Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Reform Judaism and feminism achieved a union of perfect moral bankruptcy

Since Rav Hirsch opposed reform Judaism and feminism, I post the following. Note, even as he advocated for traditional roles for men and women, his writings inspired Sarah Schneirer to start the Beis Yaakov movement. She employed Rav Hirsch's writings - with rabbinical help - as her guide. The entire Beis Yaakov movement has been credit by such gadolim as R' Aaron Kotler zt'l  and  Rav Yaakov Kamenestky zt'l as saving all of klal Yisroel. What inspired Sarah Schneirer were Rav Hirsch's depictions of the nobility and accomplishments of the Imahos. He very much believed in the potential for greatness in every woman and believed as well that this greatness is achieved only through the traditional role as described by the Torah and Chazal. And in his genius, he laid the groundwork for an educational program for women all the while keeping in line with traditional Torah sensibilities. So he opposed what we know today as radical feminism but was very much a supporter of women. 

On this day in 2019, Reform Judaism and feminism achieved a union of perfect moral bankruptcy. The Israeli web news site, The Times of Israel published an article that sang the praises of one Dr. Sara Imershein of Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Imershein is a physician who has made it her life's work to perform abortions. She said


"abortion empowers women to have the families women want" 
You heard that right. Not to save the life of the mother but to go shopping, to give women "what they want." Buy this dress, throw that one in the garbage. Cut the other one up to make it shorter. It's all about making the woman so, so happy. Empowerment of women is the idol of the day. Empower them in every way possible. As abortions are also performed on female babies, this empowerment only applies to females over a certain age. The others are served up as child sacrifices on the idol of feminism.

Here is another gem from her, “I always said as a physician, when I grow up and retire, I’m going to do abortions because it was a way to use my techniques to alleviate suffering.” 


She rips living, heart-beating, blood-circulating, grasping, kicking, nervous system owning fetuses to pieces and claims that this alleviates suffering. 


These could be the most twisted, narcissistic, and selfish comments that I have ever heard a human being utter. She is intelligent enough to get through medical school and as stupid as only a person with higher intelligence can be. Simpler minds cannot invent such demonic logic and present it as idealistic. 


Imershein, a Jewish woman, bases her rationalizations on a misreading of the Talmud. She says, “Somewhere along the line, I learned the Talmud and Genesis back up the Jewish philosophy, that it is not when someone is conceived, but it’s a matter of when someone becomes human, and that’s clearly defined by the Talmud when the head is born, or the greater part, the nefesh becomes ensouled.”  
In other words, she is perfectly comfortable killing a fetus in the last day of his or her 9th month during birth as long as the majority of the head has not emerged. In other words, she is comfortable killing a baby. 

She bases this on a total misreading of the Talmud which defines the parameters for abortion when necessary to save the life of the mother.  Otherwise, it is prohibited according to nearly all poskim. A handful of contemporary poskim permit abortion in the early weeks of the pregnancy in the case of extreme birth defects such as Tay-Sachs due to the inevitable suffering of the baby. Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach only permitted with the first 6 weeks for a fetus diagnosed with Tay-Sachs (Nishmat Avraham CM 425) and prohibited even testing for it after the first trimester. 

According to the great majority of authorities such as Tosafos (Sanhedrin 59a; Chullin 33a), Maharam Schick (YD 155), and more recently the world renowned gadol Rav Chaim Ozer Grodensky zt'l (1863-1940) abortion is a Biblical injunction as described explicitly by Tosafos (12th-14th centuries) as being encompassed under the Noachide laws (ie. laws for gentiles). 

Rebbe Ishmael (Sanhedrin 57b) derives the Noachidic prohibition from the wording of Genesis 9: 6. 


שֹׁפֵךְ֙ דַּ֣ם הָֽאָדָ֔ם בָּֽאָדָ֖ם דָּמ֣וֹ יִשָּׁפֵ֑ךְ כִּ֚י בְּצֶ֣לֶם אֱלֹהִ֔ים עָשָׂ֖ה אֶת־הָֽאָדָֽם:"Whoever sheds the blood of man through man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God He made man."

He translates this verse as "Whoso sheddeth the blood of man within man shall his blood be shed." R. Ishmael says, "Who
is a man within a man? . . . A fetus within the womb of the
mother." As Tosafos explain (Sanhedrin 59a), Jews are not permitted what is prohibited for gentiles. R' Ishmael's view is the normative halacha.

Any references in Torah literature to a fetus not being human until born mean not on the same level of human. The difference is very subtle. The Talmud often identifies nuances that it uses sometimes for halacha and sometimes for haskafa. People who are unfamiliar with Talmudic methodology can misunderstand and misuse. For example, there are different levels in the kiddushah of Eretz Yisroel depending on the time and place. Jerusalem has more holiness than the Galil. Does that mean the Galil isn't holy? Of course not. Kohanim are said to have more kiddushah that Yisraelim. Does that mean that Yisroelim are not holy? Of course not. According to Tosafos, the fetus is human enough that destroying it is prohibited if not done to save the life of the mother.  One has to know how to read the Talmud and understand its nuances. While allowing for abortion of a fetus to save the life of the mother, we are enjoined to violate Shabbos to save a fetus that is not presenting such a danger (the usual case). (Erchin 7a-b)

We recall the Talmudic statement "Anyone who teaches his daughter Torah teaches her tiflus" (Sotah 21b) According to Rashi, the word tiflus means lewdness or promiscuity, meaning such study leads a woman to sin. Bingo. 

A rabbi once explained to me that there are two problems with women studying the Talmud particularly if done with the intent of deciding halacha. The first is that they don't study in thoroughly. This applies to any person but it's a bigger issue with women who generally aren't so inclined to study it thoroughly and whose role doesn't afford them the time. The second is that their logic gets twisted by their emotions. This can happen to any person but is a bigger issue by women generally, even though many men today are excessively emotional. 

The great Talmudist and posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein zt'l, ruled that abortion except to save the life of the mother is prohibited even to prevent birth of a baby with birth defects. (Iggros Moshe- Choshen Mishpat- 2:69) Furthermore, he ruled that even amniocentesis is forbidden if it is performed only to evaluate for birth defects for which the parents might request an abortion. Reb Moshe viewed abortion as murder. Myriad poskim share his view. Other contemporary giants include Rav Meir Simchah of Dvinsk and Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinksy (Teshuvot Achi'ezer, Wilno, 5699, III, 65, sec. 14.) According to R. Meir Simchah of Dvinsk (1843–1926), abortion is punishable by death at the hands of heaven. (Meshekh Chokhmah, Exodus 35:2)


Rav Chaim Ozer Grodensky

Rav Moshe Feinstein


Rav Eliyahu Mizrachi (1455 - 1525) as explained by R'  J. David Bleich says:
Most interesting is the sharply contested view advanced by R. Elijah Mizrachi in his commentary on Exodus 21: 12 that in principle feticide and murder are indistinguishable. The Biblical ban on murder extends equally to all human life, including, he claims, any fetal life which, unmolested, would develop into a viable human being. In theory, continues Mizrachi, feticide should be punishable by death since the majority of all fetuses will indeed develop into viable human beings. In practice it is technically impossible to impose the death penalty because punishment may be inflicted by the Bet Din only if the crime is preceded by a formal admonition. Since some fetuses will never develop fully, a definite admonition cannot be administered because it cannot be established with certainty that any particular fetus would develop in this manner. Noahides, on the other hand, require no such admonition. Therefore, since the major number of fetuses are viable feticide is to be punished by death under the Noachidic dispensation. (R'  J. David Bleich, "Abortion in Halachkic Literature, Tradition)
According to the world renown posek Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (1910-1995) the violation is committed not only by the physician but by the woman who hires the physician and makes herself available for the abortion. (Nishmat Avraham O.H. 656:1 at p. 92.) The woman also violates the Torah prohibition of "putting a stumbling block before the blind."

As Rabbi Bleich tells us, some authorities (a small minority according to Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz), consider abortion a rabbinic prohibition, but still very much prohibited. This doesn't mean that the Torah doesn't mind it but that for technical reasons it left it for the Sages to prohibit. Says R' Bleich, "Each of the diverse authorities heretofore cited considers the essence of the prohibition to be closely akin to that of homicide." A few consider it subsumed under other prohibitions such as wasting seed. a severe prohibition that is deemed by the Zohar to be one of the most severe sins.  

Shlomo Brody, the online editor for the Tradition journal blog wrote in the Jerusalem Post: "Judaism abhors the termination of any life, including that of a fetus. Procreation represents a definitive commandment and the notion that an abortion is simply a woman’s prerogative, advocated in some 'pro-choice' circles, is entirely absent from traditional Jewish sources."

Meanwhile, calling herself "religious" and "a woman of faith," Dr. Imershein studied - if you can call it that - with equally ignorant and lost people in the Reform Jewish movement.


Question: What drives a mind to such foolishness? Answer: Chutzpah. 


The Talmud says (Beitzah 25b) the Jews are "the most brazen of nations."


How can this be? Doesn't the Gemara say in Yevamos 79a that David HaMelech prohibited the Nesinim from marrying into the Jewish people because they failed to display the three signs characteristic of the Jewish people:  mercy, bashfulness (bushah), and kindliness?


The Maharal (Nesiv ha'Bushah 1) explains that the attribute of kindliness comes from Avraham, mercy from Yaakov, and bashfulness from Yitzchok who specialized in the attribute of yirah (fear and awe) from which bashfulness comes.


However, there are two types of Bushah. One type comes from a lack of motivation and assertiveness. This type results in the person who is easily discouraged from taking initiative.


The other type stems from a recognition that something is greater than you. This type results in submission to it.


The brazenness of the Jewish people corresponds to the first type of Bushah which they lack. The Jewish people have a great degree of initiative and assertiveness.


The Jewish people (meaning the truly religious ones) excel in the second type of bushah. They recognize the greatness of Hashem (G-d) and their own insignificance before Hashem. And so they submit to him. Dovid rejected the Nisinim because they lacked this bushah.  (Source: Insights into the Daily Daf, Kollel Iyun Hadaf of Yerushalayim)


In other words, chutzpah needs to be challenged properly. It cannot operate unbridled, unyoked. It needs to be paired with humility before Hashem and His Torah as taught by His great scholars. This crazy woman is the poster child of this Gemara. She possesses little of the proper bushah and is busting with the kind that needs to be kept in check by the proper kind. Her natural idealism, compassion, intelligence, and boldness have all been twisted into any ugly mess. Her kindness is cruelty. The yetzer hara has completed tricked her and now rules her life. All her strengths have become weaknesses.


Go ahead and read the entire article and ruin your day as I have just ruined mine. This is all the end destination of the haskalah, that is the so-called "enlightenment" and the departure from Torah life. It started off making a few changes to tradition and continues to the point where we don't even know what we are looking at. As upset as I am by the thought of this woman shredding babies to pieces, I am upset by how a Jewish woman can reach such a level of perversity. The haskalah, the reform movement, and feminism are all acts of rebellion against the Almighty, the Creator of life and justice. Every year, the rebels get more selfish and more twisted. In this crazy woman, it goes further than I ever though it could go. But the Times of Israel, a Zionistic Israeli news source, writes about her like she is some kind of heroic saint, so she is not an isolated nutcase. She is representative of an entire swath of the Jewish people today. The State of Israel in particular has the most liberal abortion laws in the world. Their heads are drunk with a potion of wild self-indulgence catalyzed with a sprinkling of misplaced idealism. Up is down, down is up, left is right, right is left, and wrong is right.


We mourn for the babies and we mourn for the souls of the lost and wicked people who kill them. May Hashem lead this woman to repentance. 








The baby can be seen rubbing his or her face with its left hand while the right one rests beside the ear, with one finger poking up in the air

Side note, on the other extreme are the abortion laws in El Salvador which ban abortion under any conditions even to save the life of the mother. In a recent case, a woman who became pregnant via rape was sentenced to 30 years in prison when her pregnancy ended. She claims it ended by itself. Prosecutors claimed she performed an abortion on herself. The high court exonerated her after she served 33 months in prison. This case is as shocking as the one we just talked about, but in a different way. Like in the USA and especially the State of Israel, the abortion laws in El Salvador contradict those of the Torah. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Shavuous Challah

Ashkenaz custom, a challah with the design of a ladder in it. For Shavuous.











Thursday, July 18, 2019

Except for Acher

You likely have heard of Acher, the tanna who went off the derech and the Gemara that tells the story of how he heard a bas kol that said, "Return all my children, except Acher." His real name was  Elisha ben Avuya but he came to be called Acher, "meaning something" else or "outside".

So I heard a clever thought from the Shela that Acher should have invoked the rule of guests who must obey all orders of the baal habayis except for an order to leave the house. He should have said, "Hashem you cannot kick me out of your house."

And I was thinking how the word acher makes the Gemara relevant to all of us. We cannot do teshuvah if we are mentally outside the fold or even worse outside by way of halacha. I know people who are no longer frum who want to return but try to do it with a weak sentiment all the while staying outside. You can't really do teshuvah, meaningful teshuvah, if your only connection to Judaism is guilt or fear of punishment. It's like giving answers to a torturer. You'll tell them anything. But your heart isn't it. Your mind certainly isn't in it.

No, you have to find a place within Judaism and repent from there. That can take work. That can take thought and research.

I don't know if it matters which place, which path, but it has to be a real one, even if one you concoct. You have to be at home, feel at home, ie have a home to want to return to it. Perhaps, for some Torah Im Derech Eretz is the way, a way of being within Judaism, no longer an acher.

So Hashem, the baal habayis, cannot kick us out of His house. However, the house has to be a home for us so we are not acher. TIDE is the way for many.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

He summons you in love

"As His creating word calls forth the sun, and summons the light of the world, so has God's love appointed Israel as the bearer of the light of spirit and life, and as the bearer of Torah. O that you would be mindful of such a high task! O that you would allow heart and spirit to be infused by the spirit of the Torah and allow your life, in word and deed, to be but a copy of the contents of this Torah! You would thus surrender yourself to God in love just as He summons you in love." Horeb 628 R' Samson Raphael Hirsch

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rabbi Reuven Bauman ז"ל

The kevuro of Rabbi Reuven Bauman ז"ל will take place at approximately 4:00 this afternoon in King Solomon Cemetery in Passaic.

If you would like to honor the memory of Rabbi Bauman with a donation to KAJ, please click on Memorial Donation

People may listen to the levayo on the phone at 712-770-4160, access code 271789#.  


Rabbi Bauman, a rebbi in a day school and camp in Norfolk, Virginia, drowned last week Tuesday off the coast of nearby Sandbridge Beach, Virginia, (just south of Virginia Beach) while rescuing a camper who had been pulled into the surf by a massive current.


From Hamodia:


A colossal search effort was undertaken by the Coast Guard, local police and other authorities, and many volunteers and organizations from Jewish communities across the Northeast.
Chaveirim of Rockland, Misaskim of Maryland, Baltimore Shomrim, Achiezer, COMMSAR, Misaskim of Greater Washington and Chaveirim of Lakewood participated in the recovery operation, along with numerous individuals from the Norfolk Jewish community and beyond.
...
Finally, on Sunday afternoon, Rabbi Bauman’s body was found at sea eight miles from where he had been swept under by a riptide, enabling him to be brought to kevuras Yisrael, and his family to mourn him by sitting shivah.
Rabbi Bauman, 35, who had dedicated his life to teaching Torah, was a source of monumental Kiddush Hashem in death, as locals marveled at how the Jewish community mobilized in the aftermath of the tragedy.
One woman, watching the volunteers on the beach, remarked, “I see you have a really strong community.”

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Another incident

Another incident of what appears to be an Israeli policeman pulling a Charedi man by the peyos.







And another:







And here's the one from a few weeks ago for which the policeman was suspended from duty. 



Video of  Mordechai Kreuzer, the man getting abused, talking about the incident

And what does this remind us of:






warning, first 30 seconds shows immodest lady TV anchor

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Charedi Power?

An old Jewish man in Nazi-era Europe used to read antisemitic newspapers. When asked why he said that it cheered him up. It says here that Jews run the banks, courts, universities, newspapers, and unions. I had no idea, he said. What good news. Likewise, in the State of Israel, an entire election will be repeated for the first time all because of fear of Charedi power. Last time I checked, there has never been a Charedi Prime Minister, President, Supreme Court Judge, Defense Minister, Chief of Military Staff, army general, Shin Bet or Mossad chief, newspaper or television station chief, major university president, Bank of Israel head, or head of any bank. Charedim have among the lowest standards of living in the country, but somehow we hold all this power. Must be magical. Who knew? What good news. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Still Want to Make Aliyah?

MKs, Officials Slam Police Over Brutality on Autistic Boy in Lag BaOmer Incident (Hamodia)

Cop suspended after video shows him pulling ultra-Orthodox man by sidelocks (Times of Israel)

Israeli police knock prosthetic leg off of an elderly Charedi man (Gezeiras Giyus)

All of this happened this summer.

"The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a ruthless nation with no respect for the old and no pity for the young." Devarim 28:49-50






The writing is on the walls. The State of Israel is not a safe place for Charedi Jews. Anti-Charedism, which is true anti-Semitism, is ubiquitous.
“People think that the aim of the Zionists is to make a State and their means to achieve this is to uproot the foundation of Judaism. But this is a mistake.  The truth is that their aim is to uproot the foundation of Judaism and their means to achieve this is to create a State.” Rav Chaim Soloveichik


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Israel Among the Least Religious Countries

Of the many lies I was told about the society in Israel, one of the more memorable lies is that the society in Eretz Yisroel is undergoing a religious revival. Kiruv is everywhere they said. Tel-Aviv has more than 100 kosher restaurants I was told by one Religious Zionist American-born "rabbi."

So it turns out that the 100 "kosher restaurants" consist largely of hole in the wall falafel stands, or candy stores that also serve decrepit pizza squares made in the micro-wave, many of them with marginal or unacceptable hasgacha.  Moreover, it's all they have among millions of Jews in the Tel Aviv metro area. You can walk the streets of Tel Aviv for hours as I have done before finding any eatery with any kind of pretense of keeping kosher. It's not so easy to find mezzuzos either and certainly not shuls of any kind that are being used as shuls.  Likewise, I have seen almost no evidence of a kiruv movement, have met very few Israeli baalei teshuvah, see next to no kiruv activity, events or schools. There's just a tiny little bit. Same as in America.

I mentioned the dearth of shuls used as shuls in Tel Aviv. Turns out there's a problem in Tel Aviv of what to do with unused shuls. See Haaretz article here. I know from frum neighborhoods that the moment a shul becomes vacant (prior tenants or owners move to a new facility) the old one is swept up by a minyan looking for a room. This does not happen in Tel Aviv where old shuls are being turned into hummos joints and the like. 




Also a sham are reports of widespread religious traditionalism. Note a recent survey by WIN/Gallup as reported by Haaretz.

Only 30% of Israelis say they are religious, survey finds; Thailand is most religious country in the world and China is the least. 
Israel is located in one of the most religious regions in the world, but Israelis have little faith, according to a recent WIN/Gallup poll that took the religious pulse of 65 countries.
Less than one-third of Israelis say they are religious, which is well below the norm in western Europe. It is however about equal with the level of religiosity in England and Scandinavia, the poll found, which are among the least religious areas in the world.
Around the globe, 63 percent of people polled say they are religious. Overall, the young tend to be the most religious (albeit by a narrow margin) – as are the least educated and the poorest, the poll found. Sixty-six percent of the world's people under 34 are religious, compared with 60 percent of others. (Haaretz)

Does this include Arab Israelis who overwhelmingly are religious? I would imagine it does not include the 4 million non-citizen Palestinians who, while under Israeli military rule, are written off the census as if they don't exist. Likely it includes the Dati Leumi who are arguably heretical in many respects but likely are deemed as religious by Gallup. Surely it includes Charedim who comprise 1/6th of the Jewish population. What does this tell you about Chilonim? They are utterly and totally non-religious. These Chilonim who run the so-called Jewish state, who run the government, the courts, the education ministry and chief posts, the medical establishment, the universities, the police, the newspapers, and the real power in the country, the military, are non-religious all while living in Eretz HaKodesh, polluting the land with sin.

So tell me, Zionism, does it have any connection to Judaism? Does it serve Hashem in any way? The allegedly religious Jews who have embraced Zionism and aided the formation of history's most extreme desecration of Hashem's name in Hashem's palace, what is going to be their fate?

Rav Chaim Soloveichik wrote of the early Zionist leaders, “They have already publicized the fact that their purpose is to uproot the foundations of Judaism.” He said, “People think that the aim of the Zionists is to make a State and their means to achieve this is to uproot the foundation of Judaism. But this is a mistake.  The truth is that their aim is to uproot the foundation of Judaism and their means to achieve this is to create a State.” How right he was. 



Dati Leumi people are also fond of attributing Sephardi style religious feeling to the State of Israel. Recently, I encountered a Sephardi plumber who showed up at my house bareheaded and dressed in blue jeans and a t-shirt with no apparent tzitzis. He was a pleasant enough fellow even as his attire certainly clashed with the dress standards in the neighborhood. But when I gave him a cup of water to drink, a big smile lit up his face and he put his arm over his head and said a loud bracha. It was quite a sight. 

To the Dati Leumi propagandist this is the State of Israel giving Jewish feeling. Actually, this man in Morocco or Iraq would have been totally religious. Nearly one-million Jews from Arab countries lost religion when they came to the Zionist state that worked actively to pull them from religion. This man's marginal religious practice is a credit to the Sephardi neshama but is an indictment of Zionism which, as Rav Chaim said, created a state in order to destroy religion.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hamodia: Israeli Police Officer Suspended for Brutality Against Chareidi Man



Beit Shemesh Police claimed that local resident Mordechai Kreuzer attacked officers and resisted arrest. “During the arrest an officer was injured in the leg, causing a fracture,” police said. 
However, video shows the police officer approach Kreuzer, shove him into a minivan, and strike him in the face, yanking his hair and dragging him by his peyos toward police vehicles. The man who was identified by the news outlet Kikar Shabbat as Beit Shemesh resident Mordechai Kreuzer, does not appear to resist. 
....

Kreuzer claimed that he was standing outside his home together with his wife and children observing the protest when a police officer collided with him and began to beat him. 
“He told me ‘you’re going to die today,’” Kreuzer told Kikar Shabbat. “He pulled my peyos — it was humiliating and painful. If he had pulled a little harder, they would have been torn. I couldn’t do anything, not even resist, and they say that I attacked police,” Kreuzer said. (Hamodia)


Times of Israel: Cop suspended after video shows him pulling ultra-Orthodox man by sidelocks

Hint: the police learn to treat people like this during their stint in the military when dealing with Palestinians. What we allow them to do there comes back to haunt us. It's like when Americans applaud the brutality that goes on in American prisons. They'll get what they deserve people say. But few stay in prison forever. At some point the convicts get out and unleash the brutality on the public. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Rabbi Yehuda (Leo) Levi z'l

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yehuda_(Leo)_Levi

Yehuda (Leo) Levi (January 15, 1926 – June 17, 2019) was a German-born American-Israeli Haredi rabbi, physicist, writer and educator. He was Rector and Professorof Electro-optics at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Levi was best known as the author of several books on Science and Judaism, and Judaism in contemporary society, as well as on physics.


Levi was born in Germany and was educated in the United States. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in electrical engineering from City CollegeN.Y. and his Ph.D in Physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1964. He studied Talmud at Gur Aryeh Institute's kollel, and received semicha (Rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner and additionally from Rabbi Joseph Breuer.
In 1970 he settled in Jerusalem with his wife and three sons, where he founded the electro-optics department of the Jerusalem College of Technology. He served as Rector of the college from 1982 to 1990.
Levi was a Fellow of the Gur Aryeh Institute for Advanced Jewish Scholarship, has been president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists [1], both in the U.S.A. and in Israel, and was the recipient of the Feder (Torah & Science) and Abramowitz-Zeitlin (Jewish literature) awards.
He was latterly part of the faculty at the Yeshivat Dvar Yerushalayim (The Jerusalem Academy of Jewish Studies).[1] Levi died in June 2019 at the age of 93.[2]

(Wikipedia, which is public domain material)

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Idolatry of Militarism

An askan who escorts bocherim/yungerleit to their court cases, relates this week’s cases: A working boy was arrested on chol hamoed pesach. He has undergone much difficulty in his life, including never knowing his father. After twelve hearings, this week he was crushed when handed a sentence of one hundred and thirty days in jail. Another story; a yungerman was arrested this week, nine months after his wedding. In his present jail setting, he’s only allowed seven minutes a day to call home. Another story; a bocher who attended a special ed cheder, was sentenced to seventy five days in jail. Even the secular lawyer expressed his disgust at such an unjust court system. 
Updates: Orah Chaya bas Bruria has been fully released from the threat of imprisonment. She does still need to attend a hearing in two weeks. She also does not yet have an army exemption. 
Daniel ben Haddasah Ki-Tov, the jailed bocher, refuses to wear army clothes, as a punishment he is forced to sit in solitary confinement. (The Sentry)

Post script: I know this bochur and his family. In fact, I know of two bochurim who are sitting in prison. Nice boys who have no business being in a jail. They are as far from criminals as young men can be. However, the army that does not need them and has 17,000 soldiers too many is part of a country that is so obsessed with militarism that it has the 5th most powerful army in the world even though it is the 100th in population and 149th in land area. Yet, it hasn't been attacked by another army in 50 years and was attacked that time in a limited assault that was avoidable by diplomacy (and arguably was just the aftershock of the war that it started in '67). Nevertheless, that state demands that all Jews practice its religion call militarism. If an arrested draft resister refuses to put on the pagan attire, ie a military uniform, he or she is put into solitary confinement. There are teenage Jewish frum boys and girls sitting in solitary confinement. This is called torture. Clothing is very important to religious Jews. We have all sorts of rules about clothing and about not wearing the clothing of gentiles. The State of Israel does not respect the religious rights of Charedi Jews. The so-called only democracy in the Mideast, which denies voting rights to a third of the people living under its rule, is not actually a democracy. It is a tyranny of the majority. True democracies give the right to vote to all and respect the rights of minorities. Israel, as any Ethiopian or Arab can tell you, doesn't do that. It is a pretend democracy just as it is a pretend haven for Jews. 

All you Orthodox Jews who didn't have any compassion on the Palestinians, that operated under the ridiculous notion that they all constitute the enemy (when in reality only some of them do), that turned away from 70 years of reports of horrible abuses by the Israelis, that weren't moved by concepts like justice and compassion, that only cared about your own group, well know the Israels are coming for you now. And they are trained in brutality. They are idol worshipers and such people are capable of every bad thing.

One way we know that the militarism is idolatry is by most of the people who comment on this blog. I have made more 830 posts here. I post material about minhag ashkenaz, I post words from Rav Hirsch, mostly recently on the idea of loving God, I post long divrei Torah from guest writers. I post about classical music. I post about different personalities who pursue Torah im Derech Eretz. On these themes, I hardly ever get a comment. If I make posts on how Jewish boys and girls are being abused by the secular authorities, I never get a comment. Nobody seems upset by that. If I highlight the state's liberal abortion laws and its killing of babies in their 9th month of pregnancy, I hear nothing from those who leave comments. But if I criticize the military in any way, even to say they really shouldn't be shooting journalists, children, and medics, I get complains of outrage, every time. If I question Dati Leumi doctrine that says for example that the 6-day war was not a miracle but a war which as historian Benny Morris says where the stronger side won, I'll get a dozen comments of complaint, of outrage. 

The people who leave these comments are idol worshipers.  I always wondered, how did the Jews of old worship idols. Didn't they know it was wrong? Didn't they read the thousand warnings against idol worship in the Torah? Didn't those Jews of old say shema twice a day?

And I have learned from most of the people who leave comments on this blog (except for Sara and one or two others) that they justify it. Their heads get in this crazy knot of logic and they somehow deem their action to be in accordance with Judaism and even noble. It's incredible to watch it. It gets to the point where the suffering of Jewish teenagers doesn't even move them. Their hearts have become metallic, like steel, the material used to make weapons, the weapons that they worship like gods.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Only in Israel

A family in Bnei Brak home schooled their two girls. They were thus unaware that they must send in army exemption papers, as this is normally arranged through the school. When it came to their attention, it was too late and the army demanded they present themselves at the Lishkas HaGiyus for a religious test, which is strictly forbidden, and they refused. They therefore are legally considered draft dodgers. Last Wednesday they were at the Kosel, when they were approached by police, who demanded their identification. The mother whispered to them, “Don’t reveal who you are, thereby placing yourselves in spiritual danger of army coercion.” They remained silent, and were handcuffed and arrested. They were taken to a prison were no kosher food was available and languished there without eating. On Sunday, the mother compromised with police, they will reveal their identity, if they will not be given over to military police. The police slyly released the girls, with military police waiting outside to pick them up. They are currently jailed in military prison number four, where they refuse to don army clothes and are therefore sitting in solitary confinement. The names for Tehillim are, Moriah Leah bas Bruria and Orah Chaya bas Bruria. Two polar extremes, mesiras nefesh of the past, and unparalleled cruelty of dark chapters of our history. [the Sentry]
 The State of Israel - not a safe place for Charedi Jews.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Anti-Charedism and Anti-Torah in the Land of Israel

The following is an article about abortion from the Jerusalem Post, one of the country's most "prestigious" newspapers. 






It is not an opinion piece officially. Not a letter to the editor. It's an article. It appears in the Israel News section. See the little category tags up top? It says Israel News. 




When there's an official opinion piece, it appears in the opinion section. 

See the little category tag up top. It says Opinion.




The article on abortion that is classified as news drops all journalistic objectivity when it comes to Charedim and traditional Jewish values. Look at some of these comments.


First, when the haredim got the abortion committees established, they never envisioned that they would become rubber stamps, and considered them a moral victory by having blocked a “right” to an abortion.
Next, as high as the approval rate is, the committees’ very existence does heavily discourage abortions and push people off the radar. Some experts estimate that half of the abortions in Israel are done illegally and outside the abortion committee system.
Reasons women might go this path could be: They do not realize the committees are a rubber stamp; they do not want to lie and say they will have mental problems; the child is from an affair; or that the committees’ process sometimes delays the abortion for a few weeks before it reaches a decision.
Haredim may not like this either, but they tend to prefer solutions that are off the radar which they do not have to publicly be a part of.

It doesn't refer to Haredi activitists, Haredi lobbyists, or Haredi elected politicians, but rather - the Haredim. They talk about us like we are some kind of bacteria or plague, some amorphous group of troublemakers. We are always up to something sinister, right? Reminds you of anti-Semitic chatter in 19th century Europe; those devious Jews -- that's the portrayal. Only here they slip in the word Charedim. Zionists claim that criticism of the Israeli government is really a disguised anti-Semitism. So what about broad condemnations of those Charedim? Isn't that the same thing? This is what passes for a mainstream institution of journalism in Israeli society. 

Look at that last statement: "off the radar" and "do not have to publicly be part of." Because Charedim are hypocrites right? We are crazy right?  We are unreasonable, out of control extremists, right?  So says the President of the Esavist state Reuven Rivlin. 


“There is a dangerous enemy that poses a threat to our joint [i.e. secular and religious] future… the extremists, including those who view induction of women into the army as …יהרג וא' יעבור ." (Kol Dimama 2:27)
A dangerous enemy! Extremists! And Rivlin is one of the more civilized sounding politicians. He talks about things like getting along and listening to each other. He has even criticized Israeli society. He said that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment. He even talks about rights for Arabs. But Charedim are a dangerous enemy to him. He doesn't consider that we view the army culture as a threat to our religion. Doesn't consider that. We are just enemies. We don't interfere with the army. Many of us even say tefillas that the soldiers should be safe. I have made tefillas like that. When a soldier gets hurt or killed, I generally feel sick the whole day. It pains me so. But no, we are enemies and dangerous enemies at that. He actually uttered these inflammatory remarks, this man who wants everyone to get along. This Israeli leader of many years, a statesman of the country who said about Israelis, “I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?” 





Seems he was referring to Israelis when they talk about Arabs. Evidentially, the importance of civilized conversation as the mark of a decent human being doesn't apply when talking about Charedim.

Can you image disparaging comments like that appearing in the Boston Globe? Imagine an American liberal politician in high office calling an American conservative the enemy, or vice versa. It would be a scandal. Look out when an Israeli leader calls you an enemy. They don't hesitate to drop American made bombs on your heads, Heaven save us, even though we are extremist.

Somehow having the most liberal abortion laws in the world, which the JPost article acknowledges the Zionist state as having, are not extreme. 

But back to the Jpost article. The JPost comments about Charedim are followed by this: "Besides that, the haredim have their own secrets to deal with. While there are no numbers, there is a phenomena of haredi women who get pregnant outside of marriage and whose situations are covered-up to avoid shame personally and to the community."

Phenomena? I suppose it's possible that there are a handful of abortions in the Charedi community each year that are not done to save the mother's life. But the numbers aren't even close to comparable. Could there be 2 or 3 maybe as compared to 10,000 abortions from the Chilonim. But the way this author puts it, you wouldn't know that. He leaves it vague, like he's exposing a widespread problem and pervasive hypocrisy.  It's just a pot shot, an expression of hostility. It's not professional journalism. It's just insults. That's how you talk about Charedim. You just dish out insults. That's OK in the State of Israel. It's not OK in the USA or England. But in Israel, no problem. When you discuss aliyah or different ways of going about Zionism, you express opinions. When you disparage Charedim, it's not opinion. It's fact. That's the way it works in Israel.

Look at this line:


On the liberal end, between 96% and 98% of women who seek state financing for an abortion are approved. Just as crucially, Israel approves abortions as late as the 40th week of pregnancy.
This is a very high rate and a very late approval deadline relative to any Western country, and makes the US look medieval with its first trimester cutoff.

So allowing abortions in the 40th week is somehow enlightened, but the approach in the US of stopping it after 3 months is medieval! 

Here's what "What to Expect" says about the 40th week. "It's the official end of your pregnancy - though your baby might not have gotten that memo." (Source) You hear that, your baby. At 40 weeks, it's a baby.

"The average length of a pregnancy is 40 weeks starting at the first day of your last menstrual period. The stages of pregnancy can also be broken down by months. There are 9 months and 1 week in an average pregnancy duration. The 9 months alone are comprised of 39 weeks (1 week short of 40) which is why the extra week is added." (The Pregnancy Realm)

Babies start to kick in the 4th or 5th month. Babies can live outside the womb at 22 weeks, around the same time. But in the Esavist state, the government approves and pays for the abortion of babies as late as the 40th week, on their due dates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Israeli government allows for the killing of a baby that if allowed to exit the womb will be crying and breathing. If a boy, eight days later he'll get a bris and a name. If a girl, she'll get a name sooner that that. 


Baby at 40th week, just born

But the Jerusalem Post, in a news article, tells you how abortion in the 40th week is progressive, enlightened.

This is murder. Murderers! This is killing. Esav! It's the country of Esav. But to the Jerusalem post in an official article, not an opinion piece, any other approach is medieval, primitive, ignorant and the Charedim are up to some kind of dirty tricks for trying to stop it.

The State of Israel, the Mistake of Israel, its secular institutions, its press, its general society, is the most God-hating, Torah hating, religious Jew hating society on the planet. And that is real Antisemitism. Charedim are trying to uphold Jewish values. That makes them TOO Jewish. In Israel, they only want you to be a little Jewish. A tiny, little bit. Just a tiny, tiny litte bit, just enough to justify having a secular state, violently conquering the place,  and pushing out the local Arabs. Your grandmother was in Auschwitz. That's it. That's all the Judaism they want to see in you. In fact, that's the very kind they like to see because that in their eyes justifies the state since the military will provide the protection that God could not. That's not me talking -- I'm telling you how they see it in their heretical eyes. 

The Charedim are trying to save babies. And that makes the Jerusalem Post - a mainstream paper - just furious. The so-called haven for Jews, the place where they want to draft everyone into the anti-religious indoctrination camp called the military so that allegedly they can protect Jews, has violently killed (that's how abortion works, you have to kill something that's living) more than 1 million Jewish babies. The state approves of and pays for the majority of abortions. How dare those pesky Charedim, those menaces, those enemies, try to interfere with that? 

But it's not just the Jerusalem Post or the President. It's also the government ministers and radio hosts. If you can tell me how the anti-Charedi sentiments in the Esavist state sound any different from those of Nazi Germany, I'd be interested in hearing it. The Nazis called us parasites and the Chilonim call us parasites.

The State of Israel:



“They are useless,” he said, “they don’t produce anything, don’t contribute anything, they don’t plant a tree or a tomato, don’t manufacture high-tech.” 

“They are parasites of the worse kind, and as far as I am concerned – if it was realistic – I would pack them up in one package and send them to their primitive brothers in the dark courtyards of Brooklyn, Queens and all the other places they should live in; let Americans handle them.” (Source)

Of the worst kind. The worst! Wouldn't a parasite of the worst kind be one that latches his teeth onto your neck and literally sucks your blood or eats your flesh or something like that. The worst kind! This is Nazi talk.


The first guy is a radio host, the second guy, Mickey Levy is the deputy finance minister!

The former defense minister said, "the time has come that something be demanded of them in return for once”and "we won’t allow for the whole country to become Shtreimel wearers”. That's like an American leader mocking the baseball cap, l'havdil. Lieberman doesn't like shtreimels. Meanwhile, the male ancestors of the majority of the Ashkenazi residents of the country wore shtreimels. If he is actually Jewish, then his likely did too. 


And then there's Zionists of every type and stripe:



Note the quote used in the subtitle, got to get the word parasites in there. Sums up how the JPost feels about it. Doesn't say much for the schools of journalism at Israeli universities. 

Some examples from the article:

“It’s shocking because a lot of the protest is illogical,” said Aurora Carlson. “Why shouldn’t they contribute to the public good? Why should they be parasites? I view this as desperate, because they’re scared to take any responsibility for the land they live in.”

Any responsibility? In Israel, there's only one kind of action that is deemed indicative of a sense of responsibility evidently. Military service. That's it. If you don't do that, you must be a bum. Somehow the military is a universal value in Israel. It's the religion really, the state religion. Sorry, Charedim have a different religion. 

Don Graber said, “This would be more honorable if they didn’t accept money from the state and benefit from it in so many ways,” he said. “But it’s not honorable, because they take hundreds of millions [of shekels] in welfare and give nothing in return.”

Nothing in return? In the eyes of the typical Israeli, the only way to contribute to a society is via the military. If you don't do that, you are doing nothing. At the least they can do national service, they say. 

Do these communists need a course in capitalism? Is the only way to contribute to a society via a government program where you do make work. Doesn't a guy with a plumbing business contribute to society? How about a teacher? According to IDF radio correspondent Yossi Joshua, the military has 17,000 soldiers too many. So does a young person contribute to society by being yet another solider who is not needed? Or can he contribute more by doing something in the private sector? Israelis think they gave up socialism and now have a free enterprise system, but they still have this nostalgia for government control of people's lives.

Meanwhile, most Charedim work. The State of Israel has a paltry welfare system and a high cost of living. Nobody can live on the meager government handouts. Charedim are not getting their money from the Israeli government. But why would a Charedi hater ever check facts? No need when it comes to Charedim. Rather, just pass along what  you heard from your loudmouth uncle. And every Israeli has a loudmouth uncle.

I say again, young Charedi males are not allowed to work lest they lose their draft exemption and be forced into the heretical brainwashing machine called the military. The biggest source of unemployment in the Charedi community is the Israeli government and the Israeli obsession with its military.

The typical government kollel stipend is $100 a month. You can't get an apartment for less than $1,000 a month in most places. In Jerusalem, it's quite a bit more. Charedim are not living on government handouts. In fact, the paltry yeshiva grants are a money maker for Israel. For every dollar the government gives to yeshiva gadolas 6 dollars are raised in overseas contributions. That money goes into the Israeli economy. The Israeli yeshiva system is a profit center for Israel. That's for operational costs. On top of that are construction donations. If you see any Charedi building of any quality in Israel, you'll see also place names like Brooklyn or Los Angeles on it. The money doesn't come from the Israeli government. It comes from overseas Charedi donors and goes into the Israeli economy. 

Meanwhile, Haaretz reported some time ago that the State of Israel has received more than a quarter of a trillion dollars from the American government over the decades. That plus the billions and billions supplied by donors in chutzeh l'aaretz, pushkas and bonds and trees for the JNF. Handouts and handouts and handouts. How quickly they forget!!! Israel gets 4 billion dollars a year from the US government even as it claims to be an affluent society with a cutting edge technology. So it claims. But the Charedim are parasites. Ah the hypocracy.

In this article in the rag called the Jerusalem Post, there's a photo of some soldiers walking past some Charedi boys at a protest. The Post puts this caption on the photo

  IDF soldiers help provide security for the protest.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

In case you think I'm making this up:





I have seen a few protests in my day, there is no security offered by the military, nor the police. It's not necessary with regard to Charedi actions. Outside of burning a garbage can or two (which happens some of the time), there's no vandalism or violence, except by the police. You see how non-violent the Charedim are because the police walk right up to them, which is something they do don't with Arabs. It is non-violent, civil disobedience. If the police do anything, it's arrest people. The Charedim need protection from the police. They also need protection from Chilonim who I have seen beat and spray mace at Charedim. The JPost caption is so obnoxious and ridiculous. It's a pure lie. It's a 100% lie. This is the Jerusalem Post, the main Anglo paper of the alleged capital city. And these people claim to have a modern Western democracy with respectable institutions. 

And speaking of propagandists and liars:


Nazi Germany:


Translation: the Jew as world parasite. 

“Whenever the strength of the soaring Nordic spirit begins to weaken, the earth-bound Ahasver sucks on the tiring muscles; whenever a wound appears in a nation’s body the Jewish demon finds the sick place and as a parasite benefits from the weak moments of the world’s great. He does not wish to achieve domination through the heroism of battle, but rather to make the world “pay” (zinsbar machen) the fantastically strong parasites. Not fight, but inflitrate, not advance values but exploit decay, that is the law that he follows and can never escape — so long as he lives." (Alfred Rosenberg writes about the Jews in The Myth of the Twentieth Century in G. G. Otto, Der Jude als Weltparasit (Munich: Eher Verlag, 1943)
Note how the Nazi propaganda condemns Jews for not being interested in being part of German militarism. Sound familiar?
The world has sufficient space for settlements, but we must once and for all get rid of the opinion that the Jewish race was only created by God for the purpose of being in a certain percentage a parasite living on the body and the
productive work of other nations. (Adolf Hitler, January 30, 1939, Shoah Research Center

[N.H. Baynes, ed., The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, I, London, 1942, pp. 737-741. See Document 4.] 

Oh yes, the Nazis called us parasites as do many Israelis.

And like Israelis, the Nazis called us enemies.

State of Israel
 "In Israel the supposed enemy is the Charedi society. The media is obsessed with it and the only thing apparently that Israel has to fear is that there will soon be more Charedim in its midst. But again this is a false enemy." R' Berel Wein
 Tiveria Mayor Ron Kobi, who won in a landslide said during the campaign, “It is preferable to have an(d) Arab city than a chareidi one.” You can imagine what he says about Arabs. And Tiberia is one of the four holy cities of Israel. The Rambam is buried there! But the mayor doesn't want religious Jews there. He thinks the Keneret is for water skiing. And as we showed earlier:
“There is a dangerous enemy that poses a threat to our joint [i.e. secular and religious] future… the extremists, including those who view induction of women into the army as …יהרג וא' יעבור ." Israel President Reuven Rivlin (Kol Dimama 2:27)

Nazi Germany
The Jewish watchword "Workers of the world unite"will be conquered by a higher realization, namely "Workers of all classes and of all nations, recognize your common enemy!" (Adolf Hilter, 1939)
[Shoah Research Center, Yad v'Shem, N.H. Baynes, ed., The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, I, London, 1942, pp. 737-741. See Document 4.]

Is that enough examples for you? Shall I go on for a 100 more pages? This kind of talk, these kinds of attitudes permeate the society. I grew up in America where I didn't experience much anti-Semitism. Very little. I didn't understand anti-Semitism until I moved to the land of Israel. Only there did I learn what it's like to be hated, to be slandered, lied about, despised. 

The most anti-Semitic society on earth is Israeli society. If you want to understand Jewish history, if you want to get a sense of the persecution that your ancestors endured, if you want to see what your great-great grandmother's grandmother went through living in a society whose state religion differed from hers, who had to fight, to battle in order to keep the Torah, battle against enemies of God, then come to Israel. I don't recommend it, but you will learn something if it doesn't destroy you.