Saturday, November 29, 2008

I don't blog about politics. But this guy does!

Many times, people ask me through this blog what I think about this or that aspect of Israeli politics, and unfortunately, I'm forced to reject their comments, no matter how friendly and respectful they are. I have decided a long time ago that "Domestic Felicity" would be a non-political blog. I know how inflammatory, draining and vehement political discussions can be, and I simply don't have the time to deal with it.

Also, I believe it's better for a woman's peace of mind to stay away from politics, and trust her husband's leadership. Not that I don't have an opinion - I most definitely do, and my husband and I sometimes discuss politics - but I would so much rather focus on writing about matters such as running the home, marriage, cooking, crafts and social issues that are near and dear to my heart. I also know that most of the ladies who visit this blog are careful about guarding their sense of tranquility. Thus, as you might have noticed, I didn't write even one line about the recent elections in the USA, nor do I plan to write about elections in Israel.

Still, I realize that the very fact of us being Orthodox Jews, living in Israel, and refusing to apologize for it, can already be interpreted as a political statement. So no, we don't live in a vacuum. Yes, we are very much involved with what is going on here. But I will leave the pleasure of discussion to other bloggers.

So without further ado, I introduce you to Sultan Knish, a Jewish journalist and blogger who currently lives in the US, writes in English and isn't afraid of giving his non-PC coverage on both Israeli and American developments, no matter how many people might be infuriated by it. I must make a disclaimer and say that I haven't read all of his posts, and therefore cannot sweepingly proclaim I agree with everything he says - but in most cases, I think he is right on the money.

I kindly request you not to attempt a political debate here - no such comments will be published; for all the reasons I have stated earlier, I will resist the temptation even if I have a really good answer up my sleeve. Instead, hop over to Sultan Knish and learn what he has to say.


Sandy said...

I no longer blog about politics for the exact reasons you mentioned and I could have written paragraph two myself. I did blog about the recent U.S. elections and now I not only regret that I did, but I have removed those posts from my blog. I haven't been brave enough to say this on my own blog yet, but I think politics should be left to the men. That doesn't mean I won't be praying about it, though!

Dirtdartwife said...

Thanks! Good blog. Than again, I'm a very conservative American so I tend to agree what I've read so far of his blog. And I like your blog very much as well. It's a nice mental break to read the ones that are of the more simple things in life and joyful instead of convolution that feels as if the subject does nothing but bring people down, ya know? I've got a few political statements on my blog and I'm unapologetically pro-life, but I tend to keep most of my blog family oriented and about what's going on with my children and activities we're doing.

Thanks for sharing! :) DDW

Otter Mom said...

I have my own political thoughts, and I frequently share them. But not here, as this is not the place for them and would be disrespectful to you. But I would like to commen ton what you said about a woman's peace of mind and trusting her husband - Thank you! That is what I have been trying to convey to people and I never seem to get the words right to where I'm understood! But that is exactly how I feel about it. I used to be a card-carrying feminist, then one day I came to my senses and am living in a Biblical manner. It took me a while, but I finally figured out just what being a submissive wife meant and I have never looked back. I am trying to set an example for my daughter, and your blog frequently gives me a lift when I need it. And I'm excited for you and your husband about your coming little one.

MarkyMark said...

Thanks for the find, Anna! I'm going to give Sultan Knish a look...

MarkyMark said...


I've just read a couple of SK's posts, but I like what I see so far! He's no nonsense, no BS. IOW, he's my kind of guy! He's like CC, but only more refined and polished... :)


Margaret said...

I know exactly what you mean Anna...I find that when I simply concentrate on enjoying life to the fullest, and keep out of all the office-politics of daily life, I am much happier in myself.

Thanks for this post!

Anonymous said...

But the personal IS political, is it not? :)

-- Pendragon

Mrs. Amy @ Clothesline Alley said...

Thank you for the link to the very interesting blog, Anna. I have been reading much of his archives over the weekend.

I have been a bit weary of delving into politics on my blog, though I have said a few things on the matter. ;o) It's amazing how nasty such conversations can turn. I was actually called a socialist, a traitor to America, and racist slurs were used against both my husband and daughter on what I thought to be a MILD post and one that in no twisted world was advocating socialism or communism. *baffled* Needless to say, there are many pieces of writing that I have penned but would probably never share with many people.

I chuckled as I read Pendragon's comment as I absolutely agree with her. Much of our day to day lives compromised of many decisions that may be personal but are also political. The votes we make with our feet and pocketbook are far more important than the ones we make at the value box and our actions truly do speak louder than words.

For many of us, we live in the midst of situations to others that are just "political" ideas. American military families living through a loved one's deployment. People such as you and your husband, Anna, living in Israel where there are tensions and dangerous situations at times. Women who are facing a crisis pregnancy. People in many countries where conflicts are ongoing or just starting to brew. Folks around the world who are losing their jobs, having difficulty keeping food on the table, feeling the realness of the financial crisis. So many other situations we might call "political" but really they aren't just an abstract idea like politics or public policy, but people's very lives, their everyday reality.

Sorry for the novel! Thank you again for sharing this very interesting blog. :o)

Rebecca Grider said...

I have debated about whether I should submit this comment at all - wondering if it strays too far into a political debate since I do respect everyone's decision to keep this blog politics-free but I feel that I'd be remiss in saying nothing. I hope everyone takes this as respectful and curious, rather than critical.

I don't completely understand all that is written about being under a husband's authority so perhaps I simply misunderstand and if so, I apologize. But if the implication I am reading is correct, then I must strongly disagree. Is everyone saying that they do not participate in politics at all? That is, they do not wish to stay informed on political issues and vote only their husband's views? If so, then I feel that it's not a matter of being biblical women, but being irresponsible citizens.

Citizenship is not about biblical responsibility, but being involved in the matters that most effect every citizen of a nation. To vote and have a voice in how one's nation is run is not just a right but a responsibility of each citizen, regardless of religious views. To eschew politics and simply do whatever one's husband does without putting individual thought into the issues is rejecting one's responsibilities.

I can understand not wishing to discuss politics with co-workers or even friends; politics can be such an inflammatory discussion and oftentimes it's best to "keep it in the home." However, think of what would happen should we leave the politics only to men and not have our voices heard - what if they decided that women HAD to work outside the home, if communism took hold - it's important for each citizen to fully participate in elections, regardless of sex.

Mrs. Anna T said...


I didn't mean to say women are supposed to be uninformed about politics. As I mentioned, my husband and I have political discussions together and we both know what is going on. Our mutual point of view, too, is formed through such discussions.

When it comes to casting my vote, I see my husband and I as one unit, rather than two separate people. Thus, my vote will be supportive, rather than contradictory to his. Yes, I intend to vote for the same party my husband votes for.

I must admit, however, that we voted for the same party during the previous elections as well, when we didn't even know each other - so it's very easy to come to terms in our case. I can imagine it might be different for other couples.

You said, "Citizenship is not about biblical responsibility". I disagree. Our loyalty is with God and His Law, not with secular laws of the country we live in. Therefore, whenever possible, we will support those who support God's Law. If we can't find such a man, we will support the closest alternative.

Rebecca Grider said...

Mrs. T,

Thank you for the clarification. I was hoping that I had inferred incorrectly in my first reading.

I would hope that most couples would be of the same mind politically - it's such a fundamental part of one's outlook and expression of values. It seems that a couple would be most harmonious if they held the same views.

Erik said...

Are you women for real? Are you really willing to live your lives subservient to a man?!?! You would live your lives depending upon a man to lead???

Okay, what I REALLY want to know is, where do I find a woman like that?! I am beyond disgusted with modern feminized western women and seeing the comments here, well, I am not sure what to think. I have about zero experience with women submitting to men and seeing/hearing anything to the contrary is rather like talking about unicorns. A wink, a nod, and an eye roll ya know?

Guess I will have to stop by and check this blog out for a while.