Naturei Karta – ISIS – Fundamentalism Anti-Israel Cousins

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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.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/oct/10/guardianobituaries

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. “

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/oct/10/guardianobituaries

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.

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Satmar – Teching Jewish Children to Hate

 

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.

– See more at here.

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL… TO STEAL A FLAG

 

A FATHER AND HIS CHILDREN STEALING AN ISRAELI FLAG? Or Just some children up to no good…

 

 

Did “thou shalt not steal” contain an exemption regarding Israeli flags?

CORRECTED – New Conclusions, a bit less cohesive:

It is unclear to us whether the persons in this video are two men and their kids or all kids or one man, a few younger children and an older child. When we initially posted this video  we believed this to be filmed on Shabbat with one older man, one younger man and some children, making the entire situation feel like these children were being taught to steal, and perhaps on Shabbat.

Many of our readers believe that all of the people in the video are actually children, older and younger, in which case, the video is one of children up to no good. So we decided that the better part of valor was to revisit the post and revise.

All children, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, black, white, yellow green, orange, Asian, Muslim (you get the gist) engage in some form of mischief at one point or another. To some, it is what it means to be a child. And precocious children can be sweet, also regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic background.

What is disturbing here is the lack of respect for a flag, one that to many represents what it is to have a homeland, a Jewish homeland. What is unsettling here is that the children discuss and contemplate the theft of the flag, for which they appear to have little, if not any, respect.

Children who love something are less likely to disrespect it. And, if you are taught something at home, one would like to think it carries into our behaviors outside the home, though not always.

When we believed our initial assessments were correct, we were left wondering what lessons these children were being taught. Were they being taught to steal?

If we conclude that these are all just children, with slightly less admonishment, we still must ask ourselves what these children are taught at home. Are they taught that the Israeli Flag is not to be respected? Are they taught that it was okay to steal it? Did their parents later ask them to return the flag with an apology? Finally, is this the quintessential definition of piety?

And then we wonder why people are anti-Semites…

 

Anti-Zionist Haredi Jews – A Religious Hypocrisy

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Do the Haredim Present a Problem with the Argument that Anti-Zionism is also Anti-Semitisim

Lost Messiah, May 15, 2016

Addressing the whole leftwing antisemitism/anti-Zionism elision, Ephraim Mirvis, the chief rabbi of the UK, wrote recently in the Telegraph that Zionism “is a noble and integral part of Judaism” and that anyone suggesting otherwise is being “deeply insulting” to the Jewish community. There is a problem here. Where does this leave many of the Haredim?

 

We have written before on the comparison between the cultist fundamentalist Haredim to their cousins, the extremist Muslims, with the exception being that the Jewish counterpart tend not to like to explode things, setting a man on fire notwithstanding. We have commented on the hypocrisy of the Haredim who live in Israel and live off of the work of other Jews (and others) without compunction. We have admonished the Haredi fundamentalists who live in a small state with enemies at every possible corner, just waiting to destroy them, and yet refuse to serve in an army that protects them. The following, an opinion piece in The Guardian is written by Giles Fraiser who attempts to explain what to him appears an antithesis in that Haredim are themselves Jews and believe themselves to be the truest form of Judaism. We tend to disagree. We do not view the anti-Zionist Haredim as Jews but rather as a cult who have bastardized Judaism rather than purified it.

In our view, the anti-Zionist Haredim living in Israel are the greatest danger to the State of Israel and to Judaism as a whole. They set a world stage for the destruction of the State of Israel – for if our own people do not believe in its existence, why should the rest of the world? We believe that fundamentalist anti-Zionist Haredim provide a strong argument for fundamentalist Muslims to justify the wholesale acts of terrorism, not only in Israel but in countries like Belguim, France and England, killing Jews and non-Jews alike. For the rest of us are Heretics, whether Jews or Arabs, or anything else for that matter, why not slaughter us? Finally, in our view they provide a solid argument for any anti-Semitic hatred – if we can’t love and respect one another than are we better than the worst of mankind?

As we see it, the anti-Israel Haredim have no business living in a country they would not defend. The rest of our children go off into the army and defend Israel’s borders at the risk of peril. Why should our secular and non-fundamentalist observant children be defending the children of those who are wholly unwilling to do the same?  The ultra-Orthodox fundamentalist Haredim should be reminded that were Israel’s borders to be breached by those wanting to toss every Israeli into the sea, their children would drown too.

 

We leave this discussion for you to ponder.  A portion of The Guardian piece to follow.

For Haredi Jews secular Zionism remains a religious heresy

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“Haredi theology began as a reaction to the 18th century Jewish enlightenment, the Haskalah, a movement that aimed at the modernisation of Jewish culture in Europe. Whereas the Haskalah wanted to end Jewish segregation and encourage greater engagement with modern ideas and secular society, traditionalists saw this as a threat to Jewish religious identity. Thus the Haredim stuck resolutely to their traditional clothes and ways. They would chat in Yiddish and only pray in Hebrew, too holy a language for social intercourse. And when the secular movement of modern Zionism started to take shape, they opposed this too: only God could bring about the new Israel, they argued. Trying to pre-empt God’s action through secular nationalism was a heresy. Judaism is fundamentally a religious community, they argued, and modern notions of race and nationhood are alien to it. Thus, for many Haredim, the state of Israel remains almost sacrilegious.

It’s not so long ago that even the chief rabbis of the UK thought something similar. In 1898, Mirvis’s predecessor, Chief Rabbi Naftali Hermann Adler, gave a sermon in which he condemned modern Zionism as usurping God’s role: “I look at this movement and worry with my heart, since I see it as opposed to the Torah of Hashem.” (Hashem meaning “the name” – that is, God’s name.) Compared with what others were saying, this is mild stuff indeed.

Yes, after a long and heated debate, mainstream orthodox Judaism was won round to the modern version of Zionism and now celebrates it enthusiastically. But the idea that those who oppose it are being “deeply insulting to the Jewish community” does rather depend on which Jewish community you mean. Chief Rabbi Adler’s successors might have changed their mind, but many deeply traditional Jewish communities have not. And these communities are growing. Currently the Haredim make up roughly 10% of the Israeli population. Given the current birth rate of about six children per Haredi mother, some predict they will make up 25% of the population within a few decades. And a significant proportion of these are somewhere on a scale from indifferent to downright hostile to the state of Israel, and refuse to serve in its army. Last year a uniformed IDF officer was pelted with stones, eggs and nappies in Mea Shearim.

Often dismissed as “extremists”, these Jews don’t fit with the neat secular narrative into which the Israeli government continues to woo them through education and army membership. But by refusing assimilation, the Haredim deliberately eschew the racy hi-tech Israel of those jogging on the Tel Aviv seafront. Personally, I admire their stubborn resistance to secular homogenised modernity and omnipresent capitalism, its companion. Furthermore, whatever else one may say about the Haredim, their anti-Zionism isn’t antisemitism. They stick to older, pre-Enlightenment promises about Zion. And why shouldn’t they?”

For the entire article click here.

A Message to Eiruv Rav/Diversified Holding….

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Eruv Rav, Diversified Holding, the new owner of FailedMessiah.com

Eiruv Rav Publicly Attacks LostMessiah – Perhaps We Struck a Nerve?

On Facebook, Eiruv Rav seems to have gotten their knickers in a twist by our activities on this site.

From a FB post:

Who is this stupid plagiarist? Literaly copy and pasting entire articles. He/she seems to have bought the “lostmessiah.com” domain to run his/her illegal operation. Fits that it’s a Shmarya enthusiast. The copy and paste skills are a unique indicator of the Shmarya demographic.

Lost Messiah says they “hope to be a source of information, a call for unity amongst the Jewish communities,” I guess in the same way that Saddam tried to build Iraq-Kuwait unity. Moron

So we must ask ourselves: what is meant by that comment? Who is the Iraqi and who is the Kuwait in this scenario? And, while the current Facebook picture for Eiruv Rav has changed from its original iteration, initially it was clear that Eiruv Rav is owned by Diversified Holding, the same entity which purchased the FailedMessiah site. Today… not so much.

So, either that page was a lie when it initially joined FB or the folks at Diversified (FailedMessiah’s owners) are trying to create a ruse. Either way, onward we go. And no; we will not be purchased, not now, not in 3 years from now. Since we likely will not be able to read a lawsuit, we are not concerned about getting served…. public domain and all…

We remain thankful to Shmayra and aspire to be at least partially as accomplished as he was. For the folks at Eiruv Rav, if you are true to whatever mission you seem to be trying to impart, and are not actually Diversified (something we doubt), you might want to consider not shutting YOUR eyes to the abuses and frauds within your community, which Shmayra was trying so hard to uncover. 

To Eiruv Rav and Diversified, when you cut a rose in just the right spot, it grows a dozen more roses and far more thorns. You may want to keep that in mind…

 

The Whole Megillah and Haman as a Black Man?

Hanging a Black Man In Effigy, Claiming Anti-Semitism… What a Way to Ruin a Good Story…

by LostMessiah, March 24, 2016

For the News 12 report on the Hanging Black Man click, here

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Purim… Today’s holiday commemorates the Jewish peoples survival despite a local hostile government.

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Legislator Wieder seems to have found anti-Semitism in the justified criticism of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who found it appropriate to hang a black man in effigy in Spring Valley, New York. Spring Valley is in large part, black and Hispanic.

If Haman was a black man in Persia at the time, then that would mean the other characters in the story were also black, Esther, Mordechai, Achashveros, Vashti, etc. a possibility given the history of the Persian empire. But…. that’s a debate for another day, under another empire, without Wieder and Hikind as our elected leaders in one form or another.

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A little sensitivity to their neighbors for Rockland County’s Legislator Wieder, and Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, would go a long way toward making it possible for non-Jews, well…. and secular Jews… to not feel a bit of hatred toward them and the communities in which they live. It is not a religious thing… It’s a lack of sensitivity, a non-existent sense of decorum, a sense of entitlement and a completely skewed moral compass. It’s a pity, really… 

To read about Dov Hikind and his blackface costume, in a story in the New York Times from 2013, click here.

Perhaps if ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders were all women, there would be far less crass insensitivity, victimization and sheer stupidity. There is certainly something important to be learned from Esther.

Now… onto the Megillah…. Where did Effigy Come From? Social custom?

Every year on Purim, the Book of Esther (the Megilat Esther) is read in synagogues. By tradition, children dressed in costume, come and listen to the story and, pay careful attention so that they can spin noisy groggors (noisemakers) during the reciting of Haman’s name. So that his name may not be heard. It is one of the few holidays in Jewish practice which is boisterous in the synagogue. The custom of masquerading and acting out the story, appears to be derived from social teachings, rather than religious ones. Tradition has it that Jews are supposed to drink so much that they cannot distinguish their enemies from their friends. The custom of hanging/burning Haman in effigy is a one only practiced amongst ultra-Orthodox Jews (and even then not everywhere) and one that originates, well… we don’t know from where it originates.

The practices of Purim are supposed to bring people together, celebrate differences and similarities (enemy and friend). The story is one of a Jewish victory fought and nearly singlehandedly won by a beautiful Jewish woman. 

The Book of Esther, interestingly, is not a part of the original Torah; but was added as a canon after the fact as part of the Purim tradition. It is one of the most highly debated of the readings. It is as controversial a story as it is a beautiful tale of a Heroine saving her people.

The strength of the story rests in the strength of the Heroine, Esther, who saves the Jewish people from certain death. The uniqueness of the story, is that it is one of few in which the woman is the central character. And, from my teachings of the story, there is much to be learned, and many questions to be asked. G-d is not mentioned once in the story, not by commandment or by implication. Esther marries a non-Jew, does not keep the dietary laws of the Jews at the time, and assimilates, as do those she saves, into the Kingdom of Persia, where the story takes place.

According to Jewish Women’s Archive

“the Book of Esther is unique in two important respects. First, the protagonist of the book, and the one with whom the audience should identify, is a woman, Esther (Mordecai is, of course, the other leading character and finishes the story at a very high rank, but this is basically because of his relationship to, and through the efforts of, Esther). This choice of a female hero serves an important function in the story. Women were, in the world of the Persian diaspora, as in many other cultures, essentially powerless and marginalized members of society. Even if they belonged to the dominant culture, they could not simply reach out and grasp power, as a man could; whatever power they could obtain was earned through the manipulation of the public holders of power, men. In this sense the exiled Jew could identify with the woman: he or she too was essentially powerless and marginalized, and power could be obtained only through one’s wits and talents. But, as the actions of Esther demonstrate, this can be done. By astutely using her beauty, charm, and political intelligence, and by taking one well-placed risk, Esther saves her people, brings about the downfall of their enemy, and elevates her kinsman to the highest position in the kingdom. Esther becomes the model for the Jew living in exile.

The summary of the story, revised 3.25.16, corrections made

The story, like many good tales, starts with a party. The King, Achashveros (the puppet in the story), made a banquet for everyone great and small, lasting for seven days. On the seventh day, when the King is quite drunk with all of the men. He summons his wife, Queen Vashti who is in another room with all of her friends, so that he can show off her beauty and the riches of her crown. When she refuses to come, the king has her killed and decrees throughout the land that all women must obey their husbands.  

As the story goes, King Achashveros after killing his  Queen Vashti for disobeying him, must find a new queen and sends out orders through all of Persia for all of the beautiful maidens in the land to be summoned to him so he can choose his new queen.  

Esther, the protagonist in the story, raised by her cousin Mordechai, is brought before the king to win favor with the king without divulging her Jewish identity. Everyday Mordecai would walk in front of the court of the house where Esther lived with the king to check on her.  

On the twelfth month after the marriage, the new maiden of the king would go to him and get a wish granted. Esther only wanted the King to say that she took favor with him.

In celebration of his love for her, King Achashveros held a banquet for his princes and servants and granted a release to the provinces and gave gifts.

At that point in the story, Mordecai discovered that some of the King’s trusted men wanted to have him killed and told Esther who in turn told the King and the men were killed. Additionally, the King feel more deeply in love with her.

Haman, the antagonist in the story, is then advanced by King Achashveros to the highest position in his Kindom. He has his King’s trust. He has his following. And, like all good stories, Haman is arrogant, bombastic puppet-master. He makes people kneel before him, kiss his ring.

However, Mordecai will not do so.  Haman, discovering that Mordecai is Jewish and threatened Mordecai’s refusal to kneel, and of course comfortable with the stability of his position, decides to kill all Jews. 

As the story goes, Haman convinces his King to send out a decree to kill all Jews.

Esther, the protagonist in the story, hears of the decree to kill all of the Jews in the kingdom and hatches a plan to save the Jews (and destroy Haman), asking first that her handmaid tell Mordechai that all Jews in Shushan fast for 3 days..  [There is a bit more to the story… but this is of course a summary…]

And the story goes… There is a happy ending. Esther does, indeed, save the Jews. She is able to do so because King Achashveros had fallen deeply in love with her.  Esther convinces the King that Haman is the bad one. Haman is killed by the king and Mordechai, joins the king and takes over Haman’s position.

For the full text of the Megillat Esther, click here.