Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Chereidi gearing up for new battles in the Jewish Civil War.

For some strange reason, American non-ultra-orthodox Jews seem to be completely unconcerned that within the next 20 years, they will be effectively excommunicated from Judaism by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, as the demographic in Israel becomes increasingly UO and the Chereidi wage war against all other sects of Judaism - and are winning, by the simple expedient of becoming more numerous and being willing to use violence to gain their ends.

American Jews think the Law of Return guarantees that they will be considered Jews and be able to make Aliyah any time they want. They can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact that the Law of Return, like any other law in a democracy, can and will be overturned when a sufficient number of voters choose to do so. As things stand now, the Chereidi are close to having those votes - and they absolutely do NOT consider anyone who isn't ultra-orthodox to be Jewish.

Already, as we have posted previously, children of immigrants to Israel are finding that they cannot get married, etc., because the Chief Rabbinate refuses to recognize documentary evidence concerning genealogy from Conservative and Reform Rabbis, and documents from other Jewish organizations. Also, the conversion process, even regarding the Modern Orthodox, has been hijacked by the Chereidi and the Chief Rabbinate now has a small list of Rabbis "approved" for conversions in the US and NONE of them are Conservative, Reform, or Modern Orthodox. To them, if you aren't willing to live in the middle ages and adopt their mysogynistic, backward, unhygenic, scientifically and academically ignorant lifestyle, then you aren't Jewish.

Americans think they have "civil rights," but the Chereidi don't care about civil rights or freedom of religious observance. They care about one thing and one thing only - delegitimizing all other sects of Judaism, declaring them to be non-Jews.

The Globe and Mail Online
Globe essay: A hostile takeover of Zionism
by Patrick Martin
Jerusalem — From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2009 04:15PM EDT
[hat tip: Failed Messiah]

Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has come a long way...They now are equipped to redefine the country's politics and to set a new agenda.

...One Haredi leader who almost won Jerusalem's mayoralty race last fall, boasts that, within 20 years, the ultra-Orthodox will control the municipal government of every city in the country. And why not? Of the Jewish Israeli children entering primary school for the first time this month, more than 25 per cent are Haredi, and that proportion will keep growing. There are between 600,000 and 700,000 Haredim in Israel, and they average 8.8 children a family.

A decade ago, there were almost no Haredim in the West Bank settlements. Today, the two largest settlements are entirely ultra-Orthodox, and the Haredim are about a third of the almost 300,000 settlers...

...Now that they have tightened the rules on who can be a Jew and have forced the public bus company to provide gender-segregated buses in many communities, a discouraged secular community is starting to emigrate...

...Will Israel adhere to its founding secular values or will it become a theocratic Jewish state?

Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has been toiling for decades to make Israel a Halachic state (one that adheres to Jewish religious law). The former chief Sephardi rabbi (from 1983 to 1993) was one of five men who founded the Brit Hakanaim – the Covenant of Zealots – an underground organization of the early 1950s that attacked non-kosher butcher shops and torched cars that were driven on the Sabbath...

...The rabbi has an exclusive view of who really is a Jew, having denounced Reform and Conservative synagogues as “reeking of hell.” And he has often said that democracy has no place in Judaism.

Rabbi Eliyahu and his followers have succeeded in tying the knot between Haredim and religious nationalists. There is even a new name for the new group, the Hardal, derived from Haredim and Mafdal (the acronym for the National Religious Party).

While the NRP has disappeared, the ideas and the name have grown. The powerful Shas Party, of Sephardi and Haredi disciples, is the best example.

Together, the Hardal are 20 per cent of the Jewish population, says Nachman Ben Yehuda, a sociologist at Hebrew University whose book on the Haredim, Theocratic Democracy , is to be published next year...

...In the Haredim, the religious Zionists have acquired potent allies. Their followers obey orders without question. “They fear excommunication,” explained Prof. Ben Yehuda. “They are largely unprepared for surviving outside their tight-knit communities.”

The two groups are united in wanting greater religiosity in Israel...

...They also want their rules to be followed in deciding just who is a Jew and who therefore can enjoy the privileges of a Jewish state.

To obtain these goals they have influenced the platforms and growth of political parties, appointments to the rabbinical courts and government policy.

As a result, religious schools get a disproportionate share of the education budget, El Al planes don't fly on the Sabbath and publicly run buses are segregated on a growing number of runs...

...Ironically, considering these religious leaders have made such use of the democratic process, they continue to say democracy is not consistent with Halacha.

...They also do not shrink from violence.

Prof. Ben Yehuda's research found that violence is the number-one criminal infraction among Haredim. He also found that most of that violence is for political purposes...

...Violence has become so widespread that there are Haredi communities where the police won't go.

...It's upsetting to many Israelis, such as the columnist Nehemia Shtrasler, but when Haredi neighbourhoods become no-go zones for authorities, and when people must think twice before opening a private business on the Sabbath, the violence is having its desired effect.

And, as the Haredi community expands and finds government funding harder to come by, growing numbers of Haredi women and men will be compelled to enter the work force. The impact of that, says Prof. Ben Yehuda, is that businesses and workplaces will be forced to comply with the religious demands of their new workers.

...With the demographic shift in favour of the Haredim only going up, those in the private sector, government and the military who decline to accommodate Haredi demands will become fewer and fewer.

And with growing numbers of Haredim in West Bank settlements, Israel's conflict with the Palestinians takes on an increasingly religious fervour.

Prof. Ben Yehuda has no doubt that many of the country's emigrants are leaving, in part, because of the rise of the Hardal. But it's not the major reason, he says.

“However, as this place becomes more and more like Iran, the secular community will leave in droves.”

Of course, intelligent educated people aren't going to put up with the abject Racism and intolerance of the UO and Chereidi communities. Nor can they survive while having their incomes taxed to support an increasing percentage of Chereidi population who for the most part refuse to work ordinary full-time jobs and insist on a separate duplicate social infrastructure for themselves alone.

But as long as American Jews do nothing to assert their rights, none of this will matter, because most American Jews will be declared not-Jews by the Rabbinate. I'm sure they will linger on, however, trying in vain to call themselves Jews in spite of the smug rejection they will receive from the State of Israel and Rabbinic communities in the US. But how long can that last? Nobody's asking.

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