by Dr. Gerhard Falk
teaches that our father Abraham was born in the city of Ur of the Chaldees.
(Genesis 11:31). Prior to the development of scientific archeology it was
commonly believed that the Torah is legend and that Ur did not ever exist. We
know better today. Ur was actually excavated by the British archeologist J.E.
Taylor, with further excavations made by the British museum in 1919 and
additional work by the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Today that museum, in
Philadelphia, houses a collection of treasures from that ancient city.
located near the Persian gulf between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers precisely
where our forces are now ending the war against Iraq. Therefore the Muslim claim
that Abraham was an Arab and a Muslim. They give no explanation of how that is
possible, since there were no Arabs in existence in Abraham’s day and Islam
was not founded by the prophet Mohammed until the 7th century.
like to say that Abraham was the first Jew. This is true with respect to our
religion in that Abraham was the first to understand that there is only one God.
However, from a historical perspective, that is not possible, since the word Jew
is derived from the word Judah and refers to the descendants of the tribe of
Judah who occupied southern Israel until the destruction of Israel by the Romans
in 70 and 135 (C.E.). The Romans called all natives of Israel Judeans or Jews.
There is one reference to Jews in the Torah. That occurs in 2nd
Kings, in which we are told that the kng of Syria “drove the Jews from Eloth.”
Other than that the word Jew is never used in Biblical literature. (2nd Kings
therefore more accurate to speak of Abraham as a Hebrew. That word is derived
from the Hebrew word aphar, which means to cross over or to ford. Since
Abraham and family forded the Euphrates river to get to the land God would show
him, he was called Ivri in Hebrew. Hebrew is the English corruption of
was located in present day Southern Iraq. The Chaldeans succeeded in defeating
the power of the Assyrians, who had ruled Mesopotamia (Greek = between the
rivers) for some time. In fact, the Chaldeans ruled ancient Babylon, another
name for present day Iraq, for 125 years, and were followed by the Persians,
including the infamous Nebuchadnezzar (605-562 BCE), who brought Israel into
Babylonian captivity. Of course you know that our Torah ends with this verse
derived from the overthrow of the Babylonian kings by Cyrus of the Medes and the
Persians (2 Chronicles XXXVL:23): “Thus said Cyrus, King of Persia. All the
kingdoms of the earth has the Lord the God of heaven given me - and he has told
me to build him a house in Jerusalem which is in Judea. Whoever there is among
you of all his people, may the Lord his God be with him and let him go up (to
Jerusalem).” In other words, Cyrus permitted the Jews to go back to Jerusalem,
where they built the second Temple, to be destroyed by the Romans in 70.
language spoken in Chaldea was related to Hebrew or did not differ from Hebrew
in the earliest days. Later, the Chaldean language was called Aramaic. Aramaic
is still in use. It is so close to Hebrew that some of our prayers, the Kaddish
for example, are in Aramaic. The Christian community in Iraq and Lebanon speak
Aramaic as well as Arabic. We met some Lebanese Christians in Israel who told us
they speak Aramaic and Hebrew and Arabic. Evidently the differences are such
that someone speaking one of these languages can easily enough learn the other
language as well. In short, Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic speakers are all related.
Just imagine a world in which our Arab enemies would acknowledge this and seek
to live together with the Israelis instead of seeking to slaughter every Jew on
evidence then is that we Jews are the original Iraqis. We were there before Iraq
ever existed, and we were there before the Assyrians and the Babylonians, for we
were the original inhabitants of Chaldea. Stick that to the hate mongers at the
so-called United Nations, whose crazed hatred of America is only exceeded by
their hate of Israel and God.
learn the lessons of Torah and experiment with love instead of hate. How much
more they would gain for their own sake and for that of all who daily suffer the
consequences of Arab cruelty and alienation from God and man.
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
Ascent to Reason (2003).