Monday, August 3, 2020

Guard your spiritual health



Bar mitzvahs and Shalom Zachars in parking lots



online wedding




Poorly attended minyanim due to fear and due to the 10 person limit - people don't know if they'll get in, others have been terrified by the COVID hype. 



another poorly attended shul





A shul with room for 300 limiting entry to 10. 


Here's the shul (name blotted out). 


And no women are allowed to enter at all.






A sign at another shul warning away those who have not registered beforehand. 

No entry. There is where we stand. Not very welcoming. 

Yeshivas are barely open. I know of several that are at 1/4 capacity.  This group goes into bidud (quarantine) that group goes in, the Rosh Yeshiva goes in, he comes out. He goes in again. The environment is  unstable. Government orders come down quickly and without substance as people who aren't even showing any symptoms are sent into bidud. I know of a four year old boy that was sent into bidud. Two weeks alone in a room by himself. This is a way to create mental illness, heaven forbid. Yet, children do not get sick from the disease and contrary to the myth, they do not spread it either. Professor DrBeda M Stadler, the former director of the Institute for Immunology at the University of Bern, a biologist and professor emeritus.  :

"The term ‘silent carriers’ was conjured out of a hat and it was claimed that one could be sick without having symptoms. Wouldn’t that be something! If this principle from now on gets naturalised into the realm of medicine, health insurers would really have a problem, but also teachers whose students could now claim to have whatever disease to skip school, if at the end of the day one didn’t need symptoms anymore to be sick." 

The capsule program that allegedly was designed to keep yeshivas open is also very suspect:

"Across the chareidi world, many are touting the success of the capsulot yeshivas. “The bocherim are learning full-force in the yeshivas”, is the innocent assumption. Yet, a closer look at the figures tells a far different tale. The yeshiva world in Eretz Yisroel numbers about 36000 bocherim. A mere 9000 bocherim originally entered the capsulot. The strangling conditions demanded of the bocherim caused many to drop-out, and today only about 5000 bocherim remain. There are also some yeshivas that don’t blindly follow the government’s orders and instructions, and their rabbanim opened the yeshivas normally. In all, about twenty thousand bocherim currently remain outside the walls of their yeshivas. It is still unclear if they will even open for Elul zman."  (the Sentry)

Kiruv is shut down too. I know a woman who is very interested in becoming Torah observant and I can't find anyone where she lives in the USA to invite her over for Shabbos.



Chesed projects are suffering too. I know a person who runs 3 chesed projects all of which he has not been able to operate during this madness because people don't show up anymore. You'd think there'd be more chesed during a crisis but because of the inhuman rules there's less. And we don't even get into all the sinas chinom and mesirah that's going on all over the place.

In the sefer Chafetz Chaim al HaTorah [Va’eschanan] the Chafetz Chaim explains why the posuk of “vi’nishmartem meod l’nafshoseichem”, which includes the commandment to guard one’s health, uses the term of nefesh, rather than the term guf. He explains that while engaging in the process of guarding the physical health, one may not thereby trample on his spiritual health. 


And it's not just in EY. All over the world there are attacks on religious freedom.


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― On Friday, the United States Supreme Court declined to intervene on behalf of a Nevada church challenging the state’s ban on religious gatherings of more than 50 people while casinos are allowed to fill with thousands as long as they are at 50 percent capacity.  

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-supreme-court-wont-intervene-as-nevada-limits-church-services-but-casinos-can-host-thousands


Faith leaders are speaking out after California Gov. Gavin Newsom banned singing and chanting in houses of worship last week due to a surge in coronavirus cases following weeks of protests.

“Places of worship must, therefore, discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower,” the new guidelines read as state health officials recommend churches have members sing online from their homes."

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-singing-ban-church-coronavirus-restriction

Yesterday, OrthoChristian reported that, the city of Toronto banned Holy Communion in its “COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship” issued on June 20, based on the recommendation of the Ontario Ministry of Health.

This ban was communicated to priests of the Greek Metropolis of Toronto in the evening of Saturday, July 4, as Fr. Fanourios Pappas of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto emotionally told his flock that Sunday.

https://orthochristian.com/132458.html

These attacks on religious observance are part of a many decade trend. In this writer's view, Corona is being used as an EXCUSE to attack religion.

See here:



"We have had 14 cases at the Supreme Court of the United States in only nine years defending our "first freedom."


"Put in the context of legal history, the numbers are truly shocking. For the first 110 years of the American republic, the U.S. Supreme Court decided only three questions concerning religious liberty. The Supreme Court's jurisprudence concerning religious freedom begins in earnest in the 1940s, and climbs off the charts from then to the present day.

"Put another way, for the first almost 100 years of our republic, there were zero cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, and 110 years passed before the high court heard a case on the First Amendment's Establishment Clause—and then not another case on either clause for another 41 years after that." (KELLY SHACKELFORD)


https://www.newsweek.com/religious-freedom-under-attack-like-never-before-opinion-1523094

Corona doesn't justify the restrictions as really there is no pandemic. In Eretz Yisroel, the count of seriously sick people is 358 out of 9 million people. That's .004%. Ninety-five percent of them are age 80 or over and have other serious conditions. Originally, the government predicted there would be tens of thousands of deaths by April! That was four months ago. As of August 7, 2020, there have been 576 deaths, nearly all elderly people with other very serious conditions. 





Adjusting for its radically wrong prediction, three weeks ago it said there would be a 1000 by now, getting it wrong again.

July 21 was 18 days ago, just short of 3 weeks. Today, according to the times of Israel, there are 358 serious cases.  


This is from a TOI article reporting on comments from a hospital chief at Shaare Zedek:

(start excerpts)

A hospital chief said most COVID-19 patients who died at his institution had around a year’s life expectancy.
“Coronavirus was the thing that tipped them over, but to be honest, for most of these patients who died here in Shaare Zedek, the chance is they had a year of life expectancy, not much more,” said Ofer Merin.

Around 1 in 10 Israelis who have died from coronavirus succumbed at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where Merin is director-general. Almost all of the institution’s fatalities were both elderly and had other diseases, he told The Times of Israel.

….

There were two people in their thirties, three in their forties, seven in their fifties, and 23 in their sixties. The rest were aged 70 or older, and the average age of the entire group was 81.3.


“We did not lose a single patient who was a healthy young person,” he commented. 

….

"The vast majority had preexisting conditions, more than 95%"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-people-we-lost-to-covid-were-already-near-death-jerusalem-hospital-chief/

(end excerpts)

The average age of sick and deceased is similar all over the world. Professor John Ioannides of Stanford University, one of the most respected scientists on the planet and an expert in epidemiology and statistics says the vast majority of those who have died had other serious medical conditions and an age of 80. Here's what he said:

“COVID-19 has become a notifiable disease so it is readily recorded in death certificates. What we do know, however, is that the vast majority of people who die with a COVID-19 label have at least one and typically many other comorbidities. This means that often they have other reasons that would lead them to death. The relative contribution of COVID-19 needs very careful audit and evaluation of medical records.”

“In terms of numbers of lives lost, so far the COVID-19 impact is about 1% of the 1918 influenza. In terms of quality-adjusted person-years lost, the impact of COVID-19 is about 0.1% of 1918 influenza, since the 1918 influenza killed mostly young healthy people (average age 28), while the average age of death with COVID-19 is 80 years, with several comorbidities.”

 

“The predictions of most mathematical models in terms of how many beds and how many ICU beds would be required were astronomically wrong. Indeed, the health system was not overrun in any location in the USA, although several hospitals were stressed. Conversely, the health care system was severely damaged in many places because of the measures taken.”

In other words, the death counts that the press touts are very suspect. Hospitals actually get paid to label deaths as corona.  

"Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it's a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they're Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it's COVID-19 pneumonia, then it's $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000."  Senator Scott Jensen, R-Minn., a physician in Minnesota

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/24/fact-check-medicare-hospitals-paid-more-covid-19-patients-coronavirus/3000638001/

On April 19, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked at a press conference about a reported death in the state of a teenager and whether that individual had “underlying conditions.” The governor turned the microphone over to Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, and her answer revealed a shocking point that should cast doubt on a certain unknown percentage of the stated coronavirus deaths.

“I don’t have that information at my disposal at this time; I know we have had people of all age groups die,” replied Dr. Ezike. Then she gave out more information than the reporter asked for, and what she said should set off all sorts of alarm bells about the accuracy of the death count.

“I just want to be clear in terms of the definition of people dying of COVID,” said Dr. Ezike. “So, the case definition is very simplistic. It means at the time of death, it was a COVID-positive diagnosis. So that means that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means that, technically even if you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who is listed as a COVID death doesn’t mean that that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death. I hope that’s helpful.”

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-illinois-health-director-anyone-covid-positive-diagnosis-listed-covid-19-death/

Since 3 million people die a year in the USA, it is not hard to get to a figure of 150,000 if you are mislabeling deaths. In Israel, 3000 die a month. Not hard to get to a figure of 500 that way. And even if the figures in Israel are more reliable, 500 over 6 months is not a pandemic, particularly when the average age of death is 85. Former deputy general of the Health ministry Yoram Lass says numbers are easily manipulated so what you do to determine if there's a pandemic is compare total deaths of all causes verses that of prior years. In Israel, the count was actually lower in July of 2020 than July of 2019. No pandemic.




And over in New Jersey:


June/July deaths in NJ 2018: 11,986 June/July deaths in NJ 2019: 11,734 June/July deaths in NJ 2020: 11,881  

*source NJDOH database

And in England?


The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has fallen 96% since the peak of the pandemic, official data reveals.

Hospital staff are now treating just 700 coronavirus patients a day in England, compared to about 17,000 a day during the middle of April, according to NHS England.

Last week, some hospitals did not have a single coronavirus patient on their wards, with one top doctor suggesting that Britain is “almost reaching herd immunity”.

read more:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-wards-empty-as-virus-death-toll-plunges-bvm0mxl2n


So we have shut down religious life over what? Hysteria? Or is it a hoax with the intention of shmad? This is not to say that there's no disease out there at all. There are lots of diseases out there. This is one of them. It is like the seasonal flu only less deadly. It is also less deadly than smoking induced cancers, diet induced heart disease, and car accidents. In the last six months, 4,000 people died in Eretz Yisroel from smoking induced cancers, 9x greater than the amount from COVID, and again nearly all the COVID deaths are of the elderly with other conditions and a handful of younger people with other serious medical problems. 

The elderly and infirmed should be more careful. But a pandemic this is not. And we should not shut down society, not allow our religion to be shut down.

IF this was actually a deadly GLOBAL pandemic bodies would be PILING UP in 3rd world countries that can't socially distance & have no sanitation. But there are few deaths occurring there. Why doesn't the media inquire about this?

Something very fishy is going on.

More from health experts:


Dr. Scott W. Atlas, M.D:

“But there’s a more fundamental point that I want to make sure have time to address and that is this idea that somehow has evolved that we must stop cases. That was never the policy, that should never be the policy when you have an infection that 99% of people have no problem with. It’s no big deal if low risk people get the infection. It’s really irrational to somehow keep apart healthy younger people, to insist that they should wear a mask, or that there should be some limit in restaurants. If you are high risk, you are high risk. But the most recent data shows that the infection fatality rate for people under 70 is 0.04%. That’s one-one hundredth of the original number. And what that means is for people under 70 years old your infection fatality rate is less than or equal to seasonal flu. If people want to shut down things because of that kind of risk then we better shut down all the schools and restaurants during November through April [every year] because that’s the flu season. The same risk people for this are at risk to die from the flu. And so there’s been a complete loss of common sense here. In Arizona specifically, yes, the cases are increasing, like they are in Texas, and Florida. It doesn’t matter if we see the following analysis which is that the vast majority of people are younger, healthier people. When we have more social mingling, we will get more infections. That’s obvious. There’ a contagious disease present. If we get more testing, we will see more infections. That’s obvious. But the point is that this is not nearly as deadly as what people thought. We see that the states that have more lax or more open policies, none of them are even in the top 15 of deaths per million. It’s the states with the lockdowns that are not the states – I mean Arizona ranks last I looked at 21st. Florida is something like 27th. Texas is 40th in deaths per million. Yes, there are more cases but there are not more virulent terrible results of those cases. We don’t see more and more ICU beds being used and I’m going to explain that in a second. We don’t see more deaths. We see decreasing deaths.  When we see what’s happening in the ICUs and the hospitalizations there’s another factor besides the fact that it’s younger, healthier people. We know from looking and speaking to the doctors and the hospital administrators that they are testing every person who comes in. And that means, let’s just say for example, a woman comes in to deliver a baby she’s tested for COVID-19, she’s positive, they categorize that as a hospitalization for COVID-19. I mean these are people that are asymptomatic. They are not hospitalized for COVID-19. They are hospitalized with COVID-19. And the same thing is going where the hospital needs to isolate people who they think are infected even if they are in for something else, OK, and so we isolate them, and some of them are isolated in ICU beds. So the numbers they have to be looked at more carefully. There’s no kneejerk response of fear. OK, there is decreasing deaths per day. It doesn’t matter that young healthier people get the infection. In fact there’s a positive. Because we know the way to get immunity in the population is to have more people who are lower risk get the infection and become immune. That’s the whole point of giving vaccines to stop the pathways of the virus to the most risky people. That’s why we give widespread populations vaccines, for herd immunity. And the way naturally to get herd immunity is to have low risk people have the infection, they build up immunity, and eventually the pathways to the high-risk people are blocked. There’s nothing wrong with more cases. The only thing that counts is protecting the people who are going to die. By the way, we look at the hospitalization data, yes there are more cases, but even the people who are hospitalized, have much shorter length of stay. Those hospitalizations are not translating into very serious bad outcomes. So the panic here is again a manifestation of irrational people and irrational people in charge frankly. And it’s really a sad state of affairs to me, although it’s confusing, it’s sort of embarrassing in a sense to be among Americans who are so compliant, so acquiescent to irrational infringement on what their rights are.”  [Interview on Drive in with The Morning Ritual with Garret Lewis, June 26, 2020. 6:18-11:21] 

“Nobody gives by the way publicity to the WHO’s recommendation quote they do not recommend masks for the general public, unquote, even in their updated note, if you bother to read their whole technical note they say that. And they are talking about the only time you wear a mask is if you are at risk, high risk group, in an area of widespread transmission of the disease and you cannot be three feet away from someone.” [Interview on Fox News, Jun 9, 2020] 

Dr. Scott W. Atlas, M.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a Member of Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Health Care Policy. Recognized internationally as a leader in both education and clinical research, he was a Senior Advisor for Health Care to a number of candidates for President of the United States during the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential campaigns. Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 until 2012.

Dr. Beda M Stadler, MD:

“Firstly, it was wrong to claim that this virus was novel. Secondly, it was even more wrong to claim that the population would not already have some immunity against this virus. Thirdly, it was the crowning of stupidity to claim that someone could have Covid-19 without any symptoms at all or even to pass the disease along without showing any symptoms whatsoever.” 

“this so-called novel virus is very strongly related to Sars-1 as well as other beta-coronaviruses which make us suffer every year in the form of colds.” 

“the entire world simply claimed that there was no immunity, but in reality, nobody had a test ready to prove such a statement. That wasn’t science, but pure speculation based on a gut feeling that was then parroted by everyone. To this day there isn’t a single antibody test that can describe all possible immunological situations, such as: if someone is immune, since when, what the neutralising antibodies are targeting and how many structures exist on other coronaviruses that can equally lead to immunity.” 

“In mid-April, work was published by the group of Andreas Thiel at the Charité Berlin. A paper with 30 authors, amongst them the virologist Christian Drosten. It showed that in 34 % of people in Berlin who had never been in contact with the Sars-CoV-2 virus showed nonetheless T-cell immunity against it (T-cell immunity is a different kind of immune reaction, see below). This means that our T-cells, i.e. white blood cells, detect common structures appearing on Sars-CoV-2 and regular cold viruses and therefore combat both of them.” 

"The term ‘silent carriers’ was conjured out of a hat and it was claimed that one could be sick without having symptoms. Wouldn’t that be something! If this principle from now on gets naturalised into the realm of medicine, health insurers would really have a problem, but also teachers whose students could now claim to have whatever disease to skip school, if at the end of the day one didn’t need symptoms anymore to be sick." 

“So if we do a PCR corona test on an immune person, it is not a virus that is detected, but a small shattered part of the viral genome. The test comes back positive for as long as there are tiny shattered parts of the virus left. Correct: Even if the infectious viruses are long dead, a corona test can come back positive, because the PCR method multiplies even a tiny fraction of the viral genetic material enough [to be detected]. That’s exactly what happened, when there was the global news, even shared by the WHO, that 200 Koreans who already went through Covid-19 were infected a second time and that there was therefore probably no immunity against this virus. The explanation of what really happened and an apology came only later, when it was clear that the immune Koreans were perfectly healthy and only had a short battle with the virus. The crux was that the virus debris registered with the overly sensitive test and therefore came back as “positive”. It is likely that a large number of the daily reported infection numbers are purely due to viral debris.” 

“The virus is gone for now. It will probably come back in winter, but it won’t be a second wave, but just a cold. Those young and healthy people who currently walk around with a mask on their faces would be better off wearing a helmet instead, because the risk of something falling on their head is greater than that of getting a serious case of Covid-19.” 

“I recommend reading John P A Ioannidis’ latest work in which he describes the global situation based on data on May 1st 2020: People below 65 years old make up only 0.6 to 2.6 % of all fatal Covid cases. To get on top of the pandemic, we need a strategy merely concentrating on the protection of at-risk people over 65. If that’s the opinion of a top expert, a second lockdown is simply a no-go.” 

Dr. Beda M Stadler is the former director of the Institute for Immunology at the University of Bern, a biologist and professor emeritus, [Article in the Swiss magazine Weltwoche, June 10, 2020]

Dr. Michael Levitt, PhD winner of the Nobel Prize

And regarding those masks:


“Surgical masks will not prevent your acquiring diseases. Rather, surgical masks are typically used by surgeons to protect their patients from their mouth-borne germs —  but those masks don't work to prevent inhaling diseases,”


Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, and the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases told Fox News. 

Medical doctor, Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Board certified, multi-state licensed. Author of Dissolving Illusions and Rising From The Dead.

"In a world where everyone is so obsessed with alkalizing, guess what happens when you re-breathe your carbon dioxide? That’s right, blood pH drops and you retain acid and have to get rid of it some other way. I hope you have a good kidneys."


Blood pH balance

Acidosis is when your blood pH drops below 7.35 and becomes too acidic. Alkalosis is when your blood pH is higher than 7.45 and becomes too alkaline. The two main organs that help balance the pH of blood are the:

  • Lungs. These organs remove carbon dioxide through breathing or respiration.
  • Kidneys. These organs remove acids through urine or excretion.

The different types of blood acidosis and alkalosis depend on the cause. The two main types are:

  • Respiratory. This type occurs when the change in blood pH is caused by a lung or breathing condition.
  • Metabolic. This type occurs when blood pH changes are due to a kidney condition or issue

Respiratory acidosis

When your lungs aren’t able to move enough carbon dioxide out of your body quickly enough, blood pH is lowered. This is called respiratory acidosis. This can happen if you have a serious or chronic lung condition, such as:

If you’ve had surgery, are obese, or misuse sedatives, which are sleeping pills, or opioid pain medications you’re also at risk for respiratory acidosis.

In some slight cases, your kidneys are able to remove the extra blood acids through urination. You may need extra oxygen and medications such as bronchodilators and steroids to help the lungs work better.

In serious cases, intubation and mechanical ventilation can help you with respiratory acidosis to breathe better. It also raises your blood pH back to normal.


symptoms can include:

In acute respiratory acidosis, or if chronic respiratory acidosis gets progressively worse over time, the effects of raised CO2 in the brain become more severe.

Symptoms can include:

  • confusion
  • drowsiness
  • stupor
  • muscle jerking

In acute respiratory acidosis and deteriorating cases of chronic respiratory acidosis, blood rapidly becomes more acidic and dangerous.

Effects of a drastically lower pH in the blood include:

"N95 mask use increases inhaled carbon dioxide, reduces inspired oxygen, and increases the work of breathing.Resulting inhaled carbon dioxide of 2 to 3% (normal, 0.04%) produces transient acidosis and increases in minute ventilation, work of breathing,and cardiac output."

Wearing an N95 mask invokes a number of physiologic implications, particularly with prolonged use (greater than 1 h), higher workloads, or an overlying surgical mask (table (table11)., Concomitant surgical mask use augments the impact of a cup mask due to further resistance to airflow, but diminishes the impact of a flat fold mask due to a reduction in deadspace.


Additionally, dentists report that masks cause people to breathe out of their noses. As a result saliva, which is an important element in fighting cavities, dries up. People are getting cavities and gum disease, the latter increases the risk of strokes. 





Meanwhile, in Sweden:


"Sweden did it.

"The Nordic country defeated COVID-19 without seeming to break a sweat — fever-induced or otherwise. They effectively showed that Fauci & Co. were completely wrong about a shutdown being necessary to save civilization as we know it."

https://www.westernjournal.com/looked-happened-sweden-refused-shut-right-wrong/



Sunday, August 2, 2020

Rabbi Aaron Samuel Tamares (1869-1931)

A recent post by Alan Brill discusses Rabbi Aaron Samuel Tamares, a 19th century figure who seems like a Torah Im Derech Eretz personality in many respects. Here are some excerpts and a link to the post. Originally, from Grodno, R' Tamares studied at Volozhin. He was a very sensitive person who focused on the dignity of man and the ways of peace. At first R' Tameres joined the Zionist movement when he saw it as a possibility for liberation of Jews but became disillusioned with it when he came to see it as materialistic and violent.




Brill:

"Tameres was the emblematic image of the rabbi who would seek the leniency for the poor widow who cannot afford another chicken or who allowed an elderly Torah reader to not be corrected to save his honor."

"Rabbi Tameres attended the fourth Zionist congress in 1900 and started his slide away from political nationalist Zionism seeing it as just another form of materialist political machinations and self-justifying violence. He became a life-long pacifist preaching that the way of Torah is ethics, peace, humanism, and spiritual growth. According to Tameres, 'for us, the Jewish people, our entire distinctiveness is the Torah and Judaism; the kingdom of the spirit is our state territory.' Tameres called himself 'the sensitive person' who feels the pain of the world.'"

Some quotes from Rabbi  Tamares:

We approved the naturalistic outlook... that it throws the primary blame for war upon the class that holds power. For however much the ugly clay of war may be imbedded in the hearts of the mass of people, yet those who busy themselves with this nice material, moistening and shaping it for their goal and bringing it to completion—these are surely “the ruling classes.”
Regarding Zionism: 
From that point on the children of Israel became “political,” and the Torah became merely a kind of constitution, similar to those constitutions from “cultured nations” that we today know all too well: on paper, drafted and signed, but in practice, the complete opposite. Corruption begets corruption. The corruption of the ethical sense, which followed in the wake of the invasion from without by the spirit of “political nationalism,” soon brought them to request that a king be set over them also, “like all the nations surrounding them.
The Jews remember always that their God is the God of Truth and Justice who shattered the yokes of their oppressors. They must plant deep in their hearts absolute faith in the power of Truth and Justice to triumph finally…this idea, when firmly rooted in their hearts, will itself serve to defend them from all violent and lying persecutors.
Every single human being on the face of this earth was created and endowed by the Lord with the capacity to look after his own life….and to worry about death and perishing; each was created for his own sake. The breath which the Lord breathed into the nostrils of Rueben is for the sake of Rueben. It is for him to live and exist and not be a bloody sacrifice for the sake of someone else.
The culture of creation in the Book of Genesis: Life, tangible life, the life of the blood and the spirit, this is the need which must first be sought. The life and secure existence of the individual: these are the basis of life on this earth; from them all comes, and in them all is included!
This is the implication of “I am the Eternal” that concludes the mandate, “You must love your neighbor as [you love] yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Look toward the Eternal, toward the Source of all existence, the First Cause, and you become aware that you and your neighbor are equal in God’s eyes; that insight validates the commandment. The power of Torah to incline human beings toward the good derives from its putting us directly in touch with the Creator of all, the Source of goodness and generosity, thus rekindling the spark of our Divine awareness.
Even a cursory examination of the singular purpose our nation is destined to fill, namely, the purpose of spreading Torah, can cause the hypnotic power of nationalism to dissipate, and we can gaze without fear into the eyes of the nations who are so proud of their territories and monarchies.” Since National Territories have been the cause of mass slaughter, a crucial mission of Jews in the world is to prove, by example that a people can survive and thrive without a National Territory. There is an alternative to survival by the sword.
The Jew will always seek to return to Israel and live there; Israel is vital and extant in his memory and in his very veins, it is this Israel which he has preserved in his memory at all times, it is this Israel that he yearns to see with his eyes…. Between this ancient Zionist yearning and the new Zionist yearning lies a chasm of difference, both in theory and in practice, both in the reason for this yearning and in its goals.
The political Zionists yearn for a land upon which our nation shall be “a nation like all other nations”—whereas our people yearn for a land upon which our distinctiveness from all other nations shall be further emphasized…The new Zionism hopes to revive in Zion what ostensibly died in exile: Namely, they wish to create in this Jewish homeland and in the heart of Jews, this coarse feeling of sovereignty, of which they had been divested in exile.
The blog post shares an interview with Everett Gendler, a translator of R' Tamares' writings and a pacifist himself, who explained R' Tamares' encounter with Zionism as follows:

"Later, at age 31, Tamares attended the fourth Zionist Congress in London in 1900 as a delegate. He was appalled to find what he saw not so much as a movement to liberate people but a movement to liberate territory. After a year of silently absorbing this discovery, he found the courage to denounce Zionism publicly because he saw that its goal was to be another European Nationalist Movement, rather than follow the Jewish mission of Torah and ethics. This independence of spirit and his fresh outlook you find throughout his writings."
Full post here: