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Report: Current Knesset Most Racist of All Time

March 21, 2010

Report: Current Knesset most racist of all time


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Racists Control Discourse on Racism at Fordham

April 21, 2009
DURBAN II “COUNTER-CONFERENCE”:

Addressing the Issues of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Genocide,
Xenophobia, Gender Discrimination and Religious Discrimination
April 20 – 24, 2009

Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York City

Co-Sponsors

American Jewish Committee
American Jewish International Relations Institute
American Zionist Movement
Anti-Defamation League
Association of Reform Zionists of America
B’nai B’rith International
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Eye on the UN
Hadassah International Council of Jewish Women
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Women International
National Council of Jewish Women
New York Board of Rabbis
ORT America · Rabbinical Assembly
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East · Touro Law School
Union for Reform Judaism
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
Women’s International Zionist Organization
World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues
World Jewish Congress
Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism

http://www.jewishlawyers.org/media/user/documents/AAJLJ_program_for_circulation.pdf

According to the program for this conference Dr. Phyllis Chesler will give a talk titled, “Discrimination Against Muslim Women.” This would be a fine opportunity to ask Dr. Chesler when she intends to address Orthodox Judaic discrimination against women …

Jerusalem’s Taliban

“God’s Chosen” Cavemen

Move to the back of the (Judaic) Bus!

… confront the rabbis on their phony “save Darfur” coalition …

http://eaazi.blogspot.com/2009/04/harvard-book-store-mamdani-darfur.html#respond

… confront Abe Foxman on his holocaust denial …

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue

… and level appropriate criticism of the racist nature of “The Jewish State” which its advocates are attempting to escape by “co-hosting” a counter-conference entirely controlled by them.

Gaza Massacre Fosters Race Hatred in Israeli Youth

The Rabbis’ Anti-Black Teachings of Hatred in Practice

“Elder Brother” Rabbi Eliyahu: “One yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs”

Racist Knesset Clears Itself of Racism

Racists Control Discourse on Racism at Fordham

April 21, 2009
DURBAN II “COUNTER-CONFERENCE”:

Addressing the Issues of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Genocide,
Xenophobia, Gender Discrimination and Religious Discrimination
April 20 – 24, 2009

Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York City

Co-Sponsors

American Jewish Committee
American Jewish International Relations Institute
American Zionist Movement
Anti-Defamation League
Association of Reform Zionists of America
B’nai B’rith International
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Eye on the UN
Hadassah International Council of Jewish Women
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Women International
National Council of Jewish Women
New York Board of Rabbis
ORT America · Rabbinical Assembly
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East · Touro Law School
Union for Reform Judaism
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
Women’s International Zionist Organization
World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues
World Jewish Congress
Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism

http://www.jewishlawyers.org/media/user/documents/AAJLJ_program_for_circulation.pdf

According to the program for this conference Dr. Phyllis Chesler will give a talk titled, “Discrimination Against Muslim Women.” This would be a fine opportunity to ask Dr. Chesler when she intends to address Orthodox Judaic discrimination against women …

Jerusalem’s Taliban

“God’s Chosen” Cavemen

Move to the back of the (Judaic) Bus!

… confront the rabbis on their phony “save Darfur” coalition …

http://eaazi.blogspot.com/2009/04/harvard-book-store-mamdani-darfur.html#respond

… confront Abe Foxman on his holocaust denial …

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue

… and level appropriate criticism of the racist nature of “The Jewish State” which its advocates are attempting to escape by “co-hosting” a counter-conference entirely controlled by them.

Gaza Massacre Fosters Race Hatred in Israeli Youth

The Rabbis’ Anti-Black Teachings of Hatred in Practice

“Elder Brother” Rabbi Eliyahu: “One yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs”

Racist Knesset Clears Itself of Racism

The Theological Impetus For Postville Cruelty

October 13, 2008

Ronald C. Kiener has written a piece on the raid of the Rubashkin kosher meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa which gets to the theological heart of the matter:

… The revulsion that non-Orthodox Jews in the Upper Midwest have for the Hasidim of Postville is visceral and undeniable. Over and over, while talking to non-Orthodox Jews in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area—arguably the Jewish community outside of Postville that has the most at stake in this story—I have heard one constant refrain. “How could this have happened?” they ask rhetorically. “I’ll tell you…,” and then their voices drop a register: “These Hasidim do not think their workers are human beings.”

What these Jews are saying is probably the deepest and darkest secret of the entire story.

This is a tale of Hasidic Jews who are utterly at odds with what most Americans understand as modernity. They learn from their most sacred text, the Tanya (published in 1797 by the founder of Chabad Hasidism, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi) that “the souls of the nations of the world, the idol worshippers, derive from unclean husks and have no goodness in them whatsoever.”

This xenophobic teaching, an intolerant note hiding within the otherwise fetching melody of Chabad Hasidism, is spun differently for different audiences. But it indicates what can happen when business proprietors armed with a chauvinistic mystical theology that denies the humanity of non-Jews face off against the “laws of the land.” Such behavior might pass unnoticed in the cloistered brownstone neighborhoods of Crown Heights, but in the open light of the prairies, there will be an inevitable clash of civilizations.

Agriprocessors, a multimillion-dollar food manufacturer, defied the rule of state and federal law to wreak havoc on a group of workers and a town they cared nothing about. It provided the niche consumer with a needed product and along the way made a tarnished and now vulnerable fortune. (Ronald C. Kiener, RELIGION IN THE NEWS, Fall 2008)

http://caribou.cc.trincoll.edu/depts_csrpl/RINVol11No2/PostvilleRaid.htm

Ronald Kiener is making light of the matter however. The teaching referenced does not apply only to idol worshipers but to all gentiles. And this is not a just a matter of mysticism. The racist teachings of the Tanya and many other texts of Orthodox Judaism are entirely practical as evidenced in the behavior of the followers of Orthodox Judaism everywhere from the Postville plant to the “settlements” on Palestinian land. And racism is only one of many problems with Orthodox Judaism which are not circumscribed to Chabad Hasidism or Chasidism in general for that matter.

The racist Tanya and other Kabbalistic texts of genocidal racism are enjoying a revival in reform synagogues as documented here:

Reform Congregation Nostalgic for Genocidal Racist Texts

Pope Benedict’s synod rabbi, Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, upholds these texts of genocidal racism as divine writ. He speaks fondly of the Tanya here:

Pope Benedict’s Synod rabbi: Friend of Chabad

The Theological Impetus For Postville Cruelty

October 13, 2008

Ronald C. Kiener has written a piece on the raid of the Rubashkin kosher meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa which gets to the theological heart of the matter:

… The revulsion that non-Orthodox Jews in the Upper Midwest have for the Hasidim of Postville is visceral and undeniable. Over and over, while talking to non-Orthodox Jews in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area—arguably the Jewish community outside of Postville that has the most at stake in this story—I have heard one constant refrain. “How could this have happened?” they ask rhetorically. “I’ll tell you…,” and then their voices drop a register: “These Hasidim do not think their workers are human beings.”

What these Jews are saying is probably the deepest and darkest secret of the entire story.

This is a tale of Hasidic Jews who are utterly at odds with what most Americans understand as modernity. They learn from their most sacred text, the Tanya (published in 1797 by the founder of Chabad Hasidism, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi) that “the souls of the nations of the world, the idol worshippers, derive from unclean husks and have no goodness in them whatsoever.”

This xenophobic teaching, an intolerant note hiding within the otherwise fetching melody of Chabad Hasidism, is spun differently for different audiences. But it indicates what can happen when business proprietors armed with a chauvinistic mystical theology that denies the humanity of non-Jews face off against the “laws of the land.” Such behavior might pass unnoticed in the cloistered brownstone neighborhoods of Crown Heights, but in the open light of the prairies, there will be an inevitable clash of civilizations.

Agriprocessors, a multimillion-dollar food manufacturer, defied the rule of state and federal law to wreak havoc on a group of workers and a town they cared nothing about. It provided the niche consumer with a needed product and along the way made a tarnished and now vulnerable fortune. (Ronald C. Kiener, RELIGION IN THE NEWS, Fall 2008)

http://caribou.cc.trincoll.edu/depts_csrpl/RINVol11No2/PostvilleRaid.htm

Ronald Kiener is making light of the matter however. The teaching referenced does not apply only to idol worshipers but to all gentiles. And this is not a just a matter of mysticism. The racist teachings of the Tanya and many other texts of Orthodox Judaism are entirely practical as evidenced in the behavior of the followers of Orthodox Judaism everywhere from the Postville plant to the “settlements” on Palestinian land. And racism is only one of many problems with Orthodox Judaism which are not circumscribed to Chabad Hasidism or Chasidism in general for that matter.

The racist Tanya and other Kabbalistic texts of genocidal racism are enjoying a revival in reform synagogues as documented here:

Reform Congregation Nostalgic for Genocidal Racist Texts

Pope Benedict’s synod rabbi, Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, upholds these texts of genocidal racism as divine writ. He speaks fondly of the Tanya here:

Pope Benedict’s Synod rabbi: Friend of Chabad

More on the Synod Rabbi

October 6, 2008

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, the rabbi selected by Benedict XVI to address a synod of more than 250 bishops, learned violent Zionist Messianic Judaism from Avraham Yitzhak Kook and his son Zvi Yehudah Kook shown here.

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who Benedict XVI has invited to address the synod of bishops this week, is a protégé of the Messianic Zionist Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook. Rabbi Kook can be credited with formulating the religious rationalization for the “return” of “the Jews” to “Israel” without the arrival of “the Mosiach” occuring beforehand. He taught that “the Jews” themselves bring about “the redemption” through Zionism. This teaching harmonizes with such anti-biblical concepts as “forcing God’s hand” and “as above so below.” This pantheist pagan view is illustrated in Kook’s statement regarding the Zionist state which he said is: “The foundation of God’s Throne in the world, whose entire desire is that God shall be One and His Name shall be One.” Kook wrote, “Nothing in our faith, either in its larger principles or in its details, negates the idea that we can begin to shake off the dust of exile by our own efforts, through natural, historical processes … that we have a sacred duty to try to do so by whatever means are at our disposal.”

In the mind of Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen’s mentor Rav Kook, Zionism is the vehicle through which the apocalyptic rabbinic “redemption” should be humanly created by whatever means possible.

http://www.geocities.com/alabasters_archive/revealed_end.html

Rav Kook looked forward to the final annihilation of all other nations and cultures and the exultation of “Israel” in the Zionist “messianic” age:

The sin of the murderers, wicked kings of the earth and all the evildoers of the land has been completed. The earth cannot achieve atonement for the blood spilt upon it except through the blood of the one who shed it. The atonement must come: a general elimination of all the present-day cultural machines, with all their falsehood and trickery, with all their awful filth and venom. This entire culture, which exalts itself with instruments of falsehood, must, by necessity, be annihilated from the world, and in its place will emerge a kingdom of the sacred and exalted. The light of Israel will appear, to establish the world with peoples of a new spirit. (Orot Ha-Milchama)

Rav Kook founded the first Zionist yeshiva in Palestine which Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen was trained at, the Mercaz HaRav. This yeshiva is known for its role in the formation of the ultra-racist, terrorist so-called “settler movement:”

The foundations for the religious settlements in the West Bank were forged in Mercaz Harav, whose student Hanan Porat set out to restore the Jewish settlement in Gush Etzion immediately after the Six-Day War. The founders of Gush Emunim, a religious political movement that encouraged Jewish settlement of land they believe God promised the Jews, came from Mercaz Harav after the Yom Kippur War.

Rabbi Kook encouraged his students to go out and fight for the settlements in the West Bank. He himself took active part in these struggles. (Mercaz Harav – the flagship of national-religious yeshivas,” Haaretz, 07/03/2008)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/961727.html

Rabbi Kook was also unique in that his yeshiva encouraged military service. Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen apparently took this teaching to heart as he has a long history of militant activity in service of the terrorist Zionist state of counterfeit Israel. Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen was associated with the terrorist Irgun gang HERE. He is the pioneer of the Yeshivat Hesder (arrangement) which is to say, the terrifying combination of advanced yeshiva training in Talmudic racial supremacy with armed “defense.”

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen here recalls his and Tzvi Yehuda Kook’s participation in the 1967 land grab:

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa: “I was the last Jew to leave the Old City – wounded, on a stretcher, to Jordanian captivity. In 1967, when the war broke out, I requested of Gen. Rafael Vardi that if Jerusalem is re-conquered, I would like to be the first citizen to return to it. As soon as they conquered the city, Gen. Vardi sent a jeep to the City Hall where I was at the time, and it brought me to the Old City. On the radio in the jeep I heard the recording of Motta Gur saying ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands!’, and then we entered the Old City, where I met my father-and-teacher the Nazir [Rabbi David Cohen] and my teacher Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, who had entered a few minutes before me.” (“Remembering the Reunification of Jerusalem,” Arutz Sheva, 06/06/05)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/83415

Rabbi Cohen is currently active in wacko Temple Mount initiatives and has recently stated that the ban on “Jews” ascending the Temple Mount no longer applies:

Haifa’s long-time Chief Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who has taken part in many interfaith conferences and gatherings with Moslem religious leaders, says he’s trying to gather support for a synagogue on the Temple Mount. (“Support Sought for Temple Mount Synagogue,” Hillel Fendel, Arutz Sheva, 12/11/07)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124542

Rabbi Shar Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi of Haifa and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Rabbinical Council said the ban on Jews and other non-Muslims ascending the Temple Mount no longer exists although the Chief Rabbinate has yet to officially “endorse” such visits. (“Jews urged to emphasize Temple Mount,” World Net Daily, January 28 2004)

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36808

There is much more that could be and indeed should be said about this man whom Benedict XVI has invited to address the synod of bishops this week.

More on the Synod Rabbi

October 6, 2008

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, the rabbi selected by Benedict XVI to address a synod of more than 250 bishops, learned violent Zionist Messianic Judaism from Avraham Yitzhak Kook and his son Zvi Yehudah Kook shown here.

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who Benedict XVI has invited to address the synod of bishops this week, is a protégé of the Messianic Zionist Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook. Rabbi Kook can be credited with formulating the religious rationalization for the “return” of “the Jews” to “Israel” without the arrival of “the Mosiach” occuring beforehand. He taught that “the Jews” themselves bring about “the redemption” through Zionism. This teaching harmonizes with such anti-biblical concepts as “forcing God’s hand” and “as above so below.” This pantheist pagan view is illustrated in Kook’s statement regarding the Zionist state which he said is: “The foundation of God’s Throne in the world, whose entire desire is that God shall be One and His Name shall be One.” Kook wrote, “Nothing in our faith, either in its larger principles or in its details, negates the idea that we can begin to shake off the dust of exile by our own efforts, through natural, historical processes … that we have a sacred duty to try to do so by whatever means are at our disposal.”

In the mind of Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen’s mentor Rav Kook, Zionism is the vehicle through which the apocalyptic rabbinic “redemption” should be humanly created by whatever means possible.

http://www.geocities.com/alabasters_archive/revealed_end.html

Rav Kook looked forward to the final annihilation of all other nations and cultures and the exultation of “Israel” in the Zionist “messianic” age:

The sin of the murderers, wicked kings of the earth and all the evildoers of the land has been completed. The earth cannot achieve atonement for the blood spilt upon it except through the blood of the one who shed it. The atonement must come: a general elimination of all the present-day cultural machines, with all their falsehood and trickery, with all their awful filth and venom. This entire culture, which exalts itself with instruments of falsehood, must, by necessity, be annihilated from the world, and in its place will emerge a kingdom of the sacred and exalted. The light of Israel will appear, to establish the world with peoples of a new spirit. (Orot Ha-Milchama)

Rav Kook founded the first Zionist yeshiva in Palestine which Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen was trained at, the Mercaz HaRav. This yeshiva is known for its role in the formation of the ultra-racist, terrorist so-called “settler movement:”

The foundations for the religious settlements in the West Bank were forged in Mercaz Harav, whose student Hanan Porat set out to restore the Jewish settlement in Gush Etzion immediately after the Six-Day War. The founders of Gush Emunim, a religious political movement that encouraged Jewish settlement of land they believe God promised the Jews, came from Mercaz Harav after the Yom Kippur War.

Rabbi Kook encouraged his students to go out and fight for the settlements in the West Bank. He himself took active part in these struggles. (Mercaz Harav – the flagship of national-religious yeshivas,” Haaretz, 07/03/2008)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/961727.html

Rabbi Kook was also unique in that his yeshiva encouraged military service. Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen apparently took this teaching to heart as he has a long history of militant activity in service of the terrorist Zionist state of counterfeit Israel. Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen was associated with the terrorist Irgun gang HERE. He is the pioneer of the Yeshivat Hesder (arrangement) which is to say, the terrifying combination of advanced yeshiva training in Talmudic racial supremacy with armed “defense.”

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen here recalls his and Tzvi Yehuda Kook’s participation in the 1967 land grab:

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa: “I was the last Jew to leave the Old City – wounded, on a stretcher, to Jordanian captivity. In 1967, when the war broke out, I requested of Gen. Rafael Vardi that if Jerusalem is re-conquered, I would like to be the first citizen to return to it. As soon as they conquered the city, Gen. Vardi sent a jeep to the City Hall where I was at the time, and it brought me to the Old City. On the radio in the jeep I heard the recording of Motta Gur saying ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands!’, and then we entered the Old City, where I met my father-and-teacher the Nazir [Rabbi David Cohen] and my teacher Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, who had entered a few minutes before me.” (“Remembering the Reunification of Jerusalem,” Arutz Sheva, 06/06/05)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/83415

Rabbi Cohen is currently active in wacko Temple Mount initiatives and has recently stated that the ban on “Jews” ascending the Temple Mount no longer applies:

Haifa’s long-time Chief Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who has taken part in many interfaith conferences and gatherings with Moslem religious leaders, says he’s trying to gather support for a synagogue on the Temple Mount. (“Support Sought for Temple Mount Synagogue,” Hillel Fendel, Arutz Sheva, 12/11/07)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124542

Rabbi Shar Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi of Haifa and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Rabbinical Council said the ban on Jews and other non-Muslims ascending the Temple Mount no longer exists although the Chief Rabbinate has yet to officially “endorse” such visits. (“Jews urged to emphasize Temple Mount,” World Net Daily, January 28 2004)

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36808

There is much more that could be and indeed should be said about this man whom Benedict XVI has invited to address the synod of bishops this week.

More on the Synod Rabbi

October 6, 2008

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, the rabbi selected by Benedict XVI to address a synod of more than 250 bishops, learned violent Zionist Messianic Judaism from Avraham Yitzhak Kook and his son Zvi Yehudah Kook shown here.

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who Benedict XVI has invited to address the synod of bishops this week, is a protégé of the Messianic Zionist Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook. Rabbi Kook can be credited with formulating the religious rationalization for the “return” of “the Jews” to “Israel” without the arrival of “the Mosiach” occuring beforehand. He taught that “the Jews” themselves bring about “the redemption” through Zionism. This teaching harmonizes with such anti-biblical concepts as “forcing God’s hand” and “as above so below.” This pantheist pagan view is illustrated in Kook’s statement regarding the Zionist state which he said is: “The foundation of God’s Throne in the world, whose entire desire is that God shall be One and His Name shall be One.” Kook wrote, “Nothing in our faith, either in its larger principles or in its details, negates the idea that we can begin to shake off the dust of exile by our own efforts, through natural, historical processes … that we have a sacred duty to try to do so by whatever means are at our disposal.”

In the mind of Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen’s mentor Rav Kook, Zionism is the vehicle through which the apocalyptic rabbinic “redemption” should be humanly created by whatever means possible.

http://www.geocities.com/alabasters_archive/revealed_end.html

Rav Kook looked forward to the final annihilation of all other nations and cultures and the exultation of “Israel” in the Zionist “messianic” age:

The sin of the murderers, wicked kings of the earth and all the evildoers of the land has been completed. The earth cannot achieve atonement for the blood spilt upon it except through the blood of the one who shed it. The atonement must come: a general elimination of all the present-day cultural machines, with all their falsehood and trickery, with all their awful filth and venom. This entire culture, which exalts itself with instruments of falsehood, must, by necessity, be annihilated from the world, and in its place will emerge a kingdom of the sacred and exalted. The light of Israel will appear, to establish the world with peoples of a new spirit. (Orot Ha-Milchama)

Rav Kook founded the first Zionist yeshiva in Palestine which Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen was trained at, the Mercaz HaRav. This yeshiva is known for its role in the formation of the ultra-racist, terrorist so-called “settler movement:”

The foundations for the religious settlements in the West Bank were forged in Mercaz Harav, whose student Hanan Porat set out to restore the Jewish settlement in Gush Etzion immediately after the Six-Day War. The founders of Gush Emunim, a religious political movement that encouraged Jewish settlement of land they believe God promised the Jews, came from Mercaz Harav after the Yom Kippur War.

Rabbi Kook encouraged his students to go out and fight for the settlements in the West Bank. He himself took active part in these struggles. (Mercaz Harav – the flagship of national-religious yeshivas,” Haaretz, 07/03/2008)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/961727.html

Rabbi Kook was also unique in that his yeshiva encouraged military service. Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen apparently took this teaching to heart as he has a long history of militant activity in service of the terrorist Zionist state of counterfeit Israel. Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen was associated with the terrorist Irgun gang HERE. He is the pioneer of the Yeshivat Hesder (arrangement) which is to say, the terrifying combination of advanced yeshiva training in Talmudic racial supremacy with armed “defense.”

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen here recalls his and Tzvi Yehuda Kook’s participation in the 1967 land grab:

Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa: “I was the last Jew to leave the Old City – wounded, on a stretcher, to Jordanian captivity. In 1967, when the war broke out, I requested of Gen. Rafael Vardi that if Jerusalem is re-conquered, I would like to be the first citizen to return to it. As soon as they conquered the city, Gen. Vardi sent a jeep to the City Hall where I was at the time, and it brought me to the Old City. On the radio in the jeep I heard the recording of Motta Gur saying ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands!’, and then we entered the Old City, where I met my father-and-teacher the Nazir [Rabbi David Cohen] and my teacher Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, who had entered a few minutes before me.” (“Remembering the Reunification of Jerusalem,” Arutz Sheva, 06/06/05)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/83415

Rabbi Cohen is currently active in wacko Temple Mount initiatives and has recently stated that the ban on “Jews” ascending the Temple Mount no longer applies:

Haifa’s long-time Chief Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen, who has taken part in many interfaith conferences and gatherings with Moslem religious leaders, says he’s trying to gather support for a synagogue on the Temple Mount. (“Support Sought for Temple Mount Synagogue,” Hillel Fendel, Arutz Sheva, 12/11/07)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124542

Rabbi Shar Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi of Haifa and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Rabbinical Council said the ban on Jews and other non-Muslims ascending the Temple Mount no longer exists although the Chief Rabbinate has yet to officially “endorse” such visits. (“Jews urged to emphasize Temple Mount,” World Net Daily, January 28 2004)

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36808

There is much more that could be and indeed should be said about this man whom Benedict XVI has invited to address the synod of bishops this week.

More Orthodox Racism

February 24, 2008

Our Rabbis taught: ‘proselytes and those that play with children delay the advent of the Messiah’. The statement about proselytes may be understood on the lines of the view of R. Helbo, for R. Helbo said, ‘proselytes are as hard for Israel to endure as a sore’ … (Babylonian Talmud, Niddah 13b)

Evil after evil comes upon those who receive proselytes … That ‘those who receive proselytes’, [bring evil upon themselves, is deduced] in accordance with [a statement of] R. Helbo. For R. Helbo stated: Proselytes are hurtful to Israel as a sore on the skin. (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 109b)

Chai Center rabbi explains ‘off the handle’ e-mails

2008-02-15

By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Education Editor

The Chai Center presents itself as an open and non-judgmental address for Jews looking to learn more about Judaism, to have an authentic Jewish experience, or simply to meet other Jews.

“All our activities are for Conservative, Reform, nonaffiliates, & any Jew that moves! They require no prior background for your total enjoyment,” the center’s tagline reads.

Founded and run by the unpredictable and colorful Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, best known as just Schwartzie, the Chai Center makes Judaism accessible and hip for the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Jews who attend its events every year.

At 62, Schwartzie is enormously popular and beloved. A defiantly independent and off-beat character, he can schmooze it up with Hollywood types or go green with millennial do-gooders. His long white beard gives him a look that is both rabbinic and grandfatherly; his untethered vernacular and quirky style make it clear he fits no mold.

His hallmark event is Dinner for 60 Strangers, which he and his wife, Olivia, host every Friday night in their home.

And it was that Shabbat event that attracted Jamie Katz (not her real name), a 42-year-old paralegal and entrepreneur.

Katz was on an emotional mission to deepen her Jewish identity. When her mother was dying a year ago, she had a last request for her daughter: Go explore your Jewish heritage. Join a temple, find a Jewish man.

Jamie’s mother, who was Japanese, had converted to Judaism some 45 years before, when she married Jamie’s father. Katz and her two brothers had studied at Temple Emanuel religious school in Beverly Hills, and while she says she never felt like she completely fit in as a Japanese Jew, she never considered herself anything but Jewish.

A few weeks ago a friend told her about the Chai Center, so she went online and registered for the Shabbat dinner at the Schwartzes’ home. The food was great, the atmosphere was warm and inviting, and Katz felt as if she belonged.

The following Sunday, however, she received an e-mail from Schwartzie that felt like a verbal punch in the gut:

“Altho yr surname is [Katz] & U spk Yiddish, thts still does not make yr mother’s NON Orthodox ‘conversion’ kosher [valid],” he wrote to her. “Tht means tht if U ever met a Jewish man who’s family Rabbi was Orthodox or, who wanted 2 get married in Israel, U could NOT! … I appreciate tht U were ‘brought up’ as a Jew (even tho yr father ‘married’ out of the faith ), but U may not come 2 any more Chai Center events…. We consider INTERMARRAIGE a grt tragedy for the Jewish ppl, even if the non Jewish person in the equation thinks & feels Jewish…. In the eyes of Al-mighty G*d, it’s important 4 U NOT 2 date Jewish men. The result of which could, G-d forbid, end in grt tragedy, 4 both of U.”

Shocked and pained, Katz wrote back to Schwartzie, reiterating her commitment to Judaism. In the escalating exchange, Schwartzie castigated Katz’s late father for choosing to marry a non-Jew, and about Katz’s recently deceased mother, he wrote: “She might have been agrt mother, but as a ‘Jewish’ mother she was a miserable failure! In truth she really was not a FAILURE as a Jew; since, in the eyes of G-d (where it COUNTS) she wasn’t!”

Katz was crushed.

“I thought I would find a safe haven in the Jewish community, and I’ve been shunned by my own people,” said Katz, sobbing into the phone just hours after she received Schwartzie’s second missive. “I feel embarrassed and ashamed, like I don’t belong and I’m not worthy.”

Katz is not the only recipient of such letters from Schwartzie. The Journal has learned that this maverick wizard of outreach has directed angry e-mails to other women he perceives as threats to his mission toward ensuring that Jews marry Jews and thus guarantee the continuation of a 4,000-year chain of tradition.

In addition to Katz, two other women independently sent to the Jewish Journal samples of Schwartzie’s letters — rambling e-mails in large print, heavy with text-message shorthand punctuated with varied text colors, point sizes and fonts. One recipient, who is not Jewish, attended his Rosh Hashanah services last fall with a Jewish friend and followed up by sending the rabbi a question about her Jewish ex-boyfriend. Another woman, who is Jewish, brought a non-Jewish man to Schwartzie’s seder in 2005. Filled with foul language and content that can easily be construed as bigoted, sexist and threatening, the e-mails seem to contradict the rabbi’s aura of openness and non-judgmental warmth.

In a face-to-face interview, Schwartzie stood his ground when first confronted with the letters. He said that while he regretted language that may have been perceived as a personal attack, he stood by his goal of sounding an intentionally vicious warning to ward off non-Jews who might infiltrate his events in the hopes of ensnaring a Jewish partner and eventually intermarrying.

“It’s destroying Jewish people,” he said, explaining his visceral abhorrence of intermarriage. “This is not just a sin and you shouldn’t do it, like don’t eat lobster.”

Fixing his blue eyes in a fierce stare, he tried to convey the vehemence of what he wants to get across to the women he calls “shiksas”: “You are a f—ing Nazi. You are killing a Jew and I hate you for that and I’ll piss on your grave. You are not going to kill my Jews.”

In follow-up e-mails, the rabbi offered qualified apologies for his letters.

“My reaction shdnt have been on a personal but more correctly, on an IMpersonal level. It matters not the kind of person tht the Non Jew is. So anythig directed @ the Person of the non Jew is wrong. For tht I declare tht I was mistaken & will personally apologize 2 those tht took it personally,” he wrote in an e-mail. As of press time, none of the women had heard from Schwartzie.

Full article:

http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=18922

Also see:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2008/02/orthodox-racism.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2008/01/who-says-judaism-isnt-proselytizing.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/03/poll-illustrates-israeli-racism.html

More Orthodox Racism

February 24, 2008

Our Rabbis taught: ‘proselytes and those that play with children delay the advent of the Messiah’. The statement about proselytes may be understood on the lines of the view of R. Helbo, for R. Helbo said, ‘proselytes are as hard for Israel to endure as a sore’ … (Babylonian Talmud, Niddah 13b)

Evil after evil comes upon those who receive proselytes … That ‘those who receive proselytes’, [bring evil upon themselves, is deduced] in accordance with [a statement of] R. Helbo. For R. Helbo stated: Proselytes are hurtful to Israel as a sore on the skin. (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 109b)

Chai Center rabbi explains ‘off the handle’ e-mails

2008-02-15

By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Education Editor

The Chai Center presents itself as an open and non-judgmental address for Jews looking to learn more about Judaism, to have an authentic Jewish experience, or simply to meet other Jews.

“All our activities are for Conservative, Reform, nonaffiliates, & any Jew that moves! They require no prior background for your total enjoyment,” the center’s tagline reads.

Founded and run by the unpredictable and colorful Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, best known as just Schwartzie, the Chai Center makes Judaism accessible and hip for the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Jews who attend its events every year.

At 62, Schwartzie is enormously popular and beloved. A defiantly independent and off-beat character, he can schmooze it up with Hollywood types or go green with millennial do-gooders. His long white beard gives him a look that is both rabbinic and grandfatherly; his untethered vernacular and quirky style make it clear he fits no mold.

His hallmark event is Dinner for 60 Strangers, which he and his wife, Olivia, host every Friday night in their home.

And it was that Shabbat event that attracted Jamie Katz (not her real name), a 42-year-old paralegal and entrepreneur.

Katz was on an emotional mission to deepen her Jewish identity. When her mother was dying a year ago, she had a last request for her daughter: Go explore your Jewish heritage. Join a temple, find a Jewish man.

Jamie’s mother, who was Japanese, had converted to Judaism some 45 years before, when she married Jamie’s father. Katz and her two brothers had studied at Temple Emanuel religious school in Beverly Hills, and while she says she never felt like she completely fit in as a Japanese Jew, she never considered herself anything but Jewish.

A few weeks ago a friend told her about the Chai Center, so she went online and registered for the Shabbat dinner at the Schwartzes’ home. The food was great, the atmosphere was warm and inviting, and Katz felt as if she belonged.

The following Sunday, however, she received an e-mail from Schwartzie that felt like a verbal punch in the gut:

“Altho yr surname is [Katz] & U spk Yiddish, thts still does not make yr mother’s NON Orthodox ‘conversion’ kosher [valid],” he wrote to her. “Tht means tht if U ever met a Jewish man who’s family Rabbi was Orthodox or, who wanted 2 get married in Israel, U could NOT! … I appreciate tht U were ‘brought up’ as a Jew (even tho yr father ‘married’ out of the faith ), but U may not come 2 any more Chai Center events…. We consider INTERMARRAIGE a grt tragedy for the Jewish ppl, even if the non Jewish person in the equation thinks & feels Jewish…. In the eyes of Al-mighty G*d, it’s important 4 U NOT 2 date Jewish men. The result of which could, G-d forbid, end in grt tragedy, 4 both of U.”

Shocked and pained, Katz wrote back to Schwartzie, reiterating her commitment to Judaism. In the escalating exchange, Schwartzie castigated Katz’s late father for choosing to marry a non-Jew, and about Katz’s recently deceased mother, he wrote: “She might have been agrt mother, but as a ‘Jewish’ mother she was a miserable failure! In truth she really was not a FAILURE as a Jew; since, in the eyes of G-d (where it COUNTS) she wasn’t!”

Katz was crushed.

“I thought I would find a safe haven in the Jewish community, and I’ve been shunned by my own people,” said Katz, sobbing into the phone just hours after she received Schwartzie’s second missive. “I feel embarrassed and ashamed, like I don’t belong and I’m not worthy.”

Katz is not the only recipient of such letters from Schwartzie. The Journal has learned that this maverick wizard of outreach has directed angry e-mails to other women he perceives as threats to his mission toward ensuring that Jews marry Jews and thus guarantee the continuation of a 4,000-year chain of tradition.

In addition to Katz, two other women independently sent to the Jewish Journal samples of Schwartzie’s letters — rambling e-mails in large print, heavy with text-message shorthand punctuated with varied text colors, point sizes and fonts. One recipient, who is not Jewish, attended his Rosh Hashanah services last fall with a Jewish friend and followed up by sending the rabbi a question about her Jewish ex-boyfriend. Another woman, who is Jewish, brought a non-Jewish man to Schwartzie’s seder in 2005. Filled with foul language and content that can easily be construed as bigoted, sexist and threatening, the e-mails seem to contradict the rabbi’s aura of openness and non-judgmental warmth.

In a face-to-face interview, Schwartzie stood his ground when first confronted with the letters. He said that while he regretted language that may have been perceived as a personal attack, he stood by his goal of sounding an intentionally vicious warning to ward off non-Jews who might infiltrate his events in the hopes of ensnaring a Jewish partner and eventually intermarrying.

“It’s destroying Jewish people,” he said, explaining his visceral abhorrence of intermarriage. “This is not just a sin and you shouldn’t do it, like don’t eat lobster.”

Fixing his blue eyes in a fierce stare, he tried to convey the vehemence of what he wants to get across to the women he calls “shiksas”: “You are a f—ing Nazi. You are killing a Jew and I hate you for that and I’ll piss on your grave. You are not going to kill my Jews.”

In follow-up e-mails, the rabbi offered qualified apologies for his letters.

“My reaction shdnt have been on a personal but more correctly, on an IMpersonal level. It matters not the kind of person tht the Non Jew is. So anythig directed @ the Person of the non Jew is wrong. For tht I declare tht I was mistaken & will personally apologize 2 those tht took it personally,” he wrote in an e-mail. As of press time, none of the women had heard from Schwartzie.

Full article:

http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=18922

Also see:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2008/02/orthodox-racism.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2008/01/who-says-judaism-isnt-proselytizing.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/03/poll-illustrates-israeli-racism.html