The political significance of Feuer’s Judaism is to infantilize Jewry into an obedient and uncritical mass whose world is hopelessly enchanted and frightful. The right reverend rabbis who possess both Daas Torah and Book Torah, whose holy intuition transcends the canonical text, are for this Judaism, Israel’s authentic leaders. What Orthodox moderns observe in this phenomenon is the canonization of culture in place of covenant, where the rabbi reads the mind of God in addition to the allegedly unchanging Torah of Sinai, and the most troubling and ironic insight, that Ultra-Orthodoxy is ultra/super in its assertions, but its essential Orthodoxy is itself subverted.
Tashlich in popular religion Judaism allows the throwing of bread to fish on the Rosh Hashanah holy day. Jewish law forbids feeding fish we do not own on Rosh Hashanah. We do not throw stones, which are muqtseh. We do not reject Tashlich because it is a new innovation; we insist that innovations be done within the parameters of Jewish law. We use an opportunity to think religiously, but we resist the misdefining and mystifying of Torah. Torah sanctifies Israel with commandments and makes Israel free; ultra-Orthodox Jewry re-enchants the world with imagined spirits and spooks, and cannot allow religious maturity or probing freedom. The religious Jew affirms self and casts off the imagined images of spooks and spirits. May Tashlich empower Israel to cast off its wrongs and historically conditioned wrongful understandings.