I didn't see the film Sherlock Holmes, but a writer at Constance's blog wrote "My hubby and I just returned from seeing it. It is despicable. I only stayed in the theater for my husband's sake. We should have left. It was blasphemous and anti-Semitic. I am appalled. Holmes' enemy is a diabolical maniac who wants to take over the world. The very opening scene is an occult ritual. I kept noticing cryptic writing that I thought looked Jewish. Finally a shot of a Satanic altar showed clear Hebrew letters on the base of the altar. I was livid! My thoughts immediately went to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The movie linked the occult to Jewish symbols in a variety of ways."
She then linked to another's comment.
So what's the story?
Holmes has to stop a megalomaniac from taking over the world through alleged Satan worship, but is in fact Kabbala. The baddie who dresses like a Nazi from 1933 and speaks like one, wants to create a new world order. Where have we heard that one before? Oh yeah, Indiana Jones or was that WW2?
The greatest offence, as if the what I already mentioned wasn't enough , is the clear use of Jewish iconography and objects to create a sense of evil and danger. My wife , one of millions who can read Hebrew was shocked to see the following.
1- Showed a passage supposedly from the Kabbala ( a practice that was so deeply shunned at the time by Jews it was cause for hoying out of the congregation) ,.The passage purported to be about a ritual with animal parts was in fact a text about the elements of life.
2- At one point, the film casts evil intent on the character of some high nobles with the inclusion of a richly decorated ceremonial box. The box in fact is a Tzadakah box or charity box. You select a cause to donate to and drop your change in to eventually give it to the charity of your choice. To elevate such an object of good to symbol of evil and danger is the same as equating a breast feeding mother to that of a murderer.
3- During the film there is a massive overly long, slow motion explosion. The music played is the same as is used in every WW2 special about the concentration camps. It was creepy and unsettling.
4- Lastly they plan to kill off most of the members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons by using a device to activate poisonous pellets that will send the deadly smoke into the House of Commons turning it into a gas chamber.
This film is flawed in so many ways, but the use of Jewish symbols and sacred items in combination with the gas chamber imagery is beyond the pale. My Father fought the Nazi scum , survived Siberia and my wife's family only barely survived the camps. For Guy Ritchie to think this was ok to do is sickening .
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Normally if a movie or some other piece of writing is blatantly antisemitic, there will be many articles about it in the Jewish press. Yet I found no such articles coming out of the Jewish community. I think it might be that we've become so conditioned to New Age symbolism that we miss many things that should startle us.
Here are a few things that I've found.
"The parts of the film that alluded to the dark arts and secret societies reminded me a bit of Young Sherlock Holmes, though Ritchie's apparent dislike of Kabbalah seems to be evident in the negative imagery of Hebrew letters contained within the dark arts books used by the secret society, the Temple of the Four Orders"
This is the plot of the film.
The Temple of the Four Orders is a name made up for the film, but is supposedly based on Masonic and Golden Dawn rituals. Temple people are attempting to control the world using black magic.
Now Ritchie, the director, and his ex-wife Madonna were involved in a cult group, Kabbalah Centre, run by Berg. (The cult group and real Kabbalah study have nothing in common... dm.) Ritchie and Madonna have split. It seems obvious that Ritchie was just going along with Madonna's interest in the group as he was very clear a movie he was involved with in 2005 was to be based on the Kabbalah, and not in a good way.
"Ritchie says the movie references Albert Pike's 1871 book 'Morals and Dogma', which draws parallels between Kabbalah and Freemasonry."
"Guy is â€œincandescent with rageâ€ over the allegations, branding his wifeâ€™s faith a â€œweird religionâ€...A source said: â€œGuyâ€™s initial support and interest in Kabbalah turned to annoyance and hatred. Guy doesnâ€™t believe Kabbalah is a religion on a par with Christianity. He thinks a lot of it is hokum - which has infuriated Madonna.â€
Given the above, I strongly doubt that the impression in the movie of a Jewish connection with a secret society that wants to run the world was just by chance. While the antisemitism is not blatant, the subliminal idea left in the mind of viewers is dangerous.