Roi Tov: Judaizing the Russians

Every year, on Independence Day’s eve, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics publishes its yearly statistics. In 2014, it claimed that by the end of the previous year, Israel had almost 8,2 million inhabitants. 75% Were reported Jews and over 20% Arabs.


The data is misleading. Israel counts the Jewish population in the West Bank as its own while it does not count the Palestinian population there.


If not ignoring reality, then between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, Jews and Arabs roughly break even.


The Message of Judges


The struggle to reach a majority is known as the Demographic War. In the 1990’s, Israel tried to break the pattern by bringing over one million Russians. They were given immediate citizenship by the racist Law of Return,* and caused a major shift in favor of what the Central Bureau of Statistics classifies as Jews.


Alas, the definition of Jew in the Law of Return does not follow the definitions by ultra-Orthodox Jews. Many of the Russians do not even hide their lack of Jewish roots.$ Over the years, this is turning into a serious problem.


Many Jews would not marry with Russians due to this issue. Government statements are worthless; the “leom” field& in the internal passport is defined by the secular Ministry of Interior and thus is not proof of being Jew, except in the eyes of Zionist civil servants.


In the same way that the government exceeded its roles while legislating the Law of Return, it is now attempting to legislate a law defining the conversion to Judaism by secular standards.



Bypassing Rabbinical Judaism


The easiest way for the State of Israel to solve the new demographic war is by declaring the Russians to be Jews. The only way to achieve that in an acceptable way is having rabbis to declare that.


Only by passing a formal conversion this can be achieved. Adult Russians will not accept the process which includes circumcision for men, mikve-bath humiliations for women, and for both accepting to live according to the mitzvot, the orders on how a Jew must live specified in the Torah.


Russians living in Israel never renounced to their Russian culture; they consider it better. Once I made the error of inviting a fellow student, heir to Communist aristocracy from Leningrad, to a plebeian hummus. “That’s swine food,” was the answer in a tone that even a proletarian plebeian like I am could recognize as a purposeful insult.$


Exemptions from the conversion lengthy course are given only to little children. The most famous such case belongs to Ariel Sharon, who was not Jew.


Ariel Sharon’s father was Jewish. One of the reasons for the maiden surname of his mother not being in the public domain is that she was not Jewish, she was a Subbotnik, a Russian Christian sect.


His parents arrived at Israel through the Third Aliyah movement and settled in socialist Kfar Malal. Vera Scheinerman became Dvora Sharon, and in 1928, Ariel was born. Born to a non-Jew, he is a non-Jew.


What happened afterwards is the stuff legends are made of. Dvora Sharon decided to convert according to the Halakha. She accomplished that. Yet, Sharon was old enough to be asked questions by the Ultra-Orthodox rabbis that converted his mother.


According to the Halakha, he was asked by the rabbis if he wanted to be a Jew. “No!” young Sharon said and went out to play with the dagger his father famously gave him as a birthday present when the toddler reached the age of five.


Passover 2005 Headline of Ultra-Orthodox News’ Good Hour

Paul and the Jewish Law: Halakha in the Letters of the Apostle to the Gentiles (Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum Ad Novum Testamentum)


Sharon never converted afterwards; thus he remains a goy. In 2005, there was an attempt to remove him from the Prime Minister office due to this embarrassing part of his past. Yet, Israel does not recognize the Halakha, thus this attempt to throw out the man that returned Gaza to the goyim failed. It was one of the reasons for his odd burial; he is not buried with other Prime Ministers in Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, but near Gaza (see Goy Sharon Killed Twice).


The new Zionist enterprise wants to reenact Sharon’s conversion with masses of Russian children, hoping that this time the Russians would be wiser. In a Zionist course likely to be forced before the rabbinical course, it will be taught: “It does not matter what the rabbi asks, you answer ‘ken,’ that is what Middle Easterners use instead of Russian ‘da!’ Forget ‘niet,’ you say ‘da, da, da!'”


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Bypassing Secular Israel


Ignorant of a tiny detail, Zionists consider this a good solution. After all, children converted in such a way are not subject to fulfilling the mitzvot in order to be considered Jews. They become secular Jews by definition!


There are no precedents of mass conversions in such a way. Several rabbis have issued contradicting piskei Halakha, Halakha rulings.


Halakha is the Jewish religious law, a body of legislation parallel to Muslim Shar’ia. Its most comprehensive text is the “Shulchan Aruch” published by Yosef Karo in 1563.


The name means “Set Table” and is the most extensive Code of Jewish Law. It generally follows Sephardi traditions. Shortly afterwards, Rabbi Moses Isserles published his notes to the “set table,” usually known as “mappah” (tablecloth). The combination is an acceptable way of solving liturgical discrepancies among the bulk of Jews, namely Sephardic and Ashkenazi.


Nowadays, Ultra-Orthodox parties oppose bringing civil actions to Israeli courts because they decide outcomes by applying Israeli law rather than Jewish-Halakha. Rejecting the legal system equals rejecting the foundations of the State of Israel, and thus discloses these parties intention of founding a future Halakhic state, based on the Talmud and its Shulchan Aruch summary.


Whenever a new situation demanding a ruling appears, prominent rabbis issue one, but they are not forced to agree among themselves.


On this issue, Rabbi Spector rejects the validity of the conversion. “It is better for the child to remain a kosher Goy than an evil Jew” (in the sense that his Jewishness would be flawed), he ruled. Rabbi Grodzhenski ruled “it is an honor to be a Jew, thus the conversion withholds.”


A child converted in such a way, even if he be will force to study religion in school, will return to his Russian home and instead of eating healthy hummus, will devour non-kosher swine, Leningrad style.


Yet, all this is secondary. Since no consensus was achieved in the rulings, the conversions will not be recognized by Ultra-Orthodox Jews. None of them, even if recognizing specific rulings accepting the conversion, will marry a Russian because their sons will be not be eligible for marriage by the rest of their community.


Nineteen Eighty-Four


The position of Religious Zionism is also important here. This movement is the bastard breed of the unholy alliance between Zionism and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. They form the bulk of West Bank settlers, and are a key member in Netanyahu’s current coalition.


Without this alliance, the State of Israel could not have been established; Zionism lacks the authority for that, it is just the Messiah’s Donkey.**


Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook is the historical leader of this movement. His ruling was short and clear, “Conversion that is not done in order to accept the weight of the Torah is not a conversion at all.” If the convert does not follow the mitzvot, his conversion does not count.


Zion being Zion, its leaders will probably ignore common sense, the principles of law, and a few thousand years of civilization and attempt to legislate yet another illegitimate law enabling secular-religious conversions. After the violent events surrounding the recent Conscription Law, which forces Ultra-Orthodox men to conscript, Ultra-Orthodox communities will be finally convinced that secular Zionists have decided to obliterate the 19th Century pact. If the Messiah’s Donkey** fails Judaism, it has no room in a Jewish society.


Soon afterwards, Palestinians will win the Demographic War. “Spasiba bolshoi,” Palestine’s President will say to Tel Aviv’s Russian minority.



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And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge—Isaiah 5:3



Please Help—Persecuted by Israel, Maimed by Bolivia



Bolivia denies me my documents and is torturing me. I am being slowly killed. Please help me make this public.



* On July 5, 1950, the State of Israel defined itself as a racist state by legislating the Law of Return. It gives automatic and immediate citizenship to every Jew arriving in Israel; thus, it defines one group of people as privileged.

A Jew is defined in that law as a person born Jewish (with a Jewish mother or maternal grandmother), with a Jewish ancestry (with a Jewish father or grandfather), or a convert to Orthodox Judaism. Reform and Conservative converts are recognized only if the rites were performed outside the State of Israel, other groups are rejected. The basis for this racist law is what is known as “Jus Sanguinis” in Latin, namely “Blood Law.” In ancient times, it was used to attribute citizenship on the basis of family relations.

This an unsatisfactory definition compared to the one used by Ultra-Orthodox Jews. The latter recognize as Jew only someone born to a Jewish mother or that converted according to the Halakha, the Jewish religious law.


$ “Spasiva bolshoy,” “thank you very much,” the woman from Odessa had taught me to say. In Tel Aviv, that was almost trivial; denizens of the former Soviet Union almost match the number of Palestinians.


Being from Odessa, she would speak with us, mere Middle Easterners. Her friends from Moskva and Saint Petersburg (wasn’t it Stalingrad?) were too good to acknowledge our existence. Once I made the error of inviting a fellow student, heir to Communist aristocracy, to a plebeian hummus. “That’s swine food,” was the answer in a tone that even a proletarian plebeian could recognize as a purposeful insult. “Spasiva bolshoy, are you from Leningrad?” I answered to the now blushing beast.


& Hebrew (and Arabic) use the term umma, which is often translated as “fatherland.” However, the English Fatherland and other Indo-European languages parallels must include a land of reference, while umma refers to the people; the existence of an accompanying land is of low relevance; this is comprehensible since we are talking about cultures that evolved from nomadic tribes.

In the opposite direction the situation is different. Fatherland is parallel to eretz avot, the land of the forefathers in Hebrew.

Umma is feminine in Hebrew; a related masculine form is leom (pronounced leh-ohm with a glottal stop between the syllables), both are derived from the same root. In contrast to umma, leom does not refer to a group of people sharing a culture but more to the idea of a nation, though yet is not related to a territory. Umma and leom can exist without a country.

The Israeli Ministry of Interior classifies people according to their leom. It can be Jewish, Arab, Christian, Circassian, Druze, Bedouin or any other similar definition; the person has no saying in his leom, it is determined by the ministry according to its lists. This is racist and discriminating, since one’s rights and debts towards the state are derived from this definition. One law for Jews, other laws for the others.

PM Netanyahu announced that he will push forward a Basic Law defining Israel a Jewish state. The law aims to “legally anchor Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.” The law will subjugate the current values of the State as preached by the Scroll of Independence to its Jewish Values. See Israel Celebrates Independence Day with Jewish-Nation Law.


+ I can’t imagine the Indian government attempting to change the value of a mathematical constant by law. They are too civilized for that. This type of legislation is restricted to colonizers. Indiana legislated in 1897 what is known as the Indiana Pi Bill, which sets the value of Π as 3.2. A very confused physician claimed to have discovered a new way of squaring the circle and introduced “A Bill for an act introducing a new mathematical truth and offered as a contribution to education to be used only by the State of Indiana free of cost by paying any royalties whatever on the same, provided it is accepted and adopted by the official action of the Legislature of 1897.” Hopefully, he was banned from practicing medicine.

The ridicule of this bill provides the perfect introduction to illegitimate laws. Legislators can pass any law they want, but not all of them are legal, for example if they violate human rights. Moreover, some of the laws may be legal but not legitimate. In other words, governments cannot set the value of nature’s constants by law. In the same way they cannot outlaw people with less than three hands. Π does not equal 3.




Constant Pi, Violated by Indiana Mathematical Constants

Constant Pi, Violated by Indiana
Mathematical Constants



The election of Chief Rabbis is not a public event; it takes place within the secretive corridors of the Ministry and the Rabbinate. Yet, since February 2013, an unprecedented public campaign promoted Rabbi Stav, one of the founders of Yeshivat Hesder Petah Tikva, to be nominated as Chief Rabbi.

“Yeshivat Hesder” is a generic name for religious colleges that combine Talmudic studies with military service in the army; they belong to the Nationalistic Religious framework. Most religious Jews are exempted from military service; this was one of the main topics leading to the recent elections. Thus, they want to recruit the secular voice (the majority) to support a “militaristic-rabbi” to the post of Chief Rabbi.

Until now, both posts (Ashkenazi and Sephardic) were occupied exclusively by ultra-Orthodox Haredi rabbis. Accordingly, an organization called “Secular Headquarters for the Election of Rabbi Stav” was created and is led by Eran Rols. The scene is surrealistic. On February 2, he said to Channel 7, “You must understand, the Haredim lead seculars away from the rabbinical world. I am sorry to say that Zionist rabbis live within their own ghettos, and do not understand that the secular public must be encouraged to take part in the election of Chief Rabbis.” Rabbi Stav claims not to be involved in this initiative.

Meanwhile, Ultra-Orthodox Jews are being blocked by the Government. Shas favorite candidate, Shlomo Amar, requires a change of legislation. Netanyahu’s coalition opposed the change.


So why the rabbinical Π equals 3?


“What’s wrong with the government decision to abandond Ultra-Orthodox definitions? It is a step away from the current Jewish Theocracy,” would most Zionists reading this article say at this stage. My mention of the irrational doctor Edwin J. Goodwin was not random. A confused physician who understood neither mathematics nor laws attempted to force the entire creation of God to follow the Very Honorable Laws of the State of Indiana. More than a century later it is clear that the planets trajectories did not accommodate to Indiana’s wishes. It is unlikely to happen. The same goes for Israel’s attempt to change religion.

Member of the Knesset Rabbi Uri Maklev from United Torah Judaism, reacted on May 19, saying: “This is not a reform on the religious services. This is a reform of the Halakha,” the religious Jewish Law.

One may not like the religious position of Ultra-Orthodox Jews; however, the State cannot decide that religious interpretations belong to it. At least no more than deciding that Π equals 3. Following more than a century of continuous decline into obliviousness, the State of Indiana may decide to return to the headlines by declaring itself the worldwide authority on Jewish Halakha. It would be legal. So what? Nobody will recognize that.

The solution is not conducting religious marriages by the State. No state can impose religion upon its citizens, this is a private issue between each person and God. Israel is trying to impose not only this, but also the specific worshipping ways allowed to every person. It tries to impose the way one will be received into this world (including forcing mutilations), the way one will marry and with whom, and the way one should be buried. These are as much roles of the State as setting nature’s constants. Make the math, Netanyahu!


Most Israelis do not understand the concept of illegitimate laws. A law may pass through all the tedious processes of legislation. It may be approved by the Knesset Legislation Committee, and afterwards by the Knesset’s General Assembly. It may be published by “Reshumot” (Israel’s official publication announcing new laws) and afterwards be brutally enforced by civil servants. Everything may look “kosher” on paper, and still the law can be illegitimate, demanding automatic disobedience by the public. No government can pass a law violating Human Rights, which are International Law since 1994. No government operating under the Criminal Law system can legislate laws claiming to prevent a future crime.


Oppressive laws designed to benefit the few while violating the many cannot be accepted as legitimate. They are legal in the same way that the Nazi laws were legal, but they are not legitimate. Israel crossed the threshold from legal laws to illegitimate laws many years ago. They remember Hitler only when it is profitable. As Israel teaches regarding the Nazi Regime, illegitimate laws must be disobeyed.


A special law, Nazis and Nazi Collaborators Punishment Law (Hok Le’Asiat Din BaNatzim) from August 1, 1950, enables the execution of Nazis, had been applied. Between 1950 and 1961, this law was used to prosecute 29 Jewish Holocaust survivors alleged to have been Nazi collaborators. The first and only time it was used to execute a person, was in the Adolf Eichmann case. He was illegally kidnapped by Mossad from Argentina in 1960 and two years later was hanged. What makes this a special event from a legal point of view is that this law is a retroactive and extraterritorial law, since the State of Israel did not exist during WWII. Moreover, the alleged crimes were neither committed in Israel nor against Israeli citizens.


An ex post facto law (Latin for “after the fact”), or retroactive law, is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of actions committed prior to the enactment of the law. Ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden by the United States Constitution, though some countries accept them. These laws cannot be accepted as fair practice, regardless of the justifications used for their approval. Simply, how can one protect himself against a law that has not been legislated? Imagine the USA legislating in 2012 a new law declaring all bubble-gum chewing performed before 2012 a crime. Then the government would declare all citizens guilty unless proven otherwise, and fine them $1.00 automatically. States applying this horror assume that people have the power of precognition (Israel did that again recently, see Minority Report: IDF arrests Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit swap). Thus, the Nazis and Nazi Collaborators Punishment Law cannot be accepted as a legitimate law, especially due to its geopolitical consequences. If we accept this, we will be forced also to accept a Laotian law sentencing Americans chewing bubble-gum in Honduras to death (no offense intended to any of the abovementioned nations).


A closely related fact is that governments often rely on the ignorance of their citizens; this ignorance is easily supported by an irrelevant educational system controlled by the same governments. How can they expect the People to obey laws that are not taught? Are we still living in the days of the Roman Empire and its obsolete legal principles? I refer to ignorantia iuris non excusat (a.k.a. ignorantia legis non excusat and ignorantia legis neminem excusat) a legal principle whereby ignorance of a law does not allow one to escape liability. It sounds like the ultimate state-entrapment technique (“I legislated that two minutes ago! You are guilty!” The government said to the citizen who stepped on a cockroach).


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…” (from the Preamble to the United States Declaration of Independence).


** Jewish redemption is far from the Spiritual Redemption professed by Christians. Jews expect a physical redemption based on a Godly Kingdom in the Land of Israel. All the religious interpretations until the 19th Century didn’t leave any place to a Zionist party rushing to conquer Arab lands. That was the role of a future Messiah. Thus, any cooperation between Zionists and Orthodox Jews was impossible.

Then a Maoist-styled Giant Leap Forward took place and things changed. Traditionally, the Jewish Orthodoxy believed that the abovementioned redemption would arrive in two stages. The early stage is called “Messiah Son of Joseph,” and would include the physical stages of bringing the Jewish people together; this stage is symbolized by a bull. The second stage is the “Messiah Son of David,” when a spiritual Messiah would restore the Kingdom of God. This stage is symbolized by a donkey; Christian readers would immediately recognize Jesus triumphal entry to Jerusalem riding one (John 12:12-16). In the 19th Century, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was one of the Orthodox Jews who created the base for cooperation between Zionists and Pharisees.

What he did was simple, and is known as “Hamoro shel Mashiah” (“Messiah’s Donkey” in Hebrew, a book by this name was published in 1998). He claimed the secular Jews (i.e. Zionists) can take the place of “Messiah Son of Joseph” as a collective entity, creating the base that would allow the Pharisees, the Orthodox Jews, to produce the “Messiah Son of David” in the new and secular state. It worked. The political alliance produced a state accepted by most Jews. Neturei Karta is one of the few Jewish groups that do not accept this unholy contraption. Another result is what outside Israel is known as Religious Zionist Movement, and in Israel it is generalized as “kippot srugot,” the “hand-woven kippas,” after the distinctively hand-woven headcovers used by its men in contrast to the black ones favored by ultra-orthodox men. They even have separate education institutions. “Yeshivat Hesder” is a generic name for religious colleges that combine Talmudic studies with military service in the army; they belong to the Zionist Religious framework. This, while most religious Jews are exempted from military service; this was one of the main topics leading to the 2013 early elections.


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