Monday, May 31, 2010

The Jewish People

Someone once said that the fact that there are still Jews is proof that there is a God.

Six million Jews, including a million children, were massacred in the gas chambers and crematoriums during the Nazi Holocaust of World War II, which was a systematized program to eradicate an entire people, using all available technology and mechanized processes.

Jacob's twelve sons became the first Jewish family. Their offspring left the land that would later become the Holy Land, and settled in Egypt, where they eventually were enslaved for 430 years, after which they were miraculously delivered from Egyptian captivity.

Later, Jews were exiled, settling around the globe, experiencing two thousand years of forced separation from their homeland. Sometimes they were slaughtered, forcibly converted, and expelled. They were frequently targeted and scapegoated. They were the convenient people to blame for the Black Death in medieval Europe. When Bogdan Chmielnicki's Cossack hordes in the Ukraine fought their nationalist struggle, they wiped out a third of the Jews in the region. Jews were expelled - sometimes multiple times - from Portugal, Germany, England, France and other lands. The most famous expulsion - from Spain in 1492 - sent 200,000 Jews desperately seeking any place that would take them. Many did not make it, being killed along the way. Survivors went to Turkey, Amsterdam, and in following generations, to North and South America.

The Babylonians destroyed the first Temple, Solomon’s Temple, in 586 B.C. The second Temple was built and later destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

Jews as a whole have produced fewer serious criminals than other groups. For example, the prison population of the United States is about 1.5 million, of which about 1700 are Jewish, approximately one in a thousand.

In two dramatic airlifts, Israel brought over 36,000 penniless black Jews from Ethiopia to escape famine and political upheaval.

Misinformation about Jews is plentiful. If all the conflicting claims about Jews were assembled, the result would be ridiculously comical, if not for the tragic consequences to Jews who suffer because of them.

Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and Christian philosopher wrote, "It is certain that in certain parts of the world we can see a peculiar people, separated from the other peoples of the world and this is called the Jewish people.... This people is not only of remarkable antiquity but has also lasted for a singular long time... For where as the people of Greece and Italy, of Sparta, Athens and Rome and others who came so much later have perished so long ago, these still exist, despite the efforts of so many powerful kings who have tried a hundred times to wipe them out, as their historians testify, and as can easily be judged by the natural order of things over such a long spell of years. They have always been preserved, however, and their preservation was foretold... My encounter with this people amazes me..."

"Most of our best words, in fact - new, adventure, surprise, unique, individual, person, vocation, time, history, future, freedom, progress, spirit, faith, hope, justice - are the gifts of the Jews." (Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews, pg. 240-241)

"The Jews gave the world ethical monotheism, which might be described as the application of reason to divinity. In a more secular age, they applied the principles of rationality to the whole range of human activities, often in advance of the rest of mankind…. The Jews have been great truth-tellers and that is one reason they have been so much hated…To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person; of the individual conscience and so of personal redemption; of the collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice… (Paul Johnson, History of the Jews, pg. 582-585)

In the area of medicine, Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. (Since every year in U.S. hospitals, 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.)

Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

In the area of technology, with more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).

In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops.

Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well.

The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.

The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.

Four young Israelis developed AOL Instant Messenger in 1996.

A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct - all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave Desert.

All the above was invented while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy that is continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other country on earth---this from a country just 55 years young, having started off on a very frontier-like basis, whose population had mostly just emerged from the devastating World War II years.

Here are some Jewish achievements:

Levi Strauss: Jeans (1873)
Maurice Levy: Lipstick (1915)
Lazlo Biro: Ballpoint Pen (1938)
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Atomic Bomb (1945)
Edwin Herbert Land: Instant Photography (1947)
Denis Gabor: Holography (1948)
Peter Carl Goldmark: Long Playing Record (1948)
Robert Adler: Television Remote Control (1950)
Edward Teller: Thermonuclear Bomb (1952)
Paul M. Zoll: Defibrillator (1952) Cardiac Pacemaker (1952)
Gregory Pincus: Contraceptives (1950s)
Charles Ginsburg: Videotape (1950s)
Gordon Gould: Laser (1958)
Stanley N. Cohen: Genetic Engineering (1973)
Jason Lanier: Virtual Reality (1989)
Sigmund Freud: Psychological innovations
Edward Land: Polaroid Camera
Abraham Stern: Adding Machine
Charles Adler: Traffic Light
Leo Sternbach: Valium
Emile Berliner: Microphone
Morris Michtom: Teddy Bear
Benno Strauss: Stainless Steel
Abraham Levis: Hot dog bun
Joe Friedman: Flexi-straws
Niels Bohr: Work on the structure of the atom.
Emilio Segre: Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery of antiprotons.

Scale-Model Train -- Joshua Lionel Cowan
Disc Records -- Emile Berliner
Sound movies -- Isador Kitsee
Telephone -- Jacob Reis
Kodachrome -- Leopold Mannes & Leopold Godowsky

Also see:

Israel's Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace

How and why have Jews survived through the ages? - The Big Picture

How the Jews Survived

20 comments:

satire and theology said...

From previous post comments:

Pluff?

Yes because he did not call me tonight like he said he would. Also he is Bluff. Pl dedicated to the Philadelphia Flyers...not a fan.

'I walked around the block the other day, wearing shorts and flip-flops (sandals). One yard had two little puppies in it, with a split rail fence around the yard, except the fence was cement. A lady (who looked to be Hispanic) looked out her door. I had seen her once before, another time when I walked around the block. I waved at her, but she didn't wave back (the previous time I had seen her, I also waved, but she didn't wave back then, either). Instead, she opened her front door, and her dachshund ran out, ran under the cement rail fence, barking wildly, and ran straight at me (I was walking along the street). Thankfully, I had my Dazer II, which I pointed at the charging dog and pressed the button, which stopped the dog about 2 feet from my leg (using sound, which does not hurt dogs). So, not only is the lady apparently not friendly, but she apparently sent her dog out to attack me, when I was walking in the street.'

It pays to be prepared.

'Torture, murder and cannibalism are surely satanic, but so is the fabricated story about golden plates on Cumorah.'

Agreed.

I have no time for modern horror movies, largely for the reasons you mentioned.

Ok, I will read your post, comment and then reply to you on s&t.

thekingpin68 said...

In general terms, very successful people.

I respect them.

thekingpin68 said...

"Manson testing the real estate market?"

'Looks like the sign costs more than the "building."

It says "Green Living" on the sign. There won't be any gas or electricity spent by that building, for sure.

It doesn't mention the price for the cardboard building. I might just be interested, if I don't find a job soon and lose my house.'

I too will be under a lot of pressure once I have my PhD and need to find work.

Blessings and thanks.

Steve Finnell said...

you are invited to follow my blog

Jeff said...

satire and theology,

Also he is Bluff.

LOL

It pays to be prepared.

Yes, most definitely.

I have no time for modern horror movies, largely for the reasons you mentioned.

I rarely watch them myself.

Ok, I will read your post, comment and then reply to you on s&t.

OK.

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

In general terms, very successful people.

I respect them.


Agreed.

Jeff said...

Steve Finnell,

I looked over a few of your blog articles, and apparently you believe that baptism is essential for salvation. Baptism is an act of obedience, just like fulfilling the command of the Great Commission is an act of obedience. Going to church (i.e., gathering together with other believers to worship) is also an act of obedience. But if you say that the physical act of baptism is essential for salvation, then you are preaching works salvation, and you are adding something to what Jesus did, basically saying that Jesus' death on the cross was not in and of itself enough to save us. The thief on the cross is proof that baptism is not essential for salvation. And if you claim that Jesus made an exception in that case, then you cannot also claim that baptism is essential.

thekingpin68 said...

Well stated on baptism.

Stated this tonight on Rick's.

'Glad your blog is doing well, Rick.

It neither makes me delirious, nor it is particularly hilarious.

Your hot spices are very good but may be the scariest.'

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Well stated on baptism.

Thanks.

Stated this tonight on Rick's.

'Glad your blog is doing well, Rick.

It neither makes me delirious, nor it is particularly hilarious.

Your hot spices are very good but may be the scariest.'


I had some stew a few hours ago, and I put some Eternal Suffering in it. I thought I was used to that now, and I didn't think I put all that much in it, but my mouth was burning for quite a while. I had to drink milk and tea just to soothe my mouth. Unfortunately, I didn't have any bread.

Jeff said...

It neither makes me delirious, nor it is particularly hilarious.

Well said. There is nothing funny about rebellion against, or denial of, the God who created us.

Russell Norman said...

Would have to agree that the use of the term Jewish People is better than Jews, and I try to use the same myself. Not that you were in error though.

So, if I go for a late night stroll are you going to hit me up with comments again? Seems to happen once in awhile. I have two 'newbies' for June, and Rick disagree with me on one in comments. I knew he did agree on the topic but we are still pals. God bless, Jeff.

thekingpin68 said...

Your 4 Gospels chat:

'404 Error - Not Found
The resource you have requested could not be found on the server. There are many possible reasons for this. Either the file does not exist, there is an error in your request, or the file is not accessible in the requested directory. Please verify that:
You have used the proper case; requests ARE case-sensitive!
You have entered the URL correctly. (i.e. proper directory/filename)
You used the FULL URL. (i.e. proper file type: .html, .gif , .jpg, etc.)
You use a tilde (~) before user directories. (i.e. www.furcen.org/~jurann/ )
The user/file still exists on this server.'

Jeff said...

Russell Norman,

Would have to agree that the use of the term Jewish People is better than Jews, and I try to use the same myself. Not that you were in error though.

Yes, I figured it was a kinder term.

So, if I go for a late night stroll are you going to hit me up with comments again?

I have been offline for 3-4 days with computer problems. Still not 100% back to normal, but at least now I am able to go on email, Facebook and blog sites.

God bless, Jeff.

Thank you; you too, Russ.

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Your 4 Gospels chat:

'404 Error - Not Found
The resource you have requested could not be found on the server. There are many possible reasons for this. Either the file does not exist, there is an error in your request, or the file is not accessible in the requested directory. Please verify that:
You have used the proper case; requests ARE case-sensitive!
You have entered the URL correctly. (i.e. proper directory/filename)
You used the FULL URL. (i.e. proper file type: .html, .gif , .jpg, etc.)
You use a tilde (~) before user directories. (i.e. www.furcen.org/~jurann/ )
The user/file still exists on this server.'


Ah, well, I may just delete it. I don't know if anyone has ever even used it.

thekingpin68 said...

Good help, thanks, Sir Jeff.

I see you were busy on FB as well with a debate. I scanned.

Like I said the James issue is complex and Chucky, Walter/Bobby and I were discussing it as well, and Chuck seemed to see it like Barclay did. But he did listen and considered what I said and wrote. Maybe he will comment. Also Chucky and Walter/Bobby and I were earlier looking up the Biblical meaning of perish in different contexts. Another hassle, and I am not here to discuss that.;) I wanted more comments from them but Walter/Bobby was just into YouTube and I was not (Family Guy).

Anyway, I am not at all here to debate/discuss the James issue on your blog as it is already occurred on mine.

I am here to build your numbers with a World Cup comment, and hopefully you become a fan (or pretend)...lol. And therefore watch some games and post some World Cup comments on blogs to get our numbers up.

Facebook FIFA World Cup Picks (No Betting)
2010: Overall World Rank 2398/70780

So, I had a decent first day of World Cup picks.

God bless!

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Good help, thanks, Sir Jeff.

You're welcome. Interesting discussion.

I see you were busy on FB as well with a debate. I scanned.

Yes. Another interesting discussion.

Like I said the James issue is complex and Chucky, Walter/Bobby and I were discussing it as well, and Chuck seemed to see it like Barclay did. But he did listen and considered what I said and wrote. Maybe he will comment. Also Chucky and Walter/Bobby and I were earlier looking up the Biblical meaning of perish in different contexts. Another hassle, and I am not here to discuss that.;) I wanted more comments from them but Walter/Bobby was just into YouTube and I was not (Family Guy).

Anyway, I am not at all here to debate/discuss the James issue on your blog as it is already occurred on mine.


Well, at least we both agree it is not saying that works is necessary for salvation.

"Walter/Bobby was just into YouTube and I was not (Family Guy)."...LOL

I am here to build your numbers with a World Cup comment, and hopefully you become a fan (or pretend)...lol. And therefore watch some games and post some World Cup comments on blogs to get our numbers up.

OK, the James discussion is one thing, but asking me to take an interest in the World Cup...well, now you're asking too much. LOL
I would certainly have to pretend regarding that.

Thanks, Russ.

satire and theology said...

Green!!! I stayed up and watched three games for this.

Jeff said...

I saw a couple brief highlights on ABC News, but I can't get the game on the few cable channels I get.

I watched the Soccer DVD I got from Campus Crusade for Christ's Athletes in Action, and some of the players that were interviewed (all Christians, from different countries on different teams) said that they have learned more from when they lost than from when they won. That's not to say they didn't enjoy winning more, however.

Jeff said...

Regarding the posted article, I read elsewhere that Alexander Graham Bell acknowledged that he drew upon Jacob Reis' 1861 device in constructing his phone.

Jeff said...

The Land Of Israel (13 min video)