Sunday, November 3, 2019

When Jews Kept Quiet by Jerold Auerbach (and the results) and Shabbat Project Unites Over A Million Jews Around The World

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Shabbat Project Unites Over A Million Jews Around The World

Shabbat Project Unites Over A Million Jews Around The World

Over a million Jews will join together in more than 1,500 different cities around the world to keep the Jewish Shabbat on November 15-16.

A little before sunset on Friday, November 15, participants will begin to observe the laws of Shabbat, including not working, not using electrical devices and not cooking. Observant Jews follow these laws every weekend, but the Shabbat Project includes many Jews who don't usually keep Shabbat.

Full Story (Jerusalem Post)

One of the most famous pictures of Jews being rounded up by Nazi Germans during the Holocaust, this from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in May 1943. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

When Jews Kept Quiet by Jerold Auerbach

The appalling failure of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide an American refuge for European Jews confronting the horrors of the Holocaust has long been carefully analyzed and documented by historian Rafael Medoff.

Ever since his first book, more than thirty years ago, explored the "deafening silence" of American Jewish leaders in response to the Nazi slaughter, he has probed the evasion in the highest circles of American government and Jewish leadership of the issue of the annihilation of European Jewry.

In his newest book, The Jews Should Keep Quiet, Medoff carefully and scathingly analyzes the collaboration of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, leader of American Jewry in the 1930s and 1940s, with the President revered by American Jews. The dilemma for Wise and his followers, Medoff writes, was whether to speak out against their beloved president's acquiescence in the Nazi annihilation of European Jewry, thereby jeopardizing their yearning to be recognized as loyal Americans not pushy Jews.

Why, Medoff asks, did Roosevelt do so little to save European Jews? He suppressed immigration, left restrictive quotas unfilled, turned away refugees to the Virgin Islands where they would be willingly accepted, and refused to grant even temporary residence (not citizenship) to desperate Jews fleeing for their lives. His administration would not authorize bombing the railroad and bridges leading to Auschwitz although targets only a few miles away were attacked.

If the president's indifference to the plight of European Jews seems inexplicable, when so little could have saved so many, how to explain the sycophancy of Rabbi Wise? Founder of the American Jewish Congress and an outspoken Zionist who advocated the fusion of Jewish principles with progressive social and political causes, Wise lavished praise on Roosevelt for his social justice agenda. He was, to be sure, concerned about Roosevelt's silent response to the worsening plight of European Jews. But at a time of serious economic depression at home he thought it "unfair" to trouble the President with the "lesser problem" across the ocean. Criticizing "court Jews" who were subservient to the president, Wise became prominent among them even as he grasped the mounting danger confronting European Jews.

With meticulous detail, Medoff documents the entwined failures of an indifferent president and a sycophantic Jewish leader. As early as 1933, Wise yielded to government officials who requested silence regarding the deepening plight of German Jews. Given Wise's "profound aversion to saying anything that would embarrass President Roosevelt," he remained silent when the president refused to permit the St. Louis, carrying nine hundred German Jewish refugees (primarily women and children), to dock on American shores.

Medoff carefully documents Wise's "failure to grasp the overwhelming catastrophe" that confronted European Jews by 1942. Once he did, deference — indeed sycophancy — to Roosevelt took priority, with obsequious references in private correspondence to the "Great Man" and the "All Highest." Recounting Wise's veto of proposals for mass public demonstrations to protest Nazi atrocities, Medoff notes that he was more concerned with "the difficulties and pressures under which the President rests" than with the desperate plight of European Jews.

For Roosevelt, the Hyde Park patrician, to believe that the United States "was by nature, and should remain, an overwhelmingly white, Protestant country" is not surprising. Claiming that Jews possessed "certain innate and distasteful characteristics," he opposed bringing more of them to American shores. Wise's political strategy, Medoff persuasively concludes, was "to shield the Roosevelt administration from Jewish criticism" while the president "maneuvered Rabbi Wise to help insure that the Jews would keep quiet." A devoted American court Jew, Wise would not publicly challenge Roosevelt's indifference to the annihilation of six million European Jews.

Medoff's book, prodigiously researched in Israeli and American archives, is painful, but important to read. Sadly, it reminded me of the devotion of my own parents and relatives, assimilated children of Eastern European immigrants, to President Roosevelt and Rabbi Wise. They too believed that "Jews should keep quiet." At stake was nothing less than their passionate desire to be and be recognized as loyal Americans.

Jerold S. Auerbach is the author of Print to Fit: The New York Times, Zionism, and Israel, published by Academic Studies Press.

הושענא - רבי שלמה קרליבך - Hoshana - Rabbi Shlomo Caelebach

הושענא - רבי שלמה קרליבך - Hoshana - Rabbi Shlomo Caelebach

Subject: HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)

-You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.  -- Allan, age 6

-No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.  -- Kristen, age 10 

2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?  Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then  -- Camille, age 10 

3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?  You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.  -- Derrick, age 8

4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MUM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?  Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8 

5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?  -Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.  -- Lynnette, age 8  (isn't she a treasure)

-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.  -- Martin, age 10 

6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?  -When they're rich.  -- Pam, age 7 

-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.  - - Curt, age 7 

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.  - - Howard, age 8 

7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?  It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.  -- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?  There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?  -- Kelvin, age 8  And the #1 Favorite is ...... 

9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?  Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck -- Ricky, age 10

Rabbi Meir Kahane Want Peace? Expel the Enemy!!!

Parshat V'zot HaBracha


"He will drive the enemy before you and He will proclaim, 'Destroy!' Israel will then dwell securely alone" (Deuteronomy 33: 27-28).

On these verses, the Ohr HaChaim comments: " 'Israel will then dwell securely': When? When they are alone. The words 'Israel will then dwell' are a continuation of what precedes them, 'He will proclaim, "Destroy!" ' for G-d commanded Israel to annihilate every single one of the inhabitants in the Land of Canaan. By doing so 'Israel will then dwell securely alone.'"

The plain truth lies here before us. The Torah commands us not to hesitate about annihilating the nations in the land lest they hate and seek revenge against us for taking land they view as their own.

Not in vain are the words yerushah (inheritance) and horashah (driving out) so similar in Hebrew. G-d is telling us that unless we drive out the nations of the land, we will not inherit it. As the Sforno writes, "When you shall eliminate the inhabitants of the land, then you shall be privileged to inherit the land and pass it down to your children. But if you do not eliminate them, even though you will conquer the land, you will not be privileged to hand it down to you children."

The Jewish Idea

Rabbi Meir Kahane HY"D

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