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Why Judaism Isn’t Like Other Religions

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Is Judaism “just another religion,” or is it unique among the world religions, and if the latter, what sets it apart?

Blogger Paul Eisen wrote the following words as an intro to an essay he recently posted entitled “Why Judaism is not Like Other Religions.” The essay was written by Mark Weber of the Institute for Historical Review, or IHR. Here is what Paul writes:

This is from the IHR

It addresses an issue I’d touched on here – the degree to which the Jewish character is formed by Judaism and its texts. There, I claimed that although the naked supremacism of Jewish texts must inevitably inform present day Jewish feelings, it would be a mistake to rely too heavily on them in trying to understand the thoughts, feelings and ehavior of Jews we know.

I still believe that, but here, Mark Weber does a pretty good job of convincing me otherwise.

BTW, at the end of the piece I’ve posted a bulletin from Mark. In my view, we’d all be in a much worse place without the work of the IHR – and horrible, supremacist Jews like the mentioned Dov Hikind obviously agree.


The Weight of Tradition: Why Judaism is Not Like Other Religions

By Mark Weber

Many critics of Israel and its policies make a sharp distinction between Israel and its state ideology, Zionism, on the one hand, and Judaism, or the Jewish religious tradition and outlook, on the other.

Anti-Zionist groups, with names such as “Jewish Voice for Peace” or “Jews for Justice for Palestinians,” and anti-Zionist periodicals such as The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, emphasize humanistic aspects of the Jewish tradition. They urge Jews to reject Zionism and instead embrace humanistic features of Judaism. Such groups, while critical of Israel and its policies, take the view that the Jewish community has played a basically positive role in society, but that sometime in the twentieth century most Jews somehow jumped the track by embracing Zionism and its aggressive ethnic nationalism.

In fact, the often cruel and arrogant policies of Israel, and the often arrogant attitudes of what is called the “Israel Lobby,” the Jewish lobby, or the organized Jewish community, are not an aberration, but rather are deeply rooted in Jewish religious writings and in centuries of Jewish tradition.

Most people prefer pleasant myths to unpleasant truths, and prefer to believe what is most comfortable and agreeable. That’s one reason why so many of us like to think that all religions share common humanistic core values, and are all striving, each in its own way, toward the same ultimate truth.

But Judaism is not just “another religion.” It’s unique among the world’s major religions. The core values and ethos of Judaism are markedly unlike those of Christianity, Islam, and the other great faiths.

Christians believe that Jesus suffered and died for all people, and Christians are called upon to spread the Christian message to humanity. In the same way, Muslims believe that the message of the Koran is meant for all humanity, and they are called upon to bring everyone to Islam.

But that’s not the message of Judaism. Its teachings are not meant for all people. Its morality is not universal. Judaism is a religion for one particular people. The Jewish religion is based not on a relationship between God and humanity, but rather on a “covenant,” or contract, between God and a “chosen” people — the community known as the Jews, the Jewish People, the Israelites, the Hebrews, or the “People of Israel.”

One major reason why the role of the organized Jewish community is a problem in our society is because most American Jews manifest a strong loyalty to a foreign country, Israel, that since its founding in 1948 has been embroiled in seemingly endless crises and conflicts with its neighbors. But there is another reason.

The role of the Jewish community is also a harmful one because Jews are encouraged to regard themselves as separate from the rest of humanity, and as members of a community with interests quite distinct from those of everyone else. This “Us vs. Them” attitude — this mindset that sees Jews as dis­tinct from the rest of humanity, and which views non-Jews with distrust — is rooted in the Jewish religion, and in centuries of tradition.

Christians are supposed to live their lives in accord with the Bible, and especially the teachings of Jesus as laid out in the four Gospels of the New Testament, just as Muslims are called upon to live their lives in accord with the Koran. Similarly, Jews are supposed to lives their lives in accord with the principles laid out in the Hebrew scriptures, the “Tanakh,” which is also known as the Old Testament. These writings tell how Jews should think of themselves, and how they should interact with non-Jews.

A core message of the Hebrew scriptures is that Jews are a divinely “chosen” people — a unique community distinct from the rest of humanity. In the book of Deuteronomy, for example, we read: “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth.” /1

The Jewish scriptures also refer to Jews or Hebrews as a “People that Shall Dwell Alone,” or, in another translation, as “a people dwelling alone, and not reckoning itself among the nations.” In the book of Exodus, we read of the Jews as a people “distinct … from all other people that are upon the face of the earth.” / 2

The scriptures also explain that if Jews uphold the “covenant,” and maintain their separateness from all others, they will be rewarded with great wealth and power over other peoples. In the book of Deuteronomy, Jews are promised that God “will set you high above all the nations of the earth,” and that “All the people of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.” In another passage God tells the Jews: “For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.” / 3

In the book of Genesis, we read: “May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you.” In another passage in the book of Deuteronomy, God promises to Jews “to give you, with great and goodly cities, which you did not build, and houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out, which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees, which you did not plant…” / 4

In the book of Isaiah, we read: “Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you … For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish … The sons of those who oppressed you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet … Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks, foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers … you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you shall glory.” / 5

In the book of Joshua, we read: “I will give you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you dwell therein; you eat the fruit of vineyards and olive yards which you did not plant.” And in the book of Psalms, God says to the Jews: “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s wheel.” / 6

In the book of Deuteronomy, Jews are promised: “Then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours … No man shall be able to stand against you. The Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you.” In another passage, we are told that God says to his chosen people: “This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the peoples that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.” / 7

The moral code laid out in the Hebrew scriptures commands one standard for the “chosen people,” and another for non-Jews. In keeping with this ethno-centric morality, Jews are told that they must discriminate against non-Jews. In the book of Deuteronomy, God commands the Jews: “You shall not lend upon interest to your brother, interest on money, interest on victuals, interest on anything that is lent for interest. To a foreigner [that is, a non-Jew] you may lend upon interest, but to your brother you shall not lend upon interest.” / 8

Many portions of the Hebrew scriptures — especially the books of Joshua, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — tell of genocidal mass killings of non-Jews. The Jewish God repeatedly calls on his chosen people to exterminate non-Jews. The Jewish scriptures are perhaps the oldest historical record anywhere of systematic genocide.

In the seventh chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, we read: “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you — the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites — seven nations greater and mightier than yourselves, and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them; then you must utterly destroy them; you shall make no covenant with them, and show no mercy to them … And you shall destroy all the peoples that the Lord your god will give over to you, your eye shall not pity them.” / 9

In the book of Esther, we read: “So the Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, slaughtering, and destroying them, and did as they pleased to those who hated them. In the citadel of Susa the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred people … Now the other Jews who were in the king’s provinces also gathered to defend their lives, and gained relief from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of those who hated them…” In another passage in Deuteronomy, we read: “And we captured all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed every city, men, women and children; we left none remaining; only the cattle we took as spoil for ourselves, with the booty of the cites which we captured.” / 10

In the twentieth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, we read: “When you draw near a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it. And if the answer to you is peace and it opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall do forced labor for you and shall serve you. But if it makes no peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it; and when the Lord your God gives it into your hand you shall put all its males to the sword, but the women and the little ones, the cattle, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourselves; and you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the Lord your God has given you … But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God give you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, but you shall utterly destroy them…” / 11

In the book of Joshua, we read this harrowing account:

“When Israel had finished slaughtering all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and when all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai, and attacked it with the edge of the sword. The total of those who fell that day, both men and women, was twelve thousand — all the people of Ai. For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the sword, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their booty, according to the word of the Lord that he had issued to Joshua. So Joshua burned Ai, and made it for ever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.” / 12

In another chapter of the book of Joshua, we read: / 13

“And Joshua took Makkedah on that day, and struck it and its king with the edge of the sword; he utterly destroyed every person in it; he left no one remaining. And he did to the king of Makkedah, as he had done to the king of Jericho.

“Then Joshua passed on from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, to Libnah, and fought against Libnah. The Lord gave it also and its king into the hand of Israel; and he struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it; he left no one remaining in it; and he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho …

“So Joshua defeated the whole land, the hill country and the Negeb and the lowland and the slopes, and all their kings; he left no one remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded. And Joshua defeated them from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, as far as Gibeon.”

Over the centuries there have, of course, been important changes in Jewish community attitudes and behavior. Jews today do not observe all the rules and commands laid down in their religious writings. For example, they do not put to death women caught in adultery, or kill anyone who works on the Sabbath, or put to death anyone who curses his father or mother. /14

All the same, the weight of tradition is a heavy one, especially when based on writings that are held to be sacred. Something of the attitude of separateness, chosenness and superiority laid out in the Hebrew scriptures persists to the present, and is manifest in policies of Israel, and of the organized Jewish community. /15

For some orthodox Jewish leaders, the “chosen people” is not just a superior or privileged group. They regard Jews and non-Jews as practically different species.

Rabbi Menachen Schneerson, the “Lubovitcher Rebbe” who headed the Chabad orthodox Jewish movement, and wielded great influence in Israel as well as in the US, explained: / 16

“The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression, `Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather we have a case of `let us differentiate’ between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world … A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity. It is written, `And the strangers shall guard and feed your flocks’ (Isaiah 61:5). The entire creation [of a non-Jew] exists only for the sake of the Jews …”

Rabbi Kook the Elder, another influential and much revered Jewish leader, expressed a similar view: “The difference between a Jewish soul and the souls of non-Jews — all of them in all different levels — is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.” / 17

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of Israel’s most prominent and influential Jewish religious leaders, says that non-Jews (Goyim) exist only to serve Jews. “Goyim were born only to serve us,” said Rabbi Yosef during a sermon in October 2010. “Without that, they have no place in the world — only to serve the people of Israel.” /18

The view that Jews are a distinct people with a primary commitment to Israel and the Jewish community is forthrightly affirmed by Elliott Abrams, an American Jewish scholar who was President George W. Bush’s senior advisor for “global democratic strategy,” and in 2006 was a key advisor on Middle East affairs to the US Secretary of State. In his book Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in Christian America, /19 he writes: “Outside the land of Israel, there can be no doubt that Jews, faithful to the covenant between God and Abraham, are to stand apart from the nations in which they live. It is the very nature of being Jewish to be apart — except in Israel — from the rest of the population.” Judaism and the Jewish way of life,” writes Abrams, is not “entirely voluntary, for the Jew is born into a covenantal community with obligations to God.” Jews, he goes on, “are in a permanent covenant with God and with the land of Israel and its people. Their commitment will not weaken if the Israeli government pursues unpopular policies …”

The Jewish sense of alienation from, and abiding distrust of, non-Jews is also manifest in a remarkable essay published in 2002 in the Forward, the prominent Jewish community weekly. Entitled “We’re Right, the Whole World’s Wrong,” it is written by Rabbi Dov Fischer, an attorney and a member of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. / 20 Rabbi Fischer is also national vice president of the Zionist Organization of America. He is thus not an obscure or semi-literate scribbler, but rather an influential Jewish community figure. And this piece did not appear in some marginal periodical, but rather in what is perhaps the most literate and thoughtful Jewish weekly in America, and certainly one of the most influential.

In his essay, Rabbi Fischer tells readers: “If we Jews are anything, we are a people of history … Our history provides the strength to know that we can be right and the whole world wrong.” He goes on:

“We were right, and the whole world was wrong. The Crusades. The blood libels and the Talmud burnings in England and France, leading those nations to expel Jews for centuries. The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition. The ghettos and the Mortara case in Italy. Dreyfus in France. Beilis in Russia and a century’s persecution of Soviet Jewry. The Holocaust. Kurt Waldheim in Austria. Each time, Europe stood by silently — or actively participated in murdering us — and we alone were right, and the whole world was wrong.

“Today, once again, we alone are right and the whole world is wrong. The Arabs, the Russians, the Africans, the Vatican proffer their aggregated insights into and accumulated knowledge of the ethics of massacre. And the Europeans. Although we appreciate the half-century of West European democracy more than we appreciated the prior millennia of European brutality, we recognize who they are, what they have done — and what’s what. …

“We remember that the food they [Europeans] eat is grown from soil fertilized by 2,000 years of Jewish blood they have sprinkled onto it. Atavistic Jew-hatred lingers in the air into which the ashes rose from the crematoria… Yes, once again, we are right and the whole world is wrong. It doesn’t change a thing, but after 25 centuries it’s nice to know.”

Time and again in history, Jews have wielded great power to further group interests that are separate from, and often contrary to, those of the non-Jewish populations among whom they live. This creates an inherently unjust and unstable situation that all too often has ended tragically in violent conflict between Jews and non-Jews.

In our age, the seemingly intractable Middle East conflict is more than just a problem of Zionism or politics, or a dispute over land. Israel’s often arrogant policies, and especially its inhumane treatment of non-Jews, have roots in centuries-old attitudes that are laid out in ancient Jewish religious writings.


Deuteronomy 7:6 and 14:2.
Numbers 23:9; Exodus 33:16.
Deuteronomy 28: 1, 10; 15: 6.
Genesis 27: 28-29; Deuteronomy 6: 10-11.
Isaiah 60: 10-14; Isaiah 61: 5-6.
Joshua 24:13; Psalms 2:8.
Deuteronomy 11: 23, 25: 2: 25.
Deuteronomy 23:19-20.
Deuteronomy 7: 2, 16.
Esther 9:2, 5; Deut . 2:34.
Deuteronomy 20: 10-14, 16-17.
Joshua 8: 24-27.
Joshua 10: 26-40
Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22: 20-21 / Exodus 31: 15; Exodus 35: 2 / Exodus 21: 17; Leviticus 20: 9.
Israel Shahak, a Jewish scholar who for years was a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, provides striking examples of this in modern-day Israel in his eye-opening book, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, published first in 1994.
( http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/jewhis1.htm )
From the book by Schneerson, Gatherings of Conversations, published in 1965. Quoted in: Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism (London: 1999), pp. 59-60.
( http://www.mailstar.net/shahak2.html )
Also cited by Jewish scholar Allan C. Brownfeld in his review published in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 2000.
( http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/0300/0003105.html )
Quoted in: Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism (London: 1999), p. ix.
( http://www.mailstar.net/shahak2.html )
Also cited by Jewish scholar Allan C. Brownfeld in his review published in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 2000.
( http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/0300/0003105.html )
“Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews,” The Jerusalem Post (Israel), Oct. 18, 2010. (http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=191782)
Elliott Abrams, Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in Christian America (New York: 1997), pp. 30, 145, 181.
Dov Fischer, “We’re Right, the Whole World’s Wrong,” Forward (New York), April 19, 2002, p. 11.
( http://rabbidov.com/American%20Jews/wererightworldwrong.htm )
Some of Fischer’s remarks here are gross distortions of history. For example, his mention of “a century’s persecution of Soviet Jewry” is a breathtaking falsehood. For one thing, the entire Soviet period lasted 72 years, not 100. And during at least some of that period, above all during the first ten years of the Soviet era, Jews wielded tremendous, if not dominant power. Rabbi Fischer seems to have forgotten such figures as Leon Trotsky, com­mander in chief of the young Soviet state’s Red Army, Grigori Zinoviev, head of the Communist International, and Yakov Sverdlov, the first Soviet president. (See: M. Weber, “The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia’s Early Soviet Regime,” The Journal of Historical Review, Jan.-Feb. 1994. (http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v14/v14n1p-4_Weber.html )


23 thoughts on “Why Judaism Isn’t Like Other Religions

  1. It makes me so proud to see Israelis holding an Israeli made weapon. We will never again be at the mercy of the blood thirsty merciless Christians and Muslims.

    The Christians who killed hundreds of millions of people including their own, and enslaved Africa, North America, South America, India and the list goes on.

    And the Muslims who enslaved many millions of Africans, conquered the entire Middle East, north Africa, South and Middle Asia and converted by the sword all the original inhabitants or simply killed them.

    History has shown us that the only way for Jews to survive is for every Israeli child to learn how to use a gun.

    BTW, when are you planning to give North and South America back to it’s original inhabitants and return to England?

  2. I know a lot of Jews are fond of blaming Christianity for all their problems, but the reality is Christianity is not the root of your troubles. I hope this doesn’t cause you too much cognitive dissonance, but views hostile and antagonistic toward Jews were expressed in the ancient world long before Christianity came into being. In the year 410 BC, a pogrom against Jews–perhaps the first in recorded history– was carried out on the island of Elephantine in the Nile River, in southern Egypt. Egypt at the time was under Persian rule, and the Egyptians were fed up with Jewish collaboration with their occupiers. They took over the island and destroyed a Jewish temple there.

    Instead of thinking about guns and nursing your persecution complex, you would be wise to ponder what it is that has caused Jews throughout history to have such trouble getting along with others.

  3. So you claim I have persecution complex and bring me story about persecution against Jews in 410 BC? Do you know what a contradicting idea is?

    I would like to propose a slogan for your blog: “Richard Edmondson – Hating Jews Since 410BC”

    I didn’t say Christians are my problem. I said they were the entire human race’s problem.

    And you didn’t answer my question – when will you be leaving North America and returning to England?

    And how do you think the Native Americans should be punishing you for stealing 10 million square miles of their land?

    How should all the white people should be punished for kidnapping tens of millions of black slaves from Africa? I don’t think burning your church would be enough according to the punishment scale set by your story from 410 BC.

    And how do you think all the Muslims in the world should be punished for occupying all that land? because before 600AD there wasn’t a single Muslim in the world so they certainly didn’t own any land.

  4. One more thing:

    Notice that in your 410BC story (which I think is a lie, but whatever…) you didn’t say one bad thing against the Egypt government of the time. The people in your story did not revolt against their government. They were cowards. The attacked the weak link – the Jewish minority. They were too scared and spineless to go against the government so they went after the scape goat. Typical.

  5. The events at Elephantine in 410 BC are a part of the historical record–but don’t take my word for it. Get a copy of the book Judeophobia: Attitudes Toward Jews in the Ancient World, by Peter Schafer, where you will find it discussed. Schafer, by the way, is a professor of Jewish studies at Princeton University, but hey–maybe he’s lying too. You never know.

    Your comments get more amusing every day–so by all means, keep posting them. I don’t have any plans to immigrate, but when Palestine is liberated by Hezbollah, I definitely plan to go there for a visit. All the best!

  6. Your 410BC story is a proof that Jews have been living in these parts for at least 2500 years. Hizballa is a Shia Muslim organization. Islam was founded at least a 1000 years later. So how can someone “liberate” a land that has belonged to someone else for at least 1000 years?

    Do you think it’s ok for Hizballa to fire rockets on Israeli civilians? because that’s what they do.

    Do you think it’s also ok for Hizballa to be involved in the murder of Syrians conducted by the Asad regime? Next thing you’re going to say they are liberating Syria from the rebels.

    When will North America be liberated from you? When will North America be liberated from the white Christian occupation?

  7. My comments are not as amusing as you calling yourself a “peace activist” while justifying intentional indiscriminate murder of civilians for a good enough reason (being Jewish).

  8. Let’s see, one–two–three comments from you today!!! And all posted within a half hour of each other! At 11:04 it’s Native Americans. At 11:18 it’s Hezbollah. And at 11:26 you accuse me of justifying murder. Are your thought patterns always this disjointed, or is it just posting comments here at this blog that causes a slew of creative “afterthoughts” to come bombarding into your brain?

    You keep mentioning Native Americans. I’m just wondering, living there in Israel as you do, how much you even know about them? Have you ever heard of Wounded Knee? I only ask the question because you don’t seem to know a great deal about history. In any case, you might be interested in the video below by Russell Means. It was uploaded in January of 2009 just as you guys were carrying out your slaughter in Gaza. Russell passed on into the spirit world last year, but as you watch, be aware he wasn’t just any Native American. He was one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement.

  9. I know enough history to know that there wasn’t a single white Christian in north America before 1500AD.

    you keep avoiding the questions – and I will keep asking them until I get a strait answer.

    Do you think it’s fair you’re sitting on Native American stolen land?

    When will North America be liberated from you?

    When will North America be liberated from the white Christian occupation?

  10. Do I go over to my neighbor’s house and express hatred and contempt for his religion while lounging in his living room? Of course not. But yet you come here and express your disdain and hatred for Christianity–which is in essence the virtual equivalent of that sort of brutish behavior. Why should I bother answering your silly questions when you conduct yourself in such a base fashion? Also–though boorishly insisting I should answer your questions, you never seem to respond to my points. Did you not think Russell Means had some pertinent things to say about Palestine?

    Possibilities for dialog are opened up with the exercise of a few basic manners. Petulance, on the other hand, shuts the door.

  11. I see a positive side to this exchange. Irreconcilable world views (like tribal versus humanistic) do not make for fruitful dialog. That is why we, “Goyim,” do not go to Arutz Sheva to post opinions about the Talmud or the State for Jews. So I sense that “a Jew”‘s somewhat maniacal stalker’s eruptions here are in fact a sign that he is not just incensed (cognitive dissonance hurts) but also intrigued. Maybe, just maybe, soon a crack might appear in his Jewish identity cuirasse and he will become vulnerable to reason.

    Perhaps my optimism is due tot he fact that unlike others I refuse to believe that Ashkenazim, the descendant of the Khazars, despite their many inbreeding-related genetic diseases, are intellectually inferior to other groups.

    I realize that their amazing lemming-like attachment to their fantastic mythology, a widespread affliction even among the most educated among them, is against my nurture-beats-nature bent simply because so many of them have lived among non-Jews yet have been unable to overcome their programing.

    I still think early imprinting and intense indoctrination cannot be underestimated. It is capable of deadening even spontaneous defense reflexes and inhibiting the learning of conditioned reflexes. I am speaking about the kind of learned reflex that makes you avoid the wall into which you bumped your head once. Yet this particular tribal community actually lists the number of times they bashed their heads against the same wall as proof that it is the wall’s fault!
    I am convinced that if a Jewish baby were to be removed from its environment and raised by normal parents, that baby would grow up to be a completely normal human being, as capable as any of reason, self-reflection, empathy and normal relations with its fellow human beings.

    For this reason, just one among many, the invention of Israel was also a tragedy for the Jews: it gave them an environment where their worst tribal psychopathies reinforce each other exponentially.

  12. “I am speaking about the kind of learned reflex that makes you avoid the wall into which you bumped your head once. Yet this particular tribal community actually lists the number of times they bashed their heads against the same wall as proof that it is the wall’s fault!”

    I couldn’t have said it better, AT.

  13. Yea, manifest destiny, the Monroe Doctrine was bad. America isn’t perfect and is one of the most hypocritical nations of all time. Why do you think Israel enjoys a “special relationship” with it? But you bulldozed Rachel Corrie just a few years ago, and whereas the New World was exploited by every Old World power that could afford a boat, including international Jewry, the Jewish have claimed exclusive “racial” geopolitical and teritorial privileges in a post colonial world that no longer accepts the validity of such values. There is moral progress in history. The clinging on to Old Testament racial values has been superseded, not only by Christian ethics, but by basically every system of morality since the primitive myths of Judea were established, and certainly since their acceptance in Khazaria. The Jewish ethno-religious group has every bit as much historic continuity, purity, legitimacy and moral courage as the W.A.S.P.’s of the American South, or the KKK.

  14. See previous response regarding American hypocrisy. However, its also fair to note that despite your barbaric “eye for an eye” tradition and its emotive appeal, the truth is that “two wrongs don’t make a right,” neither judicially or historically, but certainly not logically. The fallacy is quite obvious the way you put it, and I’m beginning to revert back to my initial impression that you’re just a sophomoric troll.

  15. No religion is “just like” any other, but certainly there are similarities.

  16. I have read some of the Upanishads, or at least the major ones, and a few of the more minor ones as well.

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