I respectfully say: This rabbi is wrong

From the news media
Top European rabbi urges Israel to end engagement with far-right parties: Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt tells MKs that cozying up to populist groups, if even they espouse pro-Israel views, endangers local Jewish communities.

I respectfully disagree with this rabbi – what is endangering local Jewish communities and the entire Jewish Nation is the disengagement from those who we believe might be hostile to us – hostile in all spheres of public life being them political, social, spiritual or religious. Those whom we disengage with consider the disengagement as a hostile act and respond to us with a sort of resentment that we used to call anti-Semitism.

We must try to engage even with the groups who called themselves the neo-Nazis. Why? Because most probably these groups have in mind the spiritual rebirth of the German nation commanded by the Nazis after the devastation of WWI – most probably, they don’t have in mind the annihilation of the Jews and other “undesirables.” They try to be friendly with the Jews since they are trying to find out the “secrets” of Jewish uniqueness and how to secure and protect the own non-Jewish uniqueness using the Jewish “secrets.”

It is strange that the disengagement urge is coming from a rabbi whose actions should be driven by the Torah with its celebrated Hillel morality rule: “Don’t to do to the others what you don’t want to be done to you.”

Contrary to the rabbi’s advice, the Jews must engage in the conversation with hostile or potentially hostile groups. That is the only way to reduce the level of hostility – to find out the areas of agreement and strengthen them and find out the mutually agreed ways of handling the disagreements.

That is especially important in the case of the populist groups, or the far-right groups as many call them, the rabbi is talking about. It is important because at the core of their populist agenda is the preservation of the unique morality and traditions of their communities which are being weakened or even destroyed by the powerful globalist troops.

That is what should be of the prime interest of rabbis as well – the preservation of unique morality and traditions of the Jewish Nation rooted in the Torah guidance and the unique role of the Jews as the Chosen. The Jews should not support the spiritual globalization which would make the Jews like everybody else. If the Jews want to be unique among the nations, they should support the efforts of all other nations to have their own uniqueness.

That is a false assumption that the globalization makes our world more peaceful since the globalization creates the universal global way of life for all. The globalization makes the world less peaceful since various communities and nations, who are legislatively forced to abandon their way of life and begin living under the global one, are resisting – for them, their way of life is more valuable than the promised “goodies” of globalization. Rabbis should know this since they are the teachers of the Torah which declares that God created all humans in His image and likeness – not as a crowd of humans obeying a supreme commander but rather as the unique individuals peacefully competing.

About the Author
Vladimir Minkov graduated from the Naval Engineering Academy in the former Soviet Union, served in the Soviet Navy and there received his Ph.D. At the end of 1970s he immigrated to America where democracy and the Judeo-Christian spirituality of this country made it possible for him to actively defend both his scientific and spiritual ideas. In the USA he has found the place for his scientific public work in the spiritual realm of One God and Torah.
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