This is the third episode of the Justin White follies whereby a convert to Orthodox Judaism proves that certain far-right tendencies in the denomination can turn even a non-Jew into a foaming-at-the-mouth Jew-hating, Arab-hating, Ashkenazi-hating, Yiddish-hating Jewish bigot.
Here he uses the tired Kahanist trope of calling me a Kapo. You’d think after the 20th or 30th time someone tried this here that they’d try to invent a newer, fresher insult:
…Your shallowness [is] a result of having had a bankrupt Jewish education like so many of your fellow Arab-hugging self-hating confused “reformers.”
You post monsters like Daniel Barenboim and you try to label be [sic] as “anti-Semitic?” No one loves Semitism more than I do. You don’t know what Semitism is, my silver-haired adversary. I have been involved with Jews of Arab countries from day one. Only KAPOS like you try to be sneaky and turn the guilt around. Richard Silverstein-the post-Semite! (I’m sure you don’t have the guts to post this paragraph.)
You consider me an extremist because you are so far from your own religion. Would you consider Samuel an extremist for killing the King of Amalek? Would you consider Moses an extremist for having killed an Egyptian (who attacked a Jew)? It is the “enlightened” “Jew” like yourself who would. Why don’t you think about that on Yom Kippur? Your soul needs whiting.
PS: I am not a baal-tsuvah [sic]. A baal-tsuvah [sic] is someone who was born to a Jewish mother and then became observant. A convert is a convert. I am a convert to Judaism. If you became observant, Richard, you would be a baal-tsuvah [sic]. Who is the ignoramus?
I like the claim that Daniel Barenboim, one of the world’s most distinguished conductors, is a “monster.” That would be because he has sympathy for the suffering of the Palestinian people. You see, in Reb Justin’s world if you care for anyone who is not Jewish, nay anyone who is non-Orthodox, you’re ipso facto a monster.
Perhaps the only accurate point that Justin has made in his entire diatribe is that “convert” in Hebrew appears to be ger. I always thought it was baal teshuvah and perhaps I made a mistake in calling him that.
Justin really gave me a chuckle when, after reading me out of the Jewish people, he wrote the following:
You don’t have to make this so personal. Comments like “twisted human being like Justin White” are unacceptable.
I guess for Justin it’s all a question of whose ox is being gored. He only howls when it’s his, but cares not a whit when he gores someone else. As for twisted, I’m afraid you are Justin. And B.BarNavi, who writes that he’s had the “displeasure” of knowing Justin, names the initials of the rabbis who have mentored our ger, who would be aghast if they read the insults and hate he has flung my way. I would only like the opportunity to convey some of Justin’s rhetoric to his rabbinic mentors.
It’s also rich that after mocking my Judaism through countless e mail messages he attempts to take me to task for mocking his intolerant concept of Judaism. Also, I think I’ve hurt Justin’s feelings in noting that his racialist rhetoric mirrors that of the Nazis. Notice how he claims I’ve called him a Nazi when I did no such thing (though that distinction would be too much nuance for Justin to handle):
When you mock a convert you are breaking 2 Torah mitzvot (love your fellow Jew AND love the convert). The fact that you would call a convert an anti-Semite as well as (to no shame) compare to a Nazi (which you Leftists LOVE to do) shows what level you are on Jewishly…I have limits for the tar and feathering I am willing to take…When you accuse me of being in line with people who murdered Jews-that is really beyond the pale.
It’s also characteristic of someone like Justin to deny that B.BarNavi knows him when based on the content of the comment I linked to above he clearly does:
Don’t know [who he is]-thought he was one of your friends!
To all his other faults, it appears we have to add yet another: liar.