Let us all unite as one community against Anti-Semitism and Violence

Let us all unite as one community against Anti-Semitism and Violence

 

We are outraged at the horrific loss of life suffered by 11 innocent people at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh merely for identifying as Jews.  The killer did not care if his victims were Conservative, Orthodox, Reform or Humanist and we shouldn’t either.  Let us all unite and proclaim to the “hatelers” of the world “Am Yisroel Chai” (The People of Israel live). We are not intimidated by vicious anti-Semites. and as we have done throughout history, Jews today will preserve our precious heritage and proudly proclaim its message of love and hope to a world which needs these ideals now more than ever.

 

In the aftermath of the worst mass killing of Jews in American history, we are inspired by the martyrdom of Stephan Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo editor, who refused to cower to religious terrorists who said, “Je prefere mourir debout, que vivre a genoux” (I prefer to die on my feet than to live on my knees).  I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love and support I have received from friends of all races and creeds.

 

We call upon all religious leaders to eradicate anti-Semitism from every faith and every holy book.  Christianity and Islam emerged from Judaism, and are as close to Jews as mother and daughter. We urge you to stop showing anti-Semitic films like “The Passion of the Christ”, to close down Madrassahs that teach anti-Semitism and violence against America, to shun nations like Saudi Arabia which finance these incubators of hate, and develop alternative energy and ideologies. The holy books of Islam and Christianity seek blind faith in a god who sends non-believers to eternal torment and thus teach that it is godlike to be irrational and intolerant.  Sadly, while Jews do not believe in hell, the concept of an intolerant god who kills non-believers comes from the Jewish Bible. Let us place our faith in human reason, rather than our own intolerant god, in order to eradicate anti-Semitism and begin to create a world of interfaith harmony and true spirituality.

 

On Kristallnacht, we remember the lessons of history:  Jews are the canary in the mine shaft. When Jews are targeted, the collapse of that society is not far behind; when one group is threatened, all are threatened; silence towards evil is not golden, it is deadly.

 

President Trump said if there was an armed guard inside the Temple, the people could have been saved.  An armed guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High did not save the students and four fully armed swat team officers could not prevent carnage in Pittsburgh.  While we need to be vigilant, during these times when weapons of war are available to the deranged, we must not bow down to the gun as our sole savior and protector.

 

True security will come when we take weapons of war off the street, when we elect people who value human life more than an NRA campaign check and when we create a society where hate and fear are transformed into love and peace. We look forward to the day dreamed of by our prophets when all shall sit under their vine and fig tree and none shall make us afraid.  While some deem this impossible, we are inspired by words of the Torah, cited by Dr. Martin Luther King who said “We shall overcome”, and Theodore Herzl’s vision of a modern Jewish state who declared, “If you will it, it is no dream.”

 

Until then, we will not sit idly by the blood of our neighbors in Pittsburgh or anywhere, while our society descends into violence and bloodshed.  Let us unite to take back our streets, sanctuaries and schools from racism and violence to restore peace to our land.

 

 B’shalom:  Rabbi Barry Silver of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor in Boynton Beach

 

We are outraged at the horrific loss of life suffered by 11 innocent people at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh merely for identifying as Jews.  The killer did not care if his victims were Conservative, Orthodox, Reform or Humanist and we shouldn’t either.  Let us all unite and proclaim to the “hatelers” of the world “Am Yisroel Chai” (The People of Israel live). We are not intimidated by vicious anti-Semites. and as we have done throughout history, Jews today will preserve our precious heritage and proudly proclaim its message of love and hope to a world which needs these ideals now more than ever.

 

In the aftermath of the worst mass killing of Jews in American history, we are inspired by the martyrdom of Stephan Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo editor, who refused to cower to religious terrorists who said, “Je prefere mourir debout, que vivre a genoux” (I prefer to die on my feet than to live on my knees).  I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love and support I have received from friends of all races and creeds.

 

We call upon all religious leaders to eradicate anti-Semitism from every faith and every holy book.  Christianity and Islam emerged from Judaism, and are as close to Jews as mother and daughter. We urge you to stop showing anti-Semitic films like “The Passion of the Christ”, to close down Madrassahs that teach anti-Semitism and violence against America, to shun nations like Saudi Arabia which finance these incubators of hate, and develop alternative energy and ideologies. The holy books of Islam and Christianity seek blind faith in a god who sends non-believers to eternal torment and thus teach that it is godlike to be irrational and intolerant.  Sadly, while Jews do not believe in hell, the concept of an intolerant god who kills non-believers comes from the Jewish Bible. Let us place our faith in human reason, rather than our own intolerant god, in order to eradicate anti-Semitism and begin to create a world of interfaith harmony and true spirituality.

 

On Kristallnacht, we remember the lessons of history:  Jews are the canary in the mine shaft. When Jews are targeted, the collapse of that society is not far behind; when one group is threatened, all are threatened; silence towards evil is not golden, it is deadly.

 

President Trump said if there was an armed guard inside the Temple, the people could have been saved.  An armed guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High did not save the students and four fully armed swat team officers could not prevent carnage in Pittsburgh.  While we need to be vigilant, during these times when weapons of war are available to the deranged, we must not bow down to the gun as our sole savior and protector.

 

True security will come when we take weapons of war off the street, when we elect people who value human life more than an NRA campaign check and when we create a society where hate and fear are transformed into love and peace. We look forward to the day dreamed of by our prophets when all shall sit under their vine and fig tree and none shall make us afraid.  While some deem this impossible, we are inspired by words of the Torah, cited by Dr. Martin Luther King who said “We shall overcome”, and Theodore Herzl’s vision of a modern Jewish state who declared, “If you will it, it is no dream.”

 

Until then, we will not sit idly by the blood of our neighbors in Pittsburgh or anywhere, while our society descends into violence and bloodshed.  Let us unite to take back our streets, sanctuaries and schools from racism and violence to restore peace to our land.

 

 B’shalom:  Rabbi Barry Silver of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor in Boynton Beach