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JerusalemMapSixDaysFifty years after the Six Day War, the Modern State of Israel obsesses over its physical survival versus its moral survival as a democratic Jewish state. Politics are seen as the means by which Israelis think about the meaning of Jewish existence (rather than union with God). The result is a people who have “cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and have blasphemed the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:24

The way for Jews (and humanity) to be fulfilled resides not in the Modern State of Israel but rather in the Holy One of Israel.

StreetArt17yMidtown, NYC – June 2, 2017

SpiritOfStLouisOn this day ninety years ago, US airmail pilot Charles Lindberg (‘Lucky Lindy’) — having taken off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island the day before — landed at Le Bourget Aerdrome, Paris, after a 33 hour flight.

Years later in his book, The Spirit of Saint Louis, Mr. Lindberg comments: “We have seen the aircraft, to which we devoted our lives, destroying the civilization that created them. We realize the very efficiency of our machines threatens the character of the men who build and operate them.”

President Trump’s commitment to sell Saudi Arabia $350 billion in weapons, on this anniversary weekend, might be seen as further proof of that.

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Reflecting on the Modern State of Israel @ 69.

The editors of Chaim Weitzmann: Statesman of the Jewish Renaissance  (The Zionist Library, 1974), refer to the 19th century Jewish philosopher Ahad Ha’am who suggested that what “preserved the Jewish nation during the 2000 years of the Diaspora and enabled the Jewish people to retain a unity which transcends geographical, political and economic diversity was the unity of cultural heritage.” He noted that the Jewish sages realized the survival of the Jewish people, which could not be based on military power, on economic strength or political influence could be placed on a cultural foundation.” And for that they needed to fulfill a “spiritual mission.”

But having rebelled against the Spirit (old and new), except to claim the land, many Jews are pursuing redemption and freedom, change and newness, through materialism (including Marxism, feminism & Iron Dome) rejecting the way to be truly free, and new. The results have been calamitous for individuals, communities and the world.

“Amen. amen, I say that unless a man be born again of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

Artwork: The Standard Machsor, 1925

KingOfSwedenCarl XVI Gustof of Sweden (aka The King of Sweden), strolls on the Upper East Side today.

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UnitedNationsUnited Nations – April 28, 2017

One would hope that the current nuclear missile crisis is the beginning of the end, not for the world, but for the existence of nuclear weapons in the world.

Perhaps the only way to end the crisis, peacefully, is for the U.S. to take the lead in turning the entire world into a ‘nuclear weapons free zone.’ Reagan tried at Reykjavik but was thwarted by the establishment — the great destabilizers — whose true colors can be seen in efforts to hinder rather than encourage the reunification of North and South Korea.

UN-USUS ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN today that the US is “prepared to do more” in Syria. This after six years of American intervention in that country, supporting the rebels seeking to topple the Assad government and plunder the country. No one has done more to aid in the destruction of Syria (beginning with “Gay Girl in Damascus”), including 400,000+ deaths and millions of refugees, than the United States, — albeit through Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey.

“Corruptio optima pessima.”

Russian-BorisKustodiyev1918One-hundred years after a Marx inspired revolution replaced the Romanovs with Marx inspired anarchy and tyranny — the rebellion continues, with false notions of freedom and rights ushering in domination, division, and destruction, as seen in the Arab Spring and Black Lives Movement. Thus, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “while throwing off the bonds of convention, and standing free from all allegiance to established religion, law, order, patriotism, and learning, she promptly uses her freedom to put on a heavier set of chains.”

Artist: Boris Kustodiyev, Merchant’s Wife at Tea, 1918

TheArtShow17d“Female Debility and Irregularities—It is a self-evident fact that the finer the work, and the more complicated a piece of machinery, the more liable is it to become deranged, or out of order; and the more skillful must be the mechanic who undertakes to make any necessary repairs.” Dr. Chase’s Recipes, 1866

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