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Jewish Kids Incapable of Learning Judaism

Unless you are orthodox, and follow the halacha as specified, Jewish children are not capable of learning Judaism. That’s because we think of our contemporary kids as being “Jewish”, when in fact, intellectually they are Greek.  We need to find an exciting way to teach children that “jives” with how their intellect is “programmed”, otherwise we will not able able to capture our children’s enthusiasm, intellectually.  There is just so much you can do with cultural conditioning, and kinesthetics, and old-fashioned “Jewish guilt”. Where are the illuminating ideas, and the illuminating teachers we need to spark the imagination of our children?  Why are we so lost in fundraising and Bnei-Mitzvoth, and forgetting that Judaism has something that needs to be learned, and carried on?  A purpose?  I’m calling for an awakening of our kids!! A new enlightened approach to teaching.

What do you think?

Judaism is in Shambles

Right now contemporary Judaism is in shambles. I believe it is because the foundational prophetic experience of “God” is missing. Without this enlightened foundation, it is impossible to have a kind of “transcendental schemata” for governing how we approach God-based education and devotional creativity.

What do you think?

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Reclaim Dignity of Judaism

It’s time to reclaim the dignity of Judaism. In this era, when doctors are telling people to avoid red meat, seafood, and especially pork— because it is placing people’s hearts in jeopardy–  one cannot fail to see that our ancient people, however primitive, were truly enlightened.  We need to reclaim that. But, how?

What do you think?

Foreign Occupation

We are all, every religion, is suffering from the “foreign occupation” of Greco-Roman culture— “Greco” which created a norm for the intellect, and “Roman”, with considerable ethical modification, including democracy, created a norm for world-governance. Yet, we religions need to hear our voice in this secular sea. We need to stop being beleaguered islands.

This is especially true for Judaism, who, unlike all the other ancient nations, refused Roman governance, defiantly.

Can our voice be heard again, as a World View?  Or, will be always be a backwater tribe?

What do you think?

Reform Enlightenment

The Reform Enlightenment, the Haskalah, was a totally successful movement that allowed Jews to leave their self-inflicted and other-inflected ghetto’s and take up full participation in the modern world. 

It also rationally-invigorated the entire spectrum of Jewish-thought, and created all the modern movements within Judaism, whether reform, modern-orthodox, conservative, or reconstructionism.  However, the movement has topped out, and there is a terrible retrograde, where we are losing enlightened thinking. We need to go to the next stage, not a modern enlightenment but a post-modern enlightenment.  I’m welcoming ideas here.

What do you think?

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  1. BOMIA0096 on January 2, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you!!1

  2. Rabbi Eli Mallon, M.Ed., LCSW on November 2, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Reform Enlightenment

    “We need to go to the next stage, not a modern enlightenment but a post-modern enlightenment.”

    I think Hasidut is/will be the basis for this — especially the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslav.
    See also the writings of Rabbi Morris Lichtenstein (“Jewish Science and Health” in particular).

  3. Mike Shevvack on December 26, 2021 at 11:44 am


    SHEVACK RESPONDED: It’s just that post-modern is extremely dangerous,
    as are certain aspects of Chasidus.


    I’m not even entirely sure what “post modern” means. I just take it as a step after the 60’s.
    The aspects of Chasidus that I believe have promise are:
    1 — the monism and the accompanying hitbonenut on that paradigm. Rabbi Lichtenstein teaches the same thing.
    2 — hitbodedut (if there’s a danger here, it’s in making it more complicated than it needs to be).

    I don’t hold “rebbe-worship” as a necessary quality. “Rebbe-worship” can be based in laziness, letting the rebbe do all the work of spiritual unfolding that the person should be doing themselves. Still, finding a truly spiritually advanced teacher always seems to be a major step.
    (A repeat of what I sent you, when the blog was broken, with a few transitions sprinkled in.)


    However, post-modernism shirked the austere lines of authority/right-wrong,
    and rendered them neutral; right and wrong were now subjective and definitional. It was
    monistic-like in principle. It definitely was spawned by German idealism, and the Holocaust, if not the
    entire tendency of Western Civilization to that date, which was authoritative, and “sinaitic”.

    The so-called “monism” of post-modernism is all too readily misconstrued to be the “monism” of Chasidus, as well
    as the so-called “Being” of eastern-devotionals, but that is very dangerous, and destructive, since it
    is non-moral at best.

    It does not handle the creationally-based ethics which was rendered the foundational-universal in
    the Reform enlightenment, which, however inadequate, for the imbuing of the mystical in the mundane,
    is nonetheless, a critical component to qualifying any monism with post-modernist contaminants.

    Moreover, there is an unfortunate tendency, also in mystically-accentuated practices, regardless of
    their origin, to consider one’s experience OF unity to BE unity, which is an “internal-post-modernism”, so-to-speak.

    Terribly dangerous stuff.

    If one carefully circumscribes the ethical, based not upon revelation, but, upon correctly-framed “natural law”, without
    the mistake of the enlightenment philosophers, who were compensating for the previous authoritarian era of enlightened-monarchy, and one adds to this,
    the essential attitude of a correct chasidus, you will have the rudiments of a true universal-enlightenment.

    It will, however, be missing diversification, including indigenous variations, such as the Hebrew, which, while universalist, are tied to the sacredness
    of certain lands.

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