“And I shall make a great nation of you, and I shall bless you and make your name great and you will be a blessing. 3. And I shall bless those who bless you and curse the one who curses you: and in you will all families of the earth be blessed.” GOD (Genesis 12:2-3 One New Man Bible)
The Jews are a strange people. Buffeted and battered by the forces of history, they survive with their senses intact. Their story is perhaps the saddest of all, yet they have helped to give humor to the world. A race that was being systematically slaughtered by Nazi brutes in Europe was, at the same time, entertaining America on stage and screen. A people who have, on the world stage, produced the highest number of Nobel Prize winners in proportion to their numbers have been persecuted and reviled and forced into ghettoes. A folk who provided Gentiles, in Jesus of Nazareth, with a Savior, have been tortured and killed in the name of the same man.
Why can’t the Jewish people just be left in peace – to create, invent, compose and entertain – Why can’t the world’s persecutors find another people to torment? Is it because the Jews are meant to be different, the ‘chosen people’? As Tevye said in Fiddler on the Roof, ‘Maybe we’ve had enough of being chosen, Lord; can’t you go and choose someone else – if only for one day?’
Jewish achievements in the world at large are nothing short of astounding. There are fewer than 14 million Jews worldwide, out of a world population of over 7 billion. This means that about 0.2 percent of the world is Jewish: about one person out of every 500. So one would naturally expect that about 0.2 percent of the world’s scientists, musicians, entertainers, writers etc. would be Jewish. Well, it hasn’t worked out like that. Just looking at the period since the mid-nineteenth century we find that about 25 percent of the world’s scientists have been Jews. It has also been estimated that in 1978, over half the Nobel Prize winners were Jewish. Over 50 percent of the main contributors to human progress that year came from 0.2 per cent of the population! But has mankind been grateful for this contribution? What do people think of the Jews? (Adapted from The Land of Many Names by Steve Maltz).
This website is committed to celebrating the Land of Israel and the Jewish people; sharing every good and noteworthy aspect and encouraging the world to invest its heart into a Promised Land and a chosen people.
The founders of this website are Gentiles and unabashed believers in a Jew, who 2,000 years ago made the claim of Messiah. Our mission is to inform and inspire, not to proselytize.
Why as ‘goyim’ (non-Jewish) do we care? Rather than quietly tolerate the mild (and not-so-mild) anti-Semitism too often arising in the Christian world, as reflected in British journalist William Norman Ewer’s epigram, “How odd of God to choose the Jews.”
We stand rather, with Cecil Brown:
“But not so odd, as those who choose, a Jewish God, yet spurn the Jews.”
We choose the Jewish God – He chose a land and a people; we stand with Him and we stand with them.