I was born of two Jewish people in the Depression. An only child.
Suppose if my mother could not have had children, Mom and Dad would have adopted.
That would be a problem. I would have needed a b’rith and conversion papers. Both my parents would have been “kosher” but they could never certify to Shabbat unequivocal compliance. Hence, I could not have been converted orthodox or Chabad. In the absence of conservative and reform movements I could not have had a Bet Din or could not have gone through the rituals to be considered Jewish.
It’s almost highly unlikely in those circumstances that would I have gone through the procedures later in life, so I would not have married Jewish, would not have Jewish grandchildren…etc.
I would not have spent my whole adult working life educating court clerks and court officers as to the merits of political conservatism…
I would also talk about:
Jewish Torah history back to creation
The case for Israel
I explained why the Torah is the foundation of Western Civilization by God’s Infinite sovereignty to man
That government is to serve the people.
To my Catholic co-workers, I would say:
That America is based on The Old Testament and Judaic concepts within the Commandments,
Right and wrong,
Freedom from a limited government and economic freedom
And, the concern and caring for one’s fellow man is straight from the Jewish prophets
– NOT from the state dictatorship ideology of various forms of collectivism from Pol Pot to Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and the rest of the wannabes like Chavez to Kirchner to Allende and the Sandinistas!
To all those who under cloak of liberation theology blasphemed the meaning of the Christian God.
Of course, one can never forget those wannabes: The American Democratic Party.
Obama is moving heaven and earth and digging down deep to transform this once great country.
And a quick little catechism on Maimonides 13 Attributes of God… God is Infinite, therefore cannot be a “being” and that’s not Bill Clinton who depends on what the meaning of “is,” is.
Being has to be finite.
God is infinite.
And, in that vein, Rabbis of all persuasions must learn to think outside the box which their organizations mostly fail to do.
CONCEPTS OF MESSIAH AND THE THIRD TEMPLE CANNOT MERELY TAKE WHAT THEY WERE AND SAY IT WILL BE THE SAME TODAY.
Today discussions of the symbolic metaphysical meanings- re: purity and spirituality of various forms and types of animal sacrifice will simply get you thrown out of court – case to be dismissed with prejudice.
And, to couch tomorrow in those terms: If ever there is a tomorrow, it does nothing for survival for what may happen.
We’ll never know.
No wonder throughout history, the rule has been that Jews going away are never to come back. No wonder on a scale of how many Jews there are in the world. one would be amazed at such a low percentage relative to populations.
If that irrelevant denouement of history is what the Torah proves to be, then all of history has been a joke upon all of us and sadly countless millions have died for Shema, the Lord our God the Lord is One, and only for a thesis of the Third Temple that could call for the final elevation of man in the end of days for the surviving small number who have really reached the elevated stature of holiness to be Abraham and Moses in God’s eyes (figuratively of course), but just keep thinking in the box not out of it, and you’re wasting your time.
It would be nice if I could be the iconoclast, without portfolio, lecturing at Yeshiva University – That would surely get the troops to think outside the box if they’re interested in Judaism or surviving this century with an Islamic world that’s soon to be nuclear armed in a world.
Obama’s America has terminated its role as the world’s superpower – now we’re just another second rate socialist member of the EU
– there’s no room for a Jewish state in that kind of world so we BETTER TAKE FULL COGNIZANCE OF IF OUR RELIGION WILL HAVE MEANING FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW,
Or, even exist tomorrow.
LET THIS YEAR’S SEDERS BE ONES WHERE FINALLY WE THINK ABOUT SOMETHING!
LET”S NOT JUST MUMBLE THE WORDS AND HAVE A GOOD DINNER!
Contributor – Bunny Rabbit