation in Switzerland…
Rabbi Piron officiated at the wedding of Chanoch Langer. The disputed legitimacy of this wedding was settled in 1972 with “The Brother and Sister verdict” of Rabbi Goren as chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, a years-long case that made front-page headlines in Israel.
Ed. note: You can read about the Chanoch Langer marriage problem HERE.
It was basically a case of finding a highly controversial, hotly disputed ‘loophole’ to make the problem go away for the State of Israel.
12. Rabbi David Rosen, Israel
David Shlomo RosenCBE is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979–85) and currently serves as the American Jewish Committee’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs. From 2005 until 2009 he headed the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations (IJCIC), the broad-based coalition of Jewish organizations and denominations that represents World Jewry in its relations with other world religions.
Before being appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland, he was the senior rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa (the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town) and served as a judge on the Cape Beth Din (rabbinic court). He is also a board member of the Brussels-based organization CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe that promotes a Europe of diversity and respect.
Let’s take a closer look at the CEJI:
CEJI has created education and training programmes, the aim of which is to “enhance appreciation of Europe’s diversity including Jews, Roma, Muslims, gays and lesbians, etc.”
And amongst the VERY long list of partners for the CEJI, we find the following:
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
- Anti-Defamation League – United States
- B’nai B’rith Europe
And looky here, who is funding this project:
It’s our old friends the Rothschilds (strangely joined by Twitter, Google and Facebook, amongst others.)
Definitely one to return to.
13. Gilla Rosen
Gilla Rosen is the widow of the late Mickey Rosen, founder of Yakar and brother of David Rosen, above.
This comes from the Elijah Institute’s own website:
Gilla Rosen is Dean of the Yakar Centers for Tradition and Creativity in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Founded in England by Rabbi Michael Rosen… Gilla directs study programs and teaches Talmud and Midrash at Yakar and Nishmat, a center for women’s advanced study, and she also works as a Yoetzet Halakha (advisor in Jewish family law).
14, 15 and 16:
And last but definitely not least:
17: IJCIC – The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultation, USA
Here’s a little bit about them:
In case you missed it, here’s the bit I really want to draw to your attention:
“The mission of the IJCIR is to promote the work of interfaith organizations in Israel…”
As well as Menachem HaCohen (#7, above), the other people who sit on the IJCIR’s board (officially) include:
- Rabbi Eugene Korn
- Mr. Oded Wiener
- Dr. Marcie Lenk
Eugene Korn is also very interesting.
Here’s the bits on Wikipedia that drew my attention:
He lives in Jerusalem and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Jerusalem….In 2006- 2007 he was Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League….In December 2015, Korn helped draft the Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity entitled “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians“
[Tip: This video is a great sleep aid, if you’re finding it hard to drop off]
And this is what I want you to know about Oded Wiener:
He definitely was, and I think still is, the Director General of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
That same Chief Rabbinate that has been making it harder and harder for sincere Orthodox converts and wannabe Orthodox converts to be treated fairly, and to be recognised in Israel.
Let’s just end with some of the other ‘Rabbis’ who are publically associated with the Elijah Institute, to keep things neat and tidy (taken from their own website):
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israel
Rabbi Joseph Azran, Israel
Rabbi Dr. Naftali Brawer, England
Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Israel
Judith Hertz, USA
Rabbi Ephraim Kenig, Israel
Rabbi Daniel Kohn, Israel
Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau
Rabbi Dov Singer, Israel
Rabbi David Wolpe, USA
I know, it’s a lot of information.
I’m setting it out like this because going forward, it’s so important for us to understand that most of the ‘orthodox’ institutions, and people leading them, in the Jewish world and in the State of Israel have been thoroughly compromised.
There is a serious question to be asked here, as to whether these people are working for us, the Jewish people, or working for their interfaith masters (and ultimately, the Vatican).
I.E, the same people who want to build that monstrosity of an interfaith ‘HOPE’ centre in the middle of Meah Shearim, on the old ORT site just off Neviim Street.
And the same people who want to have a Palestinian State.
And the same people who tell us that:
“No one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth”
Going forward, I’d like all the people associated with the Elijah Institute, listed above, to start coming clean about what’s really going on here.
Because we already know from the original Elijah, that Israel can’t dance between Hashem and the Baal.
At some point, they have to choose to serve just one Master.
And that time is fast approaching.
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