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Dr./Rabbi Antelman presents in a very easy read the history behind the various schisms in Judaism, when they happened, for what reason and by whom. "To Eliminate the Opiate" is the "From Time Immemorial" of untold Jewish History.
It is my opinion that when the normal, unknowledged and even the well versed Jew reads these volumes they will begin to ask themselves "Is this true?" The reason why they will ask this is due to their faith's obvious schism which now honors all the abominations and digressions that their religion and their Bible deem as "evil", "immoral" or pure corruptions.
This is a very good book for both Jews and Non-Jews alike to truly understand Jews, Judaism and the various anti-Semitic claims that the ignorant place over these people. Fabulous to say the very least. 5/5.
When I first read this over 30 years ago, it opened my eyes to a history I had heard nothing about--the history of a group of anti-God, atheistic "Jews" who set out to cast dispersion on faith in God, especially the God of the Bible. It didn't matter to them whether that faith was Judaism, Catholicism, or Protestantism. Their goal was to infiltrate into all of it and through twisted and corrupted scholarship attempt to discredit it all. I am not enough of a historian to verify or discredit the facts Antelman presents, but at least the book helped me to see how history and scholarship could be corrupted if a well enough organized group of people set out to do so, and it would explain why there has been such a vicious attack on the Holy Bible and the beliefs it espouses, leading up to the so called "Higher Criticism" of the late 1800s and from there godless Marxism. If such evil schemers really do exist, may Jesus Christ from glory and God Almighty have serious talks with each and every one of them, and work to undo their evil plots, which of course He is well capable of doing.
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For most people, the history of western Europe is all we were taught, and whatever else of the world we learned was only as relates to that western centric. We have no concept for Poland, Hungary, Russia, or Turkey as being involved intimately in that history. We know the Ottoman Empire was involved in WWI, but with no concept for how or why. We know about the antipathy Germans had for the Jews and the Polish, but in recoiling at the Shoah blow off trying to rationalize it. We think of the Armenian genocide as something remote. Yet all of these events are related and important to who we are today and what is to come. Without a background in Judiaism as practiced and the compartmentalized philosophical idioms with which it offers explanation, Antelman's work is a slog of a read. Yet once one is brought up to speed, it is immensely rewarding as something that finally makes sense of history, those "white areas on the map" now being fully integrated into how we arrived at our contemporary pickle. As all theoretical works of history involving evil must be, there is necessary conjecture involved (about which I wish Dr. Antelman had been more explicit). So although the book is getting five stars, it is because of its value more than its prose. That value is not just in understanding how we got to this passe, for history is more about understanding the people with whom one is dealing than it is about avoiding "repeating mistakes of the past." One is no longer surprised that Ahmadinejad is a Jew. One sees the dotted line between Sabbateans and Sufis in the events of the day. Such ends up prompting a rueful sort of humor, but at least one gets a chuckle out of it, were there not such a terrible portent for horror. At least one comprehends the apparent delight so many ardent Jewish Marxists take in promulgating such immense and ubiquitous stupidity.
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