American Siddartha

I joined the vibrant hallucinatory beauty of my youth where there was no ritual with the over ritualized and dead world of religion producing a living whole. A vibrant beautiful new world sanctified by authentic expressions of ritual and purified of anything imitative. If the sun rises and everyone is sleeping won’t some people eventuallyContinue reading “American Siddartha”

The Peaceable Kingdom

…e io sol uno m’apparecchiava a sostener la guerra si del cammino e si de la pietate Dante The truth bears bears so much semblance of error John Ruskin אני שלום וכי אדבר המה למלחמה King David My master and teacher the holy Satmar Rebbe of blessed memory 1. There was a time when golusContinue reading “The Peaceable Kingdom”

Non-Violence The Higher Law

Although, as a means, violence satisfies the need for instant justice: whatever advantage is gained by it is temporal. It can not be lasting.What is gained by nonviolence is done so only over time and at the price of much forbearance and self-sacrifice.The fruit of its practice may take years if not decades to mature.Continue reading “Non-Violence The Higher Law”

Israel’s Moshiach is Coming: But Not for Us

There’s lots of talk in Israel about the Moshiach and the Geula. But this time it’s for real! Have no doubt about it! He’s really coming! Before you can vote in the next israelí election and certainly well before the poor bastards in golus can buy tickets on El Al. Almost monthly we are givenContinue reading “Israel’s Moshiach is Coming: But Not for Us”

An American Siddhartha

It is not impossible and indeed not improbable that Mankind’s salvation began from a child’s observation of lilac and roses each spring. From these humble things he innocently and without premeditation formed in his soul a sacred unity between Truth Beauty and Simplicity which served as a model for all experience henceforward until his maturity.Continue reading “An American Siddhartha”