In 2016, a ballot confirmed Trump beating Hillary Clinton 66% to 22% amongst Orthodox Jews. This wasn’t as uncommon because it sounds. In New York Metropolis, Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods mild up as islands in a lefty sea.
Romney gained over 90% of the vote in some Orthodox Jewish areas.
Conventional spiritual beliefs are related to conservative politics amongst Jews the identical means that they’re amongst Christians. 60% of Jews who attended weekly spiritual providers disapproved of Obama whereas those that didn’t, principally supported him. Why do American Jews lean far more to the left? As a result of solely 11% of American Jews attend weekly synagogue providers. Nicely under the 40% nationwide common.
Solely 34% of American Jews are sure that they consider in G-d. What do they consider in? When requested what it means to be Jewish, 56% talked about social justice, 42% comedy and solely 19% % talked about something involving faith. In the meantime 63% of Israeli Jews consider “completely” in G-d.
Final yr, Trump’s approval score amongst Orthodox Jews was at 71%. The American Jewish Committee’s Survey wrote the outcomes up glumly as “We have seen the future, and it looks Orthodox”.
Institution Jewish teams, which all of a sudden awakened and realized that the majority of Jewish youngsters in New York Metropolis have been Orthodox Jews, are getting ready to battle that future. If these youngsters are allowed to develop up Orthodox, the top of the Jewish Left may have arrived. And they also got here after the youngsters.
The New York State Division of Schooling now threatens to close down Jewish faculties and report mother and father who refuse to ship their youngsters to leftist authorities faculties to baby safety authorities. As within the Soviet Union, giving a youngster a Jewish schooling can be handled as proof of kid abuse. The federal government would be capable of abduct youngsters for the crime of receiving a Jewish schooling.
The brand new “Indian Residential Schools” had arrived.
Jewish faculties aren’t the one targets of this discriminatory marketing campaign by the tutorial institution. Catholic faculties have additionally come underneath assault with the Archdiocese of New York posting an editorial that declares, “Leviathan has now focused its attention on religious schools here in New York, with the clear intention of either forcing them to submit to its authority or face destruction.”
The general public face of the marketing campaign towards Jewish faculties is YAFFED or Younger Advocates for Truthful Schooling. Its members declare to be the merchandise of Orthodox Jewish faculties whose poor schooling left them so unprepared for the actual world that each one they have been capable of do was launch a particularly efficient statewide marketing campaign whose press releases and speaking factors are quoted verbatim in each single media outlet.
As in March for Our Lives, younger faces are used to cover the agendas of the previous lefties backstage.
Whereas Naftuli Moster, YAFFED’s government director, performs its equal of David Hogg, chatting with media retailers and showing at boards to debate the unimaginable mental drawback that the identical instructional system that produced generations of visionary thinkers and geniuses burdened him with, Hannah Rothstein, a not remotely “young” Baruch School prof, serves as its president.
Hannah Rothstein additionally serves on the board of Footsteps, a corporation working to secularize Orthodox Jews and transition them to an irreligious way of life. She’s a Trump critic and an Obama supporter.
She has additionally donated to Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Al Franken, Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker. Her repeated out of state donations, some via ActBlue, present a lady passionate concerning the Left. And the rising Orthodox Jewish inhabitants poses a menace to every little thing that Rothstein has been funding.
Moster, YAFFED’s public face, can also be a Footsteps graduate. Pesach Eisen, a Yaffed member who testified in its trigger, is a Footsteps member and a fellow with the novel leftist Jews for Racial & Financial Justice which denies the existence of lefty anti-Semitism even because it defends leftist anti-Semites. Eisen demonstrates how Footsteps and YAFFED act as arms of the broader anti-Jewish Left.
And Moster has, in flip, defended the anti-Semitic Ladies’s March.
Anita Altman serves on the Board of Administrators of YAFFED and her bio boasts of serving to quite a few Footsteps shoppers. In 2014, she had signed an indignant letter, declaring, “AIPAC speaks for Israel’s hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.” The signatories included a vary of anti-Israel activists, supporters of BDS and defenders of anti-Semitic terrorism.
Altman has additionally signed a letter backing anti-Semitic Farrakhan supporter Linda Sarsour.
Altman is, unsurprisingly, no fan of spiritual Jews. In a weird interview, which repeatedly warns of a “khasidic takeover”, she complained that there’s “fear” when “it comes to government dealing with these fundamentalist communities.” Then she in contrast Orthodox Jews to Iran.
That’s the medieval bigotry behind YAFFED and the struggle on Orthodox Jewish faculties.
YAFFED’s bid is all about lefties utilizing the federal government to cope with “fundamentalists” underneath the guise of serving to the few previously Orthodox members of Footsteps getting used as fronts for the hateful operation.
Altman isn’t the one anti-Israel activist in YAFFED. Its communications director, Abigail Beatty, additionally allegedly works for the anti-Israel NIF, a corporation infamous for its funding of leftist and BDS group.
YAFFED claims to advocate for “the rights of Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox children”. Nevertheless it seems to be one other face of Footsteps: a corporation advocating towards the normal spiritual practices of Orthodox Judaism.
The individuals behind YAFFED have the correct to advocate for discriminatory insurance policies concentrating on the Orthodox Jewish group, so as to drive Jewish mother and father to take their youngsters out of Jewish faculties.
They’ve the fitting to take action within the identify of their radical leftist politics and hatred of faith.
However they haven’t any proper to masquerade as a corporation preventing for the rights of the very individuals they’re persecuting. As an alternative of highlighting these apparent connections, the media has chosen to behave because the echo chamber for YAFFED whereas denying the Jewish communities focused by Altman and her ilk, a voice.
Nameless tales and bots have been used to fabricate a group of Orthodox Jewish mother and father and youngsters who’re “suffering” within the Jewish faculty system, however oddly, select to not depart it.
These astroturf techniques are getting used to justify discrimination and harassment of a spiritual group.
It’s about extra than simply the bigotry of Anita Altman, obsessive about recreating Philip Roth’s Eli the Fanatic. Behind the recent younger faces, there are aged veterans of the lefty political institution, many with backgrounds in schooling and academia, who see spiritual Jewish schooling as a menace.
An financial menace and in addition a political menace.
In a letter to a Democrat councilmember, David Bloomfield, claimed that the warfare on Jewish faculties would allow their college students to “vote outside the confines of their deterministic communities”.
Bloomfield has written a variety of articles and appeared at Yaffed boards trying to strain the federal government into cracking down on Jewish faculties.
At stake are two very totally different visions of schooling and the longer term.
Secretary of Schooling Betsy DeVos lately visited Orthodox Jewish faculties and touted them as fashions of faculty selection. There isn’t a phrase within the English language that the Left hates greater than “choice”.
The schooling foyer has gone to conflict towards constitution faculties. And Orthodox Jewish faculties are seen as even worse than constitution faculties. They don’t bow to the academics’ unions. The cash their mother and father spend on schooling doesn’t find yourself within the pockets of union bosses and their Democrat political allies.
The Orthodox Jewish group has helped drive the enlargement of voucher packages. And faculty selection is an existential menace to the tutorial institution and the political energy of the Left.
Orthodox Jewish communities have fueled help for college selection not solely in New York, however in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, endangering presidential elections.
One thing needed to be finished about these pesky Jews. Now, one thing is being executed.
The Left’s imaginative and prescient of the tutorial system is Footsteps and Yaffed writ giant, a machine for destroying communities, undermining their traditions, and crushing parental authority in order that teachers can reinvent the youngsters in their very own cultural and political picture. That’s what occurred to American Jews.
Now the identical individuals who a century in the past turned a era of immigrants from believers in G-d to believers in social justice see one other Jewish demographic menace and need to do it another time.
On Sabbath, a whole lot of hundreds of Orthodox Jews will learn the story of how an historic Egyptian chief grew disgusted with rising Jewish demographics. “Behold, the numbers of the children of Israel are too many,” he tells his political allies. “Come, let us deal cunningly with them, lest they multiply.”
On Fifth Avenue, the institution pharaohs, whose religion just isn’t in Isis or Hathor, however in progressive social justice, take a look at the youngsters in Jewish faculties throughout New York Metropolis and bitterly echo his phrases.
Courtesy of Freedom Outpost
Article posted with permission from Daniel Greenfield
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