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About the Servant–Founder

The Federation belongs to The Internationale (LinkMP3 audio file), an alliance of left–wing, anti–fascist nations. All of the following information relates to a role–playing game on LinkNationStates.net and other websites. For clarity, the Federation exists only in my over–active imagination. Although I am a Levite (Hebrew/ʿIḇəriyṯ, לֵוִי, Lēwiy, “joined”), a bar mitzvah (modified Hebrew, בַּר מִצוָה, bạr miṣwāh, “son of commandment”), and the child of two Ashkenazi (Hebrew, אַשְׁכְּנַזִּי, ʾẠšəkənạzziy, i.e., descended from Yiddish/Yiyḏiyš–speaking European Jews) parents, I do not practice Judaism (Hebrew, יַהֲדוּת, Yạhăḏōṯ).

Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn bẹn Hẹʿərəšəʿl (Hebrew and Yiddish, מֹשֶׁה אַהֲרֹן בֶּן הֶערְשֶׁעל), the founder of the Federation, uses uses my LinkISO transliteration of my own and my father’s Jewish or “covenant of circumcision” (Hebrew, bəʾrīṯ mīʾlā or בְּרִית מִילָה as pronounced in this LinkMP3 audio file) names. Mūsaỳ Hārūn bin ʾal-Šādin (مُوسَى هَارُون بِن الشَادِن as pronounced in this ,LinkMP3 audio file) is the variant Arabic/ʿArabiyyaẗ variant rendering.

Moses (מֹשֶׁה, Mōšẹh) is Hebrew for “drawn from water.” Aaron (אַהֲרֹן, ʾẠhărōn) has an unclear etymology but translate from the Hebrew as “high mountain,” as “bearer of martyrs,” or possibly as “exalted or lofty one.” Bẹn (בֶּן) is Hebrew and Yiddish for “son” or “son of.” Ibn (اِبْن) and bin (بِن) in Arabic, bar (ܒܪ) in Syriac/Suryāyā, and iben in Maltese/Malti are Semitic cognates.

Hẹʿərəšəʿl (הֶערְשֶׁעל), my late father Harold’s Jewish name, is Yiddish for “little deer” and a diminutive (through the Yiddish, על, ʿl) of the considerably older Yiddish, Heʿrəš (הֶערְשׁ), or, in German, Hirsche―“deer.” I translated the Yiddish “Hẹʿərəšəʿl” (הֶערְשֶׁעל) and the German/Deutsch “Herschel” (LinkMP3 audio file) or “Hirschel” (LinkMP3 audio file) into the Arabic “al-Šādin” (الشَادِن, “the fawn”).

Selecting this Hebraic–Yiddish name is, in part, an act of nonviolent resistance. Some Western communists from Jewish backgrounds, especially Trotskyists, have chosen Anglo-Saxon “party” names. For instance, the Palestinian–born Jewish neo–Trotskyist, Yigael Gluckstein or Ygael Gluckstein (Hebrew, יִגְאָל גְּלוּקְשְׁטָיְּן, Yiḡəʾāl Gəlūqəšəṭāyyən), became Tony Cliff (1917–2000). It goes without saying that I would never rebuke them for their decisions. Cliff, who borrowed liberally from Rosa Luxemburg’s thought, is a man I particularly respect. Notwithsanding that sentiment, I have chosen my bəʾrīṯ mīʾlā over my birth name―Mark Alan Foster.

You can listen to several renditions of the song, The Internationale (LinkMP3 audio file) and read the English–language Linkthe lyrics.

The Federation is based upon principles derived from LinkMarxism–Luxemburgism and LinkBhaskarian critical realism. These two have been synthesized into LinkThe Institute for Dialectical metaRealism™ and LinkThe Collective to Fight Neurelitism™.

Finally, here is my profile page on NationStates.

Ššālōm ʿălēyəḵẹm (Hebrew/ʿIḇəriyṯ, שָּׁלוֹם עֲלֵיְכֶם), ssalāmu ʿalaykum (Arabic/ʿArabiyyaẗ, سَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُم), šlama ʿlok (Syriac/Suryāyā, ܫܠܡܐ ܥܠܘܟ), sälamə läʾə–nanətä (Geꞌez/Gəʾəzə and Amharic/ʾÄmarəña, ሰላም ለእናንተ), sliem għalikom (Maltese/Malti), salām bah šumā (Persian/Fārsī, سَلَام بَه شُمَا), ʾâpa kū salāma (ʾUrdū, آپَ کُو سَلَامَ) or āpa ko salāma (Hindī, आप को सलाम), tuhāḍē laꞌī salāma (Guramukhi Punjabi/Guramukhī Pajābī, ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਸਲਾਮ; or Shahmukhi Punjabi/Šāh Mukhī Panǧābī, تُہَاڈے لَئِی سَلَامَ), sàlāmǔgěinǐ (Chinese/Zhōngwén, 萨拉姆给你), anata-ni-sarāmu (Japanese/Nihongo, あなたにサラーム), salāmūnā (Pashto/Paṣ̌tū and Sindhī, سَلَامُونَا), tōmāra sālāma (Bengali/Bāṅāli/Bānlā, তোমার সালাম), sizə salam olsun (Azerbaijani/Azərbaycanlı), asalaamu calaykum (Somali/Af-Soomaali), salam kwako (Swahili/Kiswahili), salam bagimu (Indonesian/bahasa Indonesia), salam a yu (Lingwa de Planeta/Lidepla/LdP), selamun aleyküm (Turkish/Türk Dili), salam sejahtera (Malay/Melayu), salutations to the comrades, 𑁣 ☮ ② Ⓤ ⒶⓁⓁ,

Mōšẹh ʾẠhărōn bẹn Hẹʿərəšəʿl ✡ ☭ ☮ (Hebrew 🙵 Yiddish,מֹשֶׁה אַהֲרֹן בֶּן הֶערְשֶׁעל)
LinkMarxist–Luxemburgist democratic communism, LinkBhaskarian critical realism,
LinkThe MarkFoster.NETwork Publications Portal, and LinkDialectical metaRealism
A comrade of LinkThe Internationale in the LinkDemocratic Communist Federation

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