The finer details

Magid has some good books on Hasidism if you want to know more about that by the way.

Hmm look what Princeton published of Magid’s last year

Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, declaring that Jews must protect themselves by any means necessary… Magid sheds new light on Kahane’s radical political views, his critique of liberalism, and his use of the “grammar of race” as a tool to promote Jewish pride. He discusses Kahane’s theory of violence as a mechanism to assure Jewish safety 

Sounds pretty innocent.

“If you don’t embrace our antinomian nihilism we will kill you.”

I’ll get back to that book at another time probably.

Let’s just focus on this aspect of his writings for now

With the demise of orthodoxy as the dominant religious template for most religions in the modern West, including those which espouse traditional practice and belief, antinomianism is arguably an outdated term.

I.e. people tend not to be nomian anymore so they couldn’t be antinomian, technically. “I’m just me” they’ll say, or “I don’t believe in God, I believe in life” – tons of variations on those. Still, they never wonder how they got to that point

Magid cites Scholem’s Zevi book as an exception, which is a no-brainer.

Here’s the most explicit confirmation I’ve seen so far

any study of Hasidic spirituality and textuality, especially in [the Izhbitza – Radzin] tradition, must seriously consider the question of antinomianism, redefined, as a central part of the Hasidic project.

This book of his is titled Hasidism at the Margins – he mostly examines one kabbalistic dynasty of radicals, though he does frequently speak of Hasidism generally too.

It makes me beam to read this

The social and political agenda of Hasidism lurks behind much of its seemingly apolitical homiletics.

Do you remember Wolfson’s bibliography in Open Secret?

That’s what a lot of these are, homiletics that were transcribed. The most recent Schneersohn, Menahem Mendel (d. 1994), actually has some 300 volumes of teachings.

Anyway, synchronously enough, Magid also has a book on the future of secular Jewish identity.

This is an incisive way to describe what’s going on

Neonomianism, as opposed to antinomianism, does not focus on breaking the strictures of the normative system. Rather, it claims that a new nomos emerges to replace an old one… For the neonomian, to live in accordance with the old law is, in essence, to live against it.

Back to Confucius again, the wisest Chinaman who got the basics right- people today know what the basics are and choose to do the opposite.

“One of the basics is to not be an anti-semite!” Yup, I’m a hypernomian in my own way.

It’s really easy to read this in secular-progressive language

Thus, some Sabbateans argue, they are the true nomians, and the traditional communities are antinomian as they are acting “against” the nomos of the messianic era!

Call me a clairvoyant- the use of the exclamation point there seems like a sign of excitement only a Sabbatean would have.

I’ll never understand why people who are aware of ZOG don’t have a keen interest in learning about this stuff. Ah right, the kelipot thing. Well today I’ve shown you where two stratospherically smart Jews discuss it extensively.

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