For those unable to grasp the Tor•âhꞋ-ordained concept of doing one’s utmost to keep Tor•âhꞋ, then depending on ki•purꞋ, “pleasing god” always has, and always will, demand stricter measures as each step fails to bring paradise or “the moshiach” – always requiring the next, stricter, step to satisfy “God.” This has always held true, whether it was the Crusaders or Jihadists.
While the sword has, so far, been kept out of the hands of Ultra-Orthodox (Kha•reid•imꞋ) by a combination of goy•imꞋ and moderate Jews, they are no exception. Firebrands periodically incite apocalyptically against Arabs and other goy•imꞋ – by which they often mean everyone other than Ultra-Orthodox Jews. (Increasingly, and ever more boldly, they even exclude regular, moderate Orthodox Jews as goy•imꞋ!!! Don’t even think about their view of Conservative Jews or the “R” word “Jews.”)
Fanatics in all 3 religions, having always been driven by a never-enough strictness to please “god” enough to manipulate the Creator to their own will, inexorably must morph into an exclusive, ever-harsher and more fanatic, elitist, supremacist cult.
It’s particularly vacuous that, today, the most anti-science, history and archeology denying, illiterate segment of the Jewish world, the Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ, demand absolute authority over conversions, starkly opposite to Biblical Torah, which permitted any 3 Jews of good reputation to perform a conversion.
RibꞋis Hi•leilꞋ and Yᵊho•shuꞋa both summed up conversion similarly as “Treat your fellow as you wish to be treated; now go learn and live Tor•âhꞋ. This is the original, Biblically-ordained criteria – in contrast to the far later, Dark Ages and Medieval European REFORMS, still being reformed on a daily basis by today’s rabbinic casuists.
It is today’s Ultra-Orthodox who have, during the Christian era of Dark Ages and Medieval Europe, REFORMED – convoluted and profaned – Tor•âhꞋ into today’s rabbinic casuistry (which is vastly different from Biblical-era Tor•âhꞋ or Ha•lâkh•âhꞋ or Judaism.)
While numerous Diaspora (not good enough) Orthodox Jews have already been disenfranchised by Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ (and are currently vilified by Israelis as “assimilationists”), most Israelis still don’t get it: the Ultra-Orthodox have insisted on a process that, over time, disenfranchises EVERYONE who is not Ultra-Orthodox. Even “regular” Orthodox, who don’t see the threat to them, are primed to be disenfranchised. With not a single exception – whoever is not Ultra-Orthodox is on an inescapable path: choose either to adopt Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ strictures and lifestyle or disenfranchisement from the Ultra-Orthodox definition of “Judaism” and, eventually (e.g., your children), from Israel.
Jews of the world have sat on their hands and held their tongues, refusing to deal with reality, as each faction of the Jewish public comes under the guillotine of Inquisition and resulting disenfranchisement. Now, they come to disenfranchise a large faction of world Jews.
But the fall-out is much worse than that. The nation of Israel will not survive as a fanatic, Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•iꞋ, cultist country. In this sense, Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ are as much living in a delusional bubble as American socialists who refuse to see that the burgeoning entitlements, unmatched by income-generation, are inescapably heading where all previous national socialists (which, BTW, in German, is known by the acronym Nazi) have: into an entitled elitist class of slackers who expect everything to be given to them free versus a drone class of workers expected to pay all the bills; going broke and into violent anarchy when the “entitlements” run dry.
Then Jews throughout the world will finally grasp their myopia. I hope this helps them see it earlier, in time to put a stop to the extremism of the Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ rabbinic casuists who deny science, historical documentation and reality whenever they find it convenient and pose as Israel’s gatekeepers of Judaism.
In the meantime, the Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ are ripping the Jewish world community apart. And the point of the rip will be determined by whether the predominance of moderate Orthodox Jews, when the Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ force them to choose between siding either with them or the non-Orthodox. Thus, if the Kha•reid•imꞋ temporarily tolerate the moderate Orthodox (having disenfranchised masses of Diaspora and some Israeli moderate Orthodox already) the split will occur on one side or the other – or within – the moderate Orthodox community.
It is the moderate Orthodox who must decide where the rip occurs. The Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ will execute the rip and they cannot be stopped from that. Only the point of rip can be decided – by the (not Ultra-) moderate Orthodox.
So, as tragic as it is, and like it or not, the (not Ultra-) moderate Orthodox must choose. The Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ will not let you hold onto both. The longer you procrastinate, the more severe, wrenching and destructive the rip will be to the Jewish world, and to Israel.