Gilad Atzmon: I guess that the difficulties involved in resolving the tension between the universal and the tribal explains why so many progressive Jews prefer to operate in intellectual, ideological and political exclusive ‘Jews only’ cells where these questions are never raised, never asked, and never answered.
Our project of following the progressive, Judaic anti-Zionist movement is ever interesting. It's clear that for a lot of these people getting high and listening to Bob Marley and the Grateful Dead occupied more of their formative years than learning the actual teachings of their rabbi-following ancestors. I lost some time in my youth as well but still managed to learn the teachings of my Catholic ancestors, and later, to learn Judaic traditional teachings which is the foundation from which I write here.
Philip Weiss must have been too distracted from youth until present to learn about rabbinic Judaism, but not too distracted to not absorb the megalomania at its core, unless there's some other way of accounting for him associating Benjamin Netanyahu's barbaric rhetoric with Islam instead of the rabbinic Judaism passed down by Netanyahu's grandfather Rabbi Natan Mileikowsky; or explicitly associating Catholicism with pedophilia (which Catholicism wholly condemns) rather than rabbinic Judaism which explicitly allows pedophilia in its most authoritative texts (See: Judaism Discovered, pp. 422-425, 436).
Does Phil perhaps think that just because The New York Times front page hasn't reported the rampant pedophilia in the synagogues and yeshivas that it doesn't exist? It's fortunate for Phil that he hasn't spent much time in the synagogue or perhaps he'd know from personal experience that the rabbis have granted themselves permission to rape children and contrived 'moser' laws forbidding victims from informing non-'Jews' about it. Apparently, The New York Times is obedient to the halakha of the 'moser' (how liberal!), but I digress.
Facts are no obstacle to actualized Judeomania, and no atrocity is terrible enough to sideline Judeomaniacal self-interest, even temporarily, which is why I emphatically say that I side with any person of Judaic ancestry who has put the savage tribalism of Judaism behind them and wishes to make repair for its ravages--in genuine benevolence--and why I will continue to critique the religion of Judaism in every guise it reinvents for its self-preservation.
As Zionism's ugliness is increasingly manifest to the world, the sane of the world are increasingly voicing their disgust, thank God. But let no one be fooled that Zionism has 'hijacked Judaism' and that we need to 'return to the ethical teachings of Judaism.' There is no such thing. And if my opinion isn't weighty enough, read what Thomas Jefferson wrote on the topic and keep it in mind when anyone tells you 'its un-American to criticize a religion' which strange unwritten law only seems to strictly apply to the religion most deserving of criticism.
And now, I present, Progressive Judeomania:
Gilad Atzmon: Jews & Their Self Interest-An Interview with Philip Weiss
Judaic Activists Set Sail for the Cause of Tribal Universalism?
"No One Judges 'Israel'"
Tikkun Olam is a Tribal, not Universal, Concept
Bard's Kashrut Progressivism