The Kabbalah of the Blogosphere

Judaism — By on June 2, 2004 at 8:31 am

Before Madonna, Ashton Kutchner, and The Kabbalah Center turned Jewish mysticism into the new Scientology, most of us had probably never heard of kabbalah (ed. ‘



  • http://www.leanleft.com/ tgirsch

    She graciously grouped me with Roger Simon and Little Green Footballs under the category of Yesod blogs
    Egad! Anyone who grouped me with Little Green Footballs for any reason would promptly get a cease-and-desist letter, and cause me to re-examine my posts for signs of outright bigotry. Ouch!
    One hopes that she was comparing you to LGF for other reasons. For all of our differences, I haven’t found you to be either a bigot or a jerk — I cannot say the same for Charles F. Johnson, and I’ve known of him for more than a decade.

  • http://www.leanleft.com/ tgirsch

    She graciously grouped me with Roger Simon and Little Green Footballs under the category of Yesod blogs
    Egad! Anyone who grouped me with Little Green Footballs for any reason would promptly get a cease-and-desist letter, and cause me to re-examine my posts for signs of outright bigotry. Ouch!
    One hopes that she was comparing you to LGF for other reasons. For all of our differences, I haven’t found you to be either a bigot or a jerk — I cannot say the same for Charles F. Johnson, and I’ve known of him for more than a decade.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://la4israel.org/wordpress Aaron’s Rantblog

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    And Charles Johnson is an incredible mensch.
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats. Membership in the GOP was likely an accident of birth. Recall Churchill and Shaw on young liberals and old conservatives.
    I loved Foucault’s Pendulum. Reading Eco is an education in esoterica.
    By the way, I don’t know if you ever learned that you got a Blogopoly piece back in February.

  • http://leahguildenstern.blog-city.com/ Leah Guildenstern

    Joe,
    Thanks for the compliments! Glad you like your placement on the tree and the description of Yesod. You did a nice write up on the whole concept.
    Tgirsch, the grouping is more a style thing than necessarily a content thing. (And I actually hadn’t started reading your blog until today, so any categorization is yet to come. :-) )

  • http://leahguildenstern.blog-city.com Leah Guildenstern

    Joe,
    Thanks for the compliments! Glad you like your placement on the tree and the description of Yesod. You did a nice write up on the whole concept.
    Tgirsch, the grouping is more a style thing than necessarily a content thing. (And I actually hadn’t started reading your blog until today, so any categorization is yet to come. :-) )

  • tgirsch

    Aaron:
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats.
    Huh? If you must know, yes, I’m romantically involved with a liberal, am myself a liberal, and I have no idea what my parents’ politics are because they have always made it a point never to discuss them with us, something for which I give them a tremendous amount of credit.
    And for the record, how did you know I switched from GOP to Democrat (circa 1998, by the way)?
    As for rational reasons, I have plenty:The “fiscal responsibility” of the GOP, my primary attraction to that party, turned out to be all smoke and mirrors.I am an atheist, and the GOP was increasingly pushing a strongly pro-Christian, anti-everyone-else agenda, including supporting a “Christian Nation” amendment.I believe that reasonable environmental protections are important; the GOP believes that such protections are unnecessary government interference. Our positions here are incompatible.While I find some aspects of abortion troubling, I strongly support a woman’s personal autonomy, and by extension, her right to choose. The GOP’s stated positions are wholly incompatible with this.
    There are others, of course, but those are the primary reasons. There are still certain areas where I find myself more closely aligned with the GOP than with the Democratic party. Gun control springs to mind. But on most issues, the Democrats are the least of evils as compared to my personal politics.

  • tgirsch

    Aaron:
    Any chance that tgirsch is either romantically involved with a liberal or is rebelling against Republican parents? I’ve never met anyone who had rational reasons for switching from the GOP to the Democrats.
    Huh? If you must know, yes, I’m romantically involved with a liberal, am myself a liberal, and I have no idea what my parents’ politics are because they have always made it a point never to discuss them with us, something for which I give them a tremendous amount of credit.
    And for the record, how did you know I switched from GOP to Democrat (circa 1998, by the way)?
    As for rational reasons, I have plenty:

    • The “fiscal responsibility” of the GOP, my primary attraction to that party, turned out to be all smoke and mirrors.
    • I am an atheist, and the GOP was increasingly pushing a strongly pro-Christian, anti-everyone-else agenda, including supporting a “Christian Nation” amendment.
    • I believe that reasonable environmental protections are important; the GOP believes that such protections are unnecessary government interference. Our positions here are incompatible.
    • While I find some aspects of abortion troubling, I strongly support a woman’s personal autonomy, and by extension, her right to choose. The GOP’s stated positions are wholly incompatible with this.

    There are others, of course, but those are the primary reasons. There are still certain areas where I find myself more closely aligned with the GOP than with the Democratic party. Gun control springs to mind. But on most issues, the Democrats are the least of evils as compared to my personal politics.