We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Never Forget, Never Again as regards the Holocaust don't have the power they once had, as ethnic cleansing and mass murders continue and no one seems to really care or make the sacrifices to stop them.
My two sons and I just returned from Paris and Israel, where we had my younger son's Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall. We had spent the previous days in the Negev. I said to my son at his Bar Mitzvah: You've just experienced a bit of what Jews endured in the desert for 40-years of wandering, and you are at the Wall to where for almost two-thousand years Jews prayed to return to while suffering dispersion and persecutions, so the significance of you benefiting from countless generations of faith and perseverance is highly significant to your entry into Jewish manhood, into the community of Jews who may read from and learn from the Torah and learned writings, and sacrifice to continue Judaism and Israel for another milenium and more.
In another post I will put up some cheerier photos from the Paris area and Israel. Here I will post some photos about the Holocaust and the significance of Israel's creation, reincarnation 70-years ago. Never Forget, Never Again. I am now 70, have grown up along with modern Israel, I've been to Israel three times, 24-years ago, five years ago, and now. The hard work and dedication and brilliance keeps astounding me as new archaelogic discoveries, modern structures, diverse culture, and striving people spring up and overflow as from a cornucopia. Tourism is at an all-time high. Everyone I've ever met, of any background, comes away awestruck. I doubt that I'll be in Israel again. I've Bar Mitzvahed my two sons in Jerusalem, and have many places yet to travel on my punch list (going to Mexico City area in July) before my final rest.
Just a very few photos. First France. From Israel in a following post:
It may be my imagination but it just seems they have less terrorist attacks there now which is wonderful. I would dearly love to go. I just want to see what every day life looks like for average Israelis. I want to see their country side and maybe tour an ag business or something. I want to see where Jesus lived. I want to see the wall.
Is it possible to go and just avoid the Palestinians? I am not interested in dealing with all that. I don’t want to be near any protests or questionable areas. I just want to be around normal Israelis living their normal lives.
> Never Forget, Never Again as regards the Holocaust
> don't have the power they once had, as ethnic
> cleansing and mass murders continue and no one
> seems to really care or make the sacrifices to stop them.
To be a complete dick about it, your coreligionists seem hell bent (!) on supporting the same ideologies that lead to the holocaust.
Thing is, as long as there's evil people in the world you have to first break the eggs, THEN make the omelet. We don't want to do that any more.
Israel got a bad reputation as an unsafe place during the Oslo years - when the poorly conceived Peace Plan precipitated Palestinian violence, and the clueless Lefties pushing us in that direction weakened Israel's defenses.
This has not been the case for years. Netanyahu has already served several terms in office, and the Palestinians have been pretty well kept from disturbing the peace.
And although it's not much comfort - Muslim political violence seems to have become more common in most European tourist destinations...
We have discussed here previously the inverse relationship in American Jewry between respect for traditional Judaism-the-religion and Left wing affiliation.
Most American Jewish Lefties are best described as "Americans of Jewish descent" - they know nothing of received Judaism, the religion, and practice even less than they know. The first generation of Jewish immigrants largely recast their Jewish identity as an ethnic label (remember those WWII-era movies with an Italian, Irishman, and Jew fighting side by side, reflecting the ethnic makeup of urban immigrant neighborhoods?)
And many of the hard core Jewish Lefties had embraced Socialism as a way of escaping oppression even back in Europe, and were at the forefront of the labor union movement. (kernel of truth: if the churchgoing mainstream is violently antisemitic, it is hard to appreciate their adherence to Judeo-Christian morality, and revolution doesn't sound so bad... only now do we understand the horrors that are released when there is no common Judeo-Christian morality for the oppressed to appeal to....)
Although there has been a resurgence of interest and embrace of Jewish faith among the later generations raised in the suburbs - most of these people's grandchildren have a tenuous connection to Judaism. A growing number are not even Jewish by Jewish religious standards due to intermarriage.
These people - or even their parents and grandparents - long ago trimmed and refashioned their Judaism to fit the tropes of "liberal social justice".
But as the Left becomes more fascist and spurns even basic commonsense morality, the once-kinda-valid claim that "liberal humanism" and "social justice" echo the words of the Biblical prophets grows more and more unsustainable.
They are using their ethnic Jewish identity as a political trump card/victimhood crowbar. With no real Jewish faith or affiliation to back it up.
I visited the holocaust memorial at Matthausen in Austria and what struck me the hardest was a wall of pictures of the young men who died there, pictures from life before their capture and imprisonment. They were smiling, happy young men, looking just like my sons and their friends.
Europe was supposedly civilized then. It happened not that long ago.
And the Communists used similar machines to deal with the bones of their victims in the Soviet Union (50-60 million) and Red China (100+ million). But most of them were not of a religion that counts. And many of the Russian murders were done with the assistance of adherents to the Preferred Religion.
Jews figured prominently in early Russian and Eastern European communism. That evaporated quickly. One does not find many Jewish names after the first few years of the revolution. Somehow the Jews in the west never figured that out, as they remain prominent in left-wing circles to the present day.
See for a review of Jewish political conservatives from Colonial times to the present. Quite prominent. https://www.brandeis.edu/hornstein/sarna/americanjewishcultureandscholarship/Archive3/AmericanJewishPoliticalConservatisminHistoricalPerspective.pdf
We are heading to Israel in June. This will be the first trip for us. We are very excited. Spending 5 days in Galilee, hiking from Nazareth to Capernaum. We will also have a day at the Dead Sea and Masada and two days in Jerusalem.
This is a trip we have always dreamed of.
I am busy reading everything I can get my hands on.