Source: Norwegian Lawmaker: Give BDS the Nobel Peace Prize – Tablet Magazine
Bjornar Moxnes may not be an anti-Semite, but there should be an equally blistering pejorative for those who provide cover and legitimacy to the anti-Semites.
BDS, whatever the positive intentions of the duped innocents that make up its peripheral membership, is aught more than a front for forces who wish to see the Jewish state, and the Jews who make it up, pushed “into the sea.”
(And let us make no mistake: “into the sea” is not meant to suggest pushing us onto boats, ships, or paddle-boards. It is a euphemism for drowning us in the waters of the Mediterranean and dancing on our washed-up bodies.)
It does not surprise me that the frozen wastes of Northern Europe continue to spawn anti-Semites seventy years after the collapse of Nazi Germany, nor does it surprise me that a few of these ice-encrusted neanderthals find their way into government.
What does surprise me is that the otherwise intelligent people of Norway would fail to see through the blatant agitprop that BDS continues to spew, and would fail to inform themselves of the true intentions of Israel’s opponents.
Overall, the intermarriage rate is at 58 percent, up from 43 percent in 1990 and 17 percent in 1970. Among non-Orthodox Jews, the intermarriage rate is 71 percent.
Source: Pew survey of U.S. Jews: soaring intermarriage, assimilation rates | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The facts, ugly as they are.
If you care about Judaism in the least, don’t intermarry.
The critical question that concerns us all: is Halacha fixed, evolving, or irrelevant?
Some will answer “Halacha is fixed.”
Others will answer “Halacha is evolving.”
Some will even answer “Halacha is irrelevant.”
And there are many Jews still who will answer “What is ‘Halacha?’ ”
Your answer will determine where you sit come Rosh Hashanah, methinks.
“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
— Woody Allen
Allow me to offer a modified counterpoint to Mr. Konigsberg’s pithy quote.
The Jew’s job is not to succumb to Woody Allen’s despairing vision of an empty existence, but to create meaning in our lives and by example light the way for others.
Given the choice of a full day fast and eight days without chametz, I would take the latter.
Some fasts are easier than others, but as far as I know, no fast is easy.
“He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every thing that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” Deuteronomy 8:3
Have a restful post-Pesach Shabbos!
A warning for my fellow tribesmen traveling from or in Asia during Pesach:
Asian airline caterers haven’t figured out Passover yet. That makes for some very hungry Chol Hamoed flights.
Trust me, I know.