“And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which the Lord did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.” “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our G-d, Who hast chosen us for Thy services from among the nations, exalting us by making us holy through Thy commandments.”
We are asked to remember the tears which our ancestors shed while suffering the tortures of slavery. We must share in the obligations to advance Torah and the Jewish way of life. To remove ourselves from these endeavors, looking to others to carry the burdens, is to fail in our responsibility….for the benefit of our people and for the betterment of mankind.
“In every age oppressors rose against us, to crush our spirit and bring us low. From the hands of all these tyrants and conquerors The Lord did rescue and restore His people. G-d’s help and guidance assured our survival. “No enemy shall ever triumph over Israel.”
When men defy the Will of G-d, they bring pain and suffering upon themselves. To deny His law and to do evil brings destruction upon those who perpetrate it. In every generation, each Jew must look upon himself as though he, personally, was among those who went forth from Egypt. The struggle for freedom is a continuous struggle. We see ourselves as participants in the Exodus, for we must dedicate our energies to the cause there begun….as inheritors of the priceless heritage of liberty.” “Inspire us to help rebuild the land of Israel, restore the City of Jerusalem, and cause Thy people everywhere to draw closer to Thy service.”
From hundreds of years of bondage and suffering, we are led out of Egypt, with G-d’s hand; given the Torah at Sinai, which describes exactly where in the Promised Land all 12 tribes will be allowed.
We have been doing this remembrance for thousands of years, older than either Christianity and even older than Islam.
Yet, this last week, we saw Obama humiliate not just Bibi and Israel, but our Covenant with
G-d, our 5,000 year old history and 3,000 in Jerusalem, our Eternal capital, our identity as
G-d’s Chosen to give the world the Ten Commandments and in spite of all the horror, we’ve been subjected to, from Babylonia, Assyria, Rome, The Crusades, The Inquisition, The Pogroms, The Holocaust, 5 Arab wars and 2 Intifadas…..and all the many millions of Jews slaughtered for Jerusalem and the ‘holyland’ and for being “Jews”…….Obama could care less about all of the above. I am appalled at the lack of response from the Jews to this outrageous attack upon us from a President of the United States who wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for the Jewish vote.
AIPAC and the other 13 Jewish groups who met with Obama last July to divide Jerusalem and gives the Nazis their #1 victory, kept quiet about Obama/Hitlery/Biden’s insidious attacks on Israel, our faith and all of us.
While 350 members of Congress urged Obama to back off, they didn’t state that Jerusalem should remain united and our Eternal Capital.
This attack only encouraged Iran and the Arabs to continue their attacks upon the Jews.
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch was incensed but where were the Jews in the Democratic Party and in Congress speaking out?
Where is the Republican leadership on this outrageous behavior of Obama’s as part of their campaign?
In the #1 U.S. Senate race in the nation, both Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio, completely ignored the opportunity in their nationally televised debate to really hold Obama accountable for his miserable anti-Semitism politics, but neither of these Republicans did, nor did anything come out of the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in this race.
And it goes on.
As you all get a ton of e-mails, where was your own outrage to being treated like this by Obama and gang?
Are so many still enslaved? Still wandering, (not just the 40 years in Sinai)? Still not resisting? Still ignoring those who do?
Last week the Arabs kept repeating the need to kill all Jews. Obama’s Jew-hating attacks upon Israel added to their desires. Where were the Jews?
We are asking everyone to join us at the White House on April 18 at 2:00 PM to Rally for a United Jerusalem and Israel and to stand against Obama’s dreadful anti-semitism that endangers Israel and America.
Yesterday was our 236th rally/event since October 2007 and our 1,154 news interview. Again, our visibility matters and we got terrific support from those driving by our signs. We aren’t afraid. We are making a difference. We are aware that from Egypt to today, we cannot deny what our enemies are saying and the need to rally all who understand these threats and to state our case and build this network of support to resist this madness.
“Next year in Jerusalem” at the Seder and also “This year in Jerusalem. Let our people build.” Below is a very important statement about what is going on.
We need your help to make this event possible. Please donate via Paypal on www.defendjereusalem.net or by mail to: “Defend Jerusalem”, P.O. Box 402263, Miami Beach, FL. 33140.
Yours in Shalom,
Pres., Shalom International
Why I am a bad Jew
This was written by Rami Kaminski, MD, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Psychiatry in New York City .
For centuries, we lived in Berdichev. In the brutal Ukrainian winter of 1941, SS soldiers arrived there and rounded up eighty-seven members of my family – babies, young adults, octogenarians – stripped them naked, marched them to a nearby ditch, and executed them. Their lifeless bodies fell silently into a mass grave.
Like most Jews in Europe, my family “cooperated” with the Final Solution. They did not resist or fight back. Six million Jews were slaughtered in a period of four years. They received little sympathy while they were still alive and hunted down like animals. There was no public outcry because the Holocaust fit the world’s narrative for Jews during the past 2000 years: a people destined to be persecuted and slaughtered.
During their two millennia in the Diaspora, Jews were not known to resist. There are few recorded instances in which Jews turned against their host nations or retaliated against their murderers. Instead, the survivors – if there were any – were expelled or left for another place. The murdered were regarded as “good” Jews. They accepted their fate helplessly, without resistance.
This narrative of the Jews has played out on the historical stage with boring monotony: Jews get killed because they are Jews. Nothing novel about it. After the Holocaust, however, the world, disgusted by this particularly ghoulish period of history, accorded some sympathy for the Jews.
Media commentary about the ongoing Gaza War reveals the world has now reverted to its pre-Holocaust perspective. Today, the only good Jew is a powerless Jew willing to become a dead one. The Zionist Revolution is to blame. It changed everything. Jews re-created their own country. The Arabs attacked the new Jewish state the day after independence and promised to complete Hitler’s genocide. In succeeding decades, the Arabs attacked again and again. Strangely, the Jews, many of them refugees from Arab nations, adopted a surprising, new tactic: they fought back.
With Zionism, the Jews stubbornly refused to follow the centuries-old script. They refuse to be killed without resistance. As a result, the world has become increasingly enraged at their impertinence.
The recent events in Gaza and Mumbai make this plain. In 2005, Israel eliminated all Jewish presence in Gaza making it “Judenrein,” and handed it over to the Palestinians. Left behind were synagogues and thriving green houses. The Arabs looted and destroyed them literally the day after Israel ‘s withdrawal was complete. Where these structures once stood, the Palestinians built military bases and installed rocket launchers to shell Israeli civilians. To date, some 7,000 missiles have fallen on Israeli cities and towns, killing and maiming dozens, and sowing widespread terror. Medical studies reveal nearly all Jewish children in the communities bordering Gaza suffer from serious, trauma-induced illness.
The Gazan Palestinians then elected Hamas to lead them. Hamas proceeded to kill or imprison their political rivals, and its leaders, true to the Hamas charter, were unabashed in clearly stating their aims: they will not stop until they achieve their Final Solution, kill all the Jews, take over the land of Israel, and establish a theocracy governed by Islamic law.
As killing Jews for being Jews has been a national sport for centuries, Islamic militants are justified in believing they are merely fulfilling historical tradition in Argentina, India and Gaza. Surely the Jews in Mumbai did not occupy Gaza. They were tortured and killed just for being Jews. And predictably, in the eyes of the world, they immediately became good Jews, just like my murdered family in Bertishev.
Good Jews would wait until Hamas has weapons enabling its members to achieve their ultimate goal of absolute mass murder. Those enraged by Israel ‘s defensive military action insist Hamas uses only “crude” rockets, as if Qassams were BB guns, and military inferiority were somehow equivalent with moral superiority. In fact, Hamas now has Iranian-supplied Grad missiles which have landed on Be’er Sheva and the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
Westerners have had only sporadic exposure to the indiscriminate killing in the name of “holy war” which Israel has lived with for years. Memories of 9-11, Madrid, and London have dimmed. This is not because the Islamic militants made a careful choice of weapons. They simply have not yet acquired nuclear bombs. Once they do, the West will develop a less detached view about the Islamists’ professed intentions for the “infidels.”
The only enlightened people in the civilized world who actually get it are the Israelis. They’ve not had time for detached philosophical ponderings. They’ve been too busy confronting the reality of Islamic fundamentalism.
Soon, Iran will have nuclear weapons. It will give them to Hezbollah and Hamas. Today, Jews must take a position: either be “good” Jews willing to be slaughtered without resistance, or be “bad” Jews who defend themselves at the cost of being pariahs of our enlightened world. Good Jews would wait for another six million to be murdered, and pick up to leave for another country to start the cycle again. The bad ones refuse to go calmly into the ditch.
I confess: I’m a bad Jew.