Kanefsky: Flower Child

Karen writes:

Liberals like Rabbi Kanefsky do harm by providing fodder for our enemies, thus betraying the cause of Klal Yisroel. But, at their core, they are not Hamas, they are Woodstock children who never grew up. They should not be in positions of leadership or power, for they are just foundlings. They use “magical thinking”—if they wish things to be so, if it seems to be the good thing to be self destructive and weak, and it feels good, than by, G-d, let’s do it!

Who cares what the consequences are. It doesn’t matter what the facts on the ground are, what realpolitik demands, what history has proven. What really counts is what makes us feel self-righteous and good. The one word that describes Rabbi Kanefsky is: immature.

The naivete that leads a flower child to instruct her offspring to lie on the ground and tell the bully who has terrorized him, “Hey, come on, I should be honest with you, I’ve taken some self defense courses and I might beat you this time. I thought it only fair to warn you.”

Grow up Rabbi Kanefsky.

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  1. Posted October 30, 2007 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Rachel, Your analysis is most eloquent. As other responders have noted, if we don’t learn from experience we are fools. The definition of a crazy person is someone who keeps doing the same thing over and over again despite the dire results. Wishing for “Peace” when the creed of Islam dictates the destruction of Israel is a denial of reality – like a two year old who covers his eyes and thinks he disappears.

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  2. Rachel
    Posted October 30, 2007 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Rabbi Kanfesky says that there will be peace after there is truth. It just may not be the truth he is wishing for. The 800 pound gorilla in the room is still going to kill us even though we acknowlege him and validate his need to thrive. We all know that the situation in Jerusalem is infinately difficult. But why, with the Arab’s lovely track record of trashing the community it resides in, should we give anything more? We “gave” them Gaza, which our Jewish brethren had toiled over and made beautiful, and now look at it. They trashed it.
    I wish the solution would be that it was as easy as singing kumbayah to cancel out evil. However, dysfunction never stops until there is honesty & real accountabilty and/or separation from the dysfunction (which does NOT include separating Jerusalem, but does include not tolerating evil behavior). And it’s time for Tough Love.

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  3. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted October 30, 2007 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    David, Daniel, Jake:
    Karen is away now, but she asked me to thank you all for your generous and articulate comments.

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  4. Posted October 30, 2007 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    I think people like Rabbi Kanefsky are also having trouble understanding that protecting yourself in a tough neighborhood does not make you a racist. I don’t think there’s any genetic or biological reason for the homicidal insanity of the Palestinian people; take them away from their horrific leaders for a few years and you probably don’t have a problem, but that doesn’t mean Israelis shouldn’t lock their doors,(build the fence), arm themselves, (bolster the IDF), and be a good neighbor to the rest of the more civilized world, (warn the U.S. of terror cells).
    We want to believe that our enemies are really not intractable and if we give a little, so will they. I certainly used to believe that. But the last 15 years have seen Israel giving up more than ever before and it is worse off for it, mostly because it wanted to believe that the Palestinians were at least somewhat interested in building a peaceful nation. I’m sure quite a few individual Palestinians do, but not enough to make a difference and certainly none of them are in the leadership.
    So for right now, it is absolutely correct to characterize people like Rabbi Kanefsky as immature… just like the irresponsible, but lovable kid who forgets to lock his parents front door, or leaves his locker open at school.

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  5. Daniel Wohlgelernter
    Posted October 29, 2007 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Dear Rabbi Kanefsky:
    please include this message in your weekly shul bulletin: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. —George Santayana

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  6. XP
    Posted October 29, 2007 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Rabbi Kanefsky does not seem to understand the nature of the enemy Israel is facing. A call for “honesty” is simply appeasement by another name. Neville Chamberlain tried this in 1938 and we all know how that turned out!

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  7. Posted October 29, 2007 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    There’s an old science fiction book about a multi-generational starship in which people have forgotten that they came from earth and that they are on a journey…to them, the starship is the universe. A couple of the characters finally figure out what’s going on, and realize that the ship is nearing its destination and will crash if action isn’t taken. They encounter great difficulty in getting people to take interest…to most of the inhabitants, the world in which they live seems eternal and they just can’t believe that anything really lies outside it, still less anything that could threaten it.
    I think much the same is occurring in American society today: the “magical thinking” is that the safety and security of the recent past and of the affluent American environment can be extrapolated.
    In the book, the people who are least interested in taking action are those who live in the Place of the Revelers. These people were apparently (generations ago) actors and entertainers, but now they only watch old videos and go to empathy sessions
    “The end of the world,” said Rolf. “And the Revelers don’t even play games. They do worse. They watch old pictures of people playing games, they sit in their overstuffed chairs and experience empathy.”
    (“The Star Seekers,” by Milton Lesser)

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  8. Posted October 29, 2007 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Well said, Lance. You call them “rose colored glasses,” I call it “magical thinking.” It’s the same thing, wishing a reality that isn’t there. The anthem is, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Let It Be.” It all amounts to following the mandates of the Id.

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  9. Lance
    Posted October 29, 2007 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Karen, well said.
    Liberals today seem to be in a state of denial.
    Take “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann as an example.
    Tonight, he had David Horowitz as one of of his “worst people” in the world for his promotion of Islamo-fascist week.
    It was clear to anyone watching this show…and according to ratings, not may are, that the problem isnt the terrorists…its that we call them names.
    Its sort of like blaming the murder victim for getting killed.
    For me…it’s not that people like Rabbi Kanefsky have to grow up….
    I think they have to take off the rose colored glasses and begin to see the world as it is.
    We are in a fight between good and evil…and we need to choose.
    It should be an easy choice.

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