Jewish Religions and The Prospect of Dissent


… by Gilad Atzmon,  London

“The Jewish religion is a religion of Mitzvoth (commandments) and without this religious idiom, the Jewish religion doesn’t exist at all.”  –  Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz


While Islam and Christianity can be easily understood as belief systems, Judaism actually defies the notion of belief all together. Judaism is an obedience regulative system. The Judaic universe is ruled by ‘mitzvoth’ (commandment), a set of 613 precepts and directives ordered by God. In opposition to Christianity and Islam that build from spiritual and heavenly precepts in worship to a transcendental God, the Judaic subject subscribes to strict earthly and material observance.

While the Islamo-Christian is wrapped in God’s loving and the spirituality of the sublime and divinity, the follower of Judaism is judged by his or her ability to adhere to hundreds of rigorous earthly orders.

A brief look at the Judaic Sabbath common prayer reveals the nature of Judaism as an obedience regulatory system. As we can see below, in Judaism, even God-loving is not an involuntary act:

“You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your might.
Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.

…Thus you shall remember to observe all My commandments
and to be holy to your God.
I am Adonai, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God:
I am Adonai your God.”

(Common Prayers for Shabbat Evening From Deuteronomy and Numbers)

For the Jew, belief and God-loving are not subject to either rational discretion or spiritual impulse. God loving, as we read above, is a strict “charge”, an order. But if Judaism is not a belief system, what kind of system is it?  Does the Judaic subject believe in anything at all?

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The answer is yes: the Jew believes in ‘The Jews’ and the Jews believe in ‘The Jew.’ This mode of mutual affirmation establishes a solid and forceful tribal continuum that serves the collective as well as the singular subject.  Accordingly, the subject adheres to the collective and vice versa. In pragmatic terms, the Jew sticks to the ‘chosen people’ and, together the ‘chosenites’ uphold a collective sense of choseness.

In Judaism, ‘choseness’ is the belief that the Jewish people were singularly chosen to enter into a covenant with God.  For religious Jews, being chosen is realised as a duty. According to Judaic belief, the Jews have been placed on earth to fulfill a certain purpose. This purpose is bestowed upon the Jews and they pass it from father to son.[1]

In reality, the first Jews invented a God who chose them over all other people. For some reason this God is occasionally cruel, often non-ethical and as if this were not enough, not exactly a nice father. The Jewish God doesn’t even allow his people to call him by name. One may wonder what led the first Jews to invent such a horrid father figure. One may further question what led the Jews to sustain their ‘relationship’ with such an obnoxious father. The answer is surprisingly simple. They don’t.

The Jews don’t believe in God, they are observant of God. They believe in themselves- the Jews believe in ‘The Jew’ and vice versa. Within this peculiar troubled family affair, the Jew is free to dump God, as an author can freely re-write or at least re-shape his or her own narrative.

But the Jew can never dump the Jews as much as the Jews can’t allow ‘The Jew’ to go free. And what about God, can he be emancipated, can he choose another people? Certainly not. Unlike the Jew who is free to dump God while clinging to a Jewish identity, the Jewish God is merely a Jewish protagonist, he can’t go anywhere, he is stuck with ‘his’ chosen people forever.

Choseness, so it seems, is hardly a heavenly gift, it is in fact a curse. It confines the Jew in a realm of self-imposed commandment and materiality. Instead of beauty, holiness and the pursuit of the divine and the sublime, the rabbinical Jew is left with an earthly obedience scheme that is sustained by a rigid tribal setting. ‘The Jew’ and ‘The Jews’ are bound in a set of mutual affirmations in which God serves an instrumental role.

Some may rightly argue that this spectacular bond between the Jews and ‘The Jew’ is essential for an understanding of the dichotomy between Judaic tribalism and the universal appeal of Islamo-Christian beliefs.

The Judaic crude intolerance towards dissent serves as an example of the above. Throughout their history, Jews have proven themselves hostile toward their nonconformists; now we are ready to grasp why.  For the Islamo-Christian, secularization, for instance, entails a rejection of a transcendental affair. But for the rabbinical Judaic subject, failure to conform constitutes a rejection of the Jews.

It interferes crudely with the fragile relationship between ‘The Jew’ and the Jews. It shatters the self-affirmation mechanism. While in the case of Christianity and Islam dumping God suggests turning one’s back on a remote supernatural entity, in the case of Judaism, such an act is interpreted as a disbelief in the tribe.

This interpretation may help illuminate Jesus’ plight. It may explain the reasoning behind the brutal Rabbinical Herem (excommunication) against Spinoza and Uriel Da Costa. And it also explains why the secular and the so-called ‘progressive’ Jew is equally obnoxious towards dissent or any form of criticism from within. If Judaism is not a belief system but rather a system of obedience regulation, then Jewish identity politics is merely an extension of the above regulatory philosophy.

Jews often drop their God, simply to invent a different God who ‘facilitates’   subscription to a new regulatory system. The new system, like the old outlines a new set of strict commandments, a manner of speech and rigorous boundaries of ‘kosher’ conduct.

In the beginning of the 20th century, for instance, Bolshevism appealed to many Eastern European Jews. It provided a sense of self-righteousness in addition to regulating a strict form of obedience. As we know, it didn’t take long for Bolshevism to mature into a genocidal doctrine that made Old Testament barbarism look like a juvenile fairytale. The Holocaust, that seems to be the most popular Jewish religion at present, may be the ultimate and final stage in Jewish historical development.

According to the Holocaust religion, ‘God died in Auschwitz.’  Within the context of the Holocaust religion, ‘The Jew’ is the new Jewish God. The Holocaust religion has finally united ‘The Jew’ and the Jews into a self-sufficient comprehensive and independent ‘God-less’ religious narrative. Both were about to be eradicated. But, not only were they both saved: they have prevailed and each did so independently.

In the Holocaust religion, Jews are both victims and oppressors – they have transformed slavery into empowerment and they did it all alone, in spite of being dumped by their treacherous God.   The Holocaust religion, like Judaism, prescribes a manner of speech and a strict set of commandments. Most crucially, like more traditional Judaism, it is totally and disgracefully intolerant toward dissent.

Due to the lack of a divine transcendental entity, Jewish religions have always regarded criticism as rejection of the tribe. Jewish religions, whether Judaism, Bolshevism or Holocaust, are equally intolerant towards criticism and dissent. Jewish religions treat opposition as a vile attempt at ‘delegitimization’ on the verge of genocidal inclination.

Jewish religions can be defined as different templates that facilitate a sense of choseness. They affirm a bond between an imaginary marginal ‘collective’ and a phantasmal ‘archetype’: the Bolshevists and ‘The Bolshevik’, the Survivours and ‘The Survivour’, the Jews and ‘The Jew,’ and so on.  The bond between the collective and the idea of an archetypical singularity is always maintained by a set of rigid commandments, a correct manner of speech, some strict regulatory guidelines for behavior and vile opposition to dissent.

Tragically enough, intolerance of dissent has become a universal Western political symptom. Incidentally, Christianity, Islam, religion and divinity in general are also under attack within the context of contemporary Western discourse. Is this a symptom of the Jerusalemification of our Western universe? Is the emergence of the tyranny of political correctness a coincidence?

And if we are becoming Jews, is there any room for the hope that our universe may, at some stage, embrace a universal ethos once again? Can we once again believe in something?   Or do we have to wait for a new Jesus figure to resurrect our trust in the human spirit and humanity in general?  Or have we been re-designed to self-destruct as soon as we come close to such a lucid awareness?

[1] As God himself suggests in the Book of Genesis: “And I (God) will establish My covenant between Me and you (the Jews) and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.”  (Book of Genesis, Chapter 17).


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  1. A Jew thinks, I’m a chosen one (chosen By someone other). Then he/she immediatily thinks he’s an collective object with no own will or responsibility. A real Christian choses Christ, then Christian in question is the subject and Christ is the object, and no wonder, because Christianity is the Religion, where the Master is your servant. That arises enormous responsibility and there is no other way out, but absolute Truth, know it or seek it.

    Synagogues are no worse places than Devil’s Churches build around the World. Immediately entering one of them, You’ll meet the church master? There is no earthly master in the Church, only servant of the congregation. Those who lowered themselves will be promoted. This system is upside down to the very end and I like it.

  2. Well said Gilad. As You mentioned, Call for a Duty, without any earthly masters with their awards of heaven or hell, is a Religion. To me, that Call of Duty that is also called Freedom, came through Jesus Christ. I’m free to listen any music I like, but I must honest tell what I think about it.

  3. “The reason why so many archaeological sites in this region are now bombed is because the Jews want to destroy the evidence that no Israel or the Israelites ever existed in ancient times.”

    Or the originators of the Abrahamic religion actually lived in what is now Yemen (and/or possibly the Red Sea, since in 8,000 BCE sea levels were about 60 meters lower than now, due to only partial melt of the glaciers from the Wisconsin Ice Age) and not the Levant.

  4. As I have stated before commenting on VT, there is a big difference between a Jew and The original Hebrews, Jews were first called Jews when the tribe, which not all of them went, came back from Babylon…there were still Hebrews left in the land called Judah and Palestine , Jesus was called a Hebrew.

  5. Hi George, Things are beginning to change. Jews are losing control. The Israel Lobby is now seen as harmful, and the anti-semitism smear does not frighten people the way it used to.

    Congress has not realized this, not yet. Maybe Congress will be changed.

  6. In defense of God and rejection of the Chosen Ones being referred to as “jews”…. “chosen” means “selected” …to be selected must be with purpose and a criteria met…not set to default on the word “jew” ( old dictionaries adjective meaning to cheat or swindle) a word used and purposefully inflated over time, building a human shield for a force to move through not from human Source, snatched at birth, indoctrinated and cut off from love and in a worse state than the rest and need help to see….
    ……The selected are volunteers, a living sacrifice in service to humanity, … just like Jesus, reflecting and representing the true Source of humankind… not setting themselves up as gods and more likely to be homeless rather than living in opulence choosing who lives and who dies ….…. The “jews” are a human shield and Every single human alive is unique and special and different, even the “elite” are enslaved and in a miserable state leading to death and decay, none of them have tasted , for all the gold and riches of this world cannot buy the beauty, the exquisite delight in the abundance of peace they trade for trinkets in the here and now…they don’t know love therefore they are not chosen by our God who is Love… its time to put that lie to rest

  7. Of the 3 abrahamic ideologies, Judaism is seminal with its emphasis on rules. However, lest we forget, Christianity has its fascination with the concept, and as is to be expected, Islam turns the entire issue into a mind twisting headache.
    The issue of belief is treated with what almost seems a tone of regret, that the cold world of rules and conformity allows not for the experience of deep faith. Yet the depths of faith, guided by a dead law, lacking true congress with numinous, is merely the tired terrain of the crazed fanatic. Herein we find the complex of burning heretics, or joining terrorists…
    Study of the abrahamic creeds is essential to understanding the mind set of today’s players on the world stage.
    Thank you, Mr. A. for providing a another facet of analysis, one which readily affirms my particular life experience.

  8. Thank you for the insight of this article. The misunderstanding of the “choseness” is a natural progression for the self centeredness we all exhibit as people. When Jesus gave his summation of what our relationship with God was to be…..He said we were to love God with all our heart and soul……as mentioned in the article…..but additionally we were to love our neighbor as ourselves. This maxim recognizes that we love ourselves and that it is a God given thing………but we are to love our neighbor with the same intensity. We are to do this …..not from a rules point of view…..but rather from a gratitude point of view…..because of the salvation that God brought about for us through Jesus Christ.

    Satan’s signature is all over this… he seeks to neutralize the work of Jesus Christ. Grace is what has been excised from Jewish religion……and replaced by temporal rules…..and a feeling of exclusive rights because of the Covenant. As Chrstians……we know that we owe our lives to God………the Jews have been fooled into believing that God owes them life. Saul becoming Paul in an excellent example that God is in control…… matter what mistakes we make. Every one of us comes to God only through Grace.

    • “The whole point of the Jewish so-called “religion” is to deny the divinity of God, since Day #1.”

      True, if you are referring to Talmudic/Rabbinical Judaism.

  9. Here we have the start of an answer to a question Atzmon posed a few years ago – why Jews that become atheists still want to belong to the Tribe?

    • We are dealing with a cultural/ideological continuum… rather than Jewish religion,,, we are talking here about Jewish Religions that share one thing- they all facilitate a sense of choseness… Judaism is just one among many

  10. Quite the fascinating article.

    The Holocaust is a cause of heart-break to plummet the deaths of so many innocent Jews.

    That the faux Jews, the Khazarians have hitched, harnessed and hauled the Jewish cause to their own satanic ends as they plummet headlong from their One True God, is testament to the religious chaos of modern Jewery. It is fast becoming another US vs. Them (the Jews) – (who controls the media, finance and politics of the US) and unless the sane segment of Jews are prepared to stand for integrity and against the Khazarian satanists they will suffer for their silence. Sad to say, but silence equates with guilt.

    It is the same for all true Americans who are coming in ever-increasing numbers to see in Putin the touchstone of political sanity in this so-called modern world. It is time to speak out – as Gilad Atzmon has so brilliantly done for an understanding of the Jewish mindset.

    The sin of silence isn’t just contingent on the Jews, it behooves the rest of us to organize through whatever lawful channels are open to us to deal with the menace. The sands through the hour-glass trickle fast. Held up against the mirror of present events every single church in the US – the Catholic Church above all, sides through silence with the Satanists. Mystified,

    • Mystified, we still await your WORD. As for the Protestant diaspora, it is just that, scattered to the four-winds by self-seeking millionaire pastors who have sold their souls for filthy lucre like their criminal cohorts in the Senate and Congress. Israel first, indeed. Because Israel is your god and definitely not the God of Israel, think for a moment how Christ was sold out and the Prophets tortured and murdered too by God-denying Israeli leaders, and cringe. Does Netanyahu believe in God?

  11. Gilad: as usual man gets it wrong because they are carnal and not spiritual! Abram who became Abraham to signify this transformation because he had ‘eyes to see’, and what he saw was the that the seed was spiritual in that he understood the ‘sacrifice’ whereby his son Isaac was spared and the ‘God would provide the sacrifice to cover his sins’, the acceptable unblemished sacrifice of love! That is the seed which is of ‘Messiah’ whom the Jews rejected and placed themselves ‘in the place of God’ rejecting the “Word of God”, and in its place placed themselves and their ‘own righteousness’, the Law 613 and not Grace. The Law only showed how evil and wicked man is. Salvation was to all the world, to those whom God would call, but salvation came by the Jewish seed to Jesus Christ and those who would become the spiritual inheritors of Grace and Truth. Saul became Paul hummmm, and of all the Apostles he was the most hated.

    • There are no Radical Muslims who murder. Muslims are duty bound to pass the message of One God Alone. Message to alive people, not dead. Weather receiver receives or reject the message is not their problem but his alone on day of judgement.
      Muslims acknowledge Jesus (pbuh) as mighty messenger, prophet of God. Muslims do not take his name during worship but God Alone Only. There is NO such thing as ‘inheritance through Jesus’ but repentance to God Alone.

      The sacrificial son was Ishmael and not Isaac. You are misled by concocted Bible. The only son refers to Ishmael while Isaac was not born then when Abraham (pbuh) to his son for sacrifice. It was not because of any body’s sin but a test put to Abraham for obedience. Thus a ram was substituted in Ishmael place, prohibiting the barbaric human sacrifice for ever.

      Muslims observe this event every year during Hajj pilgrimage, whereby they offer ram for sacrifice in the tradition of Abraham (pbuh). Why don’t the Judeo Christian observe this Abrahamic tradition if it was Isaac??

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