Original piece is http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=205559
Some leaders best approximate the optimal use of the various elements of the Sefirot. Ecclesiastes is clear that there is a time and a place for everything under the sun. It is possible to turn a serial killer into a non-abusive doting grandfather. Very difficult but possible. Sometimes one must be kind. Sometimes one must be severe. Sometimes one must just sit back and wait. I think the most powerful political tool in the universe is truth. The way to build trust with others is via truth telling. There is objective truth in the universe. Either something happened or it didn"t. I think more people may be prepared to face the truth at the moment. Truth is pouring into the zeitgeist in powerful, refreshing, turbulent waves. The momentum now is unstoppable.
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-09 02:00:01 GMT
To Brian_007, I am used to swimming in deep water. I love the ocean. Why just a week ago I swam out more than one hundred metres off the Portsea back beach past the breakers. I have learnt to not fear the darkness below. I know that G-d has a plan in mind for humankind. World Peace 2050 was established in April 2000. www.wp2050.com the better side of humanity in a nation must be given a chance. A more powerful person can often influence the course of another just by how they regard them. Do not underestimate the power of love as a political tool. Erich Fromm defined love as: Care; Respect; Knowledge and Responsibility. So taking an interest in another culture is vital to gaining understanding. If we only concentrate on the dark side of another we are prone to creating an unhealthy dynamic that gets reinforced over time. Of course putting on rose coloured glasses can be dangerous if we ignore the threats in our midst. We will see how things play out. I know what is possible in the Middle East and World at the moment. I have spent a lifetime investigation what the true potential of humankind is. The universe is stable, ordered, benevolent and expansive even if the minds of many bear witness to the opposite. Violence is not innate. All behaviour is a result of mindset and setting. G-d wants the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the Holy Land to be a platform that reflects this paradigm. The Jews and all of humankind will benefit as a result. Egypt as one of the neighbours is part of the divine mix. We should take an interest in the welfare of our neighbours. One’s arc of concern should extend further than the face we see in the mirror first thing in the morning.
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-08 23:32:06 GMT
Adam, My guess is that you, a baal teshuva, are emersed in either catch up, or deep waters...personal, I try to avoid divining where under water rivers flow, and G-d"s plans. Ity"s all beyond me. And these generalizations about how "democracy ensures everyone is equal, so no one can give orders or criticise..." is utter nonsense. The greatest strength, is the active criticism that fires change and progress within a democracy. Nor do I really understand the relevance of your insert. I"m officially out of this dialog after my next statement: I suggest leaving G-d"s plans to G-d. It"s fun to speculate and compete in terms of our erudtion and adherence levels, but on the ground, we are facing historic developments. The Muslim Brotherhood is now very much at the table in Eqypt, and the banned Islamic Party in Tunisia is very much at the forefront. The West is now watching a sociopolitical development very similar to what occurred in Iran. And, while we can criticise the West"s apathy to the dictatorial structures of many Arabic states, we now look at the popular consequences. Unfortunately, I do not believe those forces will elect to consitutionalize freedoms of speech, the press, assembly and womens suffrage and open partication in the political process. I think they will yield to the dominance of dogma, clerics, and strongmen in the form of islamists, who will represent a further polarization of the Middle East conflict and the ideological opposition to Wester values, which are all based on the inherent freedom of the individual. It would be a great folly to assume that Hashem will right this wrong, if we ourselves are not willing to actively participate in the process, defending and taking responsibility for ourselves.
Posted by Brian_007 on 2011-02-08 09:32:17 GMT
To Brian, Where oh where have I suggested apathy as an optimal course of action ? What I am saying is that G-d has a plan and he will line up the pieces on the divine chess board to create a certain reality. The boredom excuse is a defence mechanism I have heard from many over the years when they hit a brick wall of too difficult information for them to absorb. Your comment about the timing of the Messianic revealtion and the correct order of the Redemption is accurate except when it actually applies to the man designated as Moshiach. Some are more ahead of the curve than others. Some Jews like voters in a democracy can suffer from the same problem. There is a glaring fault with the dominant government system in the West. Democracy ensures everyone is equal, so no one can give orders or criticise. A decent command structure breaks down. Many people have become capricious, individualistic and self-centred. They are happy to leave the heavy spiritual lifting up to others. Thus a monarchy is required. Divinely mandated command structure : G-d - Moshiach - Sanhedrin etc. Check your watch. The divine clock is ticking...
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-08 03:45:16 GMT
Adam, you are becoming a bit tedious. To note: Jacov, before meeting his brother Eisav and his army, didn"t just pray. He didn"t rely on a miracle or protection from Hashem. He wrestled the entire night with the Eisav angel emmissary, and he prepared himself and his family for the worst. He prepared his people to defend themselves against what could have been a violent catastrophy. Rashi explains why. Stop preaching excuses and rationalization of inaction, and a silly notion that G-d alone will defend us. He has hidden his face from us due our our mis-actions. That will not change this afternoon, in all probability. It"s up to us, and our own preparation in our own defense. Only then can Articles of Faith, according to any interpretation be of relevance, especially given tat the coming of Mosiach is beyong the perview and timetable of any of us, and it"s true, the Articles of Faith are a package deal!
Posted by Brian_007 on 2011-02-07 08:44:15 GMT
To Ymr, I studied the Thirteen Articles of Faith in depth in 2002 and 2003. I am more aware of their meaning than nearly anyone on the Planet. Regarding Moshiach...G-d is the superset of all creation. As Maimonides explains in "Guide for the Perplexed" prophetic insight is given to certain people throughout history. The revelation of Moshiach as enunciated by the "Twelfth Article of Faith" unfolds over time. For the person anointed as the righteous redeemer/prince of peace/wise counsellor the process is interesting. He will have inklings of his true purpose all throughout his life, but the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle will become clearer at certain specific times. The revelations will be intensely personal and private between G-d and himself. This will lead to feelings of surprise, wonder, awe, confusion, fear, anger, annoyance, lethargy, inspiration, invigoration and acceptance. He will learn how to orientate and position himself so as to best maximise his role and function in the service of the ultimate mission. He will be mis-interpreted by many people and will attract real hatred, envy, jealousy and vitriol. He will be very close to G-d. His power and influence will grow over time. G-d will assist him in his mission. Hope this is of interest to you. Shalom ! P.S. The following has been sent to many people all around the world over the last seven years. MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION Do you believe "Moshiach" is... (a) A tasty Polish stew best served in the depths of winter. (b) An irrelevant, archaic concept with no relevance to today"s world. (c) A metaphor for an age of world peace and does not imply an actual person. (d) Alive and breathing right now on Planet Earth and is doing his work. (e) Has already lived and will return one day. (f) Not born yet and is not physically present on earth yet. (g) Best represented by the collective Jewish people and/or the State of Israel.
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-07 08:33:32 GMT
To Brian and YMR, If you can"t see the relevance of the points I am raising it is not my problem. I am bored of people who think they know everything and are not prepared to listen and learn. I accept what I don’t know. All throughout my life I have sought information from many sources. You cannot solve a Rubik’s Cube without looking at all the sides of a problem. However if I am 100% confident on certain points and the need arises I intervene. Some more issues for you... I am not surprised that so many people are not “picking” the zeitgeist at the moment. Confusion often precedes understanding. The prophecies are crystal clear that at some point over time all people will turn to the one G-d and the petty delineations between the sects will be erased. The prophets glimpsed pieces of the divine jigsaw puzzle. There is one Mitzvot in the Tanach that applies to all time and space. The prohibition of the sexual abuse of a child can be the basis for constructing an entire political philosophy and worldview. i.e. A child becomes an adult. An adult becomes a partnership. A partnership becomes a family. A family becomes a community. A community becomes a nation. A nation becomes a civilization. Peaceworld or Traumaworld ? The choice is ours. Perhaps the presence of a truly sovereign person is required in the Holy City right now to oversee and facilitate deliberations. I repeat the question I posed earlier...Do you believe in the Twelfth Article of Faith ? Simple answer please. No equivocation.
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-07 03:07:40 GMT
I feel the point made by Hector is quite relevant. "Islam" means, sugjugation. Almost inherent to the codex is domination, explaning why we see strong, dogmatic clerics having such popularity, and where, in almost every Islamic state, regimes exist which if not openly dictatorial, are antithetical to democratic infrastructures. The will of the people is seen as troublesome and dangerous. It"s neither desired nor granted. The will of the God is core, and he requires male domination, reprssion, murderous martyrdom, and apparently only communicates through dead profets and living clerics. Political, religious and social domination then, from a variety of strongmen, is the means by which the vast majority of Muslims are governed. Even in this democratic upheavel, a vote towards what will most probably an Islamist regime(s) will be the result. It"s frighteningly similar to the means by which Urban II sent 30.000 brutish knights slicing through everything on their way to Jeruselem in the Crusades, a thousand years ago.
Posted by Brian_0007 on 2011-02-06 11:04:04 GMT
Gentlemen, our brains handle some 6000 actions and pieces of information every second. In my own congitive state, I can overlook the salt shaker sitting directly in front of me. So, what do I know? Very little. Even less about Hashems plans, favor, or withholding of same. But, I do know these are dangerous times, regardless of where we attribute basic causality. To not accept it, plan and defend against worse-possible-scenarios and recognize that what we may be seeing could the the launch of that uniting catalyst of orthodox, virulent, radical islamism in the context of democratic opheaval, would be a serious mistake.
Posted by Brian_007 on 2011-02-04 08:19:16 GMT
To Ronit, Do you believe in the Twelfth Article of Faith ? Simple answer please. No equivocation. It is now time for very clear communication to prevail. There is enough confusion on the Planet. The universe is stable, ordered, benevolent and expansive even if the minds of many bear witness to the opposite.
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-04 00:36:10 GMT
Only one point of difference between us Brian. I believe that Hashem, through those gritty Sabras, and traumatised European Jews created the State of Israel...eretz Yisrael has always been there...and the creation of the modern State...against all odds...and with the blood, sweat and tears of the Jewish nation...is still a miraculous event.
Posted by Ronit on 2011-02-04 00:15:19 GMT
Obama"s Commitment to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty ? Politics is the art of the possible. Surveying the landscape what is before us ? Great chaos, flux, fear and change all throughout the Middle East. The threat of a downward spiralling vortex, almost like a land subsidence or spiritual sinkhole. No real leader present in Egypt. The other national leaders nervous but hanging on, treading water and managing to mitigate the anger by holding snap elections etc. Temporarily distracting the masses. Plugging the dyke. How about a meeting in Jerusalem with various representatives from Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt with other nations present ? A peace treaty could be negotiated. Various GDP"s in the region...Israel US$292.7 billion; Jordan $31.01 B; Syria $96.53 B; Lebanon $53.81 B; Gaza $4 B; Saudi Arabia $600.4 B; Egypt $452.5 Billion. The total GDP of these eight areas is approx. $1.5 Trillion. This can increase by at least 4% per annum over the coming years if trust and co-operation increases. The vacuum needs to be filled. Ganeden needs an HQ. A good CEO is required. How many Jews actually believe in the Twelfth Article of Faith ? It doesn"t really matter. As a wise sage once said "It doesn"t matter what you think we will all know the truth and what is correct in the end." G-d has a plan. He will not be denied...
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-03 23:58:58 GMT
Of course one"s assumptions predicate conclusions. Cases are built on various assumptions. The platitude of "believing and trusting" is well and good, when the evidence that leads to trust is apparent. ‘Eretz Yisroel’ is a nation Hashem alone will create. The State of Israel, however, was made by homeless, traumatized Europeans and gritty Sabra Jews. The realities on the ground are as described by Ronit below: An overwhelming number of Arabs are politically repressed, religiously dogmatized, poor, and illiterate. They are the fodder for clerics, demagogues and local strongmen - the Islamic Mafia - the Muslim Brotherhood. Note: 50% of the population under 30 want to emigrate, while a violent Shiite movement is gathering force. I fully agree that Egyptians, like the population of Gaza, want jobs, to do the best for their kids and have some fun and freedom in their lives. Yet, when people are subjugated to radicalized doctrines which are projected as the will of G-d, sending throngs of enraged, disenfranchised people on a mission of hatred and conquest, you get the same sort of dynamic that enabled the Crusades to occur. Millions died and the ripples can still be felt. Now, we are at the precipice of a new and very dangerous historic development. To not see it as such, while banking naively on "Man"s good will toward Man," and that Hashem will suddenly step in and part the sea of indoctrinated Arabs, would be a absurd mistake of historic proportions. Hashem’s plans stretch over millennia. Our children’s lives stretch over decades. I believe our responsibility is to protect ourselves, and them.
Posted by Brian_007 on 2011-02-03 12:14:17 GMT
How we perceive a situation always determines how we react to it. That"s a given. I don"t know if most Egyptians are decent people or not. I do know they have been fed a diet of anti semitic propaganda for many years...decent people though they may be. I do know that a 20-part serial was broadcast which replicated the blood libel story against the Jews...most blatantly. I also know that 45% of women and 35% of the population are illiterate, many more a poverty stricken. Are they thus ripe for extremism. Yes. So how does it help me to know that most Egyptians are decent people...as if that is somehow relevant. Were most Germans prior to the Holocaust....decent people also?
Posted by Ronit on 2011-02-03 04:48:23 GMT
Adam, Let"s artculate the underlying point you are making: If we all believe that the best will occur, it will, and if unfortunately we all believe the worst will occur, it will. This is an extremely empowering point of view, which more people ought to heed.
Posted on 2011-02-03 01:46:16 GMT
Did you know that Hamas representatives on a trust building mission involving talks about Gilad Shalit were on their way to Damascus on Monday when they were paradoxically stopped at the border with Egypt due to the ensuing chaos ? The Israelis et al. Are doing an enormous amount of good work behind the scenes to obey a certain paradigm. Pigeonholing all the people in a country is foolhardy. The vast majority of Egyptians are decent people who want a good future. I do not believe they want war with Israel or any of their neighbours at this time. How we perceive a situation can determine how we react to it. Beware of self-fulfilling prophecies.
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-03 01:32:34 GMT
Adam, the Muslim brotherhood has already said explicitly that they would support Hamas"s struggle against Israel, and that they don"t recognise Israel as a state. So if I TRUST the muslim brotherhood as you recommend, as a Zionist I have a lot to worry about. Conversely, if I force myself to "believe" that they are fair-minded and seek peace, then I would have to conclude that the brotherhood is deceptive.
Posted on 2011-02-03 00:11:27 GMT
Israel National News - Netanyahu to World: Make Sure Egypt Doesn"t Abandon Peace The Egyptian protestors may not have the patience to wait for President Mubarak to resign in September. Things have been allowed to slide for too long and the current intransigence of the government may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Too mitigate the violence a government of national unity is required. The people must start to feel engaged in the process of government. I am sure the vast majority of Egyptians are fair minded and seek peace and good relations with all nations, including Israel. The Western leaders including Bibi must attempt to trust the people of Egypt. Managing affairs from on high is dangerous when the people resent the ivory tower. A more interconnected, dynamic, grounded Middle East is required. An H.Q. is required for this paradigm is required. The relationship between the Holy Land and the Land of the Pharaohs is crucial to the mix. Some high level trust building meetings between all the nations in the region should be held in Jerusalem. The people of the Middle East nations will accept fair management of their affairs. The Arabs are amenable to reason. A divinely mandated overseer and facilitator for this process is required. Guess what boys and girls ? This is in fact the prophesied solution. Keep denying G-d and see what unfolds. The next 102 days leading up to May 16th are going to be momentous. Let’s see how good all the various “leaders” are in the coming days...
Posted by Adam Neira on 2011-02-02 23:40:23 GMT
Unfortunately the violent strategies of the radicalized islamists is making solid gains and has proven to force Western democracies into an extremely expensive and human resource demanding defensiveness. This has provided poor, uneducated and repressed Arabs with a new sense of identity, not wholly unlike that which transformed and mobilized Germans in the 1930"s. We saw Hamas win electoral support, only to become an terrifying, repressive, and iron fisted islamist regime that Gaza can is unable to vote out of office or remove. This wave of Arabic populism ignore the nightmare of what actually occurs when islamist regimes become powerful. It"s a pubescent phase in the Arabic awakening, and like teenagers, they are violently reactive, unpredictable, and often easily misdirected.
Posted by Brian_007 on 2011-02-02 09:26:45 GMT
In a country of 80million people it shouldn"t be difficult to get 1 million antigovernment people to "riot", espifthe majority are uneducated and have noyhing to loose. They dont realise that they personally have nothing to gain. So why should Mubaack cave in. he still has the majoity not rioting, So if Mrs Clinton and all those "clever"western leaders, would keep shtum, and the army and police showed some muscle, it would all pass over. What happened to the red rioters in Bangkok ? Thailand still has the same government !
Posted by Ib on 2011-02-02 09:20:31 GMT
not maybe, absolutely the vast majority want islamic government. You wrote: Maybe they think that Mubarak is too closely aligned with America, too secular. It's a possibility! It happened with Iran decades ago.
Posted on 2011-02-02 00:18:44 GMT
What"s wrong with this guy or that guy is less the point than the dynamics of these upheavals. They play out in what an islamist could easily dramatize as an "Islamic historical imperitive." Like in Tunesia, where the exiled islamist Rachid GhannouchiImam returned to the cheers and jubilation of throngs of islamists (and muslims afraid of standing against the ideological winds of radicalism), Eyptian Mohamed El Baradei is but one of many who return to Eqypt, in an attempt to harvest islamist populist support, in a bid to power. The notion of uniting Hamas, Hizbolla, and a Shi’ite friendly Iran, in a broad coalition that further isolates Israel (and the US/UK interests) in the Middle East, is the very possible outcome of developments in Northern Africa. Unlike Tunisia, Eqypt is the largest and most influencial of Arabic states, and in the event that a co-ordinated islamist populism, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s reach into Eyptian political institutions, a domino effect could ripple through the Middle East that would finally unite and co-ordinate the radical forces which spread from Algeria to the Sudan, through Yemen, Iran, Pakistan and Afganistan. This is clearly one of the most dangerous moments we have been facing, as Iranian nuclear capabilities join the momentum of islamist forces, in gaining political control of hundreds of millions of Arabs. It is, in fact, a possible precursor of the "worse possible" scenario.
Posted by Brian_007 on 2011-01-31 17:05:50 GMT
An australian perspective on http://www.jewgleperth.com/?p=1760
Posted on 2011-01-31 12:37:49 GMT
YMR, do you mean people are protesting on account of Mubaraks unpopularity?
Posted by Ralph on 2011-01-31 12:31:30 GMT
Will the US continue to pour its billions into Egypt"s coffers now?
by Ronit on 2011-01-31 00:36:36 GMT