In the News (from The Guardian): “Genes reveal Spain’s forced conversions” Research has found that 20 percent of men in Spain and Portugal today still have distinctive Sephardi Jewish ancestry. The researchers compared the Y chromosomes with more than a thousand men currently living in Spain and Portugal. Use of the Y chromosome, which confers masculinity, was crucial because it remains unchanged as it is passed from father to son. In this way, the researchers were able to determine if a man’s Y chromosome came from a Jewish or Moorish predecessor or another source.
In the News: (from Israel National News): “Charge: Ahmadinejad Rants to Hide His Jewish Roots” Several Iranian media sources are quoting Mahdi Khazali – the son of a leading supporter of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – as having written in a blog that the president has Jewish roots. Khazali the son says that the president hides his Jewish roots by attacking Israel and the Jews, and by expressing strong Muslim religious beliefs. The accusations appear in an article Khazali wrote entitled, “The Jews in Iran.” He says the time has come to “reveal the truth” about the Jews’ role in Iran.
My Comment: Everyone is Jewish; it’s just that not everyone has admitted it yet.
A question I received: I find what you say about Kabbalah really interesting, but I have one problem with it. The Book of Zohar has a big connection to the Torah. And while I did not read the Torah, I know that it gives an order to destroy people who aren’t Jewish and are trying to learn the Torah, or in other words, it says to destroy the best of the gentiles. This keeps me from trusting Kabbalah completely. Can you tell me whether it’s true what I heard about the Torah’s study by non-Jews?
My Answer: It’s a wonder how certain you are about what is written in the Torah despite never having read it! But you’re right – it does say that a gentile should be deceived and destroyed. What does this mean? A gentile (or a non-Jew) is every person’s egoism, which he has to correct in order to attain the purpose of our creation – equivalence with the Creator. A gentile cannot study the Torah because it talks about receiving the Light, and the Light cannot be received into egoism. That’s the meaning of those verses.
For now, you still cannot be considered a gentile or a Jew because the Torah (Kabbalah) considers a person an animal until he gains awareness of his egoism. Then, when a person gains this awareness, he is considered a gentile. And later, when he corrects his egoism, he is considered Israel, which means, “directed toward the Creator.” But none of this has any relation to your physical origin!
So, you have a long way to go before you can be considered a gentile. Besides, a “gentile” (Goy) means “a nation” in Hebrew. When the Torah says, “Goy,” it is talking about a person’s egoistic qualities. And when it says, “Goy Kadosh” (Holy Nation), it is talking about the quality of love for your neighbor.
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