Skip to comments.Atlanta Rabbi With Eyes Full of Fire
Posted on 10/08/2010 8:30:16 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat
THIS PERTAINS TO ALL AMERICANS!
It is neither short nor a comfortable read,
but read it anyway as I felt it touches every fiber
of your mind and body....
Written and delivered as a sermon by Atlanta Rabbi Schlomo Lewis,
this is the most cogent look at the world's plight, and that of the Jews,
that I have ever had the privilege of reading. Do yourself and
your family a great service by taking a quiet ten minutes
to read it thoughtfully.
First Day of Rosh Hashanah 2010
Many years ago a Chasid used to travel from shtetl to shtetl selling holy books. On one occasion he came to a wealthy land owner and asked if he would like to purchase a book of Torah teachings. The banker agreed and not only purchased the book, but paid for it with a hundred ruble note. He then began to chat with the Chassid and offered him a cigar, taking one also for himself. The Chassid noticed that the banker proceeded to rip a page from the holy book he had just bought and holding it to the open flame on the stove, used the page to light his cigar. The Chassid said not a word but simply drew out from his pocket the 100 ruble note he had just received from the banker, held it over the stove as well and used it to light his cigar.
This simple, little tale reflects a profound divergence of values. Our sympathy clearly and instinctively is not with the banker but with the pious Chassid. None of us would come to the defense of the banker. None of us would claim moral supremacy for the banker. None of us would justify his boorish deed. As the sages of the Talmud would say Pshita It is so obvious. Sadly though our planet is immersed in perversity where morality is not so manifest where the book burner is a hero and the pious one, a villain.
I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. We all wish to bounce happily out of shul on the High Holidays, filled with warm fuzzies, ready to gobble up our brisket, our honey cakes and our kugel. We want to be shaken and stirred but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped but not too much. We want to be provoked but not too much. We want to be transformed but not too much.
I get it, but as a rabbi I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart and what I passionately believe must be said and must be heard. And so, I am guided not by what is easy to say but by what is painful to express. I am guided not by the frivolous but by the serious. I am guided not by delicacy but by urgency.
We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldnt know it from our behavior. During WWII we didnt refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didnt call the Gestapo, militants. We didnt see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people. We did not apologize for Dresden, nor for The Battle of the Bulge, nor for El Alamein, nor for D-Day.
Evil ultimate, irreconcilable, evil threatened us and Roosevelt and Churchill had moral clarity and an exquisite understanding of what was at stake. It was not just the Sudetenland, not just Tubruk, not just Vienna, not just Casablanca. It was the entire planet. Read history and be shocked at how frighteningly close Hitler came to creating a Pax Germana on every continent.
Not all Germans were Nazis most were decent, most were revolted by the Third Reich, most were good citizens hoisting a beer, earning a living and tucking in their children at night. But, too many looked away, too many cried out in lame defense I didnt know. Too many were silent. Guilt absolutely falls upon those who committed the atrocities, but responsibility and guilt falls upon those who did nothing as well. Fault was not just with the goose steppers but with those who pulled the curtains shut, said and did nothing.
In WWII we won because we got it. We understood who the enemy was and we knew that the end had to be unconditional and absolute. We did not stumble around worrying about offending the Nazis. We did not measure every word so as not to upset our foe. We built planes and tanks and battleships and went to war to win .. to rid the world of malevolence.
We are at war yet too many stubbornly and foolishly dont put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers. We are circumspect and disgracefully politically correct.
Let me mince no words in saying that from Fort Hood to Bali, from Times Square to London, from Madrid to Mumbai, from 9/11 to Gaza, the murderers, the barbarians are radical Islamists.
To camouflage their identity is sedition. To excuse their deeds is contemptible. To mask their intentions is unconscionable.
A few years ago I visited Lithuania on a Jewish genealogical tour. It was a stunning journey and a very personal, spiritual pilgrimage. When we visited Kovno we davened Maariv at the only remaining shul in the city. Before the war there were thirty-seven shuls for 38,000 Jews. Now only one, a shrinking, gray congregation. We made minyon for the handful of aged worshippers in the Choral Synagogue, a once majestic, jewel in Kovno.
After my return home I visited Cherry Hill for Shabbos. At the oneg an elderly family friend, Joe Magun, came over to me.
Shalom, he said. Your abba told me you just came back from Lithuania. Yes, I replied. It was quite a powerful experience. Did you visit the Choral Synagogue in Kovno? The one with the big arch in the courtyard? Yes, I did. In fact, we helped them make minyon. His eyes opened wide in joy at our shared memory. For a moment he gazed into the distance and then, he returned. Shalom, I grew up only a few feet away from the arch. The Choral Synagogue was where I davened as a child.
He paused for a moment and once again was lost in the past. His smile faded. Pain filled his wrinkled face. I remember one Shabbos in 1938 when Vladimir Jabotinsky came to the shul (Jabotinsky was Menachim Begins mentor he was a fiery orator, an unflinching Zionist radical, whose politics were to the far right.) Joe continued When Jabotinsky came, he delivered the drash on Shabbos morning and I can still hear his words burning in my ears. He climbed up to the shtender, stared at us from the bima, glared at us with eyes full of fire and cried out. EHR KUMT. YIDN FARLAWST AYER SHTETL Hes coming. Jews abandon your city.
We thought we were safe in Lithuania from the Nazis, from Hitler. We had lived there, thrived for a thousand years but Jabotinsky was right -- his warning prophetic. We got out but most did not.
We are not in Lithuania. It is not the 1930s. There is no Luftwaffe overhead. No U-boats off the coast of long Island. No Panzer divisions on our borders. But make no mistake; we are under attack our values, our tolerance, our freedom, our virtue, our land.
Now before some folks roll their eyes and glance at their watches let me state emphatically, unmistakably I have no pathology of hate, nor am I a manic Paul Revere, galloping through the countryside. I am not a pessimist, nor prone to panic attacks. I am a lover of humanity, all humanity. Whether they worship in a synagogue, a church, a mosque, a temple or dont worship at all. I have no bone of bigotry in my body, but what I do have is hatred for those who hate, intolerance for those who are intolerant, and a guiltless, unstoppable obsession to see evil eradicated.
Today the enemy is radical Islam but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers. Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings who want nothing more than a Jeep Cherokee in their driveway, a flat screen TV on their wall and a good education for their children, but these good Muslims have an obligation to destiny, to decency that thus far for the most part they have avoided. The Kulturkampf is not only external but internal as well. The good Muslims must sponsor rallies in Times Square, in Trafalgar Square, in the UN Plaza, on the Champs Elysee, in Mecca condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent. Thus far, they have not. The good Muslims must place ads in the NY Times. They must buy time on network TV, on cable stations, in the Jerusalem Post, in Le Monde, in Al Watan, on Al Jazeena condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent thus far, they have not. Their silence allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it.
Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.
I recall a conversation with my father shortly before he died that helped me understand how perilous and how broken is our world; that we are living on the narrow seam of civilization and moral oblivion. Knowing he had little time left he shared the following Shal. I am ready to leave this earth. Sure Id like to live a little longer, see a few more sunrises, but truthfully, Ive had it. Im done. Finished. I hope the Good Lord takes me soon because I am unable to live in this world knowing what it has become.
This startling admission of moral exhaustion from a man who witnessed and lived through the Depression, the Holocaust, WWII, Communist Triumphalism, McCarthyism, Strontium 90 and polio. Yet his twilight observation was The worst is yet to come. And he wanted out.
I share my fathers angst and fear that too many do not see the authentic, existential threat we face nor confront the source of our peril. We must wake up and smell the hookah.
Lighten up, Lewis. Take a chill pill, some of you are quietly thinking. Youre sounding like Glen Beck. Its not that bad. Its not that real. But I am here to tell you It is. Ask the member of our shul whose sister was vaporized in the Twin Towers and identified finally by her charred teeth, if this is real or not. Ask the members of our shul who fled a bus in downtown Paris, fearing for their safety from a gang of Muslim thugs, if this is an exaggeration. Ask the member of our shul whose son tracks Arab terrorist infiltrators who target pizza parlors, nursery schools, Pesach seders, city buses and play grounds, if this is dramatic, paranoid hyperbole.
Ask them, ask all of them ask the American GIs we sit next to on planes who are here for a brief respite while we fly off on our Delta vacation package. Ask them if its bad. Ask them if its real.
Did anyone imagine in the 1920s what Europe would look like in the 1940s. Did anyone presume to know in the coffee houses of Berlin or in the opera halls of Vienna that genocide would soon become the celebrated culture? Did anyone think that a goofy-looking painter named Shickelgruber would go from the beer halls of Munich and jail, to the Reichstag as Feuhrer in less than a decade? Did Jews pack their bags and leave Warsaw, Vilna, Athens, Paris, Bialystok, Minsk, knowing that soon their new address would be Treblinka, Sobibor, Dachau and Auschwitz?
The sages teach Aizehu chacham haroeh et hanolad Who is a wise person he who sees into the future. We dare not wallow in complacency, in a misguided tolerance and naïve sense of security.
We must be diligent students of history and not sit in ash cloth at the waters of Babylon weeping. We cannot be hypnotized by eloquent-sounding rhetoric that soothes our heart but endangers our soul. We cannot be lulled into inaction for fear of offending the offenders. Radical Islam is the scourge and this must be cried out from every mountain top. From sea to shining sea, we must stand tall, prideful of our stunning decency and moral resilience. Immediately after 9/11 how many mosques were destroyed in America? None. After 9/11, how many Muslims were killed in America? None. After 9/11, how many anti-Muslim rallies were held in America? None. And yet, we apologize. We grovel. We beg forgiveness.
The mystifying litany of our foolishness continues. Should there be a shul in Hebron on the site where Baruch Goldstein gunned down twenty-seven Arabs at noonday prayers? Should there be a museum praising the U.S. Calvary on the site of Wounded Knee? Should there be a German cultural center in Auschwitz? Should a church be built in the Syrian town of Maarra where Crusaders slaughtered over 100,000 Muslims? Should there be a thirteen story mosque and Islamic Center only a few steps from Ground Zero?
Despite all the rhetoric, the essence of the matter can be distilled quite easily. The Muslim community has the absolute, constitutional right to build their building wherever they wish. I dont buy the argument When we can build a church or a synagogue in Mecca they can build a mosque here. America is greater than Saudi Arabia. And New York is greater than Mecca. Democracy and freedom must prevail.
Can they build? Certainly. May they build? Certainly. But should they build at that site? No -- but that decision must come from them, not from us. Sensitivity, compassion cannot be measured in feet or yards or in blocks. One either feels the pain of others and cares, or does not.
If those behind this project are good, peace-loving, sincere, tolerant Muslims, as they claim, then they should know better, rip up the zoning permits and build elsewhere.
Believe it or not, I am a dues-paying, card carrying member of the ACLU, yet from start of finish, I find this sorry episode disturbing to say the least.
William Burroughs, the novelist and poet, in a wry moment wrote After one look at this planet, any visitor from outer space would say I want to see the manager.
Let us understand that the radical Islamist assaults all over the globe are but skirmishes, fire fights, and vicious decoys. Christ and the anti-Christ. Gog UMagog. The Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness; the bloody collision between civilization and depravity is on the border between Lebanon and Israel. It is on the Gaza Coast and in the Judean Hills of the West Bank. It is on the sandy beaches of Tel Aviv and on the cobblestoned mall of Ben Yehuda Street. It is in the underground schools of Sderot and on the bullet-proofed inner-city buses. It is in every school yard, hospital, nursery, classroom, park, theater in every place of innocence and purity.
Israel is the laboratory the test market. Every death, every explosion, every grisly encounter is not a random, bloody orgy. It is a calculated, strategic probe into the heart, guts and soul of the West.
In the Six Day War, Israel was the proxy of Western values and strategy while the Arab alliance was the proxy of Eastern, Soviet values and strategy. Today too, it is a confrontation of proxies, but the stakes are greater than East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel in her struggle represents the civilized world, while Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Queda, Iran, Islamic Jihad, represent the world of psychopathic, loathesome evil.
As Israel, imperfect as she is, resists the onslaught, many in the Western World have lost their way displaying not admiration, not sympathy, not understanding, for Israels galling plight, but downright hostility and contempt. Without moral clarity, we are doomed because Israels galling plight ultimately will be ours. Hanna Arendt in her classic Origins of Totalitarianism accurately portrays the first target of tyranny as the Jew. We are the trial balloon. The canary in the coal mine. If the Jew/Israel is permitted to bleed with nary a protest from good guys then tyranny snickers and pushes forward with its agenda.
Moral confusion is a deadly weakness and it has reached epic proportions in the West; from the Oval Office to the UN, from the BBC to Reuters to MSNBC, from the New York Times to Le Monde, from university campuses to British teachers unions, from the International Red Cross to Amnesty International, from Goldstone to Elvis Costello, from the Presbyterian Church to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
There is a message sent and consequences when our president visits Turkey and Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and not Israel.
There is a message sent and consequences when free speech on campus is only for those championing Palestinian rights.
There is a message sent and consequences when the media deliberately doctors and edits film clips to demonize Israel.
There is a message sent and consequences when the UN blasts Israel relentlessly, effectively ignoring Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, North Korea, China and other noxious states.
There is a message sent and consequences when liberal churches are motivated by Liberation Theology, not historical accuracy.
There is a message sent and consequences when murderers and terrorists are defended by the obscenely transparent one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter.
John Milton warned, Hypocrisy is the only evil that walks invisible.
A few days after the Gaza blockade incident in the spring, a congregant happened past my office, glanced in and asked in a friendly tone
Rabbi. Howre y doing?
I looked up, sort of smiled and replied Ive had better days.
Whats the matter? Is there anything I can do to cheer you up? he inquired.
Thank you for the offer but Im just bummed out today and I showed him a newspaper article I was reading.
Madrid gay pride parade bans Israeli group over Gaza Ship Raid. I explained to my visitor The Israeli gay pride contingent from Tel Aviv was not allowed to participate in the Spanish gay pride parade because the mayor of Tel Aviv did not apologize for the raid by the Israeli military.
The only country in the entire Middle East where gay rights exist, is Israel. The only country in the entire Middle East where there is a gay pride parade, is Israel. The only country in the Middle East that has gay neighborhoods and gay bars, is Israel.
Gays in the Gaza would be strung up, executed by Hamas if they came out and yet Israel is vilified and ostracized. Disinvited to the parade.
Looking for logic?
Looking for reason?
Looking for sanity?
Kafka on his darkest, gloomiest day could not keep up with this bizarre spectacle and we useful idiots pander and fawn over cutthroats, sinking deeper and deeper into moral decay, as the enemy laughs all the way to the West Bank and beyond.
It is exhausting and dispiriting. We live in an age that is redefining righteousness where those with moral clarity are an endangered, beleaguered specie.
Isaiah warned us thousands of years ago Oye Lehem Sheh-Korim Layome, Laila vLaila, yome Woe to them who call the day, night and the night, day. We live on a planet that is both Chelm and Sodom. It is a frightening and maddening place to be.
How do we convince the world and many of our own, that this is not just anti-Semitism, that this is not just anti-Zionism but a full throttled attack by unholy, radical Islamists on everything that is morally precious to us?
How do we convince the world and many of our own that conciliation is not an option, that compromise is not a choice?
Everything we are. Everything we believe. Everything we treasure, is at risk.
The threat is so unbelievably clear and the enemy so unbelievably ruthless how anyone in their right mind doesnt get it is baffling. Lets try an analogy. If someone contracted a life-threatening infection and we not only scolded them for using antibiotics but insisted that the bacteria had a right to infect their body and that perhaps, if we gave the invading infection an arm and a few toes, the bacteria would be satisfied and stop spreading
Anyone buy that medical advice? Well, folks, thats our approach to the radical Islamist bacteria. It is amoral, has no conscience and will spread unless it is eradicated. There is no negotiating. Appeasement is death.
I was no great fan of George Bush didnt vote for him. (By the way, Im still a registered Democrat.) I disagreed with many of his policies but one thing he had right. His moral clarity was flawless when it came to the War on Terror, the War on Radical Islamist Terror. There was no middle ground either you were friend or foe. There was no place in Bushs world for a Switzerland. He knew that this competition was not Toyota against G.M., not the Iphone against the Droid, not the Braves against the Phillies, but a deadly serious war, winner take all. Blink and you lose. Underestimate, and you get crushed.
I know that there are those sitting here today who have turned me off. But I also know that many turned off their rabbis seventy five years ago in Warsaw, Riga, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cracow, Vilna. I get no satisfaction from that knowledge, only a bitter sense that there is nothing new under the sun.
Enough rhetoric how about a little show and tell? A few weeks ago on the cover of Time magazine was a horrific picture with a horrific story. The photo was of an eighteen year old Afghani woman, Bibi Aisha, who fled her abusive husband and his abusive family. Days later the Taliban found her and dragged her to a mountain clearing where she was found guilty of violating Sharia Law. Her punishment was immediate. She was pinned to the ground by four men while her husband sliced off her ears, and then he cut off her nose.
That is the enemy (show enlarged copy of magazine cover.)
If nothing else stirs us. If nothing else convinces us, let Bibi Aishas mutilated face be the face of Islamic radicalism. Let her face shake up even the most complacent and naïve among us. In the holy crusade against this ultimate evil, pictures of Bibi Aishas disfigurement should be displayed on billboards, along every highway from Route 66 to the Autobahn, to the Transarabian Highway. Her picture should be posted on every lobby wall from Tokyo to Stockholm to Rio. On every network, at every commercial break, Bibi Aishas face should appear with the caption Radical Islamic savages did this. And underneath This ad was approved by Hamas, by Hezbollah, by Taliban, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, by Islamic Jihad, by Fatah al Islam, by Magar Nodal Hassan, by Richard Reid, by Ahmanijad, by Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, by Osama bin Laden, by Edward Said, by The Muslim Brotherhood, by Al Queda, by CAIR.
The moral sentiment is the drop that balances the sea said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Today, my friends, the sea is woefully out of balance and we could easily drown in our moral myopia and worship of political correctness.
We peer up into the heavens sending probes to distant galaxies. We peer down into quarks discovering particles that would astonish Einstein. We create computers that rival the mind, technologies that surpass science fiction. What we imagine, with astounding rapidity, becomes real. If we dream it, it does, indeed, come. And yet, we are at a critical point in the history of this planet that could send us back into the cave, to a culture that would make the Neanderthal blush with shame.
Our parents and grandparents saw the swastika and recoiled, understood the threat and destroyed the Nazis. We see the banner of Radical Islam and can do no less.
A rabbi was once asked by his students . Rebbi. Why are your sermons so stern? Replied the rabbi, If a house is on fire and we chose not to wake up our children, for fear of disturbing their sleep, would that be love? Kinderlach, di hoyz brent. Children our house is on fire and I must arouse you from your slumber.
During WWII and the Holocaust was it business as usual for priests, ministers, rabbis? Did they deliver benign homilies and lovely sermons as Europe fell, as the Pacific fell, as North Africa fell, as the Mideast and South America tottered, as England bled? Did they ignore the demonic juggernaut and the foul breath of evil? They did not. There was clarity, courage, vision, determination, sacrifice, and we were victorious. Today it must be our finest hour as well. We dare not retreat into the banality of our routines, glance at headlines and presume that the good guys will prevail.
Democracies dont always win. Tyrannies dont always lose.
My friends the world is on fire and we must awake from our slumber. EHR KUMT.
I love that entire piece. I wish there was a link so I could link it on my facebook page.
share it far and wide please.
I got it in e-mail and that wasn’t a link, I had to copy and paste. Sorry...
Brilliant and inspiring! Thank you for posting.
OK, you’re awake now but you’re reaching for the wrong weapon to defeat your enemy.
This enemy isn’t something that can be fought with words, thoughts or deeds. This is something that must be fought on the spiritual level and your people have forgotten this.
Remember the promise YHWH made to you!
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, [It is] desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal [them], and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD. JER. 32:37-44
You are the Children of the Most High, act like it! Quit trusting in man and man’s ideas and put your trust back on the Ancient of Days, the one who called you out from Egypt, defended you from your enemies and who set you apart from the rest of the world so that His glory would be made known. You were set apart to deliver the Salvation of the World, which you did, and be a guide to the Gentiles as to how God’s people should live, which you’ve failed to do.
I tell you this as someone who would never desert your side, but you have got to quit trusting in mankind for your salvation. You were not designed for that and the proof is in the pudding, just look at what that trust has bought you.
Israel, your husband is calling you home. Quit whoring with the world, it’s time to answer His call.
The importance of this thread can’t be stressed enough. The text of this thread is a must read for everyone on our email lists.
IMO, the truth contained in this thread must be spread or we’re doomed as a free nation. Not only do we have foreign enemies, we have Ruling Class political enemies and we have enemies among the MSM. If we want to provide a free country to our children and grandchildren, these truths must be shouted from the rooftops 24/7 until the useful idiots wake up.
Pull the log out of your own eye.
Who said I haven’t? Last I knew, Israel was the only people on the planet which have a LITERAL Divine Mandate.
Don’t trust men, trust God.
It may be helpful to repair this 60 year obsession with associating American Patriots with Goose Stepping Nazis then. Don’t spend 60 years painting the people most loyal to our constitution as those most likely to march Jews off to camps, then turn around and expect solidarity in the face of a common enemy.
I’m a Southerner. My family has served in every war this country has ever had. I can’t think of a single member of my family that’s ever uttered a single anti-Semitic thought. Yet at the same time I am fully aware that Jewish organizations have been instrumental over the years as painting entire generations of my family as ignorant racist hicks. I was born under that sign myself. I had that accusation hung over my head the moment I was born a white male Christian in Mississippi. I’ve lived under that slander my entire life. It came from somewhere! It didn’t just come out of thin air!
This is not some psycho lunatic rant about “da jews” controlling the media or some such grassy knoll garbage. This is about openly Jewish anti-discrimination organizations overstepping their intended mandate and slandering my people for 60 years! I’m suppose to just forget that now that the wolves are at the door? I would be more than happy to stand with Jewish folks against these lunatics, but there are some fences that need mending.
Good, let’s make friends and stop arguing amongst ourselves. Remember, the Muslims say “First the Saturday people and then the Sunday people.”
So, if you’re going to throw rocks, throw them in the other direction please.
I’ll make a deal with you. I won’t call you a racist hick, if you don’t call me a LIBERAL Jew.
Wow. Thanks for sharing that. I will certainly distribute it, although I’m sure I’ll have to explain some of the Yiddish/Hebrew terms to my Gentile friends - and to my wife as well - but I’ll do so gladly.
Don’t really want to argue with you, just want to see you live up to your potential. Trust me, not throwing rocks at all, I know what’s at stake here.
Just trying to prod you in the right direction, that’s all. After all, that’s what a little brother is supposed to do, right?
Hugs and kisses! Thanks a bunch. Putting it up now.
You dont have to forget anything.
Just realize that the Jihadis are not just coming for the Jews. They have every intension of killing or converting every kefir in the West.
They will not rest until every last vestige of Western Civilization is destroyed and all the world submits to Sharia.
I believe that is the point of the Rabbis sermon. It is time for the politically correct in our society to wake up to the reality that we can not make amends with the radicals in Islam they can not be appeased. It is an existential threat that we face.
I think you may be taking his remark as personal when it’s aimed at Jewish people collectively. Don’t take it as an attack on you personally, just a reflection of how some of us feel when our friends treat us with suspicion.
I’m a Southerner too, born in VA, who not only understands what is at stake in the physical realm but the spiritual realm as well and it really bothers those of us like me who support Israel and wish her good and not evil, only to be treated poorly by most Jewish people we meet because of a stereotype that isn’t true.
I just figure that it’s a part of the blindness that the Apostle Paul talked about, but it really gets to us sometimes, you know?
You should show more respect to your elders then “little brother”.
“The Chassid noticed that the banker proceeded to rip a page from the holy book he had just bought and holding it to the open flame on the stove, used the page to light his cigar. The Chassid said not a word but simply drew out from his pocket the 100 ruble note he had just received from the banker, held it over the stove as well and used it to light his cigar.”
A very long, but good read. It seems the moral of that story is there’s nothing like a good cigar.
Should we show respect when our older brother is in the wrong? You’re family and I’ll still defend you, but you’re not going to get a free pass just because you’re my “older brother.”
You can use the URL at the top of this thread to post to your Facebook ... thanks for the suggestion; I’ve just done so myself ...
I understand, but part of the hostility you feel from Jews is a result of continuous attempts to convert us to your religion.
We each have our path to follow, it is not necessary for you to try to bring me over to your path.
Should we show respect when our older brother is in the wrong? Youre family and Ill still defend you, but youre not going to get a free pass just because youre my older brother.
You should probably go ahead and line up with the Muslims then, because they think we are “wrong” too.
Consider it done.
The money shot (imo) ...
Ping! Very interesting read
Ping for later.
Well, yes, eventually. And, eventually, there was similar moral clarity on Imperial Japan and Mussolini.
There was never the same moral clarity on Stalin, who posed at least as great a danger as Hitler.
And, of course, there was Mao -- moral clarity where he was concerned was easy and relatively cheap, as he had less import to the world during his time.
The point being, it's easy to look back now, after we fought WWII, and after we won the Cold War, and point to a sense of "moral clarity" that animated the actual war.
It was not so at the time -- for every Roosevelt and Churchill who "had moral clarity and an exquisite understanding of what was at stake," there was a Neville Chamberlain or a Charles Lindbergh or an Alger Hiss and all of the people who followed their leads, and who opposed early intervention on a variety of grounds.
It took the actual outbreak of war to crystallize that moral clarity -- war on ground chosen by the other side, at that. "The prospect of being hanged focuses the mind wonderfully."
The implications of a fight against something like Nazism, Communism, or radical Islam are highly unpleasant. Moral clarity leads to timely intervention; lack of it, leads to a horrific battle. We see what happened in the past; and at least we're not quite in the same boat today.
The over-riding accomplishment of George W. Bush was to step into the fight against radical Islam while it was "still 1935," so to speak. This is a blessing and a curse, of course.
By attacking when he did, Bush went after radical Islam while it was still relatively weak -- a good thing. But because it's still relatively weak, it's easy for many to take the easy way out, where moral clarity is concerned.
And lack of moral clarity goes both ways.
There are those who, seeing a lot of "good Muslims," refuse to acknowledge the danger posed by the bad ones, and thus refuse to oppose the latter. This is made worse by an overweening sense that the worst thing in the world is to "be mean," and that any aggressive action, no matter how justified, is "mean" if you're the stronger party.
And there are those who, seeing that there are a lot of unquestionably "bad Muslims," conclude that all Muslims are bad, and that all should be eradicated. This view, common on FR, is monumentally stupid if only because it creates a billion extra enemies for no practical gain.
The problem with both views is that they deal with emotionally-charged strawmen, and the stridency of the opposing sides precludes any kind of rational discussion on the actual problem -- radical Islam -- and thus there's no means to create a rational strategy to deal with it.
The Rabbi is correct about the need for moral clarity on radical Islam. But the real question remains: what does he propose we should do about it?
Overall, a pretty good warning of the Islamic danger. I only question how good those “good” moslems are.
Now, if the rabbi would open his other eye, he would see Socialism as the twin existential threat to all of us. He is still an ACLU member and a Democrat, and couldn’t resist a backhanded slap at President Bush even while praising his clear stand against terror. Some liberals have inherited a very myopic view of conservatives, and we are weary of it.
Just to be clear: as a matter of personal observation that statement probably only goes back to your grandparents, and you don't really know about them. Anti-semitism used to be pretty widespread throughout the U.S. It would be surprising indeed if at least some of your ancestors had not uttered an anti-Semitic thought.
Yet at the same time I am fully aware that Jewish organizations have been instrumental over the years as painting entire generations of my family as ignorant racist hicks. I was born under that sign myself. I had that accusation hung over my head the moment I was born a white male Christian in Mississippi. It came from somewhere! It didnt just come out of thin air!
No, it didn't just come out of thin air. You had the misfortune of being born into Jim Crow central, didn't you? You're tarred by association with an entire region whose actual laws and policies were encapsulated so neatly by Gov. Wallace: "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!"
To a Jew in particular (with their long history of being persecuted), there is something quite troubling about the sort of segregation that defined the South until the 60s. Whether that unease is still justified is open to question -- it may have changed over the past few decades (though my several years living in Texas reminded me that there are still some pretty "interesting" tensions that need to be worked out).
By the way, Im still a registered Democrat.
I think most people are afraid of being banned or even disappearing, but I think the message is very clear ... kill 'em.
The real, REAL question is ... when?
Do we wait for another 9/11? .. a Bali? ..
Do we target that nice old guy down the street that owns the gas station?
We read essays like this and pictures of commandos appear in our imaginations, but ... there are no commandos in flyover USA ...
You want to kill all of them? All billion or so of them?
I wish it were read and included in the Congressional Record
But fear the congress persons who haven’t the time ,nor the inclination to read bills before they vote on them would neither hear nor understand what the wise rabbi has declared.
I answered I thought his message was clear .. to not allow them to exist ... which means kill 'em.
He cited many WW2 German parallels and challenged his readers with "To camouflage their identity is sedition. To excuse their deeds is contemptible. To mask their intentions is unconscionable.
He would rather the 'peaceful muslims' would come forward and stage some rally's and so forth, but because nothing has yet to happen, it must be obvious they agree with the takeover of America.
That's a yes or no question.
Today the enemy is radical Islam but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers. Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings who want nothing more than a Jeep Cherokee in their driveway, a flat screen TV on their wall and a good education for their children, but these good Muslims have an obligation to destiny, to decency that thus far for the most part they have avoided.
1) There is no such thing as "radical Islam". There is Islam. There are Muslims who follow it completely, and Muslims who are slack about following it completely. The ones who follow Islam are not "radical", they are just more devoutly following the tenants of their so-called "religion", killing and lying in the name of their false god and psychotic "prophet".
2) The supposed "unwitting co-conspirators" don't exist. There are enablers and co-conspirators, and there is nothing "unwitting" about their involvement or motivations.
3) The "overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims" assertion is based on the false premise addressed in point 1). If they aren't beheading or enslaving you, they are simply lazy Muslims, and are most certainly not showing some kind of invisible, innate Islamic morality.
I disagree. If, by my encouraging you to draw closer to God, you realize who the Messiah is, then how can that be a bad thing? On the other hand, if I encourage you to draw closer to God in the hopes that you find the Messiah and, after honestly doing so you still think that you’re on the right path, how can I consider that bad? After all, God honors the hearts and intentions behind your actions, not just the actions. If you truly seek Him, He will reveal Himself to you.
If God is God as we both believe, then we should both serve Him and He will show His will to us both. After all, doesn’t He say that He is faithful and true to those who love and serve Him, revealing Himself to those He calls His own? Why would I not encourage you to seek Him out, considering all this?
I’m long winded, I know, but this is a very important topic to me.
Not the same and you know it. No where am I calling for you to convert or die.
I’m saying exactly the opposite, that while I disagree with you on some items of Theology, I still consider you part of my spiritual family and will defend you as such. What’s so hard about that to understand?
This needs to be repeated again and again and again until people finally understand it.
There is no such thing as a Radical Muslim. There are only devout Muslims and those who are slack in their religion. Anyone who says differently is either deceived or a liar.
Ping to an outstanding rabbinical sermon delivered on the past Jewish New Year.
Yes ... or wait for the rapture and watch from on high as God bends every knee.
One hopes that's just internet bluster. Otherwise, one would have to conclude that radical Islam is not the only brand of murderous fascism out there.
They own most of the Middle East, France, a lot of England, and conclaves around the world.
Surely you'll admit to their prospectus to dominate, conquer and instill Sharia law wherever they control, won't you?
Are you muslim?
Nope. But you are advocating genocide, which at best makes you no better than the radical Islamofascists.
I'm not sure you comprehend the rabbi's message.