Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A Time For Barzel (audio-visual presentation)

The time is long overdue for Jews in the diaspora to defend other Jews. For tough Jewish vigilante groups to roam the streets and make Jew-haters wish that they never saw a Jew. It matters not whether we speak of Paris, Crown Heights, or Australia. The only language these cretins understand is the language of Jewish iron and violence. Broken bones and fractured skulls will make excellent teaching tools for these ghouls.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bibi The Lifeguard (Audio/Visual Presentation)

Is Bibi truly Israel's lifeguard? With such lifeguards, one ought to stay away from the beach. The legacy of "barzel" (Jewish iron) is lost. Go ask the Jews of the south or the victims of Arab terror. The Likud of today bears no semblance to anything the best of Menachem Begin offered. And even Begin made disastrous mistakes. Truth be told, the Likud of today is a centrist party of wimps. And now the ever-changing Moshe Feiglin's "Zehut" has returned to the fold for his scraps of week-old beef. Where is the right-wing? It doesn't exist. Even the supposed "Kahanists" of today, bears no resemblance to the no-holds-barred authentic teaching of  Rabbi Kahane's "Jewish Idea." And still, despite the tokenism and compromise, they get harassed by the head courts and struggle to get a voice. 

To those who don't like what I say about Likud, get your house in order. If you think that the Likud of today is different from the classic left, you are blind. Save for some economic principles (Israel's version of protectionist capitalism) they are similar to the worshippers of "pure rifles" when it comes to defending Jews and asserting Jewish sovereignty. Their views on social and moral issues are in line with the LGBTQ adoring, later-term abortion loving leftists.

My advice? Speak the truth. Call out the hypocrites and frauds. Get people to recognize unpleasant truths and perhaps then we have a chance of creating a genuine right-wing.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Zehut: When Rebranding Goes Awry

In the coming weeks before the elections, I hope to offer some insights into the various people and parties on the “right” or perhaps what could be better called the so-called right. I say so-called because there is little of what can be described as “right-wing” these days within Likud, and the other parties are also disasters.

Pollsters be damned. Despite the boastful predictions of Zehutniks and the imagined expertise of several polls, I was certain before the last election that Moshe Feiglin and his Zehut party wouldn’t get in. (I even made a bet with my buddy and won a shawarma because of it, a.) Yet even as I predicted the outcome, I noted that even were they to get into the Knesset, Zehut had already lost. I saw a party pandering to the voters for power. A party who long ago lost any semblance of ideology. A Zehut party that was an inferior version (ideologically) than their previous incarnation as Manhigut Yehudit. Smoke and mirrors. Fighting for silly issues or even worse taking anti-Torah positions. I saw an unsettling ability within Zehut to morph into something with shocking ease. Several issues which particularly disturbed me included the following statements from the last election cycle:
  •  Feiglin’s Gantz-Neutral Claim: As part of his recent branding of being all things to all people, prior to the last election, Feiglin claimed that he wouldn’t rule out a coalition with Gantz. At the time I noted that even if he was bluffing, that was an outrageous statement. Now I’m certainly no Likud fan or fan of Bibi. Far from it. I’m to the right of Otzma. But Gantz? Of all the toxins available, Feiglin stated that he wouldn’t rule out swallowing one of the most toxic.
  • Feiglin’s Infamous Red Line: It spoke volumes when Feiglin declared before the last election that of all the issues Cannabis was his red line. Cannabis? Funny that we don’t hear so much about Cannabis these days as we near the upcoming elections. Nor do we see his infamous anti-Brit Mila candidate who was so obnoxiously prominent last time around. Whcih brings me to the next point.
  • The Notorious #18: Pandered to anti-Torah types in the guise of libertarianism. Zehut rationalized and paraded their anti-Brith milah activist, the infamous Gadi Wilcherski at #18. Zehut supported their opposition to national laws against pigs and chametz. These are the kinds of issues that should scare away any Torah minded Jew.
  • Inclusion of Loony Toons- While several people in Zehut’s hierarchy have spoken in support of vaccines, it’s no secret that the party’s leadership includes several militant anti-vaxxers. In other words, irresponsible people who reject real medicine and endanger people’s lives with foolish pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. Those least equipped to lead anything or anyone. This is significant when one considers that a stewardess recently died from measles.
  • Doron Keidar and Friends: Cozied up to evangelicals at the infamous “Cry for Zion” conference last winter with notorious missionary Doron Kedar. continued failure to call out “Hayovel Ministry” and similar organizations of relational evangelists who use agricultural volunteerism and social bridge-building to gain a foothold in Israel.
  • Zehut’s hypocritical “Do as I say not as I do” policy: An ever-changing set of rules which apply to others but not him. Who recalls when Feiglin and friends attacked everyone who questioned their tactic of rehabilitating a Likud that never was? How they denigrated other small parties for being counterproductive and then left Likud and started a small party of their own? Remember their rhetoric about joining forces with others last time? Compare that with the desperate and pathetic attempts of recent weeks to join the same forces they refused to align with last time. Desperation reveals the ugliest side of politics.
  • Avoiding the Demographic threat: Zehut has no comprehensive plan for dealing with Arab demographics. The lunacy of the left is precisely because they also have fears about the problem. Their solutions are insane, but they don't minimize the problem. Zehut is similar to most fraudulent rightists who choose to ignore the problem because it is much easier to avoid the issue and defer the problem to a future generation. Zehut claims there is no such threat. The reader would be wise to remember that one doesn’t need a majority to destroy a country. Particularly when a fifth column is aided by a system which rewards patience, and an equally dangerous left whose suicidal policies remain the de-facto platform (if only theoretically) of the supposed “right-wing” Likud.
  • Cannabis fixation and pseudoscience: Despite Feiglin’s assertion, cannabis is not a cure for anything. Certainly not lethal diseases. Had Feiglin wanted his cannabis platform taken seriously he would not have aligned himself with a clown such as Gadi Wilcherski who also advocates against brit milah. Again, it is curious that one doesn’t hear so much about cannabis these days. How could a red line issue disappear before the elections?
  • Abortions and LGBTQ Issues: Refusal to address in a concrete public manner the horrifying issue of rampant abortions in Israel or the states embracing of anti-Torah LGBTQ issues. If one doesn’t fight for the moral structure of society as defined by the Torah, they have little to say to people who value Torah.
  • The idolization of Libertarian Values: Judaism isn’t libertarianism. Free Will relates to the choices within man which Hashem gave us, it doesn’t celebrate unbridled choice as something ideal, on the contrary. We are guided by Halacha. Zehut uses the motif of free will to ignore provocative issues while making a golden calf of a system of western libertarianism which has nothing in common with a Torah framework.
Nor is it clever to defend an anti-Torah candidate by claiming “we are doing Kiruv” (Jewish outreach). Politics isn’t kiruv. And such a man has no place in a party purporting to represent Jewish values. Not unless he repents publicly. And the false assertions of Zehutniks that he changed his views are meaningless unless he publicly declares and advocates for the very system he tried to destroy.

I am not impressed with Zehut. It is tiresome and irritating to see their endless efforts to obtain power no matter the cost. Bad ideas don’t deserve to be recycled. Zehut is not the answer. And whatever good ideas might remain within, they are unfortunately clouded and shrouded with un-Jewish ideas. As I wrote on a Zehut Facebook page a while back, explaining why I wouldn’t vote for them:

Many reasons. One critical issue is an unwillingness to make a clear unequivocal statement relating to specific missionary groups and missionary related issues in Israel. Would love to hear Moshe Feiglin’s position on Hayovel Ministry, a “relational” evangelical group with a home base in Har Bracha, and with a powerful presence in Eretz Yisrael courtesy of many Jews. I am not impressed by personal messages from Zehutniks speaking on his behalf in generalities. Another issue would be the interfaith tanach sessions in Knesset with known missionaries and religious Jews.

To be clear, neither Feiglin nor any Zehut people participated in the Tanaka session (to my knowledge). I am only speaking of the silence from their leadership. And I know from several disgruntled people within the party, that these issues are well known. 

What we are seeing is weak leadership and compromised ideology. And far from advocating for the kinds of policies which might rehabilitate a spiritually diseased country, Zehut advocates for positions that are harmful to Judaism. Libertarianism isn't a Jewish value. Don't confuse the notion of Jewish free will with corrupt western constructs. Only a fool would do so. Or someone whose intellect has been compromised from toking up too much to the point that they think that cannabis is a red line issue.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Zehut Revisited (Audio)

Important thoughts on the Zehut party, Moshe Feiglin's most recent folly. From cannabis to an anti-Brit-Milah candidate, Zehut has alienated many religious voters. Find out more!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Judean Hammer (Video Podcast): Moshe Feiglin Already Lost:

With several polls projecting several seats in the next Knesset, Moshe Feiglin's Zehutniks are already celebrating. Whether their projected success is real or not is irrelevant. From a Torah framework, there will be no victory regardless of the outcome. By pandering to interests foreign to Torah in order to gain popularity, Moshe Feiglin already lost.

Friday, January 4, 2019

"Fuchs In Five" Podcast (Four) - Amona 2019: Nothing Changes

Amona 2019: Once again, the same types of sadistic hooligans descended upon Amona to wreak terror. To anyone with a sense of history, the images of storm-troopers immediately come to mind. Agents of a supposed "Jewish State" were sent to break open Jewish heads for the sin of living on our holy soil. As if the first state-sponsored pogrom at Amona under PM Ehud Olmert wasn't enough, Bibi had to replicate the sin. 

Here are some short reflections (four minutes and change, the video cut off) on the latest Magav barbarism against Jews by Israel's security forces. And lest we forget, the Likud is in power. The blame for this atrocity starts from the top and rests overwhelmingly on Benjamin Netanyahu's head.

Final point: Precisely how do they choose people to work for the Magav or Yassam? What level of sadism, cruelty, and aggression do they have to discover in one's psychological profile to determine that "this is our guy"?

The first sin of Amona:

The latest outrage:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Henchmen of The State: Amona 2019

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Exploiting Jewish Tragedy

Murdered for being Jewish. May Hashem avenge their blood and comfort the families.
Jew-hatred may very well be the oldest extant contagion on earth. Historians, sociologists, and philosophers debate its cause. Yet an honest study of Jew-hatred defies academia’s constraints. The best scholars can do is to highlight its peculiarity and its distinctiveness from any other hatred on earth. It is eternal and manifests itself in ever-changing ways so that the Jew can be demonized as a communist and a capitalist often in the same breath. No scientific analysis can account for its ability to infect the hearts of the worst Jew-haters across time, region, or generations, and cause so many supposed civil societies to rise and butcher us. The scientific eye can never truly understand the disease because only a perspective rooted in Torah can provide insight into a metaphysical malady.

One devoid of Torah is least equipped to understand it. Chazal understood it best: “It is a known thing, that Esau hates Jacob”. Prior to the arrival of the true Jewish Mashiach, the worst elements of society invariably find the perfect societal scapegoat in the Jew. Perhaps in such politically correct times, many Jews would prefer to ignore the implications of chazal’s words and to retreat from provocative generalizations. Yet history shows us that it is so. Within the framework of being the “chosen people”, we stand as a lightning-rod both for the articulation of Judaism and in our rejection or distortion of it. In truth, there is no escaping it. Our job is to live and breathe authentic Judaism, yet we must remain cognizant of the constant need to defend ourselves from spiritual and physical attacks.

The virus claimed 11 more Jews recently Shabbat when a deranged Jew-hating gunman entered a Pittsburgh synagogue on Shabbat and sprayed a tapestry of death where they prayed. The blood of the martyred was still warm, their bodies barely in their graves, and the ghouls (both Jewish and gentile) saw an opportunity to feed on the carnage. To exploit Jewish tragedy for self-interest, vulgarians seized megaphones and trampled on the memory of our murdered brothers and sisters. As always, the perverse voices were multi-faceted:

·        Clergy/Lay Leaders: In an extraordinary outrage, many liberal Jews in America saw fit to continue taking their cues from CNN radicals by blaming President Trump for the massacre. Those who would open the doors to crazed Muslims and MS13 thugs in the name of open borders saw fit to blame Trump’s strong policies on protecting America’s borders (and I would say correctly) as inciting a lunatic Jew-hater. Where one finds correlation or causation is beyond the reasoning of any sane person. And only a fool would utter such madness. One of the most egregious examples of this chillul Hashem came from one of “Open-Orthodoxy’s” enlightened voices,  Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, who noted:
Trump almost immediately blamed the victimized synagogue for not having enough security. He engaged in a classic political move of stoking fear to gain support as being the national protector amidst fearful chaos. If we build higher walls, if we turn away more strangers, if we have more guns, everything will be alright. Rather than build a society of trust, we should build a culture of suspicion? Close our tents? Rather than knock on our neighbors' doors, we should build more walls between us? All other minority groups feel at-risk right now amidst growing hate and we must get to know each other more deeply & support one another more loyally & compassionately. I'm grateful that so many partners in our social justice activism (Pastors, Muslims, immigrant-rights activists, LGBT leaders, etc.) have reached out to us in solidarity. We are not alone. None of us are.”

What a chillul Hashem from one who wears the crown of “Rabbi”. Another example illustrating how “open-orthodoxy” has more in common with reform than anything remotely halachic. In the face of tragedy, Yanklowitz found a reason to bash Trump and to highlight his own progressive agenda on guns, gays, the border, immigration, etc.

  • The other end of the religious spectrum: Certain fringe elements, who in the past have solved the age-old philosophical issues of tzadik v’rah lo (why the righteous suffer) came out with statements claiming to know why Jews were murdered in Pittsburgh. Ironic how such people purport to understand every tragedy when it happens to secular Jews but cannot understand why religious Jews in a Har Nof shul were butchered a while back. A cursory analysis of such people exposes that such men are guided by hatred, and not love of Jews. No authentic man of Torah would utter this kind of filth or even listen to it. Such people would be well to remember what the Chazon Ish had to say about most Jews who don’t follow Torah today. To equate the majority as willful sinners is grotesque.
  • Politicians: I expected the standard blathering of left-wing American politicians. But I was surprised when Israeli Michael Oren used the tragedy to advocate for the acceptance of non-halachic “liberal” Jews in Israel. It takes a certain kind of person to exploit tragedy to pander to progressive Jews in America. Not only is Oren nakedly ignorant of halacha, but he also showed that he isn’t a mensch.
  • Jewish Hasbara Activists: It is equally vulgar to use the tragedy to demand Aliyah when we in Israel live in a country which allows an armed PLO to wreak havoc in our heartland, not to mention allowing incendiaries and rockets to fly across our southern skies and burn our peripheral south. Some of these types seem to relish in the opportunity to tell Jews that it is safer in Israel.
I want to make myself very clear on this point: Jews are generally required to live in Eretz Yisroel barring certain halachic categories which allow one to remain. Yet the only authentic reason to make Aliyah is the halachic imperative to live here. Certainly, there is tremendous nobility (I think) in a desire to change things and to live in the land where we are guaranteed to be under G-d’s hashgacha. But to claim that Jews will be safer in the short term is to lie to them since the reality is that Jewish blood is deemed cheaper in Israel by many leaders than it is in America. It is true that the Jew must not assume that any current condition of livability is sustainable forever. History shows that it is not so. I live in Israel, but I will not give a pass to our impotent leadership’s marriage to the age-old policy of restraint and retreat in the face of Arab terror.

  • Gentile “Friends”: Too many gentile “friends” on the hasbara scene try to make a buck from naïve Jews who require unprincipled token gentiles. Some of these advocates have the gall to try to define Jews, and on occasion to even define halacha! A genuine righteous non-Jew should not opine on matters of Torah. So we shouldn’t give a damn when the kind of reprobate who would state that “The Israeli Rabbinate can go piss up a rope”, has things to say about martyred Jews. Or similarly, we shouldn't provide a microphone to a non-Jewish activist who spouts the rhetoric of the Left, tries to appropriate Judaism and mix it with goyish pop culture, and who had the nerve to tell Jews in a Chanukah video “to own your @#$%t!”, before trying to fuse Jewish identity with a lyric from Beyoncé.
  • Evangelical “Friends”: More absurd than the former category are the many evangelicals sharing their heartfelt sympathy, whose very ideology mandates our spiritual destruction. Chanukah reminds us that spiritual predators are even more dangerous to the Jewish experience. As such, the crocodile tears of those who wish to “restore us” or “complete us” are repugnant. In this sense, it was certainly correct to loudly oppose and condemn Mike Pence for bringing a messianic to a political rally.
  • A message to the ghouls and the fools, on both sides of the river. Jewish blood is not butter to flavor your bread. Our people were murdered. The occasion is not a forum for selfish self-aggrandizement, or to peddle false sociological philosophies.
  • Only an insensitive Jew takes political potshots at a president who by any barometer is not an anti-Semite. This would be so even if he didn’t have a Jewish daughter and Jewish grandchildren. On the contrary. Whether one likes Trump or not, his history past and present is one of kindness and goodwill to Jews, and what I believe is a genuine affinity for the Jewish people.
  • Jews were murdered because Jew-hatred is eternal and will remain so until the Messiah arrives. In the diaspora or in Israel.
  • The existence of a modern state of Israel gives us the theoretical ability to deal with our enemies via the Divine gift of an army and self-sovereignty. If only we feared G-d and not goyim, we would prosper. The solution in Eretz Yisroel is to use the full arm of a G-d given army to destroy our enemies, and when possible to stretch that arm to help and protect Jews in the diaspora.
  • In America, and for that matter in any country, those who refuse for one reason or another to vacate the diaspora, must still maintain a commitment to protect Jewish lives. Those who espouse notions of Jewish self-defense in the manner of the original JDL have ample opportunities to show Jewish strength and protect Jewish lives.
  • Many states in America allow people to carry firearms. In such environments, Jews can provide armed security at any community center or synagogue and to patrol neighborhoods. Yet even those Jews in blue states must deal with the limitations and make decisions. Personally, I subscribe to the maxim that it is better to be judged by 12, then buried by six men carrying shovels.
  • Baseball is legal everywhere, and Home Depot sells pieces of 10-inch rebar. If necessary, one does what one must to protect Jewish lives regardless of man’s law. And if one eschews the mantle of what they may see as vigilantism, let them hire trained professionals to do the job.
Anti-semitic dog, Robert Bowers, may he die a brutal death.
When necessary, all methods to protect Jewish lives are appropriate. Politics has nothing to do with it. From the Torah’s perspective, the notion of stable, responsible, people having guns for self-defense is a no-brainer. It is a mitzvah to live. The Torah grants us the obligation to preserve life. The gun is merely a tool to deal with the cruel. Attempts to remove guns from the hands of decent people ensures more dead Jews. In the case of self-preservation, and the preservation of Jews, the Torah’s answer to anti-Semites with guns, is better guns, better training, and the preemptive ability to put one in a Jew-hater’s lung before he takes another breath.

Now is the time to mourn for the many Jews murdered and maimed by a Jew-hating monster named Robert Bowers (yemach shmo vzichro), and to ensure that within the stretch of our Jewish arms, no more Jews will die at the hands of ugly men. Neither in Gush Etzion, Paris, or in Pittsburgh.