The purpose of this blog is to act as a fist to the face of the Jewish conscience and to jar Jews out of oblivion. It is a call to return to the Torah, to start the process of tshuvah gemura, and to rid the collective body of the infectious "shtetl syndrome". The Jewish Fist is also a warning to the enemies of the Almighty, whether it be the Arab Amalakites, or the mixed multitude within. The Jewish Fist has risen, and when it descends, G-d help you!
" Thou comest to me with a sword and a spear and a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the L-rd of Hosts, the G-d of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast humiliated..." (I Samuel, 17:45-47)
Tragically, Torah Judaism is plagued with the infection of superstitious, pagan, beliefs. For many (perhaps most) Ashkenazim, this may range from having distorted ideas about such esoteric subjects as"Ayin Horah" (the evil eye), a genuine rational Jewish concept but terribly misunderstood, insertingkvitlachin the kotel, and performing silly segulas that were stolen from the x-tians. Of course, there are many Ashkenazimwhose views degenerate into even more obscene beliefs. This can clearly be seen in chasidic circles where the cult of worshiping Rebbes and praying to them (under the equally problematic pretext of using them as conduits) at their graves is often the norm. But as a general rule, the worst superstitious beliefs and rituals are usually found among Sephardi Jews, who by and large abandoned a legacy of intellectualTorahlearning and replaced it with the superstitious rites and rituals of pagan Arabs. In the following audio, I reflect on this sad state of affairs.