Daily Topic for December 11, 2008
The angels, Mary, and Zechariah had heralded the coming King. Now Simeon, too, praised God that the birth of baby Jesus revealed a salvation prepared in the sight of all peoples. Luke uses the word ‘peoples’ in the plural to denote the scope of this baby’s ministry. Jesus would not only touch the lives of many individual people, but would also bring light to all peoples and nations-Jew and Gentile alike.
Praise our Glorious Lord that His salvation extends to the ends of the earth!
What do Chabadnik Jewish communities and a civil war in Angola have in common? Diamonds!
Chabadnik Jewish people are adherents to the teachings of the late Menachem Mendel. One of their number, Lev Leviev, became extremely wealthy in the diamond trade, and is famous for breaking up the De Beers diamond cartel during and after the Angolan Civil War. Leviev used his great wealth to finance Jewish day schools, synagogues, orphanages, social centers, and soup kitchens for more than 500 communities from Azerbaijan to Israel to the Ukraine. He now has an army of 10,000 workers, including 300 rabbis, who help run this massive worldwide relief effort.
There is a Chabadnik Jewish community in Israel today. Though Leviev moved to Israel in 1971, he is rumored to have left that country this year.
Leviev was raised in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Like his father before him, he belonged to the chabad tradition. This Hasidic tradition approves of using wealth to help less fortunate Jewish communities. They are strongly pro-life, and believe that homosexuality is a sexual perversion. Their men typically wear beards. They believe that anyone who wishes to join the Jewish community must be Jewish on their mother’s side, follow the Talmudic tradition, and must agree to follow 613 Jewish Laws. They also believe that circumcision is a blood covenant between the Jews and the almighty God.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the zeal of the Chabadnik Jews will guide them to their true Messiah.-CH