Why Didn’t He Pass The Bar?

Joe* says: I have a theory as to why he did not pass the bar. The bar is mainly reading comprehension of the English language at a high level, based on a firm education in the language from infancy. So many foreigners cannot pass, it is due to their lack of reading ability. I think right wing orthodox day schools are tending to leave basic English reading by the wayside.

The LSAT is much more difficult. That should be pass fail and only smart lawyers such as myself would be permitted to ruin people’s lives.

The bar is much more about whether you know how to read English carefully and analyze matters in English.

I am sure he is pretty smart, he just should have gone to a better modern orthodox day school where they have the kids read.

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The Whisper Of God

As someone who has lived both religions, you don’t get the dramatic spiritual highs as easily in Judaism as you can in Christianity. When you go to a good church, you invariably get spiritually high, particularly if it is a black Gospel church. If you go to shul, you won’t usually get a similarly large spiritual high. You can’t because Judaism focuses on this life while all the other world religion stress leaving this world.

What you can get in Judaism, if you’re lucky, is a whisper of God’s presence.

Many of my secular friends say God has never spoken to them, but you have to put yourself in places where you are more likely to hear God. For instance, you’re more likely to get a sense of God in a church, mosque, or temple than you are at a bar, beach or bikini contest. Most of the time, you have to work to touch the divine (as revealed in Judaism or Christianity).

This blog post was inspired by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn’s Rosh Hashanah lecture.

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Should White Nationalists Talk To Jews & Muslims?

Most Jews regard white supremacists as akin to Nazis and most Jews regarding anyone who identifies as a “white nationalist” or as somebody who cares about the welfare of white people as akin to Nazis.

On the other hand, many Jews hate Muslims and blacks more than they hate white nationalists.

As for white nationalists, most of them despise Jews, Muslims and homosexuals.

A few Orthodox Jews I know enjoy checking out White Nationalist websites to see what they’re saying about Jews.

I don’t use the terms “anti-Semitism” or “racism” or “bigotry” or “Islamophobia” or “homophobia”. I just see different groups as having different interests that conflict and pretty much everyone prefers their own kind.

On September 21, 2013, I spoke about Islam with Tom Sunic at the Beverly Hills Community Sports Center owned by JEM (Jewish Educational Movement). White nationalist Rodney Martin condemned Sunic for the public dialogue (which was put together by Charles Edward Lincoln, a former organizer for David Duke).

On October 3, Lincoln and Martin did a podcast about nationalism and the Jews. Here are some excerpts:

Rodney: “…The same type of chicanery they did in Weimar.”

Charles: “You have a lot in common with conservatives Jews…such as Rabbi Hertzel Illulian.”

Rodney: “There are all sorts of [degeneracy], porn, lowering the age of consent, prostitution, lowering the age of consent… The hand print of Jews are all over that sexual decadence in the United States… The whole homosexual agenda…which is pushed by Jews. Not only did Jews create NAACP to direct black action against white people, but they started a whole host of homosexual organizations to promote the homosexual agenda.”

Charles: “Don’t say all Jews because this is precisely the point on which you and Rabbi Illulian agree. He totally agrees with you about homosexuality and he totally agrees with you about feminism. He totally agrees with you about the traditional structure of the family. He is having trouble maintaining such things even within the Orthodox Jewish community here in Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles. He sees people in his group who are totally deviating. He agreed with me in private that it was largely Jews in Hollywood who were pushing the degeneracy.”

Rodney: “Has the rabbi ever made in public a statement that we Jews have some culpability here? Instead of screaming anti-Semitism whenever somebody criticizes Jewish actions, maybe Jews should engage in some self-reflection?”

“You’re a guest in these western nations and when you try to rewire an entire society, the vast majority of Jews push policies in other nations that they expressly forbid in the State of Israel?”

Charles: “That’s obviously true too. I despise that sort of behavior… Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most extraordinary Jews I’ve met in my life — Gilad Atzmon… He admits that Jews have a split personality. That they have major psychological problems about whether they belong or don’t belong.”

“The rabbi has said that Jews have to take responsibility for their own moral decay and that is what he is trying to fight in one of the most degenerate Jewish communities in the Western world, West Los Angeles. Is he going to turn around and attack Israel or Zionism or the Jewish elite in Beverly Hills? No, because he in unpopular enough as is.”

Rodney: “Should there be a dialogue between Jews and the white nationalist community? What good can come out of it?”

Charles: “Higher profile for us. Better media coverage… If we talk to these people, we are going to get more coverage… Any time we engage with people who control the media, it is more likely our views will be heard. If we are willing to talk to people who have more money, more power and more political pull than we do, we will begin to be taken more seriously. If you want to talk about the corruption in the banks, you’ve got to talk to the bankers. If you want to talk about the corruption in Hollywood, you’ve got to talk to the people who run Hollywood.”

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Ferguson’s Unanswered Questions

Heather Mac Donald writes:

But the most ubiquitous “Ferguson is racist” meme was the most familiar: the police force is too white. Four of Ferguson’s 53 officers are black. This imbalance must be the result of racism and must itself cause racist enforcement activity. How many qualified black applicants to the force applied and were rejected? Not an interesting question, apparently.

The “too-white police force” meme, which the New York Times generalized into another front-page article (MOSTLY WHITE FORCES IN MOSTLY BLACK TOWNS, September 10), complete with another impressive set of graphs, is of particular interest in light of the federal government’s current investigation of New York City’s sprawling Rikers Island jail complex. In August, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued a report denouncing the “deep-seated culture of violence” among Rikers corrections officers towards adolescent inmates. He accused guards of handcuffing juvenile inmates to gurneys and beating them. Rikers has been bedeviled by such claims of officer abuse of inmates for years. The resulting problem for the “abusive white cops” meme is that the Rikers’ officer force is about two-thirds black. (New York’s population is 23 percent black; no one has complained about the racial imbalance among Rikers guards.) This August, the Detroit Police Department emerged from 11 years of federal oversight for alleged abuse of civilians, including a pattern of unjustified shootings. The Detroit force, too, is about two-thirds black. The U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation of the New Orleans Police Department in 2010 for a pattern of civil rights violations; in 2012, the Justice Department imposed on the New Orleans PD the most expansive consent decree in the nation to try to rein in the alleged unconstitutional behavior of its officers, the majority of whom are black.

Now perhaps these civil rights allegations against these majority black forces are trumped up. But if so, perhaps similar allegations against majority white forces are, too. Or maybe the race of officers has little to do with whether they can police fairly.

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Tribes Have A Different Relationship To The Nation State III

Tribes, be they black or Chinese or Jewish or Nicaraguan, have a different relationship to America. Sometimes tribes can be even more loyal to the nation than the majority population because they want to prove themselves good citizens. German Jews served at a higher rate in WWI than did regular Germans. Usually, however, minorities have a more attenuated relationship to the nation state. Minorities only survive by constantly walling themselves off from the majority. Without this isolation, they assimilate.

It is in the nation’s self-interest to racially and religiously and ethnically profile its citizens when it comes to crime. Certain minorities dominate certain categories of crime. I want Muslims, for instance, to get more scrutiny in airports because every airline act of terror over the past 45 years has been done by Muslims. Every act of terror against the West in the past 45 years has been done by Muslims. So if you see a Muslim photographing potential terror targets, you understandably get nervous and want to tell someone.

Secular Ashkenazi Jews of East European origin tend to get more ideologically committed to things such as communism than other peoples and many Jews have strong loyalties to Israel and to Jews around the world that surpass their loyalty to their host nation, so it is not anti-semitic to scrutinize Jews more closely regarding state secrets (remember Jonathan Pollard, Julius Rosenberg, etc) than you would for somebody whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower. On the other hand, Jews are less likely than the average citizen to commit 99% of crimes (the exceptions might be certain high IQ intricate white collar crimes). Young black males are 23 times more likely to commit violent crime than other groups, according to the Obama administration. They deserve a closer eye than do Japanese-Americans.

Stereotypes are useful when they are accurate and when stereotypes cease being accurate, they don’t get used much. Blacks do play basketball more than Jews and they generally play it better. Jews do read more books, on average than blacks. Blacks, in general, have a better sense of rhythm than other peoples. Asians tend to be more dedicated than other races to work, study and family and they are less likely than whites, latinos and blacks to commit crime. They drive more carefully and they are less likely to get killed in criminal violence.

Politico reports:

Samuel Dickstein was short and silver-haired, “a slim little man in a natty gray suit,” the New York Times once characterized him. It was said he never left his red brick home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan without his Malacca walking stick, strolling past the teeming tenements with the air of what his Jewish immigrant constituents would call a big macher.

But Dickstein, a Democrat from New York City who served in the House of Representatives from the early 1920s to the mid-1940s, conducted himself in public life with none of the refined elegance that his self-presentation suggested. At a time when Joseph McCarthy was still an unknown lawyer in Wisconsin, Dickstein invented the modern practice of naming names—broadcasting the identities of suspected subversives without the slightest pretense of due process. If anyone can be credited (or blamed) with introducing the phrase “un-American activities” into the nation’s lexicon, it is he. An unusually shameless publicity hound in a legislative body full of them, Dickstein had a habit of inviting his antagonists to step outside and settle matters like men, once announcing such a fistic challenge to Rep. Thomas L. Blanton of Texas on the House floor. (Blanton appears to have declined.)

So over-the-top as to be ineffectual—he had the poor taste to call for Noel Coward to be barred from the country because the English wit made a quip about the manliness of Brooklyn soldiers—Dickstein left Congress in 1946, and served as a state Supreme Court justice until his death in 1954. In 1963, a portion of the street grid close to where he used to live on East Broadway was christened “Samuel Dickstein Plaza.” No controversy attended the occasion. He then went about the time-honored practice of being forgotten.

That is, until 1999, when Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev published The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—the Stalin Era, which through the use of previously unavailable KGB records went a long way toward convincing those who could be convinced that Alger Hiss and Julius Rosenberg were in fact working for the Soviet Union. The authors also revealed that Stalin had a spy in Congress, an exasperating character who once “blazed up very much, claiming that if we didn’t give him money he would break with us,” according to his Soviet contact. To this day, Sam Dickstein is the only known U.S. representative to have served as a covert agent for a foreign power. His codename was Crook.

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Gratitude Vs Contempt For America

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager said: “I want there to be a very serious border fence. I want to stem the massive immigration into this country of people coming illegally and we don’t know who they are.”

“I suggested there be a ‘Gracias America Day’ for people who came here from Latin America. Do you know why there isn’t any? Because their politics are left and leftism and ingratitude go hand in hand. How could you be grateful to America if it was racist, bigoted, homophobic? It would be illogical. I am grateful for being born in such a despicable place. It drops atom bombs on yellow people.

“If you walk around feeling gratitude for America, you’ll vote Republican. If you walk around with contempt for America, you’ll likely vote Democrat.”

Dennis Prager writes today:

Last Friday night a rare dialogue/debate took place on American television. It was rare because it involved criticism of Islam, one of the many taboo subjects that are labeled “politically incorrect.” And it took place on the program “Real Time with Bill Maher,” a show not generally known for taking politically incorrect positions.
But on this night the host, Bill Maher, along with atheism-advocate Sam Harris, had a vigorous debate with Actor Ben Affleck, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

Bill Maher, a man of the left on virtually every issue, began by defending liberalism’s honor against liberal hypocrisy on the subject of Islam:

“Liberals need to stand up for liberal principles. … Liberal principles like freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities including homosexuals — these are liberal principles that liberals applaud for [pointing to his audience], but then when you say in the Muslim world this is what’s lacking, then they get upset.”

Sam Harris then added:

“Liberals have really failed on the topic of theocracy. They’ll criticize … Christians; they’ll still get agitated over the abortion clinic bombing that happened in 1984, but when you talk about the treatment of women and homosexuals and free thinkers and public intellectuals in the Muslim world, I would argue that liberals have failed us. And the crucial point of confusion is that we have been sold this meme of ‘Islamophobia,’ where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry toward Muslims as people. That’s intellectually ridiculous.”

Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof — along with, sad to say, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee — would have none of that.

Affleck’s first response to the indictment of the liberal double standard was to ask Sam Harris: “Are you the person that understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam?”

To which Harris responded: “I’m actually well-educated on this topic.”

Affleck, presumably not desirous of comparing his knowledge of Islam with that of Harris, moved on: “You’re saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing?”

“It’s gross! It’s racist!” Affleck continued, in answer to his own question.

“It’s like saying, ‘I’m not your shifty Jew,'” comparing an antisemitic epithet to what Maher and Harris were saying.

To which Harris pointed out that there is no comparison between attacks on all members of a group and attacks on ideas: “We have to be able to criticize bad ideas. And Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas.”

That really set Affleck off.

“Jesus! It’s an ugly thing to say.”

This was classic leftist thinking. The question of whether an assertion is true is of little or no interest to the left. The question of concern to the left is whether something is politically incorrect.

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President Obama Risks Americans To Take Care Of Africans

President Obama: “But let’s keep in mind that as we speak, there are children on the streets dying of this disease, thousands of them. And so obviously my first job is to make sure that we’re taking care of the American people, but we have a larger role than that. We also have an obligation to make sure that those (African) children and their families are safe as well because ultimately the best thing we can do for our public health is also to extend the kind of empathy, compassion and effort so that folks in those countries as well can be rid of this disease.”

We Americans have obligations to Africans? Do Africans feel like they have obligations to Americans? Do they come to America to build hospitals and save us from nasty diseases?

President George W. Bush lavished far more aid on Africa than Obama has. Dubya was the worst president in American history with his ill-advised invasions of two foreign countries — Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Why Are Lubavitchers So Happy?

From Joseph Telushkin’s biography, Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History:

My wife, Dvorah, often commented that whenever I spent the day researching at 770 Eastern Parkway, the generic address for the Chabad movement’s Brooklyn headquarters, I came home in an uplifted, invigorated mood. That is because Lubavitchers as a group are upbeat, a result in large part of the influence exerted upon them by the Rebbe and his teachings, even now, almost 20 years since his death. If one can make a generalization about so large a group of people as Lubavitcher Chasidim, one generalization I feel comfortable in making is that Lubavitchers exude a warm calm and optimism, they avoid negative language, and the mood they convey is contagious. I am a happier and more spiritual person as a result of writing this book…

* Failed Messiah has a post on Chabad mobile succah.

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How Jews Can Be A Blessing To The World?

If the nations of the West would but emulate Zionism in its racial/tribal exclusivity, Israel would finally get to be a light unto the nations of the world.

Chaim: “Finally, a bible prophecy come true! How many others have? And why don’t you have your own temple by now?”

I wish America and other first world countries would emulate Israel’s immigration policy with big nasty fences to keep out undesirables. I like how Israel calls illegal immigrants “infiltrators” rather than “undocumented workers”.

Report: Jerusalem – Israeli ministers were meeting on Tuesday to discuss a new law to deal with illegal immigrants from Africa, after the High Court barred the government from detaining them without trial.

The discussion, between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ministers of justice, the interior and public security, comes a day after a heated parliamentary debate which saw hardliners criticising the court ruling.

“The court’s decision… does not enable the state to deal with the phenomenon of infiltration,” outgoing Interior Minister Gideon Saar said on Monday, using a term for African migrants widely used by Israeli politicians.

According to the 22 September ruling, Israel can no longer detain illegal migrants for up to a year without trial, with the court ordering the closure of the Holot detention centre within 90 days.

Human rights abuses

Around 2 000 African nationals are currently being held at the centre located in the southern Negev desert.

A year ago, the High Court struck down a similar law allowing them to be held for up to three years without trial.

Government figures indicate there are at least 48 000 Africans living illegally in Israel, most of them from Eritrea, where the regime has been repeatedly accused of widespread human rights abuses, and from conflict-torn Sudan.

Many of them are living in impoverished areas of southern Tel Aviv, where residents have frequently protested against their presence.

FROM HAARETZ:

An international watchdog organization has slammed Israel for its treatment of thousands of African migrants, saying it is forcing them to leave the country at grave personal risk.

In a report issued Tuesday, Human Rights Watch says Israeli authorities have coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese to return to their homes, where they may face serious abuse.

The reports says that some returning Sudanese have faced torture, arbitrary detention, and treason charges at the hands of the anti-Israel Sudanese government, while returning Eritreans also risk harassment.

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The Ashkenazi Discussion Style

A friend, lawyer and Orthodox Jew emails me: “Sorry to disturb your new tax porn addiction, but shuls do not file forms 990.”

Luke: “I am glad to see you never vary from your tone of smug superiority and utter contempt, but I know that shuls don’t file 990 forms and have even written that on my blog, so what’s your point?”

Lawyer: “You could not find one for the RCA and it may be a “church” and not required to file one, you contemptible piece of s***.”

Luke: “You may not speak to me this way. You should not speak to anyone this way who is not a felon.”

Lawyer: “I hope you die of misdiagnosed Ebola, you miserable sack of crap!”

As for the point in question, the Orthodox Union, Rabbinical Council of California and the Rabbinical Council of America are not shuls nor churches and I think they might need to file 990 forms.

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