“Take it from this Benjamin, it’s not about the Benjamins… It’s about values…”
Haley is smart, tenacious, articulate, Conservative, a tireless defender of Israel who stands up to the Jew-Haters in the U.N.
She would be a spectacular POTUS.
Whenever I discuss Judaism, I frequently define the corpus of Jewish ritual, law and thought as a behaviorist religion.
Normative Orthodox Judaism does not involve itself in theological or philosophical discussions. When we learn Torah (the Written Law) and Talmud (the Oral Law), G-d is a given. The 613 mitzvot — prescriptive commandments and prohibitions — are another given. The Talmud struggles with how human beings — as individuals and as members of families, communities, and humanity — can best serve HaShem through our daily actions.
My wife Karen and I were born and bred in Brooklyn. Which is to say that we were New York Jews whose parents were lever-pulling Democrats.
We were told that Democrats cared about the poor and Republicans only cared about rich people.
That’s what passed for political analysis in our crowd.
As Karen and I grew older and wiser, we realized that the party of Daniel Moynihan and John F. Kennedy was extinct. The left had colonized a once decent party and turned it into a blunt weapon of a vast regulatory state that cared little about liberty, but greatly valued a Marxist-tinged vision of utopia.
In addition, Jew-hatred, under the guise of anti-Zionism, has been mainstreamed by the American left, which is the postmodern Democrat party.
For years, this blog has steadfastly maintained that the unrelenting criticism of Israel is the new Jew-hatred. This hatred comes from the international left, which in America now includes huge swaths of the Democrat Party.