The Apostasy of Sabbatai Zevi

Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi, the Sabbatean messiah, was forced to convert to Islam by the Ottoman Grand Vizier under threat of gruesome death. What is less known is that Sabbatai Zevi subsequently became Bektashi, in hence voiding his apostasy as the Bektashi order is one of nine denominations of core Median Judaism. This of course wasContinue reading “The Apostasy of Sabbatai Zevi”

The Orthodox Conversion Dispute

Why does Rabbinic Judaism tend to be reluctant to receive converts? The Jews have always been a nation that welcomes newcomers, however Rabbinic Judaism does not missionize and Orthodox Judaism typically demands a prolonged waiting period to show sustained ritual observance before someone is converted, in the Diaspora typically three years. What is the historicalContinue reading “The Orthodox Conversion Dispute”

Does the Derin Devlet Believe in Kemalism?

The Derin Devlet has its roots in the Young Turks but was founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who was Sabbatean as evidenced by the fact that he was educated in a Sabbatean school in Thessaloniki, then the geographic center of the Sabbatean community and part of the Ottoman Empire. All pupils in the Ottoman EmpireContinue reading “Does the Derin Devlet Believe in Kemalism?”

Behind Erdogan’s Paranoia

The Erdogan regime’s arrest of two Israeli bus drivers who are married to each other and who were vacationing in Turkey is an indication of the Erdogan regime’s paranoia about the strategic control the Sabbatean-controlled Derin Devlet deep state domestic intelligence apparatus maintains over the country. The Derin Devlet controls the state, the military andContinue reading “Behind Erdogan’s Paranoia”

What the Haredi World Thinks of Fellow Jews

Most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews are not Zionists. The majority however accepts the Jewish state but wants it to become a Haredi theocracy. A minority are religious Anti-Zionists who reject theocracy before the coming of the Mashiach (messiah). However, the Haredi Anti-Zionists do not vote in Israeli elections and therefore do not have any influence overContinue reading “What the Haredi World Thinks of Fellow Jews”

Dual Tracks for Alevi Freedom

Israel fears officially recognizing Alevis and other Median Jews as Jewish and eligible for immigration to Israel due the concern that the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Crypto-Islamist AKP regime will impose severe obstacles to Alevi and other Median Jewish Aliyah (immigration) to Israel. This is a well-founded fear as Erdogan does not want Alevis and other MedianContinue reading “Dual Tracks for Alevi Freedom”

Sabbatai Zevi’s Feigned Apostasy

Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi (1626-1676) was the almost universally recognized Mashiach (messiah) of the Jewish people when the Grand Vizier in the name of the Ottoman Sultan confronted him and threatened him with death unless he agreed to convert to Islam. As a token acceptance of Islam did Zevi take a turban on his head. ItContinue reading “Sabbatai Zevi’s Feigned Apostasy”

The Paradox of Alawite Rule

The Syrian regime is controlled by a clique of assimilated ethnic Alawites supported by a wider class of Alawite military officers yet the ruling Alawite clique promotes the assimilation of the Alawite people into Islam. How can this be reconciled? First thing is this highly peculiar since the Ba’athist ideology was a secularist ideology toContinue reading “The Paradox of Alawite Rule”

Ending the Islamization of the Alawite People

While Syria’s former dictator Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) was ethnically Alawite as is his son and successor as dictator Bashar al-Assad (b. 1965) have they both pursued Islamization policies which are basically anti-Alawite. Alawite pupils are forced to endure Islamic religious instruction in state schools and the regime built mosques in Alawite villages throughout the AlawiteContinue reading “Ending the Islamization of the Alawite People”

Uniting the Druze People

The Druze people were divided after WWI between French Syria, French Lebanon and the British Mandate centered in Jerusalem. The Druze were however for some decades given an autonomous state in the Druze Mountain region in southern Syria. In contrast, were the entire Druze people during Ottoman times part of one single state, the OttomanContinue reading “Uniting the Druze People”

The Alawite People do not Control Syria

The Syrian regime is famously dominated by ethnic Alawites – Alawism being a denomination of Median Judaism – yet the Alawite people are, despite popular conception, not in control of Syria.  The Alawite people were ruthlessly suppressed and persecuted during Ottoman rule but became prominent in the military during the French period during which theyContinue reading “The Alawite People do not Control Syria”