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.
In the late 1970th and early 1980th, Israel missed the opportunity to enact a One-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation the Palestinian Arabs might agree with. These days, Israel may have no other choice but to enact a One-State solution nobody would agree with.
I have been frequently visiting Israel to be “irradiated” by the history and spirituality of the Holy Land. In early 1980th I was able to travel freely everywhere in Judea and Samaria, now the land of Palestinian Authority, with no fear of being harmed. The Palestinian Arabs were relatively friendly and it looked like they were ready for peaceful coexistence with the Jews in Israel – not that they wanted it but because they didn’t see any other option: the Arab states were defeated and anti-Israel Iranian actions were negligible due to American anti-Iranian resolve. It was possible at that time for Israelis to establish the secularized-Torah-guided Jewish state in the Promised Land with the Arab residents of the Land following the Jewish-State Laws outside their families and communities.
However, Israel was not ready to enact One-State solution with all Palestinian Arabs included in the Jewish state since the hope that the Palestinian Arabs may become citizens of other Arab countries still existed. This hope was based on the unquestionable military victories of Israel over all Arab adversaries.
Indeed beginning at the very day of establishing the State of Israel, the Arabs tried unsuccessfully to eliminate the State of Israel in many wars: War for Israeli independence, 1947-1949; Suez crisis, 1956; Six-Day War, 1967; Yom Kippur War, 1973.
By the late 1970th and early 1980th, the Arabs realized they cannot defeat Israel in open military confrontation. Therefore the terrorist actions by Intifada, Hamas and Hezbollah, aimed at frightening Israelis and forcing them to leave the country, substituted the open-war confrontation. Yasser Arafat became the terrorist commander-in-chief.
By the early 1990th, the Arabs found out that the terror didn’t intimidate Israelis – the long history of the Jews made them immune to annihilation threats. Then, the step-by-step increasing international diplomatic pressure was added to the annihilation tools: Oslo Accords, 1993; Wye Accords, 1998; Camp David, 2000.
Palestinian Arabs with the support of the entire Arab and Muslim world demanded “the statehood and the right to self-determination” – but not to live in peace with Israelis but rather to obtain a new annihilation tool.
Israel used the Oslo accord to put forward various proposals to establish a relatively independent Palestinian state with all necessary security provisions which would make the fulfilment of the Arab goal of eliminating the Jewish State of Israel practically impossible.
The Arabs used the Oslo accord to facilitate EU/USA diplomatic and economic pressure on Israel to get rid of all Israeli’s security provisions which are making the Arab’s goal of eliminating the Jewish State of Israel practically impossible. And Palestinians’ Hezbollah and Hamas received a mighty military support from a potentially nuclear Iran due to purposeful inactions of an anti-Israel Obama’s administration.
In the year 2014 it became evident the Israelis were losing and the Arabs were winning. The Israelis were not able to effectively manage the increased pressure of its Arab adversaries and European “friends”; the Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran threat was not diminishing. The Arabs were winning in international recognition of their proposals for a fully independent Palestinian state capable of challenging the security of Israel.
That means that over five decades of Israel’s waiting for better conditions for the final Israeli-Palestinian accord and a peaceful Middle-East has brought worse conditions. Now Israel has to do whatever is necessary to reverse the situation.
It looks like Israel has to declare all parts of Judea and Samaria which are crucial for the security of Israel the Israel territory and provide Israeli citizenship for all Arab residents who agree to live under the laws of the State of Israel, knowing that nobody would agree with such solution. If something like that is not done, the fully independent Palestinian state will be created which soon will become – with the help of Muslim countries and many in EU – a mortal threat to the State of Israel and to the Jews. In this respect the Netanyahu Congressional March 3 speech should be welcome by all who love the Bible-based USA and the Torah-based Israel as they are – not as Obama envisions them to be closer either to Communist or Islamic ideals (of course, that is a reference to recent remarks by Giuliani on Obama).
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.
The Russian history has been driven by the belief in the Russian spiritual uniqueness whatever it might be, and by the fear that external enemies, always with the help of internal adversaries, are trying to conquest Russia to suppress its spiritual uniqueness. In order to prevent the conquest, Russia has to be first in defeating all potential enemies. That is a millennium-long history of Russia in the course of which Russia became the largest territory-wise country in the world.
The Russian history is not a history of moving, slowly step by step, from dictatorship to freedom – the Russian history is a search for a good dictator (a tsar, a general secretary, a president …) who is able to defend the “Russian uniqueness” and take good care of his subjects. The Russian history is a history of defending the “Russian uniqueness” and not taking good care of the subjects.
In order to withstand all external enemies Russia has to have a strong ruler-dictator and Putin is one of the best in Russian history – now he is trying to prevent the Western democracies from undermining the “Russian uniqueness” using Ukraine as a “Trojan Horse”.
Putin can be stopped only by Western-democracies’ force that means by a new cold war. However, the Western democracies are now demoralized because of the lack of traditional American leadership (of course thanks to Obama). It looks like in the next two years Putin is going to be very successful in assaulting the vital areas of Western interest and weakening the Western Judeo-Christian world. Then a new American President, if we find a proper one, would have a very difficult task of regaining the strength of Western civilization.
Why the Western civilization has to be strengthened by fighting “Russian uniqueness”? Putin understands clearly that Russia with its 100% government-controlled spiritual and economic enterprises cannot create the economy comparable to that of Western Judeo-Christian countries with their free-market spiritual and economic system. That’s why he is interested in confrontation with the West to justify the lack of progress on “taking care of his subjects” by the need to defend “Russian uniqueness” which is under threat from the West.
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
Unconventional thoughts – on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
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
Assimilation of the Jews is not promoted by those who try to comprehend the concepts of the Torah for the Jews’ life in the Most High’s wide world by an intellectual interpretation of the Torah.
Mostly, the adherents of the traditional interpretation of the Torah, who attempt to hold the Jews in spiritual isolation from all the Most High’s wide world, promote assimilation of Jews, sticking labels on all who leave spiritual isolation for the Most High’s wide world of the type, “he is a missionary,” “he is a Christian,” “he dared to have an opinion that contradicts the opinion by all the esteemed rabbis,” and the like.
Let us begin with the statistics. Read the rest of this entry
Русская мысль оценивает все социально политические события в духе классовой борьбы и передела мира между слабыми и сильными. Естественно, надо быть в группе сильных, а для этого надо иметь всемогущее, какого-то рода диктаторское правительство, создающее мощное государство. В таком государстве все люди перестают быть свободными индивидуумами, живущими по своей интерпретации их миссии в этом мире, а становятся духовными, а иногда и физическими рабами мощного государства. Мощные государства не вечны: став мощными, они «жиреет», перестает производить и защищаться, и становиться жертвой другой группы, ставшей более сильной.
Настоящая еврейская мысль оценивает все социально-экономические события с точки зрения соответствия этих событий требованиям Десяти Заповедей, кодифицированных в Торе и Библии, то есть с точки зрения построения лучшего мира для всех здесь живущих.
Феноменом русской мысли грешат большинство талантливых и почитаемых русскоязычных авторов, которые анализируют социально-политические события в США и в Израиле. Сюда входят и те, кто называют себя атеистами и не верят в наличие особой еврейской духовности, то есть в наличие особых правил жизни, данных нам Всевышним и закодированных в Десяти Заповедях и во всей Торе. И сюда же, как это звучит ни странно, входят и многие из тех, кто называют себя религиозными.
Атеисты поступают так, потому что они не признают того, что есть над нами власть выше нас, которая управляет нами по каким-то духовным (моральным) и материальным законам, которые мы не в силах изменить.
Квази-религиозные оценивают социально политические события по существу таким же образом – не потому, что они не верят в наличие Всевышней Силы над нами и в Ее законы, которые мы изменить не в состоянии. Они оценивают социально-политические так, потому что они не знают, как применить еврейскую духовность для оценки социально-политических событий во внешнем мире за пределами их религиозной изоляции.
Я покажу это на примерах горячо дебатируемых в настоящее время вопросов (1) будущего США по результатам последних выборов, (2) возможного изменения внутренней и внешней политики Израиля по результатам последних выборов, и (3) целесообразности легального нахождения оружия в руках простого населения. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, the Western civilization is losing its Judeo-Christian roots and doesn’t defend them anymore from hostile attacks of foreign ideologies. And this retreat now is being led “from behind” by Barak Obama. The following analysis from a trustworthy “Spiegel” of Germany details this situation.
Global Leadership Vacuum: Europe Incapable, America Unwilling
An Analysis By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Munich
February 1, 2013
US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Germany this week in an effort to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. Global politics have come to a standstill in recent years, with the United States unwilling to show leadership and Europe and other major powers unable to fill the vacuum. Read the rest of this entry
That’s true – the economic decline of the USA is rooted in our spiritual decline. And our spiritual decline is evident from the facts described in my paper “How One Must Understand the Separation of the Church from the State – both According to the U.S. Constitution and According to the Torah” at https://intellectual0judaism0really.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/how-one-must-understand-the-separation-of-the-church-from-the-state-both-according-to-the-u-s-constitution-and-according-to-the-torah/
The paper describes how the separation should be understood and how this question is deliberately twisted by political and religious leaders. The follow-up discussion of the paper clearly showed an undeniable connection between the distorted understanding of the separation issue with the spiritual decline and a strong bond between the spiritual and economic deterioration.
Here are most interesting parts of the follow-up discussion. The thoughts of my opponents who, in my opinion, defended the twisted interpretation of the constitutional state-church separation are labeled by ‘X’ and presented in italics; my thoughts in defense of the correct, again in my opinion, constitutional state-church separation are labeled by ‘VM’. Read the rest of this entry
We, the Jews, have accused everyone for not preventing the Holocaust:
the peoples of Germany who allowed the Nazis to come to power;
the countries of Europe who allowed themselves to be run by the Nazis;
the United States who didn’t destroy the railroad lines to the extermination camps by bombing them and who did not accept the Jewish refugees from the Nazi Germany;
the Pope who didn’t stand up for the Jews publicly;
and many others.
And we have rightly blamed all of them.
But we are afraid to acknowledge publicly that we might have been able to do much more ourselves in preventing the Holocaust, but we didn’t. Such an acknowledgement is very important now to figure out what we, the Jews, can do now in preventing new holocausts. Read the rest of this entry