Saturday, January 19, 2019

Beirut


                                                                                                 B-H
A Few years ago, at one of our Bnai Abraham meetings, a newly returned Baal Tshuva attended. His name was Shimon.
Oh! I didn’t explain what Bnai Avraham is? Well, it is nothing, it was an attempt to create an environment where primarily gerim and also Baaley Tshuva can come and share experiences; like for example the integration with their FFB’s communities and all kind of other struggles.
Anyhow…
Shimon was ex member of the Israeli commando. He was sent by his government to kill some terrorists in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.
With great pride, he told us the details of his actions including the fact that after the mission came to an end, he came to the conclusion that since he was one of the two out of twenty commandos who survived, that it was a suicide mission. It caused him to think about life … about the gift of life, about the Giver himself.
For almost an hour in some quiet home in Boro Park, the room was filled with smoke, the loud noise of machine guns, the smell of sweat and human blood. His English was good enough to describe his experience with details describing the death of his enemies and friends. But also, his miraculous survival.
It was painful to hear that he still took some amount of pride from the fact that he killed human beings, people who he didn’t know. Somebody’s husbands, fathers, uncles, brothers.
I was afraid to ask if there were any wives, mothers, sisters, aunts…children.
The action took place in an apartment building and everybody in the way got eliminated. Or as they call killing in the nice way.


I met Arieh not long ago. Arieh was someone whose experience was similar to that of Shimons. In his early fifties he lives in California for around thirty years. Although he was covered with thick layers of tattoos on his skin, I saw a precious Jewish soul yearning to connect with what was taken from him in his youth – the connection with his G-d.
Being on the sharp curve of his life he told me:
“I can’t take it off of my body but, I am telling you, when I get my stuff in order, I will go to the mikva. I will let my beard grow, and also my payos. I will not hide my connection to Hashem. I want everybody to see the kedusha. I will keep Shabes and eat only kosher and put tefilin every day. May Hashem help me…”

I wish him the koach - strength and providence to straighten his life up and fulfill his desire that he expressed while choking on tears. Seeing him like this was enough for me to appreciate the Yidishe Neshuma at work once more.

We shared some difficult life experiences and I asked him in a delicate way, how he got to where he is.
He was also a member of the commandos with a mission in Beirut.
They sent us to die – he told me – we were doing crazy things there…
“After that, I told myself I will not defend this f… country I will not let my children do it either. It was crazy…” hes said.

Exactly a week after my encounter with Arieh, I met the senior rabbi who visited President Reagan in his oval office a few days after blowing up an American military base in Beirut by Hezbollah militants.  Some two hundred young people who were told that they are going to defend their country had died there.
The rabbi, when mentioning Hezbollah used some words that we usually add when talking about our enemies, like those who caused many Jewish deaths, physical or spiritual forms of death.
I raised my head in wonder but kept my tongue behind my teeth, out of respect and due to the presence of other people I didn’t ask – Who sent those kids to Beirut? Isn’t it the capital of the other country? If our American fighters would defend Spokane for example, from North Korean invaders, would we call them terrorists? Why did we get involved? Is a war our Jewish business? Don’t we comprehend that this is the two sides of the same coin, with the picture of the straight sword on one side and a curved sword on the other? Eisav’s and Yishmael’s swords?

Shimon’s and Arieh’s government told them to go and kill. Kill the enemies before they kill you.
But they didn’t know those people!
The Jewish principal of self defense applies only when there is situation of life endangerment, but it can not be used as a practical application of Von Clausevitz doctrine!

The Talmud teaches clearly. When you hear the noise and find someone digging under you house you are allowed killing him in self-defense since you can suspect his worst intentions.
When you see someone digging – taking action, there is no time for negotiation, it is to late, your life is only what you have, and you should defend it even if the cost is the life of another human being. At that moment his life has no value since he intends to spill human blood. However, intentions alone can never serve as a justification to kill!

Before Yaacov met his brother Eisav, The Torah says that he was afraid, and he was in distress.
Rashi explains – He was afraid for his life and his family, but he was in distress that perhaps he will have to take a human life.

 What are we doing there… in Beirut… and other places…?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5th of July part 2


                                                                                             B-H
This essay will be a continuation of my series of essays under the common title of 5th of July.
In this new essay I will stay in the same political mood, this essay will be a really sad one, for such is the political and social situation of our country in general and our religious group in subject of politics in particular.
I hope to write for the people who don’t despise democracy because it sounds as the name of the Democratic Party, or politically opposite group being fooled by the same name believing that the Democratic party represents democratic values.
Both of those assumptions are wrong.
Siding with the Republican party doesn’t make you anti democracy, because a republic or democracy, or rather representative democracy are essentially the same political system.
I’m sorry to explain those basic facts and please don’t feel like someone stupid, but unfortunately there are people among us, who are completely ignorant on those topics and as such they are extremely vulnerable to manipulation.
As I said in my previous essay, it pains me that it is happening to the nation who lived through all possible political systems through history and by this fact alone, we Jews should understand better.
And yet, even among us there are masses of people who are lacking basic education on the reality which may affect their lives like no other factors but they are completely ignorant and ignoramus in politics.
And yet…as every Jew, they have an opinion or… few of them.
This is not postulate to include political science in to our Chedurim and Yeshivos for Gemara and Meforshim give enough education on these topics, rather it is postulate to the Jewish media to stop selling B./ taken straight from outside manipulative propaganda machine and deliver it to unsuspecting Jewish mases, as well as many times, to my horror, shaping political views of our leaders.
I understand that for the good of our community we may support right or left wing of the ruling corporate party. But please stop pretending that this is what a democracy is about, or a republic looks like.
I will try to give a few examples showing that no conscience Jew can fully associate him/her selves with any of the two wings of the current government i.e. Democratic or Republican party.
Let’s start with the very emotional topic of abortion.
As many of us, I also wonder how the subject of killing babies could be a matter of political discourse in any country and without doubt I support saving those lives by means of appropriate legislature.
But at the same time, I consider lives of Iraqi, Afghan or Libyan babies equally sacred, created by the same Giver of life as American babies. Those foreign babies have mothers, fathers, uncles, brothers, sisters, aunts, grandparents and all others from the same street and neighborhood, who are killed with the support of the politicians playing on your sentiments but pretending to be life protectors.
A Party that advertise itself as pro-life, supports wars serving their patrons mostly economic and only sometimes political gains.
I will not support such a party.
I will not support a party that made many of my fellow Jews believe that the second amendment to American Constitution is Toira de Oraisa.
People kill, that’s’ right. But they kill more effectively with weapons or even better with semiautomatic weapon.
How any G-d fearing person, not to say Jew, could support such a law as a second amendment in its present understanding? Not going in to the details, that the second amendment does not say about the possession of the any kind of weapon or possession of weapon itself. Read it, then we can discuss the topic.
How any Christian person who read the Gospel at least once in his/her life could be supportive of any walls on any borders? How lehavdil a Jew who learns from Pirkey Uvois (Avot) that midda of “what is mine is mine what is yours is yours” is Midda of Sedom can talk about so called security of borders?
How anyone with brain in the scull can be a racist???
I know. They scare you with terrorists, gangs, rapist and such.
They always do it. Then they could pull you on a string like a puppy looking for the protection of his owner. You are not the owner in this case.
Don’t get under the impression that this is some leftist/liberal propaganda what I write. I’m neither on the so called Right or so called Left on the illusion of a political spectrum.
As I said before and probably will say it again – don’t get fooled by the wrestling match which they performing to give you an impression that you have a choice. If they really would like to give you a choice they would allow all political candidates to talk to the public and not only a few selected by them to appear in the corporate media.
For example – A 5% limit doesn’t allow presidential candidates with less than 5% support to debate in presidential debates. What is 5% is designated by private media companies owned by the same people who deliver those debates to you and ultimately deliver to you candidates to choose from.
If you don’t understand – this is not a democracy nor a republic.
I don’t support the Democratic Party for they are just a fig leaf on the erva of the political system which is pretending it represents the same values and mechanisms as the founding fathers of this country designed.
They are talking about protecting the working class of this nation which are the real builders of prosperity of this country and yet ‘democrats’ the same as ‘republicans’ support any legislature that helps to suck more blood from the veins of the population. Their talk about middle class or working class is nothing but anesthesia which like all parasites infuse in your body that you don’t feel the sting which you blood is being sucked through.
In the last presidential election, “Democrats” tried to install in the White House someone whose essence was about selling herself to the highest bidder, but to win votes of the masses she was talking sleazy talk about the suppressed and how she is the only one to help fight income inequality and other problems affecting our economy and our nation.
She was talking about peace and yet send weapons to rebel groups in Syria and helping Saudis siege of Yemen. She bombed Libya just to show her strong hand in bid for presidential position.
Because of lies on such a level now we have to deal with an impulsive, illiterate, immoral tenant of the White house who accidently won the election against the desires of the true owners of this country. So far, he has just enough brains to do his best to appease them to keep to his toy position.
I met many people, especially in the West, people who are all about “family values”, they told me – yes, I voted for him… but with fingers on my nose.
I can understand this kind of attitude. I understand anger with the political establishment which anyhow is only a fa├žade for the real rulers of this nation, class of owners who need a political apparatus to keep the masses calm.
What I don’t understand, is the almost unconditional and many times enthusiastic support for this lowlife in the White House, narcissist with mentality of a badly spoiled 5 years old and not much more intellect.
There is no Mikva which can be used to meatachor tuma of supporting current president in such enthusiastic manner or even supporting him at all.
You still have another choice – stop giving them legitimacy pretending that we have free elections. We don’t. We have socially engineered elections. This last presidential elections, social engineering worked only partially and a person who was not the prime choice of the ruling class got elected. Most probably this was also the case in the previous presidential elections, but the last president also learned quickly how to serve his masters.
For example – Democrats did have the absolute majority to provide this nation with the healthcare system assuring that no American will go bankrupt or die because of lack of money. They didn’t. The so-called Obamacare was another gift to insurance corporations and the pharmaceutical industry.
Bush left the country with two wars, Obama with his secretary of State added another five.
Bush legalized torture, Obama decided to use extrajudicial executions including killing American citizens without due process.
Bush did not allow off shore drilling, Obama did.
Bush designed a so-called Road Map for peace in the Middle East, Obama gave Israeli government 10 billion $ for weapons and under his watch almost half million settlers moved in to what was supposed to be the Palestinian State.
I know that the way how I put the last issue may anger some of my readers but I’m not a supporter of the so called Two State Solution and this is not a topic of this essay anyhow.
The fact is that by all means, the Democratic party proved their faithful service to their sponsors and never represented those who voted for them.

What is the solution for the quagmire which we find ourselves in it?
I don’t know at the moment.
But please let me tell you from my own experience. As a 10 years old boy I was growing up in a communist country where the ruling party wanted people to believe that they acting as protectors of the working class; at the same time communists were sending the police forces to pacificate striking factories and beating people demanding basic human rights.
Communist propaganda wanted me to accept an artificial reality in mine and other communist countries. When I learned the truth about power abuse in 1976, this was first year of my personal emancipation which ultimately lead me to find freedom in Toira and Mitzvois. The way was long, but my dream about all people being free and being free to serve their Creator is still in my mind and on my heart.
First step on the path to freedom is awareness that you are slave, you are owned primarily by you own desires but again… this is not the topic of this essay. You are owned by the other creatures pretending to be human beings but essentially being human-form expressions of the power of the Other Side.
In deep sense, they are the Other Side.
I know…it needs explanation. But I touched some deeper level of awareness I don’t feel strong enough to write the depths of this topic.
Let’s stay here, where I ask to first be aware that you are manipulated, owned and soothed in this matrix of Oilom Hasheker on so many levels. Please awake your awareness at least on the level of politics and personal freedom as native of the country which as the first of all countries, offered idea of freedom to all of its citizens as an ideal.

It is hard to imagine that the ruling class will allow the vote that will undermine their own interest.
People giving face (politicians, media and more) to the ruling class are being paid and the powers paying them will do everything including bloodshed to protect their superior interests. They don’t respect any human being, foreign or domestic. They will fool and send your sons and daughters to die, and kill if they can show off with larger numbers on their accounts in their country club or on the golf course.
They will tax you, lying to your eyes that it is good for you and you will believe them. You think you are smarter that this? They are doing it already for a long time. I know …it sucks to admit that you got fooled…it sucks more to be fooled even further.
What is called today “American Government” will not change the laws allowing to pay for elections or to reward politicians and other officials by different forms of bribery like trips and other free stuff, handouts – If you like.
Members of all three branches of government are benefitting from all forms of bribery.
The best what they did so far, they disclose some of this bribery but that’s only another attempt to pretend that this is how democracy works and what they do is democracy.
It is not.
In representative democracy, we elect administrators of our town, county or country and we pay them accordingly and fire when they are not fulfilling tasks which we the people put them in position to do.
We the people overlooked when we gave ownership of this country to a handful of its today’s owners and their puppet politicians against our interest, and they will not give it back willfully.
The closest in recent years to get out of this quagmire was possibility of electing president who run on the platform of getting money out of politics. With popular leader, I believe it would be possible.
Neither Ron Paul or Bernie Sanders were strong enough to break through their own parties controlling establishment. But they got a chance to shake the political system with postulate of eliminating legal corruption.
I’m not sure if they would be able to change to much but at least there would be an opportunity to catalyze the nation in the direction toward Democracy.

Our Country needs a revolution.
Revolution like the first one which brought this nation into existence.
My personal stand is, that no human blood should be spilled in the process. After all I’m pacifist.
Rav Hirsch wrote about the Napoleonic campaign in his essay on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Nations, that even events that are not aligned with Biblical ethics, like war itself, can lead toward the advancement of society in the area of ethics and social ethics. Bonaparte was a bloody dictator but by putting on his banners, slogans of the French revolution he spread the idea of equality and personal freedom among the nations of Europe.
Then came the Spring of the Nations, and then Positivism in literature, and after came the regress of 2 wars and act of murder comparable only to the first act of violence in the history which was killing Abel by his brother Cain.
Why do I see the Holocaust as such? I Can’t answer this in this essay, it is long enough.
After WWII, the United Nations was created and Europe experienced a few decades of Peace first time in its History.
At the beginning of this positive advance of civilization was the French and American revolutions. Those revolutions are still in progress and there will be setbacks, no doubt about it; but much less human blood is being spilled than it used to be in the past and that’s good enough.
America has its own sins to consider.
After revolution came the extermination of the native people of this land. Then kidnaping and enslavement of African people. Those are the two big sins of this nation but the list is much longer.
Nevertheless, some steps were made to recognize and repair the depravities against the Native Americans.
Some steps were made to repair the crime against black people of our country. Still much must be done.
This itself shows that there is progress in social thought, even some back steps are happening at the same time. Allowance of murder of an unborn human being is not a positive development. Undermining the existence of a basic cell of our society, which is family, by propagating what I call Hollywood antifamily values and homosexuality as normal human behavior, are deeply regressive.
And one more powerful statement from now from Jewish American thinker Avram Noam Chomsky - “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged
That’s almost devastating but thanks G-d, there is more awareness regardless of all attempts to confuse and divide the American people.
Political and social streams go in cycles.
One such cycle was 60/70ties, but social and political awakening was calmed and even pacified in the following decades by giving people even more s… on TV to choose from and six pack available.
Political and moral awareness awaked again in some degree when the powers ruling this country decided to destroy Iraq and destabilize the Middle East.
Many of us knew what is being sold to the American population in order to gain support or to calm them.
For some it was the well lubricated propaganda machine for others, the ability to buy stuff for credit as the banks were giving money without checking to whom.
I don’t believe it was only the banks greed to do so, there was also a push from the government which is not only banks who owns it, there are many other groups of interest who wanted to calm Americans.
Revolution cannot happen without awareness and awareness cannot develop without information.
The Previous decade was the last one where TV and press machine was able to keep everything under control while giving you a mirage of political discourse.
There was no political discourse out of limits which would endanger control of means in hands of the owners of this country.
Internet broke the status quo.
Internet brought back the freedom of information which was granted to Americans as a part of Democracy.
Unfortunately, the same people who kept control using media for the past decades, they are working day and night to use the internet in the same manner.
They may succeed as partially they already did. Don’t forget, Gates and Zuckerberg are now part of the Club, co-owners of the country with tools in their hands to protect their class interest and allow their class to skim you further.
I hope that those few years when they were behind in developing new mechanisms of manipulation and control, this gap will be enough for the rest of us Americans to wake up and revolt.
I do not call, G-d forbid, for any blood or other harm to any human beings.
I hope that we are closer to the time that rabbi Nachman of Breslow called the era when people will be ashamed of killing others in wars, like it is shameful to bow in the front of the idol of clay, wood or gold. I don’t think we are there yet but according to the Nuvim – Jewish Prophets, this is ultimate goal of Humanity – recognition of the Creator and man as His Creation.
The revolution which I call for can happen by using existing political mechanisms of our country.
We can find candidates who will deny and denounce money in politics and vote only for them.
It can happen even within the framework of the two-party system. Bernie Sanders case showed that it is possible to bring a candidate from out of the two-party system if necessary.
I personally don’t care much which party would be used to bring such politicians in order to destroy the current system. Once we will get to Democracy, we will sort what is right and as I mentioned, I believe that an informed society, led by intellectual leaders can make right decisions at voting boots.
The other way to rebel is to stop voting at all. Bring attendance to elections to single digits taking all legitimacy from the ruling class and bring the system to a crush.
What would such a crush would bring? I don’t know, but at least I hope, no life would be lost in the process.
Of course, only one of the options can be chosen and propagated in order for a revolution to win - choosing candidates which election would depend on donations from the citizens and not corporations or complete boycott of the elections.
What about us, Jews faithful to Hashem and His Toira?
We were never completely out of political realm of the countries which HBH send us to in our dispersion but neither willingly into the center of politics.
We are obligated by the prophets and sages to pray for the welfare of the place where we live. Rav Hirsch explicitly advises that we should participate in the political process in the direction bringing G-dly values in to society. Democracy is the system which he sees as a means to achieve this goal and in that sense, the ultimate Goal of the History itself.
There are and will be differences among the Jews regarding these topics as it will be among our other fellow Americans. But once more, nothing can progress without first raising awareness. For us the first step is to cease to deliver official propaganda under Jewish roofs.
That’s point of start and then we will see how again we can serve as yeast for the nations or maybe even light.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

5th of July part 1

                                                                                              B-H
In my series of the essays with the same title “4th of July” I wrote that I will come back to the topic of the influence of Biblical ethics on American political system.
In my essays, I showed one of the possible links between the moral teaching of the Toirah and the model of society based on the social ideas left to humanity by the Jewish Prophets, starting from Moishe Rabayni, aka Moses trough all prophets of Jewish Scriptures as well as Jewish ethics contained in Christian writings.
It is known to virtually all historians that the Ideas and Ideologies of Jewish Ethics influenced members of Abrahamitic religions, what is today more than half of Humanity. It is also recognized that Jewish Ethics disseminated much behind borders of those religions. Without going into details, In my essays I mentioned major political and social thinkers like John Locke and Voltaire. As precursor of Humanism, Voltaire considered himself a warrior against ancient and ‘irreverent Biblical writings’, nevertheless he was under strong influence of religious group of “Polish Brothers” which based their theology and social thought on the teachings of the Bible. Some, especially in modern times, talk about him as the father of atheism even though he declared that the existence of the Creator is self-evident.
In the chain of political thought, the Founding Fathers of our country created a political system which had no precedence in the history of the mankind. The American government is supposed to be elected by the people and serve the public rather than a ruler. Until the American and French revolutions, sometimes the only qualification to rule the country was lineage or in some cases lineage of a group electing their ruler. Monarchs in turn nominated officials to control and tax the population for the benefit of the government which they – the kings - together with nobility owned.
The American Declaration of Independence and American Constitution was calling for the recognition of all human beings as equally created by G-d and as such free individuals are not subject to the government but rather the right owners of the country electing its administrators from among themselves.
In this model, all elected officials and those nominated by the elected officials, officers or judges, were nothing more than honored servants of the American society.
The three branched government in this model of the government was overseen by the free independent media with its main goal to inform and even to educate the general population.
Only informed and educated, with the top abilities of intellectual powers voter, can make a conscience decision in the election process choosing individuals which in his or later her mind will serve the people in the best way on all levels of the governmental structure – from local to presidential elections.
That was the idea and ideal which was for over two centuries followed by all countries adopting democracy as their political system.
Different countries crafted their democracies according to the local culture, mentality or history, but the idea of the government “From the people, by the people and for the people” was and still is attractive to many nations around the world and in many countries. In some places democracy was applied with success while in other countries it was suppressed by dictatorial powers or a manipulation of powers maintaining their domination and privileges rather than applying a democracy in full measure. Some countries were corrupted from within while other places, the democracy or democratic development were suppressed by outside powers protecting their own interest.
In this essay, I will write about a country that is close to my heart, the country that gave me freedom to be who I chose to be, the country that I live in, and till Messianic advent or my death, want to live in –The United States of America.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness”
This one sentence contains in short, the story of the Beginnings written in the first chapters of the Bible as well as it is quintessence of the moral teachings of Jewish Scriptures when understood correctly.
I’m aware that this disclaimer may make some readers uneasy but please don’t forget that millions of people lost their life killed in the name of G-d while G-d obviously has nothing to do with it. There is a need for correct understanding of the Scriptures. Too many times murderers and dictators are using verses of the Bible and lehavdil other holly scriptures to abuse, to grab, to conquer and to kill.
It is not the subject of this essay to explain the Bible and the events or ethics described there but I rather want to write here about what happened after the 5th of July i.e. how the American Constitution was implemented and where the so called American Experiment holds today. I’m not the first and not the only one but I hope to contribute to this topic from my own peculiar point of view.
I planned to write this essay a few years ago but writing is not the occupation that is the priority of my life at this moment, and my plans were pushed away in time.
Most of what I wanted to write about was rather obscure knowledge of a few who observe and understand political events in historical perspective and in context of political ideas and writings.
In other words – there were only a few people who understood what was supposed to be and what is, our democracy and how it went astray.
To all those who shape their political views on popular shows on TV or Radio, I will tell you this: this is not on your level and if you want to understand more you will have to make a greater effort in order to increase your political savyness. I would suggest to familiarize yourself with at least a few articles from Wikipedia on the basic terms of political language, but ideally a few books on the history of the political systems would be a must.
If you still want to read this essay you will have to agree at the end or challenge me with facts and your knowledge.

“All men are created equal”
For almost two centuries and even till now it is idea which is misunderstood by many of our citizens.
People of dark skin were enslaved in this country for almost a hundred years. For almost another hundred years, black or indigenous men didn’t have voting rights, and was considered an unequal citizen in many measures.
Till now even after we got our first black president, in parts of the country or society, black lives matter less than white. Latinos, Asians and people Native to this land from pre-Columbian times are systematically treated as unequal by many, including the government apparatus.
Native Americans were killed a mass from the very beginning of existence of the American Democracy.
Extermination of Native people is one of the most horrible acts of mass killing in the history of mankind.
All perpetrated in the name of “Manifest Destiny” in the name of domination of white European immigrants and their descendants. In this understanding, American Indians were not a part of the human race, the same as other people of color.
Woman didn’t have voting rights till a few decades ago and as today regardless of their input to the economy women are being paid much less than man even doing the same work.
This and in fact much more, clearly shows that the understanding of word ‘equal’ was challenging to our ancestors and it is misunderstood to many contemporaries.
All human beings are created equal, those living in our land and those in the rest of the world.
Separation of State and Church which I wrote about in my other essays, is a fundamental condition of democracy, where the religion of the members of society or this society clerks or officials should not be taken under any consideration in the election process.
After all it does not matter to what religious confession a police officer, judge, the lady in the ticket window or president of United States belongs to. Their task is to serve the people according to the rules developed from within this society. As I wrote above, it is imperative for the society to be informed and educated and not manipulated by cultural, economic, or political powers. If not restrained by the law those ‘powers’ misinform for their own benefit and to keep their privileges.
A Democracy without moral leaders guiding them, is not beneficial for society whatsoever.
In my religious view, Morality should be based on the Divine Revelation but I understand that this ideal would be rejected by many, on the base of the same Separation of State and Church which I strongly believe in. I understand such rejection.
However, I have enough trust in the men, the educated men or women, men who with intellectual powers alone can detect and understand what serves society in the best way.
I have no doubt, that morality of such men would be parallelly known to us as Sheva Mitzvois Bnai Noah.
This is how it was understood by Rav S. R. Hirsch and as such is a part of revelation. This is also an idea known to many contemporary social tinkers perhaps starting from Kant and not ending with Chomsky.
Without imposing any official religion on society or its officers it is possible to maintain civility and consensus.
Yet, election after election, the issue of the religion of the candidate is brought to discussion.
I have to admit, it was big surprise to me after moving to America, because by European standards of democracy it would be unthinkable to talk about a candidate’s religion.
Religious bias in any direction must be excluded from civil democratic society - in the election process or service of the elected to electorate. The same with service of nominated or hired public servants to the voters i.e. people.
Unfortunately, the issue of religious bias is another aspect of inequality of members of American society.
From one side, some Christian denominations and its members in political environment are trying to impose their agenda on all citizens of this country.
From the other side, malicious anti religionism of some personal enemies of G-d, are destroying the moral fabric of this nation built on Biblical values which protect human life and existence of family as the central nucleus of a healthy society.
There is no contradiction in last two sentences.
If family values and value of human life and dignity would have a different source than religion I would still support them as they are parallel to my religious values. But historically there is no other source. Another words, I consider those values beneficial for society regardless of the source even I hold the Source in the highest esteem.
It is known to me that there will be those who would like to put to the basket of ‘inequality’ some other groups like for example so called “sexual minorities”. I consider persecution or discrimination resulting from sexual orientation unamerican and unconstitutional however as religious Jew I have my Chalachic and Chashkafic guidelines which I don’t compromise. Idea of marriage of the same sexes is absurd the same way as other combinations of willing to marry including siblings and other forms of incest.
I would rather exclude the institution of marriage from jurisdiction of the government than turn the sacred agreement between husband and wife to parody of it. Civil issues between people desiring to hold a common household should be treated as such, without the aspect of sacrum which in today’s obviously misguided society is losing its meaning.
This digression should close the topic for now.
I would like to focus rather on the idea of democracy itself.

The issue of when, where and how we lost it, I would leave to historians as I have limited time and expertise in this area.
What I want to write here is rather the description of the current situation in our country which is nothing but a democracy. The fact that I can talk about it openly without fear of persecution is of course way better than the Soviet domination which I experienced in my youth, but freedom of my words does not make or prove existence of a political system dreamed by Jefferson, Adams and other Founding Fathers.
American and French revolutions took power and in parted ownership of the elites and gave it to the members of society. For a while.
This was not the case of Bolshevik or other communist revolutions where private ownership was annulled, and new communist elites took the control into their hands soon after physically eliminating the old elites.
 The American revolution and its ideas gave people power of self-governing without eliminating the rich or taking their possessions. The idea was rather to give equal political power to all members of society regardless of their wealth. The Founding fathers believed clearly that equal rights will create an economically balanced society. Government must create conditions and organized itself in the way that will maintain Safety and Happiness.
The Dollar is not supposed to be a factor in the political process as it becomes an infringement of equality of the citizens.
In such democracy, without money buying political power, it would be possible to model a just society where the owner of the business has to pay his workers decent wages according to the rules of the free market but with assuring that all members of the society are benefiting from their work and input to the economy. The laws would be designed to keep sacred private ownership but at the same time democratically elected politicians would stand for the working class ensuring this classes well-being.
In Justice society those who are unable for any reason to contribute to the economy would be supported from the taxes of all other productive members of the society according to the taxation system worked out in democratic process.
It is unimaginable that any member of human race, any citizen of our country should suffer poverty or die because of lack of economic input independent of his or her ability.
If anybody understand “Right to Life” otherwise I doubt his or her humanness.

“What is mine is mine what is yours is yours” is characteristic which our sages described people of Sedom.
Idea of Democracy was always dangerous for wealth and privileges of the elites, especially after the American and French revolutions.
We are not taking about wealth that is the result of work, ingenuity or even the gift of wealthy parents, for private possession should be sacred in any civilized society.
Wealth assuring better quality of life for those who acquired or received the wealth in the lawful manner is a fundamental right. It is obvious however, for society based not on Darwinian ‘laws’ but on ideas of justice and compassion, that as the part of the broader society, Wealthy have the obligation to pay their workers or pay the taxes in the amounts agreed in the democratic process.
In practice – The Idea of allowing members of the working body of large corporations in a decision process is the right the direction to follow. Other desirable form of ownership in case of large corporations is of course co-operation.
On the other side exist absolute pathological possession of wealth and power, at the cost of the majority of the citizens.
What if the elites don’t want to participate in the burden of citizenship or simply want to squeeze the population in the most efficient for the elites’ manner? And yet they are restricted by the rules designed by visionaries who wrote the Constitution of this country giving people Rights?
Such elites developed the political system which we are living in today.
The money is being made by different industries which all of them possess their paid lobbyist, making sure that every politician in this country is being paid. If you still living in imaginary world where you have two parties please be aware that it has to do with reality as much as wrestling match.
Pay for the politicians comes in the form of money in the election process, which I’m soon going to explain if someone is missing the point what is wrong with it. There are other forms of bribery like privileges and rewards given to politicians assuring that their payers in return will get what they want – to make more money or get more power.
It happens on every level of the government, perhaps with exceptions of the police officers which it is illegal for most of them to benefit from any other source than their pay. It is presumed that benefits from other sources may corrupt their service.
Interestingly politicians and even judges do not apply those rules to themselves.
For example, even the judges of our Supreme Court are benefiting from the trips founded by groups of special interest as it is (to this moment) illegal for them to be paid by the sides of the potential conflict.
Why funding elections by the groups of special interest, industrial or even groups serving foreign governments is nothing else than cancer on democracy?
The answer should be self-understood but if not, please be aware that politicians and judges founded by such groups are serving those groups and not society which they are supposed to serve in a truly democratic system.

Some say - Well, after all, those politicians are elected by the voters and this itself I evidence that everything is right with our democracy.
Here is the trick.
Technically it may be still true that votes matter as it was shown in the last presidential election where preferred candidate of the powers owning this country lost election to the less preferable.
The problem is, that in the presidential elections there are only preferred and slightly less preferred but still corrupted candidates to choose from. This setup is not limited only to presidential elections.
In communist countries, there were elections as well. You could choose from list of candidates offered to the voters by the communist elites, by the establishment owing those countries… but there was an election. They called it – Socialist Democracy. Of course, it didn’t have anything to do with Socialism or a Democracy.
It was easy for communists to maintain such a “democracy” with the help of the media owned by the communist government. They kept control and no matter what candidate the people chose they were all serving the same lords. In case they needed to use force, they didn’t hesitate either, because police and the army were only defending ‘people’ from the enemies of the people’.
In a society build on the foundation of freedom and democracy it was much more difficult for the elites and other groups of interest to keep the election process under their control.
But they believe money can buy everything.
They bought the media.
Only informed and educated citizen could make a decision that will benefit him and other members of the same social group.
Citizens that are misinformed or simply kept busy with constant entertainment or infotainment cannot think for himself.
The subject of Social Engineering is being thought on the top political universities of the world.
All rulers understand, that from time to time they will need such engineers. Some need them all the time.
Edward Bernays laid the foundation for modern advertising and political manipulation and his school of deception is perfected as new challenges emerge for the ruling class in their control of society.
Till 1996 American law was prohibiting media companies from extensive control over the information.
Clinton’s Telecommunication Act changed the rules.
Since then, almost all media in our country is owned by six major corporations with other umbrella corporations connected to big business or other influential groups of interest.
This is not a conspiracy theory, this is reality.
Technically you can still open your own tv, radio station or write you own newspaper but the media engineers will make sure your voice should be quiet or if it’s getting to loud, ridiculed and marginalized.
Social engineers make sure that your election choices should be limited to the candidates serving the people who pay for their elections. The differences between candidates are reduced to sometimes completely irreverent but emotional topics. Other times, topics of difference between divided society are serious and equally emotional. All of those divisions are maintained in the media in order to pull attention of the voter away from the issues more reverent to himself and members of his social class.
At times, some of those divisions are artificially created to achieve the goal of division.
Roman motto - Divide et Impera, was probably not invented by Romans, but it is one of the best and most common tools of the social engineers working for the ruling class. Divisions could be cultural, racial, religious or any other.
A Divided society is easy to control.
‘Scare technics’ are being used for the long time.
At different times, different groups are being used as the bogyman but it always works.
Irish, Catholic, Muslim, Mexican, redskin or yellow man are always handy, but no one scares more than ever plotting Jew. Jews are always the scariest but used often as a last resort if any other bogyman doesn’t work anymore.
To those who feel assured by the Jewish connections to last few governments please don’t forget 12 years between 1933 and 1945 as well as 600 useful Jews in Hitler’s Y-S government.
To those who will tell that he was elected in democratic elections please read all of above again.

In light of all written above I will explain some details of the deception as it is painful for me to see nation once politically aware way better than any other social, religious or other group on the Earth.
It is painful to see today my fellow Jews being subjects of common manipulation and falling for the scheme of two party system and being unaware of the strings that are being pulled by.
Even those who are somehow aware of the corruption of our politics will rather use it to benefit what they consider our national interest, forgetting that as Rav Hirsch stated – We don’t have any political economy. Our only goal is to serve the Creator and mankind with complete Yashrus – straightness and truth.
‘PR’, even invented by a person of Jewish descent, has nothing to do with the idea of bringing light to the nations that cannot happen through means of deception or violence.
If you are religious Jew and somehow those words don’t resonate, please study carefully the short text that you recite three times a day, but maybe for last few decades didn’t pay attention to the words - read Aleinu Leshabeach…

It doesn’t matter who occupies White House. It is always a person designated by the ruling class to stay there. You may get only someone from the left or the right wing of the ruling or rather ruled party.
It is always - either somebody completely corrupted or stupid enough to be manipulated and if somehow it is not easy to manipulate him or her, it will be settled by other means.
Your vote doesn’t matter in congressional or senat elections because candidates have to pass a filter of donors who will chose to donate to the election of candidate preferred by them ensuring proper service for the payer. It will be again – somebody corrupted or an idiot who could be manipulated according to the needs and preferences of those who pay.
Mind, that I didn’t say a corrupted idiot, for it could be a highly intelligent Machiavellian scum ready to switch the front as it serves him or her.
This filter works on all levels of government. Even if it doesn’t change much for the ruling class, who the  local sheriff in your town is , but the culture of this open corruption allows to set in the positions of power and decision making people who are not most qualified. For those preselected officials’ wellbeing of the constituency is not what drives them to take this suppose service.
I will not refer here to what is discussed as ‘deep government’, ‘new order’, ‘illuminati’, Rothschilds or any other identity supposedly pulling the strings as I rather see it as the part of the deception with one purpose, to confuse the population and defuse the pressure from the real powers behind the theater of politics and culture.
I don’t see it as one central power pulling invisible strings to assure their domination and secrecy.
To this day I see it rather as different circuits of power who sometimes configure in some common goal but in other times they may compete for more power or influence.
The problem is, it has nothing to do with democracy, the Declaration of Independence and the political system designed for this country. It is not founded on the Biblical ideal of a free individual and his freedom being assured by elected clerks and officials.
In the time when due to the lack of prophecy, the theocratical government is impossible, it is self-evident that the political system designed by the founding fathers were influenced by the ideas of justice derived from our Scriptures is the only system assuring the well being of our people as well as all other people’s living in the same country. And if the well being of other people is on our mind, we can be assured about Heavenly protection of all people of this and other lands.
The moment when one group in an uncontrolled manner takes more power to their hands in order to subordinate, control and exploit other people is where democracy ends. Be it people living in our country or other lands.
A Government that controls the life of its own citizens or citizens of other countries without applying rules designed to form a free society is just another form of a regime with a goal to give the most for the few and little for the most, it is precisely the idea invented by the Nimrod in ancient times.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Homeless


                                                                                              B-H
It a was gut-wrenching day.
I don’t want to use the word depressing because if not caused by a chemical imbalance in our body I consider it a sin, Therefore I think - gut wrenching would be a proper word to use.
My day Started with getting out of the woods of high Sierra, an email popped onto my screen that my fragile package of merchandise was dumped somewhere at a door of a house in Brooklyn. They did not update me on the package as usual, and make sure someone signed for it. It cost me few hours of horror, because not only did I pay for it but now I need to sell it, that’s my product!
Burich Hashem it was found, and my life was back on track…for now.

After another appointment with a client somewhere in West Sacramento I got to San Francisco.  This is not first time I’m Writing about San Francisco of course. Those who read my essays may remember the one titled – From San Francisco to Alturas. If you don’t remember, please go find it. I won’t give a link because while searching you may find some other interesting essays.
In that essay I described some individuals from the so called lower echelon of society – old and young hippies, street beggars and homeless of the big city.
This was a few years ago…
Much has changed since then. Mostly in numbers.
You may see them in all big cities around the country –the homeless.
People who for all kind of reasons lost their permanent dwelling and are living on the streets of those cities.
If they still have some resources, maybe a job, they can afford to sleep in the car and if not chased away take a shower in some gym or other public places of the kind.
If they have no job and no resources, they are sleep on the street. They obtain cheep tents and put them in some public parks, or usually under bridges where they can get a little bit better protection from the elements.
If they can not obtain tent they build their shelter from carboard, plywood or other sheet of material, wrapping everting with tarp.
Around those shelters they keep their belongings that can’t fit inside – pots, small gas stoves, baskets, some clothing. Food they usually keep inside the shack to prevent it being stolen.
Of course, those shacks don’t have walls securing their treasures but if you think that all those people are thieves, you are making a huge mistake. They know that stealing is evil because for many of them, everything has been stolen from them.
I don’t know the statistics or any data regarding the numbers of homeless people in our country, but after frequently visiting other big cities of the glorious California – Los Angeles, I noticed tent ‘cities’ between bridges and viaducts of highways that are always filled with traffic. The number of those shelters was growing from year to year, but it was nothing compared to the utter shock that hit me in the guts this time in San Francisco.
I didn’t cruse around the entire city but almost every bridge or passage has tens of small villages of people living in such conditions.
Those are not immigrants from other countries, those are mostly born Americans whose life circumstances put them under the bridge, literally.
It hit me to the extent that I couldn’t follow my GPS and driving further out I saw more and more of those ‘villages’. People laying on the sidewalks, sometimes on some old couches or matrasses, sometimes on the bunch of old clothes and sheets of fabric. From time to time, on the sticky concrete or asphalt of the sidewalk.
No doubt, some of them are mentally affected. No doubt some of them are affected by drugs, which I can assume at least some of them opioids prescribed initially to kill some pain. Drugs prescribed by doctors paid by the pharmaceutical companies to sell them and hook people on addiction despite being aware that not only some of those people will lose everything in life trying to buy the product of those pharmaceutical companies but some of them will die.
This essay is not about opioids, but everybody can find multiple documentaries and testimonies from people who failed to those editions.
You may say they have the freedom to refuse? Maybe.
BeEzras Hashem I was never addicted to anything so I don’t understand either, but I will never forget one of my clients - let’s call him Fred.
A little bit chubby, always smiling with a positive approach to life. He owned a small business in the town somewhere in the South West.
For a few seasons he didn’t give me any appointment but when he finally told me over the phone to come I was hoping to see the same Fred.
What I saw was ghost of Fred – his shadow.
It started with some pain that probably came from sitting and doing his job.
He went to doctor and got some strong pain killing medication…the rest of the story isn’t hard to picture. He still owns the business but this is not the same smiling guy who was liked by his customers.
I wonder, I just wonder …how many people on the streets are a product of the killing industry of pharmaceutical companies in collusion with insurance companies.  Insurance firms are initially paying for those drugs but when person falls into addiction and is not able to pay, not only for health insurance but rent or even food…there is no insurance from homelessness.

What makes me wonder most is the amount of destitute people in the cities which are proud of themselves as being the most ‘liberal’ or humanistic in the country.
I understand that this and climate may be precisely the magnet pulling homeless people perhaps form other parts of the country. But I also saw homeless in Salt Lake City. The winter there could be bitter. And yet, homeless are pouring in there from all over the country. But weather is not the reason for that, it is the policy of the state of Utah, helping those people to get small apartments which enable poor people to sleep in a bed, to keep hygienic standard allowing them to attend job interviews and even cook something for themselves in own pots on own stove.
It cost money, it does. San Francisco is one of the cities with the highest taxes in the country and there is a large number of institutions there that are supposed to spend some of the taxpayer’s dollars to help the poor or mentally disabled. But it cost thousands of dollars per person and as anybody could see on Google streets passing under the bridges, it is highly ineffective. The tent cities are all over the place.
SF and neighboring cities are the land of the .com boom companies. Here and in LA you can see people earning the best money in the country except perhaps Los Alamos Laboratory. They are driving fancy cars, they have fancy dogs, they hire dog walkers and dog sitters to watch their pets.
It is impossible that while driving their cars or walking those streets that they don’t see what I saw, just driving into the city for few hours. Or maybe they don’t see? Maybe having eyes is not enough to see? Perhaps you also need a soul?
Maybe they rationalize – well… we pay the taxes - let the city or government take care of the problem.
They may have a point, but only to a certain extend. They don’t pay taxes because they want, it is imposed up on them by the government and if those corporations or their owners and CEO’s paying money, the intention is certainly not to help the poor.
But like other self-righties people they also are quick to declare their love for humanity and care about the poor. With all kind of boycotts and other actions to protect anonymous working children in some far away countries or prison workers in other. They love their pets and nature all together spending their resource for care of their dogs and even plants. They are so humanistic…the only ones that are out of this equation of love and care are their fellow human beings, citizens of the same city.
Or as someone recently said about Paralympians – it’s tough to watch those people…
If my suspicion wouldn’t be true, there would not be homeless on the street and under the bridges of those cities.
And government?
Well…
As was said, we have a government of people who are being paid by pharmaceutical companies profiting from selling death. They are being paid to make sure that no law affects their business or will change this legalized corruption where corporations can buy politicians.
We have a government with politicians creating law to criminalize large sections of population in order to fill up private jails paid per prisoner from our tax money, and where owners of those prisons are able to pay those politicians to make sure that their business thrive.
I hope that all my Jewish brothers and sisters know well about Mrs. Linda R. Reade’s husband buying stocks of private prisons just before his wife in collaboration with other authorities raided Reb Shalom’s Rubashkin Shloicht house. They were expecting number of new prisoners and some money to make in the process.
That’s a tip of the tip of the iceberg of the prison for profit industry with the largest number of prisoners in the world, and that is including China that is five times more populated.
We have a government being paid by the Military Industrial complex which president Eisenhauer was warning us against.
Perhaps he was to late with his warning.
Since then, paid politicians are using existing conflicts or creating brand new ones all around the world to sell their product, many times to opposing sides of the same conflict.
Today days, The American army serves as a mercenary for other countries but besides the hiring parties, only military companies are making money, by being paid by foreign powers and our tax money or sometimes even borrowed from countries like…again - China.
We live in the country where it is legal to kill human being by just changing terminology and stadium of life. Call it “fetus’ and you can kill without regret. Just change definition of life, like in Romania of Nicolau Ceausescu, to improve statistics person was counted alive after living one year out of womb.
Killing human being is included by some to the category of Human Rights – so called “Reproductive right”
Those few listed polices have nothing to do with fact of who is sitting in the White House or the Capitol.
Any of those issues can be used in the election cycle as red meat for the masses to get some excitement and the illusion of choice, but the same as Democrats support wars and pouring money to the military industrial complex or insurance companies despite having legislative majority, the same Republicans allow to kill unborn children when they have majority. It is all for show.
It crossed my mind that perhaps there is ‘homeless industry’, where institutions spending our tax money, instead of finding permanent solution like in Utah, just maintaining number of homeless to justify their existence. Just a thought…
For poor, homeless and sick, our country based on so called Judeo – Christian values as some people call it, for destitute we have no resources and no proper supervision of existing spending. Just talk and talk and talk.
If this and bombing other countries is what Judeo-Christian means? I will pass. I will stick rather with my Abrahamic values.
Chesed – loving-kindness, Tzeduka – justice charity, and care of every orphan, widow, immigrant and unprivileged otherwise. And if I will be taxed by my elected and trusted government to achieve this goal, I will be happy to give my share.
This is what I also learned in last week Parsha – parshas Behar in five books of Moses, this is what I learned from the other Moses – Moses ben Maimon – Maimonides commenting on the commandment of charity. He says - not only to save people who are already destitute but to create a social system that will prevent them from falling in to poverty. It may not work for all of the poor, but if we would redirect our resources and oversee spending by democratically elected officials and free press, there would not be tent cities in our cities.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Return.

                                                                                             B-H
Many Mussar Sefurim – Books on Ethics, teach that we must make Cheshbon Hanefesh – account of the soul, all days of our lives and return to ideal of whom we supposed to be.
In our times this word ‘return’ is common translation of the Hebrew word ‘Teshuva’ – coming back to the fold of Klal Yisruel – Jewish people.
The title ‘Return’ is my private return, but not in above described meaning.
Rather simply I return to the idea of writing my essays on this blog which originally was intended to accompany project of publishing my book ‘Another Convert’
That project is entirely aborted and yet I hear from some of readers reading my blog that I must return to writing. Some of those voices are coming from rather surprising sources.
Years ago, I began to write and publish and post because I thought that my unique life, experiences and knowledge on certain topic are worthed to share.
My suspicions were proven right to me when people were expressing apricciation for the measage I was delivering, and as I wrote once – even if one person will benefit from one line written by me it is worth to spend all time and resources invested in this project. Perhaps this is my Tafkid – life mission. To help that one person with that one line.
But as it could be easily noticed from the dates of the posting of my essays, nothing was posted for some two years and written even more.
My book is not in the book stores and only few copies are available on Amazon and those are used or leftovers from the book stores.
My website anotherconvert.com has only some remnants of the project and my blog is cold.
There is still interview on YouTube as I rather neglected to take it out and partially feeling guilty to all those wonderful people involved in the project of my book and this interview.
Rest of the remaining copies are being utilized in the manner which no books should but as I explained to someone seeing what is being done with them – I lived life described in there, I wrote it, I self-published it, I even schlepp alone few skids of heavy boxes from place to place loading it and unloading on U-haul tracks.
Now I use them as I see it right.
To many things described in this book are not true anymore.
To many to keep it alive.
Somebody described my recent years as – private Waterloo.
But I was not about conquering, not the world and not part of it.
From the beginning of this project, the idea was to share responsibly what was given to me.
So Waterloo is not good example and if I would like to use something from popular history or culture I would rather use the lyrics from one of my favored bands Procol Harum:

When everything around me, even the kitchen ceiling, has collapsed and crumbled without warning. And I am left, standing alive and well, looking up and wondering why and wherefore.

I don’t know what person who wrote those lyrics intended but it is hard to describe my situation metaphorically better than by above quote.
I will leave interpretation to my reader as I don’t want to go deeper to my personal matters.
It should be understood, that I went through nothing else than personal Hurban, where if not the Koisel would be left there wouldn’t be any hope and reason to continue.
B-H I still standing alive and well.
There are still things which I can and perhaps I should share.
There are thoughts and ideas which I promised to continue in my previous essays.
There are new experiences, situation and people from which I took lessons and now I feel obligation to distribute it further.
I must admit, that many of my essays were written when everything around me was crumbling and still B-H I was able to bring something positive from within, regardless of agonizing personal pain.
In this area I stayed well Burich Hashem, maybe even stronger.
It was surroundings which collapsed and most painfully, “my kitchen ceiling” - the essential protection of the chamber which I thought is stronger than any nuclear shelter.
It was not.

So I’m back.
Back to work.
Trying to restore at least material surrounding and financial situation.
It’s not easy, I have to admit, but I still see His Hand and Blessing in almost every turn.
Almost?
Yes. I’m not man of the perfect Emuna
No! We are not talking about Faith! I don’t need that.
What Emuna is?
I hope to share with you some of the thoughts on this topic in the future once it crystalize in my own mind.
Before that I may get a little bit political, for once I promised to continue my 4th of July essays and few others.
But B-H I’m back and once more will express myself with lyrics from Procol Harum:

At a time like this, which exists maybe only for me, but is nonetheless real, if I can communicate, and in the telling and the bearing of my soul anything is gained, even though the words which I use are pretentious and make you (or rather me) cringe with embarrassment.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bris Milah

Once again the Statue of Liberty is waving to me as I pass Hamilton Bridge. Built over some side water canal, this bridge hasn't been used in all capacity probably more than half a year, and is being fixed continuously for at least the last 19 years. Yeah, that’s how often I pass this bridge: A ramp on the left, a ramp on the right, and pavement in the middle. Additional lanes and other various revamping operations usually keep a number of other lines closed to the general public.    
Well, it’s New York. It costs a lot of money to live in this city and a lot of money to make money. Yeah, if you think there's some hidden message in this last statement, allow me to clarify – I strongly believe something corrupt is going on over here, but well…corruption is going on everywhere.
At least when they stop me again on the FDR drive, the east side highway of Manhattan Island, I can glance at the UN building overhead and hope that this time they are solving some world conflict.  I know the UN doesn’t really fulfill our desire for world peace, but as long as those buffoons, can come knock their shoes on the rostrum and call each other - devils or the axis of evil, and as long as some human lives are saved because they vent their hellish fumes there… it's ok.
Let them talk and let them close traffic on the FDR. It's a small price to pay for the good that comes from there.

I enjoyed the Holidays with my beautiful grandchildren, the smartest and cutest grand- daughters, and with my children we eagerly awaited our newest arrival.  Personally, considering how much Nachas my granddaughters are giving me, I can have a hundred of them, but you know…. we were hoping for a boy.

So Be'ezras Hashem we got one.
He is the first boy born as a Jew in his entire family, and mine.  Ever.
My children converted together with me when they were still small.
Now I have a male descendant with the DNA of our Patriarchs in his veins.
Not that this fact makes me jump with ecstasy, for it was always clear to me that there is nothing more important in life than our own relationship with Hashem. But if this DNA can enhance that, it's good enough for me.
There are certain promises given to Gerim about their descendants, in the words of the Sages. So I hope and pray that those promises, along with the promises given to the Fathers of the Jewish people, will be fulfilled in all of my descendants, and that these two lines of heavenly guarantees will fuse and merge in them.
But before that hope comes to realization, we have to fulfill the will of our Creator as his chosen children - which is the commandment of Bris Mila – circumcision.
Bris Mila happened on the eighth day from the day my grandson was born. This coincided with the first day of Succos, the day we invite Avruhom Uvini himself as a guest in our succos. This fact gives me goose bumps every time I think about it. It is hard to imagine a better ‘hello’ and smile from Heaven than this.

When I think about it, my own Bris comes to memory.
I wrote about it in my book, but since the book is no longer available I will repeat the story and even give some more details.

**********In the early fall of 22 years ago, when I was 27 years old, I took part in the first Jewish circumcision to commence in Poland in some forty five years. It was performed in Warsaw.
There were a few of us attending. Most were from Warsaw, 3 of us were
from Wroclaw. It was arranged by Rabbi Schudrich who, at the time, was working in kiruv in Poland. For almost half a century, Poland officially didn’t have a Mohel to perform circumcision.
When I came to the US, in the synagogue where I attend prayers, I met an older Jew whose father was a Mohel and had been a Mohel in my own native city. He said the problem in Poland was not that there was nobody to perform circumcision - there was nobody who would want to do it to his child.
If you think it stemmed from a lack of conviction, you are wrong. We are talking about a country where, not too far in the past, having this sign on the body meant having the mark of death. Even at that time, 22 years ago, if anyone would find out you are circumcised – at a doctor's office, in the army, etc. - this information could leak anytime and it meant civil death in this rabidly anti-Semitic country.
Above that, it was illegal to perform any procedure without a license from the government, and those laws were very much scrutinized. We were risking arrest and who knows what after that. All of us.
Even the Polish word for circumcision – obrzezanie - has the same root as butchering, bloodbath, etc. Now you can get a small picture of this despised procedure, perpetrated by a despised people with a despised name - and all of it illegal…

Everything was organized in underground fashion. We didn’t know where we would go, who would do it, and what would happen afterward. Adult circumcision is quite a serious procedure, even when you don’t have all of the above listed disadvantages stacked against you.
We came by train to Warsaw on the morning of the day when it was supposes to happen.
In the Synagogue, we got the address of the place where circumcision would be performed. It was in some dental office located in an apartment building in Mirow, which once used to be a Jewish neighborhood like Boro Park or Williamsburg is today.
We walked the very same cobblestones from which, some fifty years earlier, Pinkert’s funeral company walked every morning and collected the dead bodies put there by the inhabitants of Warsaw’s Ghetto. The buildings were redone, but many streets were the same streets, the same stones soaked with blood of the butchered Jews who inhabited this once biggest Jewish city.

The door looked like any other door in the building, but in the small apartment was a legal dentist's workplace. I don’t remember if the owner was there, but most likely not. All the other personnel had taken the day off. The only people who were awaiting us there was our Mohel - Rabbi Yitzchok Fisher from New York (later my neighbor in Monsey), his assistant, and Rabbi Schudrich.
I will skip this rather graphic part of the story, as well as what the next few days felt like. If anybody wants to reconsider his plans for an adult circumcision, please contact me in private. But just as I didn’t blink an eye then, I wouldn’t blink again.

For anybody else the day of my grandson's Bris Mila and the Bris itself could be just another Bris, as tens of them are happening on a daily basis in a few-block radius in the city. Maybe there is some curiosity to it, but still…Maimonides Hospital in the Boro Park neighborhood has the highest birth rate in the country.  
But for me, that day, the day of my circumcision and the day of circumcision for my first Jewish-born descendent are defining moments of my life.
There is no exaggeration if I say that my own circumcision was in fact only leading to this and other, Be'ezras Hashem – with the G-d’s help, Brisen to come.

But let me ask you –What are you thinking after reading the above? The guy is boasting about his own righteousness, is that how it looks?
Didn’t we say just few days ago in Slichos – Lo vchesed vlo vmaasim buni lfuneichu – Neither with our kindness nor with our good deeds are we approaching You. As paupers and beggars we are knocking at Your door.
Lushon Hakoidesh – the holy tongue is an amazing language of communication. The amount of information that can be contained in every sentence, every word, every letter and every dot is just incredible. The word Buni is built from four letters – Bays – Alef – Nun – Voov. Buni: Coming to, approaching.
When we read the same word with a slightly different pronunciation, it becomes BAni: in ourselves, with our very essence. And when we read the very same word as BeOni it means ‘in mourning.’
Who has to be eradicated if it is us given to Him, and whom are we mourning?
If we take the second letter, the letter Alef, away from this word, the word will change meaning. Bni Lfuneichu: My son, my descendent before you.
“Not with my kindness nor with my deeds, but with my child I stand before You Hashem.”

Now… what is the meaning of Alef itself, who is the Alef?
Alef is one, and One is HBH. But it can't be that we eradicating Him from the sequence.
This Alef is the second letter in the word and in fact it is a secondary Alef, which is eliminated – our own illusionary Alef, our ego - Ani.
“Not with ourselves are we coming to You Hashem, but we offer You our children.”
WE are in fact our children – BAni – my true me is Bni - my child, each of them separate.
”Not with our kindness, not with our deeds, not with anything that we may consider our own, but with the very gift from You, our future generations!”

I grew up on the land where Cain killed Heivel.
He recognized him by the sign on his body.
Not for the first time in Jewish history was this mark a death sentence.
I was aware of the consequences that could've happened to me, and what I could bring onto my descendants with Bris Mila. But I was also aware of the thousands of Jewish parents who didn’t blink, knowing all of this way better than me. They knew it from their family experience, but for me it was theoretical.
The awareness of my Creator was within me when I walked the autumn streets of the Polish capital.
Now was the time to show readiness, just as the first believer, Avruhom did. He did and all of his children followed. I wanted myself and my descendants to be part of these people.

This essay was written a year ago when my grandson Shloime Zalman was born.
Hashem should bless him, his parents and siblings with a life of peace and plenty, and all as a means to serve HBH and grow spiritually. May they use all of their potential for the good of Klal Yisroel, and may he in particular be a source of Nachas to his parents.