Over the centuries, and dating from the time of the Pharisee historian Josephus, in the 1st Century, Jews have repeatedly been charged with "ritual murder", that is, murder for purposes of paganistic black magic, charges always vehemently denied. Such denials are understandable, when one considers how loathsome such practices are.
Says the 1905 Jewish Encyclopedia: "It may be positively asserted that there is no Jewish ritual which prescribes the use of blood of any human being. Were there such a ritual . there would certainly be some reference to it in the colossal mass of halakic literature .
This is an evasion, because no one has accused Judaism of carrying all the bloody business of its demonism in the "halachah" or "legal" literature. Demonism belongs in the "Practical Cabala", the "theurgic" or wonder-working literature, the manuscripts for which are copied hand to hand. Occasionally one is printed in occult works. Blood, blood, blood is through it all.
One of the many charges of ritual murder was in Russia, in 1912, when Mendel Beilis was accused of this crime of murdering for purposes of black magic. The American Jewish Committee succeeded in interesting journalists to such an extent "that the country was convinced of the infamous character of the charge." Christian ministers of the USA were induced to send protests to Russia. These "Christian divines" whom the Committee inspired to protest to Russia [page 51] "disavowed their belief in the atrocious charge." (See Exhibit 228)
The 1905 Jewish Encyclopedia elaborately denies the "Blood Accusation," but states:
"Of the alarmingly large number of ritual trials only a few of the more important and instructive can here be mentioned." One hundred twenty-two are covered. Thirty-nine of these in one row bear dates in the 19th Century. These trials took place from Rumania, Prussia, Bohemia and Germany through to Russia, England and France.
Strange that so many court trials have been held for so many centuries in so many different countries without any foundation whatever except some groundless prejudice?
A reading of the section on "Superstition" in the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia will give a glimpse of occult practices of Judaism continuing today, foul practices such as "to fig," Kapporah, and the like.
Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg is cited as an authority as to his Jewish Magic and Superstition (Behrman's Jewish Book House, Publishers, 1939). In it he seeks to erase the Ritual Murder charges of the centuries, referring to "the constant recurrence of child sacrifice in these trials and the importance of human blood in the witches' ritual . the most distinguishing elements in the technique of the sorcerer and the witch, as disclosed to popular view by the campaign of the Church." (page 9)
It is interesting to note that these occult practices are current. The late Dr. Dekker was at one time in the Communist movement, and told me of being a member of the same occult group with Communist Party Chief Earl Browder, for the purpose of "influencing individuals."
The publication Ritual Magic [E.M. Butler, Cambridge University Press, 1949] is a good complement to Trachtenberg's Jewish Magic and Superstition and is a documented book which contains much material and some bloody manuscripts. It was authored by Professor E. M. Butler of Cambridge University (published by the University Press, 1949).
The vast scholarship, the documentation on this subject, are presented in a light hearted style not unmixed with awareness of the perils and the ghastly viciousness of the occult "arts" which translations of museum manuscripts must convey to any sane reader. So reference is made in the Butler book to a branch of this demon magic as belonging to an earlier age: "to the world of the Akkadian-Chaldean 'Babylonian' inscriptions and of the Graeco-Egyptian papyri animated by the belief that the gods could and would support the magician in his dealings with the demons, if properly invoked; and that by the use of certain mysterious and ineffable names as well as other spells, they could be forced to do so even against their will. From the earliest times this extraordinary power was recognized as prone to abuse in the hands of 'black'
magicians, but the Art itself was not only respectable, it was a high and holy one. Christianity altered all that, anathematizing magic
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