June 18, 2021 | by Eriс
Betting on the Wrong Horse. Part II
Continued. Read Part I here.
Over the ages Jews have been forced to move out of countries where they lived. It happened when the places they lived in had become considerably less friendly and they had to exit, fearing for their lives. They were never the accepted ones, only tolerated and used, by various monarchs and potentates. The Jewish people were impacted by the political changes taking countries to the extreme left or extreme right – which is more or less the same if you think about it. Jews have learned to live within just about any society, with almost any neighbors. But when they begin to leave en masse, it is an indication of trouble brewing within the lands they depart from. It so happens that when Jews begin to leave the countries of their ancestry and move to Israel, it is a litmus test for the local scenes. It’s not the sheer numbers of Jews moving that tell the story its the percentages. America is home to over six million Jewish people. Here, the crimes of hate are prosecuted to the full extent of the law; we have many safeguards against racial and religious intolerance. Between the years 2000-2010 only 15,000 people moved to Israel. But over 32,000 Israel-bound people left America in the subsequent ten years. These numbers are tiny, 0.2% and 0.4% of the total U.S. population, respectively. Yet it is a two-fold increase and we don’t yet know what it means. They may be retirees, families seeking desired environment for their kids or those who sense the danger in the air. With things going the way they are in our country, this unlikely emigration is bound to go up. Most everyone is trying to get to live here, so seeing the movement in the opposite direction is disturbing.
June 16, 2021 | by Eriс
Betting on the Wrong Horse. Part I
“There is no continuity in American life. We reinvent ourselves every twenty years or so.”
This is an interesting, out-of-context (and debatable) thought by John Thorn, historian.
We aren’t experts on Judaism in America and don’t pretend to understand every process going on in this country as pertaining to that part of our population. This is very complex, emotional issue covered by many authors, much more versed in the finer details of the subject than we can ever be. But what is happening to and with six million of our citizens is very important. It serves as a glowing indicator as where we, as society, are going. It also tells us why the choices American Jews make, as individuals affect their lives and the future of this country. After every analysis is complete and every fine detail is addressed, what really matters is the current political vector’s bearing.
Oh, where do we begin?(more…)
June 1, 2021 | by Eriс
The Oafs and Buffoons
New York City has many problems. Some are the result of poor management, bad decisions and very bad politicking. Our openly socialist mayor Bill de Blasio has just added another, to the ever-growing roster of progressive initiatives aimed at destroying history of this country and the city. All in the name of “racial justice and reconciliation”. It is even called “New York City Racial Justice Commission”, brought about with a single purpose, namely “targeting and dismantling structural and institutional racism” around this town.
Goodbye, good old New York harmony and peace. There comes a body that will seek out causes for outrage, strife and accusations; for American history revision leading to condemnation, erasure, renaming, removal and destruction of the names and monuments they find offensive within the City proper. In time, other tasks may be assigned to the Commission. They are just beginning this pseudo-important voyage of “righting the wrong” under the extremely dubious reconciliation umbrella.(more…)