Friday, May 10, 2024

Judaism Inseparable from Israel

USA Today:
Hundreds of Jewish Zionist students at Columbia University signed a letter calling for peace amid on-campus antisemitism they said arose in recent pro-Palestinian protests and asserting that "Judaism cannot be separated from Israel" – a message that some other Jewish Columbia students reject.

"We proudly believe in the Jewish People’s right to self-determination in our historic homeland as a fundamental tenet of our Jewish identity," the students wrote. "Contrary to what many have tried to sell you – no, Judaism cannot be separated from Israel."

The more than 500 students who signed, as of Thursday, all listed their full names, school affiliation, and year in school.

This might eeem like a minority view, but the US House just passed a bipartisan anti-semitism resolution consistent with this.

One of the founders of Israel:

There are no English, French, German or American Jews, but only Jews > > >living in England, France, Germany or America.

Chaim Weizmann

Here is another Jewish opinion:
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Anne Applebaum, staff writer at The Atlantic" about her latest cover story for the magazine, "The New Propaganda War."

Autocrats in China, Russia, and elsewhere are now making common cause with MAGA Republicans to discredit liberalism and freedom around the world.

She goes on to complain that some Africans blame the USA for the Ukraine War. And that we should regulate social media so that democracy does not lose the propaganda war.

This is just weirdo Jewish thinking. Democracy has become a code word for progressivism.

Update: Jewish Law professor Josh Blackman defends the letter, and writes:

But one rather common approach is to simply disregard certain religious doctrines that are inconsistent with modern-day values. For example, on Yom Kippur, the tradition is to read a well-known passage from the Book of Leviticus: "Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence." ...

It is entirely possible to treat the connection between Judaism and Israel in the same fashion as some treat Leviticus 18:22.

Wow, that is quite an analogy!

1 comment:

MikeAdamson said...

Anyone who has been online for awhile knows that some folks resist the identification of America as a democracy, insisting that it is a republic. That some consider "democracy" a code word for "progressivism" is not new, but rather it is part of this glorious internet tradition. Some may claim this a mere difference of semantics, but we know better.