I am trying to judge everything based on the Jewish moral principles rooted in the Jewish history. My Jewish moral principles have moved me to proclaim the following four items, although loved by the news media, as the false indicators of the failure of Trump’s presidency.
#1. The “Trump is incompetent” declaration is a false indicator of the Trump’s presidency failure. Those who would be described nowadays as “incompetent people” since they rejected the traditional way of doing politics were the creators of Judaism. One of them was an “incompetent” Abraham who, in spite of the lack of any experience as an acknowledged spiritual leader, found One God for everybody.
#2. The “Trump is illegitimate president” declaration is a false indicator of the Trump’s presidency failure. Those who would be described nowadays as “illegitimate leaders” since they did not receive the majority votes made our world a better place for everybody. One of them was an “illegitimate leader” Moses who, in spite of the lack of any experience as an acknowledged political leader, brought a million Jews out of Egypt slavery to become a free nation.
#3. The “Trump is destroying the established order” declaration is a false indicator of the Trump’s presidency failure. Those who would be described nowadays as assaulters on the “established order” since they tried to change the malfunctioning established order earned the praise of future generations. One of them was a “rabbi-destroyer” Joshua (who soon after his death to be called Jesus Christ) who, in spite of the prohibition to teach the Torah to the non-Jews, began teaching the Torah to the non-Jews who had become the Christians.
#4. The “Trump owns his victory to Russians” declaration is a false indicator of the Trump’s presidency failure. Nothing is wrong with the Russians spying on the US and trying to influence everything to benefit the Russian policies. We in the US are doing the same – we are spying on Russia and we are trying to do everything there to benefit our own policies. And our own Jewish Esther spied on the Court of King Artaxerxes (the Story of Purim) to influence the King’s policies and save the Jewish people.
So what are the true indicators of success of Trump’s presidency? I believe there are four such indicators.
#1. Significant improvements in the restoration of economy good enough to create well-paid jobs for everybody of the pre-retirement age that creates the near full employment and reduces significantly the welfare/unemployed population.
#2. Significant improvements in the restoration of Judeo-Christian legal foundation of the nation that manifests by a decisive spiritual contribution of priests and rabbis in legislating at all levels of government.
#3. Significant improvements in the restoration of US leading role in international affairs that reduces the probability of large-scale military confrontations.
#4. Significant improvements in American-Russian relations that develops the truly mutually beneficial collaboration in the fight against Islamic terrorism and in other areas of mutual interests.
If Trump succeeds in all that, he will be reelected for the second term and the history will remember him as one of the greatest US presidents. If he fails, the next time the people will elect somebody else and the history will treat him as a president who was defeated by powerful political swamp, which by the time of his presidency had become an All-Mighty one.
Let us first define Judaism as rabbinical profession and Judaism as Jewish way of life.
Judaism as rabbinical profession has, like any other profession, its higher education institutions the yeshivas with their curriculums, accreditations, alumni-type associations, publications, and of course the spiritual competition among them.
Like in any other profession, there are sages and authorities (rabbinical authorities) such as for example Rambam, Hillel or Lubavicher Rabbi Schneerson – they are the greatest in the profession who earned the trust of their pupils the Jewish majority.
At the core of this profession is the Jewish understanding of God’s guidance in the Torah on the human morality and the rituals in support of this morality.
The professionals in this profession, the Rabbis, have been teaching all that to their pupils in the synagogues and other places of Jewish education.
Judaism as Jewish way of life is the application of the rabbis’ teachings to the day-by-day life of Jewish families – at home, at work, in politics, etc. in the variety of places where Jews may live – how to do the Jewish rituals and how to live morally Jewish.
In the historic Jewish past, there was no misapprehension between Judaism as rabbinical profession and Judaism as Jewish way of life. Judaism as rabbinical profession provided complete guidance on Jewish way of life. That was so since the Jewish communities were separated from the “natives” in countries of Jewish residence and the haredim orthodox rabbis were the ultimate legal authorities on the rituals and the morality in segregated Jewish communities from the birth to the death. The rabbis’ teachings and instructions had no competing forces – it was a sort of spiritual guiding dictatorship.
In the contemporary Jewish life, everything is different – now most of the Jews are exposed to numerous competing spiritual guiding ideas. Only about 20% of Jews are under the old-style haredim orthodox rabbinical guidance. The rest of the Jews are under competing influences of non-haredim Jewish spiritual streams (Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist) and various non-Jewish spiritual streams.
Pew Survey of U.S. Jews shows that less than one-third of American Jews belong to a synagogue. Among them, only twenty-three percent attend synagogue on a regular basis. It looks like only about 20% of the Jews in America have a rabbi as a personal spiritual adviser on the Jewish way of life. The great Jewish majority in America is “under influence” of many non-rabbinical authoritative forces which are shaping their morality – the government, the employment, the neighborhood, the Gentile news media, the Christian and Atheistic realms, the Gentile social circles, etc.
However, and that is very important, in the Jewish families, as Pew Survey of U.S. Jews shows, 96 percent are trying to raise their children as Jews. It means the Jewish majority is eager to preserve their Jewish way of life through their own understanding of Judaism for contemporary diversified life conditions.
That means that nowadays the Judaism as rabbinical profession is separated from the Judaism as Jewish way of life for about 80% of American Jews.
Nowadays no traditional rabbinical authority is directly guiding the Jewish majority in many morality decisions. Here are just a few examples.
Orthodox Judaism maintains the historical understanding of Jewish identity. A Jew is someone who was born to a Jewish mother, or who converts to Judaism in accordance with Jewish law and tradition. However, that is not the case anymore. Many Jews are marrying Christians not to abandon Judaism as way if life but rather to include the newcomers to the Jewish family in the Jewish way of life. They would like to get traditional rabbinical guidance on that but they do not get it. For the traditional rabbinical community the adherence to professional doctrines is more important than helping the intermarried Jewish families preserve their Jewishness in a sort of renovated form. This pushes many Jewish families to the non-traditional rabbinical authorities (Reform, Conservative) and then out of the rabbinical guidance at all.
The politically correct directives of US government on what is Good and what is Bad for the society are changing and challenging the Judeo-Christian definitions on what is Good and Bad. However, there is no traditional rabbinical guidance on all that and the Jews are making their moral decisions here being influenced not by traditional rabbinical authorities but rather by anti-Judeo-Christian forces.
What to do? The answer is obvious: for all Jewish spiritual authorities – traditional and non-traditional, religious and non-religious, pro-Judeo-Christian and anti-Judeo-Christian, political and non-political – get together and propose a set of Jewish morality guidance for the Jews living happily in Judeo-Christian civilization. Could it be done?
From the news media:
(CNN) Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with the top Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak in Washington. Sessions did not mention either meeting during his confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington, according to current and former senior US government officials.
The establishment news media continue their campaign of discrediting US President Donald Trump by implying the Russians through their intervention into our election process elected him. Yes, the Russians intervened in our election process and continue to do so, but not with the purpose of electing their “favorite candidate”.
To understand the real Russian intervention in America, we have to listen to Vladimir Putin himself. This is what he is saying concerning Russian-American relationships:
According to Vladimir Putin,
· Russia is one of the two world super-powers the other one being the US
· During the turbulent Russian times when Russia was changing politically from the communist dictatorship to Russian-style democracy the US pushed Russia out of many her former sphere of influence and by doing that humiliated Russia
· Now Russia is trying to restore its world super-power position and a sort of restore her dignity – by all means available.
So the question is what means are available?
Direct military confrontation is not available because the US has unquestionable conventional military superiority over Russia. The conventional weaponry is very expensive and the Russians can provide in their budget no more than a mere fraction (10-15%) of what the US is spending.
What is available is the intelligence confrontation, including cyber and “immigration” weaponry, that is much less expensive – that is at the core of real Russian intervention in America. Through this intervention, Putin is working to create the social and political internal discourse in the US and make the US much less inclined to support an international confrontation with Russia.
The destabilization of the US political system, not the help to a certain candidate, was the real goal of Russian intervention, and they succeeded. For destabilizing the US, Putin used our all-mighty news media empire, which was fed by endless fake news leaks. Yes, our establishment news media helped Putin in destabilizing our country under the cover of the First Amendment.
Some of Russian immigrants were used as a destabilization tool as well.
The massive Russian immigration of the 1970-1980 were mostly Jewish when the Jews were escaping the Russian anti-Semitism and were eager to join the Jewish branch of American Judeo-Christian nation. They wanted to become the true Americans delegating the Russian way of life to the history.
In the current Russian immigration, there are many for whom the recreation of Russian way of life in the US is the goal – spiritually they live in Russia, and the US for them is only the place for better housing and better earnings. They do not like and do not appreciate the American way of life – purposely or un-purposely, they destabilize the moral Judeo-Christian foundation of our country, and the Russian Orthodox Church here in the US helps them. The Russian way of life does not separate the Church from the State – the Church is helping the State – that is why in an US Russian Orthodox Church you may hear prayers for Putin.
From the news media:
FBI Agreed to Pay Spy Who Authored Trump Russia Dossier. A former British spy who prepared a dossier on unsubstantiated allegations of President Donald Trump’s Russian activities was to be paid by the FBI to continue his work while he was getting money from Hillary Clinton supporters to dig deeper into Trump’s past.
It is very much possible and probable that behind this “leak” was the Russian intelligence.
In the intelligence confrontation, Russia has a much better chance to win. In Russia, the news media and the government establishment do not work against the existing government and the immigration does not exist.
So what to do? It looks like only the real threat of military confrontation – already demonstrated somehow somewhere – can bring Putin to the negotiation table. At the negotiation table, the success will depend on the US ability to propose something that could recreate an image of Russia as an equal superpower while preserving the US security and economic interests. Let’s hope US President Donald Trump can do it.