Blind Rabbis Leading the Blind

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But the 400 rabbis should not be seen as a merely insignificant rabble protesting against what they do not understand. Such truancy of conscience is only an instance of a far more comprehensive attitude to the Zionist experiment and the welfare of the beleaguered nation where it has taken root. There is little in the way of kiruv, the Hebrew term for “coming near,” the practice of drawing Jews closer to Judaism (usually, but not necessarily, Orthodox Judaism). Quite the reverse. As often as not, we observe a sense of radical estrangement from the yishuv, the Jewish community in the Holy Land, whose survival is constantly under threat.

Undeterred by existential peril, our Theban rabbis go their alienating way. These reverend shufflers speak in large measure for the Reform/ Reconstructionist denominations, liberal-minded and left-leaning Jews, and social pressure groups that purport to be reasonable and even-handed, sponsor debates and colloquia weighted toward the Palestinian cause in the interests of “openness” and “fairness,” and treat their declared enemies with forbearance. It’s called, variously, “interfaith dialogue” or “peace activism” or “social justice,” but what it really amounts to is shilling for the other side.

Indeed—to adjust my Herodotean metaphor—if our troop of rabbis had been the 400 men who rode with Esau to meet Jacob at Peniel, as we learn in Genesis 33, they would not have experienced a change of heart and reconciled with the patriarch. They would have accused Jacob of deceit, aggression, self-aggrandizement, unfairness to the surrounding tribes and who knows what other transgressions, and Israel would have been nipped in the bud.

Thus it is not just a question of Glenn Beck or any other particular individual who may be the object of communal resentment. Ultimately, the 400 rabbis are no less inimical to Israel and to authentic Jewish concerns than the 400 Thebans, who would have preferred not to fight the enemy massing against them, were delinquent to their own cause. More so, actually, since the rabbis have, as it were, fled their post. In this way, they abet the growing international conviction that Israel is a historical mistake and a pariah state to be boycotted, sanctioned and eventually erased from the map or folded into a Palestinian-dominated bi-national entity.

Interestingly, diffidence did not spare the Thebans from the fate that befell their more courageous compatriots. Those who do not have their heart in the fight go under just like those who are ready to stand and deliver—except that bravery and clear-sightedness will sometimes prevail, absent betrayal. This is a lesson the good rabbis and their communicants might keep in mind. But if worse should ever come to worst, what form of penance or contrition they will exhibit when it is too late does not bear much consideration.

And what, I wonder, would be the Hebrew name for Ephialtes?

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  • thomas paine

    glen beck is a cynical charlatan who couldn't possible be stupid enough to believe the national enquirer style garbage he peddles

    • Neil

      Tommy, You know so much about Beck, that you're unaware that his first name is Glenn, not Glen. Plus, you're mighty short on facts, just poorly worded commentary ("who couldn't possible"). Finally, I think that it's poetic justice that these so-called rabbis placed their $100,000 advertisement in the Wall Street Journal, a division of News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel. I wouldn't at all be surprised that the rabbis were unaware of that fact, as they appear to have relied on Media Matters and/or MSNBC for their propaganda.

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  • Amos

    Please. Pseudo-rabbis, not rabbis. AIn't a legit rabbi among the bunch of 'em.

  • Ezra Mazal Mordecai

    These Rabbis are part of "the erev rav". They fit right in the liberal arena.

  • dgene

    A word of praise to you, DaveSolway, in using your gift for phrasing, metaphor and clear elucidation to help gird up those of us who have to fight these bastards.

  • Bert

    Couldn't these so-called rabbis find a humanitarian use for their hundred thousand dollars such as feeding the poor in Israel or replanting some of the many trees lost in the recent fire that was also of suspicious origin? They have shown just where their priorities lie.

  • Guest

    Glenn Beck is the personal front man for stupidity on a national scale in The United States of America. He is and always was a complete idiot. His personal form of patriotism is false and you’d have to be a brainless, half educated, red necked idiot to believe anything this fool says. But that pretty well describes the tea party and the GOP. This closet homosexual never went to college and never knew anything about World History, American History, World Religions or the US Constitution. He is simply a mocking bird for the twisted views of the John Birch Society and people need to wake up to the fact that Glenn Beck is just another uneducated charlatan who does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity.

    • John

      Guest: Your typical leftist 'ad hominem' screed is devoid of a single fact and the refuge of a scoundrel. You prove yourself an empty suit, posing as an intellectual — the antithesis of Glenn Beck.

    • Nick Shaw

      Isn't it weird when people on the left, as this jerk most certainly is, say they champion the rights of everyone, that everyone is equal in their eyes, yet, they throw out the epithet "homosexual" in mocking tones? I'm glad I never learned lib-speak when I was growing up or I would be a blithering idiot as well. Oh, and I love the "never went to college" line. Just another way to divide us up? What a marroon! More and more I am coming to trust people who never attended brainwash institutions. They don't gibber.

      • Aaron

        I have often been told that I am the most intelligent person people have met and I have no college degree. Intelligence and knowledge are two different animals. That is one thing they don't teach you in college.

    • Victor Laslow

      If you had any education you would have posted actual facts rather than blind accusations meant to demean an opponent. Glenn Beck has reinforced every word he ever said with printed facts from both history and publications from the radical left.
      If you indeed had an education it thought you how to be an elite, degrade the righteous so you may take advantage of the uneducated. The fact is you posted on the wrong page; the people here have the intelligence to see you for what you are. For this I thank you as it shows us your strategy and how far the elite leftists will go and only serves to strengthen our resolve.
      Thank you for your giving us reason to come together, to see how hard we will have to fight to remain free and not cattle.
      Victor Laslow. The Republic Revealed

    • Shari

      You attack the messenger when you have no argument, but that is why you are on the Left.

    • michiganruth

      I'm really glad you're taking to heart Pres. Obama's plea for civility.

  • Bob Madden

    I would suggest a look at the list of Rabbis is likely in order. As with John Kerry's infamous "Winter Soldier" their status as Rabbis might well be questionable. It would seem improbable that even the mighty George Soros could have done a lot of checking in advance.

  • minnieiam

    Glenn Beck is teaching American History as it was and not the revised anti-America, anti capitalism, politically correct version now being spoon fed to our students from K through post grad school. Those of us who are old enough to have been taught to honor, admire, and respect our founding fathers are appalled at the all inclusive gibberish and trash that is now being taught in our public schools as history. Beck is a breath of fresh air in the America hating community of elites who now control center stage. His popularity gives us a glimmer of hope that all is not yet lost.

  • Canuck

    Frankly, I don’t think anyone cares about the opinion of those 400 pretend rabbis. They were simply parrotting the party line, hoping to gain publicity and increased financial support from their sponsors, who changed their religion to a feminist / leftist pseudo-religion.

  • Yosef

    The institutions affiliated with these so called Rabbis should be stripped of any tax exempt or religious status. These rabbis and the Reconstructionist and Reform movements promote faddish secular liberalism (whatever is currently fashionable from the San Francisco wing of the Democrats) and contradict the Torah in theory and practice. They are frauds pretenting to be "religious" and scared of losing more of their flocks to authentic Jewish religious institutions such as Chabad.

  • artcohn

    Who are the 400 rabbis? In all of the articles about their ad, I have never seen a list of whom they are.

  • thomas paine

    if the moronic conspiracy theories beck broadcasts every day aren't enough for you, please visit the Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator page, and let it invent new moronic conspiracies for you as fast as you like!

    beck is a hustler and you are the marks

    • annie o'hare

      "Bect is the hustler and you are the marks", And you know this because God granted you superior knowledge and wisdom? I think not. You're just another average schmuck who'se just trying to bully other people around cause you got no real power.

      • thomas paine

        go ahead – try out the conspiracy theory generator and test just how gullible you are… apparantly very…

        and if yer bs detector ain't a-workin' at the normal level, don't blame me!

    • Nick Shaw

      This is what you've got? A humour page making up outlandish theories that Beck might believe? You really don't know who Thomas Paine is do you? You get all your information from PMSNBC, that's obvious. There are rocks available for people like you to crawl under.

  • Carman

    Glenn saved the Republic single handedly and the liberals are foaming at the mouth