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August 20, 2016 8:58 PM
A Common Type of Jewishness
Our neighbors had a huge Confederate flag visible in their garage. They have not thrown antisemitic slurs at us, but they have been abusive. I have mostly Christian friends some of whom support a "two-state solution" for Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. We argue about this occasionally. Our children are both married to non-Jews but our daughter says her (adopted) daughter is Jewish. My husband and I are not practicing Jews, although my husband says prayers for the holidays and tries. My mother was an atheist, I am, and so is our son. Nevertheless, we all FEEL Jewish and attempt to inject love of our history and culture as best we can. I initiated the Atheist Pesach last year and we have special dinners for each of the High Holy Days. I can't actually speak Yiddish, but I know some words and I'm teaching our granddaughter. I don't have much hope the grandchildren will embrace Judaism due to their large gentile families and the American culture. Still, we do what we can. I'm not interested in religion as such. I cannot read or speak Hebrew. I suppose I just wanted to add my two cents. By the way, I'm an artist.
September 2, 2015 12:09 AM
The Evil Legacy of Rome Still Haunts: the most evil Fairy Tale
Many centuries ago, a few clever Greek advisors convinced their Roman friends to exploit this new Jewish sect that seemed to be following a collection of zealots who all claimed to be the new messiah. Once the seed took root, the Roman empire's propensity for exploitation and conquering by the sword, quickly spread this new hybrid concoction of Jewish ritual mixed with paganism and rammed down the throats of Europe and the rest is unfortunately, "history". Jewish hatred stems from one source, the fairy tale known as the New Testament. Yes, the hatred of the Jews is a centuries old extra-genetic virus that to this day, perpetuates itself in every church and mosque every week and hardwires new generations. There is no end to this disease called antisemitism and as long as the human species thrives on it, the more certain will be the eventual self destruction of the species known as Homo sapiens or what I more aptly call, Homo chironex.Christians who hate Jews then pray to Jew on a cross, display the most outrageous example of cognitive dissonance known in human history. What a shame, one can only imagine what extraterrestrials must think:-)
September 2, 2015 12:05 AM
history of Jewish hatred stems from one Fairy Tale called the New Testament
September 1, 2015 11:52 PM
Antisemitism or anti Jewish hate is simply a form of extra genetic virus, created, and promulgated by the Roman Empire which to this day, casts a shadow of terror and fear over people of the Jewish religion who continue to suffer the brutality and persecution perpetrated by both Christians and Muslims who have been ensorcelled by fairy tales.
June 16, 2014 4:35 PM
Just to clarify
Lori, anti-Zionism IS the current form of antisemitism. What can you do about it? In other time I would've said fight back, educate people, write to the media... but actually the only real solution is to make Aliyah. Exile is death, Israel is life and dignity. Only in Israel a Jew can truly develop his/her identity. As simple as it sounds. Don't think like the enemy. Finish the diaspora or the diaspora will finish you.
June 11, 2014 9:34 PM
Is Your Neighbor Anti-Semitic?
Dear Lori! We know all of us the Halacha ;"Love your neighbor" Our duty is Love. Judgement is Not ours. It is belongs to HaShem. We do have so many other 613 Commandments. We got to know our co-workers, our neighbours and we must share the Torah genuinely and tire to have a conversation not a pushy way. We must be a light to the nations as it is written. I am not a young person. I have learned to respond with kindness. It works most of the time. The other person probably even do not know who we are?Gently just say it it, we are the same people as anybody else, we are the people only who are keeping and accepted at Sinai the words of God till the End of the Days. For hate answer with love. It works. No arguments. Do not work. Probably they have only one side of the knowledge about us.We must take it seriously to pray for the world and share the original Torah and the original Tanach. So many mistranslated " Bible" out there and some of them the source of the anti-Semitism what have started 2000 years ago.Probably they do not listen but they think of it.
M J Spaulding,
May 27, 2014 11:13 PM
Lori Almost Live
Dear Loir,I enjoy your videos all the time. I'm not Jewish but they interest me and I have several Jewish friends that I talk to on the internet. I receive aish.com every day. Anti-Semitism is a horrible virus in our world which we must conquer with education. I don't know what to do, but I do know that when I hear or see it I fight it with all I can. I'm 82 so not so much in the physical realm, but no one talks anti-Semitic where I am and gets away with it. It is something I don't understand.
May 23, 2014 5:35 AM
I know what we can do, we can remember
We said Never Forget. We made these two words our moto after the last horrific episode of antisemitism in history but do we really mean it? We remember the Holocaust but we have forgotten everything that led up to it, all the antisemitic behavior around it. This is when we need to stop it, when we see these behaviors beginning to happen. We can do a great PR campaign of the Jewish People and educate people but we won't. We'll forget. If we really meant we'd Never Forget, wouldn't we have remembered to remind ourselves?
May 23, 2014 2:45 AM
Rabbi Meir Kahane!
You better start revisiting his works..Aish thinks that educating the world on Anti Semitism works...I have some news for you it will not...The World does not care Mrs. Palatnik..all the great people of our Tanakh fought..The tragedy is most Jews don't study it..Also the only place for the Jewish people is Israel...History should tell you this by now!!
May 23, 2014 7:10 PM
"all the great people of our Tanakh fought"?
You might as well know that the great people who "fought" weren't really capable of fighting. Abraham defeated the kings to free Lot by throwing a handful of dust; G-d turned the dust into arrows. If you read 1 Samuel with the commentary--which is the only way it should be read--you'll see David's defeat of Goliath was effortless because G-d held Goliath in place and even made sure he fell forward (despite the force of a lethal blow to his front) so that David wouldn't have to walk very far to stand over his defeated enemy's head. The Macabees of Hanuka fame who successfully assaulted Greek legions--they were elderly, militarily untrained, unarmed bookworms. Never in Jewish history has salvation stemmed from our bravado; rather, it is in the merit of Torah study and observance that G-d has always orchestrated history such that our overpowering enemies fell against the law of nature. That's why Abraham and Lot survived, why David lived to become king, why we are here to light Hanuka menoras, and why the combined armies of the Arab world couldn't stamp out a few Holocaust survivors driving tractors and armed only with sticks in 1948--because of the Torah and mitzvos. It's a pity that even today many Israelis don't realize this basic obvious fact of Jewish history, and the consequence is that the majority of Jewish secularists waste their time doing pushups in the army instead of sharing the burden by sitting down and learning at Aish.
May 22, 2014 2:29 PM
Time for truth to be spoken
I am not Jewish, but I have many Jewish friends. I am an avid supporter of Israel and the Jewish people…and I have experienced anti-Semetism as a result of this stand. One might call me naive but its hard to me to accept that people are willing to judge one another and make negative characterizations simply on race, religion, and perceptions. Yet, the harsh reality is that we live in a world that daily grows both increasing anti-Jewish and anti-Christian. Are we all becoming blinded again by the deniers of this truth? Is1938 revisiting? There seems a sublte propaganda pouring out of every media outlet, politicians, pundits, and quasi-political talking heads attempt to spark outrage and divide people against one another––Christians against Jews, Republicans against Democrats, women against men…the list goes on and on. We must (as one above commenter states) behave according to the Torah––be the people we ought to be––yet we MUST also unify and speak out against each attempt to slander and divide with one resounding voice! If we don't speak for one another, who will speak for us?
Natana Pesya Bitton,
May 22, 2014 9:35 AM
Yes, there IS something we can do.
Anti-Semites will have a reason to hate us and thus continue to be anti-Semites as long as we Jews give them something to hate.
Every time we fail to study Torah daily, fail to keep the mitzvot, etc., we add fuel to their fires of hate. If every single Jew behaved as he should, there would be no anti-Semitism. When anti- Semites see a Jew do something that is clearly anathema to the Torah, they hate all Jews. So, it's up to each and every one of us Jews to comport ourselves al pi Torah. And when will that happen? How will that happen? Well, it starts with YOU. Each and every one of us Jews is responsible for each other's conduct just as surely as our own. The end to anti-Semitism begins with you. And me.
May 22, 2014 11:52 AM
I appreciate your passion, but I don't really agree. Regardless of what we do, there will always be anti Semitism. That is not to say that we as Jews shouldn't do our very best to always behave in the proper way and sanctify G-d's name, but all I'm saying is that it won't actually stop anti Semitism because anti Semitism does not rely on a rational basis. To say that would be to say that Hitler had a reason to do what he did and so on. Of course it doesn't help when Jews behave badly but that is just an excuse for their anti Semitism, not a reason
May 23, 2014 12:56 AM
You're wrong to disagree with Natana Pesya
Our sages are clear on this matter. Anti-Semitic behavior is not between gentiles and Jews. It is between God and the Jews. Gentiles are not capable of inflicting harm on Israel without G-d's assent. Take another skim through last week's Torah portion....
May 22, 2014 5:09 AM
every word you said is true
anti-zionism is a disguise for anti semitism.As Rashi Hakadosh says, It's a well known law that Esau Hates Jacob. A law that did not change since the time that the original Esau and Jacob lived. I didn't see it written anywhere that the law recently changed...........
May 22, 2014 4:57 AM
I am 64 years old and the only time I have experienced Anti Semitism was when I was in high school in Philadelphia, PA. Since then I have never had any bad experiences even though most of my friends are gentiles.To quote a line from a famous movie, “A person is smart People are dumb.” While I trust my gentile friends I don’t trust people. So while Mr. Wiesel says fight with spirit not the sword. I say it is always good to have a backup plan, which is why I am a gun owner. To me “never again” means “never again.”I wish I new what the answer was to Anti Semitism, but till someone figures it out I will keep my firearms.Though I have fire extinguishers in my house I am not paranoid about fire and I hope I never have to use them. My feeling about firearms is the same.
May 22, 2014 12:40 AM
I just try to live my life among others as a kiddush Hashem rather than a chillul Hashem,and to tactfully educate/enlighten should an occasion present itself.Israel needs to stop being so weak and presenting itself as such,in various areas;while the
I'd prefer the term "infected with antisemitism" not be used,as if it were the common cold;it sounds apologetically-glazed,as is the term "antisemitism",which is an unnecessarily sugar-coated term for "antiJewishness",which seems to be epigenetically ingrained in some societies/cultures,& the weak/shameless/pathology-minded.
ingrid from Berlin,
May 21, 2014 9:07 PM
I am not Jewish....
......but I am really sad to see and hear you not knowing what to do when people are anti-Semitic.When I was five years old, I saw a young girl with a yellow star. Even as I child I felt that this was not right. In the following seventy years of my life I was lucky to meet a lot of very nice and interesting Jews and I wrote down some of their life-stories. I was several times in Israel and everybody was nice to us. Nobody said negative things about Germans and me. So why do anti-Semites tell so bad things about what’s going on in Israel and never have been there? I often speak to friends and others about my good experiences. Anti-Semites hate and envy, because they are not happy with their life. Who knows a medicine for this disease?
May 21, 2014 7:30 PM
I think the best thing is to make alijah and live in Israel, it is the best for you and for your children. It is not easy to move, but it can become much more difficult in the future. The world is not getting better. Once God said: Let MyPeople go. I think He says the same today. He will help and give strength. Maybe Israel does not look always as a save place, but I believe it is the savest place for all Jews in the world. Don't wait.
May 21, 2014 7:14 PM
It's been scary & getting scarrier at increasing speed.
The only thing I think could help, is for enough individuals (by many examples/actions and words) to influence their societies to encourage and focus and praise braveness.... (standing up for what's right/goodness, particularly when it's not easy). And to value kindnesses shown to all peoples, to develop compassion, and courage to do the right thing. People need to make a bigger deal, with words, awards, news reports, etc. of all age and varieties of peoples doing good for others.......way more than focusing on (thus implying more value on) sports & well known people worship, and car chases and dangerous behaviors are focused on or obsessed over. What if people began to notice and verbally compliment people when they see or hear of them doing the kindness, and share to others about the person doing the kindness??? People would get focused on that. And people would begin to think about kindness more and more....maybe emanating that behavior themselves....and to their kids??? IN MY OPINION, PEOPLE ARE ONLY AS SAFE AS THE QUALITY OR CHARACTER OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM!!! It's easy to be and do good when things are going well, but it takes character and courage and goodness, to do the right thing for another, when times are bad/scary/dangerous.
May 21, 2014 3:48 PM
Yes, Lori, I do know what to do.
The anti-semitism is growing, and the whole world is against Israel and the Jewish people. This is Hadhem's way of telling us its time to leave the diaspora and come HOME. Not to Teaneck or Brooklyn, but to Israel. Here, your neighbors are Jews.
Bracha Goldman, Beersheva,
May 21, 2014 3:11 PM
The recipe: Aliyah and love of all fellow-Jews
What to do? a combination of #4 and #21 - #2 ALIYAH NOW (yes, I am shouting, because Diaspora Jewry has excuse after excuse why they are not jumping on the bandwagon of making aliyah to Eretz Yisrael - the Rabbis need to say it, and their congregations need to hear it.) Aliyah is for everyone, rich, poor, young and old, and the Land of Israel will embrace you, if you allow it to. And #4. love and respect for fellow Jews, no matter their religious or political stripe - when we have Jewish unity, the non-Jews cannot hurt us. I believe that there is a frightening rise in anti-Semitism, which is being ignored, as it was in the 1930's. Please, brother and sister, show love and empathy for your fellow Jew, and plan to make aliyah now, not later (G-d forbid, too late!)
May 21, 2014 2:51 PM
I think it's called racism, Lori. People dislike blacks, they dislike Indians, they dislike Arabs.....I'm sure you get the point. And unfortunately, many Jews are just as racist as anyone else. Yes, as a Jew it stings and angers when you hear or read of anti-Jewish attitudes but please don't think this sort of behaviour is reserved for Jews alone. What to do about it? Personally, I try to behave decently towards all people and if they have a problem with my being Jewish then they're the ones getting the ulcer.
May 21, 2014 2:38 PM
Sad and scary
Thanks for this Lori. It is sad but true and these are the times we are living in today. I have been alive long enough to have read about all the pledges of the U.N. with the nations endorsing "never again" in regards to the Holocaust they had all just witnessed and experienced. However, today that very same U.N. and almost all of those very nations are in denial about the Holocaust and are in unity in condemning Israel for perceived ills which are ignored in other nations and are even false accusations against Israel.You are correct. Today's Anti-Zionist diatribe, accusations and hatred are actually Today's version of Anti-Semitism.Sad and Scary indeed.
May 21, 2014 1:17 PM
Sad but true
This is sad but your comments are great. Thank you so much for posting this!
May 21, 2014 12:59 PM
Anti-Semitism in Junior High School!!!
When I was in junior high school in one of the cities in the US in the early '70's, I was the only Jewish student in a school of 2,000 students, a majority of whom were white Goyim. I encountered a lot of anti-Semitism amongst the students except for two students, one of whom was black who always defended me. The teachers were on my side as well always defending me especially due to the fact that I was an outstanding student with wonderful character traits. When my parents (may they rest in peace) came to the school and spoke to the principal who was not Jewish about the situation, he was furious because he fought against the Nazis (may their names be blotted out from the face of the Earth) in the war. All of the students in the school except for myself despised the principal because he was extremely tough and they were very much afraid of him. After being reprimanded by the principal, the students not only stopped harassing me but apologized to me as well.
May 21, 2014 12:35 PM
Mr. Wiesel says fight with spirit, not sword, and pay close attention to our words to create G-dliness, not hate. To use words to heal and not condemn. Bigotry of any kind, in my opinion, oozes from a battered heart, inflated ego, or mental illness. Maybe all three and a few more. These people are not healthy in mind, body and soul. Regardless, we have a job to do and the brighter we shine the further the light extends. Jew hatred is the oldest hatred in the world. We can let it build us or break us. That's a personal decision. When I face it and remain calm and respectful, the opposition shrinks. If I get angry and spiteful, they smile. They won. Kol tuv.
Peter Boaz Jones,
May 21, 2014 8:04 AM
Exposure is the only option
To keep exposing Antisemitism for what it is whether cloaked in the guise of anti-Zionism is the only option, otherwise it will go underground and arise later with more adherents.
May 21, 2014 12:50 PM
in the worst days of German occupation of Belgium, I never had such an antisemitic neighbour as the one I have now in Nyack NY
Whem she found out that a Goldberg was buying the house next to hers. she passed a petition asking the neighbours to prevent the ''JEWESS'' to move in the property Such a petition being illegal in this United States of America, she could never enforce it.......but she had every body's signature....and for 10 years, no one spoke to me after the initial polite meeting......that was a blessing, given that in order pour make $ 1.50 an hour over day-shift, I worked nights ans needed quiet sleep all afternoon........
May 21, 2014 7:26 PM
we moved to plano,tx 2 yrs.ago. my neighbor directly opposite me, sees my ny plates. would not come over & welcome me. when he found out i was jewish he gave me a further distance stance. i attribute it to being a klans man. he's not a dope. he is . he was in the street working in hewlett/packard. one day, i came home, & instead of parking in the back, i decided to park in front.he turns around & grabs his grandson & takes him in the house.
May 21, 2014 7:55 AM
It's the ones like the Filners, Spitzers, Weiners, etc, etc,,and multitudes of other worldly non-observants and even atheists, that give Jews a bad name. Why cannot some-body of religious people boldly declare (unless keeping some levels of observance) these and their likes "NON-Jewish" so as to try and keep the sheets clean, instead of allowing Judaism to be a "blood" religion. i.e. Mother Jewish, (no matter what she believes or doesn't) you are too, whether you like or not. Seems like today, the only thing that can can offically make a Jew a non-Jew is conversion to Christianity. Bottom line: It's the rotten eggs that bring the stink. Pr 16:7 ¶ "When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his haters be at peace with him."
May 21, 2014 11:23 PM
It doesn't matter the fame or infamy of the Jewish name. The irrationality of anti-Semitism is such that those predisposed to hate you will do so regardless of the good you will do to or for them.
May 21, 2014 7:14 AM
My family are anti semites .I and my love for Israel and Torah am the black sheep .I am a Noachide keeping the Sheva Mitzvot .My sister is active anti semite married to a German xian who is proud of his father killing Jews .Yet some Jews think all is rosey it is not !
May 21, 2014 4:45 AM
Nothing you can do
Even if you live your life in a way that is pleasing to HaShem those who have hate will continue to hate. Pray for those who are anti-Semitic and be thankful for those who are not. My husband and I have been blessed to be surrounded by kind people. His boss is Catholic but he fully respects our beliefs. He even marks his calendar to see that he does not have to work on the Feast Days. And never has he required my husband to work Shabbat. So you see, there are good people in this world. I like to focus on them and not the ones who are blinded by hate.
May 21, 2014 4:21 AM
To defeat anti-Semitism I think one has to look at one's self and be true to cause with earnestness, honesty, faith in action with a real belief in G-d. You can't go to temple, show reverence for Torah and then say one does not believe in G-d. That behavior comes across as hypocritical, fake, ingenious. Behavior must reflect faith and faith must be reflected by G-dly behavior. To act differently brings mistrust and condemnation, not trust and acceptance.
May 21, 2014 12:35 AM
This is America
Whenever anyone I know makes an insidious comparison of some anti Semitic act in America to Nazi Germany, I always respond, "You can't compare the country of Martin Luther to the country of Martin Luther King. We have to remember that this is the country that brought all the ethical values of equality and fairness to the world. This doesn’t mean that we should bury our heads in the sand but I think it's a disservice the public to scare people when everyone has so many more real issues to content with. Also, not all anti Semites necessarily want to kill Jews. They may have certain prejudices that make them want to minimize associations.
Carol in SoCal,
May 20, 2014 10:46 PM
I've always known but pretended otherwise
From the first time at age when my 5 year old Best Friend called me a Dirty Jew I knew how the rest of the world looked at us. And hated us. I just didn't understand why. I ran home sobbing that day to Baba, my grandmother, who lived with us. Why, I wanted to know, did my BF - Mary Doyle, call me that name? Baba hugged and petted my head while she thought and then all of a sudden she started to laugh. "Don't you know why she called you that bad name? I"ll tell you, its because she's jealous! She's a shiksa you know, but she wishes she could be Jewish. So she's jealous and wants to make you feel bad because she thnks you are better than she is and that makes her feel bad. So just feel sorry for Mary because she and her family are stupid and don't know any better." That was more than 50 years ago, and I've been pretending that Baba knew whart she was talking about ever since. I know the anti semitism is always there, just below the surface, even in my so-called best gentile friends and the nicest, firiendliest gentile neighbors. But as long as they keep their hateful minds and insulting mouths and spiteful words to themselves I'll just keep pretending that they wouldn't turn me over to Nazi storm troopers if some came knocking. But of course they would!
May 20, 2014 10:38 PM
Lori I normally love your comments this time did I hear correctly you end off this segment " I don't know what to do?"Let me tell you what we did here in tranquil Australia, some antisemitic thugs daubed our beloved Shule.One of the committee stood up at the next meeting announcing proudly "we're not going to cop this, lets install security erect bigger signs for our functions and expose these racist mamzerim for what they are! No one is going to stop us davening and holding functions at our Shule! We're proud and we're not going to take this rubbish"Albeit we've installed expensive cameras but no one has the right here in democratic -Australia to try and stop us worshipping our religion.
May 20, 2014 10:15 PM
Learning the Truth
Brought up as a Christian I felt there was something thatwas not right and was searching for the truths of G-d. I thankHaShem and a Jewish friend whom guided me to many passageof the Torah. Not an excuse but many will not question theclergy and will follow blindly. i would say I feel bad forthem in that anti semitism goes again Hashems Word and they are being lazy not searching His Word. As the oneman wrote they are jealous of the Jews so they wantto label and blame them for everything that goes wrong..I love the Jewish people and pray that Hashem keeps all Jews in His protective care. I believe everyone hasthe right to their own beliefs but their is no excuse foranti semetism. I have tried raising the truth to friends andfamily with some are not talking to me but as I see it, it istheir loss. Finally I say, be proud to be a Jew
May 20, 2014 9:24 PM
do not tolerate it
I have had the little experiences and the big ones. The little ones are the man who used the expression "jew me down". I responded why he did not use the term "scotch me down" since it is the Scots who are the most thrifty. He asked if I was Jewish and when I said yes, he apologized profusely.The biggest was with a holocaust denier who was harassing a Jewish speaker at an LP meeting. I engaged him in civil conversation and pointed out that millions of Jews were missing from Europe after the war and asked where did they go. He replied it was all empty statistics. I told him of numerous conversations with Holocaust survivors and their detailed descriptions. He replied that they were old people who likely were unsure of what they really remembered.My response was that with the failure of Soviet Socialism, it was a time to attempt the renewal of the other socialism; national socialism. The problem was that it had a clear baggage of mass murder of innocents. If that baggage could be challenged or deleted, that form of socialism could possibly become viable or plausible again. This man was provocative and I realized I was on the verge of punching him out with his likely calling the police to press charges if I did so. I brought myself to total calm and let the solution pop into my mind. I proceeded to humiliate him in front of the people standing listening to all this in fascination. I belittled him as a man and conjectured him as a sexual deviant as a source of his politics. He sputtered and left red- faced. The attitudes of the people watching was contemptuous of him.My point is simple; do NOT EVER TOLERATE IT WHEN IT EMERGES. Confront it and slap it in the face fearlessly.
May 20, 2014 9:12 PM
life in the south
growing up Jewish in the South in the 40's and 50's was not fun for me. my home town was large enough for us to maintain a temple. but 75 families scattered over the county meant that we did not have a critical mass in any school. In my neighborhood I knew who was in the Klan and I knew that my position to them was blacks on the bottom, Catholics next, then we Jews, because we were sort of white. there were people in the neighborhood that didn't allow their children to play with me (made life interesting in elementary school) didn't understand why I wouldn't say "the lords Prayer" , why i wouldn't read then next page in the Christian bible . I can't tell you how many times I was called a "dirty Jew" by clasmates, I think that being a girl was the only thing that kept me from being beaten up. my absences from school were unexcused for the holidays. in high school, the nasty boys would flick pennies in my path and then jeer because I would meet their stereotype and be a money grubbing Jew. so I know how it is when there is not Political correctness in play. I have had people who I thought were nice say to my face after getting a good deal on something bragged on being able to Jew some one down. I could go one. but suffice it to say that when my husband and I were offered a chance for better employment in a somewhat northern state where we still a minority but not harassed, we moved. I was stunned to find that there were Chanukkah decoration outdoors, people actually built sukkahs in their yardslife was better for my children here. but I know that my nice neighbors can be turned against me and and mine if things get bad. we are an easy target.
May 20, 2014 9:04 PM
I don't have all the answers just a thought
I don't know if my neighbors or acquaintances; are Jewish; however I don't believe being paranoid is the answer, aware yes and confrontational if confronted, yes. We live in a world of unknowns and ugliness at times, when we run into those situations, we need to act strongly and have it brought to the front. As Jews it is our responsibility to love our neighbor's, it is also vital that we stand together to fight ignorance and hate in any form. What is needed, is to bring it out in the open whenever, wherever it seen. To do this in a loving honest way, while still protecting our people and all individuals in all situations. To stay in a ghetto mentality of fear or isolation in my opinion is never the answer. Dialog & understanding witha strong defense or offence when needed. When is a strong defense or offence needed I m not sure but it should always be done with a (Jewish) united front. One voice to the world ( with multiple Jewish voices behind closed doors. Let me know what you think and feel.Joel
May 20, 2014 8:35 PM
Hi Lori... I've always had a different approach. Instead of always being on the defense I am always on the offense, just like the Israeli's. I'm a bit "Hardcore", not your typical Jew, I say what I have to say, if someone don't like it I tell them "Where to go". I'm a motorcycle guy and also a gun guy.I'm not looking for approval, but I demand respect. Other religions get bullied, not just Jews... But not as much. My wife and I moved to Florida from New England and it seems that the people here are very opinionated. We live in an area full of Baptists, nice to your face but they won't let you (Or any Non-Baptist) into their click. I say, stop trying to fit in, it won't work because they will still talk you behind your back!
May 20, 2014 8:16 PM
Not so simple
Brought up in Australia totally innocent of anti- or philo - semitism but with the typical mild anti-Catholicism which was a Irish/English/Scottish thing I have come to be very pro-Jewish partly because of Jewish in-laws that I am very fond of and friends including a rabbi, and because I have never been in eco omic or other competition which might tempt me to see and be resentful of what could appear to be tribal mutual support against me. (I admire people who have brains and use them and that extends to admiration for Israel from afar).
But I am conscious that angi-Zionism is by no means always a cover for anti-Semitism. Indeed it seems to almost tbe default position for my English Jewish friends and family most of whom sound like the English upper middle class Oxbridge graduates and professional people tbat they are. Of course, even if they believe in some kind of deity they would regard the idea that God promised their extended family the land of Israel as ridiculous. That doesn't worry me so much, not being Jewish. I simply see that in the context of all strong religious belief being troublesome while acknowledging the evolutionary and social forces which have helped religion to thrive.
May 20, 2014 7:31 PM
I for one am pro israel
Hi I just wish you to know that we are not all anti Semitic.Any true Christian knows that you too are God's people and as one myself I choose to love you.May the God of Isaac Jacob and Abraham bless you indeed.
May 20, 2014 7:07 PM
Experienced only once
I have been fortunate in my life not to feel anti-Semitism personally, although it may have been around. That is till I was in my last administrative position in a university. The manager used to ask me to do difficult tasks, and couldn't understand why I was leaving early on Fridays during the winter. Most if not all of the Jewish employees didn't leave early, and she wondered why I had got permission to do so. I explained about the Shabbat, but it didn't hold with her and for the first time I felt uncomfortable going into work every day. I came up to retirement and knew that it was time to make aliyah to be near my family in Israel. I hope soon she will be bowing down on her knees asking forgiveness from Hashem when Moshiach finally arrives! All I can say is why are the Jewish people waiting in Chutz s'aretz and waiting for what?. The wake up calls are coming thick and fast, you only have to read about Greece and Hungary, neo Nazism, the far right raising their ugly heads in these areas and Jews still going for holidays there! It doesn't make sense to me....Wake up fellow Jews and come home to the safest place in the world!
May 20, 2014 6:54 PM
Living in Peace
In order to defeat antisemitism, the Chofetz Chaim (Day 14) tells us the following:"...if Jews live in peace and harmony with one another, then in Heaven, Satan is not able to indict them. Hashem has implanted in Satan's nature an inability to indict his beloved nation in any way under such conditions. Midrash Shir HaShirim states that this applies even when the Jewish people are guilty of the worst sins, such as idol worship. This it is written, 'Bound (to one another in peace but attached) to idol worship is Ephraim--let him be' (Hoshea 4:17).In other words, the quickest way to eliminate antisemitism is not to be mkatreg on our own people, particularly now.
May 20, 2014 6:34 PM
"Keep on Keepin' On"
In my opinion, one step in the right direction is to actively teach ourselves as adults and our children the similarities between the different branches of Judaism (orthodox, conservative, and reform). The enemy does not see a difference between who wears a kippah and who doesn't - neither should we. We are a family - albeit one with differences but a family just the same and families stick together, not just in times of crisis.
Same goes for Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews - education is key so we can move beyond the strangeness of our respective cultural inheritances and find the bond that makes us all Jews.
A strength in understanding will lead to a greater strength in numbers for our people.
May 20, 2014 6:30 PM
If we are not proud of being Jewish and do not live up to higher moral and ethical standards we will never be respected Gross materialism and ostentatious standards will lower us in the eyes of non Jews We are a special people but only because our values and mores should be beyond reproach Then - and only then - will we be admired ,not scorned and derided Our heritage summons us to live to higher standards
May 20, 2014 6:30 PM
the talmud we are in exile
The Talmud states it is a Halacha ( jewish rule) that esau hates Jacob. It also says am levodod yischon = a nation that dwells alone. We have to always remember we are in Galut = Exile. Anti semitisim is there to remind us, the more we try to imitate the secular world values, the more they hate us. We must pray for the Messiah, there is nothing else to do. It is a baseless hatred and they are jealous of us
May 20, 2014 6:22 PM
What to do?
Have Guns and keep ready to use them and let it be known that you have them and that you will be able to use them.You will never educate and change masses of idiotic paranoiacs! but let them know YOU are REALLY DANGEROUS! Not Fantasmatically as they Use to Think about...! But truly, really." Si vis pacem, para bellum" !
May 20, 2014 6:09 PM
Biased and inaccurate video
Too bad that Lori acceptes the entire survey without question. As I clinical scientist, I have looked at some of the methodology used and it is highly questionable.Remember, if the methods are bad, the results are bad.
May 20, 2014 10:06 PM
No offense meant, but how much credibility should we give to this comment from a person named 'Dr. CyberQuack'?
May 25, 2014 6:49 PM
Of course offense meant!
Care to discuss or rebut my comment rather than my screen name?
May 21, 2014 7:15 AM
What is their methodology and why is it highly questionable.
And what methodology would you use and why is it not questionable?
May 20, 2014 6:08 PM
Little Nose? What about you, Lori? Are you inferring that all Jews have large noses?
This feeds into a negative sterotype. It is undignified to make such a silly comment about your fellow Jews?
May 20, 2014 6:05 PM
No Lori, being anti-Zionist is not automatically being anti-Semitic
I know anti-Semites and I know anti-Zionists (the latter of whom include quite a few Jews unfortunately) and they are not the same. It makes us feel better to think they are but anti-Zionists most often come from various ultra-Leftist strands for whom religious affiliation or ethnic origin means nothing. They hate Israel because they sympathise with all leftist causes and they think the Palestinians are leftists (which of course, most are not). We should come to terms with reality as it is, not as we would like it to be.
May 23, 2014 1:14 AM
I think you're dead wrong
Anti-Zionism, being against the idea of secure Jewish sovereignty in the Jewish national homeland, is by definition an expression of irrational hatred of the Jews. As you noted, only the most utterly disassociated Jews--lets call them self-hating for simplicities' sake--could ever sink to so low a level as to join the movement to endanger the Jewish people and disenfranchise them from their country.
MARK LEWIS BRECKER, Esq.,
May 20, 2014 5:55 PM
THE TERM "ANTI-SEMITE" OUGHT TO BE DROPPED
IT IS STUPID AND COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE TO THROW AROUND THE TERM “ANTI-SEMITE” [especially with Arabs] . 80% OF THE WORLD’S SEMITES ARE ARABS AND ONLY 5% JEWS/ISRAELITES [most of the balance being Ethiopians]. MOREOVER THE TERM IS SO CLINICAL AND SANITIZED THAT IT ELICITS BARELY MORE THAN A YAWN [in the general population]. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS HAIR-SPLITTING OUGHT RIGHTLY ALSO BELIEVE THAT HITLER WASTED FUNDS AND ENERGY IN EMPLOYING GOEBBELS. TELL IT LIKE IT IS: "THE GUY HATES JEWS.". M.L. BRECKER RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER ETHIOPIA III
May 20, 2014 10:09 PM
While it is true that Arabs are semites, the term's only use applies to Jewish people. Need proof of a sort? How many Arabs complain about anti-Semitism?
May 20, 2014 3:14 PM
What To Do
Firstly, we should be what we are, fully, openly, unashamedly.Then, we should learn how to fight and be ready to do so if necessary (the JDL can give pointers). I suggest a community or neighborhood system whereby those physically unable to defend themselves are the responsibility of those who can.And always - pray.
May 19, 2014 11:22 PM
Don't be the victim- be the victor
People will always have their thoughts and beliefs, and that is a fact and no one will change that. When antisemitism presents itself, it is one's obligation to speak up and speak out against it. Jewish people, as with any other religion or race faced with hateful speak or actions, must DEMAND, and make it fully known to the Anti-Semite or racist, that the behavior being displayed must cease and desist. Ironically, when people realize that a Jew does in fact speak up for himself'/herself, that is when antisemitism will stop. It is when the victim stops being a victim, and becomes the victor, that is when respect, dignity, and basic human rights are earned. Human nature is one that will take advantage to the very last second, and will only stop when faced with the realization that the advantage taking days are over. Before the world stops being antisemitic, the Jewish people are the ones that have a responsibility to themselves to stop the antisemitic rhetoric. As Hillel says in the Chapter of our Fathers , "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?"
May 19, 2014 5:12 PM
I am a Frum Gd fearing Jew BH
Please, with Hashem's permission. H will crush us until we return to Him. Jews couldn't be further from H than they are today. As a matter of fact, the next time you see a rainbow just remember what Rashi says. Remember how much H wants to annihilate us right now. Why? Because we refuse to have Him in our lives. We refuse to emulate Him. We refuse to be a Gdly people. Worst of all, we are wicked, are a danger to ourselves, and a danger to all of creation. Let the Truth be told. In the spirit of the Neviim. Let the Truth be told until the evil is smacked out of every single one of us, we return to our Father, and the world become a good place, bimeheira biyameinu, Amen
May 19, 2014 11:16 AM
I am very sorry to say that a Gentile relative of mine is anti-Semitic. (Someone married out of the Jewish faith, but I am being deliberately vague despite the anonymity.) This relative says he is an atheist, and an agnostic and "hates all religion." However, that is merely a justification to hate the Jews. Another relative though Jewish is what I would describe as a self-hating Jew. This second relative believes that ridiculous stereotypes about Jews controlling all of the money in the world. The second relative is a young man who was not raised with any religion at all and is (surprise!) involved with a Gentile woman. We need to combat anti-Semitism wherever we find it. That means we must speak up, even if it makes us and the other person and/or people feel uncomfortable. I will NOT be nice and smile while people make comments. I will no longer tolerate those obnoxious jokes about Jewish American "princes and princesses."
May 21, 2014 7:38 AM
The greatest anti-semites (Jew-haters) in the world....
....have happened to have been a Jew.
May 19, 2014 8:02 AM
The message is clear
It is time to come home to Israel. G-d is sending us a clear message that after 2,000 years of wandering the 4 corners of the earth, our only place is in the land that he promised to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Besides - history has shown that no amount of logical reasoning will be able to combat anti-semitism. As the saying goes, the last anti-semite will die when the last Jew does.
May 19, 2014 4:54 AM
Of course I know what to do
We must continue doing what we've been doing...that is to stick together, do more mitzvot, pray more, do Tshuvah, and be a light unto the nations, as this is our calling. And we must never, ever lose faith in Hashem. I think the most challenging of these is to stick together, to do all we can for our fellow Jews in our own communities and those around the world whether they be in Israel, the Ukraine, France or anywhere else. We must continue to do what we know we must do...Hashem will take care of the rest.
May 19, 2014 2:26 AM
A very surprised Southern Bell
I live in the South....I called someone the other day, I thought I might have dialed wrong, however I still asked if this was the Rabinowitz home.....they didn't skip a beat & said coldly, " no Jews live here." Still haunts me!
May 20, 2014 5:58 AM
At least you are not of color!
I am a person of color who is not Jewish; yet, I absolutely cherish Aish.com. I refuse to permit racism to control my life. I am not defined by my race or religion. I was created by HASHEM; therefore, I permit HASHEM to define me. In Psalms 139 King David stated we are marvelously and wonderfully created; therefore, I am no one's nigger! I do not care, if someone is racist or anti-semitic, I care, if someone acts on his or her racist and anti-semitic beliefs. The Jewish people have suffered a lot of anti-semitism; yet, the tribes and the chosen have prospered, regardless of anti-semitism. Lisa, chazaq v'ametz, as YHVH told Joshua!
May 19, 2014 12:54 AM
Whi Is it Unfortunate and Why Not Accept It?
Unfortunate? Don't the sages teach us that Eisav sonei es Yaakov and that it is "halachah?" Doesn't its presence reveal the truth of that dictum and enforce the truth that we are HaShem's first born child and chosen people? Is that unfortunate?
May 18, 2014 9:15 PM
message from hashem not to perpetuate the Galus. Lets all leave the step mother countries and come home to our mother land...... hashem is gathering in the exiles right befor eour eyes lets not miss the boat...
May 18, 2014 7:16 PM
Anti-Semitism is a fact . We can't afford to ignore it. We must become and remain strong , and endure no matter what . We have to survive and fulfil our mission .
May 18, 2014 7:13 PM
I'm a Frum Jew
I love Jews like family, but can't think of any reason why anybody wouldn't be Anti-Semitic, not with all of the reason why they should.
May 19, 2014 10:32 AM
So "Frum Jew", go ahead and name some reasons why people should be anti-semitc. Can these reasons apply to people that are anti-Catholic, or anti-Irish, or anti-Italian, or anti- well, you get the message.A big reason why their is anti-Semitism is because of the inability of Jews to accept the good and the bad in their fellow Jew, such as you, "Frum Jew". I will accept you, but you need to realize that there is logic or rationale reason that anti-Semitism exists. Or why anyone should be inherently anti-anyone.
May 19, 2014 11:54 AM
...that there is NO logic or rationale reason that anti-Semitism exists.
Same Frum Jew,
May 19, 2014 5:31 PM
The same does not in a way apply to anybody but the Jews. If you had any Torah learning under your belt you would know that H deals exclusively with the lives of Jews and not with anyone else's. The world revolves around the Jews, and the point is that the Jews are ones being held up under the microscope and nobody else. When we behave properly things go well. When we don't they don't. H sure knows how to give it to us when we deserve it wouldn't you agree?
May 20, 2014 10:18 PM
This reply presented the one well known reason that non-Jews might be anti-Semitic: that non-Jews are jealous that Jews are the people of the Holy Book. Again, I ask, did G-d create all people, including non-Jews? (Noahide laws).
May 21, 2014 7:49 AM
I don't know where you get your "Torah learning" but...
You sure have missed the millions of goyim that H" intereacted with prior to Avraham, with the goyim that H" interacted with after Ya'akov to this date, and how H" interacts with the goyim to punish us like He used Nazi Germany. All you have to do is talk to the goyim to find how how close a relationship they have with H" and how H" works in their lives on a daily basis.
May 19, 2014 7:49 PM
That's what Hitler said
With love like yours, who needs haters?
May 18, 2014 7:09 PM
I think it's much more complex but I believe it's up to Jews to turn the tide and the righteous of the world will welcome it.
Sure many Gentiles have negative feelings about Jews. and say derogatory things behind close doors. Like many Jews don't say derogatory things about Gentiles. behind closed doors?In both cases it's boorish and ignorant but i'd leave it there most often.. It seems to me that true antisemitism seeks to derail the Jewish Godly mission . They seek to hurt the Jewish people physically and/or spiritually. Many antisemites say they are anti Israel but there are many others who do not side with Israel and are not antisemitic. If they were the ADL survey would have shown far more than 25% of the world being antisemetic. Just review the UN votes re Israel for the past 50 years Non Zionists include a growing number of leftist Jews and many ultraorthodx/Haredim.That is true both in Israel and the diaspora. It's much to easy, and for the majority untrue to say that they are self hating Jews. In my opinion the best way to combat antisemitism is to live a Torah observant life in the Eretz Yisroel and be a part of the redemption. While often not aware the righteous among the nations are waiting for us to do just that . If Jews choose not to live here when given the opportunity[while not easy to move in all of history it's never been easier]they are giving a a message that teh land of Israel is not so important. When the Israeli gov't frees terrorists/murderers for little or nothing in return they are announcing to the world that these are not really terrorists but POWS,fighting for their country. Those old enough to remember Entebee and the six day war remember a time when Israel and Jews were respected more than today.It seems to me that it starts with ourselves. When we believe in our national destiny[nowhere in the bible are Jews ever referred to as a religion] and live accordingly the antisemites will be on the run. Maybe I'm mistaken but until then I agree that you've good reason to be concerned, as I believe it'll likely get worse.
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