Friday, August 23, 2019

A Jewish Liberal Writer Warns Jewish Democrats, Ignore the Signs at your Peril

Today in Tablet,  Liel Leibovitz warns his fellow Jewish liberals that, no matter how much they may despise President Trump, they ignore at their peril the warning signs regarding the anti-Semitic path taken by their party.  Of special concern to Leibovitz, beyond the whole phenomenon of "the Squad"'s anti-Zionist activity and the Democratic failure to confront them:
Earlier this year, Rep. Betty McCollum (D.-Minn.) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives titled “H.R. 2047—Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.” In June, a host of high-profile Democrats co-sponsored her bill, including Seth Moulton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.
The bill’s purpose is to require that “United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.” It then goes on to present a long list of citations from reports compiled by non-government organizations that accuse Israel of everything from applying coercive interrogation techniques against children as young as 11 to holding minors for days without a trial.
...this bill—backed by a cadre of House Democrats who abjure anti-Semitism in theory and yet astonishingly manage to “accidentally” perpetrate it over and over—tracks, in an eerily perfect way, with a long and murderous tradition: Fantasizing that Jews have a special fondness for killing, abducting, maiming, or otherwise abusing non-Jewish children, and leading mobs to attack them based on these accusations.

In my view, what is needed most now is for Cory Booker, Julian Castro and Kamala Harris to vociferously and directly confront the anti-Semitism in their party. A good start would be to openly oppose not only this bill, and the Squad, but also to repudiate support from Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton, who these same candidates have been patronizing. I mention these three candidates because they are persons of color, while the same actions by the other candidates might well be dismissed by the Left as a display of white privilege. However, I concede that it is highly unlikely that my advice will be taken up by the Democratic leadership.

Monday, July 29, 2019

The New Woke Racism

In a column in American Greatness, Victor Davis Hanson discusses the new Woke Racism.  It is epitomized by a recent speech by U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass):

"If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice."

Hanson writes:

"In sum, Pressley just outlined the classic anti-Enlightenment mindset: we are all permanent captives of our superficial race, religion, and sexual orientation. We must at all times think, act, and speak in such tribal fashion—and do so monolithically and collectively, in adopting the party line as set down by such elites as those like Pressley herself.
"Blacks who oppose affirmative action, or Muslims who recognize Israel, or “queers” whose sexual preferences are incidental, not essential to their personas are thus declared not authentic and thus not to be welcomed by Pressley into the new racialist Democratic Party."

Please read the entire article.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tom Friedman Comments on the Israeli Elections  (as envisioned by Dry Bones)

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Colin Crossing the Delaware



Ironically, the same historic American flag was prominently displayed at the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama.


Apparently, Colin, Beto and Julian Castro only regard the Betsy Ross American flag as a symbol of racism and oppression if it is on a Nike tennis shoe or flown by a Republican.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Bernie the Creator vs. Bernie the Destroyer: Who has done more to benefit humanity?

Bernie Marcus, now 90 years young (he should live to 120) is a co-founder of Home Depot.  He has given around $2 billion to over 300 charitable organizations. Recently, he announced that he plans to give away most of his remaining fortune, another $6 billion, during his lifetime.

Marcus recently said that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Socialist and a leading Democratic Presidential candidate, is "the enemy of every entrepreneur. So who has done more for  his fellow human beings?
 
As recounted by Issues & Insights:

Marcus, with Arthur Blank and Ken Langone, started a company in 1978 that today has more than 2,200 stores across all 50 states and in Canada. When those men were putting long, grinding hours into their startup in the late 1970s, Sanders was “working” for the American People’s Historical Society. There he made a 30-minute documentary about Eugene Debs, the perpetual Socialist Party presidential candidate whom he called “the great American trade unionist, socialist and revolutionary.”


Home Depot currently employs more than 400,000. Since its inception, it has created millions of jobs. Home Depot also provided health care insurance for, again, millions of families whose husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers have worked for the company, now 27th on the Fortune 500 list, where it has been found every year for the last 25.


In addition to the jobs provided by Home Depot, vendors that depend on the company for much of their sales, many of them small businesses that have increased in value, have also created jobs as they have grown along with the chain.


Meanwhile, Sanders, who has never started a business, wants to guarantee a job to everyone through government fiat, and has overheated dreams about forcing the country into a Medicare for All system, an impossible-to-pay-for arrangement which no other nation in the world has, not even the Scandinavian countries he says are his models.


Marcus has also helped make Americans who never worked for Home Depot better off — and we’re talking about more than the millions of consumers who have eagerly patronized the chain, and contractors who buy material there. A share of Home Depot stock bought in March 1989 is now worth 200 times the purchase price. The company has created immense wealth for the millions who own and have owned stock directly and through institutions. In fact, Home Depot created as many as “20,000 millionaires overnight” when the company went public


Meanwhile, a share of Sanders, if there was such, bought in 1989 would certainly have brought a loss. Rather than create wealth, it’s Sanders’ aim to forcibly spread it around.
Both men are committed to giving money to help others.  Bernie Marcus gives his own, which he earned through his hard work, while tremendously benefiting his employees, suppliers, and his customers.  Bernie Sanders wants to spend your money.

Please read the entire article. 
https://issuesinsights.com/2019/07/02/bernie-vs-bernie-who-has-improved-more-lives-marcus-or-sanders/?fbclid=IwAR3jxeyZddUu5QOtBOGbTSm0KqbCCr_CPD1xl7M4qRyRKhmX7T8ClNOrqJ8

Monday, June 24, 2019

"BROKEN TRUST" Policing Replaces "BROKEN WINDOWS" Policing

Once upon a time, "broken windows policing" theory was applied, first in New York City, and then in Los Angeles. This theory held that broken windows left unrepaired, and graffiti that is not painted over, gives out a message that no one cares. Neighborhoods and cities then decline and crime rises. The solution was to strictly enforce misdemeanor laws against littering, vagrancy, turnstile jumping, defacing private property, public urination, and public indecency. Violators suddenly were being arrested, booked and prosecuted. And lo and behold, crime went down, including serious, violent crime, streets were safer and cleaner, and cities prospered.

Then came the Progressives, who declared that this type of policing discriminated against the poor, homeless and minorities (even though they are most often the victims of crime). New, enlightened policies replaced "broken windows policing." Law enforcement officers were ordered by mayors and judges to tolerate vagrancy, public urination and defecation, public indecency, and camping on the sidewalks. Streets were not repaired and garbage piled up, to the joy of rodents. Street crime returned, escorted by filth and disease.

Call it "broken streets policing"; or "broken trust policing."

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Segregation Comes to Minnesota


The City of Minneapolis has scheduled "Sacred Conversations with City Staff" to commemorate, of all things, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves at Jamestown, Virginia. The City has arranged separate meeting times for "Black Bodied Staff" and "White Bodied Staff." To me, it is clear that a City cannot sponsor segregated public meetings--surely if Brown v. Board of Education means anything, it means that.
This segregated meeting also is an insult to the memory of the soldiers of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, at a critical moment when the Confederate assault threatened to push Union troops off Cemetery Ridge, General Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the regiment to assault a much larger enemy force, telling regimental commander Col. William Colvill to take the enemy's colors. The Confederate brigade outnumbered the Minnesota regiment by a ratio of 5:1. There is no question that these veteran Minnesota soldiers knew what they were being asked to do.The fateful charge bought the time needed for other forces to be brought up to bolster the gap in the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge. During the charge, 215 members of the 262 men who were present at the time became casualties in five minutes, including Col. Colvill, and all but three of his captains. The unit's flag fell five times and was raised again each time. The 47 survivors rallied back to General Hancock under the senior surviving officer, Captain Nathan S. Messick. The 82% casualty rate stands to this day as the second-largest loss by any surviving military unit in U.S. history during a single day's engagement.
On that day, the Minnesota troops lived up to the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, "As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free." 156 years later, the City of Minneapolis should be ashamed at its betrayal of that heritage.

powerlineblog.com
It has often been observed that progressives are re-segregating some areas of the country, especially college campuses. But Minnesota has never been segregated, so our progressives are boldly venturing to segregate our citizens by race for the first time. The City of Minneapolis has scheduled a seri...

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TOURISTS

Should you ask a tour guide to show you "Ford's Theater, where the assassination took place," the guide will take you to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

FBI Russia Probe Resulted from Clinton Campaign Dirty Trick

Real Clear Investigations reports:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation formally opened its Trump investigation after Western intelligence assets and Clinton-affiliated political operatives repeatedly approached the Trump campaign and tried but failed to damage it through associations with Russia, a growing body of evidence suggests. 

Before the FBI began investigating the Trump campaign in an operation code-named “Crossfire Hurricane,” there were at least seven different instances when campaign advisers were approached with Russia-related offers. Most of those contacts — including Donald Trump Jr.’s much-publicized meeting with a Russian lawyer and others in June 2016 — offered the prospect of information damaging to Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Two of these approaches were made by one U.S. government informant already publicly identified as such, Stefan Halper. Another was made by a man who swore in court that he had worked as an FBI informant. Two others were made by figures associated with Western intelligence agencies. Another two approaches included political operatives, one foreign, with ties to the Clintons.

President Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has asserted that dispatching Halper to follow the Trump campaign "protected" it from the Russians.

But Mark Wauck, a former FBI agent with experience in such tactics, sees an effort at entrapment. “What appear to have been repeated attempts to implicate the Trump campaign, in some sort of quid pro quo arrangement with Russians who claimed to have ‘dirt’ on Hillary,” Wauck told RealClearInvestigations, “look like efforts to manufacture evidence against members of the Trump campaign or create pretexts to investigate it.”

Read the whole shocking story. You see, folks, Hillary was supposed to win, and then this corrupt attempt to damage the Trump campaign would have been swept under the rug. But shockingly, Trump won, and, ironically, the Mueller investigation in the supposed ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is revealing the conspiracy. Oops. And so the cover-up is crumbling and the conspiracy is revealed.

Remember the famous Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and
Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has longtime links to the Kremlin.  Well, Real Clear Investigations reports:

Veselnitskaya had at least two other significant meetings the day before and the day after her Trump Tower appointment. Both were with the same man: Glenn Simpson.

In addition to providing litigation support to Veselnitskaya for the U.S. court case she was handling, Simpson’s communications firm, Fusion GPS, had been hired by the Clinton campaign to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
So the Donald Trump Jr. meeting, which caused Democrats to call for criminal prosecution of Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner, was a Clinton campaign dirty trick.

Monday, June 11, 2018

SNEAK PEEK at the U.S.-North Korea Agreement

Because I am a close confidante of the President, I received an advanced sneak peek at the agreement with North Korea. Kim Jong Ung gives up his nuclear weapons. In return, he receives California. That gives him Koreatown in Los Angeles, which is the world's second largest Korean community. It gives Californians the Socialist dictatorship they seem to crave, and may even lower their taxes. Dennis Rodman gets the Golden State Warriors.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

17 Tammuz in American History

In an article in Commentary, entitled "The Full Measure of Devotion," Rabbi Meir Soloveichik calls our attention to two extraordinary historical coincidences:  Both July 4, 1776 and July 4, 1863 (the date of the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, which assured that the Union would prevail in the American Civil War), fell on the Jewish fast day of 17 Tammuz, which on the Jewish religious calendar begins "the three weeks," the annual period of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem -- and our prayers for its restoration and Jewish redemption -- which culminates with the Fast of the Ninth of Av (Tisha b'Av).  Because the Hebrew calendar is lunar, with leap months, while the Julian calendar is solar, the concurrence of July 4 and 17 Tammuz is no means an annual event.  This year, for example, July 4 falls on 21 Tammuz.

Allow me to state what I believe Rabbi Soloveichik believes but only implied in his column:  This "coincidence" is not coincidence at all, but rather steps in the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zachariah (8:18-19). "“Thus says the Lord: The fast of the fourth month (17th Tammuz), the fast of the fifth month (Tisha B’av), the fast of the seventh month (Tzum Gedalya), and the fast of the tenth month (10th of Tevet), shall become for the House of Judah days of joy and gladnesshappy festivals – [on the condition that] you must love and follow – emet v’shalom – truth and peace. ”

The birth of the United States of America, and our nation's preservation during its Civil War, were stages in God's fulfillment of Zachariah's prophecy, which will culminate in the ultimate redemption not only of Judah and Israel, but also America and all mankind.  May it come about speedily and in our days.

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Mainstream Media Questions President Trump's Mental Stability


Monday, December 18, 2017

To Save Iran Deal, Obama Administration Blocked U.S. Efforts to Target Hezbollah Billion Dollar Criminal Enterprise

According to this report published at Politico.com (hardly a Republican media stronghold), the Obama Administration actively obstructed the efforts of a U.S. task force to bring down a billion dollar criminal drug, arms and money laundering operation by Hezbollah. The reason: to protect the nuclear deal with Iran.  The Obama Administration did so even though Hezbollah was funneling cocaine into the United States.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Princeton Hillel Cancels Appearance by Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Princeton Hillel chapter has cancelled an appearance on campus by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (pictured below). This is truly a sad and disturbing story, which raises serious concerns about the commitment of Jewish college students to Israel. Fortunately, Ms. Hotovely will still speak at Princeton, but under the sponsorship and auspices of Chabad rather than Hillel. Shame on Rabbi Julie Roth, Executive Director of the Center for Jewish Life on Princeton’s campus, for caving in to the demands of these so-called "progressives."

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

John Kelly on Compromise and the Civil War



John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, has been under troll ridicule attack for several days now for saying that the Civil War resulted from a failure to reach a compromise. One certainly may question General Kelly's wisdom in making the statement, and insist that no compromise on slavery in 1861 would have been morally acceptable. However, General Kelly is vastly more knowledgeable of history than his sarcastic critics (surprise!). As a witness for his defense, I call President Abraham Lincoln, who wrote the following letter to New York Tribune editor Horace ("Go West, Young Man") Greeley while the Civil War raged:

Executive Mansion,
Washington, August 22, 1862
Hon. Horace Greeley:
Dear Sir.
I have just read yours of the 19th. addressed to myself through the New-York Tribune. If there be in it any statements, or assumptions of fact, which I may know to be erroneous, I do not, now and here, controvert them. If there be in it any inferences which I may believe to be falsely drawn, I do not now and here, argue against them. If there be perceptable in it an impatient and dictatorial tone, I waive it in deference to an old friend, whose heart I have always supposed to be right.
As to the policy I "seem to be pursuing" as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.
I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be "the Union as it was." If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.
I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free.
Yours,
A. Lincoln.
What President Lincoln was saying, and perhaps General Kelly as well, is that sometimes official duty may trump moral principle, even at great cost to others. As history turned out, the Civil War continued, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation (which of itself did not free a single slave), the Union prevailed in the war, and slavery was abolished in the U.S. by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. That does not change the historical accuracy of General Kelly's statement, nor does it vindicate the historical ignorance of his know-nothing critics.
Of course the trolls will simply respond that Abraham Lincoln was a European White Male Racist and demand that the statue pictured above be removed.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Aviv HaTora Celebrates the Bnei Mitzvot of Ethiopian Olim

Thanks to Yonatan Boofty, at Israel National News Arutz Sheva, I learned about Aviv HaTora, a institution dedicated to fostering religious community life in Tel Aviv. Among its many programs, which include a gan yeladim (kindergarten), a yeshiva and a seminary for women, Aviv HaTora has a project to prepare the children of the Ethiopian Aliyah living in Tel Aviv-Yafo for their Bnei and Bnot Mitzvah (plural of Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah, when a Jewish boy reaches age 13 and a Jewish girl reaches age 12, and they assume responsibility for observance of the commandments). The following video shows their recent celebration of Bnei and Bnot Mitzvah. Honored guests included the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv Yafo, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau (who is also former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel and the father of the current Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau), the Chief Rabbi of the Ethiopian community in Tel Aviv-Yafo, and the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The celebrants and their families were then bussed to HaKotel HaMaaravi (the Western Wall in Jerusalem), where the boys received their tallitot and tefillin, put them on and were called to the Torah. A festive mesibah [party] and seudat mitzvah [feast celebrating a Jewish life cycle event] followed. Here is a video of the celebration. I especially enjoyed the dancing of the Ethiopian men.   For more about AvivHaTorah, go to its website,  to http: www.avivhatora.org.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Grasshopper and the Ant, as retold by the "Progressive" Left

 
Once upon a time, during a bright and cheery spring, a grasshopper came across an ant, working hard at harvesting seeds.  "Why are you working so hard?" asked the grasshopper. "Look, it is sunny and nice outside.  Come play with me all day."

"Sorry," responded the ant politely.  "I would like to play, but I must gather seeds for the winter, so I and my family have something to eat when the cold comes."

Eight months later, it was cold and snowy.  The grasshopper came to the ant's nest.  "Give me your seeds," said the grasshopper.  "I am hungry."   "I will give you some of my seeds," said the ant, "and maybe others will give you some as well.  But I must keep the rest to feed me and my family during the winter."

"No," said the progressive government tax official standing behind the grasshopper. "You must give him 50% of your seeds."

With only 50% of the ant's seeds left, he and his family barely made it through the winter.  The next spring, when the grasshopper asked him out to play, the ant said, "Sure, why not? If I spend my time gathering seeds the government will take half of it away anyhow."

So neither the ant, nor the grasshopper, worked that spring, summer and fall, and in the winter, they both starved.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jaime Escalante vs. Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley: The Racism of Low Expectations

  Do you remember the late Jaime Escalante? 


He gained fame teaching AP Calculus to mostly Latino students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles from 1982 through 1991.  His success--more to the point, the success of his students in achieving passing scores on the national AP Calculus exam--was dramatized in the 1987 film, "Stand and Deliver."  In one of his best roles, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Edward James Olmos played Mr. Escalante.

Despite his success, or perhaps because of it, Mr. Escalante encountered substantial opposition from teachers' unions, his fellow faculty members and the usual suspects who opposed his program of unyieldingly high expectations for his students.  Mr. Escalante lost his chairmanship of the Math Department at Garfield High, and in 1991, resigned his teaching position there, citing faculty politics and petty jealousy as the reasons for his decision.   According to Wikipedia, at the height of Escalante's influence, Garfield graduates were entering the University of Southern California in such great numbers that they outnumbered all the other high schools in the working-class East Los Angeles region combined. Even students who failed the AP often went on to become star students at California State University, Los Angeles.  However, after his departure, and that of several teachers who had helped him develop the Garfield AP Calculus program, the level of math achievement at Garfield rapidly declined.

Now please meet Elroy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of the California Community College System, who heads the nation’s largest community college system of 114 campuses.  In an interview published today in the Los Angeles Times, Chancellor Oakley advocates that intermediate algebra be dropped as a requirement to earn an associate degree. He said, "“College-level algebra is probably the greatest barrier for students — particularly first-generation students, students of color — obtaining a credential.”

At Central High School in Phoenix, where I graduated in 1969, Intermediate Algebra was a prerequisite to even take AP Calculus.  The head of California's community colleges thinks that what was once a high school standard is too tough for students of color.  That is the racism of low expectations.

Jaime Escalante's students were often first-generation immigrants from Mexico or Latin America, or the children of those immigrants. Nearly all of his students were people of color, usually Latinos.  He demanded that they stand and deliver their best. They did.  Jaime Escalante died in 2010.  Mr. Escalante, we mourn your death and need educators like you more than ever.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CHINA'S TECH MONEY HEADS FOR ISRAEL

From Reuters via Yahoo Finance.


First China purchased the Israeli agricultural cooperative Tnuva. Now Chinese investors are scrambling to invest in Israeli tech companies. Hopefully this will promote regional peace, as the Chinese will not be happy with those anti-Israel forces who would threaten their multi-billion dollar investments. Indeed, I feel the same way about Chinese investment in the United States. In world history, when a rising imperial power challenges an existing empire, the result has often been terrible armed conflicts. Think of the Peloponnesian Wars, the Punic Wars, the centuries of conflict between France and England, World War I and so on. I would be delighted if the People's Republic of China has so much invested in our country that it would never think of allowing a dispute to spiral into armed conflict, and the converse sentiment should also apply. Peace through capitalism.




HONG KONG/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Struggling to seal deals in the United States as regulatory scrutiny tightens, Chinese companies looking to invest in promising…
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Friday, March 17, 2017

"Judaism Doesn't Need this 'Genius' "

In a February 23, 2017 post here at The Hedgehog Blog, I challenged remarks by French intellectual and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy to the effect that "American Jews need to be wary of their new President."  Of course, every American needs to be wary of every President.  Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.  What I objected to was the charge pushed by Monsieur Levy and CNN that Donald Trump has anti-Semitic sentiments.


Subsequently, in the March 2017 issue of Commentary, one of my favorite Rabbis and commentators on Jewish affairs, Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik, rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City and the director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, launched a devastating challenge to the recently published book by Bernard-Henri Levy, The Genius of Judaism.  Rabbi Soloveichik's essay is entitled, "Judaism doesn't need this 'Genius'."  His most serious problem with the book is Monsieur Levy's rejection of the concept of the Jewish people as a nation chosen by God for a specific mission in history, to be a "kingdom of priests and a holy nation." (Exodus [Shemot] 19:6)  Levy admitted in his book that he had never studied or practiced Judaism before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).  Rabbi Soloveichik recommends that he do both before presenting himself as a pundit for the Jewish people. 


Predictably in the current intellectual climate of Jewish America, the more progressive and secular wings of Judaism were thrilled with Levy's book.  The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles made Levy and his book the cover story in its January 11, 2017 issue.  An inside photo accompanying the article shows Levy sitting in an art museum, posed in front of three paintings depicting the Shroud of Turin.  I wonder if anyone at the Jewish Journal knew enough about Judaism or Christianity to recognize the irony.