I have been writing on this topic for long time. However, this precise diagnosis is not in my formulation. That is in formulation of Michael Goodman in his article “Israel: be aware of Obama” at http://nypost.com/2015/03/22/israel-beware-of-obama/
First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.
He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our allies, appeases tyrants, coddles adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast.
Now he’s coming for Israel.
Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?
Against the backdrop of the tsunami of trouble he has unleashed, Obama’s pledge to “reassess” America’s relationship with Israel cannot be taken lightly. Already paving the way for an Iranian nuke, he is hinting he’ll also let the other anti-Semites at Turtle Bay have their way. That could mean American support for punitive Security Council resolutions or for Palestinian statehood initiatives. It could mean both, or something worse.
Whatever form the punishment takes, it will aim to teach Bibi Netanyahu never again to upstage him. And to teach Israeli voters never again to elect somebody Obama doesn’t like.
Apologists and wishful thinkers, including some Jews, insist Obama realizes that the special relationship between Israel and the United States must prevail and that allowing too much daylight between friends will encourage enemies.
Those people are slow learners, or, more dangerously, deny-ists.
If Obama’s six years in office teach us anything, it is that he is impervious to appeals to good sense. Quite the contrary. Even respectful suggestions from supporters that he behave in the traditions of American presidents fill him with angry determination to do it his way.
For Israel, the consequences will be intended. Those who make excuses for Obama’s policy failures — naive, bad advice, bad luck — have not come to grips with his dark impulses and deep-seated rage.
His visceral dislike for Netanyahu is genuine, but also serves as a convenient fig leaf for his visceral dislike of Israel. The fact that it’s personal with Netanyahu doesn’t explain six years of trying to bully Israelis into signing a suicide pact with Muslims bent on destroying them. Netanyahu’s only sin is that he puts his nation’s security first and refuses to knuckle under to Obama’s endless demands for unilateral concessions.
That refusal is now the excuse to act against Israel. Consider that, for all the upheaval around the world, the president rarely has a cross word for, let alone an open dispute with, any other foreign leader. He calls Great Britain’s David Cameron “bro” and praised Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, who had called Zionists “the descendants of apes and pigs.”
Obama asked Vladimir Putin for patience, promising “more flexibility” after the 2012 election, a genuflection that earned him Russian aggression. His Asian pivot was a head fake, and China is exploiting the vacuum. None of those leaders has gotten the Netanyahu treatment, which included his being forced to use the White House back door on one trip, and the cold shoulder on another.
It is a clear and glaring double standard.
Most troubling is Obama’s bended-knee deference to Iran’s Supreme Leader, which has been repaid with “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” demonstrations in Tehran and expanded Iranian military action in other countries.
The courtship reached the height of absurdity last week, when Obama wished Iranians a happy Persian new year by equating Republican critics of his nuclear deal with the resistance of theocratic hard-liners, saying both “oppose a diplomatic solution.” That is a damnable slur given that a top American military official estimates that Iranian weapons, proxies and trainers killed 1,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who in their right mind would trust such an evil regime with a nuke?
Yet Netanyahu, the leader of our only reliable ally in the region, is repeatedly singled out for abuse. He alone is the target of an orchestrated attempt to defeat him at the polls, with Obama political operatives, funded in part by American taxpayers, working to elect his opponent.
They failed and Netanyahu prevailed because Israelis see him as their best bet to protect them. Their choice was wise, but they’d better buckle up because it’s Israel’s turn to face the wrath of Obama.
The Jewish past is being reexamined to meet the Jewish future: an Obama-Netanyahu confrontation
In the Jewish past, the Jews were considered by non-Jews as the subjects who should be gainfully used but kept spiritually suppressed – in the Jewish past, a Jew was successful in non-Jewish surroundings only if he followed the directives of a non-Jewish master. The legacy of the Jewish past is still alive in some Jewish left-wing-oriented circles where the obedience to a government master is supreme – not the Torah/Bible-based spiritual challenge to the government master.
In the Jewish future, the Jews will be reestablishing their spiritual role as the Chosen – in the Jewish future, the Jews will be spiritually uplifted in the non-Jewish surroundings where they will be among leaders in creating a better world for everybody, Jews and non-Jews. In the Jewish future, the Jews will be challenging a government master if it legislates contrary to the Torah/Bible guidance.
Now we are in the transition times from the Jewish past to the Jewish future and Obama-Netanyahu confrontation is a good example of this. Obama is trying to reinforce the Jewish past while Netanyahu is strengthening the Jewish future.
Although he is not pronouncing his goal openly, it looks like Obama is trying to solidify his image in the history of someone who created an Islamic (including a nuclear Iran) world-wide counter-balance to perceived US “hegemony”. However the perceived by Obama US “hegemony” is not hegemony at all. The US as a true Judeo-Christian nation is trying to unify the world under the God’s guidance presented in the Torah/Bible. The problem is that Obama is not of Judeo-Christian mind-set and he is trying to halt the US on this track. Obama understands that the Jewish nation is a founding father of Judeo-Christian world and therefore to advance his goals he should suppress the influence of Israel representing the Jewish nation. If Obama succeeds a new real danger to the state of Israel and the entire Jewish nation would arise.
Obama is behaving as a master of the Jews as was in the Jewish past. If Netanyahu follows Obama’s directions on reshaping the Middle East, Netanyahu would be rewarded by Obama’s help in preserving Netanyahu’s power. However if Netanyahu disobeys, he will be punished by strong actions aimed at delegitimizing him.
Since Netanyahu disobeyed by resisting a nuclear Iran, he is going to be punished.
A senior Obama administration official when asked whether there was anything Benjamin Netanyahu could do to repair the “damage” (meaning disobedience) done by his comments late in his reelection campaign answered: “You can’t unring the bell.” Other officials, off the record, put it far, far more harshly – Netanyahu will be punished … And many Jews who are spiritually in the Jewish past are supporting Obama. Many of them are in the Reform movement. The Rabbinical Assembly of the Reform movement condemned Netanyahu in the following statement [with my comments]:
“Because we proudly and unreservedly continue our unflagging support for the State of Israel, its citizens and its values [we support Israel only if it obeys the Obama policies], we must condemn the Prime Minister’s statement, singling out Arab citizens for exercising their legitimate right to vote [we condemn even after learning that Netanyahu’s statement was made in response to foreign powerful forces organizing Arab citizens to vote against Netanyahu]. It is incumbent upon Jews around the world to denounce the Prime Minister’s divisive and undemocratic statement and we do so here [no condemnation of divisive and undemocratic intervention of Obama’s forces into Israel’s election].”
Those obedient Jews are from the Jewish past.
Netanyahu as leader of the state of Israel and a perceived leader of the entire Jewish nation is trying to solidify his image in the history as a person who defended not only the state of Israel and the entire Jewish nation from all enemies and adversaries but the entire Judeo-Christian civilization as well.
Netanyahu is behaving like a Jew from the Jewish future. He is not obeying to a non-Jewish master. He is not complaining about anti-Semitism – he is fighting it and defending Israel and the entire Jewish nation as the best part of the humanity. He is not merely defending Israel – he is demonstrating that Israel takes the mission of the Jews as the Chosen seriously. Indeed, now Israel is providing medical, food and technical assistance to many countries in the world that is per capita one of the greatest among other nations. Indeed, Israel is the only democratic nation in this part of the world guided by the Torah democratic principles. Israel is the only nation in this part of the world which defends Christians.
But most importantly Netanyahu is strengthening the state of Israel as the spiritual light to the world not deterred by the fact that the majority of the world, as could be seen from anti-Israel votes in the UN, is still not just anti-Semitic but anti-Judeo-Christian as well. In the state of Israel Netanyahu is protecting the Christian spiritual places and encourage Christians to come and strengthen their faith – and that is contrary to what is going on in Europe where Christianity is under assault in many places.
Netanyahu is strengthening the Jewish future in Israel where the Jews can live proudly as the Chosen in the Judeo-Christian world and be the light to the world.
Yes, that’s true – there are many Christians who love the Jews not just as humans but as a distinguished part of humanity that brought the human majority to One God and Ten Commandments and laid out the foundation of Christianity.
And it is very difficult or almost impossible to find Jews who love Christians not just as humans, but as the fulfilment of the Jewish mission of the Chosen aimed at bringing every human to the spiritual principles of Ten Commandments and the entire Torah tailored – in the New Testament – to the specific traditions of non-Jews.
Yes, there are “Jews for Christ” but they are not spiritually Jewish – they were born Jewish and then converted to Christianity; now they are Christians by faith and I am sure they don’t love the Jews spiritually.
I am looking for the Jews who are Jewish by faith and love Christians spiritually.
Frank Bruni published in a NYT an article entitled “Christians loving Jews” with the following observation.
“Some evangelical Christians’ interest in Israel reflects an interpretation of the Bible’s prophetic passages … that the End of Days can play out as God intends only if Jews govern Israel and have reconstructed a temple on the Temple Mount, where there’s now a mosque.
But just a subset of evangelicals subscribe to that. Others are motivated by their belief, rooted in scripture, that God always intended Israel for Jews and that honoring that and keeping Israel safe is a way of honoring God. God’s blessing of America, they feel, cannot be divorced fron1America’s backing of Israel.
The conservative Christian television preacher Pat Robertson once publicly suggested that Ariel Sharon had suffered a stroke and that Yitzhak Rabin had been assassinated because both of these former Israeli prime ministers had pursued policies of “dividing God’s land.”
“There are evangelical connections to the land,” said Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention….
The attacks of 9/ 11 and the spreading threat of Islamic extremists have further strengthened American evangelicals’ sense of kinship with Jews in Israel, whom they see as crucial partners in fighting butchers who have recently singled out Christians for slaughter.”
|In the book “When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God” its author Joel Richardson elaborated on the subject of “Christians loving Jews”. In particular, based on fundamental Christian teachings, he concludes that someday soon, a Jew named Joshua – or Jesus in Christianity – will rule the world from Jerusalem; that the notion that Gentile Christians have “replaced” the Jews and Israel as the people of promise (Replacement Theology) is wrong; that the Jews are still the Chosen; that anti-Semitism is a by-product of Replacement Theology.|
Thus the Christians are coming to the understanding that their faith is based on the Jewish faith and because of that they love the Jews – if they love God they have to love Jews.
Unfortunately the Jews have not come yet to a similar understanding that if they love God they have to love Christians. Many Orthodox Jews even hate Christians spiritually although respect them as human beings. There are a few rabbis who have established various Judeo-Christian associations and are trying to strengthen the friendship of Jews and Christians but it is being done not on spiritual –“We the Chosen” – basis.
However the friendship of Jews and Christians has to be advanced precisely on the basis of “We the Chosen”.
I have explored this topic in many my posts particularly in this one:
The spiritual Torah-based logic of why the Jews have to love the Christians spiritually is based on the following line of reasoning.
- The very essence of Judaism as Jewish spiritual faith is based on the spiritual separation of the Jews from the non-Jews – God selected the Jews among all nations for a special mission of the Chosen, and this mission is to help the others to learn about God’s Torah-based guidance on how to create a better world for everybody
- Based on God’s Torah-based guidance, the Jews created their own religion of Judaism which formalized and is constantly re-enforcing and re-interpreting the guidance for the unique mission of the Chosen – to tailor the guidance to constantly changing conditions of human life
- Based on the need to constantly re-enforce and re-interpret the guidance for the unique mission of the Chosen, the Jews created various streams of Judaism competing with each other for the most “truthful interpretations”
- Among those competing streams was one that was led by rabbi Joshua who was discovering the most truthful interpretations of the Torah for the non-Jews and teaching those interpretations to the non-Jews – as was directed by God through the mission of the Chosen
- This rabbi-Joshua-led stream of Judaism laid out the foundation of the Torah for the non-Jews based on which the religion of Christianity was created.
Thus the Jews should love the Christians spiritually since the creation of Christianity is an undisputable sign that the Jews have been fulfilling their God’s mission of the Chosen. Contrary to the fear of many rabbis, it should not encourage Jewish assimilation or conversion to Christianity – it should strengthen the Jewish faith among those Jews whose faith is now weakening.
Prime-Minister of Israel Netanyahu is accused for changing his mind – before he was against the two-state solution, now he is for this solution.
Those accusations are groundless – Netanyahu is interested not in “a solution” – he is interested in the true security of Israel. He may accept any solution if it brings the true security for the state of Israel and its citizens. So the question we should be asking is “can the two-state solution bring the true security for Israel”.
The true security has two major components. One of them is physical security that is the living in peace with the neighbors. The other one is spiritual security, and the spiritual security for many Jews is to live and worship peacefully in all places of the Promised Land even if parts of the Promised Land are governed by a non-Jewish authority. So the answer to the question “can the two-state solution bring the true security for Israel” is – may be if the Palestinians, the Arabs and the so-called international community reverse their approach on the Jewish settlements in the territories of a Palestinian part of the two-state solution.
The history has proven, and has proven with no uncertainty, when a country or a community is trying to get rid of Jews living among them it spells pogroms – from little ones like the desecration of everything Jewish to large ones like “broken windows” or “holocausts”.
After the WWII, Stalin purged the Jews from all leadership positions in the Former Soviet Union – it ended up in a sort of spiritual holocaust (everything related to Jewish tradition and religion was forbidden) and in almost physical holocaust if not for the Stalin’s death (railroad trains were ready to transport all Jews to the inhabitable Russian Far East).
When the Jews in the 18-19th century were not allowed to live among the “natives” in Europe it was followed by pogroms especially in Eastern Europe.
Hitler’s expelling of the Jews from the so called “Arian community” brought the “final solution” that is the mass murdering of the Jews.
The 7th century expulsion and murder of the Jews in communities of Mecca and Medina by the founder of Islam Mohammad ended up with the Koran prescribing the killing of the Jews everywhere else as the chief enemies of Allah.
The history is full with analogous stories.
Therefore if the international community is successful in expelling the Jews from the settlements, a Palestinian state in the two-state solution would inevitably become a staging place for the assault on Israel and Israeli Jews. These days the international community is increasing their collective assault on Likud and Netanyahu on the eve of Israeli elections in hope that conservatives would be replaced by the progressives who would help to reinforce the “no Jews are allowed” in a Palestinian state thought the ban on the settlements.
If that is not what is in the mind of the international community (as is in the mind of Fattah, Hamas, Hezbollah), the international community has to spell it clearly. Unfortunately that is not the case.
The same is true for the Jewish “progressive” advocates of the two-state solution. If they want the true security for Israel they have to support any Jewish presence as citizens in a Palestinian state, including the Jewish settlements, with equal civil rights and government protection.
If the international community and the progressives don’t agree with the provisions for the true Israel’s security that may mean they accept the possibility for a Palestinian state to become a staging place for assault on Israel and the Jews.
In the long Jewish history the Jews can now defend themselves in their own powerful independent state. That is up to them to do this, or rely on the others who called themselves the international community – with all coming consequences described in the history.
Once again on “International Community” having two different sets of the law – for themselves and for Israel
The discussion on my recent post on “Now Israel has only one option in securing its future with Palestinians and Iran” revealed once again that a mystical “international community” has been a cover-up for the true anti-Semites. This cover-up is for anti-Semites who are trying to hide their dislike or even hate of the Jews and the Jewish leading “tribe” of Israel by pretending to be an “international community” which is trying to hold Israel responsible for violation of some “international laws” invented by anti-Semites themselves to rebuke Israel and the entire Jewish nation. Below is a response to their libels. Read the rest of this entry
Palestinians have changed their negotiating strategy with Israel. They have finally understood that Israel would not agree on any “final solution” that may allow Palestinians, with collaboration of the new anti-Semites of the post-WWII world, to eliminate the Jewish nature of the State of Israel. Therefore they have begun to act unilaterally with the help of an anti-Semitic UN, with an encouragement of some in Europe, and with anti-Israel Obama administration. That has left Israel with no other option but creating and implementing its own unilateral solution with a clear understanding its unilateral solution will be met with great resistance in Europe, in an Obama’s White House, and hopefully with no substantial resistance in a post-Obama USA. It looks like in the late 1970th and early 1980th the situation for an Israeli unilateral solution was much better. Read the rest of this entry
The article “Putin the Improviser” in Wall Street Journal is analyzing the attempts to figure out what is the Putin’s strategy in Ukraine – see at
The article describes this in the following way:
“After this week’s devastating military setbacks for the Ukrainian government, Western observers are trying urgently to get inside the head of Vladimir Putin. But the practitioners of this burgeoning cottage industry—call it Putinology—are missing one essential point: Mr. Putin has largely been improvising his way through the current crisis. That means that the Ukraine showdown is even scarier and more dangerous than you think: Mr. Putin is making it up as he goes along.
The Russian leader has routinely experimented with (and quickly jettisoned) any number of concepts, strategies and approaches, all in the name of gaining short-term advantage. Mr. Putin may be living “in another world,” as German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly suggested to President Barack Obama—but in our world, which Mr. Putin is busily remaking, he seems to think that keeping his opponents guessing and off-balance is an end in itself.
In opinion columns and books, the Putinologists have been struggling to explain the thinking of the man who, almost single-handedly, seems to be dragging much of the West into a new Cold War. Like their Kremlinologist forebears, they try to decode Moscow’s intentions through painstaking analyses of the Russian leader’s every public utterance or symbol-laden photo op; they comb through minute aspects of Mr. Putin’s career and private life; they sift for clues in the output of Russia’s sprawling state propaganda apparatus. A lucky few even get invited to come to Russia once a year to sit down over elegant meals with the man himself and other mandarins and courtiers who spin them on how things really look from Moscow.”
That’s true – that is the way how the Punitologists are trying to figure out what are Putin’s intentions.
However, it is difficult, or even almost impossible, to figure out the Putin’s world strategy by analyzing his tactical movements on Ukraine or somewhere else.
It is much easier if the analysis is based on the Russian history and true spiritual aspirations. Read the rest of this entry
A most common conclusion in public discussions on USA vs. Israel and Obama vs. Netanyahu can be described as:
- USA is friendly with Israel since Israel is a great strategic asset for USA in the Middle East
- Obama is unfriendly with Netanyahu since Netanyahu is not supporting Obama’s peace-making Middle-East strategies.
Yes, that is true. Israel is a great strategic asset of USA in the Middle East, and Netanyahu is not supporting the Obama’s Middle East strategies. However, the real reasons for friendship between USA and Israel and for animosity between Obama and Netanyahu are of different, more profound nature. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, that’s true – the true Judaism has to breed all varieties of Jews – from Far Left to Far Right.
There are two logical Torah-based reasons for the Jews to breed all varieties of Jews. Read the rest of this entry
|I have received a letter from World Jewish Congress President describing the menace of contemporary anti-Semitism and asking for monetary assistance in fighting this menace. In particular, the letter says:
“It’s with the greatest concern and urgency that I write to you today. I need your help to confront the growing crisis threatening the future of Jews in some European countries … and nowhere is this clearer than in France.
The shock and horror felt following the Jihadist terrorist attacks that took the lives of 17 people in Paris – that included four Jews targeted at a kosher market– served to shine a global spotlight on the crisis. But, sadly, France’s Jews have grown all too accustomed to such hate-fueled attacks.
Sadly, this latest attack is just the most recent in a disturbing trend. In 2012, a teacher and three school children were massacred at a Jewish school in Toulouse. And just this past summer, 200 congregants at the Don Abravanel synagogue in Paris were forced to barricade themselves as rioters, mainly Islamic radicals from North Africa armed with chairs, clubs and knives shouted “Death to the Jews” and “Alla Akbar,” and attempted to break through.”
Of course I understand the contemporary menace of anti-Semitism and I am ready to provide a monetary assistance to help everybody to fight anti-Semitism. But I am trying to figure out how the money will be used, and why our great efforts in fighting anti-Semitism have not brought yet any tangible results.
Will the money be used for anti-anti-Semitic education and advertisement in Europe, for creating government anti-anti-Semitic laws, for organizing marches and conferences, for hiring more security guards for Jewish places? All those actions have not worked in the past.
Or, the money will be used for creating a sort of world-wide Judeo-Christian union where the Jews and the Christians would work together on defeating the contemporary anti-Semitism in all its forms – anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, or anti-Israelis – at its source. It might work, if we correctly identify the source.
What is the source of contemporary anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attacks from which the attacks are originated? What is this source where anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attacks are aimed at undermining the entire Judeo-Christian Western Civilization? Read the rest of this entry
Discussions on spiritual closeness of Jews and Christians are not just a sort of traditional theoretical discussions where some participants may agree and some disagree. Those discussions are of very practical importance. Those discussions are bringing closer the Jews and the Christians, Judaism and Christianity. Those discussions are advancing the mission of the Jews as the Chosen to create a better world for everybody based on the Torah’s guidance. Those discussions are enhancing the Jewish-Christian collaboration in fighting anti-Semitism and Islamic assault on Western Judeo-Christian Civilization.
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The Judeo-Christian world, and Israel is a founding member of this world, has recognized the danger of Islamic spiritual and physical assault on its very foundation. The Judeo-Christian world is trying to find the best way of handling the assault. Among the ways being tested are such as
- Support Secularism (France …) – here the belief is that Muslims may be attracted to secular ideas and in essence stop being the true Koran-guided Muslims
- Encourage Multiculturalism (Germany, UK …) – here the belief is that Muslims may decide to live in peace with Jews and Christians under Western, in essence Judeo-Christian laws, again stopping being the Koran-guided people in non-Muslim pubic surrounding
- Help Moderate Muslims defeat Extremist Muslims (USA …) – here the belief is that there are two Koran-guided Muslim communities – a moderate one and an extremist one, and that Moderate Muslims are like us and they soon may become a majority friendly to Jews and Christians
- Pretend the danger is not of Islamic nature and proclaim Islam is religion of peace (Current US administration …) – here the belief is that the proper words can change the spiritual fundamentals
- Assume the problems with Islamic world are rooted solely in Israel’s “occupation” of West Bank and “oppression” of Palestinian Arabs – here the belief is that after the EU and the USA force Israel to accept Arab demands on creating a fully independent Palestinian state, which would be able to let Iran and Arab friends of Iran militarily assault the State of Israel, Islamists stop terrorizing Europe.
It looks like nothing in the above is reducing the Islamic assault on Jews, Christians, Israel and the entire Judeo-Christian world, and here is why. Read the rest of this entry
20 лет тому назад я был участником совместных Американо-Российских программ по контролю над ядерным вооружением. Программы были интересны, поддерживались двумя правительствами и были созданы условия хорошего научного сотрудничества, ученые с обеих сторон были высокопрофессиональны и по-настоящему интеллектуальны. Это было время сразу после развала Советского Союза, когда все – и государство, и его граждане – были в процессе поиска нового социального и политического обустройства, и новых добрососедских отношений с другими странами. … Прошло 20 лет, и все возвращается к исходному состоянию. Read the rest of this entry
Unconventional thoughts – on the roots of and fighting anti-Semitism | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
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The Chosen, the anti-Semites, the Aliya, and the Judeo-Christian civilization – how to deal with all that | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
Why the Jews are disconnected from the rabbinical community and how to reconnect them | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
Evolutionists define humans in non-human way to dethrone Religion | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
Many Jews support social injustice in the clothes of social justice | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
The changing Talmud as reflection of the changing times of Israel | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
Two conflicting identities of the State of Israel – the State identity and the Israel identity | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
In support of legislating Israel as Jewish state – enhancing the reasons from an old post | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
US electorate confirms “The Current State of the USA in the light of Torah guidance” is not good | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
Two types of Jews – who do act and who don’t “in the image of God” | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
The Current State of the USA in the light of Torah guidance | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
What might be a genetic (God’s) reason for some Jews to leave their Chosen tribe or bring somebody in | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
I am looking for a rabbi in search for God’s reason in the Torah – not guarding the tradition of his ordination institution
This blog and other author’s blogs before it have been exploring the intellectual interpretation of Judaism for a long time.
I began exploring the intellectual interpretation of Judaism after I realized that the traditional interpretation of Judaism was not helping me understand many things in the real life surrounding me such as for example the true meaning and roots of anti-Semitism or how to be proudly and openly Jewish in my professional and public activities.
The difference between intellectual and traditional interpretations of Judaism may be defined in the following way.
The intellectual interpretation is based on (almost scientific) exploration of the image of All-Mighty One God along the lines of His image in the Torah – God as the Creator, God as the Unique Individual, and God as the Eternity – the God whose designs (intentions, goals, objectives, laws, …) for the entire world, for us the humans and for us the Jewish humans we have to discover and obey in order to create a better world for everybody. The Torah was given by God to all humans through the Jewish humans as “The Chosen” with their mission as The Chosen to help the others understand God’s guidance in the Torah. The Jewish people were freed from the Egypt’s slavery by God, and the Jewish people have an obligation to help the others to free themselves from their own “egypts” to live in freedom – the “egypts” may be oppressive governments, dictatorial regimes, oppressive community leaders … Since we the humans are created in the image of God, we are unique individuals who are doing creative work by competing with each other for better creative designs hopefully to live in eternity. Read the rest of this entry
Halakhic discussion on the paper “Three pillars of Judaism – Intellect, Halakha and Integration. A scientific analysis”.
The paper “Three pillars of Judaism – Intellect, Halakha and Integration. A scientific analysis” was posted at the orthodox Halakhic Jewish forum Hashkafah with the request for comments. Below are a Halakha man (H)’s comments with my (V) responses. Read the rest of this entry
The purpose of these notes is to demonstrate that the image of God in the Torah we the humans were created in allows to have many competing religious streams in Judaism (and in Christianity) in addition to those streams which follow Halakha. Read the rest of this entry
The purpose of these notes is to substantiate the scientific unity of contemporary human religious beliefs and human non-religious sciences – the unity which is based on healthy competition of various religious and non-religious thought schools aimed at discovering the very reason for our human existence – the unity which had begun with the Jewish people finding One God and Torah and delivering this find to the rest of humans.
The Torah is the first known human document describing the creation of our world and us the humans in this world as well as the Creator Himself. As the Torah asserts, we the humans found God the Creator and had begun a conversation with Him. By initiating this conversation we had begun the process of discovering (a) how the world we live in was created and (b) what we the humans are supposed to do in this world. And any process of discovery is Science.
Indeed, the definition of Science is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment” (the Oxford dictionary). And that is what Religion is doing from the very beginning of human existence. Religion is systematically studying – through observation and experiment – the world of human existence that is a part of the physical and natural world. Read the rest of this entry
I have created and run a few discussions on Science, God and Religion in Amazon’s Forums. The main theme of the discussions was that Science may not be in harmony with Religion but it is certainly in harmony with God the Creator. It is so because Science discovers the laws of Nature created by something or somebody above us, the humans, called God while Religion was created by us, the humans, with the purpose of studying and discovering the essence of God the Creator and its spiritual and material laws. Because Religion is a human development it is subjected to well-known human sins – among them the sin of subjugating the others to the “MY” will that is to “MY” interpretation of God’s laws.
Below is the essence of these discussions in the form of questions-answers.
(1) Are we the humans an advanced animal breed, or something completely different?
We the humans are not an advanced animal breed since we differ from the animals in the following fundamental way: animals are fighting for survival within the timeframe of their physical lives – we are looking for the reason for our existence. Read the rest of this entry
A question in the discussion:
Why, in order to understand the nature’s laws which scientists are trying to discover, the scientists have to know the source of those laws?
Why? Would you agree with just a scientific curiosity? If not, here is something more serious. If a law under investigation is made by something (or somebody) “above us”, we cannot change the law – we have to study it and obey. However, if a low under investigation made by one of us the humans, the law can be changed if necessary.
Here is one of many Albert Einstein’s thoughts on God presented in the discussion:
“I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance — but for us, not for God.” Read the rest of this entry
Science may not be in harmony with Religion but it is in harmony with God. It is so because Science discovers the laws of Nature created by something or somebody above us, the humans, called God while Religion was created by us, the humans, with the purpose of subjugating the humans to the will of human gods among us.
I know many may rebel against this statement. However, before doing this please consider the following line of scientific logic. Read the rest of this entry
God, Religion, Jews and Christians – what is common in all that from Jewish intellectual perspective? Part 3 – The world of Religion
Thus after about two and a half millennium of building a better world, God decided to enhance the process of defining the Good and the Evil in the course of building a better world. God decided to enhance this process by selecting a small group of humans and assign to them a special mission of being the Chosen with a sole task of the Chosen to help the others in learning the God’s guidance on building a better world for everybody.
And that was the beginning of the world of Religion – a human world with Judaism as religion for the Jewish people and Christianity as the religion for the Gentiles with all love-hate relationships. (Although there are many other religions in the world of Religion the topic of this article is the Judeo-Christian relationship only.)
Here is what happened after this God’s decision.
- In the course of about 400 years – From Abraham through the Egypt slavery and the Sinai desert to the Mount Sinai – God prepared one, selected by Him, human tribe for the mission of the Chosen. This tribe is known in the history as the Jewish people.
- On the Mount Sinai through Moses God delivered His instructions on how to build a better world for all His humans. Those instructions were codified in the Torah and were intended for all His humans – to be delivered to all the humans through the Jewish people. It didn’t mean only through the Jewish people. If somebody among the non-Jews is able to get the instructions directly from God, God would appreciate it. If somebody needs help in understanding the God’s instructions, the Jewish people have to provide the help.
- At this point in history the world of Religion had begun to shape – to shape by the humans, not by God. And the HUMAN world of Religion has to deal with the following fundamental challenge imposed on us the humans in the Torah:
We the humans think and speak not the God’s way – how to translate the guidance of the Torah into an understandable human language? Read the rest of this entry
God, Religion, Jews and Christians – what is common in all that from Jewish Intellectual perspective. Part 2 – the World of God.
The world of God had been created by God Himself in the Torah-described Six Days of Creation with Adam and Eve as the first humans. There was no Religion that time – no Jews, no Christians, no other religionists. All people who were descendants of Adam and Eve were as we would say these days non-religious; all of them were the people of One God.
The people of One God were doing what One God had created them for – they were creating, they were building a better world for all. They were building a better world without Torah and Talmud, without instructions of prophets and sages.
How do I know all that?
It’s simple: God’s instructions are coming to people directly from God to the people’s souls through, as scientists may say these days, the invisible spiritual (energy) field and genetic recombination. The God’s instructions are not coming through any human-written materials – God doesn’t think in a human way and doesn’t write as the humans do. Naturally, since the spiritual (energy) field and genetic recombination are subject to God’s laws of probability, various people interpret the God’s instructions in a different way within the allowed by God boundaries.
Why do I believe that the humans from the very beginning were building a better world in spite of the absence of any written material with the commandment to do so? Just because I know God created the humans in his own image and likeness – the image and likeness of Creator. Read the rest of this entry
God, Religion, Jews and Christians – what is common in all that from Jewish Intellectual Perspective?
Part 1 – Introduction
This discussion is intended to provide the thoughts for contemporary intellectual interpretation of the Torah for Jews and Gentiles – not the traditional interpretations by the religious authorities.
The following points are proposed for discussion:
- We the humans live in two worlds – in the world of God and in the world of Religion. Those two worlds are different – the world of God was created by God Himself and is governed by the God’s unwritten laws while the world of Religion is made by us the humans and is governed by our human’s mostly written laws.
- In the world of God, all people are judged by their efforts to continue the God’s creative work in building a better world for everybody along the lines of individual interpretation of God’s unwritten commandments that an individual human receives directly from God.
- To better understand the God’s commandments on building a better world for everybody we the humans created the world of Religion.
- In the world of Religion, all people are split into communities with similar interpretation (understanding) of the God’s commandments. In this world of Religion the people create the unique-for-every-community prayers and rituals aimed at getting spiritually closer to God and obtaining a clearer guidance on building a better world. All religious communities are spiritually different and therefore all prayers and rituals are different.
- The communal prayers and rituals were supposed to be a preparatory step to the real actions in building a better world along the lines of the better understood God’s commandments. However, it didn’t go this way. Many religious communities made the prayers and rituals the paramount life goal – the people in those communities are judged by their adherence to the collective prayers and rituals, not by their efforts in building a better world.
- The Jewish people were split into many spiritually fighting groups as well. Some of them interpreted the Torah commandments as the building of a better world together with and for everybody; some of them interpreted the Torah commandments as preserving their faith in a spiritual isolation.
- Two millenniums ago one of those Jewish groups, which believed in building a better world for everybody with everybody, created the foundation of Christianity.
And at this point in history the rift between the Jews and the Christians began in spite of their common spiritual foundation which encourages the building of a better world for everybody along the lines of the One-God commandments.
(To be continued)
The Big Government is an EVIL since it enslaves us spiritually, and sometimes even physically. God led us from Slavery of the Pharaoh’s ancient Egypt to be Free People – the Big Government is leading us back to Slavery.
One of the most divisive questions in preserving Jewish Unity is how we have to treat a government – as a GOOD or as an EVIL. And this is not an empty rhetorical question – one of the most important stories of the Torah is our escape from slavery of the Pharaoh-Government in ancient Egypt.
This paper provides my answer to this question – my interpretation of the Torah commandments.
The Big Government is an Evil while a small government is a mandatory part of a package of Good we should accept and live with.
How to distinguish between the Big Government and a small one? Read the rest of this entry
Yes, there is True Judaism and there is Pagan Judaism. And Pagan Judaism may exist in any of the current denominations of Judaism – orthodox, conservative, reform, or humanistic.
How could it be if all Jews either believe in One God or are skeptical about the existence of God of any kind? The answer to this question could be found in Jewish history. Read the rest of this entry