We stand on Holy Ground between the day that was and the one that must be –
There are about six million Jews in America. Almost the same number who were murdered by the Nazis with the collusion (ignorantia affectata) of Christian Europe and America – a country that was not terribly open to Jews at that time.
There are six million of you in a country of 350 million. In a world of seven billion souls.
Do you really think you will always be safe in America?
There has been an increase in anti-Jewish incidents in America, a 50% rise in violent antisemitic attacks in America and antisemitic incidents at colleges and universities nearly doubled last year.
Are you paying attention to the Jews in Europe?
Europe, where a mere 70 years ago Jews were murdered for being Jews, Jews are now fleeing. Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe reached an all-time high in 2015.
The European Jewish Congress has publicized a shocking poll:
“A third of the European Jews think of emigrating”.
That is 700,000 people. The European Jews are paying attention to Jew hatred.
Too many of my Jewish brothers and sisters in America remind me of the Enlightened German Jews in the 1920’s and 1930’s; so assimilated in German culture that when the drums of war began to make their way across the civilized world these assimilated German Jews, German before Jew – never thought the Nazis would go after them. They told their friends they were being caught up in fear. After all, they were German, living in such a cultured, enlightened country.
By the time they realized the error of their thinking it was too late. The enlightened, civilized, assimilated German Jews disappeared in a puff of smoke with all their brethren.
American Jews, what makes you think you are so safe?
You have accepted-nay-embraced an anti-Jewish, antisemitic government for almost eight years. The sound of the drums has been echoing through the land, yet you refuse to hear it. It is in the universities and all over social media where Jew hatred is accepted; normalized.
You have empowered a President, leading a government who turned away from Syria burning, who knelt before the Iranians, abandoned his own people in Libya, while spending his most precious time attacking Israel. The east coast of America may have been under water, but nothing was going to get in the way of President Obama’s tongue lashing Israel for the audacity of building homes on her land.
He has spent eight years trying to undermine the only democracy in the Middle East all the while making “decisions” that have set the Middle East and North Africa on fire. Your President is promoting Hillary, corrupt by any standard, to protect his legacy which includes the dismantling of Israel-the only safe place for Jews. And it is dismantle. If he had his way Israel’s borders would be indefensible and the Jews living in Judaea/Samaria would be ethnically cleansed.
And, yes, Mr. President-removing 400,000 Jews from a state to make it Jew-free is the classic definition of ethnic cleansing.
Dear Jews of America if there had been an Israel in 1940, six million of your brothers and sisters and their myriad descendants would be here today.
You will vote for her because you are just “too good” for Trump. Yet he has no history of Jew hatred or anti-Israel rhetoric or actions. He’s just not polished enough for you. No “deplorable”are you. He’s no Hillary. Well Jews of America, thank God for that. And if you cared about the past and if you want to be safe in the future in a strong America that welcomes you, then wake up from that Tikkun Olam your reform Rabbis have been feeding you and look around.
The Democratic Party wants to bring in hundreds of thousands of people who hate Jews. Trump does not. The Democratic Party supports organizations like ‘Black Like Me’ that has delivered its manifest and it is manifestly antisemitic.
During Yom Kippur you were reminded that we are but a remnant of what was and what could have been if not for the systemic hate for the Jewish people, the messengers of an ethic of compassion.
What have you done to protect our people and the Jewish homeland?
What have you done to teach your children about our inheritance and the need to protect our people and the Jewish homeland?
Are you even acquainted with our history, our contributions to humanity, that we the Jewish people gave the ethic to the world that underpins democracy?
Your children are depending on you. Don’t let them down. Don’t be like those enlightened, assimilated German Jews who refused to believe what was said and done; until it was too late.
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, near Toronto; She has a background in science & the humanities. Writes about religion in the public square & mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground: The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community and Canada Free Press.
Diane’s Book “Back to the Ethic” Reclaiming Western Values is available at www.amazon.com/Back-Ethic-Reclaiming-Western-Values/dp/1927618053?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0