Thank you Nikol for ruining my day.
Well, maybe not for ruining it but certainly for injecting a sour note.
In a response to my post earlier today about Yidcore’s new “shteller” (position) you wrote; “That’s all fine. What, however, do you think about Obadiah Shoher’s criticism pf Rosh Hashanah as a holiday that has nothing to do with New Year?
Nikol, Nikol, Nikol. I’m not really sure what your comment has to do with my post other than the fact that the topic is Rosh haShanah. But think. Do we really need to spend our time paying attention to what far right doomsday prophets are saying about Rosh haShanah? I think not but I sensed that you were upset and followed your link despite myself and that’s where the sour note entered my day.
Obadiah Shoher’s post about Rosh haShanah is so offensively ignorant that if he didn’t seem to be a radical supporter of Israel I would think he was an Anti-Semite. His post even includes the prerequisite Anti-Semitic cartoon! But you’d be proud of me Nikol. I made up my mind not to let this get to me and I’ve decided instead to have some fun with his post!
I propose a little game. I put together a list of 9 quotes from his post that are blatant and completely ignorant errors. The rules are as follows: Read his post. As you’re reading come up with a mental list of errors. Then compare your list to mine and if we agree then you win! 😉
Now, on your mark get set, GO! (READ POST)
Here’s my list:
1. “Jewish new year is commanded in the spring month of Nissan to commemorate Exodus.” FALSE – the Torah says that Nissan is the first with regards to counting the months – it says nothing about there being any sort of Holiday or Celebration. (As a matter of fact Jews are too busy cleaning their houses of crumbs and baking matzos to even consider an additional Holiday on Rosh Chodesh Nissan – not to mention still hung over from Purim)
2. “Rabbis moved Rosh ha-Shanah to autumn for no theological reason.” FALSE – there was no Rosh haShanah to move and the reasons in fact for choosing Tishrei over Nissan are clearly discussed in the Talmud with important underlying themes of theological import quite evident. (And don’t you think that the Rabbi’s would’ve argued a bunch about this and then we’d have some people celebrating Rosh haShanah in Nissan to this day!?)
3. “Hasidim are traveling to Medzhibozh to honor Ball Shem Tov, a founder of their religion considerably removed from other branches of Judaism.” FALSE – In fact they are traveling to Uman. (And which branches of Judaism are Chassidim considerably removed from any more than any other Orthodox Jew?)
4. “Besht introduced many doctrinal innovations, and some of them, like God abiding in each human being, are Gnostic.” FALSE – To the best of my knowledge the Baal Shem Tov did not introduce this concept into Judaism. (I’d guess – if there is a similar concept in Gnostic thought that perhaps they stole it from us?)
5. “The Gaon had a good sense of preventing Jewish community from another split, and accepted Hasidim as proper adherents of Judaism.” FALSE – Ummm… No. He did not accept them. (And they’ve never forgiven him for that either!)
6. “Praying at one’s grave is the ultimate pagan rite.” FALSE – assuming he means that it is the ultimate form of avoda zara – that is not the case. (Unless he means that in the Pagan world this is the Ultimate form of worship. That might explain centuries of grave defilement in Jewish cemeteries – they were just overzealous pagans…)
7. “Theoretically, Hasidim pray at the grave. In practice, many pray to the late Besht (still more pray in New York to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe).” FALSE – I hope. (In any case how does he KNOW what’s going on in their minds?)
8. “As the New Year draws near, Hasidim will engage in equally pagan rite of shaking their tzitzit at seashore.” FALSE – and this is my absolute favorite! (Chassidim in fact shake their tzitzit every chance they get!)
9. “Modern Jews who deem themselves religious sacrifice roosters just anywhere.” FALSE (First they make sure to alert PETA so they can come shoot video)
Isn’t this fun!?
Thank you Nikol for ruining my day.