I was going to let this go because, at this point, I have had it up to here (insert hand gesture way above my head) with the "jewish reactions" to the President-Electhood of Mr Trump. If I feel that way I can only imagine how my christian and other friends must be feeling by now. But today one of my beloved but hopelessly liberal relatives sent me yet another of the hysterical articles by a progressive Jewish "journalist" andI could not help but rise to the bait. Here is a link to that article but you will be doing yourself a favor if you skip it. I wish I had. Most of them are pretty much the same anyway.
In the process I think I wound up giving a pretty good account of some of the dynamic we are seeing- especially from the Jewish point of view. You may have noticed that leftwing Jews are beside themselves to make this about Jews when is has almost nothing to do with us.
Interestingly on of the hooks here is that Trumps daughter is an observant convert to Judaism and her husband is observant. You have to understand the internal baseball of Jewish life in America to appreciate that is why the leftist Jews are so worked up that they feel the need to for all the lying and character assassination we have seen.
My wife and I, as Modern Orthodox Jews, have found that liberal, secular Jews often hate the thought that anyone, by choice, could be more observant and (whisper this very softly) “more Jewish” than they are. Even if we don't judge them in this way, they feel it nevertheless and it makes them feel like hypocrites. It is a sad irony that the thing that makes them hypocrites is not their lack of observance nor is it the opprobrium that (as I have said) we do not have, it is the fact that they feel conflicted and guilty about it. They hate feeling that way so they sneer at us either openly or behind our backs.
That is the main reason that the Conservative Movement (which I belonged to most of my life and still love) is shrinking both here and in Israel. It is being torn apart by the tension between those who love our religious and community practices and those who think themselves either above them or unmoved by them. Jews are moving to Modern Orthodoxy and the secularists are going to Reform, Reconstructionism and other permutations. In the meantime they always feel as though they need to talk about “The Jews”, as this moron does, in the third person.
H/T Dan Friedman and Josh Katzen