I don’t think I’ve ever used the term in the title of this post to describe a fellow Jew before. I generally detest the phrase since it’s so misused. But how else to properly describe the strange attitudes of baal teshuvah, Justin White, who so detests so many of his fellow Jews. And it’s not only that he detests us, but that he uses the same racialist terminology used by Hitler to demean Jews. Only in Justin’s case, he’s demeaning the vast majority of world Jewry who are not Orthodox.
For those who believe I’m overstating my case regarding him, read the following:
My father is actually Korean and mother is German-American (whoops you MESSED up). You are more inbred than I could ever be, and I see that by looking at your photo.
The use of the term “inbred” is a perhaps unintentional echoing of Nazi slurs against the Jews as is the notion that you can read racial characteristics about someone based on their picture.
So is this what Judaism has come to in the hands of a twisted human being like Justin White? Is it nothing more than a way for him to prove his racial superiority over those Jews he reads out of the race? And if this is so, hasn’t White given Hitler a posthumous victory?
I find the following passage astonishing because the italicized passage echoes, in some sense, the claims of anti-Zionists who say that the European Jews who settled Israel have no direct connection or claim to the country. Here White actually has the chutzpah to attempt to strip non-Orthodox Jews of any claim on being Jewish. To him, as with the anti-Zionists, we are a bunch of European interlopers with a bogus claim to Jewish authenticity:
I don’t believe in this word “orthodox” [sic] when it comes to Judaism…Instead of saying Torah or Judaism, people like Lerner and Silverstein (and Rabbi Brenda-the mascot of the “reform” “movement”), cleverly dub post-Semitic self-hate “Judaism” “reform ” or “conservative.” I resent being called “Orthodox right-wing…” I like the militant part.
Do you really think that Ruth would espouse the views you do concerning Judaism and our Arab neighbors (let’s leave them out of this)? She would be coming after people like you fast and furious (for sure better than I). Ruth was from Moav-a MIZRACHIT or Jew from the Middle-East. That is in contrast to people like Richard who are basically Europeans pretending to have some connection to the Judaism (when they aren’t helping are enemies).
…Mr. Silverstein is correct about my lack of humility. This is something for me to consider in these days of soul-searching.
The idea that the kind, loving Ruth would treat a fellow Jew with the boiling hatred with which White does is enough to turn my stomach. No Justin White, whether Jew or not, will wrench my tradition of love, compassion and tolerance from me.
Here is more in a similar vein:
…Your response to me is the heretic’s response to Torah Judaism. That so-called Seminary [Jewish Theological Seminary] is for sure Judianity-that don’t [sic] believe that the Torah is of divine origin-so it says on a conservative “conversion.”
As for “shande fahr di yidn,” I don’t speak Amalek! The fact that you quote Germanic-Hebrew back to an Israeli convert basically sums up the differences between you and me, Richard.
…A Jew who doesn’t know Hebrew is considered to be illiterate. Does that make you an embarrassment (I have been plugging away since 1996, sometimes on my own), or me the embarrassment for having been diligent.
It is you and Tikkun and Rabbi Brenda and the “Reform” movement that spews hate, Richard.
Only in the most extreme forms of Jewish Orthodoxy do non-Orthodox become “heretics.” You’ll also note that White claims that the Jewish Theological Seminary, which he claims espouses “Judianity,” is as good as promoting Christianity by bastardizing Judaism.
Though an Orthodox Jew–a large percentage of whom actually speak Yiddish–White doesn’t seem to know anything about the language. In fact, he commits the grave sin of calling Yiddish by the hateful term “Amalek.” I have never heard Yiddish described as “Germanic-Hebrew” and don’t know whether White is simply ignorant of the language or trying to smear it. Either way, his presumption and am-haaretz-ness is stunning.