Thoughts on Matisyahu and BDS

Let’s get a few things straight right here.

Individuals who most often problem Jewish base test are the most up in arms about Matisyahu’s expected Jewish litmus test. Do not speakers at Hillel need to pass a pro-Israel base test? Don’t grantees of Federations have to pass a pro-Israel litmus test? Does not Jeffrey Weisenfeld subject every speaker and honoree at CUNY to a pro-Israel base test? Did J Street not fail the Conference of President’s pro-Israel base test? Don’t Orthodox Jews continuously subject liberal Jews to tests of their Jewishness? And exactly what about non-Jews? Don’t non-Jews likewise need to pass a pro-Israel base test? To teach? To run for office? To speak at the 92Y? And did we forget about the Knesset’s efforts to introduce a commitment oath for Arab residents of Israel? Who are you people fucking joking with your chest beating about base test when you cornered the fucking market on litmus paper? You can bet your ass if a Palestinian performer who was on record making unclear anti-Israel statements and keeping associations with Muslim extremists had actually been welcomed to carry out, the Jewish neighborhood would be lining up to have his efficiency canceled.

Matisyahu wasn’t targeted due to the fact that he’s Jewish. He was targeted because he’s a popular pro-Israel figure who has actually openly supported the IDF and rejected Palestinian identity. Whenever he launches his mouth about Palestine, he shoves his foot into it by spouting off some Hasbara rubbish, and after that reels it back and states, “But actually I’m not political.” He has carried out at Buddies of the IDF charity events, the AIPAC convention, and for right-wing extremist Chloe Valdary’s pro-Israel campus organization. He likewise performed at an advantage for the OR Motion, an organization which deliberately seeks to displace Israeli bedouin to develop Jewish-only communities on the former sites of their villages. His spiritual mentor, Ephraim Rosenstein, to whom he associates his spiritual regrounding, lives in occupied Hebron, applauded Baruch Goldstein after the Burial place of the Patriarchs massacre, and raises cash for an organization that supplies legal help to Israeli extremists accuseded of murdering Palestinians. He spent a decade as a Lubavitcher, a sect which idealizes “settling the land” as a religious commitment and whose main theological work, Tanya, begins by proclaiming non-Jews to be metaphysically inferior to Jews. He has actually revealed a desire to move to Israel. He has actually apparently home hunted in Israel. And he had a leading 40 tune called “Jerusalem” which proclaims his love for Israel. If you can ignore all these facts and still insist that boycotting Matisyahu is an unjustified act of antisemitism, you’re as entirely full of shit as he is.

I don’t think the organizers should have caved to the BDS movement, however primarily since I do not find scholastic and cultural boycotts to be strategically efficient in this context. Individuals have a right to boycott whomever they desire, nevertheless, and the organizers of a personal festival have every right to take whomever they want off the expense. Nobody is entitled to an efficiency or an income.

One night at a Beatbox Festival in NYC in the mid-2000’s, beatbox impresario Yuri Lane was carrying out a segment of his piece “From Tel Aviv to Ramallah,” a beatbox portrait of life in Israel and Palestine. According to Lane, Matisyahu pulled the cords out of the amp while he was performing because his message was “pro-Arab.” Never mind how many times Matisyahu forced female entertainers off phase due to the fact that of “Kol Isha.” I myself composed several short articles for a particular publication I will not name about Matisyahu’s transition from Orthodoxy to secularism. When that exact same publication desired an interview with Matis a year later on, he insisted all my posts be removed as a precondition of his interview. For this douchebag to grumble to anybody about being silenced is the height of conceit and hypocrisy.

Aug 18, 2015Daniel Sieradski

Lost in Translation: Israeli Consensus on Iran is a Myth

The current nuclear deal reached in between the world powers and Iran has actually been overwhelmingly denounced in Israel. With the noble exception of previous security establishment high-ups and academic specialists, the general public argument has by and huge claimed that the contract is bad. While even residents of Mars were aware that Benjamin Netanyahu is emphatically opposed to the offer, many seemed shocked that the heads of his opposition likewise slammed the contract.

Yitzhak Herzog, the head opposition, called the arrangement “bad for Israel’s security both now and in the future”, while Yair Lapid, chairman of the centrist Yesh Etid party, blasted it as a “terrible arrangement“. Even the head of dovish Meretz, Zehava Galon, mentioned that there are “holes” in the arrangement while making an appearance on Israeli Channel 2. These unfavorable comments originating from the Israeli left of center have actually led those opposing the contract on Capitol Hill to claim they have support throughout the Israeli political spectrum.

In a video address to American Jewish leaders recently Netanyahu stated that “This is merely not a partisan problem in Israel … it should not remain in the United States either”. AIPAC who’s battling the agreement on Capitol Hillside published a Facebook statues that read “Throughout the political spectrum, # Israel‘s leaders are joined in opposing the # BadIranDeal“. These statements are misguiding, though, and miss the mark on a vital part of Israeli discourse concerning the nuclear deal. There is a broad Israeli consensus that the agreement is bad, however not that Netanyahu’s clash with Obama is great.

While calling the contract “bad for Jews” in a Yedihot Aharonot op-ed, Lapid goes on to blame the result of the agreement on Netanyahu, calling it “the worst diplomacy failure of any prime minister considering that the facility of the state”. Lapid asserts that Netanyahu for years offered the Israeli public a misconception that only he (Netanyahu) can fix the Iranian crisis, and the Yesh Atid head highlighted Bibi’s “Republican politician connections”, his “isolation of the the Democratic Party”, and his bad relations with Obama as damaging causes for Israel discovering itself sidelined and not able to constructively voice its issues on the agreement.

In tune with his celebration’s leader, Yesh Atid’s Ofer Shelah straight dealt with the vote in congress in a long Facebook status published July 20th. After criticizing Netanyahu’s dealing with the Obama administration in the lead-up to the contract, Shelah includes that now, “Instead of fixing relations with the administration, [Netanyahu] is honestly waging a hopeless and damaging fight on the vote in Congress”. Even Herzog, whom Netanyahu singled out in his address to Jewish American leaders as lined up on the matter, a little varies with Netanyahu on how Israel need to respond. The previous thinks Israel should use the agreement to get higher security support, while the latter has refused that in the meantime. Even more, Herzog along with Shelah, Lapid, Galon, and others, has voiced support for a regional technique to the Palestinian concern that would engage the “practical Sunni axis” in order to attain numerous goals, consisting of producing a strong anti-Iran coalition in the region, a linkage Netanyahu is reluctant making.

Others in the Zionist Union have actually come out more powerful versus Netanyahu’s actions. Number 3 on the party list, MK Shelly Yachimovich unequivocally denounced Netanyahu’s tactics, and criticized her celebration’s leader, Herzog, for not taking a clear stance versus Netanyahu’s actions. On a status published on her Facebook page Yachimovich claims that “the clash with President Obama, the visible meddling in American domestic affairs, the apparent preference for the Republican Party, the speech in Congress that was arranged behind the White House’s back. All of those were full failure”. With regard to what Israel must do next, Yachimovich firmly insists, “Errors must not be duplicated. Mistakes must be taken care of”.

It is not only voices from the center-left that have spoken up versus Netanyahu’s careless Iran policies visa-a-via the United States. Several media outlets interviewed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin today to mark the very first year of his presidency. Harretz declared that Rivlin appears worried about the tensions in between Obama and Netanyahu, most likely based upon Rivlin’s listing of the three core principles of Israeli diplomacy as “first, relations with the U.S., 2nd, relations with the U.S., and third, relations with the U.S.”, warning that “fights, even ones in which we are right, that can harm the security of Israel are ones that we need to guide away from”. To the Israeli day-to-day Maariv, Rivlin stated, “The Head of state has waged a project against the U.S. as if the 2 sides were equivalent … and this is responsible to injure Israel itself”.

While AIPAC and Netanyahu have been telling American Jewry and members of Congress that their fight on Capitol Hillside against the arrangement is supported throughout the Israeli political spectrum, in truth even some lifelong Likudniks, such as Rivlin, are wary about this public clash. While Israelis tend to concur that the agreement is not great, there is no consensus on exactly what to do next, with a large part of the electorate vital of AIPAC’s and Netanyahu’s fight in Congress. These Israelis are by no ways feeling more secure due to the arrangement on Iran’s nuclear program, however they are deeply worried about the nadir U.S.-Israel relations have actually struck and protest further straining the relations via exactly what they perceive as a worthless battle on Capitol Hill. Americans advocating or lobbying against the Iran handle the United States from a concern for Israel’s security have a right to do so, however if the validation for their opposition to the deal is a legendary Israeli agreement support such actions, they ought to reevaluate their position.

Aug 11, 2015Shahar Golan

Shahar Golan was born in Tel-Aviv and relocated to Seattle at age 11. Today he is a senior studying global researches at the Seattle School of the University of Washington. In his research studies he takes interest in the Middle East, Israel, United States diplomacy, and development.

The Self Taught And Undertrained

I had the satisfaction of speaking at a Jews for Judaism Canada occasion in Toronto this year on the eve of the Christian vacation of Christmas

While we at Jews for Judaism focus on informing, informing and empowering Jews, there are times where we require explain the excellent difference that exists in between Judaism and Christianity.

One such opportunity developed as I read a new book on the airplane visiting Toronto. I had actually just received a copy of “Torah, Chazal, and Science,” by Rabbi Meiselman just days prior to my flight. In the very first pages of the beginning he shared what I believed clarified this difference with elegance.

“The correct explication of Torah is not a kid’s game. It is a really severe endeavor. Errors in interpretation are constantly harmful, but Chazal inform us that with respect to cosmology– Maaseh Bereishis– the consequences are especially severe. Nobody would leave his physical health to the self taught or undertrained. Every reasonable person insists that his attending doctor be an expert in his field. If this is our mindset with respect to our physical well being, surely we ought to be not less demanding with respect to our spiritual well being.”

Now, that is a MOUTHFUL! Yet, most Christians, lots of who call themselves Messianic Jews or Hebrew Roots followers do simply exactly what Rabbi Meiselman counsels versus. They attach themselves to teachers who are self taught and undertrained. One would never trust their tailor to sew up a bad cut, nor would they go to their butcher to carry out surgical treatment. However, most Christians, and primarily so called Messianic’s and Hebrew Roots followers do just that, when they delegate their spiritual health to the self taught and undertrained.

We as Jews need to be planning to our Sages and the Rabbi’s of Judaism who have maintained, and gave the wealth of Torah understanding that we have. Following the self taught or undertrained, as R’Meiselman explains, features “specifically severe effects.”

#TBT: “Taxonomy of Jewish pluralism” at 10

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.)

10 years ago this week, I published “Taxonomy of Jewish pluralism” to Mah Rabu, a brand-new blog that was simply a couple months old. It was a golden era of blogging in basic, and Jewish blogging in specific. Twitter didn’t exist yet; Thefacebook existed but was simply for university student; blogs were where it was at.

This post, framed as a “work in development”, defined three various “stages” of Jewish pluralism:

Stage 1: “Frummest common measure”.
Phase 2: “Let’s make everybody comfortable”.
Phase 3: Identity.

The taxonomy happened as an outcome of my experiences with multiple Jewish communities that were all trying to be pluralistic, but in practice meant very various things by “pluralism”. Defining these phases was a method to articulate these different techniques to Jewish pluralism, as well as a way to highlight the methods in which some views are marginalized and silenced by some types of pluralistic discourse.

This part has frequently been misunderstood, however the taxonomy categorizes pluralistic discourse, not pluralistic outcomes. It’s not about what the neighborhood winds up doing, however about how it arrives. So, for example, a Stage-1 pluralistic neighborhood might have similar practices to a non-pluralistic neighborhood, but the distinction is that in one community, those practices are embraced due to the fact that they are viewed to be a “common measure” that is appropriate to everybody despite the fact that it is recognized that everybody has differing individual practices, while in the other community, those practices are embraced since they are seen as the norm for the community.

“Taxonomy of Jewish pluralism” seemed to reach a time when it was needed, and it ended up being more influential than I ever expected; to this day I still become aware of pluralistic Jewish organizations that are appointing it as needed reading. It likewise ended up being the foundation of the theoretical structure of the Hilchot Pluralism series, which became a place to methodically record and analyze pluralistic practices in the independent Jewish world.

So, One Decade later on, do I still concur with it? Yes and no.

I still stand by almost every word in the original post. I believe the categories themselves are still useful, and precise enough as descriptions of various modes of discourse. I think the imperfections of Phases 1 and 2, and the difficulties of Stage 3, are still pertinent.

Where my thinking has actually changed is in identifying the categories as “phases”. That’s the part of the initial post that had the weakest support– I had a lot of information (from my own experiences) about how various pluralistic neighborhoods operate, but not a lot longitudinal data about communities that actually changed their approaches. Two separate influences made me review the “phase” structure: 1) I have actually been associated with pluralistic decision-making in neighborhoods that were facing multiple pluralism problems, and have actually seen that it’s not constantly possible to take a consistent strategy to all concerns, due to the fact that of the varying nature of those concerns. 2) The initial taxonomy was modeled after academic theories such as Piaget’s phases. Ever since, my understanding of instructional theory has ended up being deeper (10 years ago I was a high school physics instructor, and now I have a Ph.D. in physics education research), and reviews of Piaget are also valid critiques of “Taxonomy of Jewish pluralism”.

Why aren’t “phases” the right description? Since this description suggests that an offered neighborhood is in a single phase of pluralism (or non-pluralism) at any one minute in time, and takes a single strategy to pluralistic discourse around all problems that might show up. However that’s not how any neighborhood truly works. Every community has issues around which it does not attempt to be pluralistic. And on concerns where a community does consider itself pluralistic, it’s possible for the exact same neighborhood to take a Stage-1 method to some concerns and a Stage-3 technique to others. Several “stages” can exist side-by-side at the very same time. (It’s also possible that some individuals in a neighborhood will aim to suggest for a position making use of discourse from one phase, while others utilize discourse from another. If this isn’t really recognized, it can cause individuals talking past one another.)

For those who wish to see their neighborhoods take a Stage-3 method to pluralism, this more fragmented picture can be seen in a half-empty or a half-full method. The half-empty viewpoint is that even when you believe you remain in a Stage-3 commmunity, the other “stages” never ever truly go way. However the half-full viewpoint is that if you wish to move a community to Stage 3, you do not have to do it all at once; this can take place one issue at a time (even if there are some issues where other “phases” are more entrenched).

What are the methods that you discover it beneficial to consider Jewish pluralism in 2015?

Jul 24, 2015BZ

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<aWhat is the Value of a Neshama?


I commonly reflect on the 20 years of my life invested in “narashkeit” (absurdity) and the remarkable journey I have actually been on these last 3 years. While all of us originate from varying backgrounds, whether you are Jew or one from the Nations, I make sure a few of you can relate. There has been excellent and bad, ups and downs, weaves, brand-new and fantastic relationships, and broken relationships. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, we could never ever expect that we would feel so pleased and totally free.

My mind then wanders and I begin to regret and feel anger about those lost twenty years. How could G-d let somebody like me, someone who individuals think about intelligent, and knowledgable, roaming so far from the faith of his daddies? Why did it take control of twenty years for me to come to my senses?

Then I snap out of it. I keep in mind that I would not be the guy I am today, and would not have the impact that I am having with a lot of, if I did not have this journey. My dear good friend, Rabbi Tovia Singer when stated to me, “I covet you Ira.” I was shocked. How could somebody who is so renowneded, and who has doinged this much for the Jewish individuals, be jealous of me? He advanced, “Individual retirement account, I have never been checked like you. I have been observant all my life, but you my pal have been tested and have come out on the right side.”

I have actually informed people that the only good that came out of my foolishness of those Twenty Years was meeting the most lovely lady in the world, both inside and out, and being blessed that HaShem would make her my spouse. Nevertheless, there is another story that is being composed and being played out as I compose this.

It was January 1994 when I initially walked into that location and satisfied an extremely intriguing woman with a young child. I was commonly invited to hang around in a group that included this mother and child, and slowly got to know them both. Over the few years that we knew each other we ended up being extremely close, so much so, that I began to act as a surrogate dad to this young girl who had actually lost her own daddy at an extremely young age. I bear in mind how fired up they both were at the prospect of going to Israel to take part in the yearly party of the Feast of Tabernacles (Succot) in Jerusalem. After they announced their objective to go, a mutual pal began to assist them make plans for flights. He approached me one day and informed me that he had actually discovered a terrific flight for them, however in order to get the very best cost, the tickets had to be purchased the next day. He asked if I might put up the cash for a few weeks, up until the congregation took up an offering, and ensured me I would get my money back. Having a really successful business at the time, and wishing to help, I concurred. The tickets were acquired.

A couple of weeks later an announcement was made about their trip, and a providing was taken, however, it would barely cover their expenses. Needless to state, I never ever got the money back. I didn’t blame the mom and her daughter, due to the fact that they were not associated with the request. It did trouble me for quite some time about the method things were dealt with, and how an extremely financially stable parish did nothing to make my scenario right.

There would be things that would cause this incident to play back in my mind from time to time, but eventually I let it go. Now, here we are Twenty Years later. Just a few months back, after having no contact with either the mom or daughter for over 10 years I get a pal demand from the little woman who is not so little anymore. How things have altered, now that the little girl I aimed to be a dad too, now has youngsters of her own. But, this is just part of the story.

As most of you understand, I am the Outreach Organizer for the East Coast office of Jews for Judaism. As such, I get copies of all the submission and information requests that can be found in to our site. One of them truly stimulated my interest a couple of weeks earlier. I looked at an email from someone that was asking about how someone who has actually left Christianity, is trying to find out more about Judaism, and reading from a Siddur can proceed to progress, and maybe even become Jewish. The name sounded extremely familiar, but was a little different. I chose to investigate, and my inkling was right. I went to the Facebook of that little lady, that is not so little any longer, and sure enough the female who submitted the demand to Jews for Judaism was on her good friends list. The something various was her surname, which was now her married name. You see, the lady on her buddies list was her Mother, that very intriguing female I had actually met in 1994.

In this recently, we have not only exchanged emails, however lastly have actually had numerous phone conversations. She has shown me many of the stories that I had actually found out about her faith and youth growing up. We caught each other up on our lives and journeys. Most notably, she shared with me where she is now. She has finally, like numerous of you chose to make the break from a lifelong commitment to what she now understands was a idolatry. Why is this so considerable? She recounts that the genuine turning point took place on her trip to Israel 20 years back. She was not able to come to terms with not being Jewish. Now, here she is after Twenty Years, finally coming to the truth. Lastly finding peace. Lastly understanding that she can have a relationship with her Creator that does not need a Golden Calf (mediator).

One of the important things that the majority of affected her in our couple of discussions, was my teaching her about the “neshama,” the raised soul that we as person have above the animal world, and our own animalistic nature. I spoke to her about the divine stimulate that is placed in each people, and how each neshama originates from below the Kisei HaKavod (Throne of Glory). She told me a story about being 9 years old, and sensation that she had fire in her chest. After a brief time she had an accident that was going to need a journey to the emergency room, and she wept, and cried, because she thought they would take her fire away. She believes that this was her neshama, her divine trigger looking for to link to HaShem.

I had a couple of days to consider this incredible connection. I had thought that the only good thing that ever came out of my foolishness was my incredible other half, but now there is more to that story. Here I am Twenty Years later, no longer worried about the $1500 that I lost in order for a mom and daughter might experience Eretz Yisrael. I am learning every day that I can not dwell on those lost Twenty Years of my life, since there is absolutely nothing lost on HaShem. While we all have totally free option, we have no concept what fantastic true blessings can come out of other peoples absurdity. Exactly what is the value of a neshama to HaShem? In this case it took Twenty Years of my life and $1500 to be the one blessed enough to help gather in another among the “sparks.” A small price to spend for all that HaShem has actually done for me, and for us, in spite of our failings.

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Messianic Judaism Flourishes in Holocaust Towns

As we keep an eye on the worldwide growth of the “Messianic/Hebrew Christian” activities, this just in from Ukraine.

Nearly one year after Jews for Jesus launched among its most effective and questionable ministration campaigns, more than 1.3 million people worldwide have watched That Jew Died for You.

The three-minute YouTube video portrays Jesus carrying the cross to a gas chamber. The movie’s goal was to “reshape views of Jesus and his relationship to the Holocaust.” Pegged to Yom HaShoah, a day when Israel keeps in mind the Holocaust (held the evening of April 15 this year), many Jews called it the “most unsavory YouTube video ever.”

In Ukraine, where nearly 1 million Jews were killed during The second world war, Holocaust references are usually utilized to make political points. Throughout January’s 70th anniversary of the freedom of Auschwitz, Russian and Ukrainian leaders compared each other to Nazis and openly contested which nation must get the credit totally free the prisoner-of-war camp in occupied Poland.

But Ukraine’s Messianic Jewish environment is discussing the Holocaust in its evangelistic efforts. And now Messianic parishes are growing in many of the exact same environments that suffered the inmost Holocaust wounds.

Remembrance and education

The Soviet Union suppressed information about the Holocaust in its effort to develop a “typical Soviet people,” said Igor Rusniak, director of the Bible college at Kiev Jewish Messianic Parish (KJMC). Therefore, lots of Ukrainian Christians still do not understand that the Holocaust targeted Jews in particular. Rusniak says, “Virtually every Jewish household in Ukraine has loved ones who were killed by Nazis throughout the war.” For these Jews, the Holocaust just proved that Christians with power are not to be trusted.

One method Messianic churchgoers like KJMC have actually tried to bridge the space in between Jews and Christians is through a yearly interdenominational prayer meeting versus anti-Semitism. Rusniak’s Bible college also trains Jewish and Gentile ministers how to identify, understand, and oppose anti-Semitism, and teaches how the Holocaust formed contemporary Jewish identity.

It has also shaped their location. KJMC, reportedly the world’s biggest Messianic parish with 1,600 attenders, is less than 10 miles from the site of among the Holocaust’s largest massacres: Babi Yar. This Kiev ravine is where Nazi soldiers and regional cops eliminated more than 33,000 Jews in 2 days. In Berdichev, a northern city where German soldiers slaughtered 15,000 Jews, a Messianic Jewish churchgoers of about 200 individuals gathers weekly.

“We … rejoice that lots of Jewish people are pertaining to faith in Messiah in locations that experienced some of the worst wrongs of the Holocaust period,” specified the Lausanne Assessment on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE). The group satisfied in Kiev for its 10th European conference last April. More than 80 participants from 19 countries collected largely “to verify and motivate these Jewish fans of Jesus,” and to recognize “the huge variety of Jewish fans of Jesus who died in the Holocaust.”

Today, an approximated 10,000 to 15,000 Ukrainian Jews worship Jesus as Messiah. This makes Ukraine, a country of 45 million, the area’s fulcrum of the Messianic Jewish motion. (By comparison, Ukraine has about 1.7 million evangelical Christians and more than 23 million Orthodox Christians, who constitute about half the nation’s population.)

Now, as Jews emigrate en masse from Ukraine, its Messianic believers are growing churches around the globe.

From Christianity Today