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Defining “True Judaism”

Dear Editor:

In the wake of the huge explosion of what is possibly a major arms (intended to kill Jews) depot in Beirut yesterday, Israelis are debating what is considered the proper reaction and correct feelings towards the many civilian casualties.

At this writing we have not yet seen very progressive, humanitarian Jewish groups publicly say kaddish or light candles for them.

Maybe it is because they did not die trying to kill Jews.  They reserve public kaddish only for select people – those in active conflict with Israel as in the last Gaza confrontation.

This does not mean that true Jews –  pure Jewish progressive hearts do not go out for suffering people who are part of a society of Jew/Israel haters; like the Arab countries that surround Israel.

Progressive, humanistic Jews are chomping at the bit to send humanitarian aid to this enemy population. The enemy though would rather die than live the shame of accepting aid from the hated Jews. But the Jews never give up. They yearn the love of their enemies. It’s a sick, Jewish thing.

Progressives surely raise an eyebrow; enemy populations? Does this really exist except in the mind of a fanatic,

racist, nationalistic warmonger?

What is the enemy population if not innocent civilians that have no hatred for Jews? It is only the ones who actually shoot at Jews that can perhaps be called the enemy.

I would suggest that the Arab populations. brainwashed for generations to hate and kills Jews (longer than the Germans of the Third Reich) and its state is as much Jew-haters as the enemy population of Germany. Their cities were flattened by the enlightened Western allies with lots of civilian casualties just as Germany bombed their first.

That was considered a righteous war of light against darkness.

Our Arab civilian neighbors have endless opportunities to show even the tiniest hint of empathy when Jewish civilians in Israel are murdered by Arab terror. Instead, they rush to share sweets at traffic lights and public squares (which they name after mass killers of Jews)

Of course, our enlightened progressive brothers will wag a moral finger and remind us that we are not like “them”( a racist statement?). What does that mean?

Does it mean that we turn the other cheek in our hearts and weep when our enemies fall?

Wrong religion.

King David frequently thanked God for the fall of his enemies, and they did not include only males of fighting age.

Lebanon is an enemy country that is run by Hizbollah – dedicated to killing Jews; and not just in Israel.

 

I don’t recall Jews saying kaddish for German civilians.; just as I don’t recall German civilians sorry about dead Jews. Same with the Arabs. The record is open and clear.

So do I shed a tear when my enemy falls? No, I read the Psalms with joy that praise God for just that.

But then again David did not understand true Judaism, did he?

Sincerely
Shalom Pollack

We Are Tired…of you

Dear Editor:

Former NFL player Larry Johnson tweeted, ‘a secret “Jewish cabal” carries out crimes like “Ritualistic Child Torture” and “Human Sacrifice/Murder.” Celebrities, rapper P. Diddy, radio host Charlamagne, NBA legend Dwyane Wade voiced support for Nick Cannon after he was fired from ViacomCBS for anti-Semitic comments. Charlamagne said, “That’s what you can do when you have the power. And if there’s one thing Jewish people have shown us, it’s they have the power.”

Really? We were so “powerful”, we couldn’t stop the Holocaust murder of 6 million Jews. In 2020, we are so “powerful” that we can’t stop the storm of Jew hate coming at us.  “There is no place on the planet where anti-Semitism is not surging or percolating”, UN’s report on global anti-Semitism. FBI’s Annual Report on Hate Crimes, “by far, it is the world’s tiny population of Jews-15 million in a world of nearly eight billion-who experience the most bias, hatred, assaults, blatant racism and hate crimes.”

Want power? Instead of parroting Black Hitler Farrahkan’s conspiratorial lies about Jews, try this: Obama said, “a more perfect United States required African Americans taking full responsibility for our own lives by demanding more from our fathers, spending more time with our children, reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.”

Despite centuries of hatred and ostracism, Jews not only survived; we thrived. Why? Because we have Jewish values and culture which emphasize higher education, achievement, cherishing our children and helping others by contributing to all of the communities we are allowed to live in.

“The American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, & Anti-Defamation League were central to the campaign against racial prejudice. 50% of the civil rights attorneys in the South during the 1960s were Jews, as were over 50% of the whites who went to Mississippi in 1964 to challenge Jim Crow laws.” Jews were, and still are, at the forefront of fighting prejudice.

We are tired of your blaming Jews for the world’s woes.  We are tired of your ignorant need for false conspiracies, for a bogeyman to blame. We are… tired of you.

Sincerely
Aileen Wisotzky

Takes Issue With JV Article

Dear Editor:

The faculty from the Judaic Studies Department at Brooklyn College denounce the ideas expressed in the Jewish Voice opinion piece, “Bklyn College Going Down the Racism Drain,” printed on July 15, 2020.

The hateful statements made in this article about Brooklyn College students are false and rely on tropes of white supremacy and racist propaganda. At its core, the article reveals fear of change to the status quo, namely that more Black students and students of color will graduate from college and gain positions of influence and power. Also, this op-ed displays a misunderstanding of the effort to help Brooklyn College faculty best address racial disparities in outcomes for Black and other students of color through voluntary professional development.

As professors of Judaic Studies in a public institution, we aim to guide all our students to think critically, to expose them to new ideas, and to the history, philosophy, literature and religious thought and practices of a minority group from antiquity to the present. We are also open to expanding our own minds to find ways to best serve all students, so they can become the agents of change for a more equitable and inclusive society.

Such hateful rhetoric against our students is an attack on us, the work we do, and our collective values.

Sincerely
Judaic Studies Department at Bklyn College

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