Category Archives: Judaism

LET’S PRETEND

Sometimes, my mind enters the world of, what if:

1. What if 80% of Americans voted?

2. Wealthy people paid at the same tax rate as the middle class?

3. Fast food workers got paid $20 an hour so they could buy consumer goods?

4. The Supreme Court ruled a candidate for President had to be born in America. Good bye Ted Cruz!

5. Obama held weekly press conferences and talked with Americans.

6. Obama appointed a Republican as Attorney General?

So much for pretend, unfortunately, I live in reality!

Spread The Word And Go to Jail

I was raised as a member of the Jewish religion, and it was made clear to me that we Jews are not interested in converting other folk to become Jews. I was raised to mind my own business and not interfere in the religion of other folks. However, there are several American Christians who believe that Jesus Christ wants them to travel to the dictatorship of North Korea and pester those people with the world of God, or at least their version of the word of God. Every few months some Americans, loaded down with Bibles heads for North Korea, that land of peace and love. For some strange reason the brutal dictatorship of the Kim gang does not want any words spoken that do not preach the word to one and all that Kim Jong-un is the ONE and only God in the land.

Mathew Miller and Kenneth Bae have just spent a few months learning about farming and hard labor in North Korea. After a few months of this work, their desire to work at spreading the word of Christ sort of grew less and less interesting. Finally, boss man, Kim, decided to let them go home. Perhaps, they can now spread the words of Jesus about aiding the poor to American Republicans!

Is Barack Obama A Radical?

The day after the slaughter of the Democratic party, Senator Mitch McConnell made clear to President Barack Obama that he will not tolerate anymore of that man’s radical ideas. He wants Obama to “move to the center.” As I was raised as a Socialist and remain one at heart even though I recognize that modern life has made what we term to be capitalism or Socialism incapable of functioning in a modern economic system. to call Obama a radical or person of the “left” indicates that Mitch has absolutely no idea who is this man we call, President Obama. He is a man of the Center, and he has never been on the left. In reality he has has been a conservative to anyone who is a “radical.” Evidence?

1. A radical would have pushed for a health care plan that was run by the federal government such as Medicare. Instead, Obama created a plan that makes private health care companies making gobs of money. Obama loves the corporate world.

2. A radical would have from day one of his administration pushed for work plans that provided jobs for the unemployed.

3. A radical would simply in 2009 have pushed through an immigration plan–when Democrats controlled Congress– to offer a plan to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

4. A radical in 2009 would have pushed through a plan to lower student loan debts.

5. And, certainly a “radical” would NOT have made tougher the war on drugs that sends thousands to jail.

Barack Obama is a man of the center.

The Tragedy Of Israel

I regard myself as not only a Jew, but one is really cares about the nation of Israel. I have been told by fellow American Jew that I am a “self hating Jew” because I continue to cite crimes by the Israel government and demand that it cease persecuting Palestinians. According to AIPAc, I must always express only good words about the Netanyahu government and believe fervently in my heart that Israel is always right even when the government of Israel is wrong. The International Criminal Court just cited the Israel attack in 2010 on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmavra in which eight Turkish citizens were murdered by Israel troops as a possible war crime. The ship was carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza during the Israel invasion of that area. According to AIPAC, I should blame the Turks for bringing food to the people of Gaza since such things aided terrorists to continue their fighting.

The ICC wil not pursue this event. It will go down as another example of how “terrorists” endeavored to destroy Israel by sending food to people in need of food. Of course, the Netanyahu government will insist there were armed men on board the ship. Yes, a few probably had a pistol or so. But, what prevented the Israel government from simply allowing the ship to dock, supervising the unloading of supplies and allowing the ship to return to Turkey?

Oh, prior to this event, Israel and Turkish military conducted joint exercises. After this fiasco, Israel had its excellent relations with Turkey ended. Check with AIPAC about how Turkey insulted Israel and plotted its destruction by sending food to Gaza!

Gay American Males

I am a devoted follower of sport events and thus almost daily witness American males hugging and kissing one another in public. No, they are not a bunch of gays, but ordinary American males who believe they must hug another male and kiss him on the cheek. What is most ironic is that males who so enjoy the hug, or the kiss, become infuriated if a male who terms himself to be “gay” performs the same act in public. Males like Ted Cruz shout about evil homosexuals who are defying the words of God by all this kissing and hugging. I am confused. Why are the men who proclaim themselves to be decent Christian hard working fellows so darn upset at other males who hug and kiss one another?

Let’s face reality. The United States of America is the land of males hugging and kissing. So, if you hate a ‘homo” why not just give him an old fashioned American males embrace and conclude with a nice wet kiss on the cheek!

New Evidence of Anti-Semitism!

I was raised in an east European Jewish community of the Bronx, New York City. We were proud to be Jews, we did not hide who we were, and we certainly were happy that the new state of Israel had been created. Our hope and dream was that Israel would become a beacon of hope in the Middle East that would serve to demonstrate there could be a nation in that area of the world that stood for social justice for all within its borders. In those days there were Jews, Muslims and Christians within the state of Israel. Somewhere along the road of life, a new set of Jews emerged, both here in America and in Israel. They were filled with hate and anger toward Muslims, towards Palestinians and insisted that only Jews had a place in the new nation. Former Israel leader, David Ben-Gurion once told members of the UN that “I am also a Palestinian.” Absolutely, Jews were also Palestinians.

Along came Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose basic dream is to rid Israel and surrounding land of those Palestinians. This was the reality when he assumed office as prime minister of Israel:

1. Israel and Turkish troops held joint military exercises.

2. Israel was working with the Egyptian government.

3. Israel still had friendly relations with members of the European Union.

4. Israel had friendly relations with the government of Tunisia.

5. Israel has friendly relations with the government of Jordan.

Today, none of these governments has anything but dislike for Israel.

Amos Biderman, a cartoonist for the Israel Haaratz newspaper has created a storm of anger for his cartoon which depicts a plane with labeled Israel headed for the twin towers. Biderman insists that Bibi Netanyahu has proved a disaster for the people of Israel. His cartoon was “mocking Bib. He’s been acting like a bull in a china shop with the US, which is Israel’s most important strategic ally.”

The anger has already emerged, Mr. Biderman is now a “self hating Jew.” Tell the truth about failed Israel foreign policy and one becomes a “self hating Jew.”

Jihadists Come Running

A recent United Nations report indicates that over 15,000 Jihadists have arrived in the Middle East over the past few years. These are young men from countries as diverse as Russia, Ireland, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. They share a desire to hate and kill. There is no doubt this group of haters represent a 21st century phenomenon. Select any nation in the world, and you will uncover those who believe to be engaged in a fight against forces of evil. Heck, in the United States of America even our Supreme Court contains jihadists who intend to ensure that our wealthy folk once again rule the nation. What else is the Tea Party other than a band of jihadists filled with hate and anger. Jihadists in the Middle East seek to return to olden days, and American Jihadists want the good old days when “real Americans” ruled the land to become the new norm.

The common element in all these Jihadists is a sense of hate against anything that resembles modernity. Check out the Republican Party in Congress whose members boast of not believing in “science.” We now have throughout the world a rejection of modern thinking, and a felt need to return to those times when ignorance ruled the waves of government. Heck, poor al-Qaida is now considered too modern by these Jihadists. Perhaps, it is time to send Tea Party folk to the Middle East to fight. At least it will provide them a sense of doing something to alter all this nonsense about science and climate change.

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

So, What Is Israel Policy In Middle East?

There is nothing more fruitless than seeking to discuss Israel policies toward Palestinians or in the Middle East with American Jews who are convinced any and all problems confronting the nation of Israel are the fault of Muslims who refuse to compromise and attain the end to conflict. The prevailing view of AIPAC is that Israel is blameless,and any and all problems stem from Muslims who hate Jews. I find ironic that Israel has no problem with Germany, whose former rulers murdered six million Jews, but are convinced that Palestinian leaders who never engaged in mass slaughter of Jews have hearts filled with hatred and will not end their war against defenseless Israel.

The bottom line is a simple question: what is Israel policy during the coming five years or the coming ten years toward Palestinians? At present, the only policy is to gradually gain control against Palestinians by seizing their lands. I apologize for this remark. Israel is a small nation surrounded by untold millions of Muslims whose only thought is about destroying Israel. Of course, the ONLY nation in the Middle East, along with Iran, which refuses to allow UN inspectors into nuclear facilities is–Israel. The ONLY nation which has atomic bombs is -Israel. The bottom line is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacks any foreign policy that deals with the major need for Israel-peace with all its neighbors and economic cooperation. I do realize in writing these words I am considered to be a “Jew hating Jew.”

Oh, Israel just beat out an American offer to India, and will be selling that nation 8,000 Spike missiles and 800 launchers. Gee, I wonder if Republicans will say anything about this sale which destroyed hundreds of jobs for Americans? When is is a choice between American jobs and campaign contributions, guess which wins out?

Ebola Is Here, Run For Hills!

Today’s pictures from New York City depict thousands of people wearing white masks to protect themselves against Ebola. It appears that a doctor who was working in west Africa returned and has been preliminarily diagnosed with Ebola. I recall in 1938 the famous “Martian threat” that sent thousands of New Yorkers fleeing for their lives. A radio broadcast came across as presenting a real Martian invasion in New Jersey. Naturally, the thousands headed across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey. Today, if one seeks to frighten Americans just say the magic word, EBOLA. We have become a nation of frightened people who lack the courage to confront danger with calmness. Actually, there is NO danger from Ebola in America. To reassure my fellow American:

1. If someone coughs, you will not get Ebola.

2. If someone sneezes, you will not get Ebola.

3. If someone touches your sleeve, you will not get Ebola.

4. If someone sits next to you on the subway, you will not get Ebola.

Allow medical staff to treat the doctor and stop this panic reaction.

Please remember this advice comes from DOCTOR Fred Stopsky. OK, so my DOCTOR title has to do with Education, big deal, I am still a Doctor with as much experience in medicine as those yelling on Fox News!