Daily Israel Report

Michael Savage: Celebrate Bin Laden Death, 'Rabbi's an Idiot'

American radio shock jock Michael Savage tells a listener to celebrate Bin Laden's death and ignore a rabbi's advice.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/4/2011, 5:32 PM / Last Update: 5/4/2011, 6:20 PM

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Radio shock jock Michael Savage spewed more anti-Semitic vitriol this week on his first broadcast following the assassination of al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. Savage, host of The Savage Nation radio talk show, was born Michael Alan Weiner on March 31, 1942 in Bronx, New York, and is technically Jewish, having been born to a Jewish mother. 

Advising a secular studies teacher to ignore the directives of a yeshiva where he works, Savage proclaimed “The rabbi's an idiot. How's that?”

The teacher had called asking Savage's advice on what to tell his students about the Navy SEALs operation that eliminated the terrorist, in light of the teaching of Torah Sages that advises Jews not to celebrate over the death of an enemy.

“It's a dilemma...” the listener began.

“A dilemma? Yeah, it's a nice dilemma,” Savage commented. “They hide under their matzah and then they tell the Israelis that don't rejoice at the death of their enemies. Why not? Maybe if they put on a uniform and fought for their country they'd be a better Jew...

“Telling yeshiva boys that... you can find a rule for everything on every direction in the holy books,” Savage went on. “Because the holy books are a compendium of the writings over hundreds of thousands of years written by various scholars and they have a variety of opinions on everything. It doesn't mean that they're all valid. You can pick and choose what you want.”

The teaching the listener referred to originates with Biblical King Solomon, who advised, “Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown.” (Mishlei 24:17)

There are numerous examples in the Torah (Five Books of Moses) as well as elsewhere throughout the Bible that demonstrate Jewish sensitivity to this issue. Jews do not rejoice in the destruction of human life, as all people are created in G-d's image -- though we will do what we must, as we are commanded by Him to do, as in the eradication of Amalek.

TRANSCRIPT

(Listener: “Miami Jason” who “works part-time in a yeshiva”)

Jason: The “rabbis” say you “should not rejoice in the death of your enemies” – 

Savage: Who cares what the students say, what do they know – do they fight for the country? Most of them hide anyway under a mattress in Israel. They don't fight for the country so who are they to tell anyone anything?

Jason: This is what they are being taught by their rabbis. I am a secular teacher....

Savage: Well, then the rabbi's an idiot. How's that? What does rabbi mean, but teacher? Some teachers are smart, and some stupid. You know, I..I.. I'm a little, I'm a little dis...dis.. dysfunctioned (sic) with the Orthodox in Israel. They're big on telling the Israelis how to run their life (sic) but they don't fight in the military. Why is that?

Jason: That's a dilemma...

Savage: A dilemma? Yeah, it's a nice dilemma. They hide under their matzah and then they tell the Israelis that don't rejoice at the death of their enemies. Why not? Maybe if they put on a uniform and fought for their country they'd be a better Jew.

Jason: I...I...I totally agree that we should be …

Savage: Alright. So... Look. Telling yeshiva boys that... you can find a rule for everything on every direction in the holy books. Because the holy books are a compendium of the writings over hundreds of thousands of years written by various scholars. And they have a variety of opinions on everything. It doesn't mean that they're all valid. You can pick and choose what you want. As far as I'm concerned you have to look at the Five Books of Moses – and even within the Five Books of Moses there's been an entire Renaissance within the views of them. You certainly don't kill adulterers, do you?

Jason: I just think that it's a dilemma that there is all the hate...

Savage: The dilemma is its false teachings, that's all. Some rabbi wrote it a thousand years [ago] – who, Rabbi Akiva wrote it, so therefore it's Gospel? He was just another man. He was just another man! I think his view was wrong. I think there are times to rejoice in the death of your enemy.

Jason: And.. I...I...I ...

Savage: Alright...alright... that's my opinion. That's my opinion, What's yours? 1-800....