Tradition: Walking the Jewish Republican Path

Frustration With the Republican Party

Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I’ve had to reconsider how I’m going to spend the little time I have available as an activist. Frankly, if that is what the country wants, so be it. I’ve been focused on different things and changes in my personal life, work, etc. Also, I’m not pleased with the Republican party right now. They seem to have a commitment to losing and barely even try. They’ve forgotten that the core of the Republican party is Conservatism. They need to get back to TRADITION (whenever tradition appears in this blog, I sing it like Teyve in Fiddler on the Roof).

Tradition!

Getting Back On My Spiritual Path

Speaking of TRADITION, I’ve busy working on creating the anti-fascist blog as well as walking my religious spiritual path toward getting my Jewish “baptismal certificate” if you will. Due to a technicality, I do not have to convert because of my family history but I will for the experience. Since most of my readers are Christian, I’ll describe what the process is like. Unlike other religions, you don’t just declare yourself Jewish. One very important thing about Judaism is it’s about bringing the spiritual into the physical… everything you do can be for G-d and the betterment of the world. Tikkan olam – healing the world – is a major tenet of Judaism. It can take years of study to become proficient in Hebrew & Torah. Torah is the first 5 books of the Bible. You have to become part of the community and self-identify as being Jewish. You also spend about a year under the supervision of a rabbi, take courses, etc.

I just completed the Union for Reform Judaism course but it’s a bit too liberal for me. I think I need more tradition (cue Tevye). So, I’m looking into taking the courses to convert with a Conservative rabbi. Also, “Conservative” is a movement in Judaism, kind of like how Christianity has denominations. Here, I mean Conservative as in sticking to tradition (cue Tevye again), rather than a political belief. In other words, I’m a Conservative Jewish Conservative :p After your rabbi feels you’re ready, you sit before a beit din and answer questions. Then, you go to a place called the mikvah and do a full body immersion while saying a prayer in Hebrew. It’s a private thing, between the convert and G-d. I’ll then prepare for an adult bat mitzvah, which I hope to do in Israel someday.

So yeah, busy times. But, it’s worth it. I hope to be back writing about political stuff soon but it’ll be very limited.

RJC Press Release: This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Democratic Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shari Hillman
press@rjchq.org
202-638-6688

RJC: Rift in Democratic Party on Israel Shows How Much Party Has Changed

New RJC ad:”This is no longer the Democratic Party of our parents’ generation.”
Washington,  D.C. (September 7, 2012) — The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) today announced the release of a new print ad, entitled “Rift,” which points to the deep split among rank and file Democrats when it comes to supporting Israel. This rift is a sad example of how much the party has changed over the years.

The ad reads, in part: “At the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte, NC, it’s become painfully clear that this Party is no longer the Democratic Party of our parents’ generation. This week has witnessed a shocking series of events. These regrettable incidents reveal a Party that has wandered far from its origins.”

The ad will run next week in 11 Jewish newspapers as full-page ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “Important pro-Israel language was stripped from the Democrats’ platform this year, including lines recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and calling Israel America’s ‘strongest ally’. When they tried to reinstate the language on Jerusalem, the convention chairman couldn’t get a clear two-thirds vote and just declared the language added – receiving loud boos from the convention floor.

He continued, “This is a sad display by the Democratic Party and is an indication of how much the Democratic Party has changed in recent years. It was chilling to watch; who could have imagined the day when supporting Jerusalem would be resoundingly booed at a Democratic convention?”