Monday, May 23, 2011

Political Psychology a la The Kabbalah

This past week's Torah portion was B'chukosai, the last section in the book of VaYikra (Lecviticus).

In discussing a verse contained in the portion, at 26:44:-

  וְאַף-גַּם-זֹאת בִּהְיוֹתָם בְּאֶרֶץ אֹיְבֵיהֶם, לֹא-מְאַסְתִּים וְלֹא-גְעַלְתִּים לְכַלֹּתָם--לְהָפֵר בְּרִיתִי, אִתָּם:  כִּי אֲנִי יְ-וָה, אֱלֹה-יהֶם

which translates as:-

And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God

the commentary of the Kabbalah has Rabi Chiya noting in the name of Rav Elazar that he who hates another views himself as despised, as though he were disgusting, a case of reverse projection as it were:

That the affect on one's one psychological balance is perverted.
And this observation is so very applicable to the relationsip the Arabs have seemed to develop vis a vis Zionism. Their hatred for Jews, Jewish nationalism and all that we have accomplished in our homeland despite the hostility, the terror and the interference placed in our path that they have not only adopted the warped self-image of victimhood, which many have noted, but they have turned themselves through this victims imagery into people who so hate and so that it causes them to redouble their efforts to strike out at us.

Abaas was reported to have said that “A human being is not capable of something like that,” and so, an Arab could not have commited that ugly slaughter, which was "despicable, inhuman and immoral", of the five members of the Fogel Family. Disregarding previous acts of similar and even worse incidents, this position taken by the head of the PA is not only in variance with the facts but is indicative of a warped psychotic attitude too prevalent among our enemies.


Eric Cantor:

Speaking to thousands of pro-Israel activists assembled in Washington for the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Cantor said..."What kind of culture leads one to do that? Sadly, it is a culture infused with resentment and hatred...It is this culture that underlies the Palestinians' and the broader Arab world's refusal to accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.


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