Have you heard the news? The "old
covenant" between G-d and the
Jews is no longer in effect. Sinai has been superceded. But
not to worry; the Jews still have an important place in this "new
testament," even though their role has changed radically.
Yes, once upon a time the Creator of the Universe chose the progeny of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to teach the world about G-d. They were
given the Holy Torah and the Land of Israel. They built a
beautiful Temple in Jerusalem and on behalf of mankind conducted the
sacrificial service G-d gave them. But that's all over now.
And it's all because of The Passion.
Have you heard about this? Oh, you have. You just don't
You see, the time eventually came when the Jews had to leave their
haven of Theocracy and go out into the big wide world. And there
they encountered generation upon generation upon generation of people
who allegedly believed in the Jewish G-d but hated the Jews. And
that's when their atoning sacrifice began.
The medieval mobs spat on them; the Crusaders scourged them; the
pogromming Cossacks crowned them with thorns. And then came the
truly awful yet inevitable conclusion: the Genesis-kissing,
Bible-thumping chr*stian mobs (probably made up of people named Reuben,
Caleb, and Jedidiah) crucified them at a place called Auschwitz.
And then a new world began.
For you see, the Jewish People really performed the greatest service
humanity has ever known.
They died for us. They redeemed us. And they opened the
They saved mankind from the awfulest scourge it had ever known:
religion--especially any belief in the Jewish G-d!
What else are we to make of the bizarre situation we live in today,
when we dare not hope for a return to the seeming moral sanity of less
than forty years ago,
the Jewish People, the People who taught us all that reactionary,
"fascist" morality in the first place, is invoked as the reason?
Why else do we find ourselves in a world where the "right" to blaspheme
HaShem and His Torah is considered absolutely essential for a "decent"
society but where denial of the Holocaust is against the law?
Make no mistake about it; societies--all
societies--punish the denial of their foundational myths, and the
Holocaust is the foundational "myth" ("myth" in this context means not
something that didn't really happen, but a societal foundational
narrative) of the post-modern world. Every other event in
Israel's long history--from the Creation of the world to the Great
Flood to the election of Abraham to the Exodus from Egypt to the
Revelation at Sinai to the historicity of King David--is subject to
militant doubt and skepticism. Only the great slaughter of the
1940's remains, and it is considered so foundational, so essential,
that it is the one event in history whose denial is a crime.
Not please do not misunderstand me. I am neither a Holocaust
denier nor an apologist for Holocaust denial. But I do
question why this event from
Jewish history is given a dogmatic binding force by law while so many
other events in Jewish history are considered fairy tales. Is
this not bizarre?
I maintain that a new religion has grown up around the Holocaust: a
religion that has in its effects repealed the Covenants of Noach and
Sinai and absolutely reversed the role of the Jewish People in the
world. Where `Am Yisra'el
once the G-dly People, the people-of-religion par excellence,
they are now the
chr*st-figures whose death, burial, and resurrection redeemed the world
from religion (though the "resurrection" seems to be highly problematic
to the more extreme advocates of this new religion who think the State
of Israel is a "betrayal" of the reason the Six Million died).
Now every mitzvah,
every manifestation of
Judaism has been shorn of its essentially Theocratic message and turned
into a sign of "religious freedom," "pluralism," "multiculturalism,"
"tolerance"--in effect, of total and absolute religious subjectivism.
a sign of submission to an objective Supernatural Order, is now
interpreted to mean that "personal expression" (eg, tattooing) is
permitted here. The distinctive gabardine of the Eastern
in imitation of Polish nobility (because the Jewish People are G-d's
nobility among mankind) now merely means that this is a tolerant
society that permits "gays." The holy Seifer Torah
(the very source of
the "fascist" King James Bible) teaches us that no one has a monopoly
on religious truth. The thrice daily prayers (a bit of a burden
for a "non-religious" people) simply demonstrates that no one has the
right to tell anyone else that he can't worship Satan, or Molekh, or
himself. We have religious freedom in this country, and in the
entire Western World--and the Jews died that we might have it!
And of course, in the most egregious example of all, the chanukkiyyah
especially when placed on public property, tells all those chr*stian
bigots that "everyone is welcome here" (even Jew-hating moslems).
Of course, the creche can't go there because it implies the opposite,
merely because it is the religion of the majority. Even the
notorious "Red Ken" Livingstone, London's rabidly anti-Israel and
pro-Arab mayor, has giddily kindled a public chanukkiyyah
chattering about the
contributions to "cultural diversity" of the Jewish People (he
mentioned Marx, Freud, and Einstein in particular--he's apparently
never heard of Abraham, Moses, and David).
One could even make the point that just as the Covenant of Sinai
validated the Genesis narrative of Creation (since only G-d Himself
actually witnessed those events), so the great slaughter is often used
to vindicate the theory of ultimate meaninglessness and the completely
random nature of creation. After all, people who believe in
Meaning kill Jews; therefore belief in Meaning must be discouraged lest
more Jews be killed. Never mind that these opponents of Meaning
never seem to lack for motivation for any number of "progressive"
It is unpleasant, but it is true--we are told over and over and over by
the forces of irreligion and immorality that "we can't go back to a
simpler world" because of the Jewish experience that culminated in the
Holocaust. Once the people whose role was to teach the rest of
humanity about G-d, they have been made into the people on whose behalf
belief in G-d must be eradicated. And there is no doubt that this
has helped to increase anti-Semitism among certain religious groups,
especially when they notice that Orthodox Jewish belief and practice is
allowed to continue unaltered on the grounds that it represents an
"early warning system" or a "canary in the coal mine" that warns the
anti-religious cultural elite that religion is about to rear its ugly
These essays of mine use the word "irony" quite a lot, but that is
because the situation--the actual content
of the Jewish religion as opposed to its context
as a "minority
religion"--is simply overflowing with ironies. One of the
greatest is that the separation of "religion" from life in general and
its relegation to an innocuous private practice has been achieved in
the name of protecting the Jewish People when the separation of
"religion" from the rest of life is totally alien to the entire world
of Jewish thought up until the "enlightenment." In fact, there
isn't a real Hebrew word for "religion" because "religion" apart from
the rest of life and reality simply doesn't exist. G-d created
the "real world" in which we live and all the phenomena in it, and
everything in traditional Jewish life is governed and regulated by
"religious law"--from prayer to eating to communal law and government
to which direction one's bed lies in to how one ties one's shoes in the
morning. And liberal Jews still have the unmitigated gall to
claim to be "good Jews" while insisting that "religion" is a
subjective, private affair with no real connection to objective
reality? Pardon my language, but peresh par!
Yes, life must be based on a foundation, whether the life of an
individual, a family, a civilization, or of humanity as a whole.
But Auschwitz is a terrible foundation on which to base life in the
modern world, especially for Jews who are made to feel guilty and
"un-Jewish" when they act like their ancestors who fought holy wars and
destroyed the enemies of HaShem rather than meekly submitting to be
killed so that we can have a G-dless and "more humane"
world. Israel in particular is constantly scolded and labelled
with the "Nazi" lable by people who claim to appreciate Jewish
suffering during World War II but who can't appreciate Jews in any
other context than suffering. Just as the chr*stian "new
testament" and its claim to have superceded Sinai must be rejected, so
must the religion of "Holocaustianity" with its deification of the
suffering Jew and its concomitant demonization of the Theocratic Jew.
There is a reason that both the chr*stian and liberal "new covenants"
try to retain the central place in human history of the Jewish People;
it is because that place so objective that it cannot be denied.
This being the case, why this need to create continual "new covenants"
on which to base our lives when one already exists? The Covenant
of Sinai (which includes and finalized the Covenant of Noach for
non-Jews) is the final, definitive Revelation of G-d to mankind to
which all further revelations must defer for judgement. It
neither allows for nor authorizes any "new covenents" that supercede it
or change the Jewish mission from what it has always been. Since
the centrality of `Am Yisra'el
history is so obvious, then the authentic Jewish Covenant should be
Only a world based on Sinai will be safe from more Auschwitzes. A
world based on Auschwitz, that celebrates the mass murder of Jews as
somehow redemptive of mankind, can only implicitly call for more of the
same, G-d forbid.