Democracy: Making More People Dangerous

Pesachim 113a:
תנו רבנן שלשה אין מתקנאין בהן ואלו הן נכרי קטן ונחש קטן ותלמיד קטן מאי טעמא דמלכותייהו אחורי אודנייהו קאי.

נפקא מינא רבתא בהלכות תוארים

אולי אני מלגלג יותר מדי על הפרנסים הממליכים את הגדולים\רבנים, לכולם שמות יקרא. אילולא תורת התוארים, הררים התלוים בשערה, כיצד נדע להכריע במחלוקת שהביא בספר תרומת הדשן סימן ט’ בין “אחד מן הגדולים” לבין “חד מרבוותא”?!

הלא דבר הוא…

US Government Holding Hands with Saudi Arabia as It Slaughters Yemeni Children

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?

It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to us that, “it’s a complicated story” involving “warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.”

No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the “Arab Spring” which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015’s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadh’s preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage.

We are told that US foreign policy should reflect American values. So how can Washington support Saudi Arabia – a tyrannical state with one of the worst human rights record on earth – as it commits by what any measure is a genocide against the Yemeni people? The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.” The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen.

The United States is backing Saudi aggression against Yemen by cooperating in every way with the Saudi military. Targeting, intelligence, weapons sales, and more. The US is a partner in Saudi Arabia’s Yemen crimes. Does holding hands with Saudi Arabia as it slaughters Yemeni children really reflect American values? Is anyone even playing attention?

The claim that we are fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen and thus our involvement is covered under the post-9/11 authorization for the use of force is without merit. In fact it has been reported numerous times in the mainstream media that US intervention on behalf of the Saudis in Yemen is actually a boost to al-Qaeda in the country. Al-Qaeda is at war with the Houthis who had taken control of much of the country because the Houthis practice a form of Shi’a Islam they claim is tied to Iran. We are fighting on the same side as al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Adding insult to injury, the US Congress can’t be bothered to even question how we got so involved in a war that has nothing to do with us. A few conscientious Members of Congress got together recently to introduce a special motion under the 1973 War Powers Act that would have required a vote on our continued military involvement in the Yemen genocide. The leadership of both parties joined together to destroy this attempt to at least get a vote on US aggression against Yemen. As it turns out, the only Members to vote against this shamefully gutted resolution were the original Members who introduced it. This is bipartisanship at its worst.

US involvement in Saudi Arabia’s crimes against Yemen is a national disgrace. That the mainstream media fails to accurately cover this genocide is shameful. Let us join our voices now to demand that our US Representatives end US involvement in Yemen immediately!

From, here.

Was Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Friends with Rebbe?

So claimed Rabbi Avigdor Miller (see page 497 of “Rav Avigdor Miller – His Life And His Revolution”, by Rabbi Yaakov Y. Hamburger). Wikipedia mentions many other speculations. Emperors often bore the same name… And did Marcus Aurelius ever convert to Judaism? If ever an emperor converted to Judaism, his name would probably not be mentioned. I wouldn’t trust their historians overmuch, anyway.

(He did persecute Cursedians, but probably because they were still viewed as Jews.)

Rabbi Miller mentions Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” includes some Jewish ideas. Myself, I always thought that was because of strange and beautiful Stoicism, period (אכמ”ל).