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Where kabballah came from
January 22, 2020, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Judiasm, Kaballa of the Ari and Zohar, kaballah, Uncategorized

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Three and a half thousand years ago an event occurred in an empire at the edge of Afrika that would have a major impact on the lives of every single human being that has lived since and will yet live on Earth. The Creator of the Universe gave three million newly freed slaves from the corrupt Egyptian civilization of the time a glimpse of His infinite reality.

The three million terrified former slaves, known as the Hebrews, begged their leader Moshe to intercede on their behalf since it was inconceivable to them that they could possibly survive the slavery. The Creator consented and Moshe proceeded up Mount Sinai, where he received the Torah straight from The Holy One, Blessed Be He.

The Torah thus became God’s direct communication with the People of Israel and through them to the rest of the world. What Moshe brought down in physical form was a written text divided into Five Books. He also brought with him two other vitally precious treasures.

The first was an oral explanation of how to perform and integrate into our lives the Commandments (mitzvoth) enumerated in the written Torah. This was passed down through the generations as The Oral Tradition and survives to the present day as The Talmud.

The second treasure was the key that unlocks the deepest mysteries of underlying metaphysical truths about the nature of Creation and The Infinite Creator, hidden in the words and the very letters of the Written Torah.

This key was also passed down through the generations, but only to a restricted chosen few in each generation. These spiritual giants, who exist in every generation, preserved that which gradually over the centuries they refined and revealed through the written word. Their efforts brought forth more than three thousand texts in print alone, which today comprise that which is collectively known as “Kabbalah.” (Hundreds more exist in manuscript form in private collections and libraries scattered throughout the world).

The Kabbalah has been compared by many to the modern science of physics. What physics attempts to do is to explain the substance of the universe (i.e. Creation) and how it works. It is both a theoretical science and a practical science.

The science of Kabbalah also explains the basic nature of Creation and has two aspects as well – one theoretical and the other practical. Not surprisingly, most of the discoveries being made in Physics today coincide with what we already know from Kabbalah.

The word “Kabbalah” itself comes from the Hebrew root word “kabal” which means “receive”. The implication is that the knowledge of the Kabbalah is “received” by the scholars of each generation from those of the previous generation, reaching all the way back to the original “receiving” by Moshe at Mt. Sinai from God Himself. The Mishna says that “… Moshe transmitted it (the Torah) to Joshua, Joshua passed it on to the Elders of Israel, the Elders transmitted it to the Prophets, the Prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly, etc.”

Moshe, being the master of all prophets that he was, understood the Torah completely. He was the perfect vessel to receive the complete knowledge contained within the Torah, including its deepest mysteries. Thus, the Mishna in Tractate Avot (Fathers) says that “Moshe Kibel (received) Torah” because he was the original mold from which all future prophets were to be formed. His was a complete and perfect kabbalah of the prophetic message from The Creator.

In the Book of Numbers (27:20) it says that when Moshe handed over the reins of leadership to Joshua, God told Moshe to “Invest him (Joshua) with your spirit….” Therefore when it says that he “…transmitted it to Joshua, etc.”, the Sages of the Talmud explain that Moshe gave Joshua the necessary methods and disciplines for entering into a prophetic state; the “keys” for acquiring — “receiving” — prophecy. This is the tradition of Kabbalah.

During the ensuing period of the Prophets, the secret of Kabbalah were guarded by the Master Prophets of each generation and taught to a select few disciples. With the closing of the period of the Prophets about to come to an end as the destruction of the First Holy Temple drew near, the prophet Ezekiel was shown a fantastic vision called “Ma’aseh Merkava” (the Workings of the Chariot). In this powerfully intense vision, Ezekiel is shown (and thereby we as well) the secrets of The Creation or, in other words, the Kabbalah.

Although the words are words of mystery and hardly understandable to the uninitiated, it is the first time that these secrets were committed to ink and parchment. In Tractate Chagiga in the Talmud, the Sages of Blessed Memory instruct that, “The Ma’aseh Merkava may be taught only to individual students one at a time and they must be wise, understanding with their own knowledge.”

With the Roman Conquest and the ensuing destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Holy Temple, continued the long exile and dispersion until this day.

Realizing that there was a great danger that the Oral Tradition (including Kabbalah) could be lost with the scattering of the Jewish People, it became apparent to the Sages that it would have to eventually be committed to writing.

Under the leadership of Rabban Yochanon ben Zakai, the Sages began to gather and consolidate all the accumulated Oral Torah knowledge.

In the year 130 C.E. the Jews of Eretz Yisrael could no longer tolerate the outrages perpetrated by the Roman oppressor and rebelled. With Rabbi Akiva as the spiritual inspiration and Simon Bar Kochba as the military leader, the Jews actually succeeded in expelling the Romans. For three years the Land was free. But it was not to last.

The Romans returned and ruthlessly re-conquered the Jewish Homeland, this time setting out to completely eradicate all trace of this bothersome stubborn people. The land of the Jews, Judea, was renamed Palestine after the ancient Philistines

As the Romans re-conquered every town and village they rounded up all the Jewish residents brought them to the coast and put them on any boat to come along to be sent to wherever in Empire the boat happened to be going. In addition, the study of Torah and the performance of its mitzvos became forbidden in the Land of Israel but not elsewhere in the Roman Empire. Living life as a Jew was easier elsewhere than in the Land of Israel itself. Thus was the scattering of the Jewish People complete.

As a result of these persecutions the Oral Tradition brought down to the Jewish nation from Mt. Sinai, in particular the Kabbalah tradition, was in danger of being forgotten or, even worse, changed and twisted to accommodate the perceived needs of every local community of Jews.

To preserve Jewish identity and survival as a people at all the Oral Tradition would have to be consolidated, organized and written down. Rabbi Akiva started the process of consolidation and organizing. He wrote down his “received” tradition and gave it the name “Sefer Yetzira” (Book of Formation).

Three other main pillars of the Kabbalah were also committed to writing during this period of persecution, violence and upheaval; Sefer Bahir (Book of Illumination) by Rabbi Nehunia ben Hakanah, Pirkei Hekhalot Rabatai (The Greater Book of Divine Chambers) by Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha and The Zohar (The Book of Splendor) by Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi).

The Zohar, in particular, became the primary source for the study of theoretical Kabbalah. It was said to have been revealed to Rashbi by the Prophet Elijah while Rashbi and his son were hiding from Roman persecution in a cave for thirteen years.

When it became clear that it was safe to emerge, Rashbi and his son established a school of Torah with the main emphasis on the closely guarded Secrets the of Torah (i.e. Kabbalah). This school survived for many years after the death of Rashbi and seventy years later, his disciples and students wrote down his most important teachings which then became the main body of what eventually was called The Zohar.

For more than a thousand years, what we today call The Zohar consisted of volumes of notes and writings handed down from the Rashbi and his disciples and kept from the general public by a small secret society of Talmudic scholars which through the years had grown from the original school of the Rashbi.

Finally in the mid-Thirteenth Century CE, one of the greatest Kabbalists of all time, Rabbi Moshe de Leon had the privilege and task of editing and finally publishing The Zohar as we know it today. Enough was already known of Zoharic literature by the great scholars of the time that it gained acceptance as a valid understanding of Torah with few objections.

Since the publication of the Zohar, two other periods of Jewish history have produced major developments in our understanding of Kabbalah.

In the sixteenth century CE, the city of Zefat in northern Israel became a magnet for great rabbis and scholars of Kabbalah. The greatest among them was a young and brilliant scholar born in to Ashkenazi parents in Jerusalem and sent to live with his uncle in Egypt where he was taught by the famous Torah scholar, R. Bezalel Ashkenazi, author of the Shita Mekubetzet.

The young genius’ name was R. Yitzhchak Luria, also known as the “Ari” (acronym for Adoneinu Rabbi Yitzchak). After years of study and seclusion in Egypt, he was told in a dream by Elijah the Prophet that his time was limited and he needed to go to the Land of Israel to give over what he had learned. In 1569 CE he arrived in the holy city of Tzfat and within a short time gathered around himself an illustrious circle of disciples who included R. Yosef Caro, author of the Shulchan Aruch, and R. Chaim Vital.

At the time of the Ari’s arrival in Zefat. Chaim Vital was already well known and respected as a great scholar of Torah and its secrets. Upon meeting the Ari for the first time, the Ari said that his whole purpose in learning and teaching was so that Chaim Vital would learn from him and become his disciple. And so it was. Over the next two years the Ari spoke volumes and Chaim Vital took copious notes. In those two short years the Ari managed to transfer to his devoted disciple the entire wealth of his knowledge, creating a revolution in Jewish thought that has reverberated throughout the Jewish world to this very day.

Upon his sudden passing in 1572 CE, the Ari conferred onto his beloved disciple, R. Chaim Vital, the momentous task of organizing and codifying all he had been taught.

The Ari’s brilliant understanding of the Zohar and all the rest of the Kabbalah, set forth by R. Chaim Vital, made it more accessible than ever before. Through his Holy genius he had been able to systematize and create a context for the esoteric knowledge found in the Zohar and all the other metaphysical works of Torah. Ever since, the Lurianic system of Kabbalah is by and large the most common way of understanding the secrets of Torah.

Today more than ever before, the sacred world of Kabbalah is of central importance in our day-to-day lives. Kabbalah provides a practical guide for living. As a description of God’s physical creation, with modern discoveries in physical sciences corroborating with increasing frequency accepted ancient truths revealed to us in Kabbalah, it has become the ultimate tool for understanding God’s world and the true meaning of Torah as God’s revelation to His world. Combined with the learning and doing of the Torah’s Mitzvot, The Way of Kabbalah will bring the final redemption and the coming of the Holy Messiah, may it happen speedily in our days.



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Whats wrong with American Judiasm today ?
November 15, 2009, 6:04 pm
Filed under: America, Judiasm

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Who made Judaism a religion of gaudy mausoleums the temples, material wealth, an empty, vapid, childish, shallow, ostentatiousness, ignorance, conspicuous vulgarity, of assimilationists ?

What makes The American Jew run? What makes The American Jew run after intermarriage ? What makes The American Jew run away from Judaism and cut the chain of generations? What makes The American Jew run away from the Judaism that his great grandfather clutched at the risk of loss of happiness, material wealth and, so often, very life? What makes The American Jew run?

This is the question that drives the American Jewish Establishment to frantically set up committees, study groups, surveys and commissions. This is the question to which they allocate so much time and so much communal money. This is the question that is at the top of their puzzled order of priorities, over which they scratch their collective well· groomed heads: What makes The American Jew run?

The puzzled shepherds of the American Jewish community can close down their study groups and their commissions and their committees; they can put an end to the learned and expensive surveys. They can stop spending Jewish communal funds. What makes The American Jew run away from Judaism? Who created that American Jew who turns from Judaism in disgust or in indifference? Who created the American Jew who pants after intermarriage or who marches for Jesus or Trotsky or Arafat or for nothing Jewish? Who created the American Jew who finds Judaism as unimportant as the color of his hair ?

Why, the answer is obvious: The very same Establishment groups who are busily creating the committees, commissions, study groups and surveys to find out the answer to these questions! Who made The American Jew run away from Judaism? The American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, the B’nai Brith, the federations on every level and in every locality, the temple rabbis and The American Jew’s most intimate Establishment figures his parents.

All of these are the criminals. All of these had a hand in  the murdering of the American Jew. All of these robbed him of his heritage, of the beauties of his Inheritance. All of these make The American Jew run.

The Jewish Establishment groups The AJCommittee, the Congress, the B’nai Brith, the federations, ALL the spokesmen for the American Jewish community the ruling clique, uniformly marched down the American road with a melting pot under their arms, beating it over and over again and shouting forth the Eleventh Commandment to the American Jew: Thou shalt melt!

Thou shalt melt, thou shalt integrate. thou shalt amalgamate, thou shalt be an American as all others. They beat the drums for interfaith. exchanging pulpits with ministers enthusiastically, in a frantic effort to prove to Christian and Jew alike that there is essentially no difference between them They were partially successful the Christians were not convinced but the Jews were.

Thou shalt melt, thou shall integrate, thou shall  Americanize yourself. And so they raised high the banner of the public school and fought, with a zeal no one knew that they possessed, the one weapon that might have given The American Jew knowledge, and a sense of pride and roots. In fear and with hostility, they declared a holy war against the Jewish Day school. the parochial school. the yeshiva. They piously rationalized their struggle on the sacred grounds of separation of church and state but the real reason for their war (and they took the lead among all Americans in fighting the slightest aid to parochial schools) was their fear and consequent hatred of the parochialism and separatism of the yeshiva. The yeshiva threatened them with too much Jewishness! What would the gentile say If Jews were too Jewish, if they looked and behaved too differently, If their profile was not properly low? How did one mix easily with gentiles in Ihe non-kosher country clubs they were so eager to join; how did one assimilate if Jews did not learn to drop the embarrassing customs, habits and old ritual baggage?

The public school! This was the way to equality, to uniformity, to mixing and assimilating and to the death of anti-Semitlsm. And so, they urged their flock to send The American Jew to the public school (and the flock, as eager to mix as the shepherds, needed little urging). The American Jew went to pubic school.

And today as the shepherds run frenziedly about surveying The American Jew and asking him, “Where did you meet your non Jewish wife ?” he calmly answers: “Why, In the public school: in the Public school to which you sent me……  Who made The American Jew what he Is? Who made The American Jew what he is? The establishment groups and leaders who took a Judaism of particularism, of separatism, of uniqueness, of difference, and who In their fears, insecurities and ignorance created an American brand that leveled all uniqueness, “proved” that Jews and Christians were no different, and eliminated every logical and moral reason 10 be different. They created The American Jew: they made The American Jew run.

And who else made The American Jew run away from Judaism? Who else made The American Jew what he Is and is not? The massive, gaudy mausoleums that dot the landscape of every Jewish suburb, The temples, The Temples whose senior rabbi is the caterer. The temples that perform human sacrifice rites each Sabbath morning, and they call them, The Bar Mitzvah, The Bar Mitzvah that culmination of an empty, vapid, childish, shallow Jewish “education”, taught by men and women whose ignorance and lack of Jewish content make them superb vehicles for the “education” they pass on, The Bar Mitzvah, that obscene cuit of ostentatiousness, the ultimate in Jewish status seeking, the competitive drive to bankrupt that pathetic and hapless “father of the Bar Mitzvah,” The Bar Mitzvah where the young lamb babbles the words he neither understands nor cares to, to the accompanying nachas, pride, of beaming women and men who would not know a correct word from a mistake, whose Ignorance Is sublime and whose disgusting display of conspicuous vulgarity sends G-d fleeing from the mausoleum in wrath “… The Bar Mitzvah, whose necessary “religious” interlude long ago was subordinated to the piece-de- resistance of the entire immorality play the “reception.” The sickening waste of money and degrading of Judaism, where materialism runs amok in the guise of religion. Where drunks and half-dressed women dance and give praise to the L-rd. with African dances. American tunes. and universal abominations. The Bar Mitzvah where the assimilationists, ignoramuses and despoilers of Judaism. beam with patronizing pleasure as the decrepit grandmother Bubby is resurrected from her nursing home or Miami Beach condominium and trolled out to light a candle to the applause of the go-go girls and dirty comedians waiting to do their act.

The temple. that was created to give G-d a place on earth on condition that He know exactly what His place is. The temple. Where man thinks up G-d rather than admit that He made him. The temple, where the Jew can create any kind of religion that he cares to and call it Judaism. The temple. where things too difficult are junked and where from the Board of Directors shall come forth Torah and the voice of the L-rd from the approving Sisterhood membership. The temple. run by men whose ignorance of Judaism is exceeded only by their arrogant insistence on spouting it. The temple, where The American Jew visits “G-d” and meets “Judaism” and flees from it in horror. The temples; they created The American Jew, they made The American Jew run.

And who else made The American Jew run from Judaism? The temple rabbis. The kept theologicians who knowingly preslde over fraud and grotesque jokes. The well paid functionaries who’s ‘ salaries are payments to hold their silence and to declare light darkness and darkness. light;

to give their stamp of kashrut on the impure meat that their temples serve up as “Judaism”. The bribe takers whose eyes are blinded and consciences dulled by “kavod”, the honor of sitting on the pulpit before the eyes of the congregants, and by the comfortable salary augmented by the offerings of thankful beneficiaries of weddings, funerals and unveilings. The false prophets who hold their silence as Judaism is twisted. perverted, turned into a humorless joke and who, knowing their own corruptness and fraud of soul, rush to justify the fraud by “rabbinical” rulings that pronounce them “good”. The temple rabbis who take a Judaism of Divinity and truth and go about Reconstructing it and Reforming it and making a mockery of Conserving it.

The temple rabbis who took the age-old axiom of Revelation. real Revelation. upon which is built the Divinity of Torah and junked it. The temple rabbis who made Judaism the product of “wise men” (and if so, are there not wise Christians and Buddhists and atheists?) and thus removed any sacredness and necessary reason for observance. The temple rabbis, so many of whom do not believe in G-d. who took the real and awesome Jewish G-d of history who made man and Created all and who rewards and punishes, and exchanged Him for a “god” who is “the spirit within man”, indistinguishable from indigestion….. They are the models of Jewish “religious” leadership we give unto The American Jew, these empty vessels whose greatest fortune Is that their congregants know even less about Judaism then they do.

These are your rabbis, American Jew, and then we wonder why he refuses to enter the temple over which they preside. Only they themselves know what frauds they are; only they, in their hearts, know what a life of lies they lead; only they, in the inner recesses of their beings, know the self-hate and contempt they feel for themselves each day that they have to perform acts of faith they no longer believe in and teach a religion that long ago they secretly began to doubt. The temple rabbis; they created The American Jew, they made The American Jew run.

And who else made The American Jew run away from the embrace of Judaism into his non Jewish wife’s waiting arms? The parents, the good Jewish parents. The loving Jewish mother who took off her golden nose rings and made a Golden Calf which she worships avidly. The Golden Calf called “success” and “money” and “making it” and “my-son-the-doctor.” The Golden Calf of material success before which she burns incense and for which she threw the G-d of Jewish values into the trash cans of medieval obscurantism. The Jewish father whose values are those of the garment center and the race track and bagels and Ox on Sunday morning before taking the family out to Chinese restaurant on Sunday afternoon. The Jewish father who tries to think like a gentile, act like a gentile, dress Like a gentile , drink like a gentile, and curse like a gentile and then demand that their son marry a “nice Jewish girl.”

The Jewish, parents whose credo is onward and upward In wealth and status and who created a comfortable Judaism that would accommodate their needs. Who moved to the suburbs and created a suburban Judaism, and a suburban G-d, ethical and cultured and nice a vaguely Jewish Santa Claus. Who turned down the Orthodox synagogue of their parents, grandparents and generations beyond because it was too Jewish and too out of step with modern times and too difficult and too outmoded and not compatible with the new pagan-Jewish lifestyle they were creating. Who turned either to the Reform that gave both status (how familiar their Christian friends would find it if ever they stopped by) as well as license (one could be almost anything and do the same in that incredible anarchy known as Reform) or better still to that new and upcoming movement known as “Conservatism.” How many Jewish refugees from Brooklyn and the Bronx arrived in their new status symbols in Massapequa to find themselves surrounded by strange natives known generally as “goyim” with large tribal groups called “Protestants?” How many of the Jews, in panic, fearing that their son would come home with a Mary rather than a Shirley banded together to build a quick temple or “Jewish Center” to save their precious ones? How many of them who did not know a Jewish concept from a Catholic catechism decided to call it “Conservative” because Orthodox is “too old-fashioned” and Reform is “like a church”? And how amazed was the miniscule, unimportant Conservative movement to be suddenly besieged with requests for “Conservative rabbis” that did not exist? And how many conservative temples were suddenly hiring orthodox rabbis who prostituted themselves to the Long Island god of gold? And how true It Is that it was not the Conservative movement (sic) that built all the new temples that suddenly made them so prominent but the ordinary, ignorant Jews who bought a temple just as they bought any other commodity they needed and who set the terms of the deal.

They bought their temple and their rabbi and proceeded to create Judaism and G-d in their own image. The garment center men knew exactly how to cut a suit to fit…..

Judaism, but not too much. If The American Jew was sent to that vast cultural wasteland known as the “religious” or “Hebrew” school which he so despised, it was not so much that he become religious as so that he might acquire “culture.” (At least enough to let him babble the proper words on the great day of Bar Mitzvah initiation rites.) If he came home and mentioned something about Sabbath observance or a ban on ham and bacon. his parents smiled and told him that “we aren’t sending you there for that” or “you don’t have to listen to everything the teacher says,” They played games with their childen and thought that they could deceive them, never realizing, in their own stupidity, that no one can ultimately deceive a child. They created a Judaism that was created in their own image a Cohenism or a Goldbergism or a Schwartzism and tried to pretend that it was Judaism. They defrauded themselves because it so suited them and thought that their children would grow up to be as fraudulent, hypocritical, materialistic and disgusting as they, But he did not. That which makes them run does not necessarily affect their kids.

They thought that Judaism was a faucet that could be turned on and off at will. They wanted to give up the uncomfortable and the inconvenient things but still keep the “important” things, like marrying a Shirley. The American Jew was honest. He took the whole thing and junked it, He turned on the faucet all the way and Judaism spilled out. in toto. He married his non Jewish wife, to the wailing of his parents who shrieked to one and all: Where did we go wrong??? Where did they go wrong?

Where did they go right………

When one thinks about it. the gall and the arrogance of The American Jew’s murderers are stupefying. All of them sleek Jewish Establishment organizations and their portly leaders: the million-dollar temple-mausoleums: the temple rabbi-functionaries: the pitiful and hapless parents. All those whose yardstick was “what will the gentile say” and who proceeded to tailor their “Judaism” to fit, not the Jew but the gentile; all those spiritual schizophrenics who did not know whether they were Jews or not. fish or fowl, meat or milk; all these now point their grubby accusing fingers at Their children and shout indignantly:

“Why are you such a bad Jew? Why are you a traitor to your people? Why can’t you marry a nice Jewish girl. like your mother? Why do you want to marry Mary, she is not Jewish ?”

The hypocrisy is nauseating and amusing at the same time. But the American Jew listens and finds nothing humorous in it. “Why do you want to marry Mary ? Why not? She is good looking, polite and doesn’t nag….. Why do I want to marry Mary ? Why not? What is a nice Jewish girl like my mother? One who desecrates the Sabbath like my mother? So does Mary ! One who eats non-kosher food like dear Mom? So does Mary ! One who comes to synagogue three times a year to parade about in our version of the Easter parade? Mary has the real thing.”

Of course, what The American Jew is really saying no, crying out is: “Tell me, someone. Why should I be a Jew? Why is it important to be a Jew? What difference does it make? Why not knock down the barriers between religions, nations and groups once and for all? What is there to Judaism that is so unique and special that I should adhere to it faithfully and marry within my faith? Why be a Jew !!!! ”

It is an agonizing cry from the souls of tens of thousands of young Jews who assimilate, integrate and disappear into the outer space beyond Judaism. It is the cry, the question. It is asked by young men and women who have seen the emptiness and the vapidness of the Judaism they grew up with. It is asked by young Jews who have seen the ugliness and the vulgarity of their empty temples and the fraud and bankruptcy of their temple rabbis. It is asked by young people whose “Judaism” gives nothing, absolutely nothing, in terms of ideals, seIf-sacrifice and meaning. It comes from those Who equate the “Judaism” they know with ostentatious Wealth, fat and contented Ieaders paying lip service to God and “religion” and the reality of that religion In and the reality of that religion in the form of the Rabbis who do not believe in the Divinity of the Torah or (increasingly) in G-d and in lay people whose ignorance of anything Jewish is compensated for by Hadassah and UJA checks.

Those who murdered The American Jew took a Judaism of their ancestors that was strong and powerful enough to withstand inquisitions and Crusades and pogroms and Kishinevs and Auschwitzes, big and small. It was a Judaism that lived because its adherents were ready to die for it It was a Judaism of the zeyde who believed in God and proved it by observing His commandments. It was a Judaism that came from God and not from man. It was a Judaism whose rabbis and leaders knew Torah, not the latest best-selling book list and who did as they said, setting a supreme example for the The American Jews of old who knew why Judaism was different; who never for a moment thought of intermarriage.

The murderers took this and threw it away, exchanging it for “American Judaism”, a grotesque mixture of Myron Cohen jokes, Miami Beach, UJA checks, Hadassah membership, Jewish food and Moshe Dayan eye-patches. It was a “Judaism” that was stripped of all non·essentials so as to lighten the burden on the long-distance Jewish swimmer through the American waters of assimilation, equality and brotherhood. It was a “Judaism” whose adherents beamed as their leaders got it down to “ethics.” Ethics ! As if that was the beginning and end of Judaism. As if Christians and Shintoists could not be ethical, too. As If Mary was less ethical than Sarah. Ethics, intones the well paid Rabbi from his magnificently furnished pulpit. Ethics that is Judaism. If that’s all there is, then The American Jew knows that Judaism has lost any exclusive hold on him. Everyone, today, is ethical. Christians are ethical and Muslims are ethical and Zen is ethical and Prince Sihanouk is ethical and the late King Faisel was ethical as are his uncountable sons. Is that all there is to Judaism? If that is all there is, then stop lecturing The American Jew as he marches into the sun with his ethical shiksa.

The American Jew wants to know what is exclusive about Judaism, what is unique, what is special, what it has that others do not. The American Jew wants to know this and those who murdered him have no answers for him. The head of the B’nai Brith has no answer for him. The temple caterer has no answer for him, nor the Board Chairman, nor the Sisterhood president. The temple rabbi has no answer for him. Mother and father surely have no answer for him. All of these have no answers for him because all of these have no answers for themselves.

Judaism lives or dies on the unique fact that G·d revealed Himself at Mount Sinai and gave the Jew a truth that no one else has. Judaism lives or dies on the fact that the Bible and the Talmud with their laws. Commandments, statutes and ordinances were divinely revealed and that the only way to holiness and true goodness comes from the observance of Torah laws. This is what kept Their zeyde and bubby Jewish; nothing else. This is a reason for being Jewish. This is a reason for avoiding intermarriage. All the rest is fraud and bluff. The poor American is a victim of the worst kind of robbery the taking of his heritage and reason for being.

If only he would realize that the “Judaism” that he saw his entire life was anything but that. If only he realized that he was the victim of the worst kind of spiritual swindle. How fortunate he would be. How joyous and happy and how meaningful would his life become if he rediscovered the Judaism of his ancestors that was sold on the American continent for thirty pieces of dross. Jewish is beautiful if you do not play games with it or with yourself. If only The American Jew understood. How fortunate he would be. He would then have a reason for being Jewish.

This has been adapted from the teaching of Rabbi Meir