As 2018 begins its final months we find that now, more than ever, we are living in an age where the stories of the past are being forgotten, where few care or think about what came before to pave the way to today. Yet, it is in the past that the seeds of today were planted, and where we can find our roots…
The Past—A Place of Planted Seed
1925 was a year like many others, where untold multitudes of babies were born worldwide. Yet, in Poland, that same year, the firstborn to Simcha and Fruna Perlmutter, a baby girl was born. Her name, Tchiya Perlmutter…
Why is Tchiya important? Well, she was a Jew, born with the Holocaust seemingly hot on the heels of her birth… a time when the enemy was awakening to the threat of Abraham’s seed.
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’” —Psalm 91:2
The Jewish people primarily are, and were, a people who follow God and His ways—who are in covenant with Him. Not a perfect people, as none are, but those to whom both great blessing and cursing have come.
It is written in Romans 2:9-10 (NIV), “…first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Good comes to the Jew first, then to the Gentile; as do times of trouble and tribulation. In both cases it is up to us to pay heed to what is happening to God’s seed.
Why mention one particular Jewish girl born in Poland in 1925? Why should we care?
First, Tchiya was born a daughter of Abraham, a seed set in place so that it would take root and grow into God’s promise. Because His promise is to the Jew first, awareness is key.
Secondly, we must look at what took place in Tchiya’s life not many years later, what needs to be remembered and fulfilled; and what we need to do now to remind ourselves of God’s promises—to have our eyes opened and remember the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.
Tchiya Perlmutter was born to intellectual parents—her father, Simcha, was a professor, and both he and her mother, Fruna, acted as civic leaders. Together, with her younger sister, Shulamit, they lived in Horochow, Poland.
Fourteen years after Tchiya’s birth, Germany invaded Horochow, and their Soviet Union allies occupied the area. Yet, her family remained despite the occupation and anti-Semitism. It wasn’t until 1941, three years after the Nazi occupation, that Germany built a ghetto in Horochow… ultimately relocating the Perlmutter family within.
When Tchiya was still 17 her mother began hearing rumors that the ghetto was about to be destroyed. Being worried for the safety of her children, Fruna tried to help them escape.
Now a young woman with immense spirit, Tchiya was to hide with a nearby Polish family after escaping her usual work detail… but things didn’t go as planned. She was betrayed to the Germans.
Tchiya, unlike so many others, wasn’t taken to a camp to be gassed or die a slow death, nor was she taken to the woods to be shot. Instead, she was stripped of her clothes then led through the streets of the city she’d known as home, before finally being tortured and killed.
Nurturing the Seed and the Tree:
When you read a story like Tchiya’s you may wonder: How could God have allowed this to happen? Why is such a horrible story important to remember? I’d rather not know.
Yet, there are so many reasons why we need to know and ultimately, we have to remember: God didn’t cause the Holocaust, man did.
Through the horrors, tears, and anguish of the Holocaust, God brought beauty from the ashes… but He didn’t cause the ashes. He was not bringing punishment to His people. God didn’t just stand by; He was there, weeping with His people for the transgressions against them.
Within the events of the Holocaust, God gave His grafted-in Gentiles the ability to act—a chance to remember His people, as well as their importance to Him—and to remind them that if they are grafted into a Jewish tree, then they must nurture that tree which they are now a part of, or both will perish.
It is to the Jew first. We, as Gentiles, are just as important in God’s eyes, but the blessings of God flow through the trunk of the Jew and out to the branches of the Gentiles. If sorrow touches the roots of the tree, will not the branches soon after feel it? If joy and life touch the roots of the tree, will not the branches feel it in time?
It is time that we, the grafted in, act! The Holocaust is over, Israel is not only alive, but thriving—celebrating her 70th year. Yet, we can still act! We can still do what we were meant to do… take care of and live in love with our Jewish brothers and sisters.
At Curt Landry Ministries we take many steps to renew the land and people of Israel, inviting the fulfillment of biblical prophecy… yet, one thing near and dear to our hearts is to bring God’s refuge to those still affected by the Holocaust.
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.”—Psalm 62:8
Each year, Jews such as Tchiya, would have heard and said the prayer, ‘Next year in Jerusalem!’ When YOU become a covenant partner you are not only helping Holocaust survivors, you are bringing hope to the people of Israel—to the families of Holocaust victims like Tchiya—you are being the light of Jesus to our brothers and sisters in God.
Let us never forget where our seed originated, and let us never forget that it is first to the Jew—so when Israel is blessed, when the Jews are blessed, then we in turn… shall be blessed!