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Just ask the anti-semite!

Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 4:40 pm

It was heartbreaking to see demonstrators marching in New York, D.C and Los Angeles this week, spewing vile anti-Semitic and anti-Israel lies while cloaked in the cover of anti-racism. Every Jew I know stands shoulder to shoulder with the plight of black people; we understand what long term mistreatment looks like and we get how long it takes to heal, but the idea that many who are fighting, and seeking allies in their fight, for civil rights would utilize their moment of pain, their expression of anger, to attack another minority, the Jews, who have experienced so much hatred themselves, is beyond me.

It hurts to the core.

In this week’s double Torah portion, Chukat-Balak, we read about a partnership of two anti-Semites, Balak the king of Moab and Balaam the prophet of Midian, as they team up to curse the Jews and infuse them with negative energy. Thankfully, G-d tells Balaam that he will only have the ability to express words that are placed in his mouth by G-d, and as it turns out, those words were some of the kindest and most complimentary blessings that were ever showered on Jewry. It’s been the theme throughout Jewish history: when paying close attention to the rhetoric spewed against our people, you will find, in their lies and distortions, subtle compliments about who we are, and they are flattering.

When they scream “the Jews own the banks and Wall Street”, it’s their way of saying “darn, these Jews are so charitable”. When they scream “the Jews killed the savior”, it’s their way of saying “we’ve tried for 2,000 years and they still believe in ONLY one G-d”. When they say, “Jews use gentile blood in their Matzah”, it’s their way of saying “we’ve tried to get them away from their religion for so long and they are still baking Matzot for Passover”. When they say Israel is apartheid, it’s their way of saying “we are in shock of how kind the Jews are to all people in the land of Israel, no matter their race or religion”. We just need to learn to listen closely and we will see that they are trying to praise us, but their hatred stops them, so they attack. Balaam tried, Balak strived, Amalek attempted, and the Amorites gave it their best shot, but after all is said and done “Am Yisroel Chai”.

If you don’t believe me; ask your local anti-Semite!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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