I have a dissonance. The dissonance is defined by the close proximity of Parshat Pinchas and Matot in timing to the stabbing of 6 participants of the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. In Parshat Pinchas we have Pinchas removing the evil from the midst of the ISRAELITE CAMP by the piercing through of the Israelite man and the midianite woman whilst ‘in the act’. Then in Matot we have an account of the full-scale divinely mandated vengeance assault upon Midian:
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Avenge the people of Israel on the Midianites. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people.” Num 31:1, 2
The dissonance is further increased by folks becoming all rabbinical in an effort to distance themselves and their version of Judaism from the stabber and the stabbing of 6 participants of the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. Technically speaking the participants were not ‘in the act', which is just one of the factors which makes the stabbing wrong but still begs the question. The question of whether or not this is just the thin end of the wedge of other potential pride parades on the horizon. Whilst at this stage a ‘thieves’ pride parade may be a longer way into the future, the area of pedophilia as an acceptable lifestyle choice/ orientation is rapidly garnering academic support:
The statement that pedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July 2103. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge.
Ken Plummer is emeritus professor of sociology at Essex University, where he has an office and teaches courses, the most recent scheduled for last month. “The isolation, secrecy, guilt and anguish of many paedophiles,” he wrote in Perspectives on pedophilia, “are not intrinsic to the phenomen[on] but are derived from the extreme social repression placed on minorities …
“Paedophiles are told they are the seducers and rapists of children; they know their experiences are often loving and tender ones. They are told that children are pure and innocent, devoid of sexuality; they know both from their own experiences of childhood and from the children they meet that this is not the case.”
Ray Blanchard, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, who led the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) working group on the subject, said that unless some other way was found of encompassing hebephilia in the new manual, that was “tantamount to stating that the APA’s official position is that the sexual preference for early pubertal children is normal”. (Hebephilia is the sexual preference for children in early puberty, typically 11 to 14-year-olds.)
The more acceptable hebephilia(?) followed by paedophile rights and paedophile pride parades are the next thing on the agenda? Do you ever get the feeling that the moral fabric of our Jewish society/ homeland is gradually crumbling before our very eyes? Will we see the open scale media saturation of those liberals who will inevitably condemn those who object to paedophilia and who deny their children to paedophiles as being like ISIS extremists sans stabbing paedophiles at paedophile ‘pride’ parades?
My dissonance is further increased when I hear our prime minister waxing lyrical about the ancient coin found at the western wall which firmly establishes the Jews hold on Jerusalem for religious reasons and how Israel is a safe haven for the gay lifestyle unlike the barbarous Islamic nations which surround us.
My dissonance is further increased when I hear our religious leaders rightly condemn the stabbing but wrongly fail to mention that the gay lifestyle is SIN too.
How much of all that we all presently hold dear will crumble further? Will we descend to the level where we will offer our children to the modern-day Molech of paedophilia for the sake of love, community cohesion and all the other bullshit buzzwords and moral(less) theories of the liberal political correct?
By Uzi Baruch
A riot broke out in the haredi neighborhood Beit Yisrael in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, after large police forces used heavy force to arrest Rabbanit Yocheved Grossman, on suspicion that she knew theharedi stabber who attacked the controversial gay pride parade last Thursday.
Witnesses related that the rabbanit was arrested amid the use of heavy violence at her home on Ratzabi Street, and in the process was wounded by the officers and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
This is in fact the second police crackdown on the Grossman family following the stabbing by Yishai Shlissel, who was released just three weeks before the attack after having conducted a similar stabbing against the same parade in 2005 – an oversight the police have caught much flak for.
Police forces arrived at the family home late last week searching for Rabbi Idan Grossman, the rabbanit’s husband, who organizes protests against the gay pride parade in Jerusalem.
When they found the rabbi not to be at home, the officers asked his wife to accompany them but she refused – at which point she was dragged dozens of meters to a police car. Her violent arrest did not come until Saturday night.
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing the couple, said on Saturday night, “Jerusalem district police are acting in panic and in hysteria in a goal of covering up their fiasco with Yishai Shlissel.”
“It’s not clear why they’re arresting people who oppose the (gay) pride parade. Is it forbidden to oppose a parade like this?”
The annual gay pride march through Jerusalem has been the source of heated controversy, due to the city’s holy status to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Since the 1990s, gay activist groups have held an annual mega-parade in the largely-secular Tel Aviv. However, in 2002 they began holding a smaller, far more contentious march through Jerusalem, amid bitter opposition from the city’s largely traditional and religious residents.
Unlike the Tel Aviv event, the Jerusalem march is usually met with loud counter-protests. In recent years, however, protests have been smaller as some haredi leaders urged their followers to stay away from what they term the “abomination parade” altogether.
1. (link here) Some commentaries suggest that this halachic hesitation rises out of the fact that zealotry is an allowance, rather than an obligation. Respecting the zealot’s deep visceral reaction to the crime, God allows him to respond. He is, however, not commanded to do so. If the zealot asks for halachic guidance before acting, therefore, he will not be instructed to proceed.
Other authorities perceive the halachic hesitation concerning zealotry as reflective of uncertainty concerning the motives of the zealot. To qualify as a zealot, one “must be animated by a genuine, unadulterated spirit of zeal to advance the glory of God.” Such purity of motive, however, is rare. Most often, other, less legitimate factors influence an individual’s decision to act under the cover of zealotry. The sages of Pinchas’ time, therefore, suspicious of their hero’s motives, move to excommunicate him, only to be stopped by a divine decree attesting to his genuineness.
Some scholars, however, see the complex halachic approach to zealotry as reflective of an even more basic issue.
Zealotry can be acceptable, suggest these authorities, only when it is true zealotry – when the act is emotionally driven, performed in the heat of the moment, without hesitation or calculation. If an individual, at the moment of crisis, pauses to ask for halachic guidance, he is by definition no longer a zealot and therefore forfeits any halachic allowance for his precipitous actions.
An act of zealotry thus emerges as the singular exception to the general rule of Jewish law. To qualify as a permissible act of zealotry, the deed must be performed without, rather than with, halachic consultation. Judgment can only take place in retrospect, as the halacha determines, after the fact, whether or not this individual is a true zealot, justified in his actions.