Privileged Access To Your Self

The term “self-hating Jew”, meaning an American Jew – for it is permitted for Israelis themselves to dissent – who has her enthusiasm for Israeli government policy well under control, hijacks the very concept of Self. Such a rhetorician is saying to the Other, of whom he otherwise knows nothing, “I, the hard-liner, alone know what your Self is; your Self is whatever I say it is; and I say that your Self is that part of you that agrees with me; by daring to disagree with me, therefore, you are hating your own deepest ground.” This means that the rhetorician is claiming that he is like unto the God of the mystics, of whom it is said, “He is nearer to us than we are to ourselves”. That is quite a claim.

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  1. Written by urban
    on November 9, 2011 at 18:56
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    I am always struck when reading the prophets, both major and minor, by how they just go on and on and on about how utterly wicked the Jewish people are. Isaiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Jeremiah, self-hating Jews all. Were the Hebrew scriptures being redacted today I’m sure that damning material would be expunged.

  2. Written by Grinebiter
    on November 9, 2011 at 19:07
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    Apparently G*d had it in mind to show off by using the most unpromising material he could get hold of. Artistic challenge or something.

  3. Written by urban
    on November 10, 2011 at 01:49
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    As the saying goes: How odd that god should choose the Jews. Keep in mind, this is a fuck-up god that can’t get anything right the first time, if ever. Sadly, Christians and Muslims worship the same incompetent and petty god.

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