16) Resolution of conflicts


 

The bible is very clear cut in it’s stands concerning the conflicts between the people of Israel and it’s ennemies. But before an extreme punishment is inflicted, a maximum of chances is left to it’s ennemies.

To those who inflicted slavery to the people of Israel the bible left ten chances before touching to the most precious i.e. life in the ten plagues of Egypt.

But for those like Amalek who want the extermination of Israel, no pity exists because only one survivor could generate a generation of revenge.

It’s a principle of survival. If someone has the intention to kill in the name of an idol, this potential assasin has to be neutralized before he can act.

Does that principle corresponds with all the pacific and reconciliatory attitudes of the bible ? I am rather sceptical, because this principle is compatible with a genocide. And the Jewish people paid enough itself to adhere to such principles.

I think that it is important to denounce and to destroy proactively every idolatry that is capable to destroy the Jewish people, and beyond the freedom of the world.

In ancient times it was important to destroy idolatry that led to infanticide. Today other idols have to be destroyed. In Nazism it were pseudo scientific dogmas, church dogmas and German mythology dogmas that were put on a pedestal and led to the holocaust. 40 million victims were needed to put down those idols. When you know that Hitler was an ” alternative minded person” one can only shiver at the idea of an ecological fascism in eclosion based on pseudo-scientific dogma’s.

Today the right of a religion on a pedestal (islamism), the right for the autodetermination of people on a pedestal (the PLO) are the ingredients of an Islamofascism dreaming of a new holocaust in name of Allah and the Arab nation.

What is terrible, is that in name of this idol, Palestinians just as their Philistine predecessors sacrify their children to reach their goals. As Golda Meir used to say : The day Palestinians will love their children more than they hate Israel peace will be possible.

But the worse idols capable to kill our people are the idol of religion, the idol of vanity, the idol of greed resulting in occultism, fanatism, ignorance, sterile feuds and financial scandals…

Most heard criticism of Jews in general is the lack of consistency. On one hand folkloric customs are scrupulusly followed and on the other hand essential social relations are overlooked. This gives a cultural misunderstanding.

In every day’s life one expects a little esteem, a little smiling and a little justice. Nevrotic compliance with biblic laws like food laws disturb normal social relations. Nevrotic compliance with sabattical laws disturb work relations. Nevrotic compliance with the interdiction to touch women disturbs the usual politness to shake hands in order to give some human warmth.

 

This can only result in misunderstanding of intentions. For the Jewish man the summum of politness is to keep his head covered. For the non Jewish it is just opposite. This can only result in conflicts. Is this a reason to denie one’s convictions ? Not at all. One has to consider biblical laws by their bright side. I.e. not to look at the interdictions as leading straight to damnation if overruled. One has to look at the biblical laws as an experience of life that withstood centuries and that are not rigid but adaptable to the light of new scientific acquisitions. Just as polygamy was abolished in the 10th century and sacrifices were abolished in the 1th century.

It is textually written in the bible that every new generation has to choose new judges according to the principles of their time. The death penalties one finds in the bible are in flagrant contradiction with one of the major interdictions : though shall not kill !

Who can kill in name of divine laws ? Only the divine of course. And indeed one who don’t follow the divine laws of the seventh day of rest will die from a heart disease… So it is not necessary for men to fulfill dead penalties, they come by themselves if somebody overrules hygiene rules or other main rules of life as described before. This wisdom was already in use in the time of the sanhedrin which never executed a death penalty.

 

It is our duty to make the part of what is true and what is false and to learn the essential values of Judaism in order to abolish the hypocrisy of automatic rituals without any relation to the essentials of Judaism. And as the bible says, to every generation it’s own judges as to adapt this generations old experience to actual life conditions.

An example of the contradiction between textual application of biblical laws and our own society are illustrated by this little text found on the internet and written with a lot of humour :

Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses sex advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned in any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident which was posted on the Internet:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.

When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev.24:10-16) Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENFANTS DE PAR LE MONDE

 

 

Enfants de par le monde chantez ce refrain

Criez fort

Y a pas de tort

La liberté vous tient

Enfants de par le monde chantez plein d’entrain

Dix mille feux

Brillent dans vos yeux

Le monde est dans vos mains

 

Une boite à musique

Ding dong c’est magique

Un sourire après une larme

Pour un bonbon après le drame

Tel est le monde dans les histoires

Rempli de rêves et de cauchemars

 

Enfants…

 

Jouer au soldat

C’est un crime parfois

Est-ce une larme ou est-ce un cri

Ou est maman, c’est noir la nuit

Tourne la vie et tourne la mort

Et dans le coeur tout bat très fort

 

Enfants…

 

Filles et garçons

Formez un grand rond

La main dans la main chantez

Dansez cherchez la liberté

Donnez la vie et donnez le jour

A un monde de paix d’amour

 

Enfants…

W.Lip

1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN FROM EVERYWHERE

 

Children from everywhere sing this song with me

Cry it loud

And sing it proud

Because Your world is free

Children from everywhere sing this song with me

Light within shines

In Your eyes

Because You world is free

 

Chimes and bells

Dolls and smells

Happy smiles and sorrow tears

For candy and for teddy bears

This is the world You are living years

Your dreaming and Your dayly fears

 

Children…

 

War is the game

Crime is the name

Sunken eyes and swollen tears

No Mamy and no Dady hears

This is Your fate almost every day

But in Your heart You hope and pray

 

Children…

 

Boys and girls

Be like pearls

Make a chain and join Your hands

Against the pain lets start to dance

Look at the world You will live in years

And start to work for love and peace

 

Children…

W.Lip

1987

 

 

Advertisements
Published in: on 24/10/2006 at 08:13  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://drjewish.wordpress.com/2006/10/24/16-resolution-of-conflicts/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: