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I like many other Americans can’t stand the Parkland massacre survivors. I find them excruciatingly irritating. That does not mean I discount what they say as by nature I find most people irritating. This is especially true since I quit smoking two weeks ago. I still have compassion for the survivors, but I look at the world differently. Unlike these teenagers who will evolve into better people one day, I consider contrary opinions and empathize with people who oppose me. Doing this has made me a stronger person. When I fight my initial impulse to fight with someone and connect with them, there is an opportunity to love. As CS Lewis said, “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” …


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Rabbi Hillel Tzaitlin writes, “If Israel is the one true redeemer of the entire world, it must be fit for that redemption. Israel must first redeem its own soul, the sanctity of its soul, the sanctity of its Shechina [Divinity]. …For that purpose, I wish to establish with this book the ‘unity of Israel’ … If founded, the unification of individuals will be for the purpose of internal ascension and an invocation for corrections for all the ills of the nation and the world.”

Even today, when religion has lost its importance as the main driving force in building a moral society, it should be clear to all that Judaism plays a vital role in the evolution of the world. More than half the world follows Islam and Christianity, two religions that formed as a reaction to Judaism in the first millennia. The only source of modern popular religion is Judaism. Jews have spread throughout the world and by a miracle still exist with some sensation of a shared purpose. Sadly, most Jews are unaware of how to enact their purpose and even if they sense some desire to awaken a spiritual meaning above their own desires, they lack the means to fulfill their role. Anti-Semites feel jealousy towards this source that is not aimed at restoring nature and awakening a force of light to correct the world. …


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In a world where most of Europe took a stand against Trump recognizing the capital of Israel — Jerusalem — as the capital of Israel, the terrorist organization Hamas rules over Gaza ilegally. No one really minds.

Gaza’s economic situation has gone from untenable to an all-out crisis. According to the New York Times, “The water is almost entirely undrinkable, and raw sewage is befouling beaches and fishing grounds. Israeli officials and aid workers are bracing for a cholera outbreak any day.” …


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How the New New Left Turned Me into a Conservative Against My Will

When I was a liberal, it was OK to be entirely selfish. This political stance was an indicator of moral superiority to the homophobic, xenophobic masses that kept Bush in power for two terms.

Neoliberalism and automation created huge gaps in income and culture. While the left pushes their “regressive left” critical theory laden agenda, the middle class sees their paychecks shrinking and their bridges collapsing.

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ON THE RNC: If Ted Cruz expected some sort of ovation for his non-endorsement of Trump last night he was gravely mistaken. This condescension and bravado is all based on this assumption by the Republican base — the strain of the party that champions its experience, moderation and fiscal conservatism — that Trump will lose the election in a landslide and that the Republican Party will have to recover from this sideshow that Trump put on 2020. The error of this reasoning, which seemed perfectly rational three months ago, is that Trump looks like he will not only challenge Hillary respectably, but he will probably win the presidency. …


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Mark my words, Joe Kennedy iii will run for president in 2020. Though he will lose, he is the Democratic Party’s best and last hope. If there’s any roadblock in this it will be the party’s hubris and outright stupidity. While you may ask why should I believe you, as I wrote in my newly released book Tikkunim (Corrections), I called Trump’s nomination in 2015 and his victory four months before the election, without flinching on election night, when I was still a reluctant liberal. I could see the left was living under the delusion that their voters’ hatred of Trump would drive them to the polls as much as Trump’s fanatical base. …


Please check out my new book Tikkunim (Corrections) about the broken nature of politics and the world at large, and how to fix what seems shattered.

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We live in a world where appearances trump reality. This is particularly true in politics, where visceral outrage about Trump’s character has created a climate where the mainstream media is critical about absolutely everything he does, good or bad. If you support any of Trump’s policies, according to Hollywood and the mainstream media, you are deemed sexist and racist.


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Trump controversially “provoked” Muslims across the world by declaring what US policy has always claimed, that it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Just five months ago Senate passed a bill 90–0 that Jerusalem would be recognized as Israel’s undivided capital. It has been a law since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, that America plans to move its embassy to the nation’s capital Jerusalem. Clinton, George W. and Obama spent 21 years appeasing Palestine by not fulfilling the rule of law. …


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If the Iran Deal has an historical equivalent, it is the moment in 1938 when Neville Chamberlain agreed to allow Hitler to absorb Austria into his evil empire. Just as Hitler violated the terms of his negotiations with Britain by invading Poland and starting World War II which resulted in the death of 55 million, it is just a matter of time before Iran tries to wipe out Saudi Arabia and eventually Israel, rather than just funding terrorist proxy armies in Syria and elsewhere.

When Trump lambasts that the Iran Deal is “the worst deal in history,” he is not, as is often the case, filling the room with hot air. Though by all accounts Iran has stuck to the letter of the law with its deal to stop enriching most of its uranium and giving up 75% of its centrifuges, the 150 billion dollars injected into its economy directly plus the incalculable benefit of lifting sanctions has done little to make Iran a friend of the West. All Iran has done is escalate the conflict in Syria and six other countries by using its Iran deal acquired economic strength to fund Shia terrorist armies. This is why I find it so puzzling that the neoliberal establishment countries of France, Germany and the UK are so against reworking the terms of the deal, even as Iran creates proxy armies against their ally Saudi Arabia, while threatening the security of Israel. …


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Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), Isaac Luria (The Ari), Yehuda Ashlag (Baal Hasulam), Baruch Ashlag (The Rabash) and Rav Michael Laitman

The Creator is pulling us towards him whether we know it or not. The natural development of the world is in opposition to the Creator, but this opposition is the necessary obstacle to knowing Him. While the Creator like nature, is the force of goodness and infinite giving known as bestowal, humanity is pulled by the force of the ego. The ego is constantly seeking pleasure for itself, often in seemingly contradictory forms. Out of this desire to enjoy, one ultimately destroys one’s self and everything he or she connects with or comes across.

Kabbalah teaches one how to invert this desire for pleasure into a desire to bestow, a desire to be selfless, above one’s default nature in equivalence with the desire of the Creator. This desire lifts a person above this world. …


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We are naturally as humans drawn to certain people who influence our actions. Most people have about ten. We think we are guided by our own choices, but what determines our values is the guidance of who we respect most and who we are closest to. In modernity, these nine people irrespective of ourselves are in a constant state of flux.

When I examine my own life, this list changes so fast I probably couldn’t accurately track it. My parents of course play a very large role in the group of ten. Some good friends who I thought were cool and had things I wanted also played a large role in the ten. I could easily annul my own preferences to theirs unconsciously. Often the guiding force was a celebrity, film director, or fellow author. They could be either alive or dead. In my book, The Egotist, I account for how I was very proud of my development into quite an individual. While I believed that I was choosing my preferences that guided my individual development, I was a slave to what brought me pleasure. …

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Jesse Bogner

Jesse is an author and journalist. His memoir and social critique, The Egotist, has been translated into four languages.

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