Lets lay into the Maccabean again for printing another grossly offensive articleÂ toÂ followers of Judaism.Â It givesÂ us no pleasure to continue to badger this disgraceful displayÂ ofÂ destructive vective, but the Maccabean must be held to account for its persistance in being an anti-Jewish publication.Â
We can put on record that the readership of this blogÂ exceeds the readership of theÂ Maccabean, but we much prefer to be a blog,Â not a competitive form of media, nor a Maccabean watchdog.Â Â Nothing would be better for us than opening aÂ Perth Jewish newspaper each week and reading interesting news about our community, but sadly it all gets spoilt by the insulting and innacurateÂ nonsense written by Ken Arkwright.Â There are so many good things about this community, but the Maccabean refers to draw on the negative misrepresentation of Judaism instead.
This week the article contains a subheadingÂ “Torah spelling errors”.Â The reference to the Tettragrammaton, when pronounced Yud K Vav K, is described in the article as a nonsensical word.Â In fact the word is so holy to Jews that it is only pronounced in the Beit Hamikdash.Â The word is also related to the word Havayah, which means existance.Â The word says “Hashem is”.Â The Maccabean takes the word and removes everything G-dly from its meaning.
Lets look a little deeper into this.Â The RambamÂ writes:Â
“This Sacred Name, which, as you know, was not pronounced except in the Sanctuary by the appointed priests, when they gave the sacerdotal blessing [Bircas Kohanim], and by the highpriest on the Day of Atonement” Rambam -Â Morei Nivuchim 61
The Rambam writes extensively about theÂ differentÂ names used for G-d and what the divine attributes are that are associated with each name.Â It isÂ difficult to write about the names of G-d in a Jewish context without drawing on the commentary of the Rambam.Â However this article prefers Spinoza and Einstein.Â Spinoza, under the heading Friend or Enemy? is given credence by the article.Â That he was placed in charem and expelled from the Jewish people hardly seems to factor since he lovedÂ “contradictions in the scriptures” so much.
The article compares the theologyÂ of Spinoza with that of Einstein, which is a common theme of those who love to be Jewish, but cannot handle factoring the existance of G-d into that equation.Â OfÂ course Einstein like Spinoza did not beleive in G-d. but he did beleive in supernatural revelation in the world (which, by the way, is the ultimate irony, as this is very much a demonstration of Jewish belief in G-d).Â Einstein was not a relgious scholar,Â but his secularismÂ did not conflict with his retention of Jewish identity.Â Einstien was worthy of beingÂ President of Israel, hardly a comparable figure to Spinoza, and hardly consistentÂ with the position in the MaccabeanÂ that he regarded Jewish nationalism as an infantile disease.Â
Drawing on a famous position of Spinoza, apparently Einstein respected the lack of separation between body and soul.Â Â Yet the whole construct of Judasim is defined by this distinction.Â THe body, a physical vessel, isÂ used toÂ host the nefesh.Â The former is material and temporal, the latter is the very image of G-d and is eternal.Â Â They combine in a compatible way to perform a purpose in this world, so while they may work together they are by definitionÂ not one.Â The concept of oneness in Judaism is that of G-d.Â We require as Jews the humilty toÂ know that weÂ are the creation of G-d, but not aÂ manifest G-d in our own right.Â
The concepts addressed by this article are core to Judaism, very sacred, and require great insight, depth and study of Jewish philosophy.Â Sadly, the Maccabean takes the secular philosophy of those who rejected the call of Judaism, in order to then presentÂ an interpretation of theseÂ conceptsÂ disguised as Jewish belief.Â Â In reality theÂ definition of G-d that is provided in the names ofÂ Spinoza and EinsteinÂ couldn’t be more antithetical to Jewish religious belief.Â There is so much beautiful Jewish philosophy to draw from, but instead we get the destructive and misrepresentative Jews of history defining their form of G-dless Judaism.Â
Shame on the publishers of the Maccabean for yet again delivering anti-Jewish literature intoÂ the mailboxes of Jewish homes in our city.