Monday, October 22, 2018

Palestinian woman dies 'after Israeli settlers pelt her car with stones'

Ok, saw this terrible report and here were my initial thoughts, in no real order as they came at once in a jumble.

- Rare
- I mean, right? It's rare... right?
- Atrocious horrible terrible
- What is wrong with the Jews?
- How did we get here?
- Ok, see, they were right about how the occupation is - destroying Jewish morality
- I don't think this is exactly rare... Jews have been attacking Arab civilians since the days of Lechi and Irgun.
-Are the hasbara trolls going to claim self-defense?
-Who are their parents? Who are their teachers? How did people who, supposedly, were educated like me, for the most part, end up as members of a murderous, racist mob?

What were your initial thoughts?

(and because I know Team WhatAbout is going to ask me to reveal my initial thoughts upon hearing about a Jewish death, let me just confirm that when a Jew is involved it stops at "Atrocious horrible terrible")

PS: Please pay attention to the quotes 'after Israeli settlers pelt her car with stones'. When a Jew is a victim, and the reporting is done the same way, RWers whine about the quotes. So don't forget they were used here, too.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Introducing my new Torah organization

Attention. I am pleased to announce the formation of a new and important organization. We are the Coalition for True Jewish Values. Our mission is to issue press releases about how the Torah opposes everything Trump does. Our Posek will be Rachel Madow. I am currently seeking someone with a special expertise on #metoo issues to serve as managing director and two regional vice presidents to rewrite whatever MSN News said last night in Torah terms. If I get one or two people to join I'll be able to claim 1000 supporters. Are you with me?


Sunday, October 07, 2018

Why the Lord Loves Kav

Matzav knows the real reason behind Kavanaugh's success. Apparently, Kav pleased God by supporting His Chosen One's right to exploit vulnerable people and being elevated to the Supreme Court was his reward. 

(PS much of the article appears stolen from

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Us or them?

This is Zionism in 2018 and also why so many of us here in America reject it, together with Netanyahu and the Likud.

Can you Israelis please develop a non-racist, non-jingoistic non hyper defensive form of Zionism for me to support? In Zechariah's famous Sukkot visions it's not us or them. It's us WITH everyone. Where are the political or religious leaders with even the smallest interest in working toward such a thing?

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Yom Kippur Report 2018

It was a very tiring, very exhausting day and I am not sure why. Usually, I finish on a note of exhilaration. I come home alive and energetic. By the time we finished yesterday, I was groggy and drained. I ate very little and was asleep very quickly.

Final meal: Traditional fare, including roast chicken and a chicken soup with kreplach.

First meal: Potato soup and a pseudo-Italian noodle dish containing sauce and cheese. I know the rabbis say the first meal should be a festive seuda but we're not in that habit

Finishing times: We finished the evening service at around 9:30. The day service began at eight, and we got our break at 3. We returned for the last act at 5 and finished on time.

Boredom Report: I have said many times that I don't find Yom Kippur boring, and for the most part the service was rousing and energetic. However, in the interest of honesty, I must report that maariv was a little boring. This is because our chazzan chose slow, dull melodies. The avodah was another low point. Our chazaan gave us no drama or energy. He and the crowd seemed to be on different planes.

Annoyance: We didn't sing "l'shana habaa"

Best discovery: The Koren machzor is full of little expository and homiletical jewels. Last night, I finally read the mini-sermon that accompanies the end of Neillah. It is a masterpiece of religious humanism and so many miles above the sort of tepid, selfish, magical thinking, self-help in a Jewish wrapper nonsense I am usually fed.

How did it go in your neck of the woods?
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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Gaza Crises

Fact: Thousands of Gazans, including an unknown number of Hamas fighters, tried to storm the Gaza border. Many of these Gazans had the specific intent of infiltrating Israel and doing as much damage as possible, including killing and or kidnapping Israelis.
Fact: The IDF held the line, stopped the infiltration, and in the process killed 62 Gazans, with more than 1,700 receiving wounds needing hospital treatment.
Ultra Extreme "Pro" Israel Response: Only 62? SHAME ON THE IDF! Why didn't those losers kill ALL of them???
Extreme "Pro" Israel Response: Hooray!! Awesome!! 62 dead people!! Next time try for more!!
Moderate "Pro" Israel Response: The IDF is pretty much perfect. I am sure those 62 people were chosen carefully and for good reason and no mistakes were made. If you disagree, or think this needs to be talked about or examined you're clearly an anti-Semite, liberal, Israel hater who wants Jews to die.
Of course, I don't really think people who talk this way are actually pro-Israel as their words, attitude and behavior serve only to disgust normal people and drive them away.
UPDATE: Here are some of the things normal human beings might say;
Normal human being response A: The use of force and final fatality numbers doesn't seem disproportionate to the violence and frenzy of the alternative, but I wouldn't question the loyalty of someone who wanted this to be looked at more carefully.
Normal human being response B: I am deeply troubled by the loss of human life, and I don't know what moral principle licensed Israel to open fire on thousands of people. And I say this while also recognizing the role of Hamas in organizing the event, the intention of many people to enter Israel and rampage and the fact that Israel showed restraint. Still, as there was no immediate, clear, present danger to human life, I don't believe Israel had license to indiscriminately spray live bullets.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trump, evangelicals and the embassy

Why didn't superJew lover Donald Trump ask a Jew to deliver the opening or closing blessing at the embassy dedication? 

Aren't there any Rabbis in Israel? 

Instead he selected two of the lowest, most despicable forms of evengelical life to invoke God's name at this historic moment. To kick things off we had the idiot who thinks Jews are all hell bound and to wrap up the party we had the idiot who sees Hitler as a divine agent. 

If you're wearing blue and white underwear you're unlikely to care. After all moving the embassy is what matters, right? Sure, but the choice of preachers drives home the point that the decision to change embassy zip codes was not made because Trump loves Jews or cares about Israel or God. It was made because this vulgar, immoral, adultering, non Christian, criminal wants evengelical Christians votes.