Thursday, April 05, 2012
The Reform Synagogue's Fascists and Book Burners
disdain for the "Reform" synagogue movement. It is not because Reform
Jews do not observe much Jewish ritual. It is none of my business how
much ritual other Jews observe and I never preach to others about
their own observance or lack thereof. I think it is my job to
endeavor to keep more commandments in a better way, while what YOU do
is your decision and concern.
The problem is that if the Reform movement was ever an actual branch
of Judaism, and I doubt that it ever was, it has long since
deteriorated into little more than a politicized movement of faddy
liberalism, where political liberalism replaces Judaism as the
pseudo-theology of the Reform Jews. Reform "rabbis" spend their
"sermons" preaching trendy liberal causes. The "Religious Action
Center" of the Reform movement serves as political spokes-organ for
the movement and is nothing more than a lobby group for far-leftist
causes. It is well to the Left of the Democrat Party.
Reform Jews invariably support and vote for the political candidates
who are furthest Left, no matter how anti-Israel they might be. Most
still regard Obama as their secular messiah. Some Reform "leaders"
are active in anti-Israel NGOs and smear campaigns, including the
boycott/divestment economic warfare against Israel. Reform "theology"
is shallow and insulting to the intellect. Secular Jews who do not
wish to observe Judaism are free not to do so, but why invent a
pseudo-religion to sanctify their own indifference or laziness?
Most Israelis, including most secular Israelis, consider the Reform
movement in Israel (a small one does exist) as a goofy movement
divorced from Israeli reality. In fact, few secularists regard the
Reform institutions in Israel as legitimate manifestations of Judaism.
In no small degree, that is because they really are NOT legitimate
manifestations of Judaism.
Like in the US, the Reform movement in Israel is highly politicized
and highly active and self-conscripted in promoting the political
agenda of the Left. This goes well beyond mere Orthodox bashing.
Like in the US, the Israeli Reformies are obsessed with gay
"marriage," and in fact this is probably the most unambiguous defining
issue for the entire Reform movement today. (Remember the US
Reformies bad-mouthing the boy scouts for not having gay scout
leaders?). The Reformies in Israel also tend to leap onto all other
passing political bandwagons of the Left, regarding everything from
radical feminism to radical environmentalism. The Reform movement
believes that the best way for Judaism to survive is to redefine it as
political liberalism. The fact that no one needs to be Jewish or
remain Jewish in order to be a liberal is just one of those things the
Reformie leaders have never gotten around to contemplating.
Well, now the Israeli Reform movement has gone beyond liberal
goofiness and has joined in the wave of leftist fascism that is
seeking to suppress freedom of speech in Israel. Yes, the Reform
movement has joined Israel's leftwing book burners.
The Israeli Reform movement joined the Supreme Court petition this
week submitted by Far Leftists demanding that the authors of the
controversial book "The Teachings of the King" be arrested and their
books burned. The Left (and some non-leftists) regard the book as
"racist." Suppose that it is. The Reformies are demanding that
freedom of speech be denied to those it regards as "racist." (It
never had a word to say about the denial of freedom of speech in
Israel for the Kahanists. It has also never demanded that any Arabs
and Leftwing anti-Semites be prosecuted and suppressed because they
are racists.) The petition by the Reformies also demands that anyone
who recommends that others read the book in question should be
indicted. So Rabbis and others who recommend that people read the
book, even if the person making the recommendation does not agree with
the book's contents, should also be persecuted and denied freedom of
speech. This is the Reform movement's idea of pluralism and tolerance
in a democracy.
I confess I have not read the book but I recommend that YOU read it,
and anyone who does not like the fact that I recommended it can come
and arrest me right now before I exhaust myself in Passover cleaning!
When democracy is suppressed in a country, the only proper place for
honest men is in prison! Certainly NOT in the Reform synagogue
The Brain Dead Israeli Left
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 5, 2012
The Israeli left is dead. It's politically dead, conceptually dead and
brain dead. But like the fabled Norwegian blue parrot, there is an
industry dedicated to assuring us that it's still alive and well, just
pining for the peace process.
The left in Israel is one of the few in the world to exist on foreign
subsidies. Without generous funds from the European Union, the State
Department, George Soros and assorted members of the Shadow Party, the
last remnants of the Israeli left would have packed up their
suitcases, their degrees in art philosophy and their framed photos of
Amos Oz and Leon Trotsky and moved to Paris or San Francisco.
Israelis are about as eager to vote for the left as chickens are to
saunter into a KFC restaurant. Israel's equivalent of the Democratic
Party, the once dominant Labor Party has shrunk to being only the
fifth largest party in the country. Meretz, the Israeli equivalent of
the Green Party, the vanguard of the left, has three seats in the
Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Only the Arab parties seem to be
doing well, led by Hadash, the Arab Communist Party, where Israeli
leftists who think Meretz is too moderate go.
And just to remind Israelis of why they left the left behind, a few
hundred left-wing activists gathered in front of the Habima Theater in
Tel Aviv to protest against any strike on Iran. The old slogan of the
left, "An entire generation demands peace" had given way to signs
reading, "The nation demands Iranian friends", which sounded more like
a nursery school slogan. Equally idiotic signs read, "Social justice
does not equal war with Iran" and "No to pre-emptive suicide".
The entire event was a cliché complete with red banners, colored
scarves and dopey participants who seemed to have no knowledge
whatsoever of the world outside Tel Aviv. A number of protesters urged
negotiations with Iran, apparently unaware that Iran does not
recognize Israel as a country, making any negotiations impossible.
Iran's Islamic leaders have repeatedly called for Israel to be wiped
off the map, which is not the behavior of a regime interested in
The rally followed the even more ridiculous, "Israel Loves Iran"
Facebook campaign which combined the grandiosity of social media with
the empty mindless sentimentality which has characterized the rhetoric
of the Israeli peace camp.
"Iranians We Will Never Bomb Your Country: We Love You", read posters
that looked like they were designed by teenage girls. There are photos
of narcissistic young couples staring into the camera, Israelis
kissing Iranians, Iranians kissing Israelis, Israeli hippies kissing
other Israeli hippies and bored Europeans looking to fill a vacuum
after the Arab Spring trying to join in the fun.
"Israel Loves Iran" turned out to be the perfect campaign for those
too lazy to stand in front of the Habima Theater for an hour holding
up a hand-lettered sign and made for excellent headlines. News stories
reported on the 50,000 likes for the Facebook group, a small number
even in a country as small as Israel, and much of the activity on the
group appears to consist of German and Spanish language posters.
The Iranian responses have been more discreet. The star of a video
titled "Iran Loves Israel" has his face covered reminding the more
sensible participants of the futility of the whole affair. Iranians
generally do not hate Israel, but they have no say in their
government's policy. After Ahmadinejad's victory, it's clear that they
don't have a choice in any element of their government.
The Israeli participants represent an even more marginal group that
despite all the banners and signs reading, "The Nation" and "The
People" hardly represent anyone at all. Haaretz, the lead organ of the
left, was forced to concede that only a few hundred people had
bothered to come in person to the rally. The Facebook campaigners have
as little influence over their government as the Iranians do over
theirs, but the reasons for that are different. The Iranian regime is
not open or democratic. Israel is. The Iranian protesters may
represent the popular voice, the Israeli protesters most certainly do
The best rebuttal to both sides comes from the Supreme Leader of Iran,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said four years ago, "It is incorrect,
irrational, pointless and nonsense to say that we are friends of
Israeli people… Who are Israelis… They are combatants at the disposal
of Zionist operatives. A Muslim nation cannot remain indifferent
vis-a-vis such people who are stooges at the service of the arch-foes
of the Muslim world."
After the stolen election and the consolidation of power, Iran's
nuclear bomb will be in the hands of the Supreme Leader. Ayatollah
Khamenei will decide what to do with the weapon and he has already
stated that, "We are on a collision course with the occupiers of
That collision course does not depend on Israeli action, it depends on
Israeli inaction. Iran does not need Israel to attack it in order to
justify an attack. The attack has already been justified countless
times by the regime and by Islamic theologians. The only thing missing
is the weapon that can finish the job and that is what Iran's nuclear
program is there for.
On Shimon Peres' 80th birthday, Bill Clinton stopped by to serenade
the godfather of peaceniks with a round of John Lennon's Imagine. But
yet even Peres delivered a speech recently in which he said, "A peace
that is a dream for both of us, is a nightmare for the Ayatollahs in
Iran. Iran is an evil, cruel, morally corrupt regime. It is based on
destruction and is an affront to human dignity. Iran is the center.
The sponsor. The financer of world terror. Iran is a danger to the
Those simple ideas still escapes much of the Israeli left which
insists on playing red-shirted Eloi, weaving flowers in their hair and
pretending that hating their country and loving their enemies will
make everything right.
But if Israel truly loves Iran then it will take out its nuclear
program. Preventing the Ayatollahs from gaining nuclear capability
will save millions of lives on both sides that would otherwise be lost
in a nuclear exchange. The truest form of love for the people of Iran
will be to save them from that fate so that the people of Tehran and
Tel Aviv, including the red shirted sheep grazing around the Habima
Theater will be able to go on living their lives.
3. I think the entire Middle East conflict and debate over
alternative policy choices for Israel can be summed up in the
following manner, in a way that even a Leftist can comprehend:
The only thing more harmful and damaging to Israel and the
Jewish nation than "occupation" is the removal of "occupation."
4. Gunter Grass is a fashionable literary figure from the worst
nation of murderers the world has ever known. He served as a Waffen
SS Panzer soldier during his country's protest against Jewish
occupation. Best recognized for his Hitler moustache, he later became
a semi-communist. He is so anti-Semitic that he even was awarded a
Nobel Prize in Literature (often a prerequisite for that prize).
Well, now he has decided that annihilating Israel is much more
important than preventing Iran from nuking Europe and other places.
After all, Jews are Untermenschen. See:
A true disciple of his Fuhrer.
5. The two Beggars of Passover; a Story: