Talmud often praises Roman justice and fairness to Jews—after the two bloody wars which ended the Jewish state, followed by institutional Roman oppression of Judaism. Judean theocracy was honest: religion is inseparable from politics, and Jewish values are only realized in a certain political environment. The Pharisaic rabbis’ apolitical stance stemmed from their collaborationism. They agreed to whatever power ruled the Jews, and abrogated biblical justice through unrealistic due process and otherwise twisted the law of Torah to comply with Gentile law and customs. The flexible position of the rabbis arguably saved Judaism, which would have been broken if it had remained stiff-necked, but it also corrupted Judaism beyond recognition. The rabbinical establishment habitually continues its ages-long policy of spineless compromise even with the Israeli government. Sages taught that evildoers should be pushed with one hand and pulled with the other. Modern rabbis don’t push, and instead of pulling, they themselves cling to evildoers in power. The Torah enjoined unrelenting justice in strictly Judaic society. A degree of tolerance was introduced on the dubious assumption that some wicked Jews could be reformed. Comfortably and irreligiously, the allowance of tolerance increased, while the useless attempts at reforming the wicked were all but abandoned.

The rabbis could have been right in adopting extreme flexibility with the Roman government, but the un-Jewish government of the Jewish state should be staunchly opposed—as the prophets did—and not condoned.

The rabbis accepted democracy in place of Judaism, but misunderstood democracy. Democracy is a method of deciding about current measures, not about values. When applied to values, democracy brought Nazis to power. The US wouldn’t accept a democratic referendum on introduction of slavery or abandoning the Bill of Rights. Many countries prohibit referendums on tax issues and parole of criminals. Many things are out of the democratic process.

Judaism is indeed extremism and intolerance. The two people who burned themselves in Gush Katif were extremists, and so were the scores of Jews who went up on stakes all over Christian Europe instead of abandoning their faith, and killed their children so that the mobs wouldn’t convert them to Christianity or Islam. The Jews were annihilated in pogroms because they refused interfaith dialogue. Jewish religious fanatics went up in flames rather than consider the merits of other religions. They died instead of liberally eating pork.

Judaism isn’t humble; it arrogantly rejects other faiths and proclaims monotheism to be the only true religion. If liberalism means doubting one’s correctness, then Judaism is very illiberal; Jews do not doubt Judaism. If racism means considering oneself better than people of other groups, then Judaism is racist: the Jews are sure that their ethics and religion are better. Judaism is xenophobic: it proclaims havdala, the fundamental concept of ritual isolation from Gentiles. If Judaism is divine, then other religions are not. If the land of Israel is given to the Jews, then Muslims have no place in it.

The legal system of Judaism spells efficiency, not tolerance. Jews are enjoined to extirpate evil from our midst by flogging, banishment, and execution rather than admonition. Evil is defined to include private and consensual abominations such as zoophilia. Jewish society is concerned about privately practiced evil because if not stopped it will spill into the public life. The American tolerance of private homosexuality evolved into marital benefits—public subsidies—for gay couples.

Ideologies establish identities and boundaries. Any religion is arrogant, illiberal, racist, and xenophobic. The adherents of the religion of democracy consider the people who accept monarchy silly, and the people who accept authoritarianism—evil.

The concepts of choseness and isolation are racist. Monotheism means intolerance, an outright rejection of other beliefs. The Maccabees were very intolerant, and early Zionists rejected peaceful coexistence with the British in Palestine. It’s odd that having rejected the British, the Jews want to govern the country jointly with Israeli Arabs. Intolerance isn’t bad. Soft liberals enjoy societies created by rogue men with the blood of innocents; liberals created no society on their own. Intolerance creates societies when people don’t want to tolerate the previous order—and create a new one. If that order is good, it is sustained. Joshua bin Nun built a Jewish state through utter intolerance to local pagans, and righteous Jewish kinds smashed pagan alters oh-so-illiberally.

Rabbis want to be respectable, not religious cranks. They want sponsors, not isolation. They serve Mammon, not Judaism.