The [proposed?] new civics book for Israeli classrooms (‘Being citizens in Israel: A Jewish and democratic state.’) willfully and deliberately sets in stone the rabbinic tyranny to dictate what Ultra-Orthodox rabbis already define as “Jewish uniqueness.”
The book declares concerning Israel’s “Jewishness”: ” The realization of collective rights depends on the group’s desire to preserve its uniqueness, on its demand that the state grant it these rights, and on the willingness of the majority to grant these rights.”
Since the government of Israel already grants Ultra-Orthodox rabbis the right to define “Jewish uniqueness,” let’s examine what this really says: “‘The realization of collective rights depends on the group’s desire to preserve Ultra-Orthodox rabbinically-defined Judaism, on the group’s demand that the state set in stone the granting of these rights to Ultra-Orthodox rabbis, and on the willingness of the majority to grant Ultra-Orthodox rabbis these rights.’
Willfully and deliberately imposing Ultra-Orthodox rabbinic tyranny over the majority is a formula for certain disaster and likely civil revolution.
And that’s not the worst part! The worst part is that the Dark Ages mindset of Ultra-Orthodox rabbinic tyranny over the majority inexorably precludes intelligent exegeses of Torah to the modern world; not just Jews, ha-Sheim intended Torah to enlighten all of His children — the entire world!
There is, in mathematics, a law of large numbers, which implies that increasing the number of inputs or experiments narrows the difference between actual results and the calculated expected result. An example is filling a glass jar with jelly beans and asking people to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. Some guesses will be far from correct. Perhaps no one will guess correctly. But the more people who guess, the closer the average tends to approach the actual number of jelly beans.
The law of large numbers is no less true for exegeses of Torah. The greater the number of Torah-preferring persons (whether or not Ultra-Orthodox rabbis recognize them as Jews is irrelevant) who input their exegeses, the closer the average exegesis will be to the Truth. Yet, for centuries, Jews have evaded and avoided this, their personal responsibility of being a Jew, assuming some cleric rabbi knows better. When Jews were illiterate this had some traction. That became antiquated at least a few centuries ago!
The unending contradictions – “loopholes” – between clear Torah commands and Ultra-Orthodox rabbis preachings – from selling “hamets” to shaving to “melachah loopholes” – proves their vacuous, Dark Ages, ceremony-obsessed casuistry is distant from the Omniscient Creator-Singularity of Torah.
So, how can Israel preserve its “Jewish” character compatible with democracy?
The law of large numbers proves that giving voting citizenship exclusively to those who prefer Torah over any contradictory religion would make democracy the answer!
Moreover, the Nᵊviyim Yirmᵊyahu (31.33, context 31.26-35) and Yoeil (2.23-4.3) pointed this out almost 3,000 years ago, in the B.C.E. 8th century!
What’s taking yall so long to wake up after the regathering?