Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Statement of Agudath Israel of America Regarding Recent Incidents of Anti-Semitism

It isn’t necessary to state our concern and revulsion at recent vandalism and threats against Jewish sites. They are reminders of the age-old and persistent hatred for Klal Yisroel that festers in the darker corners of even American society.

Jewish institutions, of course, need to be particularly vigilant these days, to help ensure that the odious cowards who have expressed themselves by making bomb threats and toppling headstones aren’t able to take their animosity any further, chalilah.

We are grateful to law enforcement authorities for acting with alacrity in the wake of the recent ugliness; to President Trump for his clear condemnation of anti-Semitic acts; to Vice President Pence for his personal participation in the clean-up efforts at the vandalized Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery near St. Louis; to New York Governor Cuomo for strengthening the state’s prosecution of hate crimes and for proposing $25 million to enhance security in religious schools; and to all the good citizens who have expressed their solidarity with the Jewish community during these difficult times.
Above all, we must always remember that the ultimate protection of our people comes from Above, and that our merits and our prayers are what, in the end, ensure our security.

7 comments:

  1. Midrash Rabah, Seder Shemot, Parshah 1, Chapter 30:
    Rabbi Alexandri taught: Moshe wondered what sin the Jewish people committed that caused them to be oppressed more than any other nation.
    He concluded it was because of slander [Lashon HaRa] between them, and he wondered how they could be worthy of redemption...

    Sefer Chasidim, chapter 209:
    Gentiles never did evil [to Jews] until Jews did it to each other first.
    They did not disgrace Torah scholars until they disgraced each other first.
    CHRONOLOGY:
    Rabbi Yehudah HaChasid was born in 1150 CE and died in 1217 CE.
    HISTORY NOTE:
    Gentiles burned Torah books only AFTER Jews burned Rambam’s writings.

    JOSEPHUS VS. MUSLIM LIARS:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/guest-post-josephus-vs-muslim-liars.html

    JUDAISM UNDER THE ROMAN EMPIRE:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/guest-post-judaism-under-rome.html

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  2. Seforno commentary on Shemot chapter 1, verse 14:
    Here Seforno explains that the more they [the Israelites] sinned, the more the Egyptians did things to embitter their lives, based on Yechezkel / Ezekiel, chapter 20, verse 8.

    MICROBIOGRAPHY: Rabbi Ovadiah Seforno (born 1470 CE, died 1550 CE) was a Torah scholar, philosopher, physician, mathematician and communal leader in his native Italy.

    Kav HaYashar, chapter 82:
    [The] second [reason to not imitate the fashions of the Gentiles]:
    They provoke the jealousy and hatred of the Gentiles.
    They look at us and notice that Jewish women [literally, daughters of Israel] appear better-dressed than the Gentile noble-women…

    MICROBIOGRAPHY:
    Kav HaYashar was written by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kaidanover [alternate spelling:
    Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Keidenower] and first published in 1705 CE in Frankfurt, Germany.

    How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):
    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

    Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

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  3. The Chozeh of Lublin taught:
    “When Jews look poor, it pleases the Gentiles and they do not harm us because of envy.”

    MICROBIOGRAPHY:
    Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok ben Avrohom Eliezer HaLevi Horowitz died in 1815 CE on Tisha BeAv. Many of his students were Rabbis whose writings are still studied.

    SOURCE: Insights: a Talmudic Treasury (page 152, paragraph 229) by Rabbi Saul Weiss, year 1990 CE, Feldheim Publishers

    Rabbi Hirsch wrote in [year] 1860 [CE]:
    “Enmity and oppression [from the Gentiles] continue, not because we are too Jewish and too committed to Judaism, but because we meet our Jewish [religious]
    obligations deficiently, indifferently and frivolously.”

    SOURCE: Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch by Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Klugman (chapter 23, page 267), 1996 CE, ArtScroll History Series, Brooklyn 11232, ISBN 0-89906-632-1.

    Why Muslims Hate Jews:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-post-famous-last-words.html

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  4. Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman (born 1874 CE, died 1941 CE):
    “When the Jews are essentially loyal to Judaism, anti-Semitism expresses itself in minor annoyances that suffice to prevent them from forgetting their destiny.
    But when the Jews ignore the covenant that HaShem made with their ancestors and seek to live like the other peoples of the earth, then hordes of beastly anti-Semites swoop down furiously upon them, as is the case today.”

    SOURCE:
    An Analysis of Jewish Tragedy by Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman,
    found in: The Best of Light Magazine, Volume One (page 41)
    by Rabbi Yehoshua Leiman, 1995 CE

    Rabbi Yosef Ber Soloveitchik of Brisk (born 1820 CE, died 1892 CE):
    “Know that the more that Jews minimize the apartness [separation from Gentiles] that the Torah mandates through Torah study and the observance of the commandments, the more G_d allows hatred [from Gentiles] to bring about the necessary outcome:
    that the Jewish people remain a people apart.”

    SOURCE:
    article: Shedding Light on Anti Semitism by Rabbi Avi Shafran, in the
    Five Towns Jewish Times
    , 2010 December 10, page 22

    Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html

    Seven Times Stronger
    a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-seven-times-stronger.html

    How to Convict the New York Times
    of Unfair Bias Against Israel:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html

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  5. Forgotten Anti-Semitism

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-forgotten-anti-semitism.html

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  6. Today is Purim, and anti-Semitism is one of the themes of Purim, so please check-out these blog posts about anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing:

    Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html

    Forgotten Anti-Semitism of the Christians:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-forgotten-anti-semitism.html

    Seven Times Stronger
    a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-seven-times-stronger.html

    How to Convict the New York Times
    of Unfair Bias Against Israel:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html

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  7. Today, the New York Times printed another article about formerly-religious young Jews that have gone OTD (Off-the-Derech).

    The New York Times does not repeatedly print articles about how Muslims are quitting Islam; they only print articles about how Jews are quitting Orthodox Judaism.

    The New York Times does not repeatedly print articles about how Reform Jews are quitting Reform Judaism; they only print articles about how Orthodox Jews are quitting Orthodox Judaism.

    Once again, the Jew-hating New York Times has expressed its relentless bias against everything which is authentically Jewish, including Orthodox Judaism, which it has attacked many times before, in addition to its relentless attacks against Israel.

    New York Times Erases Israel from Map:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html

    How to Convict the New York Times
    of Unfair Bias Against Israel:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html

    The worst part of their relentless bias against everything which is authentically Jewish, is that millions of stupid ignorant disloyal Liberal Jews continue to buy it 365 days a year, and consider it to be their Tanach [Bible], even more than the actual Tanach.

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