Tuesday, January 14, 2014

KEEP THE HIGH GROUND

Don't let the meshugana minority take the high ground.

SO WHAT?`

About a hundred years ago, the secret police of the Russians Czar commissioned a book called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The book has been at the base of genocidal anti-Semitism ever since and continues to endure today in the Middle East and even Japan. Basically, the book alleges that a small group of Jewish men met in a cemetery and conspired to control the world. Let's put that in context ... a small group of Jewish men in Russia, isolated with no power, no military, no money (study the history of the Jews in Russia or watch Fiddler on the Roof) were supposed to take control of the world. I thought of approaching it from the standpoint of logic … how could such a conspiracy even be considered possible, no less achievable? But after listening to Dennis Prager's radio show, I've decided that the appropriate answer is “so what?” So what if a small group of nutso Jews drank too much schnapps in a graveyard because there was no where else for them to go, sat there and thought,”Hey, why don't we just take over the world? Yah, that’s the ticket.” Even today the Mel Gibson/Louis Farrakhan “Jewish problem” proposition that Jews control the financial, media, and entertainment industries, without really understanding what is necessary for anyone group to control any aspect of our society. So what if Asians dominate the mani-pedi business or Indians (Asia) dominate the economy lodging industry, or Pakistani’s dominate the etc. etc. etc? So what ... what's wrong with that? Can anybody show me any data anywhere that Jews (who comprise 1.4 % of the US population) dominate any of those industries, or any other? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?Hey Mel, so what? Hey Louis, so what? It may well be true that disproportionately, as a percentage of the population of Jews in America, a larger number are involved in these three industries, but then a smaller number of Jews may be involved in, say, construction, professional sports, long-haul truck driving, or concierge services. So what does any of that mean anyway? But even if the data shows that there is a significant disproportionate involvement, compared to our composition of the general population, so what? ... Unless some people can't handle the thought that Jewish people are allowed to compete with everyone else in a democracy. But that's not a "Jewish problem" That's their problem.

Friday, August 02, 2013

ANTI-SEMITISM AND TRUTH

Keats said, 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” In that vein, land is prosperity and prosperity is survival. All throughout history the enemies of Jews have heaped economic deprivation on our people by limiting their access to land, education, and occupation, with one goal … economic deprivation that would eventually lead to death. My ancestors, the Fiddler on the Roof people, were herded into the Pale by the Russian monarchy in a “death by a thousand cuts” strategy. The most chilling example known to all but the most twisted Holocaust deniers took place in the Warsaw ghetto. Jews were brought in from far and wide and crammed into overcrowded dwellings, prohibited access to food, and starved to death. And those who tried to get food for survival were murdered where they stood.

Even the land designated for the Jews by the Brits was whittled down or stolen by Arab armies. When Israeli Jews reclaimed the stolen land, the thieves, like the thug caught with a geek’s lunch money, claimed it was theirs all along.  Now the 21st century version of this “shrink the borders” is the Arab/Palestinian clearly stated goal of taking land from Jews in Israel. For those people who are knowingly or unwittingly are aiding and abetting those who make it abundantly clear that they  want the extermination of Jews; for those whose capacity to think has been distorted by the Kool-Aid cocktail of ancient religious hatred and petrodollars …  “Let’s kill all the Jews!” is not a negotiating position.


Anti-Semitism always was, and still is, genocidal. Those who ignore this reality, are doomed to be consumed by it. 

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

IGNORANCE AND WISDOM

The height of ignorance is not knowing what you don't know. Knowing what you don't know is the first step on the path to wisdom.

You should understand silence before you try to understand words.


Monday, February 11, 2013

THE RULE OF LAW

The rule of law is like virginity, … the first time you give it up, it can’t be gotten back.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

WHAT DOES "I'M JEWISH" MEAN?

Being Jewish is more than Judaism, more than the religion. Being Jewish is a also a culture filled with its rich traditions. But truly being Jewish is more than the culture and the religion … being Jewish is the heritage. If someone practices the religion, but doesn't cherish, preserve, and defend the heritage, then they have to relinquish their membership to The Tribe, and tear up their MOT card. If someone engages in the BWC (bread, wine, and candle) traditions (and let's throw in the potato latke part too), but not cherish, preserve, and defend the heritage, then they too have to tear up  their MOT card. I know …those who don’t cherish, protect, and preserve the heritage will ask why I have the right to decide whether they get to keep their MOT card. And in the finest Jewish tradition, I answer that question with this question: Why do you want an MOT card anyway?

Friday, February 08, 2013

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE IN MY DNA


I can't do it! No matter how hard I try, I just can't grasp the true fear and horror of those who were systematically dehumanized and exterminated by the German Government, the Nazi party, other European Governments, and the German and European citizenry. From as far back as I can remember I, have watched the gripping footage of the liberation of the death camps, again and again. I have seen the movies ... Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, It's A Beautiful Life, The Pianist and many, many others. I have read innumerable accounts describing the systematic manner in which the German Government worked to dismantle rights to livelihood, culture, possessions, and even self-respect... the Nuremburg Laws, Kristallnacht and many others.

iI have spent countless hours at the Dachau death camp in Germany, in the Holocaust Museum in DC, and at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach hopelessly trying to comprehend the gradual hour-by-hour, day-by-day realization of the inevitability of the German genocidal plan felt by just one parent, one husband.

But I can't. I can't even adequately imagine the slightest shred of hopelessness and helplessness that even so much as one of the 6 millions Jews, and an equal number on non-Jews, felt each waking minute of the day, as the "noose" tightened around them and everyone they loved was herded into rail cars, into death camps, and, sooner or later, into gas chambers.

In my visits to Germany and other European countries, I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the faces and wondering whether those faces in front of me… not in some movie or documentary …. truly felt remorse for what had been done. After all, didn’t their relatives possibly have some complicity? Aren’t they the ones still arguing against fair compensation for the remaining Holocaust survivors in their last few years on Earth? Aren’t they involved in the government legal system and the insurance industry denying the beneficiaries of death camp and firing squad victims their claims on the policies’ death benefits? AREN’T THEY THE ONES WHO HARBOR ILL WILL FOR THE CITIZENS OF ISRAEL AND QUIETLY SMILE WHEN ISRAEL IS ATTACKED IN THE UNITED NATIONS ONE RESOLUTION AFTER ANOTHER?

So many yet unanswered questions. Were the houses or apartments in Europe that I walked past once occupied by a Holocaust victim’s family? Who occupies them now and how did they get possession? Exactly who took the Holocaust victims’ property, money, jewelry, paintings, and other possessions? Who are these despicable people… are they alive today or did they pass their ill-gotten gains on to their families without those family members knowing the Jewish blood that provided them these possessions?

Worst of all, I can’t decide what to “never forget” and what to let go of, because we surely can’t move forward while clinging to suspicions and assumptions. But where is the proportionality? You know … PROPORTIONALITY… that demand from the world on Israel each time Israel defends itself from attacks by Palestinian terrorists? Where is the proportionality for the Holocaust victims… Jews and non-Jews… for their misery?

For far too many people, the Holocaust is just a fading chapter in a history book and, with time, will lose its significance like the terrorism of the KKK and lynchings. We cannot and must never allow it. It is not enough for our children and theirs and future generations of Jews and non-Jews to merely know that the Holocaust happened. They must understand the Holocaust in the most personal terms possible, so that the feelings are imbedded in their DNA. And from that sense of connection, they will see to it that no other people will be treated so inhumanely. I feel inadequate to the task, but I have an obligation to continue the pursuit of connecting to just one victim, not compulsively, but out of respect for all of the victims.

Ron Dolinsky

Sunday, January 27, 2013

LET'S GIVE "JEWISH LEADERS" A BREAK

In tense times like these, many of us activists lament that the so-called “Jewish leaders” repeatedly fail to switch from advocacy to activism at a time when their position publicly could make a meaningful difference for Israel and for all Jews. The truth is that it is unfair to criticize them for not taking a leadership position on the fight with Hagel.

Despite the media’s (liberal and conservative) need to have their “go to” Jewish “leaders” when covering an event or an issue, we owe it to these individuals to relieve them of a responsibility that is not theirs. They are not leaders of any Jews other than their own members, donors, or congregants who have expressly granted them the right to speak on their behalf. They are merely officials of a non-profit organization. Nothing more. We need to make sure that the world is made aware of the difference… with crystal clarity.

This not to pick a fight with them or to denigrate or destroy them. This is an act of mercy to remove them from unwarranted harsh criticism. In other times when Jewish communities were isolated, heads of Jewish organizations, media, and institutions were traditionally viewed as the leaders of their enclaves, so-called Jewish communities. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not so much. Many think it made little sense then, and it makes even less sense now in an Internet world where every Jew has an equal voice.

Reading Denise Tamir’s article* describing some American Jewish “leaders” ignoring Peter Bergson’s pleas to lobby the US Government on behalf of European Jews being slaughtered is sickening. And that we still have some who are willing unwilling to protest against the nomination of Chuck Hegel for Secretary of Defense is beyond disappointing. But, WE CAN DO THIS OURSELVES, yes we can!

Final comment, for those who are interested, Rabbi Steven Wise was singled out by Tamir as one who strongly opposed Bergson and failed European Jews. As you may know, I like to compare large scale events to a Rubik’s cube. When you think you have the complete picture, keep turning the cube AND the individual cublets on each side. You’ll be amazed at what you will find! I strongly recommend the more complete and balanced version from the US Holocaust Museum, Rabbi Stephen Wise
www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007309 .

Here is the concluding paragraph from that version to stimulate your interest:

Wise's role as the leading American Jewish leader during the 1933–1945 period made him a natural target for criticism. He was unable to change congressional opposition to the 1924 Immigration Act. He could not change British policy in Palestine. Ultimately, he could not persuade the Roosevelt administration or Great Britain to build rescue missions to save Jews into their strategy to win the war. There is no doubt, however, that Stephen Wise was a pivotal religious, Zionist, civic, and civil rights figure, and one of the most important Jewish leaders of the twentieth century