"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21
By Sophiee 

When confronted with absolute hard facts that they cannot dispute missionaries often fall back on the phrase “Jews are blind.” The is anti-semitism plain and simple — and it is a bit ironic since the same missionaries calling Jews blind state that they “have Jesus in their heart” and have “blind faith.” To them “blind faith” is positive (how is not thinking positive?) – yet Jews supposedly being “blind” is a negative? A bit contradictory, don’t you think?Jews are not blind — quite the opposite. We see clearly that Jesus (if he ever lived) was not a messiah and did not fulfill any of the messianic prophecies. We further see that he most certainly is not part of G-d in any way.

G-d doesn’t make any of us blind to Him — quite the opposite. G-d would not put a stumbling block (e.g. being “blind to the truth”) in the path of anyone. Challenges are simply learning tools (ergo a person born with Down’s Syndrome has a different set of challenges and expectations than Albert Einstein). To have “blind faith” without using the brain G-d gave you goes against everything He tells us in the Torah Deuteronomy 11:16 “Be careful that your heart not be tempted to go astray and worship other G-ds, bowing down to them” — in other words do not blindly follow your heart — do not be blind in your faith.

Think of the example in the Torah of the Pharaoh. We’re told that “G-d hardened his heart.” G-d did not make him blind. If anything the Pharaoh saw more examples of G-d’s ability than any of us ever will! G-d did not change the Pharaoh’s mind or make him do things he was not inclined to do. No — the exact opposite is true. G-d gave the Pharaoh the strength to do what the Pharaoh wanted to do. G-d “hardened his heart” giving him the strength to do what his free will dictated.

Be true to yourself. The story of R’ Zusya explains this beautifully:

Once, the great Hassidic leader, Zusya, came to his followers. His eyes were red with tears, and his face was pale with fear.“Zusya, what’s the matter? You look frightened! “The other day, I had a vision. In it, I learned the question that the angels will one day ask me about my life.”The followers were puzzled. “Zusya, you are pious. You are scholarly and humble. You have helped so many of us. What question about your life could be so terrifying that you would be frightened to answer it?” Zusya turned his gaze to heaven. “I have learned that the angels will not ask me, ‘Why weren’t you a Moses, leading your people out of slavery?’” His followers persisted. “So, what will they ask you?” “And I have learned,” Zusya sighed, “that the angels will not ask me, ‘Why weren’t you a Joshua, leading your people into the promised land?’” One of his followers approached Zusya and placed his hands on Zusya’s shoulders. Looking him in the eyes, the follower demanded, “But what will they ask you?” “They will say to me, ‘Zusya, there was only one thing that no power of heaven or earth could have prevented you from becoming.’ They will say, ‘Zusya, why weren’t you Zusya?’”

Be the best person you can be — you and no one else. Do not let yourself be led astray by others (even those with the best of intentions) — do not be blind to the light around you.

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