ABBAS TO EXPAND OUTREACH TO AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY

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JPost: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas intends to increase outreach to the American Jewish community, said Husam Zomlot, who was recently appointed Palestinian ambassador-at-large to the United States. His comments followed a meeting between Abbas, Union of Reform Judaism president Rick Jacobs and some 30 other Reform Jewish leaders at the Mukata, the PA presidential headquarters in Ramallah on Thursday.

“This will not be a one-time meeting,” Zomlot, who attended the meeting, told The Jerusalem Post during a phone interview.

“The president sees the mainstream Jewish community in the United States as a force for peace that can help us advance the cause of the two-state solution and combat voices of extremism.” more

Opinion: I get this question from time to time “Why are Jews so liberal?”  One answer is because of the progressive movement of Reform Judaism.

Definition: Jews of 19th-century Germany founded the Reform movement, rejecting the idea of a Jewish nation, and proclaiming themselves “Germans of the Mosaic faith”.

Reform Judaism, also known as Liberal Judaism or Progressive Judaism is the largest Jewish denomination at 35 percent. Conservative Jews are 18 percent, Orthodox 10 percent, and groups such as Reconstructionist and Jewish Renewal make up 6 percent combined.

The Reform movement emphasizes the evolving nature of the religion, the superiority of its ethical aspects to the ceremonial ones, and a belief in a continuous revelation not centered on the theophany (a visible appearance of God in the Old Testament period) at Mount Sinai.

Left-leaning groups like J Street:

  • Reject Zionism
  • Reject settlements
  • Want to fit into mainstream society
  • Reject being called the chosen of God
  • Reject the restoration of the old Jewish state under a descendant of David
  • Reject Donald Trump and David Friedman as ambassador to Israel
  • Embrace the two-state solution and the division of Jerusalem
  • Are not frequent visitors to this website!

I believe the roots of their desire to blend in and not stand out as the people of God had its beginnings in 1 Samuel 8:5-8. The Israelites ask Samuel to appoint a king, saying to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.

Why was this wrong? Samuel was appalled and he prayed to the Lord. God said to him, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.” (1 Samuel 8:7–8).

The Israelites’ demand was a rejection of Him, they had forsaken Him, and were serving other gods. They wanted to put an end to God’s way of leadership over them.

They also wanted to be like “all the other nations.” God had created Israel as a unique (chosen) people, with Himself as their leader. Desiring to have a king such as the surrounding nations had, was a rejection of their set-apart position as God’s people. Just think, the nation whose God was the Lord alone – was envious of the nations who followed false gods.

(for more on King Saul see Blood Feud, chapter 5 Israel’s First King here)