The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

10-Jul-2007

On the Release of Arab Terrorists

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabJudaismIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:55 am

I found the following article by Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky in Google: “Exploring the Thought Process Involved in Releasing Terrorists in Exchange for the Freedom of … Abducted Israeli Soldiers.”

“Judaism is comprised of a complete and specific system of practical Torah, and through the Talmudic process, sweeping Divine principles are translated into practical application. One must descend from the clouds of theological inspiration, roll up one’s sleeves and tediously weigh the bits and pieces until one has ascertained that he is meticulously fulfilling God’s will in the most practical of circumstances.

“Let us take a most relevant of cases: (more…)

The “Message”

Filed under: JudaismA SOVEREIGN STATEHOODBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:33 am

This week I sent out five seemingly unrelated articles on the following subjects:

  1. The Government’s War Against Judaism

  2. An Open Letter to the Honorable Senator Joseph Lieberman

  3. In Quest of a Metapolitics

  4. What’s Wrong With Zionist Organizations?

  5. Treason

A bit too much, no? (more…)

06-Jul-2007

In Quest of a Metapolitics

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 5:35 am

Rav Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook, Israel’s first pre-state chief rabbi, teaches that the death of the righteous brings atonement to the people by the spiritual and moral awakening that takes place in the people after the righteous pass away. The tzaddik does not promote himself. His good deeds are often not known or rightly appreciated during his lifetime, since he takes pains to conceal them.

Rav Kook also attributes to war the elimination of evil and the beginnings of redemption.

If we project this onto the scale of the Shoah, it would follow that the Second World War and the death of the Six Million were necessary for the rebirth of Israel—an awesome thought. (more…)

03-Jul-2007

The Government’s War Against Judaism: The Police Pogrom

Filed under: Democratic MethodsJudaism — eidelberg @ 6:50 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, July 2, 2007.

Remember how the police brutally violated the civil rights of hundreds of Jews—mostly religious—who peacefully protested against the expulsion of 8,000 Jews from Gush Katif? Did you know that this police brutality was instigated by the government and sanctified by Israel’s judiciary? Remember the government-ordained police brutality at Amona?

If this official violence prompted you to believe that Israel’s government is waging a war against Judaism, ponder the pogrom against the Haredi community before and during the June 21 Gay Parade in Jerusalem. (more…)

21-Jun-2007

The War Against Judaism: Its Underlying Significance

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:36 am

A war is being waged against Judaism. The war is being fought on many fronts and by different enemies. By far the most dangerous enemy is the government of Israel, notwithstanding the participation in the government of one or another religious party. In fact, even the religious parties are untrustworthy. Having facilitated the Oslo Agreement and Disengagement, they have helped their secular counterparts in stripping Israel of Jewish land.

Israel’s government employs many weapons in its war against Judaism. (more…)

11-Jun-2007

The Hidden Cause of the Arab War Against Israel

Filed under: Islam & ArabJudaismOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 6:25 am

Why Arabs want to destroy Israel receives only superficial commentary by students of the Arab-Israel War.

Most say the Arabs want to destroy Israel because it is a Jewish state. Notice, however, that the state’s political elites are only nominally Jewish. In fact, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister Tsippi Livni, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and Education Minister Yuli Tamir want to transform Israel into a multicultural society like Sweden, whose political elites have erased their own people’s history and culture.

Others say that the Arabs want to wipe Israel off the map of the Middle East because it is a democracy that threatens, by its example, the autocratic power structure of the Arab-Islamic world. (more…)

30-May-2007

Israel Devoid Of Any Ideology: What Is To Be Done?

Filed under: JudaismZionism/Nationalism — eidelberg @ 4:31 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, May 28, 2007.

When the Likud dropped to 12 seats in the March 2006 election, this meant that secular Zionism was dead. Moreover, in that election the National Religious Party had to unite with National Union to be politically visible—which suggests that religious Zionism is moribund. I conclude that 20th century Zionism, which founded the State of Israel, is obsolete, and this means that Israel lacks the semblance of any ideology.

Zionism has metamorphosed into an anti-Jewish post-Zionism. Superficial observers blame the Labor Party for this decadent state of affairs. But the Likud is also blameworthy, (more…)

08-Apr-2007

World History

Filed under: EthicsJudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:27 am

Adapted from a teaching of HaGaon HaRav, Dr. Chaim Zimmerman, z”l.

There was a time when great men walked the earth, such as King David, King Soloman, Plato, Aristotle, Yehuda HaNassi. Such was their nobility that they were not only worthy of having slaves, but it was an honor to be the slave of such men. Of course there were also tyrants who unjustly had slaves, but this does not reflect on the great men we have mentioned.

As time went on, however, such great and noble men disappeared. (more…)

05-Apr-2007

To Face and Overcome Evil: A World-Historical Perspective

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:27 am

The present inability of Western elites, especially in the United States and Israel, to clearly see and vividly feel the genocidal evil posed by Islamic imperialism endangers the survival of civilization.

The loss of the West’s ability to fearlessly confront this evil may be attributed to the triumph of secularism in the democratic world. Samuel Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilizations, and by no means a religionist, attributes the triumph of secularism to Christianity, hence to its separation of religion and state (or public law). (more…)

15-Jan-2007

Reflections: 2007

Filed under: Islam & ArabJudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:52 am

It has been reported that more people are converting to Islam than to any other religious creed. Of the various reasons which may explain this reported phenomenon, one is this: there are periods in human history when an “untrue” belief is more fervently held than a “true” one.

Recall how fervently Communism was held by intellectuals who had rejected, along with capitalism, lukewarm Christianity and milquetoast Judaism. (more…)

04-Jan-2007

The State Versus the Torah

Filed under: Domestic PolicyElectorate/DemographicsJudaism — eidelberg @ 11:34 pm

There is a fundamental conflict between the sovereign state and the Torah. This should be obvious to any rabbi—certainly any Orthodox rabbi.

Probing deeper, rabbis should be the first to realize that any Knesset Member or any judge who holds that the law of the State is the highest law is uttering, in principle, a fascist doctrine. The principle has actually been enunciated by the Knesset: “No act of legislation shall diminish the rights of the State, or impose upon it any obligation, unless explicitly stated.” (Law and Administration Ordinance, 1948, Section 42, Explanatory Note.) The sovereignty of the State is clear, and this is the basic reason why the State, in utter disregard of the Torah, expelled 10,000 Jews from Gush Katif and northern Samaria. (more…)

26-Dec-2006

Knowing WHY Israel is Disintegrating is the First Step Toward Its Salvation: Part I

Filed under: Democratic MethodsJudaismZionism/NationalismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:14 am

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, December 25, 2006.]

Israel is disintegrating. The basic causes of this disintegration may be listed under four headings: (1) disunity resulting from a lack of Jewish statesmanship and Jewish national purpose; (2) disunity resulting from a flawed system of government; (3) disunity resulting from excessive cultural heterogeneity; (4) disunity resulting from secular-religious discord.

Underlying each of these causes is a more fundamental one: a modern conception of democracy that clashes with Judaism and makes it impossible to achieve the national unity required for Israel’s survival. (more…)

10-Dec-2006

Time

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 9:32 pm

1) To paraphrase, in part, Rabbi Matis Weinberg (Patterns in Time), to the non-Jewish world, time is a linear flow without relation to anything external. No instant of time is truly connected to any other, or every instant of time is the same as any other instant of time. This is the position of Sir Isaac Newton in his Principia Mathematica: “Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to any thing external …”

2) Therefore, in the world of common sense, what assigns placement in time is any repeating phenomenon, be it a clock of a pendulum, or (as in the Torah) perceived changes in sun and moon. (more…)

28-Nov-2006

The Patriarchs: A Brief Sketch

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 3:52 am

It is no accident that Israel has only three Patriarchs. Each Patriarch personifies a qualitative law of existence. Abraham is the paradigm of Hesed  or Graciousness. Abraham’s graciousness toward his fellow men stems from his intellectual love of God—intellectual because he understood that the universe and life itself could not exist were it not for the Hesed  of the Creator. Hesed  is a profound love of life, which logically requires caring for others. By virtue of his Hesed  and love of God, Abraham is the wellspring of ethical monotheism.

Although Hesed  involves concern for the good of others, it is not to be confused with selflessness. (more…)

12-Nov-2006

The Impossibility of Secular Zionism

Filed under: JudaismZionism/NationalismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:38 am

From time to time we hear that secular Zionism is dead. Actually, secular Zionism was always a logical impossibility—as contradictory as atheism and theism. Let’s define our terms.

Secularism is the tendency of man to assert the autonomy of his own will or reason vis-à-vis any deity. (more…)

06-Nov-2006

Gays, Democracy, and the Democratic Party

Filed under: JudaismUS & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:02 am

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, November 7. 2006.]

The scheduled Gay parade in Jerusalem is nothing less than an attack on Judaism and on the Jewish people. Only a government headed by Jews who prefer to be identified as “democrats” rather than “Jewish” would tolerate this desecration of the Holy City. Here we see that this government derives its legitimacy, and its secular leaders derive their respectability, from Israel’s reputation as a “democracy,” especially in the United States. (more…)

10-Oct-2006

Why Muslims and Leftists Hate Jews

Filed under: Islam & ArabJudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 12:28 am

I have before me Zeev Breir’s book Even in the Darkest Moments (2002). The book is about the Chevra Hatzalah Ambulance Service, a Jewish organization that was quite active during the darkest moments of 9/11, when Islamic suicide bombers destroyed the Twin Towers. I am going to quote and paraphrase a few passages from this book to reveal why Muslims hate Jews. Afterwards, I will explain why Leftists hate Jews.

Chevra Hatzalah, the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States, was founded thirty years ago. (more…)

26-Sep-2006

Approaching the Day of Judgment

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 5:30 am

I believe Pope Benedict XVI would be on more solid moral grounds if he were to call upon Muslims to apologize for their sins against the Jewish people as did Pope John Paul II.

In A Jew Today (1978), Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the death camps, recalls how he had been “struck by a harsh truth: in Auschwitz all the Jews were victims, all the killers were Christians.” He apologizes for embarrassing his Christian friends, but he is morally bound to tell the truth. He asks: “How is one to explain that neither Hitler nor Himmler was never excommunicated by the Church? (more…)

14-Sep-2006

Shana Tova

Filed under: Judaism — eidelberg @ 10:08 pm

On behalf of the Yamin Israel Party, we wish all our friends a healthy and happy New Year. May the New Year usher in a new Government inspired by the wisdom of the Torah. May this Government restore the dignity and confidence of the Jewish People. May this Government hasten the release of Israel’s heroic and long-suffering son, Jonathan Pollard. May Israel’s captives Gil’ad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev be returned unharmed to their families. And may the good Lord bless His People with Peace.

Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President
Mrs. Eleonora Shifrin, Chairlady

19-Jul-2006

Fight Against the Merciless Nation

Filed under: Foreign PolicyJudaismCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 10:02 pm

19 July 2006
Prof. Eugene Narrett
From his new book, Israel and the Endtimes

The situation in which Israel finds itself is not new but it is a particularly vivid example of its position in the world, and not only since 1948 or 1920. Edom and Ishmael for millennia have acted if they are hardwired to slander, pillage, and murder Jews “saying, ‘come, let us blot them out from nationhood that Israel‘s name not be remembered anymore’” (Psalm 83).

I read that a favorite tehillim of Rav Kook reflects the position of Israel today and in so many centuries: “Judge me, God, and fight on my behalf against a merciless nation.” (more…)

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