7 thoughts on “Justin White: Red-Neck ‘Baal Teshuva’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. ” And today, one sect, Lubavitch still does. ”

    it doesnt’ seek to convert non-Jews, just tries to get Jews to be more observant

  2. I think it’s a stretch to believe that Palin even knows who Pegler was. She is simply a neo-con puppet who reads what’s put in front of her. Whoever wrote that speech certainly knew who Pegler was and inserted the quote as a message to certain members of the public.

  3. The VP acceptance speech was written before McCain decided on a VP. Of course, when McCain chose Palin the speech was modified for her. The speech was written by Bush speechwriter Matthew Scully.

    Putting Words in Palin’s Mouth

    There was a flutter of attention when McCain campaign manager Rick Davis told a group of Post reporters and editors yesterday that his team was having to rework the vice presidential acceptance speech because the original draft, prepared before Gov. Sarah Palin was chosen, was too “masculine.” While we all wondered to ourselves what might make a speech masculine or feminine, no one batted an eye at the underlying revelation: that the campaign was writing the nominee’s speech before knowing who the nominee would be…..

    ARTICLE- http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/09/putting_words_in_palins_mouth.html

  4. @orgo: I’m not familiar enough with Lubavitch’s religious practices to say anything definitively on this. For sure, they proselytize among non-Orthodox Jews & attempt to turn them into Lubavitch.

  5. richard — havent you ever gotten stopped by the mitzvah tank and asked by a lubavitcher, “are you jewish?” if you say no, they just say have a nice day and move onto the next heimishe-lookin gent.

  6. I hope our friend realizes that:

    1. Oppressing a convert is an issur d’Oraita. No matter what strain the convert is from.
    2. Sephardic minhag owes a lot to Arab/Muslim influence. As a Sephardi myself, I’m not sure he recognizes the irony in that.
    3. Claiming “we are the true Jews!” has probably been more of a Litvish than a Sephardi thing. Also of note is that too many Sephardim are emulating the dominant Litvish Ashkenazic model, in that they are becoming religiously and politically RIGHT-WING (instead of liberal as he claims).

    I think it’s rather apt that you characterized him as such in the title. Tigers do not change their stripes, and if he came from an ultra-conservative Virginian background, he’d find a home in the black-hat world.

  7. Barnacle:
    1. You are not a convert-you are not given aliyot at real synagogues so I am not the only one who thinks so. Sefardic Jews don’t hate themselves.
    2. Why do you think I dislike Arabs? So stereotypical of leftists. All of the major halachic authority [sic] were Mizrachi : from the Misha [sic] to Gemara to Rambam to Maran-all Jews follow Sephardic halacha.
    3. What do you know about Litvush? Both of the Rabbanim who converted me are descended form [sic] the Vilna Gaon. I don’t need someone like you to give me a lecture about Judaism.

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