‘New Jews’: Neither Help Their People, Nor Fix the World…

       



   


Breach in the Dam, By Ariel Beery (Jerusalem Post)

Excerpts;

Sociologist Steven M. Cohen has observed, there has been a marked drop in the obligation young Jews feel to put their fellow Jews first: Only one-quarter of Jews aged 35 to 44 strongly believe they “have a special responsibility to take care of Jews in need around the world.”

This trend was taken to an extreme at the recent Wexner Foundation seminar for its graduate student cohort, a group hand-picked by the established Jewish community to cultivate its future leaders. The Wexner fellows ranked causes related to the Jewish community or Israel significantly lower than more general causes such as the American Jewish World Service’s efforts in Africa.

The good news is, then, that Jewish education works. A generation of young Jews around the world have internalized the message that “being Jewish” means fixing the world in its totality, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

The bad news for the Jewish state and people is that this generation of American Jews have taken from their education that acting Jewish means doing justice without regard to nationality or peoplehood.

While it feels good to support all peoples and all victims, the nature of the world in which we live in – where Hizbullah amassed thousands of rockets and attacked Israel; where Iran edges towards nuclear weapons; and where over a third of Israel’s Jews, and, surprisingly, 20 percent of New York Jews live under or close to the poverty line – makes an ethics of universalism simply irresponsible at the moment.

It is at times like these that we who care about our families need remember the inherent obligation of peoplehood: Justice means providing full support to those whom you live with, those who would die for you, and the people whom you came from, no matter what the world thinks.

THE NEW JEWS seem to have forgotten this obligation. Shaped by the Diaspora, educated into multiculturalism and a universalistic morality, these young Jews equate their Jewish identity with global social justice. Even at a time of war they organize a benefit concert for all the war’s victims, even if it means necessarily reducing the amount of aid provided to those who sacrificed for our welfare.

But what looks like a trickle today is really a breach in the dam of peoplehood – which will do no good for the Jews, or the cause of fixing of the entire world, when these Jews become the leaders and donors of the Jewish community as a whole.

It is time for the Jewish community to realize that the next generation will be what we teach it, and that the emphasis on universalistic social justice, while appealing, is no more than junk-food Jewish education: It feels good, the kids love it, and it won’t hurt on occasion – but without the particularism of peoplehood the Jewish community will soon find itself undernourished and unable to survive.

Ariel Beery is the editor and publisher of PresenTense Magazine(www.presentensemagazine.org) and co-editor of BlogsofZion.com.

Commentary;

The ‘New Jew’ is not only a phenomenon of this generation. For context, click here.

One of the Jerusalem Post Talkbacks on this story is worth noting:

Universalising Judaism will not achieve the conscious/unconscious agenda of New Jews which is to provide a cover to the particularness of their reality – that they are discrete, individual, indentifiable, embodied and most disturbingly, targetable Jews. Their attempt to emphasize the universal dimension of Judaism is nothing more than a pathetic, ineffective, seemingly sophisticated defence tactic – a ploy to avoid attack against all Jews at best, but themselves individually in particular. Sartre would define these Jews as “inauthentic,” as he brilliantly exposed their mindset and agenda in “Anti-Semite and Jew.” Unfortunately, Judaism is not about promoting a set of universal religious ideas (see, i.e. Catholicism), but about a specific, particularly defined nation fulfilling a divine mission, in their homeland, preferably, – to follow the Torah and say no to any other identity. Non-Jews don’t buy Jewish attempts at escapism either – see Nazism, WWII.

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  1. [...] For context concerning the “New Jews”, click here. [...]


  2. [...] For most contemporary Israelis, the horrendous Israeli secular education system has inculcated generations of Israelis with a disconnection from anything Jewish such that the current generation does not know why it is here, sees nothing Kadosh, Holy about the Land of Israel or any part thereof and thus can’t be bothered with anything not directly connected with their getting through the next day, week or month. The Israeli secular system seemingly has succeeded in creating the New Jew, the breeding ground for Emmanuel Feldman’s quote from the Book of Isaiah in a recent article in Jerusalem Post; “Your leaders have become plunderers, associates of thieves, lovers of bribery, pursuers of payoffs.” (1:23). [...]


  3. [...] But what of the leftist, elitist, politically correct and pundit’s perception of Dayenu? Is their distorted vision of redemption linked to a perception of secular “New Jew” utopia — a small cantoon devoid of any Torah or connection to Hashem consisting of Haifa, Jaffa and Ramat Aviv Bet?? How do they reconcile with the fact that their distorted dream is for naught? How do they reconcile with Jewish history? How do they relate to the reality that a “peace process” has always been non-existent? How do they relate to the fact that if, due to their support and complicity, the Arabs have their way with a weak, hate-blinded regime, that reality might well be ‘Your money and your life.’ [...]


  4. [...] Many among our Jewish brethren have let their guard down, have eased off into complacency; Dayenu and many of our brethren deny Hashem’s control of the world and seek to tailor Torah and their Jewishness to fit the ways of the nations; to assimilate, to melt rather than accepting Hashem’s reishut (command) over the world. Many others of our Jewish brethren, the so-called “new Jews”, the Zionists who first created the macho image of the Jew fighting back when bullied, oppressed or brutalized by Arabs or other anti-Semites, but in truth make no bones of their disdain for Yiddishkeit, for their Jewishness and thus evolved into acceptance of the distorted, hypocritical sense of Western morality: taking care for the lives of your enemy while that enemy draws your blood endlessly. They revile the dress and the ways of both their Eastern European predecessors and their brothers who maintain aspects of the Eastern European derech today in Eretz Yisrael, yet they themselves act despicably, based on their sinat chinom for the religious, and anything religious. In their mindless hate of the religious, the “new Jew”, the liberalized Jew who is kind to the cruel (for it’s not their fault that they are poor, live in the refugee camps of Gaza, Judea and Samaria) discredits his own right to live in Eretz Yisrael in the very eyes of the enemy he is kind to by the Chillul Hashem performed before the altar of foreign powers. [...]


  5. [...] Many of our Jewish brethren, the so-called “new Jews” make no bones of their disdain for Yiddishkeit, for their Jewishness. They revile the dress and the ways of both their Eastern European predecessors and their brothers who maintain aspects of the derech today in Eretz Yisrael. They revile anything and everything Jewish and so, the evolvement of whatever they do may well be unrecognizeable. They themselves act dispicably, on a larger level by discrediting their own right to live in Eretz Yisrael, feigning “bleeding hearts” for “poor, downtrodden palestinians” by Chillul Hashem performed at the altar of their own agendized self-interest, self-enrichment; the altar of the avodah zora of perceived self-enrichment and self-glorification or at the altar of foreign powers. [...]


  6. [...] For most contemporary Israelis, the horrendous Israeli secular education system has inculcated generations of Israelis with a disconnection from anything Jewish such that the current generation does not know why it is here, sees nothing Kadosh, Holy about the Land of Israel or any part thereof and thus can’t be bothered with anything not directly connected with their getting through the next day, week or month. The Israeli secular system seemingly has succeeded in creating the New Jew, the breeding ground for what Emmanuel Feldman quoted from the Book of Isaiah in an article in Jerusalem Post nearly a year ago; “Your leaders have become plunderers, associates of thieves, lovers of bribery, pursuers of payoffs.” (Isaiah 1:23). [...]


  7. [...] This brings us to discussion of today’s events; our contemprary lives set against the large shadows of the horrendous events of the very recent past — the expulsions of fellow Jews from Gush Katif, terrible police brutality by the police of Medinat Yisrael against religous Jews in Amona and the now public knowledge of what the Olmert, Livni, Barak, Ramon regime have in mind, i.e. “bargaining” away Yerushalayim, convergence — however they dress it up and package it; the evil, hard-hearted plans and designs to harm, persecute, break and destroy 80,000 more of our Jewish brethren in the coming months and years; ostensibly for a nebulous definition of “peace.” In reality, their despicable scheme is an end-line of persecution of religious jews and the de-judiazation of Medinat Yisrael as reduced to a coastal ghetto of new Jews. [...]


  8. [...] However, Israel’s successive secular, anti-Torah regimes of too tired, “New Jews” can’t make a cogent argument for it’s own existence in any language and therefore percieves that it must accept the morality thrust upon it by the nations which says in essence that, between the lines, Jewish lives are cheap and expendable. MB [...]


  9. [...] Among our Jewish brethren are the so-called “new Jews”, the Zionists who first created the macho image of the Jew fighting back when bullied, oppressed or brutalized by Arabs or other anti-Semites. However, in truth, they make no bones of their disdain for Yiddishkeit, for their Jewishness and thus have evolved into acceptance of the distorted, hypocritical sense of selective Western “morality”: taking care for the lives of your enemy while that very enemy draws your blood endlessly. [...]

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