2 of the Fifth Month 5770
Anti Semitism USA, Circa 2010
Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, 19 Tammuz 5770/1 July 2010
(Israelnationalnews.com) Last week I was walking in Manhattan going from one meeting to the next, when I heard a voice chanting the words "dirty Jew" at me. As I turned around to see who had said them, I was slightly surprised to see a young boy, a Caucasian, of about 11 or 12 years of age. What was even more astonishing was that his mother was standing right behind him, apparently not caring what her son was saying, not rebuking him in any way or even apologizing to me on his behalf...
...I think it is safe to say that we are in big trouble.... (Read more...)
Rabbi Hecht, I cannot imagine why you are surprised about this boy's behavior, or for that matter, his mother's passive approval.
Nonetheless, you decided to write this piece, and within it, express your surprise/shock.
I can only assume that the audience to which you direct this is a non-Jewish one, for the following reasons:
1. We learn a rule: עשו שונא את יעקב - ספרי בהעלותך ס"ט (Esau hates Ya'aqov - Sifrei B'ha'alotehca 69) This does not suddenly change, or get overturned somehow, by Jewish, co-dependent, bending over backwards to please the goyim, to show them that we are just like them, and contribute positively to American society. Only through a final revelation, so to speak, when as many of us as possible reside in our Homeland, with a Miqdash, Sanhedrin, and kingship in place, and with the final defeat of our enemies, will they finally accept the truth. Then maybe Esau will cease this senseless resentment carried against us for 1,000's of years.
2. Even when you say “we are in big trouble,” I can only assume that you are referring to Americans in general. You are concerned with their collective, spiritual health, as well as the physical safety of those Jews still residing there, may they come back to their true Homeland soon
3. Equality and tolerance? These seem to be those modern, Western concepts you are throwing back into the faces of the goyim who invented them. Granted there are various times when equality does apply in Judaism, and when outside of Israel, we must negotiate the local, goyshe authorities when applying our Torah-based inequalities. To justify the different roles of men in women in Judaism, we do not try to explain it to the goyim, we simply cite the “establishment clause” in the U. S. Constitution, likewise when hiring a waiter to serve wine, a supervisor in a restaurany, a dairy, or a meat processing plant. Clearly, we are not all equal (...and I am only mentioning the politically-correct examples here).
4. In this day and age, of confusion and difficulty, we certainly must be patient with those Jews who do not know better, so that we can bring them back to Torah and misswoth. But, I would hardly call that tolerance. Al pi halacha, we are NOT to be tolerant of several categories of people, quite the opposite, in fact: participants in avodah zarah, participants in forbidden, sexual activities, as well as enemies of the Jewish People, out to kill us and our children regardless of how much land or prisoners or money we bend over backwards to give them. As you know, we are exempt from chasing after avodah zarah outside of Israel, and must take under consideration the local laws outside of Israel when dealing other members of the community. Dealing with our enemies in the U. S. is done through protests, lobbying government officials, and writing (including blogging!). Nonetheless, an all emcompassing value of tolerance is not a Jewish one. Tolerance of our diverse customs and ethnicities, yes; tolerance of those who represent the antithesis of our Holy Torah, no; Thus, you must be speaking to a non-Jewish audience, and not to a Jewish one.
5. You never mentioned that the solution is for “us” to return to our true Homeland. No, this is not “running away from the problem,” it is the correction of a 2,000 year old displacement of a People from its Homeland. HaQadosh Barukh Hu (The Holy One, Blessed Be He) has opened up the gates for us to return to the Land he has promised to us. Don't like the governmental system and the way things are done here? Neither do I. So, come and help change things,...even though it will be far from easy. [Three good gifts were given] ...through suffering. They are Torah, Eretz Yisra'el, and HaOlam HaBa (TB Berakhoth 5a). Many Jews are repeating the sins of the spies, the forsaking of the Land and hoser emunah (lack of faith); other Jews simply do not know any better. Since your focus is not on correcting this, you must be speaking to a non-Jewish audience, and not to a Jewish one.
As helpful as it has been for Jews to reside in the U. S. for six generations or more, it is not where we are supposed to reside leKhathilah. It is not our true Homeland; Israel is.
America is not going to save us. If Jews would open their eyes, they would also see that France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the U. K., South Africa, and Turkey are not going to save us either, let alone protect us from Anti Semetism, circa 2010.
History has shown us that sometimes HaQadosh Barukh Hu has had to give us a proverbial kick in the pants to see this. How hard that kick in the pants has to be is up to us.
Have you ever thought that being called a “dirty Jew” is your kick in the pants? And if you insist on staying in the U. S. anyway, then perhaps you can increase your efforts in getting this message out to the Jews there.
It is time that we stand on our own feet, in our own homeland, and depend upon HaQadosh Barukh Hu instead of goyim or their governments.
In conclusion, Rabbi Hecht, I would like to thank you for your article. It is a positive and helpful message to the goyim,...but not to the Jews.
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