(Mis)interpreting the Torah
Grand Rabbi of France Gilles Bernheim has declared that the values of Judaism are incompatible with those of the Front National. The article appears at SudOuest, a local paper of Bordeaux:
Grand Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, when questioned by Sud-Ouest about the attempts made by Marine Le Pen to coax Jewish voters into voting for the FN, declared that "the values of Judaism are incompatible with those of the Front National. And whatever Marine Le Pen's position favoring Israel might be, that will change nothing.
Questioned also on Eva Joly's proposal to make Yom Kippur and Eïd El-Kebir national holidays, the Grand Rabbi replied that he did not have to respond to every statement made by politicians. "I would not want the presidential election to benefit corporatist interests. That is not my idea of the relationship between the political and the religious."
Note: Eva Joly (née Gro Eva Farseth) is the Norwegian-born candidate of the Ecology Party (with support from the Green Party) for the presidency of France in 2012. In 1967 she married Frenchman Pascal Joly, by whom she had two children. They later separated. He committed suicide in 2001. She became known to the public when she was appointed examining magistrate in the Elf-Aquitaine financial scandal in 1994, involving a widespread network of corruption in the French oil industry. In the course of the legal proceedings one person she exonerated was Dominique Strauss-
Gilles Bernheim was in Bordeaux last Sunday to commemorate the rounding-up of 400 Jews from southwestern France in the Synagogue of Bordeaux during WWII. Jews from Bayonne, Pau, Libourne and even Arcachon had been imprisoned in the synagogue before being deported to Drancy, then to Auschwitz.
A contributor to Riposte Laïque named Elisseievna, who is Jewish, responds to rabbi Bernheim's declaration in a long reproach, in which she attempts to explain why Jews are "bleeding heart liberals", citing Leviticus 19:33-34, where Jews are told to love foreigners:
"For you were foreigners in the land of Egypt."
Often, however, Jews seem to be victims of a theoretical hypertrophy of virtue, and boast of spreading this overflow of love, without any reciprocity whatsoever, to the foreigner who does not see himself as a foreigner! Even more - and we live through situations like this today - "foreigners" claiming to be the true possessors of our country - France - and calling us intruders, find themselves theoretically invested with loving protection ordered by the Torah. It must be stated clearly: this twisting of the moral conscience, laden with suicidal tendencies, is of galuti origin (meaning in relation to existence in exile in the diaspora, and not in Israel).
In conclusion, it seems to me more than evident, Mr. Grand Rabbi of France, that the policies Marine Le Pen proposes are the only ones that can (…) ensure the safety of French Jews. Go for a walk through the middle schools of the ghettos, Gilles Bernheim, listen to what the immigrant children and adolescents, or children of immigrants, are thinking today about the Jews, and then tell me if you can see, in the current state of things, a way of eradicating the terrible rise of antisemitism other than stopping Muslim immigration, all the while applying French laws to stop the kingpins behind Islamic subversive activities. If the laissez-faire policy toward Islam, which is that of all the other candidates, is continued, in a few years, Mr. Grand Rabbi, France will be "judenrein", Notre-Dame de Paris will really be a mosque as Elena Tchoudinova imagined it would be, and the France of Solomon ben Isaac de Troyes will soon be nothing but a memory, because we can count on indifference and the art of Islamic cultural ethnocide to eradicate every last trace. I don't know if this is what you prefer in the name of I don't know what values you call Jewish, but as for me, I will fight against this ethnic cleansing, and for this reason also, I think I will fight with "our new Joan of Arc".
Note: "Judenrein" means "cleansed of Jews."
The reference to Notre-Dame concerns the book by Russian author Elena Tchoudinova in which she describes the last Mass in the cathedral before the definitive capitulation to Islam.
Solomon Yitzhaki of Troyes, known as Rashi, February 22, 1040 – July 13, 1105, was a medieval French rabbi famed as the author of a comprehensive commentary on the Talmud, as well as a comprehensive commentary on the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). See Wikipedia
I did not have time to research Galuti values, but I found this interesting piece at Palm Tree of Deborah. I can't tell if "galutnik" is correct or pejorative. "Galuti" is the word that seems to be preferred. Possibly "galutnik" is derived from "beatnik" and "peacenik"?
My soul has been churning in righteous indignation for more than 24 hours now and it isn’t lessening even one little bit and it won’t until I get this off of my chest.
After dinner on Leil Shabbat, I sat down to read a small magazine. I didn’t get any further than the first letter to the editor. It was obviously from a visiting galutnik Jew condemning the editorial decision that included in the magazine’s Yom Haatzmaut profile of various Israeli Jews’ comments on the holiday a wish for an Israel without Arabs. I won’t sully this blog by repeating verbatim what was written. Suffice it to say that reference was made to racism and democratic ideals, an obnoxious and obscene comparison between innocent Jews and murderous Arabs with special attention to a perfectly nice Arab waiter, who for all the writer knew could be plotting the next mass poisoning. But, you know, I don’t expect anything better from galutnik Jews. Their minds have already been poisoned by “Western ideals.” For lack of true Torah knowledge, they think it’s the same thing. What a shock they have in store!