Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explains that antisemitism is a virus that has mutated over time and why its return today presents a danger not just for Jews, but for all who care about our common humanity.
Though the surgery on my arm was a month ago, it’s still weak and typing for too long causes it to ache, so I have to keep this brief.
A few scattered thoughts about the Poway atrocity.
The congregants displayed amazing courage under fire. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the Chabad leader of the shul, lost two fingers to gunfire as he herded the children to safety. Bleeding and in pain, he continued to put the safety of the children first.
Well, that didn’t take long.
And really, is anyone surprised that a prominent NZ Muslim blamed the Mossad i.e. Jews, for the recent massacre of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch?
Jew-hatred is a thought-cancer in every Islamic state and society on the face of the earth.
Today is the holiday of Purim.
It is no accident that in 2015, Benjamin Netanyahu referenced Purim when delivering his powerful address to the U.S. Senate in an unsuccessful bid to curb Obama’s legitimization of a nuclear Iran.
Purim is an old ( 5th century B.C.E.) but painfully familiar story: A Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia.
In a speech that Jews recognize all too well, Haman tells King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your realm. Their laws are different from those of every other people’s, and they do not observe the king’s laws; therefore it is not befitting the king to tolerate them.” (Esther 3:8.)
If you pay attention to the Jew-hating ravings of Democrat Ilhan Omar, you hear the echoes of Haman.
The decision by the Democrats to provide cover for Ilhan Omar’s Jew-hatred is a turning point in American politics, perhaps in American history.
In the past, Jew-hatred in America was a social distaste: Jews were barred from certain country clubs, hotels, and law firms. Admission to Ivy League universities was limited by quotas.
The American government was never institutionally anti-Semitic.