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…

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…

How Can Israel Dissipate Miso-Judaic Hate And Succeed?

The Paradox — Israel is a world leader in hi-tech, science and entrepreneurship. The Jewish people feature Einstein at the head of a large host of eminent and Nobel scientists and authors of the Bible. “Judaism”—the rabbinic interpretations of Tanakh—is endlessly mired in primal fears of Ultra-Orthodox rabbis’ Dark Ages angelology, demonology and superstitious poofium,…

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…

Who Has Authority To Determine Who Is A Jew?

Word has finally filtered down to National Public Radio (NPR) that a set of Orthodox Bât•eiꞋ–Din has developed in Israel as an alternative to the racist, sanctimonious, abusive, off-the-rails, fanatic, Dark Ages Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•iꞋ Ra•bân•utꞋ who contradict Tor•âhꞋ and overturn Ha•lâkh•âhꞋ that has stood for millennia while calling their evils Tor•âhꞋ. It will likely be…