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Liberal-Conservative divide is nowadays irrelevant


Yes, that is true – the liberal-conservative divide nowadays is irrelevant and the Trump’s presidential victory is the best proof of it. At the core of Hilary Clinton’s campaign was the exploitation of this divide and she lost. Donald Trump realized the liberal-conservative divide is not what disunites the country. He found and understood the true spiritual divide in our country, suggested how to fix it – and he won.

Nowadays the most fundamental divide is between those who are trying to preserve and enhance the Judeo-Christian moral foundation of our society in the permanently evolving God’s world and those who are trying to replace it by a sort of Globalist all-moralities-are-equal foundation. The current critical divide is between the people of Judeo-Christian morality and the people of Globalist morality, which in practice is very destructive. Communism, Nazism, Islamism are varieties of the Globalist morality. In the US, a true enforcer of the Globalist morality was President Barak Obama and Hilary Clinton’s dream was to continue “globalizing” the society.

What is the most fundamental difference between those two moralities?

The Judeo-Christian morality in its American version is based on the Torah/Bible definition of the humanity that comprises of individuals made in the image and likeness of God the Creator and Unique Individual. Therefore, each human individual has to be treated as a unique individual with the ability and spiritual power to create his/her own individual realm – of course, in the framework of the Bible guidance.

The Globalist morality is based on the belief that the human individuals are not able to find a common spiritual ground to live in peace. Therefore, a human god-like ruler has to lead and impose on the humans the rules for living in peace – the peace in the ruler’s definition!

The problem with the Globalist morality is that this morality can be imposed on the people and enforced only by force. It is so since the people cherish their own morality, which is for the US majority the Judeo-Christian Bible-guided one, and resist any attempts to change it.

The forceful conversion to the Communist-type Global morality led to a brutal dictatorship for all peoples in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with many millions of innocent people murdered. The Jews there suffered the spiritual holocaust.

The forceful conversion to the Nazism-type Global morality let to a brutal dictatorship for almost all Europe and many in the Soviet Union with millions of innocent people murdered. The Jews there suffered the physical holocaust.

The forceful conversion to the Islamist-type Global morality is going now in many parts of the World (look just at the Middle East and France) – again with the numerous innocent people murdered.

Barak Obama has pushed all his Global-morality initiatives through the executive dictatorship-type actions since the Globalism is an enemy to a true democracy. Hilary Clinton has divided the electorate on those who supported her Global-morality vision for the US and those who were “deplorable” because they defended their own Judeo-Christian morality and resisted all “Global initiatives”. Hilary Clinton understood clearly that the people of Judeo-Christian morality could not be peacefully converted to the Global morality and therefore had to be spiritually annihilated. The divide between the Judeo-Christian and Globalist realms of our society is not the liberal-vs.-conservative divide. Indeed, both Judeo-Christian and Globalist fractions of our society have both liberal and conservative characteristics.

Dictionary definition of liberal:

Favoring reform, open to new ideas, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; not bound by traditional thinking; broad-minded.

Dictionary definition of conservative:

Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

Those who are trying to preserve and enhance the Judeo-Christian moral foundation of our society in the permanently evolving God’s world are liberals since they are trying to reform various institutions of our society to make sure that in the permanently evolving God’s world the Judeo-Christian moral fundamentals are preserved. At the same time, they are conservative since they are trying to preserve the Judeo-Christian moral fundamentals.

Those who are trying to replace the Judeo-Christian moral foundation by a globalist all-moralities-are-equal foundation are both liberal and conservative as well. Indeed, they are liberal since they do not feel any spiritual attachment to the Judeo-Christian foundation of the country and are ready to get rid of it. And they are conservative since they do not want to consider any compromises on their dogmas such as homosexual marriage, abortions, immigration, welfare, etc.

Hilary Clinton was defeated not by Russian meddling into our elections or by fake news – she was defeated by the true Americans who finally realized, with the help of Donald Trump and his spiritual friends, that the Globalist morality she and her spiritual friends were imposing on the country is an assault on the true American Judeo-Christian way of life.

Rabbis’ spiritual authoritarianism vs. Jews’ individual freedoms


Yes, everybody knows every rabbi is trying to impose on his Jewish constituency the Torah guidance in the interpretation of his ordination institution as the only truthful “Service to God”, and everybody knows every Jews is a profoundly independent individual with his own opinion on everything, who does not like to follow the crowd.

Many know the old joke about the Jew stranded on a desert island. When he is finally discovered after many years, his rescuers find that he has constructed two synagogues. One, he goes to – its prescripts are tailored to his individuality. The other? The other he would never set foot in – it follows wrong prescripts.

However, until the 19th century, this touchy combination was working nicely with no rift between rabbis and their Jewish constituencies.

It was so because until the 19th century the Jewish majority lived in spiritually isolated Jewish communities/ghettos with no competing prescripts on how to be Jewish and be in “Service to God”. For the Jews, living in isolated communities with no significant interactions with the outside gentile world, the definition of a rabbi on the meaning of “Service to God” was as a sort of final word from God for his community. A rabbi’s direction on what to do in a personal life to be a “servant to God” was not for a discussion. Any attempt by a Jewish individual to suggest a competitive interpretation to being “servant to God”, based on the individual’s personal understanding of the Torah guidance, was considered a sort of blasphemy.

In the 19th century, many in the Jewish communities began to question the traditional rabbinical definition of “Service to God” and rabbi’s exclusive role in its presentation that led to creation of non-traditional streams of Judaism and to abandoning rabbis as exclusive spiritual advisers.

This anti-rabbinical trend (which is not an anti-Judaism or anti-all-rabbis trend) was definitely evident in the discussion panel on contemporary Jewish identity, to mark holiday of Tisha B’Av mourning, conducted by the Jewish alumni network Reshet Ramah. This alumni network unites the Jews who were born and raised in the Haredim communities, and then left them in search for a more tolerant Torah-based spiritual environment.

The Reshet Ramah discussion for one of the participants, Srully Stein, Tisha B’Av is about more than commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples: it represents the loss he faced after he decided to leave the ultra-Orthodox community he was born into. Hailing from a rabbinical dynasty, Stein, 23, grew up in an ultra-Orthodox family in Williamsburg, New York. At age 18, he met his wife for just a few moments before they were engaged. They had a son, but he dreamt of college and the world outside his insular community. After struggling with conflicting feelings, Stein left the insular community and divorced his wife. As he stated, for him leaving was kind of a destruction of his own personal temple; he personally lost everything he had – his community, his job, much of his family, and he had to rebuild his own spiritual and personal life.

Srully Stein is hardly alone. Why he and many others like him are abandoning their Haredim rabbis, synagogues and communities – not to stop being “servant to God” but to being “servant to God” in a completely different way? They have done it to recreate their own personal temples they lost in the Haredim communities. That is why on Tisha B’Av, they mourn the destruction of a personal temple as well.

What is the true meaning of a personal temple? Any spiritual temple is a place where people learn how to be “Servant of God” – in their own individual image of “God”. Why an individual image – not collective? That is because we are created in the image and likeness of God who is a unique individual. God (in any of His possible images) did not created us as an impersonal flock – He created us as individual Adams and Eves, Abrahams and Mosess, Isaacs and Jacobs with our own personal spiritual temples that we create around us. Unfortunately, the rabbinical majority of the past neglected this – instead of teaching how to build and enhance a personal Jewish temple in coherent coexistence with the collective Jewish temple, they taught how not to create a personal temple and to obey only the directives of the collective temple.

Finally, the Jewish majority has realized that and revolted, and the stories of Srully Stein and many others tell it all.

So, what the rabbis can do and what they cannot do?

Rabbis can provide us the Jews with the knowledge of Judaic sources and of how various sages, prophets and authoritative rabbis tailored the unchanging Torah guidance to the changing historic circumstances of their times. Rabbis can provide us with the knowledge of rituals and proper behavior in the surroundings of our families, communities and synagogues.

However, rabbis are not able to tailor the Torah guidance to the little known to them our Jewish life outside the isolated, insular Jewish communities in the gentile environment, where most of the contemporary Jews spend most of their time – in schools, at work, in social circles, at travel, at charitable activities, in political circles, in government, in arts and science, etc. Outside the isolated Jewish communities, the Jews are performing their mission of the Chosen – the Chosen by God for Tikkun Olam to build a better world for everybody along the lines of Torah guidance.

We the Jews know much better than our rabbis the life outside Jewish communities in the gentile environment, and that is our responsibility to tailor the Torah guidance to this life using our God-given intellect.

We have to build our own personal spiritual temples around us and make our personal temples compatible with the collective temple, and the rabbis should help us to do this – not to force us to suppress our personal temples for the sake of the collective one.

Individual and collective Judaism | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel


Individual and collective Judaism | Vladimir Minkov | The Blogs | The Times of Israel.

Judaism – True and Pagan


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.  Read the rest of this entry

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