Massacres Of Jews....A Short History

The Chosen

Chosen now for what?

Chosen by I Am, He chose.

Chosen to suffer?

Jewish history has been a stormy one, perhaps unlike that of any other religious people.

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Pogroms and Massacres to this day:

The persecution of Jews began well before the crucifixion of Jesus The Christ, at least nearly 600 years before his birth which we celebrate in December each year.

With Babylon's conquering of Judea, most Jews who survived the conquest and destruction of their temple were scattered or were carried off as captives.

Jews have been massacred, had their houses of worship and sacred books burned, and have been expelled. or subject to ongoing persecution at the hands of many nations and peoples.

While Jews are not alone as recipients of such persecution and rejection, even here in the United States which prides itself on constitutional protections the Constitution gave Latter-day Saint faithful no redress either. Jews have a long history of being battered, beaten, bloodied, and even gassed for being who others perceived them to be....not necessarily who they actually are (more like them than truly different.)

December of each year typically includes Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, also called the Feast of Lights (in 2014 from December 16 to Christmas Eve) This celebration features the lighting of a minora's candles in a daily progression from one to eight for at least a half hour after nightfall. A ninth candle above or below the other eight is for illumination or for use in lighting the other candles.

Typically the minora is visible through a window of a Jewish home that celebrates Hanukkah, but in times of persecution its candles may be lit in an area of the home which cannot be seen from the outside.

In 2014, even in Israel, Jews are under attack for their beliefs and as a people. Muslims in the Middle East label non-believers as infidels, none more so than Jews and Isreali Jews in particular.

I had often wondered why a people supposedly chosen of God should have suffered such inhuman atrocities from the Nazis during what became World War II. Their sufferings arose from Adolf Hitler's extreme hatred of the Jews. In fact his hatred was so intense that he wanted nothing to do with what he labeled "Jewish science" to include nuclear physics which held the likely possibility of an atomic bomb.

What might have been the sufferings of the Allied powers and western civilization, if Hitler and the Japanese had had first access to nuclear weapons? Both countries were attempting to create nuclear weapons at the end of the war. Both had started later than the United States.

Could it be that just as God sacrificed His own son that mankind might have eternal life, He also sacrificed many of His chosen people so that a tolerant Judaism and Christianity might survive? I accept that possibility for a suffering that otherwise would remain incomprehensible to me.

And, if Hitler had had the atomic bomb first, what would also have happened to the Jews?

Could there be similar reasons for other Jewish sufferings as a chosen people?

If you have access to a computer, enter the search phrase "Timeline of Jewish Persecutions" and you will find that the World War II holocaust was not the first one, and you will quickly see the long trail of persecutions Jews have suffered over the centuries (and down to today's assassinations at the hands of ISIS/ISIL) all as God's chosen people,

The psalmist wrote long ago: "For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter." (Psalm 44:22)

Jesus told his disciples: "Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10:22) He added: "Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? (Matthew 20:22)

Isaiah prophesied that "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities." (Isaiah 53:5)

Eventually there must come an end to mankind's sufferings at the hands of other men. Only God knows that time.

Can there be a better time, however, to pray for that end, than in this season when Jews celebrate the re-dedication of their temple in Jerusalem, and Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace?

[Note: Just after Jews and Christians celebrate their holy days, Muslims around the world will both rejoice and mourn their prophet who was born and died on the same day of the year to be celebrated in 2015 on Saturday, January 3rd by Sunni Muslims, and on Thursday, January 8th by Shia Muslims.]




Will the earth's people one day have a night of rest and lasting peace?

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting and you did a great job with the history.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Your questions are so deep and mind-tapping. In answer to the last one: no better time.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - I suspect that there is never a better time to pray than in the moment you think to do so.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - As MsDora wrote, those are questions to ponder. I did for some time and then in skimming Fest's book "Hitler" came across his account as to why Hitler had wanted nothing to do with nuclear physics because he termed it "Jewish science." Had he not so hated Jews that he even rejected nuclear physics, the world might have been much different for all of us.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

Now I know what the Holocaust and the rest was about after reading your hub perspycacious. They were abused so long and so often and I didn't understand the Holocaust until I read your hub. They were persecuted because of their autonomy-they have a hopeful,celebratory religion and other races resented that-it is a case of "Beware of the begrudger". Cheers for the clarification.

Kate


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kate Mc Bride - It is a delight hearing from a favorite Irelander at this special season of the year. Thanks for taking your busy time to write. Are you salvaging a special, celebratory Christmas? Let nothing dim its glow for you. Demas


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

All the best to you for the festive season and 2015 and onwards, peryspycacious and as I said in my last comment-cheers for the history :-)


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kate Mc Bride - As a history major I find the best part of studying history is that it is a renewable resource. Ireland has the whole gammut of history to teach us all about moving toward a peaceful world and the struggles that entails.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

As you know really history is about the past perspycacious-there is nothing resourceful or renewable about what is past. Struggle isn't necessary and real peace comes from within. So there you have it.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kate Mc Bride - Yesterday became history today. Each day adds to mankind's history. Today's Putin is doing things we have seen before and should have learned from.

You are right that peace has to begin with you, and with me. But we can't be part of repeating the mistakes of the past and expect something different when the next tomorrow rolls around and today is history.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

True enough and fair enough perspycacious but my first comment was fine before you got personal since-no need for that-I have a good mind and the right to my opinionThis hub clarified for me why the Jews were always persecuted and I appreciate you outlining the history . One of my two good grandmothers told me when I was young "Beware of the begrudger". I didn't know what she meant at the time- I was too young but she was right. Hitler and the others you discuss in your hub were begrudgers perspycacious-plain and simple. I am not and never will be.It is a choice really-plain and simple


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kate Mc Bride - Surely no offense intended, if any was perceived I am sorry.

What the Nazis stole from the dispossessed Jews (even life insurance claims for lives they themselves had ended!) had made some Nazis rich and had fueled their war machine. It was a despicable chapter in human history, but the world had seen it before, and has seen it again since then.

Peace.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

It is good to acknowledge what happened to the Jews but we cannot dwell on it-just learn from it. I wasn't just Hitler-he was the catalyst that's all- in the wrong place at the wrong time.


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aviannovice 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This was well done, and there are still some people that have to get their dogs in about the Jews. Sadly, I have to see one of them at work.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Print this and leave it on his desk the next time he/she (probably a he) spouts off, or before, and highlight the portion about " Jewish science." Just as one suffered for him, it now appears that many others did too.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kate Mc Bride - There are those today who also believe in a new Holocaust and the time to prevent that is always.

May Israel, Palestine, and the righteous, all have a good 2015.

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