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Moses, Jesus, amd Muhammad

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 7, 2022 at 12:03

According to Mel Brooks (a Jewish Comedian) Moses came down the mountain with 3 tablets 15 commandments. But he stumbled one tablet dropped and apparently broke into pieces - so he announced that he had brought the Jews 10 Commandments (instead of 15).

No death warrant was issued against Brookes for this heresy - it's ok in Judaism to have a sense of humor even about sacred matters. Why is that?

In Judaism there are 55 Prophets in total - 48 men and 7 women.

In Christianity these are all accepted as st forth in the Old Testament (Volume 1, more or less the Scriptures of the Jews). And the New Testament is presented, more or less, as Volume 2, and its all about the Divine Jew Jesus. And Jesus is the final prophet, to be emulated. Jesus is, more or less, about Love, as opposed to the Law of Moses that was also heard allegedly by 600,000 Jews orally - this part of Judaism is allegedly recorded in the Talmud. The only time Jesus showed violence is when he turned over the tables of the money-changers on the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Now we come to Muhammad, who is presented in Islam as another Prophet in the same linage. However, it is he who is the final successor to this line of prophets. The scriptures of the Jews and Christians are presented as mistaken and Jesus is alleged to be not divine.

When we study the career of Muhammad we see a Warrior Conquering his opponents through the Sword, but in the name of Righteousness and the Truth as heard by Muhammad in a Voice (of Angel Gabriel) in a Cave.

It is interesting to note that Jews had the Law Written on Tablets and carried into Israel in a Tabernacle until these were placed in the Holy of Holies when Solomon completed building the Temple. But the Koran was written to record what Muhammad heard and it was allegedly written a bit later (from memory); in other words, there was no scribe to whom Muhammad dictated the Koran.

In addition, Jews have lived outside of the Holy Land (Israel) for over 2,000 years as a minority among Christians and Jews (and other religious communities, of course). They must have, out of necessity, learned how to get along with the "other," and their Rabbis recorded these as elaborations of the Talmud which itself was compiles after the Second Temple was destroyed.

So what's the story you might ask? The Jews know how to get along. The Christian try to love everybody. But the Muslims will always, or eventually, pick up a sword or dagger against the Unbeliever. And on that score I'll end with another Jewish or Israeli joke. It is asked why Arabs, who are mostly Muslim, and were the first Muslims, carry a Curved Dagger (rather than a straight one)? Answer: it's most efficient when you stab someone from the back and try to cut the neck. Does anyone know what kind of knife was used by the Muslim executioner as he was stabbing Rushdie?

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