Monthly Archives: December 2016

Donald Trump’s Vision of the New Jerusalem. Is it Messianic?

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Secret GenealogyWhen I read that Donald Trump was proudly proclaiming to return the headquarters of the American embassy to Jerusalem, it was akin to something I might read in medieval history books. Could this be symbolic of the Christian Crusade, led by European knights whose aim was to take back control of the sacred sites that the Moslems conquered? Today, Islam controls the holy site of the temple in Jerusalem. My suspicious mind started reeling.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

I am working on a new Secret Genealogy book, and I just finished researching about Orthodox Jewish messianic belief. Jews believe that a great human leader will emerge. Someone like King David. There is a list of tasks that this messiah must accomplish (source: jewfaq.org) :

  • The ingathering of the exiles
  • Restoration of the religious courts of justice
  • An end of wickedness, sin and heresy
  • Reward to the righteous
  • Rebuilding of Jerusalem
  • Restoration of the line of King David
  • Restoration of Temple service

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIDonald Trump, with his medieval Knights of Malta background (if it’s true) arouses my suspicions. Some vendettas never disappear. Think about the belief that George W. Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein for his father’s legacy… the war that took over 100,000 lives. Think of Putin and his desire to return Russia to the glory of the Soviet Union. Wars are often built on delusions. It’s a place where for some reason, for thousands of years, people’s minds like to play. At the expense of the innocents.

When I was a young woman of about twenty, people used to talk about the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelations and the Apocalypse (disaster, catastrophe, destruction, day of reckoning). Armageddon was a popular term. (Today it’s a quiet place in Israel but the dictionary uses it as a synonym for “end of the world.”) I was afraid of this apocalypse that I found hard to understand. Today I understand it as war games that world leaders get us into, too often unnecessarily.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

The Chinese have a saying, “make friends with change.” Besides accepting a new president with whom some of us do not agree, we must also accept that the world has changed. It is no longer medieval. The Crusades are over. It is a new era. Jesus is gone but he left us with teachings of peace and acceptance. He was a good Jew who wanted to share his version of Judaism with everyone, including Gentiles. Donald Trump is no messiah. Neither Christian nor Jewish. Let’s hope that those of all faiths and persuasions will pray for him.

Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VSuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

Beyond the Pale… Racist or Ignorant?

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Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIShouts of xenophobia, white supremacy, double dealing, crony capitalism, sexual predators, rigged elections, fake news and all other unconscionable and un-American dirty misdeeds have been getting labeled as “beyond the pale.” I have heard countless political pundits use it. I keep hearing it repeatedly. I saw it today in the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by David Horsey.

“Conservatives absolutely love to mock political correctness and namby-pamby, safe-space liberalism. But there is one line of offensive humor they may now consider beyond the pale: blonde jokes.”Secret Genealogy

For months, I have been thinking that this expression was not “politically correct.” Here’s why:

Over two hundred years ago, the Czars of Russia expelled Jews from Moscow and St Petersburg. From 1791 to 1915 they were ordered to remain within certain boundaries known as “The Pale of Settlement.” This Pale included Belorussia, Lithuania, Crimea and part of Poland. In the late 1800s, thousands of Jews left Russia and immigrated to America because they were heavily persecuted and confined to that tough geographical region. The “Pale of Settlement” suffered from overcrowding, leading to disease and poverty.

So… I have been thinking that when someone said, “beyond the pale,” that they were saying, “it’s worse than how Russian Jews lived.” But today, I stand corrected. I looked in the dictionary and “pale” also refers to a boundary line, or a barrier. So, it’s like saying, “Hey, that’s really out-of-bounds.” There were other territories that were named the “Pale.” The “English Pale” in Calais, France and “the Pale” around Dublin, Ireland. Both areas were controlled by the English.

The next time I hear someone say, “It is beyond the pale,” I will still probably think of the suffering that persecuted groups suffered at the hands of others. That history should never be forgotten and certainly, not repeated.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU