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Progressive Judeomania

June 23, 2011

Gilad Atzmon: I guess that the difficulties involved in resolving the tension between the universal and the tribal explains why so many progressive Jews prefer to operate in intellectual, ideological and political exclusive ‘Jews only’ cells where these questions are never raised, never asked, and never answered.

Our project of following the progressive, Judaic anti-Zionist movement is ever interesting. It’s clear that for a lot of these people getting high and listening to Bob Marley and the Grateful Dead occupied more of their formative years than learning the actual teachings of their rabbi-following ancestors. I lost some time in my youth as well but still managed to learn the teachings of my Catholic ancestors, and later, to learn Judaic traditional teachings which is the foundation from which I write here.

Philip Weiss must have been too distracted from youth until present to learn about rabbinic Judaism, but not too distracted to not absorb the megalomania at its core, unless there’s some other way of accounting for him associating Benjamin Netanyahu’s barbaric rhetoric with Islam instead of the rabbinic Judaism passed down by Netanyahu’s grandfather Rabbi Natan Mileikowsky; or explicitly associating Catholicism with pedophilia (which Catholicism wholly condemns) rather than rabbinic Judaism which explicitly allows pedophilia in its most authoritative texts (See: Judaism Discovered, pp. 422-425, 436).

Does Phil perhaps think that just because The New York Times front page hasn’t reported the rampant pedophilia in the synagogues and yeshivas that it doesn’t exist? It’s fortunate for Phil that he hasn’t spent much time in the synagogue or perhaps he’d know from personal experience that the rabbis have granted themselves permission to rape children and contrived ‘moser’ laws forbidding victims from informing non-‘Jews’ about it. Apparently, The New York Times is obedient to the halakha of the ‘moser’ (how liberal!), but I digress.

Facts are no obstacle to actualized Judeomania, and no atrocity is terrible enough to sideline Judeomaniacal self-interest, even temporarily, which is why I emphatically say that I side with any person of Judaic ancestry who has put the savage tribalism of Judaism behind them and wishes to make repair for its ravages–in genuine benevolence–and why I will continue to critique the religion of Judaism in every guise it reinvents for its self-preservation.

As Zionism’s ugliness is increasingly manifest to the world, the sane of the world are increasingly voicing their disgust, thank God. But let no one be fooled that Zionism has ‘hijacked Judaism’ and that we need to ‘return to the ethical teachings of Judaism.’ There is no such thing. And if my opinion isn’t weighty enough, read what Thomas Jefferson wrote on the topic and keep it in mind when anyone tells you ‘its un-American to criticize a religion’ which strange unwritten law only seems to strictly apply to the religion most deserving of criticism.

And now, I present, Progressive Judeomania:

Gilad Atzmon: Jews & Their Self Interest-An Interview with Philip Weiss

also see:

Judaic Activists Set Sail for the Cause of Tribal Universalism?

“No One Judges ‘Israel'”

Tikkun Olam is a Tribal, not Universal, Concept

Bard’s Kashrut Progressivism

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Rabbi Bibi

April 20, 2011

Nice try, Phil

Israel, [Benjamin] Netanyahu stressed “will catch such killers [as those responsible for the Itamar ‘settler’ deaths] wherever they may be and cut off their hands. This manifests both our commitment to the notion of justice and to our citizen’s security.” (Ronen Medzini, Ynet, April 17, 2011)

Is Islamic Sharia law the appropriate reference to make here? Does anyone really think that such rhetoric from the Prime Minister of ‘the Jewish state’ reflects estrangement from Judaic tradition?

The reality is that when they have consolidated the power to do so, the rabbis of Judaism (you know, the religion that the notion of ‘the Jewish state’ which Bibi represents is based upon) cut off the hands of those who run afoul of their Halakhic law, including the hands of their own followers:

Politically, the position of Jews in the Christian Spanish kingdoms was the highest ever attained by Jews in any country (except some of the ta’ifas and under the Fatimids) before the 19th century. Many Jews served officially as Treasurers General to the kings of Castile, regional and general tax collectors, diplomats (representing their king in foreign courts, both Muslim and Christian, even outside Spain), courtiers and advisers to rulers and great noblemen. And in no other country except Poland did the Jewish community wield such great legal powers over the Jews or used them so widely and publicly, including the power to inflict capital punishment.

From the 11th century the persecution of Karaites (a heretical Jewish sect) by flogging them to death if unrepentant was common in Castile. Jewish women who cohabited with Gentiles had their noses cut off by rabbis who explained that ‘in this way she will lose her beauty and her non-Jewish lover will come to hate her’. Jews who had the effrontery to attack a rabbinical judge had their hands cut off. Adulterers were imprisoned, after being made to run the gauntlet through the Jewish quarter. In religious disputes, those thought to be heretics had their tongues cut out … (Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p.62)