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'Jewish' activists botch religious ceremony while campaigning for far-left Democratic congressman

Comments ridiculed the group, including asking if they would be celebrating Christmas in August to inquiring if the group has a feast on the Yom Kippur fast.

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Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
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A radical activist group identifying as Jewish posted a self-own to social media proving they know nothing about Judaism.

On Saturday, the radical group IfNotNow posted on social media about a Jewish "havdalah service" performed by activists who were campaigning for progressive Democrat Rep. Andy Levin in Michigan.

Havdalah is a ceremony performed at nightfall on Saturday night to separate the Sabbath from regular weekdays. However, the activists posted pictures of themselves performing the ritual incorrectly and in broad daylight.

The tweet was "ratioed," meaning far more people commented on the tweet negatively than "liking" it.

Comments ridiculed the group, including asking if they would be celebrating Christmas in August to inquiring if the group has a feast on the Yom Kippur fast.

IfNotNow tried to pre-empt the critiques and posted, "To all the trolls ready to dunk on a Havdalah ceremony while there’s still light out — you’re just telling on yourself when you police others’ Jewish practices. There’s no right or wrong way to be Jewish."

This only triggered another round of mockery including Jason Bedrick, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, who wrote, "Yeah, and I display my deep, abiding commitment to vegetarianism by eating hamburgers and steak. There’s no right or wrong way to be a vegetarian. You’re just telling on yourself when you police others’ vegetarian practices. Our vegetarianism welcomes the eating of meat!"

It has become common, especially in antisemitic and anti-Israel threads on social media, for participants to "identify" as "Jewish" believing this gives them the high ground to win arguments based on "their truth."

Typically, during a thread, these individuals will reveal that they know nothing about the religion, are not Jewish, or claim to have "self-converted" after being denied actual Jewish conversion or never having attempted to convert. The activists have no use for Judaism other than as a talking point for political arguments.

Events such as Jews for Rashida Virtual Passover were used by far-left activists who knew nothing about Passover or a traditional Seder as a re-election campaign event for antisemitic Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Participants knew so little about the traditions that they said the blessing of bread for wine. They also added to the ten plagues of racism, sexism, homophobia, and political oppression. The group has on other occasions, recited the traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer, the Kaddish, for terrorists.

A recent poll showed Rep. Haley Stevens, also a Democrat, with a 27-point lead over Levin in the Aug. 2 Democratic primary. Levin has turned to the far-left progressive flank of the Democrat party for high-profile help.

Levin on Friday held a joint rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I- VT) and Tlaib, who is facing a primary challenge in the nearby 12th District. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) held a get-out-the-vote rally for Levin on Sunday.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) super PAC, United Democracy Project, has spent over $3 million to defeat Levin.

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