WHERE WAS G-D AT AUSCHWITZ?
Emil Fackenheim, a great philosopher, rabbi and survivor of Auschwitz asked “Where was G-d at Auschwitz?” He sought an answer to this question for a lifetime. He did not want Hitler to have a posthumous victory by proclaiming the State of Israel a resulting gift to the Jewish people bestowed upon us because of the atrocities of Hitler’s Nazi army.
Immediately following his death in September of 2003, the Guardian published an obituary wherein Lawrence Joffe wrote:
In the mid-1960s, Fackenheim coined a 614th commandment, not listed in the Hebrew Bible – “not to despair of God and not to despair of man”; as a corollary, he argued that Jewish survival “denied Hitler a posthumous victory”. And only a strong Israel, he continued, could prevent Jews vanishing from history.
For Fackenheim, the existence of the State of Israel was a Jewish imperative. He, in the words of Joffe:
“found solace in the kabbalistic paradigm of tikkun olam – mending a shattered world. Relating small acts of courage and charity in the camps could help humanity salvage shards of goodness and justice, thereby reaffirming a seemingly absent God. He posited triumph over the Nazi “hegemony of death” by recasting Heidegger’s concept of transcendence in religious terms. “
If advocating for the State of Israel was, as Fackenheim believed, a small step toward fixing a broken world, groups like Naturei Karta are shattering it.
We cannot say for sure how many members of Naturei Karta’s members are descendants of survivors of the atrocities of Hitler’s Germany. We posit that there are many. We are unable to fathom a group of Jews fighting against a Jewish homeland. Worse still is the formulated and articulated belief that “Resisting the Israeli Draft” is the last chapter in a struggle against Zionism.
Do these so-called Jews believe that they would be any less dead were Iran to launch a nuclear weapon against the State of Israel? Do they believe that their loved ones would be any more likely than any other Jew to survive a suicide bomber were those loved ones to come face to face with one? Are they naive enough to think that were the State of Israel to be destroyed, were it to be taken over by Islamic fundamentalists, were it even to be handed over to each of the countries from which land was either given or won in battle: Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, they would be welcome there?
Setting politics aside, these are a group of Jews, proud to be advocating for the destruction of fellow Jews and a Jewish homeland. It matters not their reasons. It is of little difference their justification. Many of them live in a State and advocate for its very destruction.
WATCH: Shocking Videos Of Satmar Day Camp Activities Emerge On Social Media
(Friday, August 19th, 2016 11:51 AM)
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In the attached videos currently viral on social media, there are two clips combined.
The clips were taken in the past two weeks at two separate Satmar day camps.
The first part of the video was taken at a camp affiliated with the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, HaRav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum Shlita. The children are seen holding a fake anti-Israel protest, with the children making anti-Israel signs and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
The second part of the clip was taken at a camp affiliated with the Satamr Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, HaRav Aharon Teitelbaum Shlita. In this camp activity, the young children are all given eggs and when the mock vehicle with the “Prime Minister of Israel” drives through the crowd, the children pelt the vehicle – covering it in eggs. Chants of “Bibi Netanyahu shame on you!” can be heard as the children cover the vehicle in eggs.
If that’s not disturbing enough, the egging incident was taken a step further.
Not only were the children thought to throw things at someone you disagree with, not to mention a moving vehicle, and not only was the blatant disregard for Baal Tashchis displayed on a mass scale – but the newspaper (Der Blatt) aligned with this Satmar faction proudly covered this story. (See attached photos)
If anyone wonders where the deep hatred comes from to yell Nazi at other Jews, to have the Chutzpah to call 100-year-old Mahigei Hador “reshoyim” and “lowlives”, it begins at age 5 and ends in violent Hafganos in Meah Shearim, where public property is destroyed, the lives of tens of thousands are inconvenienced and people are violently attacked.
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ARON WIEDER – A Nightmare for New York State, a Highly Beholden Political Figure, Anti Child Victim’s Act, Anti – Secular Education, Anti – Inspections
ARON WIEDER –
ANTI THE SECULAR AND NON-JEWISH WORLD
If ever there were someone suitably unsuited to run for an assembly seat, and there are many, it is Aron Wieder. His Legislature seat in Rockland County, according to one commenter, has been the worst thing to happen to the children of Rockland, particularly East Ramapo Central School District, marking the school district’s demise.
Legislator Wieder has unabashedly spoken out against a monitor with veto power. He has systematically criticized the Rockland County Executive Ed Day for his position on inspections of Yeshivas and other properties, as well as his decision to enforce County tax laws. He has spoken of racism in Rockland County incessantly, but not about how unwelcome non-Jews are in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods and how the non-Yeshiva contingent of children in East Ramapo are being deprived an appropriate education. Aron Wieder has systematically denied the poor behavior of many of his minions, crying racism in every criticism.
Legislator Wieder avidly supports Christopher St. Lawrence whose actions have nearly bankrupted Ramapo.
The New York State Assembly needs Aron Wieder like a “hole in the head.”
Fundamentalism in Judaism – A Slippery Slope
Lost Messiah June 24, 2016
We have been covering ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalism in recent weeks as it has become more prevalent and more imposing upon other Jews and non-Jews alike. We see little difference in some circles between ultra-Orthodox fundamentalist Jews and Muslims and have illustrated our point in several articles.
On June 23, 2016, The New York Times published an article questioning the divide between “[Israel’s] increasingly strict ultra-Orthodox religious establishment and Jews abroad over the age-old question of “who is a Jew.”” What we find most disturbing about the article is the “criteria” by which a Rabbi must be ordained to perform conversions, which is set by a the Rabbinate in Israel. Like all things ordained (OU certification) we believe that there is a slippery slope created when a single rabbinate gets to choose which universities and places of higher learning are deemed “kosher” enough to perform conversions.
Are the Rabbi’s hands clean enough to make such determination? At what point does this become a business endeavor enshrouded in religious garb? Are we placing too much power in the hands of too few? Are we not setting the stage for Judaism to adopt extremist values over Torah values, many of which in our view are antithetical to extremism? At what point will the Jews have imposed upon them the Jewish equivalent of Sharia law?
Who Is a Jew? Maybe Not Woman Converted by Esteemed New York Rabbi
JERUSALEM — Critics of Israel’s chief rabbinate have long complained that scores of American converts to Judaism have trouble getting approval to marry in Israel. Now, one such case with a celebrity connection could break open the rabbinate’s longstanding secrecy over which foreign rabbis are approved to conduct conversions.
The case involves an American who, shortly after her Orthodox conversion in New York, became engaged to an Israeli, only to have the local rabbinical court in his hometown reject her status as a Jew when they tried to register for marriage.
As it turns out, the rabbi who signed the woman’s conversion certificate also converted Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and officiated at Ms. Trump’s 2009 wedding to Jared Kushner, the newspaper publisher now planning the presumptive Republican nominee’s potential transition to the White House.
The rabbi, Haskel Lookstein, is one of the most respected Orthodox rabbis in New York, where he has led Manhattan’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun for decades, after taking over the pulpit from his father. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University in recognition for what it called “the influential role he has played in deepening Jewish values and heritage among American Jewry.”
The case raises the question of whether Ms. Trump — who said in a Vogue magazine interview last year that she and her husband were “pretty observant,” keeping kosher and the Jewish Sabbath — would be accepted as Jewish herself in all quarters in Israel.
More broadly, it illustrates a growing divide between Israel’s increasingly strict ultra-Orthodox religious establishment and many Jews abroad over the age-old question of “who is a Jew” that has complicated Israel’s relationship with the diaspora for decades.
The Israeli rabbinate, which controls Jewish marriage and most Jewish burial sites in the country, does not recognize non-Orthodox streams of Judaism like Reform and Conservative, with which the majority of affiliated American Jews identify. In rejecting Rabbi Lookstein’s conversion and those of others in similar positions, the rabbinical authorities now risk alienating Jews abroad who practice modern Orthodoxy according to Halakha, or Jewish law.
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“Ten years ago, if an Orthodox rabbi in good standing performed a conversion, it would have been a given that it would be accepted here,” said Rabbi Seth Farber, the founder of Itim, an Israeli organization that has been critical of the rabbinate and is pressing the case of Rabbi Lookstein’s American convert.
He added, “I’d say this is unprecedented in Jewish history, that one group of rabbis rejects another.”
Itim handles up to 150 cases a year of modern-Orthodox converts from the United States who are struggling to get married in Israel or are experiencing other issues with the religious establishment. As Rabbi Farber put it, “Almost everyone has problems nowadays.”
The American convert, who is appealing her case to Israel’s supreme rabbinical court, declined to be interviewed, and the rabbis discussed her situation on the condition that she not be identified in order to protect her privacy.
Her supporters said that she converted just over a year ago, after about a year of study, and soon met the man who would become her fiancé in Petah Tikva, a bedroom community near Tel Aviv. The rabbinical court there first ruled in April that her conversion was invalid.
After a preliminary hearing in the supreme rabbinical court in Jerusalem, Rabbi Itamar Tubul, the director of the chief rabbinate’s department of personal status and conversion, wrote a letter to the Petah Tikva court saying that the conversion certificate signed by Rabbi Lookstein was “approved by the chief rabbinate of Israel.” (Two other Kehilath Jeshurun rabbis also signed the certificate.)
But the Petah Tikva court issued a second ruling against the conversion on June 8, saying that it had found no mention of Rabbi Lookstein on its lists of approved rabbis.
Rabbi Lookstein, 84, is now in an emeritus position at Kehilath Jeshurun, which has a membership of 1,100 families, and is considered one of the most established and mainstream Orthodox rabbis in America.
In a telephone interview, he said that this case was a first for him, though he was not aware of anyone else who had been converted by him or his colleagues at Kehilath Jeshurun who then tried to marry in Israel.
“The irony is that this woman is very meticulous about her religious observance,” Rabbi Lookstein said. “She is as Jewish as I am, and as Jewish as the rabbis signed on the certificate, except in the eyes of the Petah Tikva rabbinate.”
“The bottom line,” he added, “is that the rabbinate in Israel is not respecting and honoring the work of the Orthodox rabbinate in America on conversion.”
Rabbi Lookstein said he expected that the woman would ultimately win her appeal and be able to marry in Israel. “But the battle is taking so much out of this woman and causing such pain at a time when she should be happiest in her life,” he lamented, adding that the Petah Tikva rabbis were perpetrating “a terrible sin” because ”the Torah is very explicit that a convert should be treated with love and never afflicted.”
The case has not only roiled American Jewish leaders and Israeli critics of the rabbinate’s monopoly, it has unfolded into a byzantine power struggle between the Petah Tikva court and Rabbi Tubul’s department, with each side accusing the other of overstepping its authority.
Rabbi Tubul said that the office of the chief rabbinate was “in shock” over the challenge posed by the local Petah Tikva court and that he had advised the convert to appeal to the supreme rabbinical court in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Tubul denied that the rabbinate was rejecting modern Orthodox rabbis, and said that “dozens” of rabbis in America were approved to conduct conversions.
The list of such rabbis has long been shrouded in secrecy. Itim, Rabbi Farber’s group, recently sued the rabbinate in a Jerusalem civil court to force it to make the list public. The rabbinate provided a partial list of rabbis it said had been certified over the previous six months; Rabbi Lookstein and other major Orthodox rabbis in the United States were not on it.
Rabbi Tubul said that he was pushing to have a list of approved rabbis published on the chief rabbinate’s website. Among the main criteria for getting on the list, he said, are that rabbis overseas be ordained in a seminary recognized for high standards of learning, and conduct themselves and their congregations according to Orthodox religious law.
Rabbi Lookstein received his ordination in 1958 from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in New York, which is part of Yeshiva University.
“People who do their work in a God-fearing manner and with clean hands will receive the recognition of the chief rabbinate of Israel,” Rabbi Tubul said.
Who is a Jew?
Competing answers to an increasingly pressing question
SLIGHT, bespectacled and friendly, Rabbi Itamar Tubul makes an unlikely frontiersman. But his colleague Ziv Maor, a spokesman for Israel’s chief rabbinate, argues that as head of the department of personal status and conversions, Rabbi Tubul plays as big a role in protecting the state as the Israel Defence Forces. On his desk in Jerusalem lie the testimony of a rabbi in Finland and a ketubah (marriage certificate) from Germany. Rabbi Tubul’s job is to determine whether the subjects of these documents, and many others, are Jewish.
Who is a Jew? This question is becoming ever more pressing for Jews around the world. It looks like a religious issue, but is bound up with history, Israeli politics and the rhythms of the diaspora. Addressing it means deciding whether assimilation is a mortal threat, as many Jews think, or a phenomenon to be accommodated. The struggle over the answer will shape Israel’s society, its relations with Jews elsewhere, and the size and complexion of the global Jewish community.
For Orthodox Jews like Rabbi Tubul, the solution is simple and ancient: you are a Jew if your mother is Jewish, or if your conversion to Judaism accorded with the Halacha, Jewish religious law. Gentiles might be surprised that for Jews by birth this traditional test makes no reference to faith or behaviour. Jews may be atheist (many are: apostasy is a venerable Jewish tradition) and still Jews. Joel Roth, a Conservative rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, likens this nativist criterion to that for American citizenship: Americans retain it regardless of their views on democracy or the constitution. Some strict rabbis even think that a child is not Jewish if born to a devout mother but from a donated gentile egg.
As some Jewish leaders privately acknowledge, this formula has uncomfortable racial undertones. Their response is that it causes no harm to others. Perhaps, but in the secular world it can be awkward. A few years ago, for example, state-funded Jewish schools in Britain were obliged to change their admissions codes after they were judged to have violated the Race Relations Act. And the halachic rules are increasingly troubling to Jews themselves.
For many Israelis, the rabbis are the problem. In a concession designed to widen support for the new state, when Israel was founded its secular rulers left matters of marriage, divorce and burial in the rabbinate’s hands. It decides who is eligible for these rites, as well as carrying them out—so would-be brides and grooms must demonstrate their Jewish credentials. Supplying the necessary documents and witnesses can be inconvenient and galling: people resent having to prove what they know to be true. Immigration has made the system seem not just irksome but unsustainable.
For example, the Ethiopian Jews who migrated to Israel in the 1980s-90s, risking their lives and losing relatives along the way, have faced persistent doubts as to whether they are properly Jewish in doctrine and descent. “I feel that I’m the Jew I want to be,” protests Fentahun Assefa-Dawit of Tebeka, an advocacy group for the 130,000-strong community. “I don’t want anyone to tell me how to be Jewish.” Western migrants, too, are sometimes doubted. The rabbinate considers some American rabbis too lax to vouch for their congregants and rejects their testimonies; it deems many overseas conversions inadequate. Many Israelis worry about the impact of such disdain on the diaspora’s political and financial backing for their state.
Are laws being Created Against Blockbusting, Particlarly as those Laws Focus on an Illegal Activity of ultra-Orthodox Real-Estate Agents, anti-Semitic or are they Really Intended to Stop Anti-Gentillic Behavior
A Repost of an article in a FB Page “Clarkstown-What They Don’t Want You to Know”
LostMessiah, March 27, 2016
In New Jersey Lakewood’s population is expanding by leaps and bounds. According to records from Lakewood released to the Associated Press, its population has gone from 93,000 in the 2010 census to 120,000 now. That’s a 25 percent increase in just over half a decade.
Lakewood is largely Hasidic and next door Toms River is feeling the negative effects of that growth. The majority of the 9,000 Toms River residents requested the township to stop unsolicited visits from realtors. An ordinance is now going into effect this week to shield them. A ‘cease and desist’ order goes into effect, essentially expanding a no-knock ordinance already in effect to include realtors, most of whom are Hasidic Jews from Lakewood.
Looking at similar growth in Ramapo and with unsolicited realtor door knocking occurring in Chestnut Ridge and Pearl River, one wonders if no-knock ordinances in Clarkstown and Orangetown are now required? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the Town of Orangetown is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 PM in Town Hall, 26 Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg, NY to discuss strengthening of its code concerning ‘hawking and peddling’.
The question that will be raised by these proposed code changes is: “Are they anti-Semitic”?
However, this question should be reversed and one needs to ask: “Is a religious group, that seeks to displace non-Jewish residents from their homes ‘en masse’ to establish segregated zones for Hasidic residents, behaving as anti-Gentiles”?
Anti-Semitism or anti-Gentilism? – The answer may lie in asking who is the ‘aggressor’ and who is the ‘victim’ of acts of unsolicited ‘hawking and peddling’.
The doctrine of the Hasidim is that only they are human (man), and that the universe was created for them alone. Non-Jews (goyim) were created to support them. Thus arises the pernicious belief by the Hasidim that the ‘goyim’ behave as ‘anti-Semites’ when they act to protect their property, their homes, and their financial resources from usurpation and fraud.
Until that basic belief of this ultra-Orthodox sect is clearly understood by the ‘goyim’ of Toms River, Clarkstown and elsewhere, their lives, liberties, and the pursuit of their happiness will never be secure.
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