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Judeo-Christian approach to the government’s role: the case of education


It is without doubt for those who have studied the Torah/Bible intellectually:

God created the human individuals with the code of GOOD human behavior – in the Bible and most probably genetically;

God did not create the government, which is allowed to impose on the human individuals its own anti-Bible code of behavior;

the human individuals themselves created the government to defend and protect their God’s given right to live their lives as individuals under the Bible’s code of GOOD human behavior.

Something else is obvious for those who have studied the Torah/Bible intellectually:

the Bible reminds us God created the human individuals in His Creator’s image and likeness to continue His creative work in any area of human endeavor – in family and children rearing, in business and arts, in … everywhere;

the creative work requires financial support, and the Bible guides the more fortunate human individuals to provide the financial support to the less fortunate human individuals as Mitzvah/Charity.

The Bible does not guide the human individuals to expand the role of the government – from defending and protecting the God’s given right to live their lives as individuals under the Bible guidance to the confiscating the wealth of the more fortunate and redistributing it to the less fortunate.

However, that is what the multiple governments have done. Why? Because the government’s forced wealth redistribution allows the government redistributing the other’s wealth to itself in much greater quantities than to the others. In order to justify such redistribution, the government has to dethrone God with His Judeo-Christian code of GOOD behavior and substitute it with its own code, and the government has done it so far successfully using its legislative powers.

However, when the Bible-guided human individuals decide to compete with the government they win and the two narratives below prove it. These narratives are about an Israeli private company HIPPY, which enable the parents find out what unique educational program is best for their own kids, and the Big Government, which imposes its own unified educational program on all kids.

A private company HIPPY that gets their money from Mitzvah/Charity and private sales that are affordable for the less fortunate families  

HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education.

HIPPY is an international program that started in Israel in 1969 as a research and demonstration project. It has since spread to other countries. Germany, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Canada along with Israel and the United States now comprise HIPPY International. The HIPPY program came to the United States in 1984.

HIPPY USA was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1988 to promote and guide the development of the HIPPY program in the United States. Currently, there are 139 HIPPY program sites in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

The Big Government with the big forcefully redistributed money  

In 2002, with bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized ESEA and President George W. Bush signed the law, giving it a new name: No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

NCLB gave the government the leading role in children education and the government has done, what it is doing in all areas of government involvement – dividing society further, this time creating the groups of traditionally underserved and vulnerable students and providing them with more redistributed money – with no or little success.

HIPPYUSA – much better education results, see at http://www.hippyusa.org/memanage/pdf/2014%20Annual%20Report.pdf

The Big Government – much greater expenses and much greater appetite for redistribution funds, see at http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/statement-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan%E2%80%94fy-2014-budget-request

The fate of Israel and Jews is tied to the fate of Judeo-Christian civilization


Unfortunately, many Jews in the USA and in Israel do not understand that their (our) fate is tied to the fate of Judeo-Christian civilization, and many Christians do not understand that the fate of Christianity depends on the strength of Judaism as its spiritual foundation.

Fortunately, the number of Jews and Christians who understand all that is growing.

Why is it vital nowadays to pay attention to the survival of Judeo-Christian civilization and the fundamental spiritual connections between Jews and Christians – now, in the 21th century after two millenniums of flourishing Judeo-Christian civilization (of course, with the trials of Inquisition, Pogroms and Holocaust)?

That is because the spiritually rival Islamic civilization has begun the deadly assault on our Judeo-Christian civilization following the Qur’anic obligation to make Islamic everything in the human world (ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, CAIR, etc.) while the spiritually disarmed Western Judeo-Christian civilization continue to naively search for a “spiritual formula” for peaceful coexistence with the Islamic world.

Europe is the most visible place where Islam is winning and Israel is losing.        

Bret Stevens of WSJ underlines the losing mind-set of Europe

Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent. It is not that Europe stands for nothing. It is that it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very nice, but they are also secondary. What Europeans no longer believe in are the things from which their beliefs spring: Judaism and Christianity; liberalism and the Enlightenment; martial pride and capability; capitalism and wealth. Having ignored and undermined their own foundations, they wonder why their house is coming apart. That is what makes the diplomacy of Angela Merkel, undisputed regent of European foreign policy, so odd and disconcerting. She is offering a deal in which Europe would agree to visa-free travel for Turks in Europe starting next year, along with quicker movement on Turkish membership in the European Union, if only Ankara will do more to resettle Syrian and other refugees in their own country. Turkey is led by an elected Islamist with an autocratic streak, prone to anti-Semitic [and anti-Israel] outbursts, who openly supports Hamas, denies the Armenian genocide, jails journalists in record numbers, and orchestrates Soviet-style show trials against his political opponents. Turkey also has borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. These would become Europe’s borders in the event of Turkish membership.

Regrettably, in the USA, the process of de-Judeo-Christianization has been underway for some time as well and under President Obama this process was accelerated. On April 6, 2009, speaking halfway across the world in Turkey, he proclaimed that the United States did not consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation. He said, although we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation.

Presidential candidate Ben Carson

We should not give up (our Judeo-Christian) beliefs for political correctness. We have to support America’s Judeo-Christian roots and take pride in that foundation of faith.

However, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) disagrees with Ben Carson

It is a leading Islamic organization in the USA, and it declares in its core principles the introduction of the active practice of Islam as a tool for strengthening the social and religious fabric of the USA. The active practice requires following the Quran guidance and that means working on replacing the Judeo-Christian governing principles by the Islamic ones.

In the Middle East, Israel is representing and defending the Judeo-Christian morality that makes Israel the chief enemy of the Islamic world. The Islamic world understood this role of Israel and Jews long ago, as Netanyahu reminds us.

Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu

Hitler did not want to exterminate the Jews at the time. He wanted to expel the Jews. And the spiritual leader of the Arab Muslims Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said: ‘If you expel them, they will all come here,’ meaning Palestine. ‘So what should I do with them?’ Hitler asked. Haj Amin al-Husseini answered, ‘Burn them.’

The 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections are crucial for the survival of Judeo-Christian civilization, as we know it, and for the survival of USA and Israel as the two fundamental cornerstones of this civilization. Let us hope that those who understand all that will be elected.

Lessons of European history for Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations


I have just returned from a trip to Portugal and Spain where I have tried, among many other things, to find – in the rich history of these countries – the events that may help understand better the current political battles in the USA. Some of my findings, which are mostly from private conversations, are presented below.

On Jewish-Christian relationships

It is well known Spain and Portugal expelled the Jews about five centuries ago. Before expelling the Jews, the Christians lived in a relative peace with the Jews. The Portugal/Spanish Christian Crusaders were concerned with expelling the Muslims from Jerusalem – not the Jews who had been already expelled from Jerusalem in the 2nd century by the Romans.

It is less known both countries now believe the expulsion of the Jew was a grave mistake that led to economic and spiritual decline. The lack of Jewish money, inventiveness and entrepreneurship led to a long-lasting economic decline, and the spiritual disconnection of Jews and Christians led to radicalization of Christian Church. These days the Portuguese and Spaniards are eager to put back on the map everything that demonstrates the glorious Jewish past in their countries; in essence, that is a revival of Judeo-Christian spiritual realm. The Portuguese and Spaniards are not alone.

The Pope Francis on his recent trip to the USA made a surprise change to his schedule on the final day of his U.S. tour to convey his own message of respect for the Jewish people. In an unannounced event, the pontiff stopped to bless a sculpture commissioned by the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia that repudiates a centuries-old anti-Semitic image. The sculpture displays a Jew with the Old Testament (the Torah) and a Christian with the New Testament; both are peacefully comparing their scriptures. This Judeo-Christian image can be seen at http://forward.com/news/321629/pope-francis-makes-surprise-stop-to-bless-sculpture-symbolizing-catholic-an/#ixzz3oTWO2Syr

Those who are advocating the separation of Judeo-Christian spirituality/morality from the government and social life should study the history and learn from the history that they are advocating the spiritual destruction of their own country.

On Muslim-Christian relationships

It is well known the Moors had created an advanced culture in some parts of Spain and Portugal, mostly in Spanish Andalusia – with beautiful arts, sciences and social arrangements, which were much better of what the Christians were capable to achieve at that time. At the times of the Moors, many (Muslims, Christians and Jews) lived in a relatively tolerant multi-culture community.

It is less known that a part of the Moors, who were mostly Arab Muslims, began the process of Islamization of these mostly Christian (rather in spirit) lands. And the Reconquista began that expelled the Muslims from Spain and Portugal and restored the Christian spiritual realm. However, nowadays nobody is trying to revive an Islamo-Christian realm, as it is the case with the Judeo-Christian realm, since Islamic and Christian traditions are not compatible as the majority of Portuguese and Spaniards believes. That is why they now resist the new Muslim immigration to their lands even if this immigration is promoted as a humanitarian project. It looks like two of the current Republican presidential candidates know the history well and therefore are on the side of Portuguese and Spaniards. They are Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Donald Trump: Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel lost her mind? Her decision to accept upwards of 1 million refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other jihadist hotbeds, shows the German leader is definitely ‘insane’.

Ben Carson: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.

They know not only the lessons of European history on Islamic-Christian relations. They know as well the contemporary Islamic military/terrorist actions against the Judeo-Christian civilization, which are based on the Quranic obligation to fight the infidels who are the Jews and Christians. Of course, there are many good Muslim individuals; however, they are not in power to influence the Islamic world in any “anti-Quranic” way.

The Rabbis should follow the Pope Francis fundamental undertaking


At his presentation at the US Congress, Pope Francis did not speak about Jesus Christ and the basics of Catholicism and Christianity in general. He spoke about One God for everybody – Jews and Christians, Catholics and Protestants, Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists, Religious and Non-Religious. He spoke about what unites all of us as unique human individuals created in the image and likeness of God.

And what unites us is the universal moral principles of the Torah, which are valid and true for all humans as One God’s guidance for building a better world for everybody. Those Torah principles are treasured by all spiritual streams of Judaism and Christianity. However, in addition to those Torah principles, each spiritual stream created something else that distinguishes it from the others and defines its own way in searching for God’s truth.

At the beginning of his presentation, the Pope Francis reminded the two fundamentals of the Torah. They are the story of Moses who brought the God’s guidance from God to all humans in the Torah, and the most important concept of the Torah that all human individuals have to treat other human individuals in the way they would like to be treated – because God created all humans in His image and likeness as equals.

In the rest of his presentation, the Pope described the challenge of addressing the contemporary world problems through the prism of treating everybody in the image and likeness of God. The underlying thought in the Pope’s presentation was clear – all contemporary world challenges have to be resolved, based on the Judeo-Christian moral principles. The Pope’s presentation reminded us the Church-State separation should be understood correctly: it is the separation of official religious institutions from official government institutions – it is not the separation of Judeo-Christian morality from legislative work of government institutions.

The Pope listed the most urgent contemporary challenges, which should be addressed through the prism of Judeo-Christian morality such as

-Mass immigration in search for hope and happiness,

-Righting wrongs,

-Combating violence,

-Seeing in the world not just Good and Evil but all shades of God-guided behavior,

-Not replacing tyrants by other tyrants,

-Fighting poverty and hunger,

-Preserving and strengthening traditional families,

-Preserving Nature created by God, etc.

There are two basic ways to address all those challenges:

–the Judeo-Christian Bible-based way through individual and collective charity/mitzvah and

–the way through government-forced redistribution of wealth.

The Judeo-Christian way creates opportunities and hope for everybody – rich and poor, whites and blacks, religious and non-religious, and a sort of community unity. The government-forced redistribution of wealth creates disunity and feeling of envy and entitlement. And that is a contemporary political battle field in the USA, Israel and many other countries.

The very important underlying message of the Pope: religious people and their leaders have to get involved in the politics to preserve and strengthen there the Judeo-Christian moral principles. And our rabbis should not be scared to follow this message.

A New Frightening World Order promoted by Obama


President Barak Obama has skillfully choreographed the reception of the Pope Francis at the White House to create an impression that his presidential powers, which are strictly limited by the Constitution, are at the level of the Pontiff’s powers, which as many Christians believe are God-given powers. Obama needs this impression to solidify spiritually the new world order he is trying to create.

The Obama’s new world order is frightening because it is destroying the Judeo-Christian spirituality of the Western Civilization.

The Judeo-Christian spirituality is rooted in the Ten Commandments and the Torah (Old Testament) and detailed in the Talmud and New Testament. Judeo-Christian spirituality has guided the development of political, social and economic institutions throughout the history of Western Civilization. The Judeo-Christian spirituality is the guiding light for the Western Civilization – for Jews and Christians, for religious, non-religious, for atheists and agnostics, for churchgoers and church haters, for people in power and out of power.

The true Judeo-Christian spirituality is based on the idea of a human being created as an individual in the image and likeness of God to follow a human’s interpretation of God’s guidance – that is how to continue God’s creative work in all spheres of human life and be personally responsible for own actions.

The new frightening world-order is based on demoting the One God in Heavens (for some – real one, for some – imaginary one) from the position of the Supreme Power over the humans and elevating to this position a human who plays a role of god. This human god is forcing all humans under his power to obey his commandments instead of following the God’s Commandments. Under the human-god commandments, a human is deprived of his individuality, becomes a member of a collective (crowd, community, nation, etc.) and is forced to follow orders from a human god. An individual is losing his freedom and is becoming a slave. In the contemporary world, the slavery is mostly spiritual and is enforced by the anti-Judeo-Christian secular laws and politically correct collective dogmas.

The strategy for a god-like human to develop his own world order is well known – it consists of four major steps.

(1)  First, denigrate the Judeo-Christian spirituality and its moral codification in the Ten Commandments as something too extreme, outdated and not suitable for governing a contemporary nation. The denigration begins with vilification of the originators of this spirituality, the Jewish people and their spiritual heart the State of Israel.

(2)  Next, divide the society into numerous feuding factions that would be unable or unwilling to find a compromise for peaceful coexistence. A divider presents himself as a savior to the dissatisfied who would lead them to victory over all other groups in that society.

(3)  Immediately after, confiscate the assets of society’s wealthy groups and redistribute this wealth among the underprivileged groups to obtain their unconditional support.

(4)  And finally, establish a dictatorial government to preserve and reinforce the power of a human god over citizens-slaves.

That is the end – a new world order is established.

This strategy has been successfully implemented several times in recent history. Among these successful implementations are the New Communist World Order under Stalin in the USSR and the New Nazi World order under Hitler in Germany. These days, Iran’s Ayatollahs and ISIS’s Mullahs are implementing this strategy.

The current immigration crisis in Europe – in addition to the present large Islamic communities in many countries of European Union – creates a fertile ground there for building a new frightening world order.

In the USA, a new world order is in the making as well, and his promoter is Obama who is relying on the help of the anti-Western and anti-Israel international bodies such as the United Nations. If we understand Obama’s New World Order, we can understand what is behind the strategic decisions of Obama on Israel, on Christianity, on Islam and the Islamic world, on Russia and Europe, on Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. The Obama’s new world order is being created in the same four steps described above.

Denigrating the Judeo-Christian spirituality and its founders, and the Jewish people with their spiritual center in Israel/Jerusalem

Obama has not initiated this process – it began long before Obama’s presidency. However, he skillfully accelerated this process by reinforcing the image of the State of Israel as a source of all the world’s problems, and the Judeo-Christian image of USA as something outdated, reactionary and an obstacle to “social fairness” to all “the underprivileged” of the World.

Splitting world-wide society into numerous feuding factions

Obama artfully created many more feuding factions than all other creators of “new world orders”: poor vs. rich, religious vs. non-religious, blacks vs. whites, females vs. males, wealth makers vs. wealth takers, developed countries vs. undeveloped ones, Western civilization vs. Islamic, etc.

Redistributing the wealth to the underprivileged to gain their support

Redistribution of wealth has become one of the chief components of Obama’s strategy. Increasing a government share of the wealth produced in the United States (Gross Domestic Product) through direct taxation and a myriad of government regulations and tariffs is the tool for wealth redistribution. The share of GDP consumed by federal, state and local governments increased from about 5-10% two hundred years ago to well above 50% today. Again, this redistribution process began long before Obama but he artfully uses it for building his “world order”. Using the “redistributed”, confiscated money, Obama can provide all underprivileged factions of our country and many countries abroad with some “Obama money”.

Establishing a dictatorial government and moving to a new world order

So, what a new world order Obama is trying to establish? There is no written description of this order. There are no oral presentations by Obama describing his dreams in precise terms. Obama is an unusually smart word ideologue. The current sad state of domestic and international affairs is not a result of his poor leadership skills. To the contrary, the sad state of affairs is what he has been deliberately trying to achieve from the very beginning.

Unfortunately, our governing system has let him do all that. Why? Because our governing system – that is based on two political parties and three independent branches of government – is not serving “us the people” anymore as the Founding Fathers constructed it. Now our governing system is fueled by political ambitions and the lust for power and government “goodies” that created a fertile ground for an anti-Judeo-Christian human-god-ruled presidential power.

Everything what is going on now in the USA with the “Iran Nuclear Agreement” and in Europe with the “Immigration Crisis” is a proof that a new frightening world order is for real.  Could we stop it? May be, if we elect new leaders not poisoned by the old political habits. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio? I do not know.

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