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The Israelis and the Holocauset Seventh milion: A History of Israel With Broad Implications

Thursday, July 28, 2016
This one volume focuses on Israel from before its beginnings as a nation until the early 1990's. Owing to the breadth of this book, this review is necessarily limited to a small fraction of its content. Its content sheds light on many issues, including ones not explicitly elaborated in the book. >>more...

A Mid-19th Century Jewish View of Jewish Essentialism, German Racism

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Communism is a product of Judaic thinking  Anyone who doubts that Communism (as distinct from generic enlightened Utopianism)was birthed from the philosophical and "social" (anti-social) ideals that flourished in the minds of such Judaic revolutionaries as Hess will change their tune when they read Hess' book. He comes right out and admits that the entire "progressive" agenda of the post-enlightenment 18th and 19th Centuries (retrograde, neanderthal herd-mentality "egalitarianism") which resulted in the utter destruction of genteel, aristocratic, Christian estates in Europe and the stultification of Christianity in America, is a product of Judaic or "Jewish" [sic] thinking. Highly recommended and extremely potent material for people who are seeking to understand the origins of the decline of Western Christian society.

Here are a few supportive quotes from the book:

"The Jewish religion is not threatened, as is Christianity, by the national and humaitarian aspirations of the time." - ibid, p. 50.

"It was out of Judaism that our present "humanitarian" [communist-totalitartian] outlook on life grew" - ibid., p. 61, brackets inserted

"With the French Revolution began the rebirth of the nations who owe their national historic religion to Judaism" - ibid., p. 72.

**The French Revolution, a bloody extermination of middle class peasants by "progressive" "urban" city-dwelling communists, was the beginning of the matertialist influenced decline of western civilization, our moral degradation, and the rise of the socialist-communist totalitarian nanny-states in Europe.**

"...the founding of Jewish organizations for agriculture, industry and commerce in accordance with Mosaic, i.e. socialistic principles, these are the foundations on which Judaism in the Orient will rise again..." - ibid., p. 85, verbatim quote. >>more...

Future of American Jews The Chosen People? The Co-Founder of Reconstructionism Repudiates Religious and Racial Forms of Jewish Supremacy

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Rabbi Mordecai Menahem Kaplan, the author, presents a wealth of ideas. I focus on a few themes.

AMERICAN JEWS ALREADY VERY SECULAR

The author engages in what arguably can be called soft atheism. Kaplan consistently rejects the supernatural, including God. (See especially his caricature of God, worthy of a militant atheist, on page 225 and page 538). To Kaplan, "God" is to be re-defined as a cosmic process, or as a Power to help one overcome obstacles, and not a Supreme Being in the conventional sense of the term. (e. g., pp. 171-172, 182-183, 192). Why not just drop the pretense of believing in God at all? >>more...

The rise and the fall of Jewish identities; Jews-As-Nationality: The Real Reason for Jewish Resistance to Assimilation

Thursday, July 28, 2016
This work focuses on prominent Yiddishist thinkers, from about 1900 until after WWII, and their understanding of what it meant to be Jewish, how Jews should "modernize", and related topics. Owing to the breadth of the information presented, I focus on a few themes, and devote my emphasis to the impact of Yiddishist thinking on Polish-Jewish relations >>more...

Social Science and the Politics of Modern Jewish Identity (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture).Pre-Nazi Essentialist, and Even Racial, Views of Jews Held by Jews Themselves

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Radical Jews radicalism of Jews

Thursday, July 28, 2016
The title of this book is a little off. The book is as much about the New Left and related movements as it is about Jews in it. >>more...

Polish teritories Hasidism in the Context of Foreign-Ruled Poland

Thursday, July 28, 2016
This work focuses on how the Hasidic movement developed, and how it interacted with other Jews, and gentiles. It also provides insight into the situation facing Jews in the Russian-ruled and the Austrian-ruled parts of Poland. Much attention is devoted to the criticisms against Hasidism that arose in Jewish and gentile circles alike. This work is relatively technical, requiring the reader to have a good background in 19th-century life to appreciate fully. It has a helpful glossary of Jewish terms. >>more...

Compationin Jewish trdition Better Title: Jewish Universalism, in the Jewish Tradition, as Based Upon the Pronouncements of Jewish Sages

Thursday, July 28, 2016
This work is an impressive collection of positive Jewish statements about gentiles. For instance, righteous non-Jews deserve a place in the World to Come (SANHREDRIN 105a). (p. 131). Maharal of Prague (1512-1609) taught that he shared the blessings that he got from God with all humankind. (p. 126). According to Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi, God’s promise, to wipe away the tears from all faces, includes the faces of non-Jews as well as Jews. (p. 156). >>more...

Jewish Identity in Early Rabbinic Writings (Arbeiten Zur Geschichte Des Antiken Judentums Und Des Urchristentums, Vol 23) by Sacha Ster

Thursday, July 28, 2016
In his assiduous analysis of rabbinical literature, author Sacha Stern employs Talmudic sources (Mishna, Tosefta, Yerushalmi, and Bavli), many different Midrashim, and other sources. (pp. xi-xii). As part of my review of this and related works, I have regularly consulted the online Babylonian Talmud (Soncino edition), and have included specific references to it below. All my specific references below are from the Bavli, in CAPS, and from this online source >>more...

Real Jews: Secular Versus Ultra- Orthodox: The Struggle For Jewish Identity In Israel

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Most Americans would be shocked and disturbed to learn that the harsh rhetoric of virulent anti-Semitism is alive and thriving in Israel. >>more...
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