The Passion of Eli Yishai:Haifa Will have no Truck with Strange Fire

The Jerusalem Post reports that:

“Israeli firefighters could have received a shipment of brand new fire trucks that would have helped quell the fires that raged over the weekend on Mount Carmel, killing 41 people and turning tens of thousands of dunams into an ashen wasteland. Instead, a charity group charged Sunday, Interior Minister Eli Yishai refused to accept donations from pro- Israel Christians and thus denied the underfunded Fire and Rescue Service much-needed equipment.”

Leon at the RoshPinaproject comments:

“He (Eli Yishai) obviously feels it would be better for Israelis to burn to death than to accept aid from non-shasknikim [the Israeli Shas political party, which controls religious affairs]. This betrays a sick, twisted and corrupt mindset. He should be sacked, have his parliamentary immunity removed and then be prosecuted.”

As much as most people, including the majority of Jews in the world, reject Eli Yishai’s view, he believes that he is obeying God. The question is: Does the Tenach (Jewish Bible) say that his people should refuse aid from non-believers? Nope, don’t see it. Where would Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel – where does one stop? – be without help from the goyim?

Yet, I also think Eli Yishai has a point. For Eli Yishai and his ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Christians are not merely goyim. They are enemies of the One God; enemies of the Torah.For this reason Yishai will not accepted help from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. From what I have read (in several articles) about him, I don’t think he is any different from Rabbis Riskin and Blech. As I said elsewhere, all Jewish responses to “evangelical” lurv (especially $$$$) is for one purpose only: to support Israel against its many enemies. And the personal check, oops, I mean personal touch is the best way to show that lurv.

Rabbi Eckstein is onto the best wicket in the annals of evangelical-Jewish intercourse. I think, however, that I agree with the Eli Yishai and those who run religion in Israel that the Rabbi is batting on a sticky wicket.

Kingdom now, Kingdom now, shout the “evangelicals.” My levitical reply is bullocks. So, my money (don’t expect a check in the post anytime soon) is on those stubborn Yad l’achim lot, who stick to their guns. No one can blame the Pharisees – this time – of hypocrisy.

Yishai believed that the flame in his bones that burned against those fire trucks was kindled from on high. The trucks offered harlotrous fire: “Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized [fn] fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them” (Leviticus 10:1).

Yishai didn’t want to prostitute the Lord even if the acceptance of help meant saving human lives. Isn’t the aforementioned a Biblical principle? (I’m trying to think like Yishai). So, even though Yishai’s fire, his passion, seems loathsome, strange, weird, bizarre, “bizoor” (Hebrew zoor), what he perhaps feared most was that the whole nation go up in smoke, for all of Israel to be engulfed in fire,  holy fire. Histrionic fire? Hysteric fire?

Caiaphas seems to have rubbed off onto Yishai. Consider the acount of the the resurrection of Lazarus in John 11:

43When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”  44The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”  45 Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.  46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done. 47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.

48 “If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our (BM)place and our nation.”  49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,  50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”

Eli Yishai might have thought: “You (Messianics, evangelicals, liberals, Torah-haters) know nothing at all. I don’t care if Lazarus really rose from the dead; I don’t care even that your Yoske did the raising. All I know is that you are too ignorant to realise that it is expedient for one, for ten, for a hundred, for a a thousand of my people to die  so that the whole nation not perish.”

Now, here’s a very strange thing, something that burns at the core of man’s being – his “free” will. In verse 50, we’ve just read that Caiaphas planned the execution of Jesus. There’s no doubt that Caiaphas is a thinking willing being, oozing authority. Yet, when we read the following verse (verse 51), something strange happens:

51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,  52and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.

How is it possible that Caiaphas chose (which we all can do, motivated by our own internal inclination), while at the same time – in total ignorance – he was being used by God to fulfill God’s plan of salvation. It’s no stranger than Joseph’s address to his brothers: “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?”As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:19b-20).  The difference between Joseph’s brothers and Caiaphas was that Caiaphas meant good. He meant to get Jesus killed to save his nation. Eli Yishai is another Caiaphas. Yet, in spite of their apparently good intentions, Jesus calls down the execrable fire upon them:

37″ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38″Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! 39″For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’”

( “You are not willing,” that is, you didn’t want to, in verse 37 does not refer to the children but to  [the leadership of] Jerusalem).

Finally, I wonder whether any of the quarter of a billion dollars accumulated by The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews – say a modest fistful or two – was not thrust into the battered cap of MaozIsrael?

37″ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. (Also Luke 13:34)

38″Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

39″For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'”


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