"... I have lost most of my remaining respect for [Rabbi Andy Bachman] after reading him denounce Allison Benedikt's writing her own hagaddah as a crime against the Jewish people by invoking the one true science, numerology. Who is he, Louis Farrakhan?"
Judaism, the religion Rabbi Bachman represents, is so rotten with numerology (Gematria) it's difficult to imagine that anyone with even the most cursory understanding of the religion wouldn't know this. And this remains true to this day, even in its 'progressive,' 'Reform' branch. Reform Rabbi Andy Bachman's numerology: "The structure of the Seder is built on the number 4 (4 questions, 4 cups, 4 children)" is in itself proof of this.
So what sense is there to wheeling in Louis Farrakhan as a reference when Rabbi Bachman's numerology stems directly from rabbinic Judaism's very own, very rich numerology traditions? For anyone even wondering, it's progressive tribal megalomania.
It matters not that Louis Farrakhan's use of numerology is negligible compared to that of any given rabbi; facts be damned! Jack Ross needs a low point of reference to measure Reform Rabbi Andy Bachman's numerology against and that's where the hated "Goy" Louis Farrakhan comes in; in other words, "Rabbi Bachman, you're a 'Jew,' you should be living up to the progressive, ethical, lightsome, perfect standards of Judaism, not acting like those backwards 'Goys' with their backwards numerology." What a laugh!
It's pretty obvious that many of these people don't know much about Judaism. They just know it must be super because it came from "The Jews"* and not from "the Goyim."
Silly ruses like the above serve only to shelter precious Judaic egos from the self-reflection that is second-nature to non-Judaic people of the West; they shield the religion of Judaism from critical analysis that Christianity has been subject to for centuries. Judaism, even in its 'progressive' 'Reform' guise is saturated with backwards traditions including numerology, but none so backwards as its tribal megalomania.
Judaism, and "The Jews," your enlightenment is centuries overdue. It used to be possible to hide this fact but since you've come to the forefront of the establishment, your business has become our business and we see clearly that the self-chosen 'progressive' emperor and arbiter of everything 'democratic' and 'enlightened' has no clothes.
*Actually, the origin of Judaism is the ancient pagan traditions of the East augmented by savage tribalism, extreme narcissism and paranoia--the distinct contribution of the rabbis--with all of this barely camouflaged by a paper-thin Biblical veneer.