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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 12:38 AM

Notre Dame Fire May Be Divine Punishment, Says Prominent Settler Rabbi

Urging 'God-fearing Jews' to refrain from grieving, leading religious-Zionist figure invokes 13th-century Talmud book burning as possible reason for the devastating blaze

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Apr 17, 2019 7:39 PM

The conflagration at Notre Dame de Paris that badly damaged the ancient cathedral on Monday was possibly divine punishment, an influential Israeli rabbi said on Wednesday, invoking a 13th-century burning of Jewish scriptures.

Addressing the fire at the 856-year-old church in Paris in a Q&A article published on religious-Zionist Israeli news website Srugim, French-born Shlomo Aviner, now the rabbi of West Bank settlement Beit El, also said it is a mitzvah - a deed done from religious duty - to set fire to churches in Israel, but warned that shouldn't be done anyway, because they would then have to be rebuilt.

Asked if the fire at Notre Dame was cause for grief, Aviner said "that isn't our function at this time. There is no command to seek out Christian churches beyond Israel and burn them down. In our holy land, things are more complicated. Indeed the Rabbi of Satmar wrote that one of his reasons against immigration to Israel is that here the command to burn churches applies but it isn't exercised," and therefore being in Israel without burning churches is prohibited.

He added that the rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher said that building churches, "which we'll have to do" should they be burnt, is a greater offense than leaving them as is.

Gadi Gvariyahu of the Tag Meir nongovernmental organization, which monitors hate crimes in Israel and the West Bank and promotes interfaith dialogue, called Aviner's remarks "sad, angering and shocking."

"If an influential rabbi says 'there is no command to seek out Christian churches abroad and burn them down but in our holy land, the issue is more complicated' – what will the extreme right be likely to do?" Gvariyahu added.

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RCW2014 Apr 2019 OP
Grumpy Pickle Apr 2019 #1
SatansSon666 Apr 2019 #2
RCW2014 Apr 2019 #4
Bob the Bilderberger Apr 2019 #3
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 01:01 AM

1. Outrageous.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 05:16 AM

2. Dude is an idiot.

On a side note, I wonder if Pat Robertson blamed gay marriage yet.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 09:03 PM

4. He did check in. Something about the fire in hell due to the over abundance of

Catholic pedo's got out of control and spread to Norte Dame.

Something along that line but don't quote me..

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 05:59 AM

3. This isn't about destroying churches

It's about destroying Western civilization and its heritage.

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Response to Bob the Bilderberger (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:47 PM

5. Indeed and these "settler rabbis" want no part of that "Western" civilization of which you speak. nt

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