R. Riskin’s Myopia; The Gaping Israeli-American Jewish Rift

Contrary to Nadav Shragai’s excessive admiration in Israel ha-Yom (https://bit.ly/2W92Wzl), the up-to-date reality is that there are a number — a growing number — of Torah scholars who have a significantly deeper understanding of essential aspects of U.S. Jewry impacting the current Orthodox-Non-Orthodox rift in global Jewry than Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin. This growing number…

American Jews: Self-Defined Sojourners In Modern-Day Egypt

America’s “Melting Pot” There is a key that illuminates the growing, and explosive, rift between “Blue” American liberal/socialist Jews and “Red” American Trump-conservative, capitalist Jews (see Yirmeyahu Ben-David. American Jewry’s & Israelis’ Misconception Of “The American View”. and Yishai Fleisher The clash of American liberal Jewry and Israeli nationalism). A sojourner isn’t the same as…

American Jewry’s & Israelis’ Misconception Of “The American View”

Response to Prof. Abraham Ben-Tzvi in Israel ha-Yom (2019.05.03). Most of what Prof. Ben-Tzvi writes here is accurate and well-reasoned. However, his “backdrop” view of “Americans’ perceptions” of Israel, upon which he depends as a premise to inform his subsequent reasoning, is wildly skewed by his own, Jewish, misperception of mainstream Americans’ view of Israel(is)–which…

Israel’s Nation-State Law—The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Good The modern state of Israel was conceived in answer to the socialist (Nazi) Shoah after WW-II, as a refuge-home for Jews globally; security against future threats of annihilation of Jews. Thus, the Nation-State Law, formally and officially defining Israel as such, is good. The archeological evidence found throughout Israel pre-dates Islam, Christianity—and Jews!…

הלולא (“Hilula”) updated in Glossary

Took several weeks of research & wrestling with gnarly implications to (I hope) make it now look simple (in the “More” icon page). Some of it relates to Pesakh. Khag ha-Matzot Sameiakh. (Go to http://www.netzarim.co.il, click on the E-J glossary page, then browser search either in English or Hebrew. Those who have visited the page…

Egyptologists haven’t figured out yet: Why Pharaohs Were Buried Under Pyramids With Built-In Chapel

Egyptologists haven’t yet figured out why Pharaohs built pyramids, why Pharaohs were buried under their pyramids, nor why a chapel was built-in it. Once the Egyptian myths of “spirit gods” in “Sacred Mountains” and false doors with emerging spirit-gods are understood, the answer becomes straightforward: The pharaohs’ mummies were understood as divine seeds, planted under…

Israeli-Diaspora Rift: Orthodox Rabbinate Abuses Non-Orthodox Jews

The modern state of Yisraeil (Israel) was intended to be the ancestral home for Jews. But the Orthodox Rabbinate has disenfranchised all non-Orthodox—nearly 85% of world Jewry—as “goyim” unless they can racially prove their maternal genetic “Jewish” DNA. (This despite Israel-Jacob being born of the same mother as his twin, Esau–patriarch of about half of…

Israel Election 2019: Discerning The Tail That Will Wag The Sheep

The consensus of practically every analyst and commentator is that Israel’s political parties are arraying themselves upon either of two bases: a coalition based on the Ultra-Orthodox Khareidim or a coalition based on the Arab parties. So there you are, standing on a land-mine. The ultimate dilemma: if you step off, boom! If you stand…

Religion: Out of the Dark Ages Into Real-World Light

Latest Update (correction/clarification) 2019.02.14 Why? The Answer! I read and contemplate, therefore I exist as a sentient. My 5 senses perceive external influences upon me. Since nothing in my perceived universe exists without a cause, there is an Extra-universe Prime Cause; a Creator-Singularity, of both me and my perceived universe. This Extra-universe Prime Cause is…

Parashat Tᵊtzauweh, 7th Eve

Didn’t manage to finish this week’s entire Bedtime Tanakh Stories parashah in time (all adult parshot accessible via Beit Kneset icon-link to Seipher Torah icon-link in our website at http://www.netzarim.co.il), but here’s 7th Eve: Parashat Tᵊtzauweh, 7th Eve (Motzaei Shabat); Zekharyah’s Vision: the Netzarim Logo Next year, bᵊ-Ezrat ha-Sheim, we’ll be further along. Although, it…