Tzedakah - Stories of righteous ones in the
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This work deals with the meaning of the word
Tzedakah and the historical account of the
Jewish life in the
Part One of of Dutch
Tzedakah deals with the historical as well as the spiritual
events of the Children of Israel, for in this part we will follow
them from the Promised Land that Avram Abram
(later he was named Avraham Abraham) arrived at in Bethel.
But later although the seventy of the House of Yaakov-
Jacob were permitted to go to
Then having been in captivity in
The New Synagogue and the Great Synagogue currently make up the Amsterdam Jewish Museum
Part Two covers the main subject matter of this book, the act of Tzedakah. It contains heroic stories of Tzadik, which means righteous. It covers the story of a good number of Dutch faithful Christian individuals who stood up against Nazi oppression, they were people who protected individuals and saved thousands of Dutch, German, and Belgium Jews. It is the hope and desire of the author that all who read this work will be challenged to take a stand, which will heal the wounds of time, the wounds of ignorance, racism, and anti-Semitism, which sadly continues to this day!
It may be queried that the two parts of this
book appear to be very different in content and I can honestly
say that you may well be quite right in a way! However, if you
read this book carefully you will discover that there is a
certain thread; one that has been carefully entwined throughout
the work. We will find the Almightys promise to
In the preparation of this work I have been
asked, Why write about Jewish life in the
For the LORD is righteous (Tzadik), He loves righteous (Tzedakah) deeds, the upright (will) look upon His face Psalm 11:7.
He loves righteousness and judgement the mercy of the LORD fills the earth Psalm 33:5.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life Behold the righteous shall be rewarded in the earth Proverbs 11:30 & 31.
These blessings are available unto all who love righteousness, especially unto those who know the full meaning of these words in the Scriptures,
Pray for (Heb: enquire re) the peace of
Shalom Aleichem (Peace be with you!)
Reuven ben Gershom Goossens.
Reference is made in this work regarding so-called
Christians who persecuted and harmed the Children of
Israel, including other Christians and Gentiles alike. Most of
this persecution was perpetrated by clergy and individuals of the
Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Greek, Russian and other
To the people of the
In addition, I am most grateful to Joop and
Elly Buker for translating this book into Dutch as well as other
Hebrew/English articles. Also, thank you
Sources: For fluency and accuracy, Scriptural
references are from the following sources: The Torah
and the Tanach (Old Testament) Soncino Press (Hebrew/English
edition), as well as other Hebrew sources. Also used are the New
Testament KJV, NKJ, NIV editions, plus several quotations from
the Talmud, and
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