In a debate between Shabir Ally and Shmuley Boteach,a famous Orthodox Jewish rabbi,the former said that if one says the Palestinians are terrorists and condemns them,then the Jews have to condemn Samson as a terrorist since he killed people in an act of suicide.The debate is here,1st segment:
Why are Hamas,Hezbullah and Al-Qaida terrorists?
Hamas,Hezbollah and Al-Qaida are terrorists because they intentionally kill innocent men,women and children as part of their military plan.They try to kill as many as they can.
Samson’s Case was Different
In the Samson story we have a different situation,it turns out that Samson was made a prisoner by the Philistines.And they had contempt for Yahweh.In the story they had a religious festival in honor of their god and they decided to bring out Samson as proof that their god was greater than God.It was a religious ceremony offensive to God,and Samson knew it.
He decided to show God was greater and asked God to help him by punishing the Philisitnes.Here is the story:
“Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled:
1.To offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god
2.And to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
3.When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying,”Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands,the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.”
While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.””
The text says nothing about children being there,only men and women inside the Temple and on its Roof
“Now the temple:
1.Was crowded with men and women
2.All the rulers of the Philistines were there
3.And on the roof were about 3000 men and women watching Samson perform.
Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. ”
Notice it says the ones killed were men and women,it doesn’t mention children.It was a religious ceremony it which only adults participated and they were saying a false god was greater than God.
Either Shabir Ally is a less than competent and able scholar of Judaism by comparing Samson to modern-day Islamic terrorists (after 20 years of study) or he was misleading his audience.
Debate between 2 Friends
Michael Brown and Shmuley Boteachare both Jewish and Boteach has a high opinion of Brown as a person and of course they are Jewish brothers,but they do debate.Here are 2 short debates of about 15 min each in total:
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