It’s a Dutch expression for look who’s talking
He now suggested the Secular are jealous of the Religious. Truth is, he knows no secular people. He’s just guessing. But from his facial expression, we see he’s unhappy and not loving, so maybe he’s the jealous one?
He said the Secular find no fulfillment in life. As if there are no secular ideals to implement, like: honesty, equality, and yes: respect. Further: social justice, and fighting climate change extinction, hunger, and poverty.
Besides, most Israeli Jews are neither Orthodox nor Secular. Most are Traditional. He doesn’t know. He lives in a bubble. His father did not.
Reportedly, he said that “someone who eats non-kosher food, his brain gets stupid.” First of all, stupid describes a person, not of an organ. Secondly, this is a well-known Kabalistic idea about eating insects, not about non-kosher food in general. Who checks his lettuce, if I may ask?
In my small Moroccan-Jerusalemite synagogue, there are some Jews whose smallest toes each understand more about Judaism, community, people, respect, and love than the whole of the body of this Chief Rabbi.
Reportedly, he then said that he believed that the majority of Israeli Jews love Judaism. And here lies his main problem. There is no Biblical and no Rabbinic Commandment to love Judaism at all. His job is not to promote a religion. Jews, including him, are obligated to love G^d and His Creation, and in particular Jews, and humans in general. And he doesn’t do that.
He shames the religious and G^d in the eyes of others (the worst sin) for no good reason but for a tongue that flicks and lips that fail to close. And he puts the State of Israel, his employer, to shame. And he disturbs the peace, democracy, and equality. He’s insufferable. When the Chief Rabbi sounds more disconnected and stupid than the Pope, it’s time to fire him.
The media reminded us that previously, he had insulted Reform Jews, Russian Israelis, and Black people. Strangely, Gays and Trans people were not on the list, although they’re his favorite punching ball. He also insulted Gentiles and women. He has called science and mathematics “nonsense” which shows again that all kids in Israel should have them taught to them.
It’s unclear whom he thought to gladden (Festival!) with his latest abuse. He seems to have reacted to the fury of a handful of secular fanatics who disturbed a Traditional Tel Aviv Yom Kippur prayer service. It is Emotions 101 to not react to anger with anger, especially not on a joyous occasion. If all you know to do to riffraff is to respond in kind, you’re unfit for office.
Some have argued that he only represents a small section of Israel, the Ultra-Orthodox. But he doesn’t. They find these Zionist figureheads irrelevant. Once upon a time, Israel’s Chief Rabbis were giants in Jewish Law, Derech Eretz, and wisdom. They are still quoted and followed. Chief Rabbi Kook honored not only the Secular but also the anti-religious!
Many have argued against two national State Chief Rabbis or even one, but none have done that so well and consistently as this person.
It would be less bad if he’d only be a lone individual most people consider a freak. But with bigots in the government, it’s crucial to rein them in.
His words resemble the war this government wedges on the public. We’ve no looming civil war. People pretending to speak in our name assault us.
Some might say you cannot shame the Chief Rabbi. I would respond: You can show that someone who embarrasses Judaism doesn’t speak in her name at all. And, I don’t shame him. He does that all by himself.
As long as Gay youths commit suicide (Do include those happy, friendly, selfless, ego-low youths and soldiers. They don’t fight privately ‘their demons.’ They fight rabbis like that.), folks like this need to be muzzled.
He does seem completely oblivious to the harm he causes. Therefore, in a Jewish Court he would be convicted for damages, but in a civil court not. So, civilly, I hold the ones responsible who appointed and not fire him.
I don’t mind when others consider me un-Orthodox or Ultra-Orthodox. But I do mind when they identify me with this foulmouth.