These words are being written shortly
Purim, the festival that celebrates G-d's "hiddenness" and His activity
"behind the scenes," concealed within nature and history.
For this reason it is customary to wear masks and disguises on that day.
One must admit that G-d disguises Himself very well--so well, in fact,
that many people have come to believe that He doesn't exist (chas vechalilah!
) and that nature
is a self-existent, closed system of random causes and effects.
However, occasionally one encounters the phenomenon of a "mask" that is
so transparent that it shouldn't succeed at concealing its
wearer. For example, many have
pointed out that Superman's "Clark Kent" disguise, consisting basically
of a pair of glasses, would not fool anyone in real life. I
myself as a young lad never noticed this (indeed, I barely considered
Superman and Clark Kent to be the same person); however, I have
become aware of another similarly thin disguise. As with the
Superman example, it should fool no one. Yet for some
inexplicable reason, it seems to have fooled everyone in the world
except for yours truly!
Has anyone else ever wondered whatever became of that dangerous,
fanatical collective of rustic shepherds, farmers, sheep sacrificers,
and Canaanite killers known as Israel? You know, the people who
set the standard for religious fanaticism, bigotry against "the other,"
and other similar characteristics so distasteful to today's liberal
elites? I have never wondered this, because I can see them.
But I must confess my astonishment that no one else seems to be able
to. Because . . . well, basically, they're not even wearing a
disguise at all. Yet every liberal secularist who searches for
the contemporary manifestation of the fanatical, "genocidal" Israelite
strikes out blindly in all the wrong directions while the Real Deal
him. And I'm telling you, Superman's "Clark Kent" disguise was a
plastic surgery job compared to that the Israelites are wearing.
The Israelites are cleverly disguised as . . . Israelites!
Hard to believe, no? Yes?
Then let me explain.
The "old testament G-d" (ie, HaShem) has few fans in these
"enlightened" times. People read of the Jealous G-d of Israel and
turn away in distaste, far preferring the "new testament 'gxd'" of
forgiveness, meekness, and peace. Fair enough. I can
understand that. But what I don't understand is the inability of
these people to correctly identify the "old testament" Congregation in
the modern world. For when
liberals strike out in their wrath at this "brutal" G-d they can't seem
to track Him down. In fury they lash out at any number of likely
Southern Baptists, the "snake-handlers," the rigid New England
Puritans, the fanatical medieval Catholics, the hopelessly rustic and
outmoded Amish, the "identity" lunatics hiding in the Idaho woods--at everyone
except for the lineal
descendants of those "primitive fanatics."
Is this not amazing? Is this not the Eighth Wonder of the World?
For when they look at The Israelite they do not see Yehoshu`a Bin Nun (`alayv hashalom
). They see
Poor little Tevye! He wouldn't hurt a fly. He
"deedle-didle-diddles" his way through life as the village
"freethinker," facing the uncouth mob of religious fanatics who
surround him and winning the victory by doing absolutely nothing to
compromise his utter harmlessness. Let the Ukrainians, or the
Ku-Klux Klan, or the Pope, or some religious cult in Texas follow that
"horrible" (chas vechalilah!
"old testament G-d." Tevye is nothing like that! He is a
harmless little scholar who loves and forgives everyone. The
chr*stian boors jump on him like Joshua on Jericho, and he turns the
other cheek. And while he doesn't realize it, his brave defiance
of convention is "paving the way" for "enlightenment," atheism, "gay
rights," and the
entire modern world in which "anti-fascists" war against Genesis and
Ten Commandments and advocate the starvation of "useless eaters."
But Tevye is not Israel's only disguise. A physically very
different (but thematically very similar) costume in which he hides in
plain sight is that of the famous "canary in the mine shaft."
You've all heard the story. The reactionary "old testament G-d"
and "His chr*stian hordes" threaten democracy and the entire world
order that came out of "18th century" rationalism. And naturally
these birds of a feather with Joshua, `Otni'el, Deborah, Samson,
Yiftach, Gideon, and similar neanderthals immediately zero in on the
Jews--those living, breathing refutations of "old testament
savagery." Hence the "canary in the mineshaft" persona, for if
these reprehensible reincarnations of the '30's are not stopped they
will soon move on to "forcing their views" on atheists, homosexuals,
cannibals, pederasts, bestialists, witches, and other similar
beneficiaries of selective non-judgementalism. Is it not
fortunate for democracy that these people seem to have sprung out of
nowhere precisely as society's "fire alarm" for the renascent "old
testament G-d" and His followers?
Behold how thin is the disguise that Israel wears in our day and
time! A white bearded rabbi prays before the 'aron
(ark) in the synagogue which
contains scrolls on which are written the "old testament" itself in its
original form. In appearance the rabbi seems no different from
Moses himself, yet the enemies of the "old testament G-d" cannot see
this. They see only a brave religious dissident bravely standing
between them and the "old testament G-d" in the person of the Southern
Baptist Convention. Above the ark are carved in beautiful Hebrew
calligraphy the first letters of each of `Aseret HaDibberot
Commandments), yet liberals see this only as a protective dam holding
back the baleful tide of chr*stian "old testament theocracy" that
raises its head everywhere a monument to those same Ten Commandments
stands on public ground.
Now don't get me wrong. I don't really mind the liberals' being
that stupid. In fact, one of my favorite fantasies is some puling
liberal opponent of the "primitive old testament G-d" seeking out Tevye
to give him some sort of award when suddenly the mask comes off and all
of a sudden the liberal's "canary in the mine shaft" is going all
Barukh Goldstein on his tachat
What a Purim joke that
No sir. That's not the problem. The problem is that
nowadays most Israelites
to have succumbed to this redefinition of themselves and their
mission. You know what I mean. "We're Jews. We don't
do that." "We're Jews. We don't take revenge." "We're
Jews. We don't want a silly, pre-rational, outmoded sacrificial
service." "We're Jews. We don't interpret the Bible
literally." "We're Jews. We don't believe G-d created the
world in six days." "We're Jews. We don't believe religion
should have anything to do with law or policy." "We're
Jews. We don't persecute others. We suffer
Indeed, nowadays many Jews think that unless they are truly and
properly suffering, they are betraying their alleged heritage of
This new mission of Israel, the hidden true people of the "old
testament G-d," was apparently finalized just some sixty years ago
after a crime that has been twisted into an act of "religious
fanaticism" worthy of that very G-d's ancient followers. And when
this people went home to the land in which its ancestors once worshiped
that G-d in the most "primitive" and "irrational" manner (according to
our enlightened liberals), it took its new mission with it. Thus
while the Temple Mount still lies under abominable temples of a false
"gxd," "democracy" thrives. Secularism and pluralism are the
order of the day. Yet the new temple, the Holocaust museum (with
its awful lesson that the "old testament G-d" must never be permitted
to rear His Head again) thrives, drawing from all over the world the
advocates of "new testament" meekness as its pilgrims.
Just as the Israelite of old is now disguised as Tevye, the
"dissident," or the "canary in the mine shaft," so the Land of Israel,
the homeland of the ancient neandherthal Israelites, is disguised as
"the Middle East's only democracy." Jerusalem (which even the
most secular Zionists insist on as Israel's eternal and undivided
capital) is disguised as the ultimate "multicultural" city, where every
faith in the world may erect its temples . . . except for one.
And the most sacred spot on earth, the first part of the universe to be
created, the stone on which Abraham once bound Isaac, and which King
David bought from a man who was using it to thresh grain is disguised
as "the third holiest site in islam."
O, children of Joshua . . . what have
they done to you? To what
have you been persuaded?
Likewise, just as the Israelites are cleverly disguised as . . . well, Israelites,
so is the original
"old testament" similarly disguised. Perhaps this is the reason
that Bible-haters vent all their wrath on translations while staunchly
defending the Seifer Torah
Scroll) as a symbol of a quaint and harmless ethnic minority and
therefore of the multiculturalism that the "old testament G-d" would
surely disapprove of. What liberal is there who pins the blame
for "old testament" fundamentalism on the Torah Scroll? Those
horrible, primitive, racist, sexist, homophibic, speciesist writings
are obviously the work of medieval Catholic "theocrats" or of
illiterate toothless "rednecks" or something like that. Certainly
little Tevye, the Eternal Dissident, the Canary in the Mineshaft, would
never be associated with such "fascism." After all, isn't he and
his quaint little Scroll in imminent danger from people with that
narrow worldview? And what modern sophisticate associates the
"redneck" belief in a six day creation with the people who stop
everything they're doing every seventh day? Obviously the latter
are just celebrating their "otherness." It's a wonder all those
"old testament chr*stians," with their primitive G-d
don't hang Jews from lampposts for behaving so strangely.
Obviously the survival of the Jewish people depends on the destruction
of belief in the "old testament G-d" and "His chr*stian religion" with
all deliberate speed. Especially before all those chr*stian
Fundamentalists can rebuild that Temple of "theirs."
I know, I know . . . I have harped on these themes before. How
can people who hate the Jewish G-d claim to love the Jews? How
can people who vehemently oppose everything Torah teaches be looked
upon as the protectors of Torah observance? Many have asked why
in the world so many people who hate the Jewish people claim to worship
the Jewish G-d. And so do I, though I seem to be the only one
asking the flip side of that question.
Is it really so foolish to hope that one day the mask (invisible as it
is to me) will come off? That "gentle, harmless little Tevye"
will show himself the Lion his ancestors were? That the State of
Israel will be transformed from "the only democracy in the Middle East"
to the Kingdom of G-d on earth? That the Holy Torah, which alone
faithfully preserves the Holy Letters G-d dictated to Moses exactly as they were first written
supplant translations, however beloved and familiar, as the the
Ultimate Revelation for which all hearts hunger? Is it?
May the day come speedily when the secular liberal, hunting for
Biblical Israel in the woods of Idaho, will have his eyes opened, when
the disguise at long last comes off, when "harmless little Tevye" shows
his true identity to all the world as the rustic shepherd warrior whose
fear and dread filled the wicked with terror.
And most of all, may Tevye himself remember who he really is.
Because until he does, there will be others claiming his identity, and
the enemies of HaShem will be only to happy to take them at their word.