That is true – many Jews are supporting various social movements, which are not only anti-Israel but anti-Jewish (in the true sense of Torah guidance) as well. Many Jews support same-sex marriage over children oriented family, supremacy of all-mighty human government over supremacy of the All Mighty, forced wealth redistribution over free-market forces, pro-Palestinian anti-Israeli “peace process” over security oriented Israel proposals, anti-religious basics of government legislative work over Bible-based fundamentals … That is mostly the result of insufficient spiritual Jewish leadership.
Indeed, the Jewish spiritual leadership does not provide the Jews with sufficient Torah-based guidance on how to create a better world for everybody here in this real world before being relocated to the Heavens, although most of the Jews are genetically (or Torah) driven to do this.
Building a better world, like building anything, requires the design of what is to be build. Various social movements are preparing their own designs and are trying to implement them through legislative authorities. Among the existing social movements, there are spiritually Jewish and spiritually anti-Jewish movements as could be seen from the analysis below.
The great majority would agree that any design of a better world for everybody should include provisions on taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves. The great majority would agree with the statement attributed among others to the Pope John Paul II and Mohandas Gandhi that proclaims, “The society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members”.
However, the great majority is split on defining what is the proper way of treating its weakest members and who is responsible for treating them.
Some in the society who are calling themselves the liberals (socialists, progressives, or even communists) believe
- the proper way of treating the weakest in the society is the so-called “social justice” and “human rights” way which is to take forcefully the wealth from the economically strongest (the rich, the wealthy) and transfer this wealth to the economically weakest (the poor, the unfortunate) with no responsibilities attached, and
- the official government authorities are responsible for treating the weakest since the government authorities have the legislative power to take forcefully the wealth of the wealthy people (who are making the wealth, the liberals believe, by indecent means).
The others in the society, who are called conservatives (capitalists, free marketers, or fundamentalists), believe in something opposite, namely that
- the proper way of treating the weakest in the society is the Torah/Bible-guided way which is to have the economically strongest in the society helping the economically weakest through the charity/mitzvah work, and
- the economically strongest individuals, who have become the economically strongest not by indecent means but rather by God-given talents, are responsible for helping the economically weakest individuals, and the help should be accompanied with the responsibilities to become economically independent and to leave the camp of the weakest.
Both the Jewish liberals and the Jewish conservatives are participating in creating the better world for everybody, promoting their own designs. The conservative design is a Torah-guided design and therefore the Jewish one. The liberal design is not a Torah-guided one and therefore is the anti-Jewish one.
The liberal design is anti-Jewish because the fundamental premise of this design is that the Jews and Gentiles are not capable or not willing to help the weakest through the mitzvah/charity as required by the Torah/Bible.
Why then the Jewish majority support the social movements that promote anti-Jewish designs of the better world?
The answer is simple. The Jews cannot build alone the better world for everybody without participation of everybody in this work – the Jews are in minority in all Western gentile countries. The Jews have to work together with the Gentile majority in the Western Gentile countries. The Gentile majority in the Western counties is not Christian anymore in the strict sense of the Bible guidance – as the Jews, they have stopped going to their mostly conservative religious institutions and have stopped consulting their mostly conservative pastors.
Thus, both the Jewish and formerly Christian majorities in Western Gentile countries are not advised any more on the design of the God’s better world. The spiritual vacuum on the design has been filled with the liberal non-Jewish (and non-Christian) designs. The Jewish majority do not have any other alternative to the design for the better world but the liberal anti-Jewish designs.
How to reverse it? There is only one way to do it – to get a new breed of rabbis (and Christian ministers as well) who would inject themselves into the social movements which create the designs for the better world and would make those designs the Torah/Bible-guided.
May be a relatively new International Rabbinic fellowship, which represents the so-called Open Orthodoxy with a leading rabbi Avi Weiss can do it since they are committed among other things, as they stated, to
- creating the “safe space” where every participant feels comfortable voicing his opinion
- bringing together Orthodox rabbis from the Golah and from Israel to put a wide range of opinions on the table in terms of Halakha, Hashkafa and public policy, and
- affirming the shared divine image (tzelem Elokim) of all people, and the responsibility to improve the world.
4 thoughts on “Why the Jews support anti-Jewish social movements?”
Why does anyone not like themselves? There are many Jews who have the need to be accepted by those communities in which they live., to be accepted is to become like. Torah speaks toward this topic, in fact the Hebrew became slaves in Egypt because they wanted to be accepted, and the Torah goes on to tell us not to be like the Egyptians from where we just left, not to be like the Canaanites to where we will be going. How many Jews are uncomfortable being around more traditional Jews and I also believe that it is due to lack of education. today the uneducated Jew, the one who quit Hebrew school after their Bar/Bar Mitzvah, how much did they know them, how much have they forgotten and don’t know now?
Alan, thank you for the comment. Here are my thoughts related to your comment.
(1) There is a good reason for us the Jews to like being accepted in Gentile communities. It goes to the very essence of our mission of the Jews as the Chosen. This mission requires working together with the Gentiles to create a God’s better world (Tikkun Olam) for everybody – for the Jews and the non-Jews. This Jewish mission should not bring the Jews closer to assimilation – this mission should bring the Gentiles closer to the Torah.
(2) The Jewish education is necessary but it has to be a sort of two-wing education. One wing is the traditional Jewish education aimed at strengthening the Jewish feeling of being a part of unique human (Jewish) nation separated from the others (Torah, Talmud, rituals, prayers, holidays, history, traditions, etc.). That is what we are teaching now in the Jewish schools. However, that is not enough for contemporary intellectual Jews, and because that is not enough, many Jews are terminating their Jewish education as early as possible. Those Jews need the other wing that is the teaching of what make us a part of the entire humanity. The other wing is about what unites us with the Gentiles since all of us are made, as the Torah proclaims, in the image and likeness of God. Without the other educational wing, we are not able to fulfill our mission as the Chosen. The absence of this wing is the failure of our Jewish education establishment.
I am not looking to be liked, I need to be true to who I am as a man and as a Jew. I do not think of Jews as being ‘chosen.’ I think of us as the ‘choosing people.’
Alan, you may replace the Chosen by the “choosing people” but the question remains the same:
* what is the reason for us the Jews to be the choosing people as opposed to other “non-choosing people”
* what we are trying to select as the “choosing people” and what are our criteria for selection
* why all of us the Jews are united by this belief of being the “choosing people”
* is there any Supreme authority above us who guides us in our personal and collective life
You cannot avoid answering the questions of this and other posts – in your unique way – if we intend to find the true answer.