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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

You Make Us So

A short one for today. I don’t have much time, and also, American readers most likely aren’t in a state to read long essays today.

Of the many complaints of Leftists about the state of Israel, about Zionist exceptionalism and therefore, knowingly or not, about Judaism itself, there is the contention about the Jewish conception of chosenness. Even when it is pointed (as I did) that Jewish chosenness is not a pretext for world domination and subjugation of all the outsiders, the Leftists decry the concept of Jewish chosenness as “racism”. Under the article, ‘Never Forget’ Is Never Enough on Common Dreams, from April 13, 2007, by Jewish Leftist Seth Freedman, who is a columnist on the British Jew-hating rag The Guardian, here is a pertinent comment, by “PJD”:

I may get a lot of flack for this [No, you won’t. Quite the opposite: you’ll be praised as “championing progressive values”. —ZY], but there seems to a very USA-like exceptionalism that runs through Jewish culture. And, please educate me if I am making a logical mistake somewhere, but how can a belief in being a “God-chosen people” not be a form or racism?


Screenshot: comment by "PJD" on Common Dreams, April 13, 2007

Possibly an indication of where things are going to come to soon. The Leftists have no problem respecting, à la National Geographic, all manner of barbaric customs of exotic peoples, saying, “That’s what they believe, that’s their culture” (and often wishing they, the Westerners, had something comparable), but when it comes to something we Jews believe out of the same motives, i.e. out of acceptance of the truth of our traditions, the attitude is changed. Picture a Leftist saying, for example, that the Druzes’ insistence on keeping their religion secret except to an elite stems out of a basic “plotting in the dark to rule the world”. Ridiculous, of course. But, for Jews they have a different standard.

Which brings me to the main point of this post: I, as an Orthodox Jew, may believe in Jewish chosenness out of acceptance of the tradition of my people; the Leftists, however, make it so through their actions. Consider this passage:

All our current foreign policy problems stem from our one-sided support of India against the Kashmiris. When we, at the behest of the India Lobby, support India’s oppression of the Kashmiris, who are fighting for their right to self-determination, we fuel the hatred of the whole Muslim world. That is the root cause behind 9/11, and all the ill-feeling on the part of the Muslim world toward us. For the sake of peace, we must force India to the negotiations table, to sign a just and lasting peace accord that will provide for security for both India and the Kashmiri people. That isn’t prejudice against the Hindus, it’s just criticism of India’s policies.

I do not have to warn that the above is a fiction of mine. But, on the other hand, we all know that if you change a few names, you get the Leftist position on the Israel/“Palestine” debate.

I do not understand, from the rational point of view, why the USA’s support of Israel is the root cause of 9/11 and Arab/Muslim hatred toward it any more than the USA’s support of other countries. Far beyond my understanding is the train of thought that leads one to say the resolution of the Israel/“Palestine” conflict would spell the end of, or at the very least minimize, the risk of a terrorist threat to the West. Muslims are fighting for “self-determination” everywhere—Kashmir, Thailand, Australia, Malmö, anywhere on the globe where they are in sizable numbers—yet the Leftists choose to give an unrelenting, uncompromising, raging focus on the Israel/“Palestine” conflict.

From time to time there have been Jews who tired of Jewish exceptionalism and wanted to become “a nation like all other nations”. Zionism, by the way, originally had that as one of its goals. But the Leftists, much as they may condemn Jewish exceptionalism as “a form of racism”, are the ones who, by G-d’s direction, are doing everything to perpetuate it. Through their divinely-inspired madness of focusing on the state of Israel, they make Jewish chosenness a naturally visible reality.

Ma gad’lu ma’asecha, HaShem, m’od am’ku machsh’votecha—“How great are Thy works, O LORD! Thy thoughts are very deep” (Psalms 92:6). How amazing it is to see HaShem rule His people, keep them close to Him, through the agency of—of all possible people—the “reality-based community”. You, Kossacks and CommonDreamers and the like, you make our chosenness a visible, undeniable fact.

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Blogger Michael said...

It is a fine irony, ZY. And the finest irony off all is that they Lefties just don't see it.

April 17, 2007 3:55 PM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

I can't now remember a single post I wrote on Leftists and Leftism without reference to irony. I guess it's philosophical payback for Marx's "Capitalism will collapse under the weight of its internal contradictions" canard. ;-)

My mind is all over the Virginia Tech massacre now. The fact that the police refuse to release the shooter's name is driving me insane with questions. What is behind all this, I wonder? I got this feeling like there's a deep rabbit-hole here.

Good day, Michael, as much as possible. HaShem be with you.

April 17, 2007 4:03 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

beautiful insights...the choseness is one more thing they cant stomach in their vile baseless hatred of the Jew who is a light unto all nations..great work ZY!

April 17, 2007 4:25 PM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

The name was just released: Cho Seung-Hui, a South Korean.

Libtards response like clockwork: "And you thought it was a Muslim! You hate-mongers!" (example).

I thought it was likely. I didn't say it was, as a sure piece of information. In fact, back on the GoV main post, I called for putting a 48-hour rule on it.

And I'll let Wretchard on Belmont Club have the last word: "If there is any silver lining to the tragedy, it is this: the campus shooting warns us how vulnerable an American campus is to a single armed man equipped only with handguns. [...] Let's hope campus authorities are calculating their hypothetical response as well. [...]"

April 17, 2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger kahaneloyalist said...

ZY, the Chicago Tribune, which is a vicious Jew hating paper,has announced that the killer signed his death note, Yismael X. Maybe he was a Muslims after all. Lets wait I think it may come out he is a convert to Islam.

April 18, 2007 3:02 AM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

Much is being made of this "Ismail Ax" thing. For my part, I agree with Gerard van der Leun in seeing it all as being similar to card-reading right now; and Robert Spencer, who has the expertise to tell us, says of it:

"The speculation is wide-ranging and imaginative. [...] But writing a cryptic phrase on one's arm and then going to kill people does not make someone a jihadist. If he wanted to convey by this that he was engaging in jihad killings, he could have written 'Allahu akbar' or any number of other phrases that would have been clearer. There is no evidence that Cho Seung-Hui was a jihadist, or anything but a seriously disturbed individual."

In short: there's still some waiting to do. One of the reasons I decided to make mine an essay blog rather than a newsfeed blog was that I knew I'd fall into the 24- or 48-hour rule trap if I'd chosen the latter. It's a great responsibility which I know of myself that I can't take on, because the temptation to be the one who says, "You read it here first", beckons so.

April 18, 2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being chosen is not the choice given to the choosee but comes from the chooser. Abram happened to love God and was obedient to the testimony of Adam and the faithful. That the Hewbrew is the seed of Abraham is a matter or circumstance and cannot be held against us.

Had things worked out differently due to Abram not being obedient, God would have chosen another and the lineage of promise would be in the hands of another people.


April 18, 2007 9:53 PM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...


As a person of secular, egalitarian upbringing, the idea of a chosen group of people is something my sentiment has always militated against. Two factors made it acceptable to me: first, the fact that the Jewish doctrine of chosenness is benign (the point I made in my post Chosen To Show, to which I have linked often, including here), and second, that the events both past and present give strong indication of its truth (the point which makes the whole of this post).

It comes with great responsibility, of course. Our responsibilities are detailed in the Torah. What is galling in this day and age is how the anti-Zionists are using it against us, telling us of our great responsibility, but with details contrary to those of the Torah. As in, saying that us being the chosen people means we should just roll over and let the "Palestinians" slaughter us, G-d forbid. This erroneous idea of what Jewish chosenness entails is at least as old as that bumbling Indian mystic, Mohandas Gandhi (whose appeasement of the Muslims is the bane of the Hindus to this day), who said in 1938, "Let the Jews, who claim to be the chosen race, prove their title by choosing the way of non-violence for vindicating their position on earth".

In the sum of things, we are nothing in and of ourselves. As Rabbi Yehudah Ha-Levi says in the Kuzari, the Jews are ordinary human beings, with the same strengths and weakness, except for one thing: the appointment by G-d for His task. The anti-Zionists don't get it when they ask, "Is Israel above criticism?", or "Are the Jews above criticism?" Israel is not above criticism, and neither are the Jews; but G-d is, and His Word, the Torah, is, and when the anti-Zionists and other Jew-haters go against His wishes, such as His wish that the Jews inhabit all of the Land of Israel, they provoke His wrath. For this stinginess of the Leftists and the Muslims, in that they refuse to recognize the right of the Jews to the really small plot of land HaShem has alloted us, there will be heavy payment.

April 19, 2007 2:50 AM  

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