1. New Immigrants Arrive From Peru
2. Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany Had Plan to Take New York
3. Lawrence: Need to Study Scripture for Answers
4. Gregory R: Plenty of Room
5. David Livingstone: Who were the Sea Peoples?
1. The Jerusalem Post, May 9, 2002
48 New Immigrants Arrive From Peru
by Michael Freund
Forty-eight new immigrants from Peru arrived early yesterday morning at
Ben-Gurion Airport. The arrivals, all of whom converted to Judaism last
December via a special Beit Din sent by Israel's Chief Rabbinate, hail
from villages outside Lima, the Peruvian capital. They join some 150
other Peruvians who came here back in 1990 and 1991.
With the help of the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption, the
Gush Etzion Regional Council will be absorbing the newcomers in the
communities of Alon Shvut and Carmei Tzur. "They came here because they
are imbued with faith, and they believe it is a mitzvah to live in the
Land of Israel," said Shaul Goldstein, the mayor of Gush Etzion. "We are
happy to be able to help them fulfill their dream." A second group is
slated to arrive next week.
According to Goldstein, the latest aliyah is the result of an incident
that occurred last year, when a Peruvian immigrant was badly injured in
a terror attack in the Jordan Valley. When Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
visited the man in the hospital and asked him if there was anything he
could do to help, the man replied, "Yes. Bring over the rest of my
After looking into the matter, Rabbi Lau dispatched a Beit Din to Peru
last December, which decided to convert a total of 16 families,
numbering 84 people. According to Rabbi Eliyahu Birnbaum, a former Chief
Rabbi of Uruguay who served on the Peruvian Beit Din, the Peruvians had
all been living according to Jewish law for over a decade. "They were
all involved in a spiritual quest, in a search for spiritual truth," he
said, noting, "they built their own synagogues and communal life, and
they demonstrated genuine sincerity in their desire to join the Jewish
"They are very spiritual and very earnest. They dreamed about coming to
Israel for so long, and now their dream has come true", he added.
Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany Had Plan
to Take New York
May 8, 2002 7:33 am EST
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany under Kaiser
Wilhelm had drawn up detailed plans
in 1900 for an invasion of the United States centered on attacks on New
York City and Boston, according to documents in a military archive
published on Thursday.
The weekly newspaper Die Zeit published
details from documents it said it
uncovered in Germany's official military archives in Freiburg. One plan
foresaw a force of 100,000 soldiers transported across the Atlantic on 60
Beginning in 1897, a German navy lieutenant
named Eberhard von Mantey was
assigned the task of preparing an invasion of the United States after
German and American interests had collided in the Pacific.
"Wilhelm II wanted colonies and military
bases around the world," author
Henning Sietz wrote in Die Zeit. "The United States was increasingly
getting in the Kaiser's way."
Von Mantey's aim was to find a way to force
the United States to sign a
treaty giving Germany free reign in the Pacific and Atlantic. He rejected
ideas of a naval blockade or a naval battle and made plans for an invasion
of the northeast instead.
"This is the core of America and this is
where the United States could be
most effectively hit and most easily forced to sign a peace treaty," von
Mantey wrote. He said the morale and discipline of American soldiers was low.
The plans were reworked and revised over
the next decade. Chief of staff
Alfred von Schlieffen, who planned Germany's invasion of France in World
War One, was skeptical about the idea of attacking the United States, 3,000
sea miles away.
But his loyalty to the Kaiser prevented
him from rejecting the war planning
outright, Sietz said. At one point the German chief of staff had a plan to
bombard New York City.
"The greatest panic would break out in
New York over fears of a
bombardment," von Mantey wrote.
Hi again Yair. I just have to reply
I know this is a rather strong rebuttal, but so many people
just do not grasp the enormity of the situation.
From: "Eric Schendel, M.D."
Subject: Thanks, and a question
I've enjoyed getting your emails and thank you for sending them.
A question puzzles me. If the USA is Manasseh and western Europe the
rest of the ten tribes, we must be talking about at least several 100
million people (also confirmed by the prophecy that Jacob's descendants
would be as the sand of the sea). If so, how are they all going to fit into
the land of Israel, even if it is enlarged to the Nile and the Euphrates? I
know the wisdom of man is nothing compared to the wisdom of God, but,
frankly, I like uncrowded, wide open spaces and think I probably would
prefer to live in America (you should visit Seattle here in the Pacific
northwest--it is spectacular! Snow-covered mountains, deep forests, and
The situation will be much different.
Amos 9:10 ALL THE SINNERS OF MY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE BY THE SWORD,
THOSE WHO ARE SAYING 'EVIL DOES NOT OVERTAKE US OR MEET US.'
I think this verse aptly describes comfortable western Christians.
Isa 11:11 AND IT SHALL BE THAT YHVH SETS
HIS HAND AGAIN A SECOND TIME TO
RECOVER THE REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT FROM
(all over the mideast) AND FROM THE ISLANDS OF THE SEA.
Also, "although the number of the sons
of Israel are as the sands of the
sea, only a remnant shall be saved" This is mentioned a few times by the
prophets, I can't find it now.
Basically, no one is going to escape. We
will be much better off if
we study scriptures and DO WHAT THEY SAY in the time that we have left.
That you may wear clean garments and understand what is
Are you aware of the study that was done a couple years ago that
determined that you could put the entire earth's population into the
State of Texas and give each family unit of four people one quarter acre
of land? The area of the promised land from the Nile to the Euphrates
(which would include the entire Arabian peninsula) is many times larger
than Texas. I see no problem here at all in accomodating a very large
Correction to last email - the Texas study said .10 Acres of land not .25
The promised land is about 8 times the size of Texas. Saudi Arabia
alone is 3 times the size of Texas.
With proper utilization of resources and the miraculous "greening" of
the land, the promised land could sustain the entire earth.
Some believe the Sea Peoples to have come
from Mycenean Greece, and to be
associated with the persistent enemies of the Jews, the Philistines, who
settled in southern Palestine, or Philistia. Among the people mentioned in
association with the Sea Peoples in the ancient records are the Peleset (the
Philistines), Tjeker, Shekesh, Denyen, the Sikils, and Weshesh.
However, the Philistines were one part of the group called Sea Peoples by
the Egyptians, but an earlier contingent of Sea Peoples fought the Egyptians
under Pharaoh Merneptah in the late thirteenth century BC, and Egyptian
records do not list the Philistines among them. More likely, the
Philistines are related etymologically to the Pelasgians, the native
population of Greece, said to have been displaced by the invading Danaans,
usually identified with the Denyen, mentioned in the records of Ramses III.
According to Greek mythology, the Danaans themselves were of Phoenician or
Egyptian origin. According to Greek myth, Danaus fled Egypt with his fifty
daughter, and was chased to Greece by his brother Egyptus, and his fifty
sons seeking wives. Scholars recognize that the Sea Peoples invasion may be
connected with a Danaan people, known as the Dorians, and referred to in
Greek myth as the Dorian Invasion, or the Invasion of the Heraklids. The
ancestor of the Heraklids was Perseus, who was of known to have been of
Syrian origin. The were named after Heracles, for whom, according to
Burkert, ".since Herodotus, the equation of Herakles with the Phoenician god
Melqart has been beyond question, which is why the Melqart Pillars in the
temple at Gadeira/Cadiz became the Pillars of Hercules."
In any case, Heccataeus of Abdera, a Greek historian of the fourth century
BC, and important source to Diodorus of Sicily, set out his view that the
traditions of the Egyptian expulsion of the Hyksos, the Israelite Exodus and
that of Danaus' landing in Greece, were three parallel versions of the same
story. Referring to the Egyptians he says:
"The natives of the land surmised that unless they removed the foreigners
their troubles would never be resolved. At once, therefore, the aliens were
driven from the country and the most outstanding and active among them
branded together and, as some say, were cast ashore in Greece and certain
other regions; their teachers were notable men, among them being Danaus and
Cadmus. But the greater number were driven into what is now called Judea,
which is not far from Egypt and at that time was utterly uninhabited. The
colony was headed by a man called Moses." (Diodorus Siculus. XL: 3.2)
Some have recognized that the Denyen Sea Peoples may have been one of the
twelve tribes of Israelites, the tribe of Dan, or the Danites, one of two
tribes, along with the tribe of Asher, whose characteristic mode of trade
was seafaring. Furthermore, it has been proven archeologically that the
conquests by the Israelites mentioned in the Bible, following the exodus
from Egypt, took place in fact throughout the thirteenth and twelfth century
BC, coinciding with the ravages of the Sea Peoples. Yet, as Stager
Archaeologists agree that dramatic cultural change affected not only parts
of Canaan but also much of the eastern Mediterranean at the end of the Late
Bronze Age (ca. 1200 BC). How much of that change was brought about by the
migrations and/or invasions of newcomers to Canaan, and specifically by
invading Israelites, is still an open question. ("Forging an Identity", The
Oxford History of the Biblical World, p. 128.)
A number of sites counted among the conquests of the Sea Peoples, are
identical with those known to have been accomplished by the Israelites.
Among them, Dor, on the coast of Palestine, mentioned in Joshua 12:23, taken
by the Sikils in the twelfth century, and Aphek mentioned in Joshua 12:18.
Even the Trojan War itself may have been a conflict between Israelites and
Hittites. The Sea Peoples were known to have devastated a broader territory
than that described in the Bible, and though such conquests are not
recounted in the Bible, the Jews were commanded to conquer all the lands of
the Canaanites and their affiliate peoples, which included the Hittites,
known to have inhabited most of Asia Minor, or modern Turkey, and if the
Pelasgians were Philistines, perhaps as far as Greece.
Homer himself referred to the contingent of Achaeans hidden inside the
Trojan Horse as Danaans. The ancient city was located in the region known
as the land of Troy, or Troas, within which was also found, just several
kilometers to the north, the city of Abydos, named after another city by the
same name in Egypt, that had formerly been the capital of the Hyksos.