Our Biggest Problem

What is the biggest problem facing world Jewry today?

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(90) david ginsburg, November 7, 2010 4:52 PM

It's the whole world's number 1 problem

Diasporah's jews always asked "is this good for jews or bad for jews?"; what's bad for the whole world is hardly relevant to us I think the worst problem is the divisions amongst us.

(89) iris rachel, August 8, 2010 2:54 PM

Know the Truth

Yes, it is huge. We should be looking to Israel as the "canary in the mine"; the first defense against this nightmare.Unfortunately, they are caving in at almost every juncture. They are trying to give tour Land to people who clearly want our destruction. As they continue this insanity they are setting a precedent for others not to take this seriously. Thankfully there are many who are sounding the shofar and exposing this so called religion that is really more of a psychosis. People need to be educated as to the tenants of Islam and the writings of the Koran. I have heard it spoken many times that Islam is one of the three monotheistic faiths. This is not so. As long as Jews believe this they will never see the real threat .

(88) Anonymous, July 21, 2010 4:03 AM

It's not in our hands

I agree with you that islamicism is the biggest problem facing us physically, but the reason I believe that people did not put that down on their list is because there is not so much we can do about it. There is a story of the Brisker Rav when he was in the (warsaw?) ghetto, that his students would question him why he was also so calm in the ghetto. It is important to understand that the brisker rav was famous for being extremely scrupulous in keeping mitzvos and was always worried he was doing something wrong. He replied to his students that when it comes to doing mitzvos it is something that we have control over. Every detail is something we are in charge of. When it comes to the Germans, however, there is absolutely nothing we can do. It is completely up to G-d to decide what is going to happen. So to here, intermarriage, achuds yisrael (something I don't think you mentioned at all and what I personally believe is the biggest problem facing us now), and adherence to the Torah are all things that we can change and things that can really make a difference. Islamic fundamentalism is a scary as anything, but there is not much we can do about it (not that it's not worth trying). Everything that happens to us is just a manifestation of what goes on within us. The more we love every Jew with real love and the more we learn Torah and are careful with keeping the mitzvos, the more we really can thwart anti-semitism.

(87) Mary, May 19, 2010 3:34 PM

Fearful times

It is not only the biggest problem that faces Jewry, but also Christianity and the world. I fear that one day we will be hearing their call to worship over loud speakers 5 times a day. It appears Obama leans toward Islamic thinking. But, don't forget God is in control and we are looking for the Messiah to soon appear.

(86) Shirlee Rosenthal, May 18, 2010 2:55 AM

I agree that is a problem but I put down Iran and the threat of a nuclear attack on Israel.

(85) Anonymous, May 16, 2010 5:16 AM

In every generation they try to destroy us.

No, Islamic Fundementalism is not the first thing that comes to mind. That's bec we know and understand that anti-Semitism is part of being Jewish. In every generation they try to destroy us. We will survive bec G-d wants us to. Our biggest problem today is our future generation. That is, the rate at which children from religious/ Yeshiva/ Chareidi families are completely discarding their heritage and years of education to embrace dark and scary lifestyles. True, there are many many wonderful organizations that are dedicated to saving these precious sousl and rightfully so bec this is definitely more disturbing than radical Islam. We are being destroyed from within which is far more dangerous that being threatened by outsiders. This should be pretty close to the top of your list. This is the present situation and directly impacts the future our existence.

(84) Warman, May 11, 2010 9:08 PM

Biggest Problem

The majority of Jews here in the U.S.A. are democrates and liberals and voted for President Obama. He was never on our side anyway. Wake up my Jewish family!!!!!!

(83) Anonymous, May 9, 2010 5:50 PM

It depends on where you live

When our ways please the Lord, even our enemies will be at peace with us. I think it's where you live at whether you see Islam fundamentalism as the biggest problem with the Jewish people. Here in the U.S. it's not about the Jewish people, that Islam fundamentalist's is trying to destroy the U.S. There is more non Jews here than Jews. Judaism is only in cities, where you can go to practice it with others. In smaller areas, muslims and Jews get along fine on a day to day basis. We are both minorites here in the U.S. There isn't an outward hate displayed between us. Really, we are more united, It's more "us" versus them, inwardly. Were not best friends, no, we sure can't say nice things about them. We have to keep a wall up, for we are not suppose to be "friends" Honestly, it's more for show, than anything else. Deep inside, there is always the question "can I trust you?" I'm sure, were both thinking the same thing. I have had a muslim watch my back, more than a non Jew. What's there motive? I don't know. Maybe Abraham is speaking to us both "get along with each other" and we do here in my small town, for Abraham sake. I don't expect this to get posted, since the theme here is to say they are our biggest problem for the Jewish people. I do think, it depends on where you live at. Also what group these Arabs belong to, and associate with. If it's the taliban, sure they are a problem, to Jews and all Americans alike.

(82) Debbie, May 9, 2010 5:06 AM

I agree with you!

Radical Islam was #1 on my list. It's the biggest danger the entire Western world faces, yet we deny it with our political-correctness. The corollary for Jews is disunity and loss-of-touch with Torah Judaism, especially within the Israeli government. I believe if we could straighten out these issues, Hashem would take care of the rest.

(81) Robert Jackson, MD, May 7, 2010 2:09 PM

leftist fear of being labelled "racist"

Most Jews are politically left leaning. To a "progressive", the worst person is not a murderer or thief, but a racist. To face the obvious existential threat to the Jewish people means to confront the topic of Islamic fundamentalism. However, to the "liberal", one cannot do this without seeming to be prejudiced against muslims. Thus, most Jews bury their head in the sand & ignore the issue. Furthermore, since Jews want peace with all people, they project that emotion/idea onto the muslims, wrongly assuming that the muslims want peace with the Jews. When world events go against the fantasy, then the leftist refuses to confront reality & instead would rather blame Israel (we need to give more land, end the "occupation", etc.). Similarly, the muslim wants to destroy the Jews & projects that idea onto the Israeli, falsely assuming that Israel wants to destroy the Arabs. This is one of the many reasons that the "peace process" has consistently failed.

(80) Anonymous, May 7, 2010 12:08 PM

Islam

The problem is not Islamic fundamentalism. The problem is Islam See 4th Edition Dr Ali Sina's book entitled "Understanding Muhammed " Please note an url to buy the book is http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?store=BOOK&WRD=understanding muhammed&box=understanding%20muhammed&pos=-1 If the link still does not show correctly the item is a book and the title is " Understanding Muhammed " by Ali Sina

(79) Jason, May 6, 2010 9:59 PM

When the question was asked, I wrote down two items. 1. The fact that we are worried about what others say and, 2. Lack of Jewish Unity. I am convinced that all of our problems stem from these two issues, including Islamic fundamentalism. The one and only thing that should be on our minds is our unity in the serving of God. This means viewing all other Jews as our closest brethren and acting in a way that does not involve concern of what others might think. We must stand up, together, and decide that we will not stand for attacks upon our people, upon the nation of God. He made us a nation above all nations and gave us his instructions for living. He gave us Eretz Yisroel and that is the bottom line. There is no compromising, no regretting, and no fear of retaliation. We live by no one’s rules but the rules of God. As soon as people TRULY believe this, we can unite, and fight. This is the only way of our survival. Throughout the generations, we had Torah as our guide, prayer on our lips and a sword in our hands – this is the way of the Jew. Don't sit back and say 'oh, God will save us' because if you don't act, why should he. So, yes I believe that Islamic fundamentalism is the most crucial problem the Jewish People face today, but we must recognize from where it stems. No matter what anyone says, We must do what is right, together, - no matter how, no matter where, and no matter what. This is the only way in which God will save us.

(78) ruth, May 6, 2010 6:18 PM

Remember who you are...

Thank you R. Salomon for your thought provoking survey. I was really touched by the many sensitive comments that readers voiced. I see the present crisis with militant Islam as a potentially unifing force. It presures us to define ourselves more precisely, to put into practice our dearest values, and to dedicate ourselves more completely to truth and justice. Let's act with unmistakeable resolve. Our destiny is entwined with the Land of Israel. Israel will always be our beloved homeland. Jerusalem will always be our chief joy. The willfullness of the terrorist state is no match for the purposeful intention of the Creator of the Universe.

(77) Anonymous, May 6, 2010 1:06 PM

wrong.

We learn, especially from Purim and Channukah, that physical threats are never as serious as spiritual ones. We have bitachon in Hashem protecting us from outsiders. The only thing in the world a Jew has to fear is Hashem. It does not matter who wants to destroy us as long as Hashem wants the Jewish people to survive we will. The ONLY threat to Jews is that we do not keep Torah. Assimilation, sinas chinam, lack of learning, and intermarriage are all derivatives of abandoning Hashem. And as all of the Prophets say, when we abandon Hashem helps us realize we have strayed by not protecting us. So no. Our biggest problem is most certainly NOT Islamic fundamentalists. Sorry.

(76) Anonymous, May 6, 2010 10:28 AM

biggest problem

the biggest problem or problems for world Jewry: although Islamic fundementalism is a big problem, we have bigger ones, ones that we do to ourselves as a nation, which from a spiritual point of view, are causing the global problems of anti-semitism, and Islamic fundalmentalism (which is another form of anti-semitism). those problems are loshan horah in all it's forms, sinat chiman . we also have other problems as an Am which are the source of our problems: corruption in the the Rabbanut regarding kashrut and divorce and lack of a strong unifying leadership (I know these are problems in Israel, and I have heard that they are also big problems in the US). If we solved these internal problems as an Am, then the the other problems would go away, as we would then be what HaSh-m chose us for, to be a light unto other nations.

(75) Yitzchak Levy, May 6, 2010 2:11 AM

Really being the candle that enlightens the world

I think that our relantionship with G-d is unique, the Torah we received is a big responsability. Islamic Fundamentalism wouldn't be a big issue if we were one with G-d. We must assume our roll in the world, to be the candle that ignites the world's desire to be one with the Holy One. Keeping the Torah, bestowing and loving our neighbor.

(74) ck, May 6, 2010 1:51 AM

I dont get it

how is islamic fundamentalism the biggest problem that faces the jewish people? isnt the most important thing that all of bnei yisroel keep the torah and mitzvos and get along with each other? Hashem is in charge of the world so if there are other people (aka the islams) that are doing bad things what can i do about it?? its like during the holocaust people still clung to their faith and were free souls even though their bodies were not free. same here we cant stop the islams its not really a problem we have a choice over. we can choose though to do the right things and to overcome our yetzer hara.

(73) lisa, May 6, 2010 1:32 AM

TIME SQUARE

Well..I think you are right & yes we are turning our heads to their threats ( did we forget 9-11?) ..case in point...this weeks Time Square scare. They are a threat to Americans as well as Jews. So even if this is a #1 scare...what can we do about it? (Daven...pray to G-D) Please speak on this topic soon as it IS not just around the block...but on the block!!

(72) Anonymous, May 6, 2010 1:31 AM

The threat of islam is present, no doubt, but their actions are determined by Hashem. They have no free will. We need to tust Him to continue protecting us like He has for our entire history where we were threatened generation after generation. Asimilation, however, is a much greater threat because that comes from our own free will that Hashem has granted us.

(71) Avraham-Ernest, May 5, 2010 9:21 PM

Unity

The biggest problem facing Jewish nation today is the lack of UNITY! When Jews were united, we did not have any problems. When we were in DISARRAY and vanity, we lost our Temples.

(70) Alex Tate, May 5, 2010 5:45 PM

isolation from our felow man

antisemitism, or racial prejudice in general is grown out of fear of the unknown. the wider community who are not jewish (unless you live in israel) and will often have never met someone who is (unless you live in new york, london or california). it is OUR responsibility as jews to not be separatists in our countries and not associate with non jews, because if we make an effort to know our fellow man, and not make a distinction between him and someone who is jewish, we are untouchable. if every jew does this, if every diaspora jew engages with their society (which is not jewish), and interacts with its members as fellows, not only will antisemitism drop drastically, but a fondness and compassion for jews will develop. this leads back to the rabbis comment on islamic fundamentalism, when we as jews make the effort to become part of wider society, we then have the unity of the rest of the world to rely on. islamic fundamentalism is growing, but the people who oppose it are greater in numbers, those people being society as a whole because when jews start to become part of their communities and not separate from them that will leave the islamic fundamentalists on their own.

(69) Anonymous, May 5, 2010 4:46 PM

I agree with others. If we do our spiritual jobs- all problems will go away problem is way. The Muslim problem is a result of our internal problems.

(68) Anonymous, May 5, 2010 4:20 PM

Our biggest issue today is one word Galus -- Exile

The biggest issue we face, is the fact that the temple has as of yet not been rebuilt, that we feel so far from G-d, that the Shechina, the Divine Presence, is not obvious to us, All other issues are part of this issue, and our goal as Jews is to do everything we can to bring Moshiach closer so we can come to the ultimate redemption.

(67) Anonymous, May 5, 2010 3:20 PM

Are there Giants in the land? Only if you see them as such!

If we think Islam is our biggest problem, or anything else; we are saying they are the giants in the land. Are we the grasshoppers? If we see them as the giants, we won't over take them, and possess and stay in the promise land. Our biggest problems can start right in our own household, with our own family. When we clear up the problems there, we will have it made. But Remember, this isn't a problem, but an opportunity.

(66) WENDY HAKOUN, May 5, 2010 2:54 PM

I COMPLETELY AGREE

THE PROBLEM OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM IS UP THERE IIN MY MIND. THE QUESTION IS, DO WE DO OUR HISHTADLUS WHERE WE FEEL WE CAN HAVE AN EFFECT AND LEAVE THIS TO OUR DAVENING AS ONLY HASHEM CAN HANDLE A PROBLEM OF THIS MAGNITUDE. I AM TRULY NOT LOOKING FOR AN EASY WAY OUT. I MADE ALIYAH HOPING THAT THAT WOULD SHOW MY EFFORT IN WANTING TO HELP ON ISSUES OF THIS KIND. UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER 5 YEARS WE ARE BACK IN CANADA. HOWEVER, I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR YOU BRING THIS UP, AND HOPE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL FIND WAYS TO FIGHT THIS GREAT THREAT EFFECTIVELY.

(65) Ari Sobel, May 5, 2010 12:46 PM

Outer problem, not inner

Inner Judaism problem is Intermarriage which cames out from ignorance and fear from the religious/ootodox "layout" and way of life, wich is the authentic Judaism (sure there may have problems with Religious individuals, but correct judaism is the Ortodox). The outer Judaism problem may be Islamic Fundamentalism... but as consequence, not cause... In other time, once, it was the Germany Nazzis, and previouslly Spanish Inquisition, and further behind Greeks and Romans.. antisemitism is s just a consequence

(64) Frank Adam, May 5, 2010 9:24 AM

We've survived fundamentalism, Islamic and Christian before

Islamic fundamentalism was a violence survival problem in the Middle Ages as was Christian fundamentalism which is why we should be grateful for the Enlightenment and before that the Protestant Reformation which cut to size the overweening power and abuse of it by, "establishments of religion," which were cut out by the US Constitution to stop Christian civil discords, and now those of others who think more of pie in the sky with their fingers in the till, than justice on Earth. Jews can survive other religious ideologies because Judaism is a better intellectual deal than Moslem fatalism or the Christian trinity and (human) atonement sacrifice of Jesus. What Judaism and any other set of ideas and culture finds difficult to surmount is if or when the bulk of its constituency, "despairing of the Republic" - as we have just seen in the implosion of the USSR, the self disgust of the Germans with the anti-Enlightenment Hitler episode, and in its time the collapse of pagan animist localism before the universalism of monotheism. The real problem for Jews is to switch on the young generation for it to be worth their while to remain and be Jewish. In this we have always been obsesssive educationalists and often - despite the effort - missed the point - or is it the boat? However nowadays we have a spell in Israel as one of the better doors through the Hebrew language hurdle to Jewish knowledge and to the pertinence to daily life of Judaism in geography, practice and history.

(63) Nathan Eisner, May 5, 2010 7:46 AM

I think one of the main problems is that Jews are not taking Eretz Yisrael seriously and do not even have the desire to live there. They are so imbedded in the Galut that they feel that they are supposed to be there . And that in my opinion is why Islamic Fundamentalism did not make it to the list. They all figure that they are safe where they are. I think hstory has taught otherwise and we as a nation have to comre to realize that Eretz Yisrale is where we should be now!

(62) Anonymous, May 5, 2010 5:48 AM

1.Birth Rates

Intermarrage is importaint but jewish families in The US and Europe are have very few children http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/world-jewish-population.htm the article above tells the problem what we must do is have more children per family 3-4 children instead of 1-2

(61) ilana, May 5, 2010 4:01 AM

Right on, number 16!

Anonymous number 16, exactly right! And I'm sure that's what many Jews did then! And blamed Mordechai for inciting Haman to violence!

(60) ilana, May 5, 2010 3:56 AM

Problem or Threat?

Rabbi Salomon, I am disappointed. This video does not seem to reflect a Torah viewpoint. Perhaps if you had phrased your query differently, asking what the biggest THREAT to the Jewish community is, you might have received the response you were looking for. Certainly, Islamic Fundamentalism is an enormous threat to Jews worldwide, and especially in Israel. But the biggest problem? Our "problems" are things we have to work on solving. Do you really think most of the collective energy of the Jewish community should be going toward combating Islamic fundamentalism? I certainly don't. And it is clear that Aish doesn't either. As a matter of fact, Other than Honest Reporting, FLAME, and CAMERA, I cannot think of any organizations that devote themselves to that goal. Even those aim only to spread the truth and debunk propaganda lies. But there are more organizations than can be named whose goals are to alleviate financial distress, say, or combat assimilation. That, if you ask me, is as it should be. Is Islamic fundamentalism a threat that scares me? Absolutely. Do I think there's much I can do about it? Not really. Is it where I would exert my energy? Definitely not. Speaking for myself, it is not that I "don't feel it" or whatever. It is that I do not think that is really where my hishtadlus should be. It would seem to me that we should exert effort into gemilus chasadim, ahavas yisrael, shemiras hamitzvos, etc and leave it to HAshem to handle I.F. Whenever something it is so blatantly against logic, as is the spread of Islamic Fundamentalism and their success at spreading lies such as the organ harvesting stories, one is compelled to concede that the Hand of Hashem is at work - and that our job is to daven and do mitzvos to the best of our ability.

(59) David Tzvi, May 5, 2010 3:23 AM

Birthing ourselves into oblivion

Our biggest threat is our birthrate. With an average birthrate among Jews in Israel of 1.9/household and an average birthrate of Moslems of almost 3 times Jews, we will cease to exist within 2 generations. Israel will be wiped off the map without a single shot fired. In addition, the unbelieveable abortion rate in Israel (Oh yes there is) and you can take half a generation off that time span......

(58) suri, May 5, 2010 1:54 AM

there is no such thing as "biggest problem"

i strongly disagree that islamic fundamentalism is "our " biggest problem today. There are several problems and it is difficult to differentiate between the top 3. Anti semitism, assimilation stem from similar problem in that we are not proud of who we are and from where we came from. The other problems are up for debate.

(57) Chana Yosefa, May 5, 2010 1:23 AM

I'm With Joe -- Baseless Hatred

My list: Antisemitism, Lack of Unity, Anti-Zionism, rabbinical chutzpah (Israel's haredi stranglehold on issues of who is a Jew, etc.) and poltical corruption/weakness. So Islamic fundamentalism is certainly rabidly antisemitic and anti-Zion. But sinas chinam is what keeps us apart and unable to stand up against it. Only, as in the Purim story, when all Jews pray to HaShem for help, and put aside our infighting, will we be able to defeat the later-day Amalek. I also agree with whoever said that we need to each work on our own midos and relationships with Hashem and mankind.

(56) Myra, May 5, 2010 12:47 AM

biggest problem

I think that Islamic fundamentalism is a future problem. With the spread of Islam throughout the world, I believe it poses the same danger to Jews as the nazis did. It's very scary. But--the immediate problem is indifference and alienation. So many Jews are disconnected from judaism--they're Buddhists, Christians and a variety of other denominations--but not at all connected to what they were born to. What is wrong that we are not connecting our people to our own religion?

(55) Anne, May 5, 2010 12:34 AM

It is all one . . .

Could we say that the greatest problem facing Jews today is the same that it has always been? The same problem that caused the loss of the temple - twice? It is senseless hatred. Not hatred. Not antisemitism. Not just Islamic fundamentalism. Senseless, baseless hatred. That hatred that causes Jewish comedians to stand up and ridicule the base of the Jewish faith before the whole wide world. The hatred that Muslims entertain, blaming other people, especially those to whom they are returning evil for good. The hatred that infects synagogues and schools so that Jewish boys and girls grow up mocking each other to feel cool with the "in" crowd at the public schools, (and then not wanting to marry Hadassah, "the girl with the nose as big as her boobs") The hatred for the "stupid fundie Christians who believe all that Bible $#! " The hatred of those intolerant bigots who think that Biblical morality and prophecy is still valid today, The hatred of ourselves for not being perfect. Did I mention that senseless hatred caused the loss of two temples? If there is another temple built soon (speedily, and in our days!) We had better look to repairing our relationships with each other. And at the same time, we may need to begin to learn to hate that is based on truth and justice and yes, mercy. What could be more hateful than to release convicted murderers and rapists and terrorists so that they can prey on the innocent again? Mercy toward the evildoers is cruelty to the victims, past, present, and future (may it not be!) The Bible does teach love as its basis, but sometimes, it teaches, there is a time for hatred. Perfect hatred. The hatred of evil (sometimes called sin). And sometimes the hatred of evil even leads us to judge actions, and repeated evil actions even lead us to hatred of those who inflict injustice and violence on the innocent.

(54) Anonymous, May 5, 2010 12:32 AM

Problem

I was thinking about WHY I didnt think of Islamic fundamentalism...Being in America, although I live with the threat of terror, it is not as acute as my fellow Jews in Eretz Yisroel. (I need to develop more of a sensitivity to feel that their threat is mine but that is something else ) but even with this in mind, I think it is important to note that the problem of Islamic fundamentalism seems to be a result of our lack of commitment to Hashem and to our fellow Jews. I guess I think of it more as a side effect rather than a direct effect

(53) Menashe Kaltmann, May 4, 2010 11:42 PM

Education

Our biggest problem I fell is assimilation and the lack of education Torah true education for especially younger Jewish people. This is compounded by the cost of good Jewish education. Maybe more scholarships should be made available by Federations and others...

(52) David S. Levine, May 4, 2010 11:23 PM

The Democ-rat Party

Too many members of our community have stopped thinking. They are like salivating Pavlov's dogs in their devotion to the Democ-rat Party and ignore the fact that the Democ-rat Party is the focus and locus of anti-Semitism in America and the world today. The Democ-rat Party is where the impulse to assimilation has its center. It's the Democ-rat Party that opposes aid to the schools which keep our children Jewish. It's the Democ-rat party where presidents, congressmen and senators bash Israel and compare Orthodox Jews to Islmaic fanatics. Every anti-American and anti Israel trend in the world has a friend in the Democ-rat Party whether it was communism during the Cold War ot Islam-fascism today. The Democ-rat Party is a cancer on humanity!

(51) Joshua Rodgers, May 4, 2010 9:48 PM

Connection to God!

Connection to God is the most important issue. If we all had that proper established connection and worked at it, then all other issues fade into the distance. When our hearts and actions are in tune with God's pattern for our lives, then He will protect us from any threats, He will provide for our needs, He will draw nearer to us and we have nothing to fear!!! Biggest issue is a feeling of lack of connection to Hashem!

(50) Gitty Markowitz, May 4, 2010 9:34 PM

You're right, BUT.......

Of course, you are right, BUT, the truth is that if all of the Jewish people had the connection and the love for one another, (in other words, if there was "achdus"), then no outside enemy would be able to harm us. Unfortunately, there is so much unnecessary strife between Jews, and that is always when our enemies gain strength and are able to harm us. We need to open our hearts and find a way to make peace with one another, no matter how different we may be. The plain truth is we are all Hashem's children, and when we are one the One Above doesn't let anyone hurt us. Unfortunately, the Islamic's fanatics' hatred is very powerful, and I truly believe that only the power of our unjudgemental love for EACH and EVERY JEW can truly help us be victorious over the enemy. Before anything else, I believe that is what Hashem wants of us.

(49) , May 4, 2010 9:20 PM

Absolutely

Any country that will not rest until the Jewish culture is "No More" is the biggest problem ever. The Islamic culture wants to kill you , each and every one. That kind of jealousy is such a vile personality trait, and it is displayed as part of the Islamic countenance.

(48) Alan Drake Tyree, May 4, 2010 9:09 PM

I Agree.

You're not crazy. A wise rabbi such as yourself, with the last name Salomon, who worked on a book with the Great rabbi Noah Weinberg zt''l, is not carzy. That was a little harsh to put it lightly. Anyway. Now that I said that, the first two things that came to my mind about the biggest porblems facing world Jewry today are: 1. the splitting up of Jerusalem, and 2. the problems coming from Gaza. I beleve this is all linked to Isalmic fundamentlism. Alan Drake Tyree

(47) Benjamin, May 4, 2010 7:10 PM

Disunity

Islamic fundamentalism is certainlya threat to Jews worldwide and to the civillized world in general. but I believe that the greatest threat to our people are issues that divide us, including attitudes toward Israel and the wavering support worldwide for our Jewish state.

(46) Chava, May 4, 2010 6:09 PM

YEARN for REDEMPTION!

We need to WANT it - H-shem sees into our thoughts, our souls.. www.thirtysix.org

(45) judy, May 4, 2010 5:59 PM

amalek

Rabbis Salomon, i agree with you- people do not realize how big a threat islam is, not only to the Jews, but to the world. however, we cannot put the blame on others. what can we do to stop them? of course, we must do our physical hishtadlus- standing up against them in the media, etc. but do you think that, if, chas v'shalom, G-d wants islam to rise against us, this would help? integration is a huge problem today, but you cannot fully blame someone who was not raised in a proper jewish home for not following the Torah. and so, i think that we have to stop trying to blame other things and look at ourselves- we have brought this upon ourselves. throughout the entire Tana"ch, whenever the Jews acted in loving ways to one another, there was peace and tranquility. and whenever they did not, G-d sent various nations against us to "wake us up" to how we were behaving, and cause us to do teshuva. you are right- today, islam is the biggest threat. but before that it was a different nation. the biggest threat to us is amalek- the yetzer hara, causing us to have sinas chinam with one another and through that causing our downfall... it is each and every single jew's responsibility to prevent this by acting with a little more kindness and acceptance.

(44) Victor Hafichuk, May 4, 2010 5:47 PM

Some Commenters Have It Right

Suzanne has it right: "All you have done is take the responsibility for the problems away from the Jewish people in order to blame someone else," and, "turn to the Torah (skip the Talmud) and pay attention to what GOD says." Menashe too: "The question is can we believe G-d that he can protect us and we can show we believe by doing what is commanded us in Torah?" (18) Anonymous, "Let's look in the Torah..." Yes. (16) Anonymous, "The source of the problem was not Haman, it was distance from G-d; the solution was repentance and re-accepting the Torah." Yes. 10) Anonymous "If we as a people were serving Hashem properly, we would not be in exile, but rather we would be living in bliss in Jerusalem without any trace of Islamic infuence" Yes. (9) Anonymous, "That we don't really know how G-d wants us to be?" Yes (2) rachel, "Our biggest problem is a lack of faith in The All Powerful." Yes Moshe, Deuteronomy 28, Yes. Israel, read the Torah, your own prophets, and there you will see not only the biggest problem but The Answer to it. I have been saying that the Jews must take responsibility for the woes upon them. Forget blaming the Gentiles or antisemitism or Islam or any other external. Jews keep calling the Torah prophets all liars, and their God whom the prophets represented, a liar. Suzanne is right: forget the Talmud; read the Torah, and hear the prophets tell you very plainly what the problem is. Your sins have brought all this on you, O Israel, or your Torah is a pack of lies. Which will it be?

(43) malina rose, May 4, 2010 5:15 PM

Your video asked what is the JEWISH community's biggest problem today,that's why I got thrown off. Islamic fuundamentalism is the WORLD'S biggest problem. I was thinking too small!

(42) Paul, May 4, 2010 5:11 PM

Excellent video

Dear Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, Excellent video. Certainly the entire free world is in denial about Islamic Fundamentalism.

(41) Yisroel, May 4, 2010 5:04 PM

Sinas Chinam

Sinas Chinam -- senseless hatred among our fellow Jews is the most serious problem because if didn't exist, Hashem would make all our other problems disappear. Hashem runs the world according to the laws of spiritual dynamics. Islamic Fundamentalism, politics, oil, etc. are symptoms of the real problem. Unfortunately, they seem to mask the rel problem, sinas chinam. True, Islamic Fundamentalism is a problem but it is a byproduct of sinas chinam and we can't do anything directly to stop the spread of Islamaic Fundementalism , except to pray, and make a major effort to improve on shmiras Halshon, guarding our speech.

(40) Leah, May 4, 2010 4:55 PM

Division within our community is our problem

The biggest problem facing Jews is infighting, division and lack of unity. Last night I read the proposed conversion bill that is designed to keep some Jews out: Proposed Law: Israel Chief Rabbinate (Amendment – Authority in Matters of Conversion), 5770-2010. This bill ignores the commandment to honor the convert. We should not chip away at the list of who can be a Jew at a time when we need to increase our numbers. A divided people cannot stand and we should recognize that ALL JEWS are equally brothers: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Humanist, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Russian, Ethiopian and yes, the convert. If Islamic fundamentalism our biggest problem how will we fight it if we are not unified and strong in numbers?

(39) Anonymous, May 4, 2010 4:37 PM

You are Correct

I agree 100% with you. Islamic Fundamentalism is not only the biggest problem of the Jewish World, it is the biggest prolem of the entire world ... These animals are not only out to destroy Israel, they are out to destroy the world as we know it now. Most people don't get it - Jews and non Jews alike. It is a different kind of warfare - one in which the enemy is fighting all over the globe, and on many different levels. It is funded by oil rich regimes who pretend to be our ( US) friends, when in fact they are the enemy... Wake up everybody - the messiah in Washington is not getting it... and until he does - and stands up and becomes a man - the Islamic Fundamentalists will do everything they can to not only try to destroy the Jewish World, but the entire world.

(38) Avraham Mendel, May 4, 2010 4:17 PM

Rabbi Solomon - off base on biggest problem

Islamic Fundamentalism is NOT the biggest problem facing Jews today. The BIGGEST problem is a lack of Torah knowledge and practice. This leads to an approximate 50% assimilation and intermarriage rate. WE are doing more harm to ourselves (as we have for the past 3000 years) than any outside threat. Let's not minimize these external threats, but in every generation they come against us. We need to first strengthen ourselves from within!

(37) Gabi, May 4, 2010 4:05 PM

Credibility

It's funny... Identity, assimilation, faith - none of that even crossed my mind. I think the biggest problem we face as a people is CREDIBILITY, followed by safety/security (which of course comprises islamic fundamentalism). I'm not saying the others are not important - in fact, unity of purpose is essential in achieving any goal. Winning the "war of words" will go along way towards strengthening our stance in the world.

(36) alex, May 4, 2010 3:53 PM

biggest problem

I would suggest that ignorance is the biggest problem in Judaism. It spans our lack of understanding what we truly stand for, our responsibility and role in the world, who we are, and our comportment towards one another and with the rest of humanity. I would also suggest that religion per se is not the answer. It is a vehicle for the values that the Torah stands for, but falls short in its execution. If it is only a belief system, then the problem is compounded. If it is a path to clarity and comity then it is being actualized properly.

(35) Juri, May 4, 2010 3:31 PM

It Wasn't Left Out

I don’t understand. Your lists did include anti-Semitism, which is another term for anti-Judaism. What is the evil of Islamic fundamentalism apart from that of the more general anti-Judaism? Are you suggesting that the term anti-Judaism be restricted to Christian hatred of Jews?

(34) Anonymous, May 4, 2010 3:25 PM

Islamic fundamentalism is a message from HaShem. Pay attention!

HaShem runs the world. Islamic fundamentalism is a message from HaShem. The biggest problem is that we cannot see beyond the trouble to the cause in ourselves and the need to correct it.

(33) Jossef, May 4, 2010 3:16 PM

Sinat Hinam

The biggest problem Jews face today is the same one they always faced - SINAT HINAM (GRATUITOUS HATRED TOWARD EACH OTHER, the same problem that brought the destruction of Beit Hamikdash.

(32) Aaron Katz, May 4, 2010 3:14 PM

Islamic fundamentalism is not a Jewish problem

I do not see a connection between Islamic fundamentalism and Judaism. What does one thing have to do with the other? I think that Islamic fundamentalism is a huge problem in the Muslim world. One country comes to mind - Iran. But anyone can see that the problem there is that the religious leaders have taken charge of the government. That would be equivalent to a bunch of rabbis running the Israeli state. Not a pretty picture. So maybe that is the connection. Maybe you fear that Israel will turn into a country where Torah observance becomes government policy, since they see the same thing happening in Iran.

(31) scharfmand, May 4, 2010 3:01 PM

Indifference

History has taught us that assimilation or trying to "fit in" has been the greatest threat to a people, especially the Jewish people. Active suppression of a people tends to bind the people together. Dispersal of a people spreads the community. But, assimilation looses a people. To many, being Jewish is acknowledging that many in the entertainment world or business world are Jewish – we feel proud; that we have a Jewish way of thinking, a Yiddishe Kup.; and we latkes on Chanukah and have the mandatory piece of matzo on Passover. And maybe, attend services on the High Holy Days. Throw in a few words of Yiddish and you have the modern day Jew. I’m saying all Jews are like, but many are. Growing up in Brooklyn as a conservative Jew, I attended Hebrew school twice a week after school and once on Sunday. Synagogues required that children attend Hebrew school in order to have your Bar Mitzvah at their temple. Yes, we read from the Torah, but that was it. And after the Bar Mitzvah – good bye. There was no post-bar/Bat Mitzvah connection to the congregation. I learned more on my own later in life when my daughter started to attend Sunday school and prepped for her Bat Mitzvah. Our reform synagogue did more outreach to the children and parents in the ways of Jewish education than my conservative temple ever did. It all starts with education and of course commitment. Many Jews, and Christians, in the US claim a connection to their religions in name only. Many Jews today (at least in the US) do not face Fundamentalist Islam - it’s something we see on TV, read on the Internet, but rarely discuss. Yes, it affects us, but it does not directly impact us – at least not yet.

(30) Anonymous, May 4, 2010 2:56 PM

Our biggest problem as Jews is a lack of EMUNA and failure to do what we're supposed to do as Jews. The Islamic Fundamentalists are merely tools in the hands of Hashem. If we were doing what we were supposed to, Hashem wouldn't need to use them, and all of the other "enemies" of the Jewish people, to whip us into shape!

(29) mikki schafer, May 4, 2010 2:44 PM

I feel so out of the loop

THank you for bringing that point to the forefront. I live in a Rural MN community where my biggest 'Jewish' issue is the local 'Lutheran's' lack of understanding of how I can be 'different' than them. But, in all reality MN is the one state that has a Congressman (Keith Ellison, 5th dist) who used a koran to be sworn into office. Thinking back on this makes me questions if we, as a people, are being trained in a queit and non-noticable way to abandon our traditions and not recognized possible dangers.

(28) Suzanne Pomeranz, May 4, 2010 9:07 AM

Islamic Fundamentaliism?

You must be crazy. Islamic Fundamentalism would NOT be a problem if Jews actually believed in and followed God. All you have done is take the responsibility for the problems away from the Jewish people in order to blame someone else. Typical.

(27) Suzanne Pomeranz, May 4, 2010 9:02 AM

Lack of unity. PLUS:

Too many Orthodox thinking they are the only Jews... constituting too large a voting block in Israel with no understanding of where "government money" actually comes from and one day will bankrupt the country without any understanding of why. Too many American Reform Jews having no understanding of their heritage and connection with Israel and so supporting an administration which not only hates Israel but wants to see if destroyed. Too many secular Israelis having no belief whatsoever which means they have no idea what makes them Jewish in the first place! MAYBE if EVERYONE would turn to the Torah (skip the Talmud) and pay attention to what GOD says, things might change. But don't count on it.

(26) David, May 4, 2010 8:54 AM

Assimilation

The biggest problem facing the Jewish community today is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is assimilation. In my list, I wrote assimilation, identity, unity, education (lack of), and anti-Semitism – the intention being both Islamic/Arab anti-Semitism and the more subtle anti-Semitism seen today in Europe and elsewhere. The biggest problems of the Jewish community today are internal, not external. How many Jewish children have been lost to the seductive call of western culture, modern universalism, and intermarriage? In the past half century, how many Jews have faced physical destruction as Jews versus the number of Jews who have voluntarily lost their Jewish identity and left the community? Sure, Islamic fundamentalism is a problem, but it is a red herring. We need to look at our own faults before we blame others.

(25) Menashe, May 4, 2010 8:31 AM

Our biggest problem is....and has always been

Our biggest problem is a problem that has manifested itself repeatedly throughout our history: The problem is our inheritance from Abraham in that we like him, believe and hold to the purest form of monotheism and the resultant promises of Torah which are irrevocable. The question is can we believe G-d that he can protect us and we can show we believe by doing what is commanded us in Torah? Nazis, Fundy Muslims these will also pass.

(24) Yaakov, May 4, 2010 3:56 AM

Respecting and Living according to our Jewish Heritage

I see Jewish indifference to our people's history, tradition and identity disintegration as the most important issue of our times. Assimilation is a result of Jews not having the basic knowledge of, respect and affection for the principles and values in Hashem's Torah and the need for us to live by them daily, and not occasionally when it meets our needs. We need to focus on educating our people with the Torah fundamentals and make Jews proud of our heritage and unique identity. That is the number one project facing our people today. The fundamental Islamists, who commit murder and other vicious atrocities do so against humanity in general, not just Jews. And they are today's version of Amalake. We as Jews are commanded to wipe Amalake out but we need to know the Torah to focus our attention on that and respond to the best of our ability.

(23) Zechariah, May 3, 2010 9:46 PM

My List

My list of five is: 1) Ignorance 2) Ignorance 3) Ignorance 4) Ignorance 5) Infighting if we don't know who we are where we come from and most important our Torah we are in big trouble. About Islamic fundamentalism, if we stay close to G-D he will take care of it. Ha kol B'yadey shamayim chutz mi irat shamayim (Everything is in heavens hands apart from fear of Heaven) Blessings to all Z

(22) Tzipporah, May 3, 2010 8:15 PM

Radical Islam and Too heavenly minded, no earthly good

The things that I thought about were from something I was actually reading from another rabbi today, so it was on my mind. The first was that so many Jewish people get caught up on the little things in life... which are important, but it causes us to get distracted from what the bigger picture is for the Jewish people, according to Hashem's overall plan for this world. This can be worded as being so heavenly minded that one becomes no earthly good. The other is as you said, radical Islam. A big part of the problem is that Israel and the Jewish people worldwide are not showing the resolve to fight the fight against Islam. In the natural order of things, the side that has the stronger resolve to win will win. We mustn't be complacent. We must act and be willing to fight the fight, physically and spiritually and willing to stand up for our right to exist and not cater to different world powers. Radical Islam is definitely a problem. Their numbers are growing, and they make their intentions very clear. Their hateful and destructive intentions that their leaders have expressed so openly should be taken seriously. It is definitely something to think about and plan out one's course of action.

(21) richard benhamou, May 3, 2010 6:23 PM

love of money

When I reed about the coroption that is going on in the hight power of (religieuce Rabbis, ext)that is greeving me.The danger in this is that very fue jews would want to be more religieuce if that are the exemples.

(20) Anonymous, May 3, 2010 5:08 PM

I agree with you

Dear Rabbi I put "terrorism" as my 2nd choice after Intermarriage. I meant from Moslim extremists. Yes, I Do agree with you that it is something high on the list!

(19) Rosen, May 3, 2010 3:00 PM

it's a handful of problems

While Islamic fundamentalism may be the biggest problem facing world Jewry today, I was thinking that another significant problem would be Christian missionizing and proselytizing as well as intermarriage that has been leading Jews astray from Hashem. I just wonder where we Jews really went wrong on failing to educate both Jews and non-Jews about the importance of Torah and B'nei Noach, and Hashem's existence and role in our lives. All too often misinformation and lies spread faster than educated facts and wisdom.

(18) Anonymous, May 3, 2010 2:29 PM

Let's look in the Torah...

While it's true that Islamic fundamentalism is extremely dangerous to the world Jewish community, we know that the spiritual well-being of our people is just as crucial and, in some sense determines our physical situation. So our biggest physical problem? The threat of Islamic fundamentalism. Our biggest problem? My guess is something deeper....

(17) Marcelo, May 3, 2010 11:44 AM

Sorry to disagree but you shouldn't mix the psynthom with the decease.

Rabbi, Sorry to disagree but you shouldn't mix the psynthom with the disease. The Radical Islam is not the disease, it's just the psynthom of the real biggest problem that the jewry as a whole is facing now. As in other times in History the real problem today is that we are not fullfiling our role as a nation, we are not doing what we should nor we are teaching the world what we should. Another thing to think about..

(16) Anonymous, May 3, 2010 9:18 AM

Our biggest problem: weak relationship with G-d

Sorry, Rabbi Solomon. Like many others responsdents, I'll have to disagree with you. It's like saying that Haman was our biggest problem in the days of Mordechai and Esther and the solution would then be fighting Haman and exposing his lies and his wickedness. The source of the problem was not Haman, it was distance from G-d; the solution was repentance and re-accepting the Torah. G-d then took care of Haman. Our distance from G-d, our lack of faith and trust is manifest in many ways. Disunity amongst each other is one of them, but it is not the root. If we were loyal to G-d's Torah in letter and spirit (including refining our character traits and keeping all laws between man and G-d as well as interpersonal laws), there would be no Islamic threat. Let's not point fingers at the leftists. Let's each of us look in our own backyard. if those of us who do understand improve in areas where we are lacking, the positive spiritual forces that will be set in action would create an atmosphere that would influence others. Then G-d will open the hearts of the leftists and remove the Islamic threat with the coming of Mashiach. Ein lanu al mi le'hisha'en ela al Avinu she'bashamayim: we have no one to lean upon other than our Father in Heaven.

(15) Baruch, May 3, 2010 8:03 AM

The reason Islamic fundamentalism is not high on the agenda is because it confuses our values. As Westerners, religious freedom is a fundamental value to us. As Jews, we thrive and help the world to thrive because of it. So it is confusing to discriminate against "religious" fundamentalism. It's that "Islamic" prefix that we are not sure how to relate to. And they play the game, enjoying the freedom, openly taking flight classes in our schools and publicly going to classes on Islamic fundamentalism in New York (and perhaps Haifa) before crashing 767's into buildings. Frank Herbert shows the mindset of this kind of enemy: "When I am down, I play by your rules, because that is to my advantage. When I am up, I play by my rules, because then that is to my advantage." Look how Arizona, with a life-and-death situation on their hands, has everyone up in arms on grounds of discrimination. Can we add a Constitutional Amendment to our Western values advocating respectful discrimination?

(14) Anonymous, May 3, 2010 4:59 AM

our existence is threatened

I put only three but I missed the arab threat and I do agree it is a threat to our existence....I think our lack of unity can also destroy us as well as our lack of love and obedience to hashem. All the lists of threats are real and need to be addressed.

(13) elisheva, May 3, 2010 2:30 AM

American Jews don't understand the danger of islamic fondamentalism. They think it's only happening in the Middle East.It's time they wake up and side with Israel, particuliarly the young who feel disconnected from Israel, our culture and our religion. It's beginning to look and smell like Germany in 1932, God forbid. Too much assimilation is the reason why a big part of American jewry doesn't care about Israel anymore. I feel so so sad that it's up to some Christian organizations and to the Republican Party to defend and protect Israel from it's detractors and even from the leftist Jews. We don't react to antisemitism, we don't react to anti-Israel rethoric. We're so passive and indifferent that it's bound to hit us in the face sooner rather than later.

(12) Mo Shaw, May 2, 2010 10:38 PM

Assimilation

While that is a huge concern there is a modern day holocaust happening, assimilation and intermarraige so I respectfully have to disagree.

(11) Richard, May 2, 2010 9:53 PM

symptom

to me the islamis fundamentalism is a result of the lack of devotion to torah values by our people and as such being close to G-d is theroefore a far more fundamental issuue and one which w can all deal with

(10) Anonymous, May 2, 2010 9:49 PM

I feel that calling Islamic fundamentalism our biggest problem is looking at a syptom rather than the underlying fundamental problem. I have no questions that our lack of commintment to Hashem and His Torah are the biggest problems, as this is the real cause for every other problmen we are facing. If we as a people were serving Hashem properly, we would not be in exile, but rather we would be living in bliss in Jerusalem without any trace of Islamic infuence. Therefore, to win the war against any adversary, we must adress and correct the underlying issue of disunity between the Jewish people and our Father in Heaven.

(9) Anonymous, May 2, 2010 9:09 PM

But why is anything a problem?

Isn't the real problem that we do not understand who we are? That we don't truly know what it is to be Jewish? That we don't comprehend what it is to have Jewish souls? That we don't really know how G-d wants us to be? That for the small amount we somewhat know, we do not stop and think and learn more and do more and be more? That we're not ourselves, as great as we should be? If we really understood this, wouldn't all the other problems be taken away?

(8) Shira, May 2, 2010 8:07 PM

Islam

The first thing I wrote down was Islam. It is the biggest issue facing Jews and the rest of the world. Some Jews realize it and others think that diplomacy will work. Sure was a big hit with Hitler, so why not try that one again? As far as unity, it is also a problem, but we need to realize that we can disagree on many issues but be united on some. Israel is that issue that we must stand united on. While we don't agree with the Christian ideology, we can still be united with them on the issue of Israel and Islam.

(7) sharon, May 2, 2010 7:10 PM

Islamic Fundamentalism threatens the world, not just the Jews

So I would not list it as a Jewish problem. I would list the ones we are responsible for like assimilation and disunity. If we work on these, I trust G-d to take care of the others. In every generation an enemy comes up to destroy us. And G-d saves us from their hands. If we care for one another and remember G-d, that will be enough.

(6) Anonymous, May 2, 2010 5:33 PM

Biggest Problem

The biggest problem facing Judaism today is Facebook. There's immodesty, cursing, and wasting time. The time spent on facebook can be used to do chesed or to learn Torah, spend time with family, the wife and kids. Get off Facebook.

(5) Yocheved, May 2, 2010 4:29 PM

Loving Fellow Jew

I think this is definitely something to think about. I feel that the our biggest problem is Sinas Chinam - Baseless Hatred. I sincerely believe that that is the root of everything -- the reason we lost our holy temple to begin with. If we can learn to love each other despite all barriers I know we would be a different people and noone would be able to touch us or hurt us. We'd have an ironclad protection from Above. Islamic fundamentalism is an issue but throughout history there have been people out there who wanted to destroy us. But they can not do anything if Hashem doesnt let them. NOTHING. Noone can harm or help us except for Hashem. We need to be worthy of His protection and we can gain it by being kind to one another and loving each other.

(4) Anonymous, May 2, 2010 1:45 PM

Listed only 3

I listed only 3 items and they were all the same- Islamic fundamentalism. I could not think of anything else. I guess one has to live it. I am sure that most people are familiar with the acronym PTSD. I think that it can be applied to Israel. It is always on the brink of some disaster. Even when there is a lull Israel begins to think that something is wrong. That is a result of millennia of persecution. How many nations can one think of where it is natural to see soldiers in the streets and still be called a democracy? How many nations are always expected to be in a defensive position against their neighbors? How many nations are in a position that their existence is not recognized but also recognized at the same time by the same people? It is not recognized by the the Islamic fundamentalists and yet these same ones are doing their best to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Security is fundamental to existence and most people take it for granted. Most nations take it for granted except in time of war. It seems as if Israel cannot take even this for granted.

(3) Joe, May 2, 2010 10:44 AM

The biggest problem is disunity and baseless hatred amongst the people.

The biggest problem is disunity and baseless hatred amongst the people. Islamic Fundamentalism is only a secondary issue. But it is the secondary issue. It is the external manifestation of our inner division. If we loved our own as much as our dearest ones, nothing would deter us in taking whatever steps were needed to defend our people. We would face the world united. Not that we would ever agree on all things, but we would keep disagreements in the family. Please allow me to elaborate. If we really felt for Gilad Shalit as our brother and really felt the suffering of his family, there would be no question as to our actions. Water and Power to Gaza go down until he comes home safely and world opinion be damned. We would simply say, we are Jews, if you harm one of us, you contend with all of us and we will not break our resolve. No power would try such antics if they knew we would all, everywhere in the world stand as one on the issue to protect our own. But we do not love our own as ourselves really. Sderot... if you were being rocketed personally, you would shoot back until it stopped. If Israel and the world Jewish community said rocket us and we will automatically respond with artillery - no apologies, to mess with one of us, is to mess with all of us the attacks on Sderot would have ended years ago. If Jews want to fight each other, Hashem hates it so much that He will send someone else to give us what we want. We are one people. We need to act like it.

(2) rachel, May 2, 2010 10:12 AM

our biggest problem

Islam is a big threat to our existence BUT our problem is how to relate to it. The same could be said for intermarriage which also threatens our existence. Our biggest problem is our attitude to these threats. Some Jews are under the impression that we are smart enough to figure out a solution using diplomicy or other means. We forget that God runs the world and He brings these threats to "wake us up" inorder that we should turn to Him for help. Just like He got us out of Egypt He can get us out of this. Our biggest problem is a lack of faith in The All Powerful.

(1) TMay, May 2, 2010 9:45 AM

Iran and lack of unity

I put down Iran and lack of unity. I think the idea that Iran is arming itself with nuclear weapons when they have vowed to wipe out Israel is scary especially since America is doing nothing other than alienating all its allies while asking Israel to wait for something to happen when nothing meaningful is going to happen. The lack of unity is due to Leftist Jews attacking Israel while empowering our enemies because they are after all Jewish, so they are the first to be quoted by non Jews.. Professors at UC Berkeley in the Jewish Studies Program signed a petition for divestment by the UC system from Israel. J Street which was created by Pres. Obama to support his policies is filled with Leftist Jews, and I see other trad'l Jewish institutions being infiltrated by Leftists so that instead of speaking for and leading Jews, the institutions will play the role of the apologist and the denier and lead in that direction.And we have rabbis also who are siding with the enemy, and I am not referring to the nut cases who support Ahmadinejad, but to American rabbis. I do not understand these Leftist Jews who attack Israel and I consider them to not only to be acting irrationally and out of touch with reality but also I see them as acting in a self-destructive and suicidal way. Time is important when dealing with Iran. Jews are small enough when united but when not united, the situation appears hopeless.But what do we do when there is no unity of purpose and no agreement on reality and no definition of what is important, such as Israel? It mirrors the civil war on ideas that is happening in the US. The Leftist Jews could take us over the cliff with them. For people who don't want to deal with Iran, think about what it will be like to deal with a nuclear Iran. What will happen to the economy of the world if they hold the Persian Gulf hostage?They will blackmail the world. We aren't even credibly threatening them nor planning to. Read Caroline Glick this week.

 

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