Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday — 18 January 2005

(from left to right) Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, Rabbi Benjamin Blech
and Rabbi Jack Bemporad give John Paul II a rabbinical blessing.

John Paul II received in a private audience 160 Jewish leaders, rabbis, cantors and their relatives.  It was unprecedented in that never before had so many rabbis set foot in the Vatican at once and they were there to meet John Paul II!  It was requested by the Pave The Way Foundation located in New York, United States of America.  John Paul II’s Talmudic Jewish friend, Gary Krupp, proposed the meeting as a way to show thanks to John Paul II for combating anti-semitism.  The Pave The Way Foundation prides itself on working behind the scenes and achieving concrete results in the furtherance of their mission.  One of their previous victories in 2002 was getting papal permission for Talmudic scholars and rabbis to have access to the Vatican Library where they can view and study the original works of Maimonides (aka the RaMBaM).  This mission was aptly named the “Maimonides Project”.  Another success was receiving permission for a loan of manuscripts of Maimonides and others, from the Vatican Library, to the Israel Museum, for its fortieth anniversary exhibit during the upcoming summer of 2005.  Among the items were:

  • a magnificently illustrated 15th-century manuscript of the Mishneh Torah, the text which was written in the 12th century by the Rambam (Maimonides),
  • a copy of the Arba’ah Turim, Rabbi Jacob ben Asher’s renowned medieval text of Jewish law, 
  • a complete Hebrew Bible codex and a book of Psalms, both produced in Rome in the 13th century and greatly prized by Jewish scholars since that time.

At the audience, three rabbis blessed John Paul II as well as a group of cantors who sang a special blessing, the Shehecheyahu.  John Paul II addressed them with these words,
“May this be an occasion for renewed commitment to increased understanding and cooperation in the service of building a world ever more firmly based on respect for the divine image in every human being.  Upon all of you, I invoke the abundant blessings of the Almighty and, in particular, the gift of peace.  Shalom aleichem.”

Gary Krupp’s speech

John Paul II’s remarks

three rabbis bless John Paul II in the Vatican


  1. My word this is unbelievable,even after all these years later.

  2. Hello.thought you'd find this interesting!!

    George Soros’s Open Society Foundations spent $650,000 in an effort to influence Pope Francis during his visit to the United States, a leaked document reveals.

    The document is an agenda for a May 2015 New York meeting of the U.S programs division of the Open Society Foundations. It states that it had allocated $650,000 for a grant related to Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the United States.

    Soros's Open Society gave the grant to two groups - PICO and FPL.

    PICO - From their website - "A national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities."

    FPL - Faith in Public Life - The group states that they have “played an important role in changing the narrative about the role of faith in politics, winning major progressive policy victories, and empowering new religious leaders to fight for social justice and the common good.”

    PICO pushed social justice issues to the Pope's senior advisor Cardinal Rodriguez (known as the Pope's best friend). They also planned a visit to the Vatican on behalf of low-income Catholics in America.

    FPL conducted an opinion poll about the Catholic response to the Pope's messages. They then released the information to the National Press Club and spread the information among Catholic groups and throughout the media.

    The leaked Soros document states:

    "PICO and FPL will work to build a bridge to a larger conversation about bread-and-butter economic concerns and shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.”

    1. Thanks, we intend to get around to posting about this. There is so much happening it is hard to keep up.

  3. The Most Holy Family Monastery of New York has identified Wojtyla as the Anti-Christ.

  4. Say what you will about Most Holy Family Monastery.
    They have done a lot of good waking people up to the Jewish controlled invalid novus ordo.