Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Francis’ Library of Judaica




This post will be updated as Call Me Jorge... continues to discover and write about books Francis has added to his private collection.  Francis is a consummate collector and avid reader of Judaica. Also included will be books Francis has written or had translated into Hebrew for his rabbinical compatriots.

  • Francis adds more rabbinical books to his library — Professor Nathan Aviezer drops by for a visit and presents Francis with two books, In Fossils and Faith: Understanding Torah and Science and In the Beginning: Biblical Creation and Science.  Aviezer explains the creation of the world through a combination of Talmud, Orthodox Judaism, and evolution while leaning heavily on two kabblaists, Maimonides and Nachmanides.


  • Blasphemies in Francis' book, Rome and Jerusalem: Rabbi Talks with Pope — Francis has his 2010 book with Rabbi Abraham Skora, Sobre el cielo y la tierra, translated into modern Hebrew, על רומא וירושלים :שיחות בין אפיפיור לרב (Rome and Jerusalem: Rabbi Talks with Pope). The book contains blasphemy against Our Lord Jesus the Christ and refers to Catholic priests as “idol worshipers”.  It is published by Koren Publishers Jerusalem, known for publishing the Talmud of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.


  • The ongoing kabbalistic process — Nostra Aetate — In 2015 for the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate בעת הזאת: מסמכים ומחקרים על הכנסייה הקתולית והיהודים לנוכח השואה ובעקבותיה was published. The title translates in English as, In Our Time: Documents and research on the Catholic Church and the Jews in light of the Holocaust and its aftermath. This book is a translation into modern Hebrew for the first time of Nostra Aetate and includes speeches given by John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis in the Great Synagogue in Rome, the notes they placed in the Western Wall, and conversely speeches by them in Yad Vashem as well as in Auschwitz.

  • Francis adds a copy of ‘Mystic Tales From the Emek HaMelech’ to his kabbalistic library collection — A group Chasidic Jews from Poland stop by for a private audience with Francis. They sing Chasidic songs and give him a copy of Mystic Tales From the Emek HaMelech. It is full of Talmud and Lurianic Kabbalah.  The Emek HaMelech is the kabbalah that was accepted by the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s words on the levels higher than the Atzilus (part of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life) also based on the Emek HaMelech.

  • Francis adds another Talmudic Jewish book to his library — Orthodox Rabbi Shmuel Goldin visits and brings a gift, Unlocking the Torah Text Bereishit.  In the book, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin presents Jacob’s Ladder from Genesis through the mirror of a synagogue located in a concentration camp in the Theresienstadt ghetto. 

  • How many books on Talmudic Judaism does Francis have in his personal library? — Francis scored big for his library the day he had several groups of Talmudic Jews come for a private audience! Among the books gained: Communitati et Orbi, To the Community and to the World; Die Zukunft Europas und das Judentum: Impulse zu einem gesellschaftlichen Diskurs; one unidentified book; and כלל ופרט בין ירושלים לרומי - Between Jerusalem and Rome: The Shared Universal and the Respected Particular Reflections on 50 Years of Nostra Aetate.

  • What book did Francis receive from Rabbi Pynchas Brener? — Rabbi Brener comes bearing gifts for Francis, a kippah, and a copy of Agadá: Zuron Yosef y Rajel, which is the Sephardic Agadá (haggadah) for the seder meal.  The book also explains that following the laws of the seder meal brings one freedom.

  • New printing of Babylonian Talmud - Tractate Berakhot extolled in L’Osservatore Romano — Francis unofficial newspaper,  L’Osservatore Romano publishes a glowing article on the Talmud Babylonian Tractate Berakhot. The two volumes contain the Shema prayer (Francis is so obsessed over) and also blessings/prayers for the moon, the sun, the Amidah, getting out of jail, etc... Francis is a huge fan of publications that Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is involved with.

  • update on the new member of the Pontifical Academy Of Life — Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, M.D. — Francis appoints the author of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics to the Pontifical Academy Of Life. This encyclopedia is a must read for those who want to understand Jewish ‘value$’.

  • L’Osservatore Romano recommends Daf Yomi (Daily Talmud Lessons) — Exactly as the title of this post sounds, Francis’ unofficial mouthpiece, L’Osservatore Romano, endorses one reading a page of the Talmud a day.  In only 7 years and 5 months, the entire 2,711 pages of the Talmud can be read by following the recommended ‘Daf Yomi’ program.  It should be no surprise, as Francis not only has read the Talmud and the Kabbalah but often draws concepts from them which see the light of day in his homilies and interviews.


  • Francis received Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s book — Francis’ friend, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, drops in for a general audience where he sat in Francis’ VIP box.  After Francis is finished blathering, the rabbi hands him a copy of his book Listening to God which more appropriately should be called Listening to the Insane Delusions and Ravings of the Rabbis.

  • Fresh off the ‘drukn’ — The Bible of Friendship — Francis writes the preface to La Bibbia dell’Amicizia: Brani della Torah/Pentateuco commentati da ebrei e cristiani in which he implies that Christianity is anti-semitic at its core and invokes a Talmudic curse on Christians in a macabre jest.

  • Francis receives a copy of ‘The Jewish Annotated New Testament’ — How many Judaic books can one man have? This time its a copy of the New Testament with glosses explaining how Jesus was a Jew and that the “anti-semitism” of the New Testament resulted from hateful non-Jews’ wrongful interpretations.  Cites the Talmud, the Kabbalah, the Mishnah, the Zohar, the Pirkei Avot, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and an assortment of other Judaic literature in defense of its laughable arguments.


More to come...

1 comment:

  1. Whenever I see evidence like this I am tempted to again forward it to the Prioress at the Carmel in Boulder, because, as traditional as it looks, it is 'under' Vatican II. They know 'there are problems with this pope' - words written to me several years ago. I don't want to harass the Prioress. I feel for her, though. The 2019 calendar offered by the Sisters of Carmel there in Boulder is in appearance appealing, but it reaches only back as far as what was in place in 1962. I use another found online and printed out.

    I am a born protestant (!) in fact granddaughter of Lutheran seminary professor/minister. I 'can't stand' what has happened to the Church - it is less Catholic than the Episcopal Church was at the time I was raised in it by the looks of what goes on at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral here in Honolulu. There is a Carmel on Oahu, I just learned. It was closed, due to numbers being reduced to three by death, but, the bishop and the Prioress conferred and decided to reopen it, very recently. It is less traditional than the Boulder Carmel - habits are not black, and instead a kind of light brown smock, with a white vei. The monastery was reopened with nuns entirely imported from the Philippines. I would want to enter Carmel, were there any Carmel that was truly traditional, 1958 or earlier. Thanks for the article.

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