19 June 2017

No Room For Halachah in the World of the One New Man

25 Sivan 5777

The following quote demonstrates the prevailing attitude amongst many self-described "religious" Jews today...
"To be completely honest, I do not think that Halacha is something that must be followed in every instance. There are plenty of areas including LGBT rights, the Agunah problem, and many other moral imperatives that I believe override any Halachic consideration. However, one of the interesting things about not having Halacha be the only ethical system that I follow, is that I feel that I can have a much more objective view than someone who is completely committed and engulfed by it."
They have elevated their own thoughts and feelings above the revealed will of the Creator. They refuse to submit their personal opinions and sensitivities to the constraints of the Covenant and thereby make themselves into rebels who spread apikorsus and kefirah.

This outright rebellion against the Sovereign of the Universe has gone viral. It has spread worldwide like a virus and its aim is to infect every person on the planet. Every tool - mass media, social media, public education, etc. - is being brought to bear in the war to unite all mankind under the banner of a New World Religion which is based on liberalism. In this world of the One New Man, there is no room for Halachah which causes division.

Just look at a sampling of yesterday's headlines...
Jared and Ivanka do their own thing as observant Jews. And that’s normal. (Times of Israel)
So apparently Jared and Ivanka play golf on Shabbat. Cue the handwringing.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that the president’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law like to hit the links on the holy day, and stay within the bounds of the Sabbath rules by walking the course (instead of driving a cart) and tipping the caddie the next day (instead of handling money). Of course, the newspaper also noted that even according to the “less strict” Conservative movement, merely playing the game is a violation of Shabbat.
Articles of this type — I’ve written a couple — are premised on the idea that if Javanka are Orthodox Jews, they should be observing Jewish law, called halachah, strictly by the book. Anything less is hypocrisy or blasphemy.
On the surface, that assumption seems to make sense. But it’s wrong.
That’s because Jared and Ivanka have never claimed to strictly observe halachah. And among Jews who identify with Orthodoxy and belong to Orthodox synagogues, they are far from alone.
The real abomination is the vitriol directed at Rabbi Dweck (Times of Israel blog)
It’s really disheartening to hear of all the negative energy sent in Rabbi Dweck’s direction. As a man of deep integrity and wisdom, it is clear from all of his teachings that he understands the fragility of the human condition and is keen to find ways for people to embrace the love of Torah.
Having spoken to him directly on issues concerning LGBT+ members of the Jewish community here in London, it is abundantly clear to me that Rabbi Dweck is perplexed by the disproportionate actions taken by members of the community to denigrate its LGBT+ members, purportedly in the name of Halachah.
Time To Rethink Our Resistance To Intermarriage (The New York Jewish Week)
...While the Reform movement has the most welcoming posture towards families with non-Jewish partners, the Conservative and Modern Orthodox worlds would be well served if they adopted a similar approach. Gone are the days when dogma and devotion rule; today every Jew is a Jew by choice. If our traditional communities do not learn how to adapt to modernity and cater religiously to different people’s needs, Judaism risks nearing its extinction date.
... In order for the Jewish people to be a light unto the nations, it’s time we revisit our tribalistic approach toward intermarriage and our highly divisive conversion practices. Instead, welcome “the other” into the Jewish family.
It's all about erasing the lines of division and creating One New Man out of the Jew, the Muslim and the Christian.
Multifaith Iftar meals bring settlers, Palestinians together (Ynet News)
Approximately half the attendees are Israeli residents of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc communities of Efrat, Alon Shvut, Kfar Etzion, Bat Ayin, Tekoa and others, who have come to celebrate the end of the fast, talk about co-existence and build relationships.
The evening, hosted by the Shorashim/Judur organization, a local NGO that calls itself a “grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians,” is second of four break-fasts the organization will be hosting in June and just one of dozens of interfaith programs throughout the month.
Jews and Christians are guests as taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin (Times of Israel)
Top religious leaders urge followers to ‘make friends’ across faiths (Times of Israel)
...In a three-minute video made in partnership with Twitter, the petitioners — including Pope Francis, Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Dalai Lama and Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawki Allam — disseminated their message in 16 different languages.
Only Israel was bidden by her Creator to remain a separate people entrusted with a unique mission. This Truth is under attack like never before in the history of the world.


  1. All those links are for leftest or far left papers or websites. What do they know or care about Halachah? It is getting to the point where you can not look at the Internet or read a paper. But of course the Gedolim have already advised us not to go on the Internet or read leftest papers. The question to ask is: Who are you going to follow, the Gedolim or the leftest?

    1. It's not that they don't care about it. They are actively working to eradicate it. And there are plenty of kippa-wearing leftists out there. These articles were penned by people presenting themselves as "Orthodox" Jews - not bare-headed seculars.

      The Times of Israel is a platform for "Orthodox rabbis" of a particular persuasion to reach the masses of "Traditional" Jews.

      Since the ramming-attack on Muslims in London this morning, the European Jewish Congress has reportedly issued this statement: "An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions and all people and faiths must stand together against terror."

  2. What about Jews who are not considered "left wing" and who are dati like Rabbi Yehuda Glick or Yishai Fliesher or Rabbi Melamed?

    1. I don't understand the question.

  3. The essence of the "make friends" video: Hey come together, forget G-d, be part of the new tower of bavel!

    1. Migdal Bavel generation is back in our time, between us.
      So is Korach and company. All at the end time. Just for one purpose.

  4. Hashem is clouding the airways to Shamayim. People have to take responsibility for their own behavior and beliefs. The Torah as it was handed down to us is the source of all life. We must cling to it.
    [PS I don’t believe what is written about Jared and Ivanka; it may have happened once but as a ritual I do not believe it]

  5. Please go to learntorah.com and listen to Rabbi Yadid's lecture on London regarding R. Dwecks speech and than you can form your own opinion. You will see that Rabbi Dweck broke many and I mean many Halachic and Torah laws.

    1. Nobody here supports him. That was precisely the point. You've now got "Orthodox" Jews advocating for cirumventing halachah if not overhauling it entirely to fit the times.

  6. Also Rabbi Eli Mansour spoke out against Rabbi Dweck. I know that you respect Rabbi Mansour.

    1. Did I somehow give the impression that I support Rabbi Dweck? If so, we missed the whole point of this blog post.

  7. We must understand that all this garbage is coming out now because there is a push for this one world avodah zorah. These are the ones who want to participate in it. Of course, the leaders of these groups are Erev Rav; no doubt about that. There have always been observant (in the past, most were) and unobservant Jews. We understand that, but now we have this new insanity, where that's not good enough because it won't help their agenda, so they must rewrite a Torah to their liking. That chutzpah is forever unforgivable! Even the original Reform movement had some kind of twisted reasoning for their ideaology because they, at least, called themselves 'reformed' and admitted they were veering away from Torah. But this is an unprecedented abomination as they have the audacity to mak


  8. To Anon @ 8:26 & 8:29 - Of course, this Dweck is no rabbi. He is an outright apikorus and B'H, that he is being admonished and rebuked. He should be put in cherem, because of what he is promoting is beyond evil. nili

  9. Wanna hear the latest? Trummp now has a notorious "Messianic Jew" on his team...

    The New Face of Trump’s Legal Team Is the Christian Right’s Pit Bull

    ...Sekulow formerly served as the general counsel for the organization Jews for Jesus. ...In a 2005 essay entitled, “How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Jesus,” Sekulow recounted seeking his father’s permission to attend a Baptist college in Atlanta. “Baptist-shamptist,” the elder Sekulow responded by way of giving his blessing. Raised as a Reform Jew, Sekulow describes himself as still loyal to his family’s faith when he arrived at Atlanta Baptist College (now Mercer University). But intensive Bible study changed his mind. “As I read, my suspicion that Jesus might really be the Messiah was confirmed,” he wrote.

    1. He was listed in 2005 as one of The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.

      But, that doens't mean Israeli Jews are safe from his influence...

      Tommy Waller [oh, yes, the very one] , David and Leah Ortiz, Jay Sekulow, and Calev Myers in one post from 2008.

      Below, Tommy Waller passes on updates from Leah Ortiz (wife of messianic missionary David Ortiz) about the Ami Ortiz bombing, in which Leah records that Jay Sekulow was in Israel helping them, meeting with Calev Myers. She records a threat from Jay Sekulow to Avi Dichter.

      "We have had some major turn arounds and blessings this week as well. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice has been in Israel with his brother, Scott. (Rabbi Scott). Jay met with David, Caleb Myers and our criminal lawyer Yossi Graiver, and by the grace of almighty God they are planning strategy. Jay met with Avi Dichter, the minister of Internal Security, and told him that this unsolved crime is causing Washington to take notice. He said there are many Senators and Congressmen who are outraged that this has taken place, and are closely watching for justice to be done.

      Dichter said that our file is on his desk, and he is involving himself to see that it is solved. Our lawyer said that this case is not going to be easy to be solved, and might turn out to be quite complicated, but progress has to be made. We were very grateful for Jay Sekulow standing up for us and using his considerable influence and connections for the case. Rabbi Scott Sekulow and his wife Judy came to the hospital to meet Ami and he was a real blessing. He ministered powerfully to Ami as he had a near fatal car accident when he was 16, with many similar injuries, and he was able to testify of the healing power of the Lord, and that Ami will return to normal life."

      How dare those who have tortured Jonathan Pollard for over 30 years speak to us about "justice"! Furthermore, the Ortizes are criminals according to Jewish law and should have been deported years before this happened.

  10. Then Trump should be advised in getting better lawyers because this guy fell for falsehood, shows how smart he really is. Ha?