Thursday, February 08, 2007
There are two separate groups on yahoo.com. One is for gentiles who are in the process of converting to Orthodox Judaism. The other is for Orthodox Jews who basically wish to become gentiles. Both groups are about equally active, although I am happy to say that the first group has more than twice the membership of the second.
Perhaps this should not really surprise us.
There are certain people who, by their very natures, have a difficult time coping with a religious lifestyle. They desperately want to be gentiles. The first time they come into contact with the gentile world, they are hooked, nothing can persuade them to repent and remain faithful Jews. Tragic as it may seem, this is often good riddance of worthless trash; the Jewish people will be far better off and stronger without them, just like we are without the Ten Tribes, the Hellenizers, the Sadducees and so many others who have left before them.
On the other hand, there is the opposite as well. There are those gentiles who, the first time they hear about Judaism, come running. They are captivated with the idea of devoting ones life to the truth. Nothing can stop them. Jethro, Ruth, Onkelos and many others have joined the Jewish people and hugely strengthened it.
Perhaps one group balances out the other.
The most pathetic apostates are those who are so dishonest they will not even admit to being apostates. They wish to have everything both ways, to have their cholent and eat it too, so to speak. They wish to benefit from the kindness, support, love and generosity which they correctly perceive they will only find in the Orthodox Jewish world. (They know that if they would request to be a houseguest of one of the atheist scientists whom they worship, they probably would be arrested for stalking.) On the other hand, they do not believe in the divine origin of the Bible and Talmud, or even in God altogether. So they lie and cheat. They stand in front of the Torah scroll and publicly proclaim, “Blessed are You our God Who gave us His Torah”, while privately doing whatever they feel like doing. These evil scumbags defile the Jewish community in many ways – for example, by feeding non-kosher food to other Jews. (Any wine they pour is automatically not kosher.) And they disgrace the Jewish community by behaving in all sorts of immoral ways while dressing like Jews. Let’s hope that someday there will be a website established identifying these people, just as there are currently websites for sex offenders.
[This post is in conformance with the teachings of the universally revered and beloved Talmudic scholar Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, who wrote in his book “Hafetz Haim” Laws of Lashon Harah 8:5 that is it praiseworthy to disgrace and insult anyone who denies the divine origin of any portion of the Hebrew Bible or Talmudic law.]