I have stated time and again, not only to be for a separation between State and Synagogue, but also that rabbis should not be involved in politics at all.
The main reason for the latter point is that politics is an area fraught with lies and liars, and most rabbis are innocent, peaceful, honest people who are eaten alive on the battlefield of political wars. The latest “Open letter to the Jordanian King and the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates” by Rabbi Riskin is a case in point. Although he starts out speaking untruth (and mistakes) for the sake of peace, that doesn’t qualify him to walk the minefield of politics.
He opens mentioning that he believes in the ultimate peace between Yishmael and Isaac, Abraham’s grandsons [sic]. His sons, rather.
Maybe, the rabbi wants to say that we are children of Isaac and his brother, and so grandchildren of Abraham but that’s not how we call ourselves. The Hebrew Ben can mean: child, son, grandchild, grandson, and offspring. When Jews call themselves Children of Israel, or children of Abraham, we either mean: offspring or children, never grandchildren. Ask any Jewish proselyte who get as name Ben Abraham the Patriarch.
Moreover, the Jewish tradition says that only Isaac is, as we say in our morning prayers every day (Aval anachnu …) The Jerusalem Post ended years ago being a real newspaper and just prints whatever one sends it. (Though they never had much of a clue about Judaism, to begin with.)
And what a terrible thing to do, to equate Jews and Muslims. As if Islam, (Christianity,) and Judaism are simply sister-religions. As if Jews are only the ‘Older Brother’ of other Monotheists. Jews are not a religious group. We are a People with a Divine Mission to all of humanity. We need to behave as such (nor simple) and we deserve respect a such. You can’t correct people who despise us by telling them that we are equals. When Gentile do their 7 Commandments and Jews do their 613 categories of Commandments, we’re all are equals. Meanwhile, Gentiles need to bless and honor us–especially those who hate us, not just see us as equals.
But it gets worse. He writes that a claim to the West Bank lands is a present to Israel from Donald Trump, not to forego. No such thing!
Already before the clown that now occupies the White House began to muddle in our affairs, there was broad consensus that Israel should annex the West Bank. Even diehard left-wingers who always fought for the Two-State Solution had given up. Only for Trump’s Deal of the Century debacle to revive it.
The last thing we need is prominent Jews to give his madness legitimacy.
This is the same Rabbi Riskin, who was for the earlier Peace Process, which cost over 1,000 Israeli lives and maimed thousands more. You would think that that would have humbled him.
He’s an amazing person and rabbi, fully of merit and accomplishment but a lousy politician. When will he learn?