Hoffman’s response to Shamir’s hit-piecehttp://www.rense.com/general85/Ambush.pdfAn Ambush Disguised as a Book ReviewHow Israel Shamir, using a platform provided by Catholic Culture Wars magazine, sought to damage the credibility of the book Judaism Discovered and its author, using lies, falsification and misrepresentation
By Michael Hoffman
Israel Shamir’s “review” of this writer’s book Judaism Discovered
, is a reckless libel and a malicious joke on the readers of E. Michael Jones’ conservative Catholic Culture Wars
magazine, where it was published in the March 2009 issue.
We begin with the fact that the Culture Wars
readers are never allowed to know the complete title of the book, probably because giving the full title would prove too enticing. In a five page review it is never referred to as Judaism Discovered: A Study of the Anti-Biblical Religion of Racism, Self Worship, Superstition and Deceit
. Only the first two words of the title are given. The price of the book is not stated, even though Mr. Shamir has my e-mail address and could have easily obtained the pricing information.An extraordinary dismal appraisal
In his opening paragraph Mr. Shamir asserts that my book is neither “good, reliable” or “readable.” A book that is supposedly so confused that it is unreadable and so incompetent that it is not reliable, is not worth examining, much less purchasing
, and therefore such a book is beneath the attention of the reader. Let us see what bill of indictment Mr. Shamir offers in order to produce this extraordinary dismal appraisal.
He declares it to be a “polemical work, almost a pamphlet.”
In other words, I do not give a fair hearing to my opposition. In a pamphlet, a controversialist does not quote at length from the writings of his adversary but merely subjects the adversary to vituperation. However, this is not true of Judaism Discovered
, which contains hundreds of quotations from sacred rabbinic texts
, some of them photographically reproduced for the first time outside the circles of the rabbis. Rabbinic statements are quoted at length and in context. Before refuting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, I reproduce his entire column across three pages of Judaism Discovered
Mr. Shamir writes,
“Hoffman’s book appears dated, despite being fresh off the press. Books such as this were written by proud Anglo-Saxon Protestants in the 19th century.”
This is a brazen lie. Judaism Discovered
contains hundreds of pages of new data on the Talmud
and cognate texts that are published for the first time in English, unless they appeared previously in recondite rabbinic publications read mainly by Judaic specialists. Moreover, other than the magisterial scholarship of Alexander McCaul
, university professor of Hebrew and a Christian missionary to Judaics, I hereby challenge Mr. Shamir to name even one “Anglo-Saxon Protestant” book from the 19th century that contains information in any way comparable to Judaism Discovered
Furthermore, I am not of Anglo-Saxon descent
, although what Mr. Shamir’s bizarre reference to Anglo-Saxonism has to do with anything is beyond me.Steinsaltz
My book contains unprecedented information on Judaism unavailable to any researcher of the past, with the exception of the inaugural scientific scholarship of the German lingust Johann Andreas Eisenmenger
. Judaism Discovered
is based in part on revelations contained in the Steinsaltz edition of the Babylonian talmud, the first uncensored Talmud Bavli ever to appear in English
. Adin Steinsaltz, the current Nasi
or head of the reconstituted Sanhedrin in Tiberius, had his edition translated into English and published by Random House, beginning in 1989, not 1899. I studied the Steinsaltz edition for eight years, commencing in the year 2000.
Later I found a private internet forum called “Khazar Books”
with three other Talmud scholars, and together we devoted ourselves to sharing research and study notes mainly on the Steinsaltz Talmud. From these endeavors I was able to grain substantial – and in my view – pioneering documentation on the Gemara that had previously been excluded from the Soncino Talmud
, the only other reasonably literate English edition.
I am the first researcher to fully employ Steinsatlz texts as the basis of a deep investigation of the religion of Judaism. How then can my book be little more than a “dated” rehash of 19th century books on the Talmud? Or does Mr. Shamir mean to deny the significance of the Steinsaltz edition?Most of Judaism Discovered is ignoredMr. Shamir gives not hint that he is even aware of Steinsaltz
. He doesn’t even mention Steinsaltz or hundreds of other subjects which I take up for consideration in Judaism Discovered
. It is obvious, at least to this writer, that Mr. Shamir hasn’t even read my book in its entirety.
He has perused perhaps a few hundred pages or so of my text and then proceeded to damn it on the basis of less than one-fifth of its contents.
Whole sections of the book have been omitted from his critical view, including original information on the rabbinic root of anti-Black racism, the bigotry, dissimulation, homicide and anti-Christian and anti-Islamic hatred of Judaism’s intellectual giant Rabbi Moses Maimonides
: irrefutable proof of the nullification of vows in the Kol Nidre rite
; the larger case of the rabbinic nullification and opposition to the Bible and Biblical patriarchs; the elucidation of the force of law possessed not just by the Talmud by such post-Talmudic texts such as the Shulcan Aruch
and the Mishnah Berurah
; the criminal code of silence (Mesirah
) by which Judaic crimes are covered up; the genocidal texts of contemporary rabbis such as Yitzhak Ginsburg
and Saadya Grama
; the Talmud’s oppressive and overwhelming misogyny; the superstition of the Kabbalah and its infiltration of Renaissance Catholicism; the history of the publication of the Talmud in Europe; the defects of the Masoretic texts; Judaism’s moon worship and goddess worship; the history of rabbinic censorship and persecution of dissidents; Judaic ritual murder, the secret of Purim; Judaism and abortion; the authentic racial identity of the “Jews” today, and dozens of other topics unearthed and exposed for the first time anywhere since Eisenmenger
– information that cannot be found in the work of Pranaitis, Dilling, Douglas Reed or even the eminent Israel Shahak. «Шулхан арух»
Again I ask, where is the information to be found in any previous book, much less 19th century “Anglo-Saxon” books as Mr. Shamir so preposterously claims?
I would have never bothered to spend ten years researching and sixteen months writing Judaism Discovered
if it did not offer a radical departure from previous books on this subject, and hundreds of pages of fresh and startling information. In the whole of my career I have never been drawn to duplication, sequels or hack writing. I pioneered the study of the bondage of whites in They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold Story of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America
My study of occult epistemology and symbolism, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare
is an almost entirely original work. But if Mr. Shamir is to be taken at his word, with Judaism Discovered
I have broken that pattern in order to produce a “dated,” derivative work that is of no reading value, being neither “good, reliable” or “readable.” I don’t know how a more severe sentence can be passed on any book.
Readers of Mr. Shamir’s “review” need proceed no further with his demolition. He has said enough already to discourage most readers from bothering to seriously consider purchasing Judaism Discovered
What little in my book which Mr. Shamir does concern himself with is dismissed as a “torrent of vituperation.”
I do not recognize this description of my book. I was careful to craft it to avoid mere polemics – I am well aware of how self defeating they are. I sought, rather, to create a forensic document.
The subtitle of my book is Judaism Discovered – From Its Own Texts
(p. 3). Toward achieving this end, I painstakingly photographically reproduced many of the rabbinic texts under consideration in English, Aramaic, and Hebrew, with corresponding captions in English where necessary. These and other quotes from the rabbinic canon reproduced in the body of my text form the basis of my “discovery” of Judaism, not “a torrent or vituperation.”
Mr. Shamir makes no mention of the wealth of texts photographically reproduced in my book, some of them so rare they have either never or seldom been seen before, except by specialists. Mr. Shamir is oblivious.
He makes no mention of my reliance on the texts themselves to build my case. Readers of his “review” will have no idea that Judaism Discovered
explores Orthodox Judaism based on the key rabbinic texts themselves – from the Mishnah to the Mishnah Toreh – and not upon a “torrent of vituperation” as Mr. Shamir so unjustly claims.It is this misrepresentation that becomes part of the basis of his attack
. On no evidence save his imagination, he profiles me as a WASP (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) and then builds a bigoted caricature from his phony profile. This is an argumentum ad hominem
, but Mr. Shamir’s contempt for this writer is so strong he is not constrained and in a politically correct harangue, he launches into an irrelevant analogy between my writing and allegedly evil British missionaries in the Third World.Unfair to Paganism?
One of the main defects of Judaism Discovered
, according to Mr. Shamir, is that it exhibits an unseemly demonstrativeness against Judaism and the Talmud, and paganism in particular. Mr. Shamir then endeavors to make the case for paganism.
He pours scorn on this writer’s characterization of the “pagan Talmud”
and my description of it as “consisting of abominable wickedness, prodigious filthiness and superlative vileness.”
He is annoyed by this language and gives the impression that something like it appears throughout the book, when in fact I employ this description judiciously, though I will not be commissared into eschewing it altogether, since it is accurate and, given the nature of the Talmud, an entirely appropriate insight into its extraordinary depravity. I point to the Talmud’s pornography as a reflection of the rabbinic mentality itself
and this deeply offends the supposedly broad-minded Shamir
, in spite of the fact that among hipsters and progressives, a volume entitled The X-Rated Bible
(American Atheist Press, 1985; reprinted 1998 by Feral House), was widely circulated to considerable applause, as an allegedly long overdue corrective of the Bible’s undeserved reputation for moral rectitude. But when I subject the Babylonian Talmud to similar scrutiny I have comitted an unpardonable faux pas
in the view of Mr. Shamir.Mr. Shamir will not suffer treatment of his people’s precious Talmud or for paganism itself, for that matter
. Not only is Judaism Discovered
supposed to be unfair to the rabbis of the Talmud, Mr. Shamir actually regards it as unfair to paganism, and this in a conservative Catholic magazine, no less. I have for some time been aware from his writings that Mr. Shamir, an alleged convert from Judaism to Christianity, is an enthusiast of the Kabbalah and that his “Christianity” is of a New Age orientation
, with dollops of extra-cerebral nostalgia for his native Judaism tossed into the mix. Израиль Юзефович Шмерлер, алиас Исраэль Адам Шамир, «чемпион израильской демократии»; p. 1947, Новосибирск
I make no apologies for the fact that Judaism Discovered is in line with the historic, apostolic and patristic Christian opposition to paganism
, and against repeated attempts by exponents of paganism to infiltrate the Church. Mr. Shamir regards such a stand as a species of grotesque southern Bible Belt fundamentalism. He argues that
“some of the best literature and art was created by ‘pagan heathens,’ from Homer to Mahabharata.“
Yes, in terms of humanist aesthetics he is correct. The historic Christian attitude toward these works was that, in so far as they epitomized archetypes of human psychology, for example in the Greek and Roman myths, and the Iliad
and the Odyssey
with Homer’s portrayal of vanity, lust and avarice, they have something valuable to teach us about human nature. My objection to paganism has nothing to do with a Philistine bias against the classics, which for centuries formed part of the curriculum of elite Christian schools
. My youngest daughter attends a conservative Christian grammar school where, along with Latin and Koine Greek, Homer and other pre-Christian epics are avidly studied, as they have been for centuries.
However, together with the apostles and the early Church, I am opposed to attempts to infiltrate the false gods and occult praxis of pagan theology into the Church
, in contravention of the First Commandment against idolatry.
Is Mr. Shamir actually ignorant of the long struggle between the Church and the attempt to infiltrate pagan doctrines into it, for example, in the struggle against gnosticism on the part of Justin Martyr and Irenaeus? We saw this attempted subversion again with the neo-Platonists and their rabbi-friendly “Christian” Kabbalah, and Reuchlin’s advocacy of the “rights” of the Talmud during the Renaissance.
In our own time we witness the grave disorientation exhibited by ecumenical advocates such as Mr. Shamir
, who puts forth the argument that because Boccaccio and James Joyce included pornography in their secular
books, there is nothing that reflects negatively on the religion of Jduaism due to the fact that pornography is rampant in Judaism’s sacred books.“The Bible’s hateful terms”
We are informed that Mr. Shamir has an “Australian Catholic friend”
who refused to review Judaism Discovered
because it is critical of Babylonian paganism and Pharaonic Egypt, and that Hoffman’s jaundiced view of those “ancient civilizations” reflects “Protestant spin” and the “Bible’s hateful terms.”The Bible’s hateful terms?
What are we to make of this? The Word of God is hateful because it is opposed to Babylon, the mother of harlots (Rev. 17:4-6), and to Pharaonic tyranny? Are we supposed to accept the notion that Catholics rightly regard the bible as “hateful”? Are we to believe that my book is repugnant because it adopts a biblical stance toward paganism?
Are we supposed to swallow the idea that only narrow-minded Protestants uphold a biblical standard in this regard, while Roman Catholics are rightly expected to defend the occult dictatorships of Egypt and Babylon? This is so ridiculous and so calumnious of Catholicism as to be almost a satire, yet there it is in black and white in all seriousness in a Catholic magazine. Mr. Shamir next launches into a lecture on Compartive Religion 101 and rudimentary *** education
; of both, it is supposed, I am blissfully unaware. He hectors me about my alleged ignorance of the major exponents of the traditional pagan gnosis, such as Rene Guenon
and Sir James Frazer’
s The Golden Bough
, with the supposition being that if I were familiar with these works I would have a more humane and ecumenical attitude towards paganism.
Mr. Shamir is unaware that I am the author of Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare
, which takes up Frazer’s themes of the scapegoat and the killing of the king
and applies them to events in modern America. He thinks me too dense to have entertained Guenon’s thesis. But I have read Guenon’s The Reign of Quantity
concerning the degeneracy of the modern era. I am in sympathy with Mr. Guenon’s elucidation of the symptoms of that decay, but not with his underlying endorsement of the eternal pagan psychodrama itself.
As a Christian I cannot accept it because I believe in the Bible and the God of the Bible, a belief which, to the best of my knowledge, and based on my acquaintance with Anselm, Augustine, Aquinas, Bellarmine and Suarez, leads me to imagine that such a belief is incumbent on all Christians, not just Protestants. The ecumenical Mr. Shamir considers that such a conviction disqualifies my claim to expertise in the field of Judaism.Lies and more lies
His next point is that I am such a prude that words like “phallus” and “******” cause me to react
“like a schoolgirl… Sexual union should not be mentioned at all, in his (Hoffman’s) view.”
We are beginning to encounter a stream of lies which Mr. Shamir relies upon to diminish Judaism Discovered
and its author. There is no evidence for his claim, in my book or anywhere else. I have never said that sexual union should never be mentioned. I am the father of ten children
and know a little bit about what goes on in a bedroom. I was raised on the mean streets of New York
where fornication, adultery, bloodshed and the panoply of the human condition were exhibited in their rawest form. Sexuality, when confined to the precincts God has established for it in matrimony, is a joy. But this is a far cry from the psychopathic sexualis promoted by the rabbis in their “holy books.”
My objection is to the rabbinic perversion of the divine gift of marital union. Nowhere in Judaism Discovered
will anyone adduce any evidence to the contrary, and in this – and all instances of Mr. Shamir’s brazen lying – I dare him to produce the context for any statement of mine which he thinks will prove otherwise.
Mr. Shamir’s next lie:
“The word heathen is used throughout the book as a label of moral deprivation and degradation,”
implying that this writer is the one who is using the term “throughout” the book. Actually the word heathen occurs only nineteen times out of 388,457 words in 1100 pages.
On p. 163 I quote the Pharisee Hillel using it.
On p. 330 I note that the Soncino Talmud uses the word heathen as a eupehmism for goyim.
On p. 376, in the course of decoding the rabbinic abbreviation for a gentile woman, “HSHGZ” (Niddah, Shifchah, Goyyah, Zonah)
, I note the use of the word heathen for the third Talmudic imprecation.
On p. 438 I quote Rabbi Shimon ben Yohai as advocating the mass murder of even the best of the gentiles, rendered in the Soncion translation as “the best of the heathens.”
On p. 534 I quote the words of Babylonian Talmud tractate Berakhot 58b, regarding cursing the homes of gentiles, this curse begins, “On seeing the houses of the heathens…”
On p. 535 I again reference the Gemara quote containing the word heathen.
On p. 614 the word heathen is quoted from Maimonides’s use of it in YadHaChazakah.
On p. 664 I cite Prof. Shahak who notes that “heathen” is a rabbinic disguise word for gentile.
On p. 801 I quote James Glasglow’s use of the word heathen in relation to Matthew 18:17.
On pp. 895-897 the word heathen appears in the rabbinic texts as quoted (disapprovingly) by Dr. Alexander McCaul.
On p. 900 the word is used one final time, quoted from the prophet Zechariah.
Of the total 19 instances in which the word heathen appears in Judaism Discovered
, I use it as part of my own writing only twice (on pp. 226 and 268). In 16 of the other 17 instances it is used by the rabbis to insult a gentile
. Mr. Shamir gives the impression that as part of my supposed “Little Rock attorney” redneck bigotry, I toss the word heathen as a derogatory epithet “throughout” my book. Consequently, because of my supposed hurling of the “heathen” epithet hither and yon in the pages of Judaism Discovered
, Mr. Shamir states,
“I doubt that this book can be read outside of the Bible belt, where such language and attitudes are still considered valid.”
In truth, it is the rabbis who repeatedly resort to this word heathen in their books. Mr. Shamir’s problem is with them, not with me, but in his rush to nail this writer for the slightest breach of his dainty ecumenical sensibilities
, I am the one who is made to bear the contumely for that which the rabbis of Judaism are actually culpable. It’s a neat trick.
Mr. Shamir defends Judaism against my charge that one of the means of discerning its superstitious and occult character is by discovery of the fact that it teaches the doctrine of reincarnation
. Even though the Bible decrees that we die only once and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9:27), Mr. Shamir mocks my wielding of reincarnation as evidence of Pharisaic Judaism’s pagan roots, since, after all, reincarnation is taught by Buddhism and Hinduism!
In addition fo the numerous supposed defects in my writing itself, Mr. Shamir regards my book as physically
defective: it is “unreadable,” an “amateur product,” “some pages are left blank,” “the printers did a poor job.”
“Some pages are left blank”? There is not a single blank page in the 1102 pages of Judaism Discovered
. There is a blank page at the end of the book and this is unavoidable because books are printed in signatures, and in the case of our book, the printer’s signatures totaled 1104 pages.
Readers who will consult the volumes in their own book collection will see the many books with blank pages at the back, for the reason I have given. It could be that Mr. Shamir has received the only known copy of Judaism Discovered
with a defective text block containing blank pages in the middle of the book, in which case he should have been able to determine by the missing pagination that this was an error unique to his copy. If this was the case, he could have asked for a replacement free of charge rather than proceeding to irresponsibly condemn the entire print run as defective.
Mr. Shamir is really grasping at straws. His suggestion that the book is poorly printed is potentially an effective means of limiting its sales. When he writes that our printer did a “poor job” it implies that the book has a defective binding. This insinuation will curb its sales, since not even a curiosity seeker or collector will want to buy a book in poor condition.
In fact, Judaism Discovered
is a signature-sewn hardcover and virtually indestructible. Mr. Shamir can quibble about how the book is typeset – we don’t have a staff of professional typesetters – but the printer – a company that also prints books for major publishing houses and university presses – did a quality job and to suggest otherwise is another reprehensible lie.The Talmud: merely outdated trivia
His next criticism centers on sexuality and prudery. Orthodox Judaism, represented in the media and academia as the joyful antidote to “Puritanism” and “morbid Catholicism,” in actuality regulates all human functions, whether related to *** or the elimination of body waste, with the monomania of a demented clockwork universe.
In defense of Judaism, Mr. Shamir perpetuates the Hollywood cliché wherein the life-denying Christian prude is contrasted with the earthy, frankly sexual, Judaic man:
This defense is one of the most commonly offered by liberal adherents of Judaism, that the rabbinic texts are no longer in force
“The prude Hoffman is horrified by many rules of the Talmud which prescribe certain behavior in the bathroom and the bedroom. He takes it too personally, Hoffman does…it could be an entertaining tidbit – whether the rabbis…compare the color of menstrual blood to that of squashed lice…One may be fascinated by or disregard such sixth century trivia, written 1400 years ago in Iraq…”
, they are an antique curiosity, a “trivial” vestige of a bygone age whose precepts Judaics have rejected for hundreds of years. This claim is demonstrably false
. Judaism Discovered
is a study of Orthodox Judaism. The thousands of rabbinic rules on how to urinate, defecate, hide under the bed while someone else is having coitus in it
, superstitious rituals necessary to evade pursuit by the “demon of the toilet,” etc. ad nauseum, are all as current as today’s Daf Yomi and yeshiva instruction.
The publication of specific and voluminous details of previously obscure rabbinic laws on *** and human waste are important on anthropological grounds alone. Furthermore, they are necessary as an exposition of the rabbinic mentality
, which, as it has grown influence, spreading throughout western culture
, manifests in the latrine obsessions of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Schindler’s List,”
and lately to the growing depiction of toilets and people using toilets in mainstream movies and even television commercials, and the low tenor of our entertainment generally.
Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, in treating his mostly Judaic clientele in Vienna, studied their numerous obsessions with defecation, urination, sewers and toilets
. Apparently, because this mental illness repels me, Mr. Shamir mocks me as some sort of uptight killjoy. If Mr. Shamir finds a joy in toilet obsessions he is welcome to them; a healthy Christian society does not and never has.
What is to be said about a religion that regulates these matters, not with simple rules of sensible hygiene, such as the Old Testament exhibits, but with thousands upon thousands of strictures, regulations, laws, rules and codes
, guaranteed to produce precisely the neurosis and psychosis we observe in Orthodox Judaic populations, with their historically high incidence of mental illness.Judaism’s hatred of women ignored
This is the most tragically the case in what Judaism has done to menstruation, turning its onset and aftermath into an anxiety-producing crisis in which the slightest violation of the endless laws governing it, results in a curse on the offending parents or their innocent children.
According to the rabbinic Halachos
(laws) of Niddah
(menstruation), parents can be cursed with sudden death or their children born disabled or deformed, if either parent violates the laws on menstruation, although the responsibility is borne chiefly by the Judaic woman.
Judaism’s hatred of women, which I study at some length and which Mr. Shamir ignores, is at the root of the labyrinthine acrobatics and nervous scrupulosity with which every single menstrual rule, however small and seemingly inconsequential, must be upheld. There is nothing in the strictest traditional Catholicism or the most fanatical Puritan Protestantism to compare with what is inflicted upon women in Orthodox Judaism.
Along with this grievous burden, we have the spectacle of the blood-obsessed rabbis pouring over Judaic women’s underpants in search of microscopic flecks of what could be blood – but might only be lint – along with myriad analyses, discussions, statutes, sub-statutes and case law – all focused on when her menstrual period has actually ended and whether her mikvah
(ritual bath) that marks the conclusion of the menstrual time of separation, was valid or not. The heartbreak, anguish and insanity which this binding with heavy burdens
(Matthew 23:4) imposes in Judaic women is one of the cruelest acts of institutionalized misogyny in the annals of the hatred of women.
One would think that here at least, Mr. Shamir, so quick to deride and denounce Anglo-Saxon Christianity for its illiberal foibles, would find a cause to warm his progressive heart. Not so. He writes:
“(Hoffman) reports at length the Jewish customs of niddah, menstruation impurity and appears to be shocked. I am sure that any modern book of advices to menstruating women can be made shocking, but these are instructions for internal use.”
Mr. Shamir’s response requires very little comment. It is a whitewash, predicated on his now tiresome habit of resorting to playing this writer for, once again, a prig. There is nothing shocking about the Halachos of Niddah to Mr. Shamir.
Similar “advices” will be found in any modern book.
Really, Mr. Shamir? Where in Christendom will we find books similar to the rabbinic menstrual laws, which, by the way, are not “advice,” but commands backed by harsh penalties and lethal curses
? Mr. Shamir dismisses the whole subject with the lame excuse that it is an “internal” matter.Rabbinic lies excused as “folklore”
One of the areas I devoted my research energies to with the greatest intensity of scrutiny is in demonstrating that Judaism is a religion of deceit
, and that lying is imparted and institutionalized in Judaism.
I approached this at two levels: the discovery and citation of outrageous lies in the rabbinic texts
, such as the Talmud and the Midrash, and second, in the discovery of the actual case law governing the religious permission and in some cases the mandate, to lie.
This is a somewhat more difficult subject matter for Mr. Shamir to defend since the evidence of rabbinic lying is to some degree evident in gentile culture
, and remarked upon by the Judaics themselves in commenting on the dishonest business practices of many Hasidic Judaics. How will Mr. Shamir craft a defense of the rabbis in this instance?His trick here is to make the reader believe that in the case of lies and outrageous exaggeration in Judaism, that these occur in Judaic “folklore.”
So that, for example, the account in the Babylonian Talmud in tractace Shabbath 149b, in which King Nebuchadnezzar sodomizes all the chiefs of the tribe of Judah with his phallus
, which, the Talmud informs us, was three hundred cubits long (150 yards), becomes for Mr. Shamir, “an entertaining item of Jewish folklore”
which he equates with the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”Картина Уильяма Блейка «Навуходоносор» (1795 г.)
, иллюстрация к 4-й главе книги пророка Даниила: «… и отлучен он был от людей, ел траву, как вол, и орошалось тело его росою небесною, так что волосы у него выросли как у льва, и ногти у него – как у птицы.»
But Mr. Shamir is lying. This account of Nebuchadnezzar is not found in Judaic folklore
. Moreover, to the best of my knowledge no one ever based a religion on Grimm’s fairy tales. This account of Nebuchadnezzar is not from the Aggadah, the book of rabbinic folklore, but rather from the Talmud itself, the source of rabbinic law.
Why does Mr. Shamir falsify the source of this story by saying it comes from folklore? Because only in this way can he defuse my charge that the Talmud, one of the prime sources of rabbinic law, is riddled with lies
and that those who immerse themselves in it imbibe in a culture of lies
Mr. Shamir claims that after recounting the Talmud’s description of Nebuchadnezzar, “Hoffman goes into hysterics…”
Here is what I actually wrote after recounting the Talmud’s description of Nebuchadnezzar:
“The wildly exaggerated size of Nebuchadnezzar’s sexual organ is typical of the hyperbole that afflicts the rabbinic mentality” (p. 753)
Where are the “hysterics”? Mr. Shamir has retailed another lie.
He thinks it is a mark against me that I describe the fixture of the rabbinic imagination known as Metatron – a million mile tall angel – as symptomatic of Judaism’s “unconscionable hyperbole and incessant lying.”
It pains him that I do not have a sense of humor about the mentality that spins these lies within the corpus of the sacred rabbinic texts
. It’s true. I don’t find these lies humorous.
This is what I wrote in Judaism Discovered
, after inventorying a whole slew of rabbinic lies (the stories about Nebuchadnezzar and Metatron being merely two among many):
“unconscionable hyperbole and incessant lying are threaded throughout the pages of the Talmud, Midrash, Aggadah and Kabbalah to such a degree that the student piously immersed within their pages cannot help but inculcate the same attitudes within himself” (p. 760).
While I enjoy fairy stories and “Jack tales” as much as the next person, it goes without saying that these often funny, diverting and occasionally clever bits of survivor lore, are only enjoyable and useful when they are clearly demarcated just as that, folklore
. The idea that fanciful tall tales should be shrugged off when they appear in texts attributed to God, makes God a liar.
Jesus was exceedingly precise in his language and commanded us to be absolutely certain that our communications keep to a clear and simple “yes” or “no.” Whatever is more than this is derived from evil.
Mr. Shamir is so confused he can’t see the importance of distinguishing the difference. For him, the lies and deceit in the sacred rabbinic texts are little more than a joke
and whoever doesn’t appreciate them as such is a nebbish, a nerd.
But as I point out in my book and Mr. Shamir omits, many fantastic and wildly exaggerated WWII “Holocaust” tales powerfully resonate with their Talmudic and Midrashic antecedents.
The German people have been victimized by Judaic “eyewitnesses” who the Judaic social scientist Samuel Gringauz
“Full of perposterous verbosity…exaggeration…overestimated self-inflation, unchecked rumors..” (p. 753).
The roots of this mentality in the sacred texts of Judaism is not so much the laughing matter Mr. Shamir makes it out to be. Deceitfully excluding my central argument
The further we go into Mr. Shamir’s review the more he attempts to falsify the contents of my book. In the introductory pages of Judaism Discovered
I delve into Judaism’s centuries-old warnings against Gentiles studying the Talmud, the penalty for which is death.
I also anticipate an objection: I consider the fact that in modern times this has been derogated, since thousands of gentiles do study the Talmud now, sometimes even under rabbinic auspices. How to reconcile the disparity?
Using Babylonian Talmud tractate Sanhedrin 59a
, and subsequent rabbinic rulings, I demonstrate the basis for the loophole: it is not gentiles per se who are banned from access to the Talmud on the basis of race alone, but rather it is those who are opponents of Judaism, and use their knowledge for the (formerly) oral law to expose it to the world
, as in fact Jesus was the first to do – these are the ones who are liable for capital punishment (pp. 24-25).
Mr. Shamir transforms the preceding careful exegesis into the following farrago:
“He (Hoffman) jumps to baseless conclusions, too fast and too often. For instance, he quotes the Talmud’s R. Johanan: “a gentile who studies the Law deserves the death penalthy” and he jumps to a strange conclusion: ‘Jesus Christ…had no right to study the Law and he paid for His study with his life.’ But Jesus was not a gentile; he was a rightful descendant of King david and of other great kings. He was certainly entitled to study the Law…”
Mr. Shamir omitted the loophole I discovered in Steinsaltz, that allows gentiles to study the oral law (known as the Torah shebeal peh
which was committed to writing as the Mishnah), if they were not using it to expose Judaism. This explains why Jesus, in spite of his exalted patrimony
, may have been killed in part, because he was an opponent of the Mishnah who had studied it as it existed in its oral form in His time. Through a process of deceitfully excluding my central argument, Mr. Shamir is able to make me look like I don’t even know what I’m talking about
– that I don’t have even a basic grasp of the halachic issues involved.“Casuistry is hardly the monopoly of the Jews”
He goes on to concede that I “notice” (not that I have discovered) the “Talmudic passion for casuist tricks and dissembling with ‘escape clauses.’
How can he defend Judaism in this instance, since he concedes some of my documentation? He does so by relativizing the documentation with that old juvenile alibi – everyone’s doing it
“Perversion of God’s word? Sure, but such casuistry is hardly the monopoly of Jews. In Homer’s Odyssey we learn that Hermes taught Autolykos, Ulysses’ maternal grandfather, to ‘cajole any man alive on his bodily oath.”
Two questions for Mr. Shamir. First
: where in my 1100 pages of writing do I state that Judaics have a monopoly on casuistry? Please cite the page. He can’t because I never do so. He is arguing with a straw man.Second
: how many people in our time have been defrauded, swindled or deceived by Greeks who regard the Odyssey
as a sacred religious text and act according to its counsel? To compare counsel given by a character in a work of Homeric literature with formal religious permission and admonition to lie, cheat and steal, as found in Judaism’s authoritative Gemara
, the foundation of the code of behavior that governs the lives of Orthodox Jews, is pure chutzpah
In considering the various loopholes and escape clauses that permit homosexual *** and the molestation of children in Judaism
, Mr. Shamir portrays me as an unbalanced hothead whose objectivity is ruined by his passion and bias:
“Hoffman’s understanding of Jewish law pertaining to sexual intercourse is obscured by his desire to convict.”
I have no desire to convict the innocent. To do so would be to share in the evil of the Sanhedrin who convicted the innocent Christ on the basis of false witness. We are commanded not to bear false witness and I have endeavored to the best of my ability, by the grace of God, to faithfully uphold that obligation. It is not only Christian ethics that impel me. My book’s credibility would be harmed and its ability to persuade the unconvinced severely curtailed were I not careful to be honest and objective in my forensic investigation of Judaism.
I set out to write a fair-minded, scientific work using Judaism’s own texts to plumb the depths of its hidden reality. As I stated on pp. 37-38, I attempted to find anything good about Judaism and I offered recognition for the two positive characteristics I find. Mr. Shamir will have none of it. In vintage rabbinic fashion he builds a fantasy case against this writer and will not allow the facts to dissuade him.Child molestation: Making the case for rabbinic innocence
Unfortunately for Mr. Shamir, he has a tough time in making the case for rabbinic innocence in the matter of child molestation and homosexual practices
. He foolishly calls the Talmudic law concerning children “Hebrew law.”
I don’t know what he means by that. Does he mean to denote that it is Old Testament law? It is not. Does he mean to say it was written in Hebrew? Most of the Talmud was written in Aramaic, and a middle Hebrew jargon.
Since he passes judgment on my book as wanting in expertise in this field, he must be the one who is the expert, since he has set himself up as a judge. Begging the expert’s pardon, I don’t see anywhere in “Hebrew law”
where molesting an eight year old boy is permissible, or even explained away or excused. I do find it in the Talmud, however. «Посмотрите на талмуд. - Разве эта книга для загробной жизни? Нет, эта книга
посвящена исключительно вопросу о том, как создать себе на практике жизнь
получше в этом лучшем из миров.»
- Единственное упоминание талмуда в «Майн кампф» Адольфа Гитлера носит на удивление сдержанный (едва ли не хвалебный) характер. Несомненно, с ним охотно согласились бы и сами талмудисты. О каббалистическом проекте «Хит-лер»
см. темы «Египетская поза ХЕН»
и «Лурианская каббала, «Зохар» и вторая мировая война»
Following my research lead, Mr. Shamir writes,
Mr. Shamir then proceeds to list the “benefits” of this supposedly wise Talmudic law
“if an eight your old boy ‘has ***’ with a woman it is not considered sexual relations.”
: the woman is not forced to marry the boy, she is not jailed, her marriage prospects are not diminished and the boy is not killed. So you see, this law benevolently frees both the victim and the perpetrator from penalties and punishment.
However, this is not so benevolent when we consider that the woman is free to molest the boy again or, even worse – and Mr. Shamir had to leave this fact out or it would destroy his argument – as I demonstrate in Judaism Discovered
the boy’s own mother can molest him without fear of liability (pp.424-425). Mr. Shamir has no problem with this, or with the fact that since the rabbis have ruled that *** with a boy under the age of nine is not ***, he can also be homosexually molested, since it’s not ***. That Mr. Shamir claims to be a convert to Christianity and at the same time defends this evil is almost beyond belief
Mr. Shamir declares that “Judaism is quite strict regarding sodomy, and the preferred cure of it is the death penalty.”This is a lie.
The rabbis, with their penchant for nullification of the law, create an escape clause wherein permission for homosexual intercourse is granted under the concept of accidental homosexuality
. Hence, a great deal of the homosexual intercourse that transpires between frum
(Talmudically faithful) Judaic males is ruled “accidental.” How something that would seem to be as difficult and as necessarily intentional as **** intercourse could be classed as an accident, only an Orthodox rabbi could explain.
In Babylonian Talmud tractate BT Sanhedrin 54b (photographically reproduced on p. 676 of Judaism Discovered
; also see p. 423), we learn that,
“If someone unwittingly perpetrated sodomy upon a man” or “allowed himself to be sodomized by a man”… “the offender is liable for one sin offering.”
No dealth penalty, no imprisonment or whipping, just “one sin offering.” Let us consider how broad is this loophole in the lawyerly minds of the rabbis: – “unwittingly perpetrated sodomy”
– this constitutes leeway for numerous exculpatory alibis: “I was drunk.” “I didn’t intend to do it.” “We were just playing around.”
The degradation from the self-deceit emanating from the loophole is almost as morally destructive as the homosexual act it engenders. Judaism has an infinite capacity for self-delusion
and Israel Shamir, as someone still not completely free of that tradition, is no exception.Hoffman’s “mistranslation”
Next, he proceeds to challenge the accuracy of my citation of Rabbi Illai’s dictum in Babylonian Talmud tractate Moed Kattan 17a:
“Hoffman tries to pervert the meaning of R. Illai’s dictum… Hoffman mistranslates the temptation of the flesh as the ‘desire to do evil.”
This is quite a serious charge: perverting the statements of the rabbis and falsifying one of their texts by mistranslating it. If he’s correct, it should be a simple matter to prove his charge, since Rabbi Illai’s statement is photographically reproduced on p. 358
, accompanied by a brief translation of the text, and reprinted again on p. 1021 with a complete translation.
Mr. Shamir interprets this text to mean that a rabbi is telling an unmarried man who can’t contain himself any longer to sneak off to a city where he is not known and have the illicit *** he needs in that distant place. This would be bad enough, of course, if this was what the passage actually said. But in fact, Mr. Shamir’s spin is nowhere to be found in the original statement of Rabbi Illa’i in Moed Kattan 17:
“Rabbi Illa’i said: If a person is tempted to do evil he should go to a city where he is not known, dress in black clothes, cover his head in black and do what he heart desires so that God’s name will not be desecrated.”
That’s how the passage reads. I haven’t falsified it. It is not limited to sexual sin, as Mr. Shamir imagines
, and on the basis of his imagination he irresponsibly makes the libelous charge that I have falsified this text. The text says what I have said it says. It is reproduced in my book for all the world to see. It is damning evidence of the intrinsic evil of Judaism, which counsels Judaics who are desirous of doing evil to go ahead and do it – but don’t get caught
– donning a disguise and going to a place where one’s identity will not be found out, and perpetrating whatever evil there one desires.
It is dishonest and unscrupulous of Mr. Shamir to falsify this Talmud tractate and then put the onus for falsification on this writer.Defending Talmudic circumcisionMr. Shamir defends the rabbinic custom of performing fellatio on baby boys during the circumcision act
. He says that I am too prudish to use candid language to describe sexual acts, but in this instance, observe how reticent he becomes when describing what happens during a traditional rabbinic circumcision rite
(based on the Talmud, not the Bible). He calls it,
“sucking off blood during the operation…”
Sucking blood off of where
, Mr. Shamir? He doesn’t tell us.
In truth, the sucking is done by the mohel
(circumciser) on the pitiful little boy’s *****. But Mr. Shamir is too timid to give us the gory details, lest his favored religion be indicted, so he snips off part of the description. He sees nothing untoward in this rite:
“no fair or sane man would agree with Hoffman’s molestation charge.”
Hence, I am by implication insane for regarding Talmudic circumcision and the fellatio involved as child molestation.
The last page of his review descends into scattershot criticism, fantasies and denunciations, some of them bordering on hallucinatory. Mr. Shamir writes,
“The ancestors of Hoffman killed off millions of Native Americans without Jewish advice…”
Actually, my ancestors were humble Italian immigrants who worked in shoe factories
, sold insurance and eventually bought a grocery store and then a hotel; my German immigrant ancestors were hard-working farmers, mechanics and inventors
from the Palatine region. Needless to say, there were no killers of “millions” of Native Americans among them.
In Culture Wars
Mr. Shamir muses that it might be better to be a Palestinian under Israeli rule than a Patagonian under Spanish Catholic rule. After all, Mr. Shamir observes, there are no Patagonians left. In other words, whereas the Catholics exterminated the Indians, the Israelis have yet to do the same to the Palestinians. As if, were it not for the video cameras, Internet blogs and the armies of Hezbollah and Hamas, the kindly Israelis would not have massacred or extruded the Palestinians long ago. Somehow Mr. Shamir imagines that there is some moral equivalence between Spanish Catholics and Israeli Zionists, with the latter being slightly superior.Latest developments in the “Jesus in the Talmud” debate ignored
In the closing paragraphs of his writing, Mr. Shamir returns to his refrain that my book is instantly obsolete, containing little that is new:
“His treatment of mention of Christ in the Talmud is quite reasonable, though not new. Indeed, the Talmud – and other Judaic books – contain anti Christian passages and this is universally known.”
Mr. Shamir is wading into deep waters, has no idea what he’s writing about, but fires off his musket anyway, hoping to somehow hit me by scattershot.
I don’t just “mention” Jesus in the Talmud. I expend almost forty pages deconstructing the literature of denial concerning Jesus in the Talmud, some of it quite sophisticated. Mr. Shamir is ignorant of new developments in this field: until very recently, contrary to what he has guessed, the scholarship seemed to weigh in favor of the rabbinic insistence that Jesus was not in the Talmud
, largely on the strength of a formidable book in 1978 by Johann Maier
, Jesus von Nazareth in der talmudischen Uberlieferung
. Mr. Maier’s book led to the training of a generation of seminary students of the mainline churches in North America and Europe in the belief that Jesus was not in the Talmud
. A few years ago the research staff of the ADL issued a study embellishing Maier’s argument.
The debate was not settled until two years ago, with the publication of the brilliant linguistic analysis of Peter Schafer
. In Judaism Discovered
, I make the case for Jesus in the Talmud by dint of my own research and the discoveries of Prof. Schafer. Mr. Shamir seems to know little and care less about these breakthrough developments. I seriously doubt that he read my entire section on it. It’s obviously boring to him, yet he poses as an expert and damns my work as “nothing new.”
He then sleepily stumbles onward, offering another thoughtless generalization – that the talmud and other rabbinic texts in question contain anti-Christian passages and that this is universally known
. Everyone knows this? What planet is Mr. Shamir on? How many people are aware of a relentless anti-Christian invective in the Talmud?
But even if almost everyone was aware of it, what would be the significance of the statement? Mr. Shamir seems to be implying – who cares, if you’ve seen one anti-Christian statement in the Talmud, you’ve seen ‘em all.New Maimonides research ignored
Not quite. It’s like saying the North won the Civil war so who cares about which battles and why. The precise nature and scope of the anti-Christian polemic in the Talmud represents critical intelligence for understanding the religion of Judaism, the prospects for Judeo-Christian ecumenism, the wars of the Middle East and the infiltration of Christianity by rabbinic agents.
For example, Moses Maimonides
continues to be lauded as the rabbi most admired by western scholars, beginning with Thomas Aquinas. Maimonides is extolled in gentile society as a benign rabbi, a magnificent genius, and so on. Rabbi Maimonides’ numerous injunctions to murder Christians and his specific halacha establishing the boundary lines of permissible murder of Christians and how those deaths should be achieved, are, contrary to Mr. Shamir, almost universally unknown, as is Maimonides’ categorization of black people as sub-human.
These facts are established in my book. раввин Моше бен Маймон (משה בן מימון, Маймонид, РАМБАМ, 1135-1204)
In Judaism Discovered
I study Maimonides from both vantages, with full documentation. Mr. Shamir wants readers of his “review” to believe this is all just an old story, a bunch of Talmud quotes, even though many of them have never been published before in English, outside of rabbinic networks. This is the propaganda he relentlessly pushes about my book: Judaism Discovered contains nothing new
. The reader does not need to obtain it in order to advance his knowledge of Judaism.
The other line he promotes is that of being a judge of my learning. He declares:
“Hoffman’s …knowledge is limited.”
He makes this claim based on the fight I picked with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
, who he terms “a slick and tricky media rabbi.”
He implies I lost the fight. Boteach was too much for me he suggests. It’s my opinion that Rabbi Boteach was exposed and trounced. The evidence pro or contra is on pp. 117-125 of my book. I will leave it to the reader to decide.Okay to degrade Hoffman but not Judaism
While admonishing me to calm down and use less forceful language, Mr. Shamir marshals a quote from Mark Twain in order to call me a writer who is
“saturated with infamy and reeking with falsehood.”
But don’t let Hoffman even so much as dare to term Judaism or its rabbis “nonsensical,
” or Mr. Shamir will lecture with righteous indignation on the need to observe the rules of etiquette. Hoffman is beneath contempt, however, and can be insulted with impunity. The rabbis meanwhile, deserve some decorum and Hoffman fails miserably in properly receiving them.A Tribute to a Kabbalist
Mr. Shamir concludes with a tribute to the Renaissance scholars who believed in the gnosis of Hermes Trismegistus
, a false god of Egyptian provenance sacred to assorted occultists, Rosicrucians and Freemasons, including the Renaissance Kabbalist Giordano Bruno
, whose reputation Mr. Shamir seeks to burnish.Guilt by AssociationMr. Shamir’s evaluation is not a review, it’s an ambush
. Nevertheless, editor E. Michael Jones
chose to showcase it in the pages of his Culture Wars
magazine. To make matters worse, the editor chose to insert into the “review” a crude cartoon by the Nazi “Jew”-hater Julius Streicher
. The cartoon shows Judaic people with stereotypical physiognomies, studying the Talmud.
Nowhere in the many dozens of illustrations that are included in my book will anyone find a cartoon of any kind. As noted, most of the book’s illustrations are reproductions of rabbinic texts, but not one of those was chosen to accompany the article in Culture Wars
. Instead, a disgusting cartoon by a person I describe on p. 559 of Judaism Discovered
as “the odious Julius Streicher”
is inserted into the “review.” Using guilt-by-association techniques, Culture Wars
gratuitously associates me with Streicher.Serving the Cryptocracy
After I completed Judaism Discovered
and it was published late last summer, it seemed likely that the Cryptocracy would attempt to suppress the book and retaliate against its author
. As it turned out, two attacks were launched in 2008. The first was the Amazon embargo in August, which remains in effect. The second disrupted our operations for eight weeks last Autumn. Now in March 2009 Mr. Shamir and Dr. Jones have collaborated in the latest attack and it’s a potent one
. Many readers would be unlikely to believe a Judaic’s charges against the book unless he was anti-Zionist. Mr. Shamir’s credentials are further enhanced by the fact that his attack was published by a Catholic magazine known for criticism of Judaism.
It’s a brilliant combination. Since Mr. Shamir was also clever enough to concede a few of my points, his attack is far more effective than a full-bore assault by the ADL since his appears more nuanced and therefore more credible.Israel Shamir has maliciously sought to destroy my life’s work and my reputation.
It is likely that, together with the ongoing Amazon boycott, his lies will curtail sales sufficiently to prevent us from raising the large sum necessary for a third printing, and Judaism Discovered: A Study of the Anti-Biblical Religion of Racism, Self Worship, Superstition and Deceit
will go out of print. This is surely what the Cryptocracy desires and it is the Catholic Magazine Catholic Wars
– not the American Jewish Committee or the ADL – that will have the distinction of having achieved this objective.
While Judaism Discovered
has been discussed on a couple Internet radio shows, reviewed on a few websites, and mentioned in Christian News
by Rev. Herman Otten, the publication in Culture Wars is the first time it has ever been “reviewed” in print.
A great deal was at stake in the Culture Wars
Even prior to Mr. Shamir’s salvo, the traditional Catholic Angelus Press of Kansas City, Missouri declined to distribute the book. The Remnant
and Catholic Family News
are on record refusing to accept advertisements for it. It’s a very marginalized title that is exceedingly expensive to reprint and mostly unknown seven months after its publication.
Not every Catholic follows this pattern of obstruction, however. I recently received the following assessment from Catholic Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais of Switzerland
“Judaism Discovered is a mine of information about true Judaism, i.e. Talmudic Judaism. I am astonished by the quality and the abundance of your documentation. Your many quotations of the Talmud and rabbis constitute indestructible argumentation for the anti-Christian enterprise of Judaism, and also the compromises of the governments and the Catholic Church with Judaism.”
At most, probably only a few dozen Culture Wars
subscribers will ever read Bishop Mallerais’ statement contained in this rebuttal; while hundreds, if not thousands of people will read Mr. Shamir’s judgment.
Using prevarication and misrepresentation, Mr. Shamir ambushed an 1100 page dossier that makes the strongest and most effective case against Judaism since Dr. Eisenmenger.
But that’s a minority opinion. From henceforth it seems that the majority may hold the book in ill reupte.
On March 20 I received an e-mail from someone who had previously befriended me and promoted Judaism Discovered
. Here is what this person wrote:
“I do receive Culture Wars. I did read the review, and I admit that it created doubts in my mind about your book and your scholarship, enough, to perhaps make me refrain from recommending it further (according to the maxim, when in doubt, abstain)…” -A.S.