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     I just returned from a Shabbat service in a conservative synagogue in my city. This was the first time I attended a Jewish service, and I was quite impressed. The spacious welcoming hall was teeming with joyful families, and a host of happy children who seemed quite content to be there. The services revolved around readings from the Torah, with sporadic announcements about boys who had their Bar Mitzvah and girls who had their Bat Mitvah. Grand-parents and parents were called to the front of the hall to pray for their grand-children, who had just been initiated into adulthood. The Rabbi was warm, humorous, and made all feel very much at home. It was a heart-warming religious service, but something was missing:  you.

     For centuries Jews around the world stayed faithful to their religious traditions and to their God. In spite of frequent persecutions and pogroms they held fast to their laws and their Jewish customs. With various degrees of zeal, they abided by the principles of the Torah that distinguished them from the people that surrounded them. Since the Holocaust there has been a great change. An ever-increasing number of Jews has moved from the faith of their fathers to doubt or disbelief. Today more than 50% of Jews are either agnostics of atheists. In fact some of the foremost and most influential atheists, such as Freud, Marx, Asimov, Weisel, etc. came from Jewish backgrounds.

     I don’t know why you have rejected your roots. The reasons may be several and complex. My doubtful Jewish friend, Fred, has no definite reason for not accepting the divinity of the Torah, except that his logical mind simply will not permit it. Maybe, like the author Elie Wiesel, you have concluded that a loving God would have never permitted so much suffering among His people. Perhaps, like Freud and Marx, you see the Torah as a collection of myths that your ancestors created and compiled. Or maybe, like Einstein, you love the moral teachings of the Torah and see their transforming power, but you do not see in them any evidence of divine.

     Where do you fit? Is your rejection of your religious roots well pondered? Do you really know what you have rejected? Was your conclusion perhaps too hasty? Do you know why people like me – a Gentile—elevate the Torah to a high and lofty divine plane? Or why billions of people still base their faith on it? (Both Jews and Christians revere the Torah as God’s Word. Muslims consider the Torah to be a collection of “holy” books.)

     Perhaps you are very scientific and rational. Maybe you have rejected the Scriptures because to you they are scientifically untenable. You may believe that what Genesis teaches about the origins of the universe is contradicted by well-established scientific facts. All accumulated evidence tells you that the universe began 15 billion years ago, not nearly 6000 as many Jews and Christians believe. That alone makes you put the Bible down and makes you never want to read it again.

     But if you had researched the topic in greater depth, you would have found that nowhere does the Torah teach that the universe is only a few thousand years old. The Torah simply says In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” not “5772 or 6000 years ago God created the Heavens and the earth.” The beginning could have been any time, even 15 billion years ago, if scientists’ calculations are correct.

     But what about geology, you may add? The various layers under our feet indicate that vast eons of time have preceded us, and that great quantities of life forms existed on earth for hundreds of millions of years before this era. How does that fit into what is described in Genesis?

     The fact is that everything fits perfectly well, if understood properly. You see, there is a word used in Genesis that clears up many questions, and it’s the word “Was,” found in Genesis 1:2. The original Hebrew word can be translated “was” or “became.” If we translate the word “was” it gives the impression that the earth was created empty and void waiting to be populated with life "for the first time." If we translate it “became” then we see a totally different reality; a reality that allows for multiple creations, and perhaps multiple catastrophes preceding "our" creation, as geology appears to indicate.

     God is an eternal Being. He is a powerful Creator. He has been creating different worlds for eons. He can use a planet like an artist uses a canvas. He can paint a stunning picture and then, when tired of looking at his work, He can cover the painting with a new layer and start anew, keeping only aspects of the previous painting, if He so wishes, or creating totally new ones. And this is exactly what we see in geology.

    But what about the Flood, you may ask? Where is the scientific evidence for a worldwide flood? Again, when we think about floods, we think of rain and torrents of water rushing down valleys. Clearly, no amount of rain could cover the earth and the mountains of the earth in 40 days. The Torah agrees with that objection. Read Genesis 7 carefully, and you’ll see that there is more to this story than any foolish myth could expound.

    In verse 11, we are told something of great importance that readers rarely notice: “…the fountains of the great deep were broken up.”  This is a key point in this whole story. The greatest amount of water gushed out in gigantic quantities out of the earth. Perhaps it was water that was, and still is, stored under our feet. Perhaps it was created miraculously for the occasion. The key point is that the water came from underneath, not from above. Thus, cities and structures made of stone and other robust material may have been covered from the bottom up and preserved.  The dynamics of that flood were totally different than the usual floods. Thus, what is being sought is not being found, because the signs left behind by the Great Flood are totally different than what is expected.

     The point I am trying to make, my friend, is that a superficial knowledge of the Torah is simply not enough to reject this astounding collection of books. One must study it, in depth, to truly appreciate its greatness, and its accuracy.

     And greatness is what describes the religious foundation that instructed, guided, and inspired your forefathers for thousands of years. Consider, for instance, the Decalogue. Consider its message of justice and its transforming power. Consider its aim at protecting the weak in society. (Please read “Ten Great Proofs of God’s Existence” on this site for a discussion of their undeniably divine nature.)

     Consider, also, the extent to which the God of your fathers was concerned with the weak of society: the widows, the orphans, the strangers.

“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry" (Exodus 22:22-24).

"He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing" (Deuteronomy 10:18).

    Furthermore, the Torah contains health principles, such as the laws of hygiene and the food laws, that protected the health of Jews and greatly increased their longevity.

     And what about the great Hebrew Prophets and the dozens of prophecies that for centuries have been fulfilled and are still being fulfilled? I wish I could share with you my Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecies. It’s hundreds of pages long, and it details and discusses dozens and dozens of prophecies that have been already fulfilled.

     But you may say, “If God is our God, then why has he allowed so much anguish to befall His people? Why have we been taken into captivity so many times? Why has He allowed Gentiles to harm us on so many occasions? Why the gruesome holocaust ?”

     The Holocaust, for many, is the paramount reason why they rejected God. It is very hard to comprehend why God would allow such great anguish on His people. But I  believe there is an answer even to this crucial question, and I believe that it’s embedded within the Torah. I wish all Jews would be familiar with Leviticus 26, since it addresses this critical concern in great detail.

     Before reading it, though, please understand that your people’s relationship with God goes back about 4000 years, all the way back to your father Abraham. He was chosen to become the father of a great nation that was to be e shining beacon for all the peoples of the world to see. But first, that nation was to experience slavery in Egypt, after which it would have been freed miraculously and would have been brought to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

     At the appointed time, Israel was freed and then was brought to Mount Sinai for a personal meeting with their Savior God. There, an eternal contract was signed by God and your forefathers. Israel promised to adopt a code of conduct that would have made them healthy, prosperous, powerful and great. Their part was  to introduce the ways of God to the nations of the world, who would have watched and would have been astounded at the fruits of obedience to God’s laws.

      The other part of the contract contained consequences that would have ensued, if they had stubbornly disobeyed God. Please read both sections of this contract. As you read, please consider that a self-aggrandizing set of literature would have never contained such a damming document. In fact, if the Hebrews Scriptures were ego-building and group-flattering they would have never contained so much critical material as they do. The fact that the Hebrew Scriptures contain very many "unflattering" condemnations of the Israelites, is one of the greatest proofs that they are not a human creation.

      Please read the following contract carefully, and remember that it also applies to you.

Leviticus 26

 1 ‘You shall not make idols for yourselves;
neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves;
nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it;
for I am the LORD your God.

 2 You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary:
I am the LORD.

 3 ‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,

 4 then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

 5 Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing;
you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

 6 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid;
I will rid the land of evil beasts,
and the sword will not go through your land.

 7 You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.

 8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight;
your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.

 9 ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.

 10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.

 11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.

 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.

 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves;
I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.

 14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,

 15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,

 16 I also will do this to you:
I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.
And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

 17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies.
Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.

 18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

 19 I will break the pride of your power;
I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain;
for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

 21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.

 22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number;
and your highways shall be desolate.

 23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me,

 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

 25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;
when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you;
and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

 26 When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

 27 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,

 28 then I also will walk contrary to you in fury;
and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

 29 You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.

 30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols;
and My soul shall abhor you.

 31 I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.

 32 I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.

 33 I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you;
your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

 34 Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land;
then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.

 35 As long as it lies desolate it shall rest—
for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it.

 36 ‘And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies;
the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee;
they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.

 37 They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues;
and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

 38 You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

 39 And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands;
also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.

 40But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

 41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies;
if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—

 42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember;
I will remember the land.

 43 The land also shall be left empty by them, and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them;
they will accept their guilt, because they despised My judgments and because their soul abhorred My statutes.

 44 Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them;
for I am the LORD their God.

 45 But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God:
I am the LORD.’”

46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws which the LORD made between Himself and the children of Israel on Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

     This is the central reason for the plight of the Jews through the ages. It is a painful reality, but it is reality nevertheless. This is the saddening side. But a God of righteousness, love and justice would not simply stop at grave punishments. God has the last word, and His last word is glorious for you and for your people.

     Every single last Israelite that suffered and died in Egypt; every single last Israelite that died on the way to the Promised Land; every Israelite that died in wars, in various captivities and in the various holocausts will be brought back to life in the resurrection.

     Please read this great promise in the book of the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel, chapter 37.

 1 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.         

2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.

3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”

4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!

5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’

12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.

14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.’”

     As for the Israelites who will be alive when Messiah comes, the promises for them are just as stunning. Please continue reading Ezekiel 37.

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;

22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.

26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

28 The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

    The Book of the prophet  Isaiah is replete with prophecies of those glorious days. One such prophecy is found in Isaiah chapter 2.

 1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
       2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
      That the mountain of the LORD’s house
(Converted, faithful Israel, under God)
       Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
      And shall be exalted above the hills;
      And all nations shall flow to it.

      3 Many people shall come and say,
       “ Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
      To the house of the God of Jacob;
      He will teach us His ways,
      And we shall walk in His paths.”
      For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
      And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

      4 He shall judge between the nations,
      And rebuke many people;
      They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
      And their spears into pruning hooks;
      Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
      Neither shall they learn war anymore.

     That, my friend, will be a time when the nations of the world will finally learn to love and respect the Jews and will seek to join them in worshipping the true God.

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you" (Zechariah 8:23).

     The future of your people, my Jewish friend, is stunning beyond belief.  The day will come when all your people’s suffering will finally be over. The day is coming when your rewards will be unimaginable.  Most of all, the day is coming when your people, with God’s help, will finally accept the mission to be a light to the nations, and the nations will see and greatly rejoice.

      I hope, my dear friend, that this Gentile who loves your people and the God of your people, has succeeded in at least stimulating some thoughts in you that will lead you to re-consider the God of your ancestors.  Most of all I hope that, after much study and reflection, in the future you will again re-embrace your roots, your religion and your God.

May the Almighty use you in the future to enlighten many others.

Michael Caputo