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The Monuments Men: In Dire Need Of Them Today

The Monuments Men: In Dire Need Of Them Today The Monuments Men presents a Hollywood look at the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program which sprang from the need to protect European artwork during the Nazi invasion of World War II.  The MFAA was formed by the Allies in response to looting, burning, and destruction of priceless artworks, with the aim of preserving those cultural artifacts left in the wake of Hitler’s genocidal war.  Apart from being a hall-of-fame anti-Semite, Hitler was also a greedy little man, who wanted to own and control the entire art world.  But when the tides of war turned against him, he childishly had tens of thousands of masterpieces destroyed, as if to say, “If I can’t have them, nobody will.” Read More


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Jesus or Yeshua?

Jesus or Yeshua? How His Name Changed

Where does the name ‘Yeshua’ come from?

Don’t most people call him ‘Jesus’? The name Yeshua is a shortened version of the name Yehoshua or Joshua and is the literal Hebrew word for Salvation.  Around the time of Jesus’ birth, the names ‘Yeshu’ and ‘Yeshua’ were not uncommon. Reading right to left, the Hebrew letters which spell Yeshua are Yod, Shin, Vav, Ayin. Read More


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The Vital Legacy of ‘Righteous Gentiles’

Olivier Melnick tells of non-Jews who saved his mother in WWII France

After the end of World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower visited a concentration camp, and what he saw there was so unbearable it prompted him to document it as thoroughly as he could. He wrote in a letter to George Marshall:

“But the most interesting – although horrible – sight that I encountered during the trip was a visit to a German internment camp near Gotha. The things I saw beggar description. While I was touring the camp I encountered three men who had been inmates and by one ruse or another had made their escape. I interviewed them through an interpreter. The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty, and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick. Read More


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Misrepresenting God

Yom Hashoah

Parashat Sh’mini: Leviticus 9:1–11:47

Now Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before the Lord alien fire, which He had not enjoined upon them. And fire came forth from the Lord and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when He said:

Through those near to Me I show Myself holy,

And gain glory before all the people.”

And Aaron was silent. (Lev. 10:1–3, njps)

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Yeshua is the Lamb of God

Yeshua the Lamb of God

The Lamb of God was predicted in the Old Testament, from the very first lamb that was slain.

From the time in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve first sinned, their sin needed to be atoned for.

The wages of sin is death.  God, in his gracious love, chose an innocent animal to atone for their sin by shedding its blood.

The animal whose skin was used to cover their nakedness may even have been a lamb.  God may even have sacrificed the animal in front of Adam and Eve.

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