Hi, my name is Yehoishophot Oliver.
I’m an Orthodox Jew affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. I’m also a rabbi. This is my blog commenting on current events.
The explanation for my site name: I believe that our society is in the throes of a weltanschauung kampf, a “worldview struggle”. This is a titanic struggle of worldviews between a secularist, hedonistic, neo-pagan culture associated with leftist, liberal, feminist ideological influences and biblical and faith-based conservative, traditionalist, pro-chastity, pro-marriage, pro-family forces on the other. Obviously, I identify with the latter.
Yes, the situation is in many ways far more complex, and there is much overlap and nuance between these two extremes. For instance, some people are traditional but secular, while others are in some ways religious but very liberal. Some apparently secular folks are advancing some genuinely worthy agendas, while other ostensibly religious folk are advocating for fundamentally secularist causes. So to say there’s a clear-cut, black-and-white situation of “us versus them” is an oversimplification.
Still, society is struggling mightily between these conflicting and polarizing influences:
- Even many strong traditionalists feel the tempting pull of the siren song of the new atheism and are often left with their mouths hanging open when it comes to defending their faith against very aggressive ideological attacks.
- Conversely, many secularists sense the vain emptiness in modern pop culture and seek roots, purpose, and Absolute Truth.
In this blog, I hope to explore these issues while drawing on the wisdom of Orthodox Judaism, presenting its timeless teachings as a source for moral guidance in our turbulent times.
Some posts will focus on the Orthodox Jewish community in particular, some on the general Jewish community, and some on society at large. Some posts will address world events, while others will focus specifically on events in the Holy Land.
Polite comments, including critiques, are welcome. Personal attacks are not.