The Words of the Wilson Family

Donations To Liberate Jews

Andrew Wilson
August 29, 2003

Dear friends,

Three years ago, when Father liberated and blessed 120 Christian saints, Muslim saints, Buddhist saints and Confucianist saints, I remember being disappointed that he did not liberate and bless any Jews. I recently returned from the Chung Pyung Training Center, where I learned the surprising fact that we are now empowered to liberate them. As owners of the Cheon Il Guk, it seems right to do so. By liberating the leading rabbis and historical figures of Judaism, we can make a good and necessary foundation for the difficult task of convincing Jewish leaders on earth to follow True Parents.

The rule is that members who have liberated and blessed at least 7 generations of ancestors can liberate not only collateral relatives, uncles and aunts, but also unrelated people: friends, enemies, and historical figures. In May, Father instructed the American church to liberate a certain number of U.S. presidents as a condition for the American providence. The church did so by sending the liberation donation and a name list to Chung Pyung, where the staff simply appended those names to the application of someone attending the ancestor liberation ceremony.

In that spirit, I liberated Rabbi Akiba, Maimonides and Isaac Luria.

Some time ago, I prepared a list of Jewish historical figures that I thought to ask Father to liberate. Now that it seems that we have the means and responsibility to do the liberating ourselves, I propose that members of the Jewish Federation for World Peace take up this mission. I've attached the list of names. I invite you to select from the list (or propose others) those saints whom you would like to liberate. They will become your eternal spiritual children.

The liberation fee listed on the chart depends on where they lived. For those who lived in Israel, USA and Western Europe, the fee is $120. For Eastern Europe the fee is $50 and Russia and the CIS the fee is either $20.

We can follow this procedure: e-mail me at wilson@uts.edu with the names of the people you wish to liberate. I'll confirm that no one else has taken the names and get back to you. Then send me a check, made out to me, Andrew Wilson, with the amount of the liberation fee. I will collect all the money and make out a single check to Chung Pyung. I will send it along with a name list including your names as their spiritual parents.

If you do not have any particular preference about who you liberate, I suggest that you might send me $360 to liberate three people.

IMON,

Dr. Andrew Wilson

UTS

Judaism after Jesus: 60 leaders

Name

Description

Nation & Date

Fee

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  1. Philo of Alexandria

Philosopher of Hellenistic Judaism during the 1st century AD. He sought to interpret the Bible through the lens of Platonic philosophy. The Bible contains hidden philosophical truths, revealed by allegorical interpretation, he taught. His concept of the Logos influenced Christianity.

Egypt
20 BC-50 AD

50

.

  • Hillel
  • Leader of the Pharisees during the reign of King Herod and the greatest sage of his age. He was a teacher of the Law who emphasized piety and humility. His ethical principles were similar to those taught by Jesus a generation later.

    Israel
    70 BC-10 AD

    120

    .

  • Shammai
  • Sage and Pharisee during the 1st century and a rival of Hillel. His teaching on Jewish life was harsh and rigorous, and contrasted with Hillelís humane approach.

    Israel
    50 BC-30 AD

    120

    .

  • Rabbi Gamaliel the Elder
  • A leader of the Sanhedrin who counseled tolerance to the early Christian Church, according to Acts 5:34. He believed that equal charity should be extended to non-Jews as to Jews.

    Israel
    1st c. AD

    120

    .

  • Yohanan ben Zakkai
  • Leader of the Pharisees at the time of the Jewish Revolt against Rome (66-70 AD) As Jerusalem was falling, he arranged with the Romans to establish an academy in the town of Yavneh, thus allowing Jewish learning to survive the disaster.

    Israel
    1st c. AD

    120

    .

  • Rabbi Eliezer ben Horkenos
  • Leader of early Judaism. This rabbi, because of his amazing memory was central to developing the Mishnah. He was conservative in his opinions, and later excommunicated.

    Israel
    40-117 AD

    120

    .

  • Rabbi Judah the Prince
  • Leader of the Jewish community in Israel and the rabbinic academy there which compiled the Mishnah

    Israel
    2nd c. AD

    120

    .

  • Rabbi Akiba
  • Sage, rabbi and martyr. He was a master of scriptural interpretation, and laid the foundation for the Mishnah. He supported rebellion against Rome, for which he was executed by torture.

    Israel
    45-135 AD

    120

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  • Simeon Bar Kochba
  • Leader of the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome in 135 AD. He was regarded may many Jews as the Messiah.

    Israel
    70-135 AD

    120

    .

  • Saadia Gaon
  • Scholar, philosopher and leader of the Babylonian Jewish community. He translated the Bible into Arabic and edited the Prayer Book.

    Iraq
    882-942

    20

    .

  • Rashi
  • Commentator on the Bible and the Talmud. His commentary on the Bible is a standard to this day, focusing on the plain meaning of the text. It would influence Martin Lutherís translation of the Bible centuries later.

    France, 1040-1105

    120

    .

  • Solomon Ibn Gabriol
  • Philosopher who combined neo-Platonism with Judaism.

    Spain, 1020-1057

    120

    .

  • Moses Ibn Ezra
  • Philosopher, grammarian and Bible commentator. His commentaries on the Bible are important for emphasizing the plain meaning of the text. The first Jewish Bible critic.

    Spain, 1092-1167

    120

    .

  • Judah Halevi
  • Poet, wrote the Kuzari, a famous religious poem about a small kingdom in Asia that converts to Judaism.

    Spain, 1075-1141

    120

    .

  • Bachya Ibn Paquda
  • Jewish philosopher of the Law and ethics.

    Spain,
    11th c.

    120

    .

  • Maimonides
  • The greatest Jewish philosopher, who also wrote important religious books. His major religious work, Mishneh Torah, is an important compilation of Jewish law. His philosophic work, Guide for the Perplexed, is Aristotelian. He practiced the love of God through the intellect.

    Spain, 1135-1204

    120

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  • Eleazar of Worms
  • Scholar, mystic and poet, who wrote major works on Hassidic devotion and commentaries on the mystical meanings of prayer.

    Germany, 1165-1230

    120

    .

  • Nachmanides
  • Rabbinic scholar and Bible commentator, who wrote a major commentary on the Pentateuch.

    Spain, 1194-1270

    120

    .

  • Levi ben Gershom (Gersonides)
  • Philosopher, who wrote commentaries on the Bible and Talmud. His philosophy was in the tradition of his master, Maimonides.

    France, 1288-1344

    120

    .

  • Joseph Caro
  • Author of the Shulhan Aruch, the standard guide to Jewish laws and traditions.

    Turkey, 1448-1575

    50

    .

      • Obadiah Bertinoro (Raíav)

    Scholar who wrote the major commentary on the Mishnah.

    Italy,
    1450-1515

    120

    .

    1. Moses de Leon

    Mystic and author of the Zohar, the chief book of the Kabbalah.

    Spain, 1240-1305

    120

    .

  • Isaac Abravanel
  • Community leader and philosopher during the difficult time of the Jewish expulsion from Spain

    Spain 1437-1508

    120

    .

  • Isaac Luria
  • The greatest mystic and Kabbalist, who developed the Lurianic Kabbalah. He received many revelations about the creation, the origin of evil, and manís role to restore (tikkun) the brokenness of the creation. He taught that all our work to restore the creation is valuable, because it prepares for the coming of the Messiah.

    Israel, 1534-1572

    120

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  • Nachman of Bratslav
  • Hassidic leader who founded the Bratslaver sect of Hassidism. He championed a simple faith, without the complexity of rationalism.

    Ukraine, 1772-1811

    20

    .

  • Isaiah ben Avram HaLevi Horowitz
  • Orthodox rabbi

    Poland 1565-1630

    50

    .

  • Shabbetai Zevi
  • False Messiah and leader of the most widespread Jewish messianic movement. His career ended with his arrest in Constantinople, where he converted to Islam at the point of the sword. There he found that his life as a Sufi had much in common with his mystical Judaism, and he came to see his conversion as a kind of Tikkun or restoration of the breach between Judaism and Islamóin his person.

    Turkey, 1626-1676

    50

    .

  • Israel Baal Shem Tov
  • Founder of Hassidism, a mystical devotional movement that revived Jewish piety in the 18th century. He taught that a simple person without much learning can nevertheless become a saint.

    Hungary, 1698-1760

    50

    Mel Haft

  • Dov Baer of Mezhirech
  • Leader of the Hassidic movement who organized it and developed its theoretical base. He is called the "Great Preacher."

    Russia, 1710-1772

    20

    .

  • The Gaon of Vilna (Elijah ben Solomon Zalman)
  • Religious scholar, a genius of great fame. He lived alone, sleeping no more than 2 hours a day, writing and teaching his disciples. He emphasized study of the Talmud and was an opponent of the Hassidic movement.

    Lithuania, 1720-1797

    20

    Mel Haft

  • Shneur Zalman of Lyadi
  • Founder of the Lubavitcher Hassidic sect, the most active Hassidic group today. He wrote the Tanya, a systematic exposition of Hassidic doctrine.

    Belarus, 1745-1813

    20

    .

  • Moses Mendelssohn
  • Reformer who led the emancipation of European Jews from the old customs and into life in the modern world. He taught Jews to liberate themselves from outmoded traditions, and that Judaism was a rational religion. He also wrote for the Christian world, to help it overcome its prejudice against Jews.

    Germany, 1729-1786

    120

    .

  • Abraham Geiger
  • A founder of Reform Judaism. He proclaimed Judaismís universal mission to the world and introduced choral singing and sermons in the vernacular (German) language into the synagogue service. He rejected the particularism of traditional Jewish customs as outmoded.

    Germany 1810-1874

    120

    .

  • Hirsch, Samson Raphael
  • Leader of the Orthodox movement who taught that a Jew can be orthodox in his private life and at the same time be involved in Western culture in his public life. He opposed Reform Judaism.

    Germany, 1808-1888

    120

    .

  • Shalom Dov Baer Schneerson
  • Hassidic rabbi, a founder of the Lubavitcher sect

    Russia 1773-1827

     

    .

  • Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin
  • (the Netziv): Orthodox rabbi

    Russia
    1817-1893

    20

    .

  • Yosef Ber Soloveitchik
  • Orthodox rabbi

    Lithuania 1820-1892

    20

    .

  • Franz Rosenzweig
  • German Jewish philosopher who pioneered Jewish-Christian dialogue. He had a long correspondence with his cousin, Christian philosopher Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, that ultimately led him to embrace Judaism. He taught that Christianity and Judaism were of equal value, both having their origin in God.

    Germany, 1886-1929

    120

    .

  • Martin Buber
  • Theologian who emphasized the personal relationship with God: "I and Thou." He viewed Judaism as the human response to divine revelation. He was also a pioneer of modern Jewish-Christian dialogue.

    Austria 1878-1965

    120

    .

  • Eliezer ben Yehuda
  • Develop modern Hebrew, reviving what had been a dead language for use in modern Israel.

    Russia, 19th c.

    20

    .

  • Vladimir Jabotinsky
  • Russian-born Zionist

    Russia
    1880-1940

    20

    .

  • Theodor Herzl
  • Founder of the Zionist movement. He worked to establish the foundation for the modern State of Israel and led a movement for Jews to emigrate there from Europe. He saw a Jewish state as the only solution to anti-Semitism.

    Austria, 19th c.

    120

    .

  • Ahad Ha-Am
  • Zionist writer

    Ukraine, 1856-1927

    20

    .

  • Louis Brandeis
  • American Zionist leader and philanthropist

    America, 1856-1941

    120

    .

  • Alfred Dreyfus
  • French army officer who was falsely accused of treason, leading to a celebrated case of anti-Semitism

    France 1859-1935

    120

    .

  • Edmund de Rothchild
  • Banker and philanthropist who helped finance the foundations of Israel

    England
    1845-1934

    120

    .

  • Mordecai Kaplan
  • Founder of Reconstructionism, a movement of progressive Judaism in the US.

    America 1881-1983

    120

    .

  • Abraham Isaac Kook
  • First Chief Rabbi in the State of Israel, who sought to unite Orthodox faith with Zionism.

    Latvia, 1865-1935

    20

    .

  • Yoel Teitelbaum
  • Rabbi of the Satmar sect, who emigrated to America and opposed Zionism

    Hungary
    1887-1979

    50

    .

  • Menachem Mendel Schneerson
  • Leader of the Lubavitcher sect, whom many claim to be the Messiah.

    Russia
    1902-1994

    20

    .

  • Leo Baeck
  • Rabbi in Germany who led Reform Judaism. He emphasized "ethical monotheism."

    Germany, 1873-1956

    120

    .

  • Isaac Mayer Wise
  • Pioneer of American Reform Judaism. He led the Reform movement in its early years, to eventually become the largest Jewish denomination in America.

    America 1819-1909

    120

    .

  • Hermann Cohen
  • German Jewish philosopher who developed the concept of "ethical monotheism"

    Germany 1842-1914

    120

    .

  • Anne Frank
  • Child diarist who represents the innocence that perished in the Holocaust

    Holland 1928-1944

    120

    .

  • Raoul Wallenberg
  • Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews; died in a Russian prison

    Sweden
    1912- ?

    120

    .

  • Chaim Weizmann
  • A founding father and first President of Israel

    Russia
    1874-1952

    20

    .

  • David Ben-Gurion
  • A founding father and first Prime Minister of the modern State of Israel.

    Israel, 20th c

    120

    .

  • Moshe Dayan
  • Israeli general, hero of the 6-day war

    Israel
    1915-1981

    120

    .

  • Golda Meir (Meyerson)
  • Prime Minister of Israel

    Israel 1898-1978

    120

    .

  • Yigael Yadin
  • Archaeologist and Israeli politician

    Israel 1917-1984

    120

    .

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