Sunday, April 23, 2023

"This country felt different."


"A generation ago, before I became a rabbi, Jewish communities did not expect or plan for synagogue attacks, assaults against Jews walking down the street, or swastikas painted on local playgrounds. When they happened, the events were outliers, aberrations. My great-grandparents who fled pogroms in Europe may have expected that, but this country felt different. 

Now we too have come to anticipate violence and hate. The fear of these potential threats has become a mainstay within the psyche of modern American Jewish life. It is exhausting."

Yes, being hated and lied about is exhausting. 

Rabbi Marc Katz of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield NJ which was recently attacked with a Molotov cocktail. 

Source: New York Times


  1. Yes. Being hated and lied about is, as you say, exhausting. And also after a while it simply becomes the norm. Which is probably why I am now wondering how long before an article appears blaming all us Poles/Polonians for the above events - Molotov cocktails and all!

    I do think though that divisions and hatreds are on the rise everywhere - the whole world system is busy promoting and encouraging them. And aren't we seeing "the increasing of lawlessness" worldwide?

    We are all in danger of getting swept away by the violent and divisive currents of the world if we do not listen to and stay close to our loving Creator, the God of Abraham.

  2. The Jews were middlemen in Poland, the editors claim they were Blacks

  3. For forty years now, Holocaust education has been promoted as a tool for ending anti-Semitism. It did not. So we will hear calls for even more Holocaust education.

    1. Every state has its own education. An example, New York:
      "human rights issues, with particular attention to
      the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the freedom trail and underground railroad), the Holocaust, and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850," So Irish migrant were able to introduce the subject, but the Polish ones were not. Even the influential Armenians are not mentioned.

    2. O course, Jerzy. It is a constant battle for attention in the public imagination. And Poles are at or near the bottom of the heap in this regard.


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