To understand both the true nature of anti-Semitism and how to fight it, we have to get back to the Torah-based essence of Jewish mission of the Chosen. In the era of the politically correct equality of everything and everybody, we are trying to leave this subject to the history or to the internal Jewish religious rituals. In doing so, we deprive ourselves from the opportunity to find the true nature of anti-Semitism and how to fight it.
One of the contemporary very influential rabbis:
What then is anti-Semitism? It is not a coherent set of beliefs but a set of contradictions. Before the Holocaust, Jews were hated because they were poor and because they were rich; because they were communists and because they were capitalists; because they kept to themselves and because they infiltrated everywhere; because they clung tenaciously to ancient religious beliefs and because they were rootless cosmopolitans who believed nothing. Anti-Semitism is a virus that survives by mutating. In the Middle Ages, Jews were hated because of their religion. In the 19th and 20th centuries they were hated because of their race. Today they are hated because of their nation state, Israel. Anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism.
The rabbi is wrong. Anti-Semitism is not a set of contradictions. It is the expression of adversary feelings toward the Jewish people for their invisible God-guided work of convincing the Gentiles to change their understanding of the essence of human existence – from whatever the Gentiles believed in to the Torah/Bible based understanding.
That is at the core of the Jewish mission of the Chosen for all Jews – from atheists to ultra-orthodox. The Jews as the Chosen are not on a mission to rule the world – they are on a mission to change the world without expecting the appreciation of the world. For the entire Jewish people, it is a possibly genetically driven mission impossible to stop.
The rabbi says that anti-Semitism is not a coherent set of beliefs but a set of contradictions, and that is wrong. In order to prove that is wrong, we have to get back to the essence of the Jewish mission of the Chosen. That is the mission of creating a God-guided better world for everybody.
The Torah did not specify the political and social framework for this better world but specified one crucial principle: all the humans are created in the image and likeness of God who is Free Creator not bounded by “too many rules”. Therefore, various groups of Jewish people have been competing from the very beginning and are competing now for a most suitable framework for a better world – the framework where the maximum possible conditions for a human individual to be free, creative and not bounded by “too many rules” – in the image and likeness of God – would be achieved.
Could a society of poor people not restrained by any material possessions be free and creative in the image of God that rabbi Joshua (future Jesus Christ) tested?
Could a society of rich people who have already everything be free and creative in the image of God that many mitzvah-driven Jews tested?
Could a Communist society with the equal distribution of collective wealth provide the creative freedom for everybody in the image of God that Karl Marx tested?
Could a Capitalist society with the equal distribution of individual opportunities provide the freedom for everybody in the image of God that Torah/Bible-guided American founders tested?
Should the Jews try all in the above alone in isolation before presenting their discoveries to the non-Jews as the orthodox Jews are doing, or the Jews have to incorporate themselves into the non-Jewish societies to work together with them as the reform Jews are doing?
The Jews have been trying to test all that by introducing their ideas to various Gentile communities from the very beginning. Some communities liked the ideas and tested them together with the Jews. However, the other communities resisted. They have resisted since the Jewish ideas have been changing their well-established traditions, which were based on much lesser individual freedoms. They believed it is not bad to have a human superior above them (dictator, business owner, religious leader, political guru, president, government, etc.) who is taking care of them and is making them not responsible for all bad things that may happen.
The result of this resistance? Yes, it is what we called anti-Semitism. Therefore, anti-Semitism is not something contradictory and difficult to understand – anti-Semitism is a normal reaction of a normal people to something what is trying to change their way of life. If it is so, a logical way to stop anti-Semitism is to stop changing the world. However, the Jews cannot do it – it is their God-designed, and probably genetically supported, destiny.
Nevertheless, there is a way to mitigate the force of anti-Semitism. This way is for the rabbis to work with the Gentiles to let them understand and accept the Jewish mission and work together on creating a God-guided better world for everybody.
From the UK news media:
Police said that a Scottish Muslim shopkeeper was murdered by a fellow Muslim hours after he posted a message on Facebook professing love for Christians and for Jesus and wishing them a happy Easter.
From the Canadian news media:
What do Algeria, America, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Britain, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chad, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have in common? Oh, and Canada, of course. All have been attacked by Islamist terrorists since 2010. Forty-six nations in barely five years and I’ve not even included the obvious trio of horrors, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. All of the terrorist acts were aimed to demonstrate the victory of Islam over the faiths of infidels among whom are even Muslims with not strict adherence to the “true” Quran and Sharia.
From the battle cries of Muslim terrorists:
“Allahu Akbar” that is “God (meaning Allah) is Great” that is the Allah’s order in the Quran to transform the entire world to the Sharia moral values.
From the political slogans of our political establishment:
- Ø Islam is a religion of peace and has nothing to do with the terrorism performed by some Muslims
- Ø The terrorists are the radicalized Muslims who are acting against moral principles of their religion
- Ø Or, the terrorists are the ideologues and their ideology has nothing to do with their religion.
To find out who is wrong and who is right, the following questions have to be answered:
- Who are the killers – radicalized Muslims who has acted against the moral prescripts of their own religion of Islam, or they are normal Quran-guided Muslims?
- What is the moving spiritual force behind the killings – the religion of the killers or some their ideology that has nothing to do with their religion?
- Do the killers act in good faith as their religion or ideology demands it, or they represent a small devilish minority that always exists in any religion and ideology?
What I have studied and experienced all my life, together with many other Jews and Christians of various spiritual streams – from orthodoxy to atheism, let me answer these questions in the following way.
Who are the killers – radicalized Muslims who has acted against the moral prescripts of their own religion of Islam, or they are normal Quran-guided Muslims?
The killers are not radicalized Muslims – they are normal Quran-guided Muslims.
Here is how Quran guides the Muslims:
Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. – Sura 2:98
On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. – Sura 2:161
Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – Sura 2:191
Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. – Sura 2:216
What is the moving spiritual force behind the killings – the religion of the killers or some their ideology that has nothing to do with their religion?
The moving spiritual force is religion, not ideology. The Merriam-Webster defines ideology as a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture and a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture.
What is the source of the “systematic body of concepts about human life”? It is the religion, and it is religion everywhere – in Judaism, in Christianity and in Islam. For the last thirteen centuries the religion of Islam had created its own “systematic body of concepts about human life” quoted in the above from Quran.
Do the killers act as their religion or ideology demands it or they represent a small devilish minority that always exists in any religion and ideology?
Every religion has good and bad disciples and the entire religion – be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism – can be judged by assessing how the true spiritual leaders of a religion respond to actions of its bad (devilish) disciples.
While the Jewish and Christian leaders condemn any acts of violence committed by their bad disciples against the Muslims, no one – literally no one – of the leading Islamic authorities condemn any acts of Islamic terrorism. If it is so, the answer is clear – the Islamic terrorist acts are committed since their religion/ideology demands it.
Vatican and Jerusalem are not silent – they condemn any acts of Jewish and Christian acts of violence. Mecca is silent on Islamic terrorism and silent approvingly.
A street photo:
From the Israeli news media:
Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said that non-Jews should not live in the Land of Israel if they do not abide by a set of seven laws mandated by Judaism.
“According to Jewish law, gentiles should not live in the Land of Israel,” Yosef said Saturday in a sermon. “If a gentile does not agree to take on the seven Noahide Laws, we should send him to Saudi Arabia. When the true and complete redemption arrives, that is what we will do.”
The only reason non-Jews were still allowed to live in the Jewish state was the fact that the Messiah had yet to arrive, he said. “If our hand were firm, if we had the power to rule, that’s what we should do. But the thing is, our hand is not firm, and we are waiting for the Messiah,” he added.
I personally do not think that the Torah, which is believed containing all God’s guidance on creating a better world for everybody, can direct us the Jews to be isolated from the others since God created everybody, Jews and non-Jews, in His own image and likeness as equals – of course, with a special mission for the Jews as the Chosen. However, I am not asking the Rabbi to clarify this my thought – I am trying to clarify for myself his thinking on the Torah-guided role of the Jews in the contemporary world.
It looks like the Rabbi believes the Jews have to be isolated from the non-Jews since only strict isolation prevents assimilation and provides ideal conditions for following the Torah and serving God. It looks like the Rabbi believes that everyday collaboration and encounter with the non-Jews is detrimental to the spiritual health of the Jews.
My own Torah-guided definition of being Jewish conflicts with all that and I am asking the Rabbi to address my concerns.
- (1) If the Rabbi believes, our Jewish spiritual health requires the total separation from the non-Jews, does the Rabbi reward the non-Jews with the right to preserve their Gentile spiritual health by separating themselves from the Jews – in other words, does the Rabbi provide a very spiritual justification for the anti-Semitism?
- (2) If the Rabbi believes, we the Jews have to separate spiritually themselves from the non-Jews, does the Rabbi rewards the non-Jews with the right to build a God’s better world (politically, socially, economically, spiritually) without Torah guidance provided by Jewish intellectuals?
- (3) If the Rabbi believes, the Jews have to be separated from the non-Jews, does the Rabbi reduces the Torah-guided mission of the Chosen mostly to prayers and family/synagogue life preventing the Chosen from fulfilling their God-given mission of the Chosen – the mission of assisting everybody in building a Torah-guided better world for everybody?
Many Jews and non-Jews are eager to see/listen to the answers.
After all presidential contenders have spoken at AIPAC conference, it is clear only Donald Trump has a strategic vision that, while improving the leading role of the USA in the Judeo-Christian world, can significantly benefit the State of Israel.
It is easy to see if we compare the ideas on USA-Israel collaboration presented at the AIPAC conference by all four contenders – Hilary Clinton, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
All non-Trump contenders – Hilary Clinton, John Kasich and Ted Cruz – clearly understand the importance of the State of Israel in advancing strategic goals of the USA and of Israeli existence in the spiritual health of America. They proposed a variety of actions to help Israel to survive such as to provide Israel with the qualitative military edge over her potential enemies; to oppose any attempts by outside parties to impose a solution on Israeli-Palestinian coexistence; to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons aimed at destroying Israel; and so on.
However, the leitmotif of all those proposals is pessimistic: the Israeli-Palestinian situation cannot be changed, Israel is and will be always in danger – therefore, the USA under the Presidency of any of the three contenders is and will be ready to help Israel to survive.
Of course, among the three contenders John Kasich and Ted Cruz look much more trustworthy – under Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State working together with President Obama the Middle-East situation has become much more dangerous for Israel in spite all her proclaimed good intentions. However, what Hilary Clinton with John Kasich and Ted Cruz have in common is that none of them has a strategic vision on how to change the existing political situation in the world to end the discriminatory, biased and anti-Semitic treatment of Israel.
Donald Trump has it. His vision looks like the following.
- Islam as religious ideology is an adversary of the Judeo-Christian civilization where Israel belongs. We have to build our relations with Islamic countries based on this understanding – preventing mass Islamic immigration to the USA to reduce the probability of terrorism, applying economic pressure and demonstrating unquestionable military superiority to create a sort of “negative stimulus” for peaceful spiritual Islamic reformation.
The economic pressure and military superiority requires rebuilding the American economy. Just better management cannot improve it – the government should be sharply reduced in size, the taxation principles should be changed, the international money-losing trade agreements should be renegotiated and energy-independence policies should be introduced. Since Israel is a part of Judeo-Christian world, this strategic vision would improve international support of Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation.
- The United Nations should be treated as a hostile organization and all anti-Israel and anti-Christian proposals should be vetoed. This policy should politically benefit Israel since the majority of anti-Israeli movements are officially “blessed” by various UN organizations.
- Iran has to be confronted everywhere politically, economically and militarily – not negotiated with, since Iran is the chief instigator of major anti-American and anti-Israeli actions in the Middle East and in the entire world. Of course, that is what Israel is interested in because Iran is the greatest threat to the existence of the State of Israel. With this vision, Israel would be transformed from a recipient of the US military aid to an equal partner in the American-Israeli pro-Western defensive strategy.
The March 22, 2016 Brussels terrorist act is another proof of the validity of the Trump’s strategic vision of the world.
From the news media:
300 American rabbis, Jewish figures vow to boycott Trump’s AIPAC speech.
A group of American rabbis is planning to boycott an upcoming speech at the AIPAC conference by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
About 300 rabbis and other Jewish public figures, led by Rabbi David Paskin, have created a Facebook group named “Come Together Against Hate,” in which they called for a mass walkout during Trump’s speech.
Rabbi Erik Yoffie, a past leader of American Reform Judaism:
We have been urging rabbis to simply not attend the Trump speech and let our absence be felt and noted.
I am not surprised by the action of David Paskin. He advertises himself as a Rock N’Roll rabbi, and in this capacity his duty is to entertain and he intends to use the AIPAC conference for his own entertaining.
And I am not surprised by the action of Erik Yoffie as well – he has always followed the policy guidance of Democratic Party that has begun to realize that Donald Trump has a good chance to become an American President since he is supported by the non-racist and democratic “white” majority of the country.
The 300 number of boycotting rabbis and Jewish figures is relatively small as compared to the about 15, 000 of AIPAC Conference attendees. Nevertheless, I am surprised by their desire to join the boycott because this boycott is a sort of violation of Jewish Torah-based morality.
This point of view has nothing to do with personality of Donald Trump.
The Golder Rule of Judaism is clear – “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn it.”
We the Jews are always demanding from the others to give us the opportunity to present our point of view on everything including on the desirable Israeli-American relations. And suddenly, we want to deny Donald Trump a Golden Rule right to present his views on the desirable relations between USA and Israel.
We the Jews are demanding the end to the boycott of Israel by those who do not like Israel – because it is unethical and contrary to the Golden Rule. And suddenly, we call for an anti-Golden-Rule boycott of somebody even without presenting this somebody the opportunity to speak out.
That is one more illustration to the “tragic state of American Jewry” which was perfectly described by Caroline Glick in her paper “The Tragic State of American Jewry” and was detailed in my post “What to do with the Tragic State of American Jewry”.