Welcome to the New Second Exodus!
I’m rebuilding the Second Exodus web site on a new more reliable platform. This is now the Second Exodus web site. The blue site was the Second Exodus web site, but it’s still up for now. This new site now has complete text, but the Spiritual War and Catechism drop-down menu pages still need work on the links. Each page in these areas has a sign, Under Construction, always the last widget in the sidebar.
Rebuilding every link on a site this size takes a long time. I appreciate your patience.
God willing, this site will be my gift to Rabbi Yeshua at the hour he calls me home, so it has to be the best I can do. Pray with me that it will endure for the rest of my life and far beyond. God bless you for your patience.
Now back to my regular “About the Site” stuff. 😃
God and Man
“Apart from me you can do nothing” Jn 15:5. Rabbi Yeshua is the vine, we are the branches. All of the insights on this site, all that reveals God’s shining glory, came from him. All I’m doing is trying to reflect Rabbi Yeshua‘s glory back to him and to everyone in the world. I contributed only my yes, and he gave me the grace and the free will to do even that. Our fallen race can contribute only errors. Any you find on this site are mine alone.
At the bottom of this page is the story of my appearance on The Journey Home. My constant prayer is that the Blessed Virgin Mary do for this web site what she so graciously did for my appearance there, let her Son’s superbrilliant light shine forth from it, illuminating everywhere that my fallen nature left dark.
On December 10, 2015, the Vatican’s Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews vital document, The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable (GCGI). At § 44, it highlights that, “Christians can learn a great deal from a Jewish exegesis practiced for more than 2000 years; in return Christians may hope that Jews can profit from Christian exegetical research.”
Faithful to the Magisterium
I’m God’s parrot. “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me” Lk 10:16.
Second Exodus is faithful to the Magisterium. By far its most frequent reference is directly to God-inspired Sacred Scripture and Catechism § 112-114 to ensure true Catholic Church-based interpretation. Its second most-used reference is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can verify every Scripture or Catechism reference with a single click.
Where you find a § mark followed by a number without explanation it refers to a Catechism page, unless a particular Church document is mentioned. To be certain, click on the number and look at the top of the page.
At the upper right corner of every page is a Search engine portal. Type in the word or words you’re looking for, between quotation marks, for instance, “About the Site”, and click the search icon (magnifying glass). The Search engine looks for any appearance of the word (or words) anywhere on every page.
If you want to contact me type Contact in the search field on any page, click, and you’ll come right to it. If you prefer to find it in the top-down menu, hover over About the Site. A sub-menu will open. Look for Contact.
Second Exodus refers to Jesus as Rabbi Yeshua, to the Apostles as shlikhim, to each of them individually by his actual name, for instance St. Matthew as Rabbi Matityahu. Second Exodus believes that getting to know them by their original Jewish names gives a better sense of who they really were. However, we do not change any text quoted from an authoritative source.
Some readers would prefer to read the Second Exodus site as they would a book, from beginning to end. That way they don’t have to figure out where to go next. Eternal Israel is the site’s book. Eternal Israel is deeper and more comprehensive than the rest of the site, for readers who want to penetrate more deeply.
Rabbi Yeshua is so important for our immortal souls that I want to present him in an atmosphere of peace in which site visitors can concentrate entirely on him. Therefore, Second Exodus takes no advertising. I pay all expenses for the site myself, including research materials, computer hardware and software, site hosting, domain name registration, all of it.
Father Hardon, Second Exodus’ mentor during his lifetime, considered advertisements inconsistent with Rabbi Yeshua’s, “You received without pay, give without pay” Mt 10:8. Web site ads intentionally distract from what we want to teach. Second Exodus serves God 100%, mammon 0% Mt 6:24.
At the same time, many site owners earn their livelihood by presenting advertiser-supported high quality Catholic content. We’re much better off with their high quality content and a few ads than we would be without both. Second Exodus often links to sites with advertising to reach the highest quality information.
The Association of Hebrew Catholics
Second Exodus is a brother site of the Association of Hebrew Catholics (AHC), run by my very good friend and mishpucha David Moss, president of the AHC. The AHC site is designed to help Hebrew Catholics preserve their identity and heritage and provide a collective witness to Rabbi Yeshua and his Church.
So there are two primary Hebrew Catholic sites. The exact purpose of David’s site is on his welcome page. For a succinct comparison, David’s site is outreach while mine is defense. If someone questions or challenges the Catholic faith, Second Exodus is where I recommend going for defense ammunition.
I’m on the AHC Board of Directors, so David’s site and mine naturally have a lot in common. We both invite inquiring Jews to consider Catholic faith as the fulfillment of what they have already begun while retaining their core Jewish identity. We’re both passionate about teaching the Catholic faith in the light of its Jewish origins, so we both do a lot of that. We teach in different voices, so each site visitor can choose the style he prefers.
Why So Comprehensive
Worldwide, as we enter the age of the Church’s ultimate trial, in Jewish, Catholic and Protestant places of worship, we’re seeing attenuating relationships between God and man. Why then is Second Exodus so comprehensive? The first answer is that Rabbi Yeshua has given me a gift with that much range. When he calls me home he will ask what I did with it, and I want to reply that he had given me five talents Mt 25:15 and I firmly intended to return them with five talents more Mt 25:20 in the hope of hearing his reply, “Well done, good and faithful servant … enter into the joy of your master” Mt 25:21. Rabbi Yeshua has given me everything, and I want to give him all the joy I can.
The second answer is that Rabbi Yeshua warned us all, “Watch therefore—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch” Mk 13:35-37. I have no idea when he will call me home so I want him to find me busy at the work he set for me.
The Way We Were
The Second Exodus web site didn’t always look like this. Here are some snapshots from years gone by.
My Appearance on The Journey Home
I drove to EWTN with my beautiful Irene a day early, spent the day in one of its guest houses, and felt fit and ready for any question Marcus or a caller might ask me on-air. Then, several hours before the show, I suddenly came down with a ferocious cold. Coughing and sneezing almost constantly, I asked Irene how I could do a show in that condition. She went to a local supermarket in Irondale and bought several cold remedies. When she returned she gave them to me in high doses and said, “These should get you dried up enough for an hour.” They did, but we didn’t anticipate that they would also make me very light-sensitive. After I sat down at Marcus’ table EWTN’s technicians turned on the very bright studio lights. Oh my Lord, I could barely see. But at that point there was no way to get out of it.
All the way through the show I was convinced that, dull-witted from all the drugs, nearly blinded by the bright lights, I was ruining it. After the show, desperate for a compliment, I asked Marcus how I had done. Tactfully, he changed the subject. That did it. All the way home my beautiful Irene had to listen to me explain that I’d wrecked my entire apostolate, that I’d have to find some other way to serve the Church. We prayed that in some way the Blessed Virgin would make it useful for the Body of Christ.
When we got home I turned on my computer. Wow! More than 100 new e-mails. Every one said in some way how much he learned, how much he enjoyed the interview. I was stunned, but concluded, “Devout Catholics are generous souls. My stats (web site tracking statistics) will tell me more objectively whether anyone actually looked at my site.” I looked at the stats, and looked again. I’d had more visitors the evening of the show and the next day than I’d had in the preceding two months!
The next morning, after Daily Mass, more than 50 parishioners surrounded me to tell me what a great job I had done. My closest parish friends took me out to a restaurant for breakfast so I could tell them all about it. It turned out to be a three hour breakfast. We left only after the restaurant’s lunch crowd started arriving.
The whole thing reminded me of my favorite Blessed Virgin Mary tale, from Merry Olde England I believe. The story is told of a man who had an apple orchard. Each year the man would choose the finest apples from his orchard and take them as a gift to the king. The king loved the delicious apples and looked forward to the gift every year. But one year a blight severely damaged all the apples in the country. The man walked his orchard looking for even one apple that had survived, but saw none. What to do? He couldn’t skip the gift that year, and he couldn’t give the king bad apples. So he took a bag of his apples, brought them to the queen, and explained the predicament. The queen took all the apples, cut out the bad parts, and used the good parts to make a huge apple pie. She and the man brought it to the king, who happily declared that it was the best gift the man had ever brought him!