When we talk up crank calls, minor threats to our community, are we American Jews actually playing into anti-Semites’ hands?
Rabbi Avi Shafran
Rabbi Avi Shafran serves as Agudath Israel of America’s director of public affairs and blogs at www.rabbiavishafran.com. His most recent collection of essays is entitled “It’s All in the Angle”(Judaica Press, 2012).
Orthodoxy’s startling demographic growth means the tide is turning for the famously liberal values, voting patterns and communal life generally associated with the U.S. Jewish community.
Forget a 'struggle for civil rights,' or 'liberating' the Wall. That's not the true reason for Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders' uncouth Kotel Crusade.
The absurd attempts to show the Torah embraces transgender rights are manifestly deficient to anyone familiar with the Jewish religious tradition.
Judaism is being co-opted into the abortion debate by both the right-to-life and right-to-choose factions, with predictably misleading results. But Orthodox Jews can’t feel truly comfortable in either camp.
When Reform leaders level veiled threats at Israel in the name of 'Diaspora Jewry' – accept our Judaism or else – they're not speaking for me nor for Orthodoxy, the real epicenter of Israel support in America.
When Stalin publicly 'disclosed' a plot, part of a vast conspiracy, led by Jews working for the United States, to kill him and destroy the Soviet Union, he followed up by building four giant prison camps for the USSR’s Jews. Only Purim stopped him.
Even if, as is likely, Trump never ends up coming for us American Jews, the fact that he's gone after others is, or should be, offensive enough.
We should not conflate the abhorrent murderers of the Dawabsheh family, those who celebrated their deaths at a wedding and the hilltop youth with all Jewish Orthodoxy.
There is no justification either for Palestinians incitement, or high-profile visits by Jewish 'activists' to the Temple Mount whose nationalist rush contributes to spilling innocent blood.