I can’t help but feel that the Jewish people should not be proud of israel meaning “he who fights with G-d.” It’d be like Christians being called “those guys that really hate Jesus”
Your big mistake was taking xtianity and trying to apply it to Jews, Judaism, and our relationship with G-d.
You can not on a fundamental level apply xtianity to Judaism because they are nothing alike and highly incompatible.
To understand this concept of fighting G-d you have to solely look at Judaism otherwise it won’t make any sense.
See xtianity sees fighting with god and takes that to mean one hates god.
Jews see fighting with G-d and we go ah that person loves G-d.
Fighting with G-d to Jews is an expression of love. It is a massive aspect of relationship with G-d.
There is a reason that there are many atheist Jews and those Jews are some of the most like hardcore Jews ever.
There is a famous story of two Rabbis arguing about something in the Torah and finally after much back and forth The Voice of G-d speaks to them and says Rabbi A is correct.
So Rabbi B says to The Voice of G-d that might be, but You gave us the Torah for us here on Earth to understand and interpret so what you say is correct has no bearing on this argument.
G-d starts to laugh and says “Look at how wonderful my children are”
To Jews, G-d is not necessarily necessary to the equation.
So to fight G-d is rather an expression of love rather then hate.
Fighting G-d whether you be like Yakkov who physically fought G-d or if be a battle of words like pretty much every Jew ever is a basic core of Jewish culture.
No matter where in the world we are, no matter how far we are from each other, no matter what the one thing you can always count on is that fighting G-d will always be apart of Jewish culture, Judaism, and the very nature of every Jewish person.
Why is one the most important words in Judaism. Why allows us to explore the world, ourselves, and each other. Why helps to debate and to understand. Why lets us argue with G-d and Why helps to become closer to G-d.
One of the fundamentals of Judaism is to ask questions and question everything.
Question your leader, question yourself, and question G-d.
When we question and fight G-d we don’t come away hating G-d or rejecting Judaism. Rather we come away with a deeper understanding of everything and with a further love of G-d.
To G-d there is nothing as wonderful as when a Jew comes and fights with G-d.
And to a Jew it is one of the most fundamentally Jewish things they can ever do.
people here like “the inquisition risked their lives to end the war anders started” and i’m like???? um hello??? anders gave up his life – offered his neck on a silver platter – for this. anders didn’t risk his life, he walked into that fight believing he was a dead man. no chance of survival.
he did that because he knew there was no alternative. not to start a war, but to finally put it out in the open, to give mages a fighting chance. those are his words. mages were being systemically massacred, raped, turned tranquil to make them easier to abuse, killing themselves in droves because there was no escaping the templars, no escaping the chantry, no escaping the thedosian everyman’s mass disgust and fear of mages.
the chantry was in charge of the templars. it is not some innocent charitable organization, but a military one, wielding the sword of divine right to abuse mages to their breaking point, and then driving the sword home when the mages finally fight back. for years anders did everything humanly possible to end this war peacefully. he blew up the chantry because he was being ignored by everyone – by those in power, by his friends, even by his potential lover. he blew up the chantry because mages were already suffering and had been suffering for 1000+ years, not to pick a fight.
if you think anders started a war, you haven’t been paying attention.