HOw should we respond to Anti semitism?
with shame or pride?
By Miriam Perl
With the recent spike in anti Semitism that has rocked Europe and, more recently, America, how should Jews respond? For many in our nation’s history, the response to anti-Semitism has resulted in an abandonment of faith.
a lesson from the attack in monsey
Perhaps the answer, then, is not to forsake one’s Jewish identity, but to embrace it more loudly. Will this quell the hatemongers and bigots and anti-Semites? Probably not. But at least one can say that the choices he/she makes is driven by one’s internal compass and by a desire to live a life authentically in line with one’s particular heritage. There is a feeling of strength, pride, and authentic self-determination that allows one to look anti Semitism in the eye and proclaim loudly and proudly, “I am proud to live as a Jew and nothing will stop that.” That attitude explains how the Chanukah party continued even after an attacker came into the home of a Monsey rabbi wielding a machete. The party goers proclaimed in that small act of bravado, “We will continue to live our lives in line with our beliefs, even after your despicable act.” While this example is exceptional, it would be wonderful if more Jews could proclaim their attachment to their roots, unabashedly and without fear of reprisal
bari weiss at the rally in new york
As Bari Weiss proclaimed with swelling pride at the recent 25,000-member march in New York City this week, “I am not a Jew because people hate my religion, my people, and my civilization. Not for a single moment does Jew-hatred, like the kind we are seeing in this city, make me a Jew. I am a Jew because of the audacity and the iconoclasm of Abraham, the first Jew of all. The whole world was awash in idols and he stood alone to proclaim the truth: There is one God. … I am a Jew because I know that there is a force far greater than that. And that is the force of who we are and the force of our world-changing ideas.”