R. Yaakov Bleich Attends Memorial for Ukrainian Nazi Collaborators

As my readers know, I don’t think much of Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Yaakov Dov Bleich. But I never thought he would stoop this low. But he has. The JTA wire service just reported, Rabbi helps dedicate a memorial to Ukrainian group that collaborated with the Nazis. Continue reading

Antisemitism, Real and False

We Jews have very good and terrifying reasons to be sensitive to antisemitism. Which is why we save our ammunition for the real thing like the horrible shootings in Kansas City. The hateful bastard who murdered three people is despised by most Americans and the American public has rallied to our side in sympathy.

The day before Passover, a prominent Hasidic rabbi, Shmuel Dovid Halberstam, Sanz-Klausenburger Rebbe in Boro Park did the opposite as an excuse for stupid dangerous behavior. He and his hasidim were burning chometz when a fireman was doing his job and got punched. So much for Hakol kol Yaakov vihayidayim yidei Eisav. The fireman tried to get the Rebbe’s attention to protest being punched. The idiot Rebbe retorted, they also did this to us in Nazi Germany. It is pathetic that the son of a concentration camp survivor can’t tell the difference between a crematorium in Nazi Europe and law enforcement in Brooklyn. Like antibiotics that are over-used and become ineffective, the cry of antisemitism is in danger of being cheapened by scofflaws who play the religion card recklessly.

Klausenberger Rebbe BP Shmuel Dovid Halberstam

Surely, a way can be worked out to burn chometz with the cooperation of the fire department instead of instigating a cat and mouse game that endangers the public, wears out the fire department, and weakens our protection from real antisemitism.

Helen Keller on Nazi Book Burnings

Slate Magazine’s Rebecca Onion reports on Helen Keller’s letter to German students after learning of their plans to burn books including her own, How I Became a Socialist. Highlights of the letter include,

History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them.You can burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas in them have seeped through a million channels and will continue to quicken other minds……

Do not imagine that your barbarities to the Jews are unknown here. Continue reading