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    • Jeff in Singapore
    • 27.07.10 | 10:44 (IDT)

    The Torah and authentic traditions teach peace and justice; they explain why Jews were historically actors for beneficial social change. The Talmud, on the other hand, sounds like a bunch of bitter, paranoid old men arguing among themselves and trying their considerable best to stir up fear, hatred and trouble. Tellingly, Western gentiles hear much more praise for "Talmudic scholars" than for "students of Torah." If Zionism — and Israel — are to survive, they must decisively and visibly cast out the hatred, hubris and exceptionalism that have defined them for at least the last 70 years. Given what I have read of Israeli public opinion, I would not hold my breath waiting for that to happen. On a related note: the article mentioned that the rabbi's yeshiva "supports replacing the government with a religious monarchy." What of democracy, and who would be this new "religious" monarch?

    from the article: Top settler rabbi arrested for allegedly inciting to kill non-Jews
    First published 09:04 26.07.10 | Last updated 09:04 26.07.10
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