A Yom Kippur Prayer for Jews Who Are "Proud to Be Ashamed to Be Jews"


By Joshua18
September 17, 2010
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Another excellent article by the formidable Phyllis Chesler:

'Why Israel? Why the Jews? Why are so many presumably “civilized” people, “good” people, educated people, so eager to join the Jew-hating, death-eating barbarians–century after century, country after country? In the Book of Esther, set in ancient Persia, Haman, the Viceroy, plots the genocidal extermination of the Persian Jews. He tells the King: “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed in all the provinces of your realm. Their laws are different from every other group and they do not observe the King’s laws. Therefore, it is not befitting the King to tolerate them.”

Jews are everywhere, Jews are “different,” Jews hold themselves apart, they have dual loyalties, or no loyalty to the realm, only to God.

Here we have it, the universal accusation and the justification for anti-Semitic persecution. Luckily, the King fancies the very Jewish Esther, takes her into his harem, “chooses” her as his beloved—and through her efforts (and that of the entire Jewish community), Esther saves the Jews. And King Achashverosh kills Haman and his entire family instead.

Back then, the Jews, led by Esther’s uncle Mordechai, backed Esther, fasted for her, prayed for her. Today, many Jews join with Haman’s descendants. The psychiatrically deranged Hasidic sect, Neturai Karta, literally takes money from Ahmadinejad and participates in demonstrations against the Jewish state. But other, seemingly less deranged Jews insist that their anti-Zionist activism has been undertaken “for our own good” or for the greater glory of (their version of) Judaism.

Please understand: Such Jews are sincere, even zealous, very zealous. They believe that their anti-Zionism and anti-Judaism represents a specifically Jewish response to evil and a specifically Jewish pursuit of justice. They believe that only their approach will “save” Jews and all humanity.'

For the rest of the piece, follow the link:

http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/2010/09/15/a-yom-kippur-prayer-fo...

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DeborahMaccoby

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 21:45

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Joshua18: Phyllis Chesler asks: "why do Jews do this? Why are so many educated and politically active Jews, including Israeli Jews, often the ones who fight against Jewish interests, even against Jewish survival?" I'd like to ask a question in my turn: are Israel's present policies conducive to Jewish interests and Jewish survival? The brutal and unnecessary attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, the blocade on Gaza, the brutal and unnecessary attack on the flotilla, the refusal even to take the first step of freezing settlements on the West Bank,are all against Israeli interests and Israeli survival, and they also impinge on Jewish interests and Jewish survival. Can the Jews survive as a people if they lose the moral values which have ensured their survival up till now?

Re the question of why Jewish activists don't protest against Muslim human rights abuses to the same extent, the answer lies in Chesler's own statement that "all Jews are accountable for each other". We feel responsible as Jews to point out to Israel how destructive and self-destructive its policies are, and also to point out how disastrous its policies are for the world Jewish community, who are associated with these policies. And we want to make it clear to the outside world that a significant and growing number of Jews don't support those policies. Antisemites are only too happy to claim that all Jews support these policies - we want to make it clear that these antisemites are wrong.

Joshua, as it's just after Yom Kippur, I hope you will make the effort to respond to this in a civilised way, however much you will disagree with it.

best wishes and Shana Tova ,

Deborah


ibrows

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 22:11

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Joshua

You blindly believe that everything Israel does, is in the 'best interests of Jews'. Clearly this is not the case, likewise it is foolish to assume that all the decisions by the English government are necessarily in the best interests of all the English population.

Judaism existed for centuries before the creation of the state of Israel, and as Marc Ellis points out, Judaism does not equal Israel.

Its good to see some Jews are still interested in the pursuit of justice such as the Jews for Justice for Palestinians who are sending a boat to Gaza with humanitarian supplies and medicines. They are interesting in helping humanity, not simply treating non-Jews with contempt and seizing Palestinians land.


Jonathan Hoffman

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 06:38

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Joshua never said "everything Israel does, is in the 'best interests of Jews'."

You twist his words. No surprise there, it is the first lesson in "Israel Hate #101".

No-one who sends a boat to Gaza is motivated by humanitarian concerns. If they were, they would send the goods via Israel and by a much cheaper route (land or air).

Gaza is a warzone and weapons are being smuggled in: they want to provoke Israel into a military response - pure and simple.

Lesson 2 in "Israel Hate #101".


Yvetta

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 08:40

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Well said, Jonathan.


amber

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 10:35

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Maccoby, you are a case in point. A Jew who goes on marches with supporters of the antisemitic terror group Hamas has no moral standing whatsoever.

ibrows, your assertion that Jews treat non-Jews with contempt is racist garbage. Shame on you.


Joshua18

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 12:09

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"Judaism existed for centuries before the creation of the state of Israel,"

Ah yes, we Jews were just sitting around peacefully, treated as first-class citizens in Muslim nations and beloved by Christians everywhere, when we for some unaccountable reason decided to create a state in Palestine. You are an idiot.

I realise that you think that the Jewish state has no right to exist. I have no problem with that; you have a perfect right to your own opinion however repellent and wicked it may be. On the other hand, after the Holocaust, I don't believe much of Europe has any moral right to exist. I'm convinced that if the Devil chose to live on this earth, Europe would be his first choice in terms of residence. Perhaps a house in France, a country estate in Poland and a pied-à-terre in London.

"likewise it is foolish to assume that all the decisions by the English government are necessarily in the best interests of all the English population."

In 1939, Britain was a virulently anti-Semitic nation. Indeed, the results of an early opinion poll conducted by the government of the day on the subject were so shocking that the results had to be suppressed. I expect that is why the British not only did not lift a finger to help the drowning Jews of Europe, they actively did everything they could to prevent them from being rescued. In short, saving 1.5 million Jewish chidren from being murdered in cold blood was not considered to be in the "best interests of all the English population". And, according to Orwell's famous essay, impossible as it may sound, matters became much worse as the war progressed even as the truth about the Holocaust emerged. You may have been fighting the Germans and their allies, but, I can assure you, it was despite the Jews and not because of them.

Thus it also was when Britain betrayed her mandate in Palestine and behaved in a manner in post-war Palestine that would have done credit to the SS.

For the British (I think you give away your political origins by your odd choice of "English" here instead of "British"), assisting Jews is always considered to be against their best interests. I suspect that is why the British are still so hated by Jews not just in Israel but around the world.

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"Four months after the State Department confirmed the dimensions of the Holocaust, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden met in Washington with President Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles. At this meeting, Eden expressed his fear that Hitler might actually accept an offer from the Allies to move Jews out of areas under German control. No one present objected to Eden's statement."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/filmmore/reference/primary/index....


Joshua18

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 12:13

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"Maccoby, you are a case in point."

A head case in point:

"A Maccabee puts Meaning back in Christmas!"

http://randompottins.blogspot.com/2006/12/maccabee-puts-meaning-back-in....

If you can be bothered googling them, there are more of Maccoby's mad jottings scattered around.


telegramsam

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 17:00

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Jonathan are you saying that not all the things israel does are in the jews' best interests? Have you joined independent Jewish voices in your dotage?


Yvetta

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 18:12

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"Judaism existed for centuries before the creation of the state of Israel,"

Yes, Judaism was born in Eretz Israel and integral to Judaism is the love of Eretz Isrel and the yearning for Eretz Israel.
So don't try to divorce Judaism from Zion, pal.

Did the as-a-Jews of the JfJfP really intend to sail to Hamastan on the holiest day of the Jewish year? Some Jews.


DeborahMaccoby

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 12:40

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Yvetta, I just want to make it absolutely clear that the Jewish boat to Gaza never had any intention whatsoever of sailing to Gaza on Yom Kippur. That rumour is entirely untrue.

L'Shona Tovah,

Deborah


amber

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 18:11

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Maccoby, it's hardly like being Jewish is important to these Israel bashers, is it?

And the last person we should hear lectures from is from you - who marches on pro-Hizbollah demonstrations. Disgusting.


Yvetta

Sun, 09/26/2010 - 09:09

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Thank you, Deborah. The same to you.


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Sun, 09/26/2010 - 11:18

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