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Is there anything that may unite all hostile political parties in Israel?

One of the latest rounds of negotiations to establish a functioning Israeli government has been dealing with the following issues:

  • Should the government impose or not impose sanctions on the haredi yeshiva students who do not perform military service?
  • Should the government provide full financing of the ultra-Orthodox schools without any requirements?
  • Should the government allow the non-strictly-orthodox conversion?
  • Should the government increase the child allotments as the first priority without any other budget considerations?
  • Should the government change the existing legal relationships between religion and state?

The Israeli politicians have not been able to find the answers to those questions that may be satisfactory to the political majority. Let us try to find those answers based on the basics of Judaism.

One of the fundamental realms of Judaism is the Torah-based guidance on building a better world for everybody. The most important guidance in this realm was proposed by Rabbi Hillel two millenniums ago.

This guidance is called “the Golden Rule” and consists of one sentence: “What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellow man: this is the whole Law; the rest is mere commentary”.  

Let’s apply this Golden Rule to the unresolved political issues in the above, assuming the “thee” is a common Orthodox Jew and the “fellow man” is a common non-Orthodox Jew.

The “thee” honestly believes that the survival of Jewish nation and the State of Israel depends sorely on preserving the strictly Orthodox Torah interpretation. Concerning the political negotiations on the issues in the above, this Torah interpretation can be described in the following way.

  • Everything what is possible should be done to increase the number of the “thee” Jews who devote all the time to studying the Torah that precludes performing any military service.
  • Somebody has to provide the full financing for studying the Torah since the “thee” does not have any time to earn money necessary to support himself and the family.
  • Only the existence of the “thee” Jews guaranties the survival of the entire Jewish Nation; therefore, they have to be the authority in the strictly Orthodox religious conversion to make sure all the Jews are of the “thee” quality.
  • Since the strictly Orthodox conversion makes practically impossible the growth of the Jewish Nation by accepting the others into the tribe, the “thee” community has to have as many children as possible; however since there is no own financial means to support the children, somebody have to provide the child allotments with no budget restrictions.
  • Since all in the above already exist in Israel, the government of Israel should not try to make any changes in the existing state-religion legal relationships.

Nothing wrong with those beliefs of the strictly Orthodox “thee” community – the non-Orthodox “fellow man” community have to respect them. The problem is that the strictly Orthodox “thee” community wants to force the non-Orthodox “fellow man” community to do what the “thee” community itself does want to do – to be forced to change its own beliefs. The strictly Orthodox “thee” community wants the Israeli government to force the non-Orthodox “fellow man” community to take upon themselves much greater sacrifices in defending the country from external enemies, and much greater sacrifices in taking care of their own families and spiritual interests. That is a complete violation of the Hillel’s Golden Rule – the strictly Orthodox “thee” community is doing to the non-Orthodox “fellow man” community what the “thee” community does not want for itself.

The following may be suggested for the strictly Orthodox “thee” community to comply with the Hillel’s Golden Rule. This community should initiate discussions with the non-Orthodox “fellow man” community aimed at finding a Golden-Rule-based approach on the issues currently preventing the formation of stable Israeli government:

  • To agree that the security of Israel depends not only on preserving the economic and military strength – the security of Israel depends on preserving the spiritual strength as well.
  • To demonstrate that preserving the spiritual strength requires 100% commitment from its guardians the Torah study students – in the same way as preserving the military strength requires 100% commitment from its guardians the military.
  • To update the curriculum for Torah studies to make them relevant to the real life of non-Orthodox communities: family, work place, Diaspora Jews, collaboration with Christians, coexisting with Arabs, being the Chosen, and many more.
  • To create Mitzvah-based support instead of taxpayer support – as the Jews have done in our historic past.
  • To find an alternative Torah-guided provisions for non-strictly-Orthodox conversions and weddings – as our Rabbis did two millenniums ago concerning the father-mother Jewish lineage.

If it is done, the always-growing destructive rift between the strictly Orthodox and non-Orthodox communities may begin contracting, and the number of relatively observant Jews may begin increasing. Moreover what is most important, the Israeli government may become more stable and predictable – not only for the Israelis but for the Diaspora Jews and the entire world as well.

Unbelievable but fact: Israel is leading the fight for saving the Bible-based Judeo-Christian civilization

Yes, it is hard to believe but the recent Obama-led strategic realignment of the world is a clear indication that Obama leads the world to the Koran-based spiritual realm away from the Bible-based Judeo-Christian civilization. About 80% of American citizens consider themselves Christians but do little to resist this realignment. The US Congress and some conservative social organizations are warning against the realignment but are not able to constrain Obama’s imperial presidency.

Yes, it is hard to believe but the Western European leaders don’t resist the Obama strategic realignment aimed at reducing the spiritual influence of the Judeo-Christian faith in the world affairs thus providing much better conditions for the Muslim conquest. That is a result of Europe losing the confidence in its own Judeo-Christian spiritual destiny.

Yes, it looks like we are witnessing the third historic Islamic conquest of European Bible-based Judeo-Christian civilization. Read the rest of this entry

The Jewish past is being reexamined to meet the Jewish future: an Obama-Netanyahu confrontation

The Jewish past is being reexamined to meet the Jewish future: an Obama-Netanyahu confrontation

In the Jewish past, the Jews were considered by non-Jews as the subjects who should be gainfully used but kept spiritually suppressed – in the Jewish past, a Jew was successful in non-Jewish surroundings only if he followed the directives of a non-Jewish master. The legacy of the Jewish past is still alive in some Jewish left-wing-oriented circles where the obedience to a government master is supreme – not the Torah/Bible-based spiritual challenge to the government master.

In the Jewish future, the Jews will be reestablishing their spiritual role as the Chosen – in the Jewish future, the Jews will be spiritually uplifted in the non-Jewish surroundings where they will be among leaders in creating a better world for everybody, Jews and non-Jews. In the Jewish future, the Jews will be challenging a government master if it legislates contrary to the Torah/Bible guidance.

Now we are in the transition times from the Jewish past to the Jewish future and Obama-Netanyahu confrontation is a good example of this. Obama is trying to reinforce the Jewish past while Netanyahu is strengthening the Jewish future. Read the rest of this entry

The advocates of two-state solution should realize it cannot be possible without settlements

Prime-Minister of Israel Netanyahu is accused for changing his mind – before he was against the two-state solution, now he is for this solution.

Those accusations are groundless – Netanyahu is interested not in “a solution” – he is interested in the true security of Israel. He may accept any solution if it brings the true security for the state of Israel and its citizens. So the question we should be asking is “can the two-state solution bring the true security for Israel”.

The true security has two major components. One of them is physical security that is the living in peace with the neighbors. The other one is spiritual security, and the spiritual security for many Jews is to live and worship peacefully in all places of the Promised Land even if parts of the Promised Land are governed by a non-Jewish authority. So the answer to the question “can the two-state solution bring the true security for Israel” is – may be if the Palestinians, the Arabs and the so-called international community reverse their approach on the Jewish settlements in the territories of a Palestinian part of the two-state solution.

The history has proven, and has proven with no uncertainty, when a country or a community is trying to get rid of Jews living among them it spells pogroms – from little ones like the desecration of everything Jewish to large ones like “broken windows” or “holocausts”. Read the rest of this entry

Now Israel has only one option in securing its future with Palestinians and Iran

Palestinians have changed their negotiating strategy with Israel. They have finally understood that Israel would not agree on any “final solution” that may allow Palestinians, with collaboration of the new anti-Semites of the post-WWII world, to eliminate the Jewish nature of the State of Israel. Therefore they have begun to act unilaterally with the help of an anti-Semitic UN, with an encouragement of some in Europe, and with anti-Israel Obama administration. That has left Israel with no other option but creating and implementing its own unilateral solution with a clear understanding its unilateral solution will be met with great resistance in Europe, in an Obama’s White House, and hopefully with no substantial resistance in a post-Obama USA. It looks like in the late 1970th and early 1980th the situation for an Israeli unilateral solution was much better. Read the rest of this entry

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