The Bathroom Wars

The U.S. Supreme Court just declined ruling on a “bathroom battle,” sending the controversy back to the lower courts to further stew. The “bathroom wars” are an increasingly formi­dable is­sue looming over Israel as well as heading to America’s Supreme Court. This is a seemingly simple, yet deceptive­ly com­plex, “nesting doll” problem of con­troversy, gift-wrapped…

Masortim (Conservatives) & Orthodox Blame-shifting Again

Blinkered by liberal global socialism, Israel’s popular “secular” tabloid combines with “secular” and Ultra-Orthodox Jews either in their inability to comprehend, or their deliberate obfuscation of, the primary and intractable strayings from ancient Torah that today hamstring “Jews” and “Judaism” both in Israel and around the world: anti-science racism! Both “secular” and Ultra-Orthodox insist on…

Self-Fragmentation Of Israeli Torah Voting Bloc

“Religion” To preclude moderate centrist Israeli Jews from figuring out their political voice, the Israeli gov’t stopped gathering population information that distinguished the relative sizes of Israel’s various degrees of Judaic sectors. At the instruction of the Israeli government, the annual CBS census sterilized “religious” information from future surveys following the 2013 census. Ergo, the…

The Hospitality-Culture of Avraham, Yitzkhaq & Yaaqov

The etiquette of each culture’s hospitality is an integral part of social interaction. Differences in hospitality and etiquette reflect the intricacies, complexities and differences in culture. The culture of ancient Israel is no exception; and some of the intricacies of ancient Israeli hospitality indicate the complexity of the definition of our ancient culture; the definition…

Democracy For A Judaic Israel

For some reason, Israel has attracted, and become the breeding ground for, the fringe radicals of politics as well as the falsely-called “Abrahamic” religions. (Neither Christianity nor Islam has any connection whatsoever with the religion of Avraham!) When carried to extremes, “democracy” carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction. And Democratic extremists, insisting…

Is “Jewish-Democracy” an oxymoron?

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…

Pb asks: Could you speak on worship / tehillim?

Goy•imꞋ worship. Yᵊhud•imꞋ pray. See the glossary entries for tod•âhꞋ, YᵊhudꞋâh, tᵊphil•âhꞋ, bᵊrâkh•âhꞋ and Tᵊhil•imꞋ. The controlling principle of tᵊphil•âhꞋ is requesting understanding to relate to what י‑‑ה desires of us; i.e., properly understanding His תּוֹרָה so that we may know how to accomplish His Will and please Him—not requesting י‑‑ה to do our bidding!…