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When I was a kid in Chicago on the west side, we used to say, “That’s for me to know and for you to find out.” It was a snotty way of saying that it is none of your business. This is the motto of a healthy society, one that will thrive and continue. “That’s for me to know and for you to find out.”
BS"D Jewish meditation is different from all other meditations in that it is essentially Jewish. And it also different from all other aspects of Judaism in that it is meditative. Can you see any of the Serious Six meditating? I think not. Why not? Because Jewish meditation causes a person to step out of line and search for G-d. Think Manischewitz Tam Tams. Is there any food more Jewish than Manischewitz Tam Tams? You can pop them as spiritual steroid pills. Jewish meditation is also spiritual steroids, but on a higher
BS”D My last word on the Ger. The anti-Ger rabbis claimed to have said their last word in the matter of Ger. Now, it is my turn. This is my final Ger article. Enough is enough I always say. They can insult me, tear my writing apart or Torah apart. They can call me an apikoros. They can do their worst (which believe me is bad) and I will not respond, bli neder.
Concerning our individual and collective struggle for or against Ger, there are four essential points that we must not forget:
1. Exile and Redemption (Galut and Geulah) are opposites.
2. We have left the 2600 year era of Galut and have entered the “new heavens and new earth” of Geulah.
3. Ger is a prime factor in Geulah.
4. Ger did not exist in Galut.
I hear some people do not know what hashkafa means or how to communicate its meaning to others. I would answer that by explaining my general hashkafa in terms of Ger. Firstly, hashkafa means outlook, outlook driven by ratzon, will.
Hooray! Ger is here to stay.
Ger is not going away. What good does it do to poison the minds of some fringe rabbis about Ger and about Katz and Clorfene and Kirk?
Right now, between the U.S. and Texas, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, Norway, England, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Romania, Poland, Russia, and India, there are an estimated 26,500 non-Jewish Ger, G-d fearing, mitzvah loving, companions of Israel, all of whom have come to the Torah and have been accepted by G-d as the fourth estate of Israel. And the number is growing every day. And it cannot be stopped. All
Going from chaos to perfection.
I posted the following article on April 23, 2017. I am posting it again because it is more relevant today than it was seven months ago. And I added a postscript that may bring peace to the bloody war between Ger and Noahism, which has erupted as a kendo match between Rav K and Rav B (may Hashem open his eyes to the truth), as David said to Doeg, (Psalms 52:3), “Why do you pride yourself with evil, O mighty warrior. Don’t you realize that the kindness of the Al-mighty is all day?” So here is the April 23 article:
BS”D “Every defender of the faith is presumed to be a liar.” – Irving J. Rabinowitz, Jewish philosopher (no concept too big, no concept to small.)
Rabbi Z attacked me online for calling him a demon. In the Talmud (Pesachim 112a), we learn that it is the nature of a demon to damage. Rabbinic demons tried to assassinate the Ramchal. He had to shave his beard and flee to Holland where he hid out as a diamond cutter. Rabbi Z is a rabbinic demon. There are others.
I mentioned in the last blogpost that my childhood home had no Judaism in it. Nevertheless, my parents were meticulously honest, refined and disciplined people. My father, Yisrael Ber, alav hashalom, was a prosecuting attorney for Cook County, Illinois (he once prosecuted Al Capone and lost). Later, he was a municipal court judge in Chicago. My father was a marvel of discipline. He once confided to me that in the whole of his marriage to my mother, he never went to the refrigerator to see what’s inside, not once.
Shalom and blessings. I would like to mention a few things as we start moving in on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. And I must preface them by admitting that I was raised in a completely non-religious, secular Jewish home. However, both sets of grandparents were observant, and my maternal grandfather, Ze’ev Yehoshua, ben Moshe Brin, alav hashalom, was a schochet and a mohel and a baal tefillah (cantor).