Poetry – Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Once a tiny tribe

Roamed, following the meat,

Now a teeming mass

With more than it can eat.

Once wild and free,

Bonding in brotherhood.

Now restrained by law, but

Rampaging in the neighbourhood.

Where once masters of skills,

Living by their wits –

Now a gang of fools

With whom no purpose sits.

Once proud, strong and true,

Now posturing on corners,

Wondering what to do.

In the concrete and plastic

Of a man-made universe,

Where decisions are all drastic

And answers perverse,

The human race has come to this –

A smoke, a shag and a lot of piss.

An empty life

An empty mind

With nothing in front

And nothing behind.

Opher 19.12.2015

Once Upon A Time

It seems to me that mankind’s intellect has outgrown his instinct. Where once we roamed freely in small numbers using all our intelligence and skills to battle the elements, fight of predators, feed and clothe ourselves and stay alive, now we are in the business of sanitising life.

In the plastic universe of our creation, where nature is banned or tamed, we are shackled by our laws. We still have the tribal instincts. The skills, camaraderie and bravery that once meant life and death for all the tribe, all now count for nothing. Health and Safety rules life. Life has to be saved. But life has no substance or meaning.

Our young people are aimlessly drifting in a plastic universe.

It is no wonder that some of them drift into religion as an answer. They are searching for purpose. They want more than gang violence and the endless, vacuous night out on the town. They want meaning, purpose and fulfilment. We give them safety as a sop.

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  1. Harris, my brother, saw an interesting article that perhaps might interest you.  From our recent conversations have witnessed a depth of your personality never before known to me.  Feel such a depth of gratitude to you personally.  In Hebrew the term “Mussar” appears as the closest understanding of the strong rebuke which I received from you, and have accepted upon my heart.  The T’NaCH defines prophecy by the term “Mussar”.  Toward the end of the 19th Century a rabbinic scholar by the name of Israel Salanter challenged the post Rambam Orthodox “style” of learning Talmud with the “mussar movement”.

    Israel Salanter, one of the most original and influential Jewish leaders and thinkers of Eastern European Jewry in the modern period. One of Salanter’s most striking innovations, the transformation of the issue of ethics from the domain of theology to the realm of psychology. Immanuel Etkes traces Salanter’s unique view of Mussar doctrine, especially his introduction of modern psychology to the traditional understanding of personal ethical development.

    Rav, Aaron Nemuraskii, learned under the great posek Yosef Shalom Eliashiv of Jerusalem. The Rosh Yeshiva of D’VaR Yerushalim a rabbi Horowitz, this man can directly trace his lineage back to Shmuel the prophet.  In the back of the Talmud, commentaries through the generations.  Remember rabbi Horowitz showing me his forefather commentaries on the Talmud, which the modern Sha’s Bavli include.  He revealed to me some 10 generations of Talmudic scholars.  At 31, first approached rabbi Horowitz for permission to learn in his Yeshiva.

    Apparently, possess a talent for this type of scholarship.  The first time Rav Aaron and I completed the entire Sha’s Bavli – we did it in about 4 months of incredibly intense learning. Before Rav Aaron would consent to teach me Talmud he insisted that I develop the skill to read the Aramaic targums/translations of both the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan Ben Uzziel on the Torah and Prophets as easily as i could read an English newspaper.

    Would later come to realize that Rav Aaron interpreted “Mussar” based upon the פרדס kabbalah taught by rabbi Akiva and all his five major talmidim.  These scholars, upon their backs, stand the entire Sha’s Yerushalmi and Bavli!  [The term “Sha’s” refers to the 6 Orders of the Mishna].

    My ability to grasp the פרדס logic system, astounded almost every rabbi whom I ever encountered.  One erev Yom Kippor, Rav Aaron’s rav, the posek of the entire Ashkenazi world, asked me to give him a blessing.  The sh’itta[logic system] which Rav Aaron taught me learns “Mussar” in a completely and novel way; completely different from the sh’itta of rabbi Israel Salant’s mussar movement publicized toward the end of the 19th Century.  Rabbi Salants’ mussar functioned as an additional appendage to the Sha’s Bavli.  The logic format developed by my scholarship suggests, makes understanding the Sha’s Yerushalmi and Bavli completely and totally dependent upon this mussar logic format which explains the hidden kabbala of rabbi Akiva’s פרדס chariot mysticism.

    A humorous story occurred in Jerusalem.  Started learning the Talmud in a Chabad Yeshiva in Jerusalem.  There I met a geon/genius Chassidic Rav.  At that time I barely knew the alef – bet/alphabet.  Would go up to the women’s section and employ a derivative of braille to teach myself Hebrew.   But before anyone realized my success at learning, this famous Chassidic rabbi had me sit upon his knee like I was a child.  Years later, I met this rabbi at a Chassidic wedding and explained to him a novel sh’itta of how to learn the Baali Tosafot – the grandchildren of Rashi.  Their commentary on the Talmud, it’s considered, virtually by all rabbinic authorities, as the most difficult and complex Talmudic commentaries ever written.

    My explanation of the Baali Tosafot shocked that rabbi.  Showed him how the Baali Tosafot learned Sha’s by means of bringing precedents based upon precedent logic of Common Law.  That Rashi’s commentary on the Chumash learned the פרדס kabbala of Rabbi Akiva, whereas the Rashi commentary on the Talmud, limited its scholarship to assisting later scholars how to correctly read a page of Gemara.  Rashi witnessed the 1st Crusades.

    It was not the 1st time that that rabbi received a scholarship jolt from me.  After only 2 years in the Yeshiva explained a difficult Rashi commentary on the Chumash/5 Books of the Torah, based upon an obscure concept located within the Yerushalmi Talmud.  Most Talmudic studies today totally ignore the Yerushalmi.  Rav Aaron’s sh’itta by contrast employed the Yerushalmi as the primary basis by which to learn the Talmud Bavli.  This sh’itta of Rav Aaron followed the sh’itta of learning that the Ramban advised.  The Ramban’s cousin placed the Rambam into charem/excommunication.  The Rambam, like most of the Spanish rabbis of that period, had assimilated to the recent re-discovery of the ancient Greek philosophers, specifically to Aristotle.

    The פרדס mussar which Rav Aaron taught me, this sh’itta of logic stands totally different and apart from the logic formats developed by Plato and Aristotle.  The פרדס mussar of logic, which my commentary upon the entire Sha’s Bavli seeks to prove, argues that Rabbi Akiva and his 5 major talmidim relied exclusively upon this פרדס mussar logic system to interpret the Torah as expressed in the Talmud Yerushalmi and Bavli.  This line of learning reopens the can of worms of Rabbeinu Yonah,the cousin of Ramban, and his excommunication of the Rambam, making him on par with Baruch Spinoza.

    To what does this challenge to the authority of the Rambam compare?  Recently composed a poem which challenges the authority of the entire Xtian religion.  Tongue ‘N cheek, a poem written by Edgar Allen Poe influenced me.

    Spoke the Raven NeverMore
    Deicide Gospels wo wo wo!
    God killing monsters ho ho ho!
    What reward of justice, do you receive –
    For theft, slander, rape, pogroms, ghettos & Genocide mass murder?
    Justice Justice where are you?

    Deicide Gospels have a story to tell
    They speak of Courtroom injustice
    Their story proclaims the Gospel Good News –
    The murder of God by Man.

    Deicide Gospels wo wo wo!
    God killing monsters ho ho ho!
    What life in the world to come, do you deserve?
    The Judgement Day for all generations baptized.
    Deicide for eternity, your Gods’ dead and so are you.

    That’s your portion, in the world to come.  Justice for all to see!!
    Guilty generations of hypocrites, believers in the Cross.
     With Crusader zeal and halos shining bright, they violently murder their God.  
    Guilty for these Gospel crimes, the religion of saints, condemns the Pharisees.

    Deicide Gospels wo wo wo!
    God killing monsters ho ho ho!
    What reward of justice, do you receive –
    For theft, slander, rape, pogroms, ghettos & Genocide mass murder?
    Frankenstein God, son of theology, Second Coming where ye be?  Exiled. Eternal death.
    So quote the Raven nevermore.

    The re-interpretation of ancient texts, with an entirely novel “spin”, seeks to shatter the “ethical containment force” [An idea which I developed at Texas A&M to explain the impact of a revolution upon society.  The models for me at that time, the French, Russian, Nazi, and Iranian revolutions.  The common denominator with all these political disasters, the revolutionaries rejected both the religion of their nation, as well as their nations’ form of government.  My commentary to the Talmud rejects Judaism as a religion together with the political idea of Monarchy.  This 2-step approach, likewise defines my perception of racism: volatile words combined with violent actions].

    Mark Twain has likewise made a marked influence upon how I read the Book of Kings.  The black slave Jim, thought king Solomon an absolute fool.  This judgment caused me to interpret the entire Book of Kings as a political satire; something comparable to Gulliver’s Travels.  Why for example does that Book open with the machinations of the prophet Natan and Bat Sheva?  It compares (all literature learns by comparison and contrast) to the son of Solomon who traveled to Sh’Cem to become the anointed king.  

    Just as the latter did not listen to the elder advisors of king Solomon so too king Solomon did not heed the counsel of the prophet Natan in the matter of building the Temple!  Natan advised the king that the crux of the Temple stood upon the foundations of establishment of a Federal Sanhedrin Court legal system.  King Solomon interpreted his father’s command to build a House of wood and stone.  This explains the satire of Kings expressed through the story of the 2 whores requesting justice.  The last commandment that Moshe the prophet sought to achieve: the establishment of the small Sanhedrin Federal Courts of law in the 3 Cities of Refuge on the other side of the Jordan river.

    The refutation of the “wisdom” of both king Solomon and the Rambam, seeks to shatter the “ethical containment force” of Orthodox Judaism.  In like manner so too does this novel sh’itta of mussar which explains the Chariot פרדס mysticism of Rabbi Akiva.  My commentary to the whole of the Sha’s Bavli seeks to interpret those texts as a model of a lateral Common Law Court system. [A system of law comparable to the institution of the jury system in American revolutionary law.]  This sh’itta of Talmudic scholarship has the goal to re-interpret the original intent of the T’NaCH and Talmud as a Constitutional political idea – rather than the religious concept of Judaism, which the Jewish scholars of the Middle Ages formalized.
       
    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/guilt-trip-what-america-should-learn-germany%E2%80%99s-nazi-reckoning-170826

    Titled: Guilt Trip: What America Should Learn From Germany’s Nazi Reckoning         

               “Today, America is experiencing what is popularly called a reckoning—a         
               return to the past with an eye on crimes related to race, the crime of
               slavery especially, charged not only to particular individuals or institutions
               but to the nation as a whole. It is a backwards voyage with an avowed
               forward purpose: to make America a better, more just society. Still, even
               if intentions are laudable, the question can be posed: What does it profit
               a nation to embark on what might aptly be called a guilt trip? Is the
               hoped-for destination likely to be the actual point of landing?”

    The Rambam had an elder brother,like yourself, who greatly contributed to the Rambam’s ability to learn the Sha’s and develop his novel system of scholarship.  I am greatly in your debt.  Your kindness and generous spirit has permitted me the means to develop a completely novel way of learning the Talmud.  At Texas A&M the realization of my destiny came to me, it’s my hope to pen a political theory of revolution which compares to the writings of Troskii in his day.  

    Clearly the ideal of socialist\communism – utterly repugnant to me.  But at Texas A&M I predicted the fall of the Soviet Union.  I argued then, that the reason that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan – their fear that the Islamic revolution of Iran would spread to the Islamic republics within the Soviet Union – based upon Troskii theory of the ‘Continuous Revolution’.  Israel in my early years in the country witnessed the mass emigration of Russian Jewry to the country.  I have met and befriended many Russian Jews.  Virtually all of them know nothing about Troskii.  The Soviet government, long after Stalin, censured and repressed his writings throughout the history of Communist USSR.  Troskii’s grandchildren made aliya to Israel and like myself learned in the Yeshiva education system.  I came to Israel as a Troskiite supporter.  Needless to say, Troskii’s writings enjoy a permanent influence upon how I perceive both the T’NaCH & Talmud.

    Minored in literature at A&M.  The study of literature has made a profound impact upon how I perceive and interpret life.  The Harry Potter series for example, Harry asked professor Dumbledore when he first met Voldemort … and the professor finished the question – did I realize that he would become the most dangerous dark wizard of all time?  J.K. Rowling’s concept of magic, wherein her wand theory, that wands contain the spirits of powerful beasts, it so reminds me of Chinese Kung Fu; whose martial arts discipline likewise causes fighting  warrior monks to ingests a spirit of a powerful predatory beast.

    Revolution, defined as the shattering of the ”ethical containment force”, it shapes and redefines the culture of a civilization.  Comparable to how the American revolution changed America from a British colony to a free independent nation; by this definition, the story of Voldemort aptly describes a revolutionary zeal to not only over throw the Old World Order.  But impose a New World Order, something like Bush II’s foreign policy of Imperialism, sought to foist upon all nations of this World.

    My scholarship learns shalom from the 3 Shabbos meals.  Peace requires trust.  On shabbot persons sit together with family and friends.  A person never invites an enemy to sit together at a Shabbos meal.  The Torah revolves around the central concept of Shabbot Shalom.  PM Rabin did not understand the mussar of the mitzva of Shabbat, he sought to make peace with the enemies of Israel.  Imposition of the EU vision of a 2 State solution would cause a Civil War to explode.  The EU opportunism would immediately justify their intervension and invasion of the Jewish State.

    The successfull decryption of the secret פרדס logic code, at least to me, proves that Rashi and the Baali Tosafot understood this method of logic.  Whereas the Rambam and the author of the Zohar did not know this super secret kabbala.  Consequently this commentator supports the charem placed against the Rambam by rabbi Jonah of Girona Spain.  The removal of the Rambam as a kosher posek of halacha, equally challenges the validity of the Tur and Shulkan Aruk legal codifications. This commentary upon the Talmud stands and knocks at the door of the ethical containment force known as halachic Judaism.

    Thank You Harris best regards to Vicki and your family.

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