DAYS OF AWE, DAYS OF HEAVEN
Date: 9/21/99 12:01:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: zevei@email.msn.com (Bill Fr

“Hear this, you rulers of the House of Jacob, you chiefs of the House of
Israel, Who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, Who build
Zion with crime, Jerusalem with iniquity!
  Her rulers judge for gifts, her priests give rulings for a fee, and her
prophets divine for pay; yet they rely upon the LORD, saying, ‘the LORD is
in our midst, no calamity shall overtake us.’
   Assuredly, because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem
shall become heaps of ruins, and the Temple Mount a shrine in the
ods.”   - MICAH: 3:9-12-    NEVI’IM
 

“Who by fire? Who by water? Who in the sunshine? Who in the night time? Who
by high ordeal? Who by common trial? Who in your merry, merry month of May?
Who by very slow decay? And who shall I say is calling?
  Who by barbiturate?…Who by something blunt? Who by avalanche? Who by his
greed?…Who by brave ascent? Who by accident? Who in solitude? Who in the
mirror? Who by his lady’s command? Who by his own hand? Who in mortal
chains? Who in power? And who shall I say is calling?”         - LEONARD
COHEN – “WHO BY FIRE” (Stranger Music, Selected Poems and Songs)

“On Rosh Hashanah it is written,
  On Yom Kippur it is sealed:
  How many shall pass on, how many shall come to be; who shall live and who
shall die; who shall see ripe age and who shall nont; who shall perish by
fire and who by water; who by sword and who by beast; who by hunger and who
by thirst; who by earthquake and who by plague; who by strangling and who by
stoning; who shall be secure and who shall be driven; who shall be tranquil
and who shall be troubled; who shall be poor and who shall be rich; who
shall be humbled and who exalted.
- ROSH HASHANAH MEDITATION, Morning Service –
 attributed to Rabbi Amnon of Mayence, martyred, first by flaying alive and
then by fire -  “UNETANEH TOKEF KEDUSHAT HAYOM (LET US PROCLAIM THE SACRED
POWER OF THIS DAY)”

  Israel, and you who call yourself Israel, the Church that calls itself
Israel, and the revolt that calls itself Israel, and every nation chosen to
be a nation – none of these lands is yours, all of you are thieves of
holiness, all of you are at war with Mercy.  Who will say it? Will America
say, We have stolen it, or France step down? Will Russia confess, or Poland
say; we have sinned?  All bloated on their scraps of destiny, all swaggering
in the immunity of superstition.  Ishmael, who was saved in the wilderness,
and given shade in the desert, and a deadly treasure under you: has Mercy
made you wise? Therefore the lands belong to none of you, the borders do not
hold, the Law will never serve the lawless. To every peole the land is given
on condition, Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the
constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation’s sweetest
dreams of itself.  The Covenant is broken, the condition is dishonoured,
have you not noticed that the world has been taken away?  You have no place,
you will wander through yourselves from generation to generation without a
thread.  Therefore you rule over chaos, you hoist your flags with no
authority, and the heart that is still alive hates you, and the remnant of
Mercy is ashamed to look at you.  You decompose behind your flimsy armour,
your stench alarms you, your panic strikes at love.   The land is not yours,
the land has been taken back, your shrines fall through empty air, your
tablets are quickly revised, and you bow down in hell beside your hired
torturers, and still you count your battalions and crank out your marching
songs.   Your righteous enemy is listening.  He hears your anthems full of
blood and vanity, and your children singing to themselves.  He has
overturned the vehicle of nationhood, he has spilled the precious cargo, and
every nation he has taken back.  Because you are swollen with your little
time.  Because you do not wrestle with your angel.  Because you dare to live
without G-d.  Because your cowardice has led you to believe that the victor
does not limp.

-ISRAEL by Leonard Cohen (Stranger Music) –

You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in
the land of Egypt” Exodus 22:20
You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the
stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.” –Exodus
23:20
You shall neither side with the mighty to do wrong – you shall not give
perverse testimony in a dispute so as to pervert it in favor of the
mighty.” –Exodus 23:2
 “ ..the people gathered before Aaron and said to him ‘Come, make us a god
who shall go before us…’ Aaron said to them, ‘take off the gold rings that
are on the ears of your wives, your sons, your daughters, and bring them to
me’.  And all the people took off the gold rings that were in their ears and
brought them to Aaron.  This he took from them and cast in a mold and made
it into a molten calf.  And they exclaimed, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who
brought you out of the land of Egypt!’…
     The LORD spoke to Moses, “Hurry down, for your people, whom you brought
out of the land of Egypt, have acted basely.  They have been quick to turn
aside from the way that I enjoined upon them.  They have made themselves a
molten calf and bowed low to it and sacrificed to it, saying: ‘This is your
god, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt!” – Exodus 32:1-8
     “Moses saw that the people were out of control – since Aaron had let
them get out of control – so that they were a menace to any who might oppose
them” – Exodus 32:25
      “…Alas, this people is guilty of a great sin in making for themselves
a god of gold.”  Exodus 32:31

     “The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: When a person sins and commits a
trespass against the LORD by dealing deceitfully with his fellow in the
matter of a deposit or a pledge, or through robbery, or by defrauding his
fellow, or by finding something lost and lying about it; if he swears
falsely regarding any one of the various things that one may do and sin
thereby – when one has thus sinned, and realizing his guilt, would restore
that which he got through robbery of fraud, or the deposit that was
entrusted to him, or the lost thing that he found, or anything else about
which he swore falsely, he shall pay the principle amount and add a fifth
part to it.  He shall pay it to its owner when he realizes his guilt.”
- LEVITICUS 5:20-24-

     “But the land must not be sold beyond reclaim, for the land is Mine;
you are but strangers resident with Me.” -Leviticus:25:23

   “You shall not make idols for yourselves, or set up for yourselves carved
images or pillars…. If you follow my laws and faithfully observe My
commandments, …I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down
untroubled by anyone,…..
    But if you do not obey Me and do not observe all these commandments, if
you reject My laws and spurn my rules, so that you do not observe all My
commandments and you break My covenant, I in turn will do this to you:  I
will wreak misery upon you…I will set My face against you…you shall flee
though none pursues.
    And if, for all that, you do not obey Me, I will go on to discipline you
sevenfold for your sins, and I will break your proud glory. I will make your
skies like iron and your earth like copper, so that your strength shall be
spent to no purpose. Your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the
trees of the land yield their fruit…I will destroy your cult places and I
will heap carcasses upon your lifeless fetishes…I will spurn you. I will lay
your cities in ruin and make your sanctuaries desolate..I will make the land
desolate..and I will scatter you among the nations..”
-Leviticus 26:1-33
 

“What need have I of all your sacrifices?” Says the LORD.
  …when you lift up your hands , I will turn My eyes away from you; though
you pray at length, I will not listen.  Your hands are stained with crime –
wash yourselves clean; put your evil doings away from my sight, cease to do
evil; learn to do good. Devote yourselves to justice; aid the wronged.
Uphold the rights of the orphaned; defend the cause of the widow.”  - ISAIAH
1:11-17

“Alas, she has become a harlot, the faithful city that was filled with
justice, where righteousness dwelt – but now murderers.  Your silver has
turned to dross; your wine is cut with water, your rulers are rogues and
cronies of thieves, everyone avid for presents and greedy for gifts; they do
not judge the case of the orphan, and the widow’s cause never reaches
hem.”  - ISAIAH 1:21-23

“Ah, Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because by word and deed
they insult the LORD, defying His majestic glance.  Their partiality in
judgement accuses them; they avow their sins like Sodom.  They do not
conceal them.  Woe to them! For ill have they served themselves…..O my
people! Your leaders are misleaders, they have confused the course of your
paths.”  - ISAIAH 3:8-12

The LORD stands up to plead a cause, He rises to champion peoples. The LORD
will bring this charge against the elders and officers of His people: “It is
you who have ravaged the vineyard; that which was robbed from the poor is in
your houses.  How dare you crush My people and grind the faces of the
poor?” –says my Lord GOD of Hosts.
-ISAIAH 3:13-15