Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Purpose?

Those politically inclined in the U.S. have become energized by the mid-term U.S. elections.  (Mid-term means congressional representatives and a portion of the US senate are up for election, but it’s halfway through the presidential term of office.)  As many have noted polls and voter attitudes seem to show a major turn around in the balance of power between the Democrat and Republican parties.  Whether this is driven by the major liberalist swing of the current administration and congress or merely a reaction to bad economic times made worse by moves of the administration and congress is irrelevant.

The Jewish people have survived as a people for over 3,000 years because of a common purpose.  While one might think it’s due to a common culture, Jewish culture has always been significantly influenced by the culture of the host country and therefore differed – often significantly – around the world.  That common purpose is Torah and Hashem.

Whenever Jews have strayed from that purpose (as a community), they’re gone (as a Jewish people) in 4 generations.

The Jewish people may be special in having the Torah but they react the same to cultural and sociological influences as any people.  So the lesson of the Jewish people can be applied in reverse to the countries of today.

The Western nations have spent 3 generations focused on multi-culturalism.  Every culture is of equal value and probably our culture a little bit less for not valuing the others of the past.  The first generation of this promoted a very valuable goal, that all people have equal rights regardless of national origin, gender, religion, ethnicity, etc.  [ Somehow equal responsibilities wasn’t included in the perspective, but that’s another discussion. ]  The second generation of this taught that all cultures have intrinsic value that should be appreciated and considered.   The third generation of this pushed that promoting your culture over others is racist or ethno-centric and violates the first two teachings, and that doing this in the past has caused incredible damage to other cultures for which Western cultures carry a guilt and responsibility.

A few isolated Jewish groups that were stripped of their Torah’s (literally) survived as a cohesive culture or community by being isolated – either physically or being shunned and kept isolated by the nearby non-Jewish communities and cultures.  That is the ONLY way for a group to survive as a group when stripped of it’s own primary purpose.

The majority of the current crop of politicians running the West, and the university professors, and media personalities are full products of the multi-cultural trend.

The West is being culturally invaded by aggressive cultural immigrants.  Depending on the country the source is different (Germany it’s Turkish, France it’s Algerian, England it’s Pakistani, the United States it’s various Muslim countries and separately Mexican). 

Combining the aggressive cultural invaders with the passive multi-cultural media, educators and politicians spells doom for the local culture.  And unless the local cultures become aggressive at promoting themselves – in contradiction to 3 generations of training – the mid-term U.S. elections won’t make any difference.

For the Jewish people the results speak for themselves.  We see a number of current Western politicians (for example the Prime Minister of England) and Western celebrities who mention or are proud of “Jewish ancestry” without being Jewish (by either halacha – Jewish law, family, or cultural ties).  They can feel proud of their historical association with Jewish culture, religion, and holiness without actually being bothered by being Jewish.

Hang on to Hashem and His Torah or be consigned to the dust bin of history.  While 30 years ago this would be a theoretical discussion or an inconceivable idea, we get to watch it live right now in our time with the examples of the Western nations.

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