Monday, January 6, 2014

We are Still in Golus ...

... though we seem to have forgotten.

Ostensibly talmidim of the Satmar Ruv zy"a we often behave much more like the biryonim of R' Meir Kahane hy"d. As if the goyisha authorities and/or the goyisha press owe us something. We don't need to be tziyonim to be guilty of girui b'umos hu'oilem. Everyone should just simmer down, pipe down and be quiet.  

We are in golus.  Maintain a low profile. Stop living in the mirage of keeping things in-house.  Nothing stays in-house anymore. (Except, of course, this unread Red-Tent blog.) We are all under surveillance cameras and listening devices. Just try to think outside our own cheese-boxes and imagine how all of this is being taken by your average goy-in-the-street who believe everything they read in the newspapers. 

I'm not going into any mussar-schmuessen and calls for high-minded behavior.  I'm just talking basic pragmatism and golus survival-techniques.

How did such an aydeleh and brilliant עם חכם ונבון become such a stupid and strident הגוי הגדול הזה ?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Judging a Buchir by his Cover

A raw nerve was touched, perhaps squeezed, on the pages of the Flatbush Jewish Journal a few weeks ago.

In the December 18th issue A parent complained to  a shadchan about the "outlandish" outfit that the buchir dating their daughter showed up in. The offending habiliments were comprised of (not necessarily in order of Goyim-mimicking egregiousness) a fitted suit, a narrow-brimmed Feodora and colored socks. CLICK and turn to page 94.

Then in the current issue (12.26.13) the ensuing low-tech, slow-motion blogging the reaction was fast (as snail-mail) and furious CLICK  and read pages 88-89.

I predict that this controversy will NOT go away quickly.
some money quotes after the jump

Thanks for Reading

my last post.

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maybe some Mega-JBlogs would be embarrassed with numbers like these but for this lonely red-tent blog the response to my last posting has been a major triumph.Nice way to close out  the *GOYISH*  year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Line-Item Lexicon Libricide

Excised, murdered words consigned to the dust-bin

or Targeted Biblioclasm

In Frum society today there is a stealthy, Orwellian libricide afoot. It is not like the old historical model where angry mobs gather all offensive books and throw them into a raging pyre. That approach has gone the way of carpet-bombing.  Instead, like today's smart-bombs, contemporary biblioclasts target specific words in our cultural dictionary and burn out the offending words by completely changing their meanings.  In some cases just leaving a charred, blank emptiness where the definition used to be listed.

I know that languages are not static but when it comes to our cultural vernacular I think that we are witnessing a revolution rather than an evolution. What follows is a list of such words with their old and mangled-beyond-recognition new meanings.  Read them and weep for the sreifa asher saraf the arsonists of lexicon libricide. Please note the entries are not in alphabetical order
MORE PROFUNDITY AND CRISP WRITING AFTER THE JUMP

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Havdala Consciousness Ba'al Teshuva

Daniel Gordis
CLICK
Money quote:
“None of us come from nowhere. Not so very deep down, we know that we do not want to be part of an undifferentiated human mass, loving all of humanity equally (and therefore loving no one particularly intensely), abandoning the instinct that our people—which has been speaking in a differentiated voice for millennia—still has something to say to humanity at large.”

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Reprising a Thanksgiving Evergreen

(first appearance 11.15.09)

An Ingrates Thanksgiving



One often hears the constant refrain of the USA being a מדינה של חסד= a Country of Loving-kindness and that our Gilded Golus in this sanctuary of Church-State separation has been a Golden Age Diaspora unparalleled in Jewish History. And while it's undeniable that there is much to be grateful for, everything from penicillin to kosher sushi, there are many unprecedented ways in which the United States of America has been "bad for the Jews". Below I submit a heartfelt, but by no means comprehensive, list

We offer no thanks to a country and culture- that has served as an enabler for the most rampant intermarriage rate in Jewish History.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture- that has caused more Jews to assimilate and at a rapider pace than at any other time in Jewish History.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture- that has provided the most fertile soil in which so-called Jewish movements (Reconstructionist and HumanistJudaism to name a few) antithetical to Torah Judaism have taken root and flourished.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture-that is so sex-saturated that people have been reduced to walking, talking libidos and where the sexualization of children rages unabated. This causes overcompensation among Shlomei Emunahmanifesting itself in increased actual and cultural ghettoization and onerous andabsurd chumras.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture-that so glorifies conspicuous consumption that the culture, including Jewish subculture, grows ever more selfish, narcissistic, tastelessshowy and grotesque.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture-that is more secular than a supermarket . Whose intellectual elite broadcasts explicit and implicit messages that ALL deists of any stripe are, by definition, abject, ignorant morons unfit to partake in society or in dialogues that concern public policy

We offer no thanks to a country and culture-that lionizes and aggrandizesempty-headed and soulless entertainers, mafiosi and sports figures and marginalizes teachers, Doctors and soldiers.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture-that eats drinks and abuses drugs way too much and that has created legions of the obese and the addicted while draining the resources of third world countries, over-fished and treatedfood-source animals inhumanely in the process.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture- that is addicted to fossil fuels and stubbornly refuses to develop alternative energy sources thus strengthening the hands of Israel's worst enemies.

We offer no thanks to a country and culture- that has created a culture of entitlement providing social welfare programs that rob our youth of initiative and industry and that tempts them with lives of indolence and fraud 

We offer no thanks to a country and culture- who's credo is "You are what you owe" and who's easy access to credit coupled with the above mentioned conspicuous consumerism has contributed mightily to a generation of Jews saddled with crushing debt and faced with the sad dilemma of deciding whether it is nobler to be פושט יד= schnorring for handouts or פושט רגל= absconding from fiscal responsibility by declaring bankrupcty.
and finally...

We offer no thanks to a country and culture-that insists on having the perennially awful Detroit Lions be one of the two permanent host teams for it's Turkey Day NFL Football offerings. The games are NEVER competitive and this is bad for the football fans, Jewish and non-Jewish alike!

While I am no Reverend Wright shouting an angry "G-d D**n America" I think it is high-time that we reassess this land and it's culture as an unmixed, unmitigated blessing. While it is a land and culture abounding in eclectic blessings it is our historical job as Jews to make holy havdala and distill the pure good from the bad dross currently mixed into it.

Of course the USA is an undeniable מדינה של חסד= a Country of Loving-kindness, but maybe it's time for us to recognize another level of meaning and translation of the word " חסד= as in the following passage:יז וְאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר-יִקַּח אֶת-אֲחֹתוֹ בַּת-אָבִיו אוֹ בַת-אִמּוֹ וְרָאָה אֶת-עֶרְוָתָהּ וְהִיא-תִרְאֶה אֶת-עֶרְוָתוֹ,חֶסֶד הוּא--וְנִכְרְתוּ, לְעֵינֵי בְּנֵי עַמָּם; עֶרְוַת אֲחֹתוֹ גִּלָּה, עֲו‍ֹנוֹ יִשָּׂא." And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness: it is a shameful thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. "
Sometimes love and kindness misdirected to targets one is too closely related to can have disastrous results. The resulting children are afflicted with anAppalachian imbecility. Odd that this nation that is so tolerant and embracing of it's Jews has produced the most illiterate, imbecilic, havdala/qedusha oblivious Jewry of all time.

Qedusha-Havdala-Have you had YOURS today? Hmmm???

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

WTH?????


While not QUITE as ghoulish as possible (davening with the nifatrs z"l body awaiting stimas hagolel) this image is still mighty disturbing.  Per another blogs caption it is "people davening in the kever before the burial during the Levaya of Rav Ovadiah Yosef" !

Is this some new minhag, segulah?  Is there any mekor for this type of behavior or is it the product of some creative, albeit macabre, imagination? Besides the manifest creepiness of it all I find something hugely disrespectful about "squatting" in the final resting place of another before their earthly remains are laid to rest there, in particular before the mortal coil of a world class TK  like Haham Ovadia z"l takes it's nap in the dust until resurrection.

I have often heard that the founder of the international banking Rothschild clan, who was frum, would lie down in a grave in his basement once a month in order to reduce hubris and maintain humility, a noble if somewhat creepy mussar exercise. If that's what this is about why the davening / tehilim?  Furthermore get your own kever to remind you of "the day of death" don't leave a Gadol HaDor with a "pre-owned" "second-hand" model.

I'd be much obliged if someone out there with more understanding of this would leave a comment.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Morsii has been Ousted BUT.....

 is it good for the Jews? On the one hand as the coup has ousted the Muslim Brotherhood it has got to be an improvement. OTOH if it happened during the three weeks it can't be good.