. . . by Dr Sardonicus
Pictures and captions by Lasha Darkmoon
Jewish writer Naomi Wolf (pictured) recently posted a controversial comment on Facebook denying that the Jews were the “Chosen” people or that God gave them the Holy Land. She provides a very plausible explanation why this cannot be so.
Let her speak for herself:
Okay, so I was challenged [by someone]: “Read the Bible! God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.”
I may get crucified for this but I have started to say it — most recently (terrified, trembling) to warm welcome in a synagogue in LA: Actually if you read Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy in Hebrew — as I do — you see that God did not “give” Israel to the Jews/Israelites.
We as Jews are raised with the creed that “God gave us the land of Israel” in Genesis — and that ethnically “we are the chosen people.” But actually — and I could not believe my eyes when I saw this, I checked my reading with major scholars and they confirmed it — actually God’s “covenant” in Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy with the Jewish people is NOT ABOUT AN ETHNICITY AND NOT ABOUT A CONTRACT. IT IS ABOUT A WAY OF BEHAVING.
Again and again in the “covenant” language He never says: “I will give you, ethnic Israelites, the land of Israel.” Rather He says something far more radical — far more subversive — far more Godlike in my view.
“IF you visit those imprisoned…act mercifully to the widow and the orphan…welcome the stranger in your midst…tend the sick…do justice and love mercy…and perform various other tasks…THEN YOU WILL BE MY PEOPLE AND THIS LAND WILL BE YOUR LAND.”
So “my people” is not ethnic — it is transactional. We are God’s people not by birth but by a way of behaving, that is ethical, kind and just. And we STOP being “God’s people” when we are not ethical, kind and just. And ANYONE who is ethical, kind and just is, according to God in Genesis, “God’s people.”
And the “contract” to “give” us Israel is conditional — we can live in God’s land IF we are “God’s people” in this way — just, merciful, compassionate. AND — it never ever says, it is ONLY your land.
Even when passages spell out geographical “boundaries” as if God does such a thing, it never says this is exclusively your land. It never says I will give this land JUST to you.
Remember these were homeless nomads who had left slavery in Egypt and were wandering around in the desert; at most these passages say, settle here, but they do not say, settle here exclusively. Indeed again and again it talks about welcoming “zarim” — translated as “strangers” but can also be translated as “people/tribes who are not you” — in your midst.
This blew my mind, and I hope it blows yours.
To summarize: according to Naomi Wolf, God gave the Holy Land to the Jews ONLY IF THEY BEHAVED LIKE MODEL CHRISTIANS!
The Holy Land was theirs if their behavior was impeccable and in every way NON-TALMUDIC. Far from believing themselves a superior race and the goyim mere cattle, Jews had to regard all other races as their own kith and kin and treat them with kindness and mercy.
Moreover, God did not give the Holy Land to the Jews because they were ethnically Jews. Race or ethnicity did not enter into God’s considerations. The Holy Land was to be a gift to ANY people, ANY race, ANY ethnicity, who were capable of behaving in a godly way, in a just way, in a noble way: in short, like model Christians.
This is quite a startling new interpretation of the meaning of “Chosen People”. It appeals to us personally by its sheer reasonableness and concordance with basic ethical principles: “The Holy Land is yours provided you behave in a holy way — and, if you cannot behave in a holy way, then it is NOT yours, but it belongs then to any other race capable of achieving holiness.”
I admit that all this will seem a pack of nonsense to the atheist. If you question the basic assumption that God exists, the whole idea of God handing over the Holy Land to anyone capable of behaving in a godlike way becomes nonsensical.
Suffice to say that Ms Wolf’s fascinating hypothesis has no chance of catching on with most Jews in Israel right now, especially with the so-called “religious” Jews. As far as these Jews are concerned, God gave them the Holy Land because of their Jewish DNA. They are infinitely superior to all other races by virtue of being uniquely “human”, whereas all other races are subhuman and akin to the animals and have animal souls.
This Jewish God, Yahweh, appears to be a pretty vengeful and bloodthirsty God; He is not in the slightest bit concerned with His Chosen People treating other races kindly. In fact, he advises his Chosen Ones to treat all other races harshly, unkindly, unmercifully, and put them all to the sword.
Yahweh, in short, is the Ultimate Jew — the Eternal Jew. He created the universe for sadistic fun, so that His Chosen People, built in his image, might enjoy endless orgies of cruel delight torturing the inferior races and slaughtering them without mercy — exactly as they are doing in Palestine right now in a frenzy of ritual murder:
VICTIMS OF JEWISH RITUAL MURDER:
HOW THEY DO IT IN THE 21st CENTURY
HER HEAD HALF BLOWN OFF BY AN ISRAELI SNIPER —
ANOTHER BLOOD SACRIFICE TO YAHWEH
FROM HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE
Last week, Professor Steven Salaita of the University of Illinois tweeted: “Why would Hamas even try to use children as human shields? Israel has proved for decades that it has no problem shooting children.”
In the words of Dick Eastman, “That was just too much truth for Rabbi Meyer May of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Rabbi called Salaita’s tweet ‘baseless anti-Semitism’, and demanded the college fire him. And fire him they did.”
By doing this, the cowardly college authorities demonstrated that these mass murderers in our midst can not only kill with impunity—now that they have muscled their way into supreme power—but that the world is under obligation to pretend that genocide is a form of kindly pest control when Jews are its main practitioners.
Naomi Wolf’s fanciful reinterpretation of the “chosenness” of the Jews and their right to the Holy Land being conditional on their godly behavior, is in stark contradiction to this famous passage from the book of Deuteronmy:
And so this, according to the God of the Old Testament, is the criterion for true holiness: to see how many goyim (or non-Jews) you can offer up to Yahweh as blood sacrifices.
G-d help us all.
Dr Sardonicus is a retired naturalist who has spent several years in the far East in search of rare birds, butterflies, plants, and Oriental wisdom. He is a frequent contributor to this website.