Saving Diaspora Jewry - Part I

The better the economic, political and social standing of Jews outside Israel, the worse their state as Jews. In just two hundred years of so called "emancipation", Jews have succeeded in destroying their three-thousand-year-old heritage as God's chosen people, the ones meant to be a nation of priests and a holy nation, a light onto the nations.

Harry W. Weber,

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Recently, a friend told me that his wife flew from Israel to Malibu to attend her niece's wedding. The scenery overlooking the Pacific Ocean was breathtaking, but so were some other details of the affair. The groom was a Gentile, yet a "rabbi" performed the ceremony, reciting all the traditional blessings, "consecrating" in a Jewish (sic) wedding the union of a Jewess to a Gentile.

The bride's father, an Israeli engineer who had emigrated down to America some thirty years ago, insisted on a Jewish wedding. So, all the Gentile guests dutifully donned those funny, glossy yarmulkas and went along with the farce. On the surface, another typical Jewish wedding. Yet, how grotesque. How outrageous. How ridiculous. This is the depth to which Reform and Conservative Jewry has sunk -- the depth of farce.

The state of Diaspora Jewry has never been worse. In fact, the better the economic, political and social standing of Jews outside Israel, the worse their state as Jews. In just two hundred years of so called "emancipation", Jews have succeeded in destroying their three-thousand-year-old heritage as God's chosen people, the ones meant to be a nation of priests and a holy nation, a light onto the nations. That national dream has been usurped totally by an individualistic dream -- to rise in the social-economic-political ladder of each and every host nation.

Yet, despite their super-comfortable physical existence, Diaspora Jews are always fearful and uneasy. Of what? Of being attacked -- their loyalty to the host nation liable to be questioned. They never really feel at home, because they are not at home. The fear of appearing "too Jewish" and too assertive of Jewish interests led to US Jewry's greatest sin -- its conscious indifference and malfeasance regarding the fate of its European brethren during World War II. There is no denying that the vast majority of American Jews were afraid to stand up and do whatever could be done to persuade Franklin Roosevelt to bomb the railroad lines leading to the concentration camps, or to open up America's shores to the refugees of the Nazi Holocaust.

How ironic that millions of Germans today feel an awful sense of guilt for their parents' murder of the six million Jews, yet most American Jews don't feel the slightest pangs of guilt for their parents' inexcusable behavior while millions of their brothers were murdered.

For Jews in America today, helping others is politically okay, but not helping your own. For how else can anyone explain the outrageously immoral, do-nothing policy of every American Jewish organization and Jewish leader to the Dreyfus-like imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard? Nothing but fear of what the host Gentiles will say if Jews help one of their own -- one who was railroaded into a prison sentence totally beyond the bounds of justice and decency -- can explain Jewish inaction in this case.

So, Jonathan rots in a US jail for twenty years only because he is Jewish. Clearly, no matter how wealthy and powerful Jews are in the Diaspora, the Jonathan Pollard case proves that they will remain fearful second-class citizens -- forever.

Being Jewish in the Diaspora is not a happy condition. There is too much cognitive dissonance attached to it. So why be Jewish? Why, indeed?

Diaspora Jews found the answer in "reforming" their religion. Reform Judaism denies the essence of Judaism -- the divine origin of all the commandments. It sanctions marriage between Jew and Gentile, male and male, female and female, and does everything to blur the difference between Jew and non-Jew. After over a hundred years of ignoring the Book, the people of the Book in the Diaspora know little about it, and whatever they know is at a childlike level that is worse than useless. So, is it any wonder that intermarriage has reached seventy percent in the Diaspora? And that thousands of Jews die each day in the silent bloodless holocaust of assimilation?




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