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Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon, republished in full below, calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.”

Rabbi Lewis’s bio on the Etz Chaim website says his “religious services are a stimulating, uplifting blend of the past and the present.  Whether on the bima or in his office, he generates a caring warmth.” Yet, this is not his first foray into racist and inciteful rhetoric. Three years ago Rabbi Lewis gave a very similar sermon on Rosh Hashanah, again attacking Muslims and comparing them to Nazis. In fact he fashions this speech as a sequel to the earlier one:

The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul. Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.” The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.

It’s important to note that while Rabbi Lewis says only a small minority of Muslims worldwide should be considered “committed Islamists” he says nearly all Muslims are guilty. “Most Muslims are not terrorists – but it does not matter.” Again the racism is astounding:

There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror and wish to see, by any means possible, the Muslim flag fly over every capital, on every continent. I was relieved when I heard only 5%. Thank God it’s only 5%. Now I could sleep soundly. But wait, let me figure this out, 5% of a billion is… 50 million Koran-waving, Allah Akbar-howling Muslim murderers out there planning to slit our throats, blow us up or forcibly convert us. . . .

But what disturbs me is, where are the other 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists? Who are not bomb-blasting, acid-throwing zealots? Where are the other 950 million Muslims who tuck their children in at night with a lullaby, who are okay with Christians and Jews, crave a peaceful world and wish nothing more than a tasty bowl of hummus and a friendly game of Shesh Besh with a neighbor? I want to believe they are out there, for their sake and for ours. I want to believe they weep in pain over the desecration of their faith. I want to believe that we have partners who dream the dreams we do and wish upon the same star. I want to believe – – but where are they? A silent partnership is no partnership. Sin is not just in the act of commission – it is also in the act of omission. Most Germans were not Nazis – but it did not matter. Most Russians were not Stalinists – but it did not matter. Most Muslims are not terrorists – but it does not matter.

Rabbi Lewis is not only alarmed by the expected au courant bogeymen such as ISIS, but also criticism of Israeli policy and BDS activism which he attributes to an “alarming surge in Islamist rhetoric, violence and influence”:

Let’s get Jewish-personal. A Zim Line cargo ship was prevented from offloading it’s cargo for 3 days because of pro-Palestinian mobs in Oakland, California. A young man from our shul on his 1st day of university was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948… In Dade County a synagogue was defaced with swastikas and the words Hamas scrawled on its walls. A JCC in Seattle was attacked. A pro-Palestinian rally in Miami called for “the massacre of the Jews.” University campuses across the country, hot beds of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish hostility. A local merchant in Roswell told one of our members (not realizing she was Jewish and vocal) that she was fed up with Israel’s brutal treatment of the children of Gaza. We are not Europe, but connect the dots. I am concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming surge in Islamist rhetoric, violence and influence. I am equally concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming silence and inaction of mainstream Muslims. I fear political correctness run amuck. I fear the worship of multiculturalism. I fear progressive voices of repression. I fear a distorted media tolerant of intolerance. I fear politicians who prefer the easy, still of the night to the noble, necessary struggle of the day. I fear we are not so far away from where we thought we would never be.

You can read the whole thing below. It’s as hateful as any you would expect from any fringe religious demagogue. Except Lewis isn’t a fringe figure. As the website Loonwatch points out, Lewis was given commendations by the Georgia legislature and the US House of Representatives. He has been at Etz Chaim for nearly 40 years. In fact when he recently announced his retirement in 2017, congregation President Cheryl Miller said, “Rabbi Lewis will continue to be an active participant in the leadership of our congregation, a wealth of information and resources, a trusted friend, and a role model to our future clergy.” This man who has called for the annihilation of millions of people is apparently a beloved figure.

Lest there was any confusion Rabbi Lewis followed the sermon with a blog post presenting a strategy “to combat the enemy without and the enemy within.” The whole thing is worth reading as it offers insight into the worldview of a wide swath of the American Jewish community, including a warning indicating the community’s political direction:

Old rules no longer apply. We must watch out for the Left and for the “Progressives”. Some of our most enthusiastic and morally clear friends are in the Evangelical, Conservative Christian community. I know for some it’s uncomfortable and yes, their stand on choice, gay rights, etc. many of us find disturbing, but we must recognize the urgency of the day. Survival trumps all other issues in this war of values and decency.

Here is Rabbi Lewis’s full sermon:

Ehr Daw 2014 – Given on Rosh Hashanah, 5775

I thought that maybe I’d start with a rendition of Paul McCartney’s plaintive masterpiece “Yesterday”… “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though they’re here to stay, oh I believe in yesterday” – but then I thought, too romantic. And then I thought, how about the favorite classic we all learned as children – “Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques, Dormez-vous, Dormez-vous, Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines, Ding Daing Dong, ding daing dong. Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, Brother John, Brother John” but then I said to myself…too French. Perhaps the story of Chicken Little – “The sky is falling. The sky is falling” and I thought, getting closer but too childish. What about Santayana’s “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Maybe, but too philosophical. And then I remembered Joseph Conrad’s sadly, cynical observation – – “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness,” and sadly it felt right.

And so, here were are in a place of unimagined chaos and cowardice, paralysis and brutality. The beast roams the earth; we are stymied, stunned and continue to fiddle. My friends, “Ehr Kumpt Part 2, the Sequel.” This is not a time for delicacy. For tiptoeing. It is not a time to parse words nor worry about offending someone with unfiltered vocabulary. Time is no longer a luxury we possess. Distance no longer provides protection. We are being threatened like no time before, by an enemy obsessed with an apocalyptic endgame that will bring only disaster. An enemy that worships savagery. An enemy that celebrates depravity. An enemy that glorifies the death of the young. There has been a seismic shift in our world. We feel it. We see it. We know it. We dare not deny it. Pick up any newspaper on any day, the first page, the second page, the third page, the fourth page and beyond – – most of the articles are about radical Muslims, not just ISIS, immersed in a vicious culture of blood and slaughter. Skip to the sports page or the crossword puzzle if you wish, but that doesn’t make the uncomfortable news go away. In fact, it brings joy to the jihadists who hope for our indifference. If we deny evil then we need not fight it. It doesn’t exist – just a few lunatics, thousands of miles away, pounding sand, blowing each other up and occasionally beheading an unlucky journalist. Not so bad.

For years, we have been mercifully spared the ugliness and intimacy of war. The Battle of the Bulge and Iwo Jima were a black and white MovieTone newsreel after Tom & Jerry and before the Pride of the Yankees. We planted victory gardens, rolled up tin foil, bought Liberty Bonds, said goodbye to fathers, sons and brothers. But the trenches were on the other side of the Atlantic and Pacific. So too, every other subsequent conflict. The Yanks were coming but the shooting was “over there.” We suffered little. But today, war has been redefined and relocated. Geneva is finished. We are all combatants in the cross hairs. We are all on the front lines, like it or not. The battlefield has no boundaries and the war, no rules. The enemy targets deliberately, fiendishly, any place of innocence. All are vulnerable and so we must recalculate our strategy, re-examine our tolerance, re-energize our resolve and unequivocally identify the evil doers. Let us not be silenced by fear, by feckless goodwill, by reckless hope, by meaningless rhetoric.

There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror and wish to see, by any means possible, the Muslim flag fly over every capital, on every continent. I was relieved when I heard only 5%. Thank God it’s only 5%. Now I could sleep soundly. But wait, let me figure this out, 5% of a billion is… 50 million Koran-waving, Allah Akbar-howling Muslim murderers out there planning to slit our throats, blow us up or forcibly convert us. It only took 19 of Osama bin Laden’s disciples to bring down the Twin Towers, plow into the Pentagon and crash a plane into Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 dead. Over $10 billion in damages on that sad day. 19 Al Qaeda. 50 million Islamists. Do the math.

But what disturbs me is, where are the other 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists? Who are not bomb-blasting, acid-throwing zealots? Where are the other 950 million Muslims who tuck their children in at night with a lullaby, who are okay with Christians and Jews, crave a peaceful world and wish nothing more than a tasty bowl of hummus and a friendly game of Shesh Besh with a neighbor? I want to believe they are out there, for their sake and for ours. I want to believe they weep in pain over the desecration of their faith. I want to believe that we have partners who dream the dreams we do and wish upon the same star. I want to believe – – but where are they? A silent partnership is no partnership. Sin is not just in the act of commission – it is also in the act of omission. Most Germans were not Nazis – but it did not matter. Most Russians were not Stalinists – but it did not matter. Most Muslims are not terrorists – but it does not matter. Stand up righteously or get out of the way. Perhaps in every mosque, in every midrassah, in every Muslim neighborhood, Edmund Burke’s powerful warning should be chiseled on a wall in Arabic, in Farsi, in Pashto, in Urdu, for all to read and heed. “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.”

A couple of months ago, 3 young Israelis were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and killed. And so began Operation Protective Edge. But the Gaza war was much more than shooting down rockets and blowing up tunnels – it was the preview, the soft opening, for a much more serious war – a genuine world war. It was a test of resolve, of fortitude. It was a test watched carefully by the indecent forces of a rising Islamist world. Israel is only the beginning. The first prize sought in what promises to be a protracted, multi-generational Kulterkampf. Israel made the headlines, but the front lines are all over the map – we just don’t know it yet. The whole world was watching and our performance was pathetic. We, the good guys, stumbled at the gate; tripped clumsily in an embarrassing display of moral confusion and ineptitude. It was amateur hour and the bad guys were licking their chops. I say the following unapologetically and with a heavy heart. When the war began, the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, should have immediately, instinctively invited to the Oval Office, the leading Democrats and Republicans of the Senate and the House, his cabinet and all significant Washington political players. Every domestic and international news organization should have been notified and the following talk broadcast across the planet. “Fellow Americans – a crisis has erupted once again in the Middle East and I have been told that the war between Israel and Hamas is complex and nuanced. I have been told that our great nation must be evenhanded- but I am here to say with no equivocation, with no hesitation, this war is not complex. This war is not nuanced and we will not be evenhanded in this confrontation of good and evil, of right and wrong, of civilization and savagery. We Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives from sea to shining sea, stand together in unshakable support of Israel against foul, corrupt, murderers who sacrifice the lives of children in their pursuit of power. To Israel we say – do whatever you must. To Israel we say, take whatever time you need to crush this vile enemy and whatever you require, you can count on us. To the world we say, Israel is fighting for all of us – for our values, for our principles, for our civilization. Support her efforts, as we do, in every way possible. I will not tolerate any words of disparagement against our greatest ally and friend in the Middle East. God bless Israel and God bless the United States of America.”

But these words did not ring forth from the White House, the capital of the free world. What we did hear was “No victor, no vanquished.” This statement was our President’s strategic plan. No call for triumph over terrorism, but a weak kneed, stalemate with butchers – a tie between good and evil. Right and wrong. Civilization and savagery. This did not go unnoticed. Media coverage during the war was biased and shameful with a few notable exceptions. To permit Hamas spokesmen and Hamas sympathizers to speak and to defend their monstrous deeds to millions of viewers is morally shocking. To promote equivalency between Israel and Hamas is morally appalling. With my remote, I would channel surf, go from station to station and I could not believe what I was hearing on CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC, MSNBC, and all the rest. The grotesque propaganda, the repulsive distortions – the tolerance of the wicked. And this did not go unnoticed. As I sat through these numbing broadsides, I wondered if our mainstream media during WWII would have invited the Germans and the Japanese to share their perspectives on the hostilities in Europe and in the Pacific. As they moaned about Dresden and the Doolittle Raid, would the anchors have nodded in sympathy? When the Germans and Japanese explained the need for the V1 and V2 bombardment of London and the necessity for the Bataan Death March, would the anchors have expressed understanding? The obscenities and outright lies given airtime and legitimacy should be sickening to any person of conscience.

Words distinguish us from the beast. In a powerful Holocaust tale, Eli Wiesel painfully writes that when words lose their meaning, disaster follows. In today’s Middle East lexicon; restraint means suicide. Terrorists have become militants. Self-defense is a war crime. Democracy is apartheid. Israelis and Jews have become Nazis. Warning civilians to get out of harm’s way has become genocide. 38 Muslim countries – 22 Arab countries and Israel, the only Jewish nation, must constantly defend her right to exist. Russia invades. Nigeria enslaves. China oppresses. Pakistan rapes. Iraq slaughters. North Korea starves. Iran nuclearizes. Syria massacres. Venezuela plunders. Afghanistan tortures. Sudan annihilates. ISIS beheads and Israel is the pariah state, put under the microscope by the morally noxious. And this did not go unnoticed. Eric Hoffer, the longshoreman philosopher, wrote the following in 1968 – 46 years ago. His words have not grown stale with the passage of time. To the contrary, they are every bit as relevant and meaningful today, nearly 1/2 a century later. I quote: “The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out 1,000’s, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey drove out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But, in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations, when victorious on the battlefield, dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious on the battlefield, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in the world…Other nations when they are defeated, survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated, it would be destroyed…” Hoffers’ final words are chilling and prophetic. “I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.”

To those who are morally obtuse, I say shame on you– from university professors to the useful idiots of the media, from liberal churches to Hollywood, from the United Nations to the clueless left – let me remind all the ‘misguided do-gooders” – your deeds do not go unnoticed. The world does not like a righteous Goliath especially if Goliath speaks Hebrew.

Let’s leave the Middle East and head to Europe. For those who have not been recently, it has changed. It has changed dramatically. The sights. The sounds. The crowds. The streets are much different than when we backpacked with our Eurorail passes – strolling down the Champs-Elysees, chasing pigeons at Trafalgar Square, wandering the backstreets of Amsterdam after dark. The continent that gave birth to Western civilization, the continent that defined high culture is crumbling before our very eyes. Because of well-intentioned tolerance and an undisciplined pluralism, Europe is returning to the dark ages. By most estimates, Europe will be unrecognizable by the middle of this century – crushed by a demographic tsunami. The birthrate of the Brits, the French, the Dutch and the rest of the EU is well below ZPG. The Muslim community’s birthrate is prolific.

The danger, however, is that Europe has not been a melting pot, assimilating new Muslims. And these new Muslims, for the most part, are not interested in respecting the great democracies of Europe. They want Sharia law and Islamic culture to be ascendant, and with their birthrate, the ballot box and their disdain for the West, in time they will get it. The element that is surging and redefining Europe are not the democracy-respecting Muslims, but those who are rampaging in nearly every capital. They are preaching hate for Jews, for Christians, for Israel, for America, for the entire Western world. It is not our grandfather’s Europe and it will not be a Europe our grandchildren will recognize. For the record, Europe is being flooded not by freedom loving, tolerant, assimilating Muslims who wish to share in Western freedom, in Western tolerance, in Western culture but rather by violent Islamists, extremists who reject every value we treasure.

We love ethnic communities – they are vibrant, exciting, magical faraway places only a walk away. Chinatown, Little Odessa, Greek town, Little Havana, Lower Eastside, Little Italy, but what is spreading across Europe are not charming, quaint neighborhoods enjoyed by locals and camera toting tourists in search of a charming restaurant. These are beachheads for invasion. Want to stare down a guard at Buckingham Palace? Do it soon. Want to see the Follies-Bergere dance the Can Can? Do it soon. Want to sip wine at the vineyards of Tuscany? Do it soon. Want to sunbathe on the beaches of San Tropez? Do it soon. The sun never set on the British Empire, but now there is a cold darkness settling on Europe. A nihilism. A corruption. A perversion in the name of Allah. A Kristallnacht of European and Western culture is coming that will destroy a millennia of creative genius. Don’t listen to me. Listen to what the Islamists preach.

Don’t listen to me. Look at what the Islamists do. It is not a leap into fantasy to perceive a dystopian future that is irretrievably ugly and inconceivably vile.

• The Sistine Chapel demolished for portraying God’s image.
• The Pieta, Venus de Milo, David smashed. Idolatry.
• Botticelli’s and Goya’s and Renoirs and Rubens torched – paintings of women not wearing a hijab and chador.
• The Guttenberg Bible. The Magna Carta. Tossed into a bonfire. Profane literature.
• Museums all across Europe vandalized by marauding Islamist fanatics.
Even the Nazis saved the masterpieces.
• Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart silenced.
• The end of opera. Rossini, Verdi, Puccini gone.
• For Shakespeare, Cervantes, Moliere. The Final curtain, a dark stage.
Even the Nazis enjoyed the classics.

I must assume there are skeptics out there – folks who disbelieve my warnings and might label me an alarmist – a Paul Revere wannabe – galloping across the Pyrenees through the European heartland in the shadow of the Alps crying out “The Muslims are coming. The Muslims are coming.” I weighed each and every word carefully. Repeatedly. Was I treading into bigotry? … Into melodrama? Speak with the ‘canaries in the mine’, the Jews of Europe, fleeing in record numbers. Synagogues fire bombed. Jewish businesses vandalized. Children threatened on their way to school. Kippot buried in their pockets. Mezuzot. Hamsas. Magen Davids dangling on chains tucked under shirts and under blouses to hide Jewish identity. Israeli products pulled off store shelves. This is not the 1930’s nor the 1940’s and yet it is. 68 years since the Nazis defeat but their descendants are making Hitler proud picking up where he left off. “I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.” Slip in the word “Jew” for Israel and we see the future of Europe. This ever-growing tragedy doesn’t end neatly in Europe, in the Middle East, in Mumbai or the Philippines.

Most of us have never tasted the bitterness of war. Witnessed its horror. Clawed our way out from beneath tons of rubble. But we dare not be complacent and cry out confidently – “we have 2 oceans and the TSA to protect us.” We live in a shrunken world. In a porous country. In an open society. We have become perilously naïve. Recklessly evenhanded. Unacceptably tolerant. Dangerously comfortable. The greatest generation has spawned the clueless generation. I say it again loudly, slowly and clearly – we are at war, here in America as well, with radical Islamists. We have been attacked repeatedly and yet we continue to turn away. We euphemize the enemy. Disguising his identity and his intent. There will not be armadas chanting “Allah Akbar” landing on the beaches of Malibu and Boca. No vast battalions chanting “Allah Akbar” while crossing the Rio Grande or the 45th Parallel – but make no mistake – we are at war, right now, this very minute. The tactics have changed. The battlefield is different. The rules of engagement have been redefined but we dare not make the mistake that all is well and that Islamic terrorists are simply violent criminals. That Islamic terrorists are just a bunch of unemployed losers, not part of a vast network hell bent on destroying our country. Their disunity in numbers but their unity in purpose is their power. The Lone Wolf is deadly and we are the prey.

Ask the man or woman on the street when did this all start and most would reply: “On 9/11.” That was a catastrophic day, but not the start. For us here in America, the war began in Teheran in 1979 when our embassy was taken over. It has continued ruthlessly and without pause ever since. Lockerbie and Scotland, TWA Flight 840, the USS Cole, embassies and American interests bombed and Americans killed in Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Spain, Kenya, Germany, Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Connect the dots. Here on American soil, before 9/11, the Twin Towers were attacked in 1993. The Times Square bomber. The Tsarnev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing. The Fort Hood massacre was not work place violence but the calculated, cold blooded murder of 13 American soldiers by a Muslim Jihadist yelling “Allah Akbar.” The shooting up in Little Rock, Arkansas of an army recruiting station. The murder of 2 CIA agents outside Langley by a Pakistani whose final words before meeting his maker were “There is no God but Allah.” The indignant, impious, arrogant claim by CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic relations, that anyone who commits an act of violence is by definition, not a Muslim. Therefore, a Muslim terrorist, a Muslim killer, a Muslim suicide bomber, is a misleading term of bigotry and Islamophobia. The slick, masterful ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis. New York. Colorado. On Facebook. On Twitter and across the country. Connect the dots.

Let’s get Jewish-personal. A Zim Line cargo ship was prevented from offloading it’s cargo for 3 days because of pro-Palestinian mobs in Oakland, California. A young man from our shul on his 1st day of university was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948… In Dade County a synagogue was defaced with swastikas and the words Hamas scrawled on its walls. A JCC in Seattle was attacked. A pro-Palestinian rally in Miami called for “the massacre of the Jews.” University campuses across the country, hot beds of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish hostility. A local merchant in Roswell told one of our members (not realizing she was Jewish and vocal) that she was fed up with Israel’s brutal treatment of the children of Gaza. We are not Europe, but connect the dots. I am concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming surge in Islamist rhetoric, violence and influence. I am equally concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming silence and inaction of mainstream Muslims. I fear political correctness run amuck. I fear the worship of multiculturalism. I fear progressive voices of repression. I fear a distorted media tolerant of intolerance. I fear politicians who prefer the easy, still of the night to the noble, necessary struggle of the day. I fear we are not so far away from where we thought we would never be.

Three thoughts to ponder. This past year, many of us saw the Book of Mormon at the Fox. An irreverent, vulgar, hysterically entertaining musical about the Mormons. We parked our car at the Georgian Terrace and crossed Peachtree Street. In front of the theater were a half dozen, well dressed, mannerly Mormons handing out literature. “Sir, if you would like to know more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” a young woman said to me as I took her brochure, “Please go to our website.” I thanked her. She smiled, wished me a pleasant evening and turned to speak with another ticket holder. I thought, “God bless these folks. This is how we disagree in America.” At the same moment I had another thought. What if Trey Parker and Matt Stone came out with a tasteless, bawdy musical that was hysterically entertaining entitled “The Quran, Allah’s Holy Book.” What would happen? It doesn’t take much imagination to answer that question. Jeff Foxworthy correctly wrote, “Have you ever wondered why it’s okay to make jokes about Catholics, the Pope, Jews, Christians, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Chinese, the French (including French Canadians)…but it’s insensitive to make jokes about Muslims?” A few years back, a Danish newspaper “Jyllanns-Posten” printed 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad to illustrate an article. If the photos published were of Moses or Buddha or of the Apostle Paul, the event would have been met with a yawn. But not so with our Islamist friends. The reaction? Not a letter to the editor. Not a request to submit an op-ed. Not a friendly visit to the publisher – – but worldwide rage. Riots. Boycotts. Embassies burned. Ambassadors recalled. Attacks on Christians and on churches. 200 killed. Soon after, a professor from Brandeis wrote a book on this outrageous event entitled, “12 Cartoons That Shook the World.” It was published by Yale University Press, located at 302 Temple Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, United States of America. But what was missing in the book? What Yale University refused to print were the 12 cartoons and images of Muhammad. This self-censorship was shameful, cowardly, un-American and a sniveling submission to Islamic narcissism and intimidation. Where is a great university’s courage? Where is Freedom of the Press? This happened in America. In the land of the free and in the home of, I hope, still the brave.

I recall, as we all do, the good old days when air travel was a pleasure. When I flew here to Etz Chaim in my commuting, student days, I’d catch a cab outside my apartment on the upper West Side and be at LaGuardia in about 20 minutes. I’d check my bags in 2 minutes and be at the gate in 4 minutes, just in time to board my flight. I even got a meal. In those days, flying was an adventure, even in coach. Today it is irritating and exhausting. What happened? What changed? Who’s to blame? Who has created the need for a multibillion dollar security industry? Who has created a tedious need for us to remove our shoes and belts, empty our pockets, pack only 3-1/2 ounces of Listerine, go through metal detectors and x-ray machines, submit to frisks and wand searches? Arrive hours before departure? Who is responsible? Let’s see – – not the Italian Mob, not skin heads, not neo Nazis, not Columbian drug cartels, not the Russian mafia, not the Crips nor the Bloods nor the Aryan Brotherhood, not the Ku Klux Klan. So who is it that has irretrievably ruined worldwide air travel? So, think of a Muslim play on Broadway. Think of a scholarly text on Muhammad. Think of flying Delta or United or AirTran. Think about it and connect the dots. For us, WWII lasted 4 years. It has been 13 years since 9/11. 35 years since the invasion of our Iranian embassy and like it or not, we are still at war with radical Islam. Declaring we are not at war with radical Islam does not make it so. Roosevelt and Churchill got it and understood that the stakes were not just the Sudetenland and a few islands in the South Pacific. From the White House and 10 Downing Street, they understood it was planet earth. Today, the radical Islamists seek the same prize – not just Bagdad or Benghazi – but planet earth.

This is not dramatic fiction, but the real thing. A handful of us here today, experienced the real thing about 11 weeks ago in Israel. We didn’t see the real thing on the nightly news nor read about it in the evening paper or hear about it in a long distance phone call from uncle Moshe in Tel Aviv. We were there as Kassam rockets rained down on Israel, on us, targeting, not military bases, not Merkava tanks, not IDF divisions, but children at play, families enjoying dinner, friends laughing over a beer, lovers strolling through a park, teenagers playing volleyball on the beach. The world watched and preached and judged and only now has begun to stir from their slumber of hypocrisy and inaction. Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas. They are all the same. Hezbollah. Islamic Jihad. Al Shabab. Muslim Brotherhood. Boko Haram. Al Qaeda. Taliban. Iran. The only difference is the length of the knife they use in their butchery. Israeli blood bleeds the same red as the blood of James Foley, of Steven Satloff, of David Hawthorne Haines, of Christians, and Yazidis. Let’s reason, some suggest. One last Hail Mary negotiation. Maybe we can figure out what’s bothering these troubled Muslims and perhaps they’ll tell us what we can do to resolve the friction. I am all for dialogue, but we are dealing with a moral species that eats its own, kills it’s young and celebrates innocent death as homage to God. Osama bin Laden eluded capture for 10 years. Ever wonder why? There was a $25 million bounty on his head. That’s a lot of money. $25 million can by a lot of plastic surgery. A new identity. Rosetta Stone tapes. Elocution lesson. A suburban home. A Brooks Brothers wardrobe. New partners. New friends. Surf and turf every night and a round of golf every day. In 10 years, there was not one betrayal of Osama bin Laden – – not one. And I asked myself, “why not?” – $25 million is a great amount of money and can easily facilitate a luxurious disappearance. The answer is simple. These Islamist criminals are unlike us in the most basic of ways and we have yet to accept and understand their total immersion in moral debauchery.

The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul. Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.” The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely. If we fail in this holy crusade, we will live in a world bereft of color. Empty of music, of art, of romance, of laughter, of freedom, of invention. A world barren of all beauty. Depleted of all virtue. We are divided today not by faith nor holy book. We are divided today by decency and indecency. By right and wrong. By moral and corrupt. By courage and cowardice. By righteousness and evil. The good citizens of earth must rise up. Gather on the mountain top and proclaim in thundering unison the words of Isaiah: “Hoy ha’omrim lera tov v’la’tov rah – woe to them that call evil, good and good, evil. Who present darkness as light and light as darkness. Who call bitter, sweet and sweet, bitter. We must turn back the evil. We must turn back the darkness. We must turn back the bitter.

My friends – Ehr daw – they are here.

198 Responses

  1. Edward Q
    October 3, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Wasn’t the newspaper editor who called on the Mossad to assassinate Obama from Atlanta? I wonder what these folks thought of Rep. McKinney?

    • bilal a
      October 3, 2014, 7:35 pm

      This is lliberal reform Judaism, rejecting traditional Judaism’s moral teachings, all that is left is ruthless power seeking at any cost, including preventive nuclear genocide, and historical revisionist triumphalism in war – industrial killing of civilians without mercey:

      1. Laying the moral ground work for multiple Dresdens / Hiroshimas , industrial scale, mass preventive murder :

      Understand we are dealing with an irreconcilable enemy who wants our total destruction or submission. Compromise is not an option with such deadly fanatics. We are in greater peril today than we were in World War II. We made no apologies then, and [we ? ] crushed the Nazis and the Japanese utterly. It was an unconditional surrender.
      link to etzchaim.net

      2. Notice the repitition of the Ginsberg meme of the Jews defeating Hitler
      Interview with Ben Ginsberg, author of How the Jews Defeated Hitler:
      link to transatlantic-magazine.com

      3. The Rabbi is a liberal not an Orthodox religious Jew, he rejects traditional Judaism, eg holding his nose for the Christians:

      I know for some it’s uncomfortable and yes, their stand on choice, gay rights, etc. many of us find disturbing, but we must recognize the urgency of the da

    • bilal a
      October 5, 2014, 10:31 am

      More genocidal incitement

      Maher, Sam Harris Battle Affleck, Kristof on Radical Islam

      link to usatoday.com

      • radii
        October 6, 2014, 6:12 pm

        the Monster (as I call zionist israel) is finally revealing itself fully and dropping the act … the goal was total ethnic-cleansing from the start and complete domination of the region, destruction of Al Aqsa to build a 3rd Temple and extended influence, if not actual borders, for a greater israel … the plan was set over 100 years ago and it has merely had some slow-downs … now it seems the pretense is being dispensed with finally

  2. Boomer
    October 3, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Where this coming from some powerless, insignificant fringe, it might just as well be ignored, but as those at this site know all too well, such is not the case. R. Cohen’s new book is another example of the dangerous world view among some in powerful positions in American society. In such a situation, publicity is the better response.

    • bugmenot
      October 5, 2014, 3:22 am

      I hope it’s alright to challenge the status quo assumption of this rabbis having made evil statements. If you actually read his statement and leave aside the commentary, what he’s said isn’t so differnet from what many of our policitians in the US have been saying for a while (albight he uses the word “exterminate” which makes us more than comfortable than were he to use their term of “to fight against” or “get rid of”).
      The rabbis is calling radical Islam a threat to the world. Agreed.
      He’s saying it’s a threat NOW and we have to deal with it. Agreed.
      He’s saying that the way to deal with it is to exterminate them. Sounds a little uncomfortable, but that’s essentially what politicians mean when they say to “wage war against them.”
      He’s goes out on a limb to question how innocent the non-radical muslims are if they never speak up. Agreed that there’s definitely room to question there.
      As far as I’ve seen, I didn’t see any call to exterminate those non-radical muslims. If we can please do our own independent thinking here, that would be great.

      • hophmi
        October 5, 2014, 6:44 am

        Not exactly sure how this sermon, which favors fighting against Islamic radicalism, is any different from rhetoric at Mondoweiss defining Jews who do not support BDS as people who lack a conscience, and much worse rhetoric than that. In fact, this Rabbi acknowledges that most Muslims are peaceful people. This blog regularly demonizes most Jews.

      • Shingo
        October 5, 2014, 6:50 am

        Not exactly sure how this sermon, which favors fighting against Islamic radicalism, is any different from rhetoric at Mondoweiss defining Jews who do not support BDS as people who lack a conscience, and much worse rhetoric than that.

        I am pretty sure you are not as stupid as you pretend to be. For a start, no one favoring BDS has advocated gencode or allowing Palestinians all the time and support they need to commit genocide.

        In fact, this Rabbi acknowledges that most Muslims are peaceful people.

        And then said it doesn’t matter, because they are complicit in their inability to stop radicals, thus deserving of genocide.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 4:02 pm

        Hey, I’ve got a fun idea. Let’s go to Hophmi’s archive and see what he says about Rabbis who preach peace, justice and accountability!

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 4:05 pm

        “This blog regularly demonizes most Jews.”

        Call the Anti-Demonization League!!

  3. American
    October 3, 2014, 3:28 pm

    ” My friends – Ehr daw – they are here.”…says the Rabbi

    Yea they are here and ‘they’ is the Zio Rabbis and their fellow travelers
    It is because of so called ‘leaders of the Jewish community’ and Judaism like this Rabbi that Jews keep finding themselves in trouble.
    First it was the ‘evil’ Christians, now its the ‘evil’ Muslims that want to wipe out the Jews.
    12 millon Jews against 1 billion Muslims….then what next?..12 million Jews and one pissant midget nazi state against 7.1 billion non Jews and world powers.
    Disaster DNA.

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 11:46 am

      “12 million Jews and one pissant midget nazi state against 7.1 billion non Jews and world powers.”

      You are right, American, there is an issue of basic fairness here. We really should start with a handicap.

  4. eljay
    October 3, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.” The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.

    Whadday say, Mr. Lewis? Should the Palestinians who, for over 60 years, have suffered the fury of ultimate evil of Zio-supremacism be permitted to act to exterminate and utterly and absolutely destroy it? If not, why the double-standard?

    >> There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror …

    5% of the Muslim population are fanatics who believe in some sort of Islamic supremacism. What percentage of Jewish people are fanatics who believe in – and practise, support and/or excuse – Jewish supremacism? Is it 40%? 60%? 80%?

  5. Annie Robbins
    October 3, 2014, 3:30 pm

    i didn’t read the whole sermon. so, this is what people pay to listen to on high holy religious holidays? how depressing. so much for uplifting or celebratory speech.

    • Mooser
      October 3, 2014, 3:53 pm

      “how depressing. so much for uplifting or celebratory speech.”

      Huh? You mean you don’t want to leave services on one of the biggest observances in the religious calendar feeling angry, fearful, and paranoid? Being urged to exterminatory programs?

      See, that’s what’s wrong with you progressives. You just don’t know what religion is all about.

      • Mooser
        October 3, 2014, 4:00 pm

        Oh, I don’t know, maybe he just says stuff like that to keep the kids and young adults coming back. Hard to keep them interested in religion these days, so they want to make it seem, oh, what is the word? Oh I know, ‘relevant‘, that’s it ‘relevant’. You know, give the kids something they can ‘relate to’.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 3, 2014, 4:17 pm

        LOL

    • Horizontal
      October 3, 2014, 9:53 pm

      @ Annie Robbins ~

      “i didn’t read the whole sermon.”

      I couldn’t do it either.

    • catporn
      October 4, 2014, 1:29 pm

      I couldn’t read the whole sermon, or more accurately, I didn’t want to spoil my evening by letting that much hate and vitriol into my head.

    • Mikhael
      October 5, 2014, 2:30 pm

      Maybe if you actually did read the whole sermon, you’d see that nowhere is there anything that comes close to a call for genocide, per the libelous assertion of Adam Horowitz, but that would be actually crediting you with reading comprehension abilities that you don’t possess.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 4:10 pm

        “Maybe if you actually did read the whole sermon,”

        Why? He’s a demented and malicious old man. Hate to think any children heard it. This is what a Jewish congregation needs to hear on the High Holy Days? Sure, okay.

  6. seafoid
    October 3, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Great stuff for the high holidays. I look forward to Beinart telling Jews to get in touch with the real Judaism and I wonder what it is now.

    • Mooser
      October 3, 2014, 4:03 pm

      “and I wonder what it is now.”

      Oh, probably a lot like it has been, it’s a lot of different things at once. And changing, too.

      • Mikhael
        October 7, 2014, 12:59 am

        <blockquote
        Mooser October 6, 2014, 4:10 pm
        “Maybe if you actually did read the whole sermon,”

        Why? He’s a demented and malicious old man. Hate to think any children heard it. This is what a Jewish congregation needs to hear on the High Holy Days? Sure, okay.

        Stating that someone is advocating genocide is a very serious accusation, that’s why. I take such charges seriously. So I just read it a second time. I still don’t see where this rabbi advocates whole-scale slaughter of Muslims and killing people simply for being Muslim. He warns of the dangers of Islamism (Islamism is not Islam) and he notes that 95% of Muslims don’t endorse extremist and violent Islamist ideologies. It is true that he criticizes the majority of these peace-loving individuals of Muslim faith for not taking a stronger stand against those extremists who commit terrorist outrages in the name of their religion (I don’t necessarily agree with his criticism, first, because I know many prominent Muslims have denounced terror, and second, because individual Muslims in the West don’t have a duty to denounce every fanatic any more than individual Buddhists in the West have a duty to denounce the Buddhist monks in Myanmar who are persecuting the Rohingyha, but he is entitled to his opinion. Of course, the rabbi’s stating these opinions does not come close to a call for genocidal violence against Muslims. Making such a claim is what is called a lie, in layman’s parlance. A better example of a religious rant calling for genocide would be the Hamas Charter.

  7. MHughes976
    October 3, 2014, 3:49 pm

    We often hear the word ‘incitement’ in the context of Palestinian remarks about Israel, We definitely have an incitement here and indeed an incitement to lethal violence. So if we are against incitements we should be against this oration.
    What does ‘exterminate’ mean? Does it require the physical vaporisation of millions of persons or would a bit of conversion do instead? I note that both extreme violence and forced conversion are condemned here, but it seems to be all right when ‘we’ do it. Is this consistent?
    If someone defines Islam, or authentic Islam, in a way that excludes violence their words are said to be impious. But who has the right to define words in the name of God?j I’ve half a mind to define this as ‘blasphemy’.
    ‘How we disagree in America’ now seems to have been re-defined too, to extend to calls for extermination. The release into mainstream American discourse of eliminationist or exterminationist rhetoric would be pretty damaging, I would say.
    There seems to be constant redefinition of the target ‘Islam’/’radical Islam’/’Islamism’. Not a very impressive essay. And is it legal? Aren’t there some restrictions on incitement?

    • lysias
      October 4, 2014, 5:23 pm

      Exactly what I was wondering. Is this criminal incitement to murder?

  8. weiss
    October 3, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Another Redneck-Rant from the good ole’ boy heart of the Deep South:

    Georgia

    And yet another reason I am ashamed to be Jewish

    PS: this is not Philip

    • Adam Horowitz
      October 3, 2014, 4:58 pm

      He’s from New Jersey

    • bilal a
      October 3, 2014, 6:55 pm

      my favorite AZ has pale skin and reddish hair, and probably gets a red neck when he farms in the sun.

      redneck Max Blumenthal

      the last kosher racial epithet

    • JWalters
      October 3, 2014, 8:26 pm

      Thank you for rising above tribalism!

    • RoHa
      October 3, 2014, 8:50 pm

      Fallacy of undistributed middle. You are arguing:

      [All] Lewis is Jewish.
      [All] Lewis is to be ashamed of.

      Therefore

      [All] Jewish is to be ashamed of.

      If you can’t see the fallacy, try this.

      [All] Cats are mammals
      [All] Cats are carnivores

      Therefore

      [All] Mammals are carnivores.

      This fallacy lies behind nearly all the tripe we hear about racial and national pride, racial and national prejudice, “identity”, and probably a bunch of other evils I have not thought of.

      Hence my adherence to the Confucian principle that you cannot have moral order if you have intellectual disorder, and the (allegedly) Voltairian* principle that believing absurdities easily leads to committing atrocities.

      (*I don’t know whether Voltaire actually said anything like this, but if he didn’t, he should have.)

      • Mooser
        October 4, 2014, 11:49 am

        “(*I don’t know whether Voltaire actually said anything like this, but if he didn’t, he should have.)”

        Don’t worry, RoHa! In the best of all possible worlds, that’s exactly what he said. And in dulcet tones, too. –

      • catporn
        October 4, 2014, 1:45 pm

        Yes, no reason to be ashamed of having Jewish parents, just because of the actions of others. May as well say ashamed to be human because of the prisoners in Gitmo.. Its the people that commit the crimes, and the people that support them, that should feel shame.

      • aiman
        October 4, 2014, 7:51 pm

        True. On that basis we should all be ashamed for being human. No person bears the burden of another. As Rabbi Zusya said: In the world to come they will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask, ‘Why were you not Zusya.’

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 11:54 am

        “On that basis we should all be ashamed for being human”

        That’s why I tell myself every day: “Thank God I’m Moose-ish!” I enjoy being a Moose.

      • RoHa
        October 6, 2014, 2:13 am

        Nobody spotted my deliberate (cough) mistake!

        That is the fallacy of illicit minor.

        Just as destructive to morality as undistributed middle, though.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 4:13 pm

        “That is the fallacy of illicit minor.”

        I don’t fool around with illicit minors. Even when I wasn’t married.

      • RoHa
        October 6, 2014, 7:19 pm

        ” I enjoy being a Moose.”

        #I’m strictly an ungulate ungulate…#

      • Mooser
        October 7, 2014, 11:34 am

        Well RoHa, since you insist on embarrassing me, I might as well tell you that my theme song is “He’s a Big, Tremendous Mooser” (sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”) and the lyrics are somewhere in my archive, along with “I Enjoy Being a Jew”, another one of my all-time, oft-requested tunes.
        I posted “I’ll Get Stoned for Christmas” on You Tube, being somewhat discombobulated by the passage of I-502 at the time, but I’ve gotten over it.

    • notawingnut
      October 4, 2014, 12:54 am

      I consider myself a Jewish redneck since my parents grew up during the depression in Suwannee county and Gulf county florida even though I grew up in the booming Volusia county. My upbringing was “Conservadox” meaning it was a member of the Conservative branch of Judaism but we leaned toward orthodoxy. Rabbi Lewis is by no means a redneck from Georgia. Please don’t disparage my friends and colleagues from Georgia by lumping Rabbi Lewis in with the Jewish rednecks. He was raised in the more tolerable state of New Jersey. However his ideologies have been poisoned and perverted through some unknown experience. If we are ever to have a world of peace our religious leaders must stand at the forefront of toleration and be willing to accept contrasting opinions that do not advocate violence segregation or apartheid.

      • W.Jones
        October 4, 2014, 1:45 am

        Surprisingly the term redneck does not necessarily mean a racist.

        WIKIPEDIA:«The term can be found throughout McAllister Coleman and Stephen Raushenbush’s 1936 socialist proletarian novel, Red Neck, which recounts the story of a charismatic union member who says to his girl, “I’m not much to be proud of. I’m just a red necked miner like the rest.”))

        However his ideologies have been… through some unknown experience.

        It’s probably easy to guess. There is a certain subset of folks who are liberal except for the issue.

      • Betsy
        October 4, 2014, 7:37 am

        nowadays red bandanas signal solidarity with Appalachian environmental justice struggles (as you can see in the recent “March on Blair Mountain” link to ilovemountains.org )

        but, one could blame it all on the pesky Presbyterians…LOL:

        from WIKIPEDIA–

        “In Scotland in the 1640s, the Covenanters rejected rule by bishops, often signing manifestos using their own blood. Some wore red cloth around their neck to signify their position, and were called rednecks by the Scottish ruling class to denote that they were the rebels in what came to be known as The Bishop’s War that preceded the rise of Cromwell.[21][22] Eventually, the term began to mean simply “Presbyterian”, especially in communities along the Scottish border. Because of the large number of Scottish immigrants in the pre-revolutionary American South, some historians have suggested that this may be the origin of the term in the United States.[23]

        Dictionaries document the earliest American citation of the term’s use for Presbyterians in 1830, as “a name bestowed upon the Presbyterians of Fayetteville [North Carolina]”.[10][22]” link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Annie Robbins
        October 4, 2014, 12:01 pm

        thanks for a great link betsy. for some reason it originally appeared broken so i tried to fix/find it (using the ‘588’ in your url). i also found another video link to youtube.com of the ‘red neck march’. red bandanas are as american as apple pie.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        October 4, 2014, 9:49 am

        The term “redneck” is itself an expression of class and sometimes racial contempt for poor white people (like “white trash”).

        A remark on idols. Islam inherits the tradition of smashing idols from Judaism — more precisely, from Abraham of Ur, the forefather of the Jewish tribe. Does the good rabbi renounce this tradition?

      • Mooser
        October 4, 2014, 11:52 am

        ” If we are ever to have a world of peace our religious leaders must stand at the forefront of toleration”

        Psst, Mr. Not-a-Wingnut, I don’t want to shock you, but the question isn’t whether we will tolerate them, the question is whether they will tolerate us. Think about the numbers.

      • Mooser
        October 4, 2014, 2:40 pm

        “Sometimes racial contempt for poor white people (like “white trash”).”

        Ah, white trash! I wish I could get promoted from “human dust” to “white trash”, but I don’t think it’ll happen.

      • lysias
        October 4, 2014, 5:25 pm

        Does the fact that his parents gave Rabbi Lewis the first name Shalom mean that this is precisely what they did not want?

      • W.Jones
        October 10, 2014, 2:43 pm

        How is one I supposed to react this:
        For Lewis, the congregation’s response was no problem. He received a standing ovation and lengthy applause.

        But once posted on the web, the sermon sparked an Internet firestorm that overwhelmed him. Nevertheless, Lewis made clear he has no intention of retracting a single word. “Not one word. I regret not one single word,” he told the Forward in an October 6 interview. “Everything that is in there reflects my passion, my feelings and what I believe is the moral truth and so no, I have no regrets.” He argued that criticism of his speech came from “the evil-doers in this world, the terrorists, the savages in this world,” and said he viewed their attacks on him as proof that his sermon hit a raw nerve, “and I’m proud of that.” Read more: link to forward.com

        Lengthy applause? Maybe people feel they have to be part of a pack?

  9. seafoid
    October 3, 2014, 3:56 pm

    “Even the Nazis saved the masterpieces.”

    link to en.wikipedia.org
    “Streicher’s was the most melodramatic of the hangings carried out that night. At the bottom of the scaffold he cried out “Heil Hitler!”. When he mounted the platform, he delivered his last sneering reference to Jewish scripture, snapping “Purim-Fest 1946!”.

    Streicher could never in his wildest dreams have imagined that one day a Jewish rabbi would see good in the Nazi extermination system. Yes, they saved the masterpieces.
    And it was all for the good, some minor killings notwithstanding.

    What a car crash.

    • Mooser
      October 3, 2014, 4:16 pm

      “Let’s get Jewish-personal”

      • seafoid
        October 3, 2014, 4:34 pm

        Without the Nazis there never could have been Israel. They musta been part of Gd’s plan , Mooser !

      • Annie Robbins
        October 3, 2014, 8:19 pm

        They musta been part of Gd’s plan , Mooser !

        that’s what hagee famously said about AH as i recall.

      • Mooser
        October 4, 2014, 11:58 am

        “Without the Nazis there never could have been Israel.”

        The Nazis? Look, without a song, the day would have no end, the road would never bend, and several other deleterious consequences detailed by Mr. Berlin.
        A man is born, but he ain’t got a friend, without a song.

        And I ain’t talking “Horst Wessel” neither, Margery.

    • bintbiba
      October 3, 2014, 4:18 pm

      seafoid…. vous etes genial !!

    • Sycamores
      October 4, 2014, 11:34 am

      i suspect Rabbi Shalom Lewis was watching the Life of Brian to come up with that nazi quote

      link to youtube.com

  10. bintbiba
    October 3, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Sorry, for a moment i forgot where i was. …seafoid, you always touch on the most subtle and wonderful nerve.

    • seafoid
      October 3, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Imagine being gunned down by a machine gun squad in Vilna in Old Poland in 1941 and the Nazis telling you it would be for your own people’s best interest.
      Zionism is so nuts.

      • seafoid
        October 3, 2014, 4:37 pm

        And the pictures . Such high culture if you ignore the death squads.
        And if you had any interest in art you would, wouldn’t you ?

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 11:59 am

      “seafoid, you always touch on the most subtle and wonderful nerve.”

      Don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself. You keep away from my subtle and wonderful nerve till I get a wedding ring!

      • bintbiba
        October 4, 2014, 7:27 pm

        Mooser, (blush!!) I misspoke there. I sometimes get my brain-tongue-words in a twist. I send love, nevertheless.

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 11:58 am

        And love to you, too, bintbiba!

  11. Kay24
    October 3, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Well it sounds like he should be preaching from the illegal settlements areas.

    I guess no one here should be surprised that followers of Judaism have their share of Jihadists too. Despite the constant hasbara that we keep hearing about extremist Imams, it seems Judaism has had it’s share of haters, for example:

    “Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Incites Followers to Commit Genocide Against Arabs
    By Riad Z. Abdelkarim

    “The Lord shall return their deeds on their own heads, waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.”

    It is easy to imagine these words being uttered by a Nazi leader in Germany some 60 years ago, or by a proponent of apartheid in South Africa just a decade ago. In reality, however, these blatantly racist and inflammatory words were spoken just a few weeks ago by Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. He was, of course, speaking about Arabs—during a widely broadcast sermon marking Passover, no less.

    In the past, fringe elements on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have made provocative remarks. These have largely been ignored or dismissed, however, as unrepresentative of mainstream thought on either side.

    What is particularly disconcerting in this instance is the fact that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (who has previously referred to Arabs as “vipers”) does not represent a fringe element of the political spectrum in Israel. Indeed, as Israel’s former chief rabbi and founder and spiritual leader of the religious Shas party—Israel’s third largest political party—he is an influential figure in Israeli political circles. Yosef has a devoted following of hundreds of thousands of Jews, and his political party currently controls the interior and religious affairs ministries in the coalition government of hard-line Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.”
    WRMEA 2001

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 12:03 pm

      “I guess no one here should be surprised that followers of Judaism have their share of Jihadists too”

      Now, now, no cultural borrowing necessary! We have perfectly good word for it: “Zealots”. And don’t forget the “Sicarii”. I hear they are being revived to meet the current exigencies of intra-faith dissent.

  12. traintosiberia
    October 3, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Hate,anger,frustration and invective s are symptoms of a ,much deeper malaise . The rabbi is insider. He knows it. He knows that day of Zionism is entering the abyss of no return. He can rail against Islam while going down the tube with it as much as he wants . But he knows that the dream of Zionism will not survive despite so much of efforts . It is simply too inconsistent with the good life and the civic society that he lives in .
    It is not surprising that he has received accolades from the high and mighty . That’s the way the obituary is adorned before the dog eats it.

  13. Shmuel
    October 3, 2014, 4:49 pm

    It is not our grandfather’s Europe

    My grandfather’s Europe murdered every last member of his family .

    • xanadou
      October 3, 2014, 6:49 pm

      Barely weeks ago, in a Palestinian Grandfather’s Gaza, the israeli army murdered every last member of his family. And the Grandfather. And during the last 67 years, way too many more Grandfathers. And their entire families.

      Time to retire the sacred memory of a brutally tried people to a time when reminiscing about the past will not put an equation mark between them and what proposes to be their descendants. Using the dead of the WW2 holocaust to justify the uncommon savagery of an ongoing holocaust of Palestinian women, children and the old, is cowardice at its extreme.

      • Shmuel
        October 4, 2014, 3:08 am

        I was commenting on Lewis’ ‘at least they liked Mozart’ European fantasy. Diversity and recognition of diversity (not “integration” or playground neighbourhoods for “normal” people) are modern Europe’s strength and safeguard for its minorities. The danger lies precisely in those who bemoan the loss of “our civilisation” and wax poetic on how great things were before “they” (fill in the blank) showed up.

        I find it ironic that an imam was recently deported from my European country, for delivering a sermon not that different from Lewis’, except that it was about Jews (or so our xenophobic interior minister said).

  14. notawingnut
    October 3, 2014, 5:02 pm

    I am a member of Congregation Etz Chaim and want to assure you that Rabbi Lewis’s view is not representative of our synagogue. His sermon is repugnant to Judaism and the United States. Our constitution entitles us to freely express our opinion including Rabbi Lewis. However a house of worship should not be a bully pulpit used by clergy to politically motivate or incite a congregation into mayhem. It is my expectations that the clergy of any and all religions minister to the spiritual needs of their congreagation. The rants and raves of a despotic religious demigod is intolerable. I call upon the U.S. Department of the Treasury to cancel the tax exempt status of all religious charitable organizations that directly or indirectly tolerate and encourage the type of language used by Rabbi Lewis. I encourage him to speak freely but not by hiding behind the cloth of the clergy .

    • xanadou
      October 3, 2014, 7:29 pm

      Good point re the tax exempt status. Draft a petition (via Code Pink? MoveOn?), post the link on MW (if accepted), and I’ll sign it and reblog it.

    • Nite_Owl
      October 3, 2014, 7:49 pm

      Have you said anything to his face?

    • Horizontal
      October 3, 2014, 9:59 pm

      @notawingnut ~

      Is yours a lone voice of reason or are there others? It seems like the most effective way to counter such language & ideas is to do so from within the congregation itself. I hope you’re not alone.

      • Mooser
        October 4, 2014, 2:51 pm

        Well, it comes down to who owns the building, doesn’t it? It’s their building, and you are there as a guest. Would you like somebody coming into your house and telling you what to say?
        Exactly what interest does the congregation have in the Temple? I don’t think it belongs to them, does it? In the last, legal word, they are pretty much there on sufferance.

        There seems to be some kind of major misconception (first female soldier ever promoted that far) in our ideas about our relationship to our Jewish institutions. They belong to the people that own them, and it behooves us to be clear about that.

      • MHughes976
        October 4, 2014, 7:36 pm

        I would hate to be in your position, notawingnut, but if it is possible for you to rally some opposition to these excessive and misguided words you would have done a very good deed.

    • Frankie P
      October 4, 2014, 7:08 pm

      @notawingnut,

      I agree that Rabbi Lewis’ view may not be representative of the views of the congregants in your synagogue. However, as he is a Rabbi in your synagogue, he DOES represent it, and he is painting you and your fellow congregants with the same brush of intolerance and hatred that he wields in his daily life and thinking. Therefore, you are faced with choices: you may remain in the congregation, say nothing, and allow this monster to continue to represent your synagogue. You may take action among the congregants to expel Rabbi Hatred and show him and the world that you don’t buy his intolerance. You may leave the congregation of this synagogue as a protest. Quoting your constitution, which states that everyone is free to espress thier opinions does NOT distance you from the vile rantings of the officials of your institution. Imagine a Westboro Baptist congregant complaining that old Pastor Hate does not represent his views; would you not shake your head and chuckle? Make your choice; it is your choice to make.

      Frankie P

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 12:05 pm

        “You may take action among the congregants to expel Rabbi Hatred and show him and the world that you don’t buy his intolerance”

        Would you want people coming into your home, telling you what to say? Why don’t we get some clarity on how a Temple or other Jewish religious or quasi-religious institution is set up?

      • Frankie P
        October 6, 2014, 1:24 am

        Mooser,

        I am under the impression that a religious congregation goes well beyond who owns the deed for the building in which they meet. I do not know how Jewish religious or quasi-religious institutions are set up. I know that if I enter a religious institution and hear speech from officials that seems unethical or inaccurate, I don’t go back again. I understand that some people have a stronger need for a feeling of community among their co-religionists. I do not feel this need, and it has kept me from any regular attendance in any religious group. I enter Buddhist temples, Taoist temples, and Christian churches from time to time. The last time I entered a Christian church was for a Thanksgiving celebration that included an abbreviated religious service followed by a pot-luck dinner. I should mention that I live in Taiwan, and the service was part of a bilingual Christian church organization and was held in English. The pastor, or minister (an American), read something from the Bible and then gave an informal explanation, what they called a “homily” in the Catholic Church of my youth. I was shocked and appalled as he described the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, living among the American Indians who “did not know God”. Now I have read a bit about the Native Americans, and they DID KNOW God, and they had a more organic and natural relationship with God than most Christians I know. Although I enjoyed the dinner and the company of some nice people that evening, I was unable to go back to that church again. If I were a congregant in Etz Chaim, I would have to do the same and never return. Conversely, if being a member of the congregation were a high priority for me, I would try to take action to have the Rabbi expelled. What if I had been a congregant longer than the Rabbi had held a position in the synagogue. Who is coming into whose house here?

        Frankie P

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 11:59 am

        “I am under the impression that a religious congregation goes well beyond who owns the deed for the building in which they meet.”

        Okay, Frankie P, you can fight it out along those lines, and much luck to you.

    • W.Jones
      October 10, 2014, 2:45 pm

      Not representative?

      For Lewis, the congregation’s response was no problem. He received a standing ovation and lengthy applause.
      Read more: link to forward.com

      This is troubling.

  15. W.Jones
    October 3, 2014, 5:23 pm
  16. xanadou
    October 3, 2014, 6:26 pm

    “A silent partnership is no partnership. Sin is not just in the act of commission – it is also in the act of omission. Most Germans were not Nazis – but it did not matter. Most Russians were not Stalinists – but it did not matter. Most Muslims are not terrorists – but it does not matter.”

    Most Jews are not zionist racists – but is does not matter. Most Israelis are not apartheid racists – but it does not matter. My long time hero and role model, Noam Chomsky, has is right “Israel is on the road to destruction”. (link to youtube.com). Just like Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union, and all the colonial powers that preceded them.

  17. Shingo
    October 3, 2014, 6:54 pm

    Lewis is completely divorced from reality. Here he is. Railing also at Al Qaeda, while WINEP (a front for AIPAC) is advocating the support of AQ and Al Nusra.
    link to mcclatchydc.com

  18. piotr
    October 3, 2014, 6:59 pm

    I like that atrocity spotted and reported by Rav Shalom: A young man from our shul on his 1st day of university was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948… –

    Shouldn’t first day of a course be devoted to syllabus, grading policies etc. leaving actual subject matter for later? And shouldn’t intro courses be taught by student instructors?

    Apart from ideology or hatred, this sermon is some really serious raving. The tide of evility that prevents us from taking Listerine onboard an airplane. Hm. I would recommend a sleeping car of Amtrak, there is a direct train from NYC to Atlanta; a bit slower but you can have an entire suitcase with Listerine, or even something actually drinkable. Then a lengthy passage about Osama Bin Laden, where Rav Shalom Socratically asks why no one took 25 million dollars offered as a bounty for Bin Laden. “The answer is simple. These Islamist criminals are unlike us in the most basic of ways and we have yet to accept and understand their total immersion in moral debauchery.” Totally baffling indeed! When Jews were in similar situations, they sold each other for trifling money, what was it, 30 silvers? Or take Stella Kuebler…

    I really think that Rav Shalom drank an entire quart of Listerine before writing his sermon.

    • Bumblebye
      October 3, 2014, 8:11 pm

      That jumped out at me too. It’s like somebody else’s (non Jewish) kid not being told Santa isn’t real until the age of 18!
      And tonight I’ve listened to Muslim Brits in tears over the death of an aid worker they never met. I’d say the not-so-good rabbis 5% of extremists is a vast over estimate.

    • RoHa
      October 3, 2014, 8:36 pm

      “And shouldn’t intro courses be taught by student instructors? ”

      No. It is the reponsibility of the department head to make sure that the foundations are properly established. Nearly every one of the first year courses I took was taught by either a full professor or a reader. A few were taught by mere senior lecturers.

    • RoHa
      October 3, 2014, 8:55 pm

      “why no one took 25 million dollars offered as a bounty for Bin Laden. “

      Perhaps because they knew he died long before the US took out that poor guy in Pakistan.

      What other reason could they have for not selling their leader for cash?

  19. Nite_Owl
    October 3, 2014, 7:40 pm

    People like this made me hate all Jews. Organizations like Mondoweiss, B’Tselem et al have made me rethink that. I don’t want to hate. It’s against my nature but some actions should never be forgiven. Never Again is not an empty Hasbara slogan to me. It actually means something.

  20. Bumblebye
    October 3, 2014, 8:17 pm

    Anyone else think this duffer Lewis is channeling Anders Behring Breivik? On Europe, it reads like he’s swallowed Breivik’s mad manifesto!

  21. Horizontal
    October 3, 2014, 8:25 pm

    This particular vintage of hogwash has a well-worm history — though dressed up in Christian garb — where the same fulsome decay still emanates from those less-enlightened precincts of Biblical small-mindedness. Now it’s got a Jewish twist, but all the usual fingerprints of hate and self-righteousness remain.

    How many of our elected leaders, behind closed doors, proscribe to similar views defending what Senator Warren recently described, without a hint of irony, as a “Liberal Democracy” worthy of unquestionable support?

    If this Rabbi were truly out in the wilderness, there’d be no problem, but he represents a view — a bit cleaned up for public discourse, naturally — whose consequences we see pretty much acted out in our foreign policy and in our refusal to recognize the humanity of the Palestinians on a daily basis. Thus, war criminals are greeted at the White House with due deference and the machines of power continue to hum along.

    Does his congregation have an answering retort?

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 12:09 pm

      “proscribe to similar views”

      You meant ‘subscribe’, if I am not mistaken.

  22. Bumblebye
    October 3, 2014, 8:26 pm

    “We love ethnic communities…”
    Reading the whole thing it seems his actual meaning is that he loves ethnically *segregated* communities that he and his can merely go gawk at before going home!

    C’mon guys! Where’s the promised edit function?

  23. oldgeezer
    October 3, 2014, 8:45 pm

    Wow. I’m not familiar enough with the laws in the US but this would be hate speech in Canada. It would land him in jail. It’s incitement not just to violence but genocide. Full blown genocide.

    I hope speech such as this is rare amongst the Jewish leadership in the US (indeed the western nations as a whole) but the truly scary part is that this seems typical of the speech of Israeli leadership. But political and religious. It’s also typical of the zionist supporters on message boards who defend Israel at all costs and attack Islam at every opportunity.

    This has gone far beyond using political cover to attain Eretz Israel. This speech has descended into the territory of pure evil. If there are Islamic terrorists there then they will have good company with individuals of this ilk.

    I guess I haven’t really said a lot… I feel I need to but I’m blown away by the depth of depravity in those words.

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 12:13 pm

      “Wow. I’m not familiar enough with the laws in the US but this would be hate speech in Canada.”

      Except he didn’t do it in a public space, or did he? I mean, somebody better figure it out, because that question will have a lot to do with how much his congregation can answer him, for one thing.

      Yup, gotta get rid of Jewish followers, and run the entire thing with only leaders, like this Rabbi. Ordinary Jews just get in the way. –

    • Mikhael
      October 7, 2014, 1:11 am

      oldgeezer October 3, 2014, 8:45 pm
      Wow. I’m not familiar enough with the laws in the US but this would be hate speech in Canada. It would land him in jail. It’s incitement not just to violence but genocide. Full blown genocide.

      You can’t provide any quote where he advocates any sort of genocide “full blown” or otherwise, so you are lying when you write this. Warning against the dangers of Islamist fanaticism is not a call for eradicating any ethnic group or members of a specific religion.

      • oldgeezer
        October 9, 2014, 1:54 am

        “You can’t provide any quote where he advocates any sort of genocide “full blown” or otherwise, so you are lying when you write this. ”

        Don’t be silly. His sermon is there for anyone to read.

        You do not exterminate ideas but you do exterminate people. The rabbi would know the difference as would any reasonable person. He places blame not only on radical Islamists but on all Muslims . The list of those we feels need to be exterminated include Iran, which last time I checked was an entire country.

        This is quite plainly a call for genocide, full blown and complete. The rabbi is not an uneducated man who doesn’t understand the words and associations he makes. It is prepared sermon and not some off the cuff remarks where he made an unconscious choice of inappropriate words. Pure hate speech and incitement to genocide and anyone who defends his words should hang their head in absolute shame. They’ve abandoned all morality and become as evil as they claim their enemy to be.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2014, 12:35 am

      If you can show me any place in his sermon where he suggests that such actions should be undertaken against people belonging to a certain group, then I would agree that he is advocating genocide…. I challenge you to find any quote in his sermon where he calls for genocide explicitly or implicitly .

      The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely…..There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror and wish to see, by any means possible, the Muslim flag fly over every capital, on every continent. – … A silent partnership is no partnership. Sin is not just in the act of commission – it is also in the act of omission. Most Germans were not Nazis – but it did not matter. Most Russians were not Stalinists – but it did not matter. Most Muslims are not terrorists – but it does not matter.

      you can argue this is not a call for genocide, but the way it reads to me, and to an average listener, it is implicit. it’s a very irresponsible thing to say.

      I think he went overboard in his criticism of mainstream Muslims for not doing enough to speak out against groups like ISIS…. Nevertheless Rabbi Lewis is entitled to his opinion.

      and we’re entitled to ours.

    • Shingo
      October 17, 2014, 12:54 am

      Where is the quote where he endorses murdering members of an ethnic group or adherents of a certain religion?

      Throughout the sermon he calls for genocide and calls for fivung the IDF all the time and support they need to do it.

      If you can’t understand that after 3 readings you must be illiterate.

    • Mikhael
      October 17, 2014, 8:27 am

      Shingo
      October 17, 2014, 12:54 am

      Throughout the sermon he calls for genocide and calls for fivung the IDF all the time and support they need to do it.

      If you can’t understand that after 3 readings you must be illiterate.

      I’ve now read it the fourth time. Where’s the quote where he advocates anything close to a call for genocide? Show me where he says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim. Do you believe that the radical jihadist Islamist groups that claim to speak for the authentic Islamic view truly represent all Muslims? The rabbi certainly advocates doing battle with such groups. He identifies their ideology/theology as a threat to civilization. Many Muslims believe the exact same thing.

      • Shingo
        October 17, 2014, 6:40 pm

        Show me where he says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim.

        He doesn’t says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim, he said that Muslims should be killed because of what a handful of extremists in their ranks have done.

        Same thing,

      • Shingo
        October 17, 2014, 6:45 pm

        Even Yonah admits that I think the rabbi’s language was horrible and implied that the way to deal with radical Islam is through extermination

        And given that killing Muslims radicalizes more Muslims, this is therefore a call for genocide. If a muslim cleric called for the extermination of all Zionists or even Right Wing Zionists, you’d be calling it genocide.

      • Mikhael
        October 17, 2014, 8:03 pm

        <blockquote

        Shingo
        October 17, 2014, 6:40 pm

        Show me where he says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim.

        He doesn’t says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim, he said that Muslims should be killed because of what a handful of extremists in their ranks have done. Same thing,

        Nope. He doesn’t say that.

        In fact, he didn’t even say explicitly that all Islamists should be killed, per se, though yes, in this case, he certainly implied that. But since Lewis didn’t say that all Isl;amists should be killed, I’ll go on record as stating explicitly that I think it would be a great thing to kill as many Islamist radicals in gangs like ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Nusra Front, and yes, HAMAS, as possible. And no, my saying so is not advocacy of genocide against Muslims, or a denunciation of the totality of the religion of Islam, because I don’t identify most Muslims with the members of these insane fanatic groups, and this should be clear to any discerning reader.

      • Shingo
        October 18, 2014, 4:27 am

        Nope. He doesn’t say that.

        Yes he does. You might need to read it a 5th time.

        He explicitly that all Islamists should be killed, not just some of them and in the case of Israel, that they be given enough time and support to do it.

        I’ll go on record as stating explicitly that I think it would be a great thing to kill as many Islamist radicals in gangs like ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Nusra Front, and yes, HAMAS, as possible.

        The point you are missing is that it is not possible. There are not a finite number of Islamists. By simply killing them, you create more, as was the case in the wake of the Abu Grab scandal.

      • Mikhael
        October 18, 2014, 7:47 am

        hingo
        October 18, 2014, 4:27 am

        He explicitly that all Islamists should be killed, not just some of them and in the case of Israel, that they be given enough time and support to do it.

        He didn’t go into any specific details as to what must be done to crush Islamists, although he certainly suggested deadly force is appropriate. Nevertheless even if he said explicitly that each and every radical Islamist should be killed, since “radical Islamist” ≠ “Muslim”, how is that suggestive of conducting a genocide against Muslims? Many Muslims are equally resolute about the need to defeat radical Islamists.

        I’ll go on record as stating explicitly that I think it would be a great thing to kill as many Islamist radicals in gangs like ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Nusra Front, and yes, HAMAS, as possible.
        The point you are missing is that it is not possible. There are not a finite number of Islamists. By simply killing them, you create more, as was the case in the wake of the Abu Grab scandal.

        The abu Ghraib scandal was a case of abuse of detainees, some of whom were Islamists, some of whom were Baathists, and some just ordinary, rounded-up people. I agree that abusing detainees is not productive. In the case of active and armed members of Islamist terror gangs, such as the ones I mentioned above, they need to be defeated. This is accomplished through killing them in battle. A call to arms to complete this task is not a call to genocide. And stating matter-of-factly that innocent civilians are also likely to be harmed also with them and that this should not deter us is also true. Innocent German civilians were killed along with Nazis when the Allies bombed Germany too, it wasn’t a reason to stop.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2014, 2:40 pm

      I’ve now read it the fourth time. Where’s the quote where he advocates anything close to a call for genocide? Show me where he says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim. – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      mikhael, this “Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim.” is word twisting and moving the goal posts. first you asked “any place in his sermon where he suggests that such actions should be undertaken” and said if i could find any place even implicitly suggesting that and i give you an example which you completely brushed off and then left a long long response with another challenge and now you’re challenging others and have several looong comments pending on a two week old article?

      had the rabbi or his supporters sought to challenge this article with repeated spam or repetitive challenges the time to do that would have been when the thread was active. not coming back here when it isn’t and filling the whole thing up with long extended comments inserting hasbara links etc. and accusations of lying. it’s not going to fly. you’ve said your piece and we get it. you don’t agree. moving right along.

      if you or the rabbi or one of the rabbis followers is interested in challenging the information in this article why not send a submission into the site. you can find the contact on the about page.

      • hophmi
        October 17, 2014, 3:16 pm

        It’s not worth it, Mikhail. No matter what the sermon actually says, it’s in the interest of Annie and others here to spin it into something else. This is not an honest group of people you’re dealing with here.

      • Shingo
        October 17, 2014, 6:41 pm

        It’s not worth it, Annie. No matter what the sermon actually says, it’s in the interest of Mikhail and others here to spin it into something else.

        This is not an honest group of people you’re dealing with here, they are hasbarats and Nakba deniers.

      • yonah fredman
        October 17, 2014, 4:56 pm

        I think the rabbi’s language was horrible and implied that the way to deal with radical Islam is through extermination, which sounds more like an attitude than a policy and the attitude is bloodthirsty, provocative and unuseful. “Bomb them back to the stone age” seems to be the message and I don’t see how this is anything but giving a pat on the back to people who see hatred and murder and killing as the answer to the radical Islam problem.

        I think annie’s attitude: the thread is no longer active, rings false. there was a time not so long ago that threads were closed after two days. any time the editors wish to close threads it is in their hands. until then, the thread is open.

      • Mikhael
        October 17, 2014, 6:32 pm

        Annie Robbins October 17, 2014, 2:40 pm first you asked “any place in his sermon where he suggests that such actions should be undertaken” and said if i could find any place even implicitly suggesting that and i give you an example wich you completely brushed off

        But you did not provide any such example. You quoted text from Lewis where he said that we should make no mistake that we are at war with radical Islam (NB: not all Muslims). You quoted text where he said that most Muslims do not support the radical Islamist agenda, like most WW2-era Germans did not support Nazism, but it does not matter. You failed to show where Lewis concluded that therefore West should embark on a campaign of genocide against Muslims.
        f you or the rabbi or one of the rabbis followers is interested in challenging the information in this article why not send a submission into the site.

        I’m just a simple anonymous participant (like most MW commenters) in a blog thread who responds to others’ posts.

      • Shingo
        October 18, 2014, 5:19 am

        You failed to show where Lewis concluded that therefore West should embark on a campaign of genocide against Muslims.

        You’re being dishonest.

        The definition of genocide does not require an entire race or ethnicity to be wiped out. Not all Jews were wiped out by the Holocaust but it was clearly genocide.

        It would be impossible for the West to destroy all Muslims, short of nuking every state where Mudlims reside – including allied states.

        The Bosnian genocide involved 8,000 victims.

        He did calls or Israel to be given all the time and resources to kill all members of Hamas in Gaza

        What he called for is all members of Hamas and their supporters to be eliminated. That’s bound to be hundreds of thousands – therefore genocide.

  24. bryan
    October 4, 2014, 6:28 am

    It is easy to decry the demented ravings of a fanatic totally immersed within an amoral bubble, but surely the learned Rabbi has so much of his analysis correct?

    He rightly bemoans the ideological deceptions of the mass media: “CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC, MSNBC, and all the rest. The grotesque propaganda, the repulsive distortions – the tolerance of the wicked.” (However he fails to acknowledge academic analysis of the true nature of media distortion).

    He rightly decries the crimes of states: “China oppresses … Iraq slaughters. North Korea starves. Iran nuclearizes. Syria massacres. Venezuela plunders. Afghanistan tortures.” (However he fails to mention that one Middle Eastern state has been accused of all of these crimes.)

    He rightly slates the desire of ideologies to colonise other societies: to establish “by any means possible, the Muslim flag fly over every capital, on every continent.” (However he fails to mention that in Washington, Ottawa, London, Canberra and elsewhere a plethora of Stars of David easily outnumber Red Crescents.)

    He rightly reminds us that: “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.” (However he fails to mention that 95% of Israelis and large majority of American Jews approved of the recent slaughter in Gaza.)

    He rightly points out that “Turkey drove out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese”. (However the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees were not thrown out – they were merely “displaced” as if they somehow lost their way as they wandered out of Haifa and Ramle.)

    He declaims the West’s “well-intentioned tolerance and an undisciplined pluralism.” (However he fails to point out that this has created a golden age for diaspora Jews in Britain and the USA where levels of anti-Semitism are at historic lows except for occasional lapses when Israel periodically mows the lawn. He also fails to mention that such “well-intentioned tolerance” permits bigots of all shapes and colours to mount their soap-boxes (as a gentile I assume that it what a bima is) to cheer-lead in support of foreign entities.)

    He rightly condemns those who “are preaching hate for Jews, for Christians, for Israel, for America, for the entire Western world.” (However he fails to admit that they are no match for the supreme hatefulness of a minority of western Islamophobes who have gained ascendancy within academia, “the useful idiots of the media”, [il]liberal churches, Hollywood, the western diplomatic corps and the “clueless” right.)

    He argues that the concept of “a melting pot, assimilating new Muslims” has not been realised.. “these new Muslims, for the most part, are not interested in respecting the great democracies of Europe. They want Sharia law and Islamic culture to be ascendant, and with their birthrate, the ballot box and their disdain for the West, in time they will get it.” (However he fails to point out some Jews who entered Europe in the late nineteenth century have been even more reluctant to assimilate than their Muslim cousins who arrived virtually a century later, that Israeli Jews are just as keen to assert Talmudic law and Judaic culture over the indigenous population, that the birthrate of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews in Israel is overwhelming the hegemony of the slower-breeding and more secular Ashkenazi Jews, and that many have pointed out that Israel’s problem is its “disdain” for western values of pluralism, individualism, secularism and respect for human rights and international law.)

    He “leaps into fantasy” to decry the Islamic desire to demolish the Sistine chapel, to burn the Magna Carta and to silence Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven. (However he fails to mention the periodic desecration of Palestine’s churches, the destruction of more than a hundred mosques and churches during ‘Protective Edge’, the failure of the Israeli state to establish a constitution and to grant ‘habeus corpus’ and trial by one’s peers to the occupied population, or the attempted silencing of Wagner.)

    He rightly condemns the cravenness of politicians: “I fear politicians who prefer the easy, still of the night to the noble, necessary struggle of the day. I fear we are not so far away from where we thought we would never be. (However he seems to be utterly oblivious to the fact that “the easy” way out for one hundred American senators and hundreds of representatives and White House officials is to go with the flow of Zionism.)

    He correctly maintains that “Words distinguish us from the beast…. In today’s Middle East lexicon; “Self-defense is a war crime. Democracy is apartheid.” (He could however have argued more realistically that “War crimes are portrayed as self-defence, and apartheid is portrayed as democracy”.)

    And so on and so forth. One is continually amazed that a culture that produced Einstein, Marx, Freud and so many other imaginative, original and revolutionary giants, has handed the baton on to so many self-serving, un-self-aware, myopic, and dishonest midgets whose rule of thumb seems to be those in glass-houses need to throw bigger rocks.

    • ritzl
      October 4, 2014, 10:04 am

      Brilliant, bryan.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 4, 2014, 11:09 am

        ditto, an exceptional comment.

      • Mooser
        October 4, 2014, 12:16 pm

        Ridiculous! Please tell me what “Jewish culture” had to do with “Einsterin, Marx, and Freud.? Dod you know anything about those men, except that they are reputed to be “Jewish”?

        But anytime you want to tell me what “Jewish culture” has to do with the relativity, I’m ready to listen. Relatives, maybe, but relativity?

      • bryan
        October 4, 2014, 2:27 pm

        Mooser, I knew nothing about these guys because Marx died almost a century before I was born. However he is widely accepted to have been one of the leading intellectuals of all time, having made major contributions to political economy and philosophy and to have provided major insights into the world that are still incredibly valid today. Einstein I understand revolutionised physics and was also a humane non-Zionist. I mentioned Freud, though I personally believe that pyschoanalysis has nothing to contribute to human well-being. Nevertheless, there appears to be a consensus among many historians that recent Jewish diaspora culture was able to make major contributions to western civilisation (before it was perverted by Zionism). I’m not sure what point you are trying to make but it may be anti-Semitic.

      • MRW
        October 4, 2014, 6:09 pm

        Bryan, thoughtful comment.

        Economists of all political stripes will tell you that Marx wrote the most intelligent and enduring explanation of capitalism, and that it stands up today. Einstein had to escape Europe after the uproar across the continent in 1921 (check out The Times of London archives) of his alleged plagiarism of other scientists’ relativity work; the Nobel committee had to postpone his announced prize as a result until 1922 to find something else to give him a prize for (they chose the photovoltaic cell). The director of the Freud institute or foundation in NYC discovered in Freud’s diaries and letters in the 1970s or 80s that he was a pedophile, and called him a phony; this was a New York City revelation that was squashed and didn’t make it much past the Hudson.

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 12:21 pm

        ” I’m not sure what point you are trying to make but it may be anti-Semitic.”

        I’m sorry, you are not sure what point I am trying to make, but you are sure it may be anti-Semitic? It’s anti-Semitic to say Jews are pretty much like anybody else? Okay.

        Bryan, any time you want to tell me what “Jewish culture” consists of, which is distinct from the culture in which the Jewish person is living, I’m ready to listen.

        Do you think Jews live lives isolated from the people around them, and develop a special “culture” not typical or related to the culture of the people around them?

        I find the myth of Jewish isolation and special “Jewish culture” to be absurd. Do Orthodox Jews get it? Or only Conservative or Reform? Oh, and what about “secular” Jews? Where does it come from. How does it differ from the general culture and ways-of-doing?

        Why don’t we start by suggesting or even accepting there is a special “Jewish culture”, apart from the Jewish religion. So there’s ‘human culture’ and then there’s “Jewish culture”? Heck, we could easily get to a place where we start calling Jews a separate species.

        If you ask me, the only people who need to believe in a “Jewish culture” are an anti-Semite, a Zionist, or a self-hating Jew. But I suggest you don’t.

    • piotr
      October 4, 2014, 10:30 am

      Some ideas are embroidered in a misbegotten way but have a worthy kernel. Recall “bell curve”, intellectual capabilities have some distribution, perhaps similar to Gaussian bell. If so, Einstein and von Neuman were clearly at the far left side, and Rav Shalom a bit right of center. Strong community ties have a certain Gleichschaltung effect, it is safe to say that Marx, Einstein and Freud were not deeply connected to their communities.

      Concerning opera, CAMERA proudly reported Zionist demonstrations agains Metropolitan Opera. Orthodox rabbis are against listening to female singing (would castrati be OK?), their views on art are quite in line with Shia (more liberal than Salafi, more liberal than Haredi, but that would be it, no Mona Lisa for you).

      Most importantly, preaching Holy War in not a very convincing way of proving that a religion that promotes Holy War is bad. My Holy War is better than your Holy War because G..d is with us, not with you! But other guys say the same thing! By the way, what is the percentage of Jewish cleric with Holy War views? I really think that it is way more than 5%, but is it 75%? 90%?

      • Stephen Shenfield
        October 4, 2014, 6:48 pm

        Mooser is right to ask what Marx, Einstein or Freud has to do with “Jewish culture.” I think their work was part of general European culture. Marx drew on British political economy, French political thought and German philosophy. Einstein worked within the transnational and trans-ethnic enterprise of science. Freud belonged to the culture of central Europe.

        But Bryan is also right and could have made his point without bringing in the dubious concept of Jewish culture. Thinkers like M, E and F did owe something to their Jewish origin, which helped to block their full absorption into any particular national culture and open their minds to diverse influences (admittedly only within European confines). They exemplify the contribution that people of Jewish origin can make to humanity by remaining in the diaspora and resisting the siren call of Zionism, which is a cultural as well as a political and moral dead end.

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 12:26 pm

        Darn it Stephen, if I could have put it as well as you do, I would have, but I can’t. So thank you, a lot. Both paragraphs.

        I don’t know how you stay so objective about it. When I hear the words “Jewish culture” I immediately reach for my Uzi.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:02 pm

        Do Jews differ more from other people more than other people differ from each other? I haven’t seen that at all.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:04 pm

        Perhaps somebody can explain to me how, oh, “Black culture” and “Jewish culture” in America differ from American culture?

      • adele
        October 6, 2014, 3:21 pm

        I read this essay by the historian Eric Hobsbawm quite a few years ago and since he touches upon many of the same points you are discussing thought you may like to read it.

        link to lrb.co.uk

      • Mooser
        October 7, 2014, 11:39 am

        I read this essay by the historian Eric Hobsbawm quite a few years ago and since he touches upon many of the same points you are discussing”

        adele, everybody steals my ideas. I’m used to it.

  25. hellsbells
    October 4, 2014, 9:49 am

    I can neither be bothered reading the whole article or claiming surprise. Perhaps in 2015 the rapture will happen and all these religious loons will be taken away.

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 12:37 pm

      Rapture’s already started. Washington State passed I-502 by a good majority.

      • piotr
        October 4, 2014, 2:52 pm

        You mean that Ziocaine and all necessary paraphernalia are now legally sold in Washington?

      • hellsbells
        October 4, 2014, 6:05 pm

        Why would anyone want to go to heaven? There is clearly a religious war going on up there. Even death won’t stop the zealots fighting with each other over who is the most right.

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 12:36 pm

        “You mean that Ziocaine and all necessary paraphernalia are now legally sold in Washington?”

        Gosh, for a guy like me, who’s never been responsible (and tends to start a lot of comments with “Gosh”) it’s a bit chagrining to think I’m responsible for the misconception that “Ziocaine” is a chemical.
        It is not, although early research, by four out of five dentists who chew gum seemed to indicate a psychotropic basis.
        “The Ziocaine Syndrome” is purely a behavioral disability, although it can be exacerbated by overindulgence in slivovitz.

  26. RobertB
    October 4, 2014, 10:15 am

    Its seems as if these “so called sermons” are fairly well orchestrated….synchronized… for an agenda(s)… to spread hate & racism against Islam…in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia…etc…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Israeli incitement: EU parliament testimony

    “On Thursday, September 25, 2014, I gave testimony at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on incitement to racism and violence by top Israeli political, religious & cultural figures leading up to and during Israel’s 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip (Operation Protective Edge)”

    link to youtube.com

  27. Annie Robbins
    October 4, 2014, 11:22 am

    i woke up this morning, head resting on pillow wondering “what if there were other rabbis who also gave sermons like this on the high holidays?”

    for some reason i just assumed this was one very sick soul. but what if what he said wasn’t uncommon or unusual for a rabbi in the united states (or anywhere). it gives me shivers thinking of that. can you imagine a lifetime of this sort of speech? and i wonder if children were in the room.

    • Kay24
      October 4, 2014, 11:45 am

      No one should be surprised if indeed such vicious sermons were given like this in other places too. These zionists are made to feel that this for the good of their motherland, and they may even feel like martyrs for doing so. Over the years I have seen many barbaric calls for the blood of the Palestinians/Arabs by Rabbis, politicians, even young people, in Israel, and it seems many of them are swept away by a frenzy that calls for innocent civilians to be wiped out, because their existence is an inconvenience for them, and hatred will make them not hesitate to have them blown up by sophisticated bombs, even banned weapons.

    • American
      October 4, 2014, 12:54 pm

      The Rabbi is feeding the evil wolf.

      link to rebellesociety.com

    • MRW
      October 4, 2014, 6:13 pm

      He sounds like Adelson’s daughter; what a mouth on her.

    • Mooser
      October 5, 2014, 12:42 pm

      “i woke up this morning,….”

      Wow, Annie, for a minute there I thought you were going to start singing the blues!

      You should try it. You might be good at it, even if you don’t look bluish.

  28. Steve Macklevore
    October 4, 2014, 11:40 am

    “[a young man from here] was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948…”

    How dare he teach the truth?

    HOW DARE HE ?!?

  29. amigo
    October 4, 2014, 11:49 am

    These people are getting desperate.They know the gig is up and theer will be no Greater Israel, 1SS OR 2SS.

    I presume in the dying days of the 3rd Reich , the maniacs at the top did their fare share of ranting and raving and finger pointing.My only regret is that Israel,s leaders will escape the hangman,s noose and may never spend a day in prison paying for their war crimes.

    • Mooser
      October 4, 2014, 12:41 pm

      Gosh, why go outside of “Jewish culture” for examples and comparisons? Why not use the classic example of how the Jewish community met the challenge of the Greek or Roman Empires?

      Tribal unity is what done it! All sticking together, and making a consensus which met everyone’s needs, as far as possible, and then a concerted, unified plan of action. And anybody who doesn’t agree better have eyes in the back of their heads!

      • MRW
        October 4, 2014, 6:14 pm

        Tribal unity is what done it!

        Yep. And what does it.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:09 pm

        MRW, you should be able to provide me with oh, so many examples of Jewish tribal unity. Starting with the Bible, all the way to the present day. Or maybe it’s decitribal unity, since there were ten tribes.

        It’s a joke. If there is one thing (among the jewels in the crown of “Jewish culture”) which has been very little on offer in Jewish history, it’s “tribal unity”.

      • MRW
        October 7, 2014, 1:34 pm

        “Is it good for the Jews?” ;-)

  30. a blah chick
    October 4, 2014, 12:56 pm

    “A local merchant in Roswell told one of our members (not realizing she was Jewish and vocal) that she was fed up with Israel’s brutal treatment of the children of Gaza.”

    I hope someone provided smelling salts and a fainting couch for that poor, put-upon women.

    Then there was this:
    “I fear a distorted media tolerant of intolerance. I fear politicians who prefer the easy, still of the night to the noble, necessary struggle of the day. I fear we are not so far away from where we thought we would never be.”

    Can’t argue with that.

  31. Mooser
    October 4, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Is a Temple on High Holy Days a “public space”?

    • MRW
      October 4, 2014, 6:16 pm

      Moose, why aren’t you there today? ;-)

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 12:47 pm

        “Moose, why aren’t you there today? ;-)”

        MRW, the eternal progression of the seasons, and the tasks of those who work the land, cloning, potting, raising plants and harvesting, trimming, weighing, packaging, waits for no religion’s ecclesiastical calender!
        Even among the Orthodox it is permissible to skip services if engaged in a project for the good of mankind!

  32. joer
    October 4, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Dang! That’s a long sermon. I think the only thing it’s going to incite anyone to do is to sneak down to the bathroom and eat a granola bar.

    • MRW
      October 4, 2014, 6:17 pm

      Or a joint.

      • joer
        October 5, 2014, 9:49 am

        2 hour racist sermon=buzzkill.

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 12:56 pm

        Smoking pot in a Temple while the Rabbi is delivering the sermon on High Holy Days? That is a honda! (So climb on, baby, and we’ll get the hell out of here! Go, little Honda!)

  33. Pixel
    October 4, 2014, 2:48 pm

    .

    “Loonwatch”

    Ha!

  34. just
    October 4, 2014, 2:56 pm

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

  35. PilgrimSoul
    October 4, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Yes, this is incitement, and in endless wordy variations thereof…Lewis appears to be a kind of verbose Thomas Wolfe of religious bigotry. And he’s only the beginning in the incitement department. CHARISMA, a magazine for Pentecostal Christians, has pretty much been taken over by the far right, and has just published an appeal for a holy war against Islam.

    In Oklahoma, a young evangelical Christian politician named John Bennett in the OK House of Representatives has just declared Islam “a cancer that has to be cut out of America,” adding that each of the 40,000 Muslims in Oklahoma as “just as bad as ISIS.” In his latest speech he also pointed out that there was a Mosque “just three miles down this road,” adding helpfully that of course he “wasn’t advocating violence, but…”

    I noticed that as soon as I read Lewis’ sermon in its entirety I looked again at the photograph of his face, and was shocked that I felt an overwhelming nausea, fear and loathing. Was that perhaps part of Lewis’ intent, to inspire disgust? Or is it just that I have both Jews and Muslims in my extended family, and as infuriated for all the obvious reasons? I struggled with a rising anger as I read Lewis’ sermon, at least partly because his murderous, self-congratulatory ramblings are technically well-written, overall. I keep thinking that I should have a better emotional response, but there it is. I hope these toxic feelings pass.

    One thing I noticed about Lewis’s lengthy sermon was that to him it was perfectly self-evident that everything wrong in the world was somebody else’s fault. He is in his own mind a perfectly-idealized victim-aggressor, and because he’s so incredibly perfect has no need for introspection of any kind, whether personal or regarding the sins of those in his own community. He doesn’t need to make any changes, or do anything. He’s already arrived in the nirvana of the victim-aggressor, which in his case, apparently, consists of the opportunity to preach eternal incitement against the Other.

    Rep. John Lewis in Oklahoma, on the other hand, is an ex-Marine who is quite candid about his PRSD, nightmares and other after-effects of combat. But not to worry. While driving alone on a recent road trip, God whispered in his ear that he should run for office. Now he incites an unspecified but unpleasant-sounding violence on all Muslims in the state of Oklahoma. And the state Republican organization, and the Republican National Committee, say absolute nothing about his dangerous hate-mongering. It feels like a Republican trial balloon for re-branding in the mid-south as an openly neo-fascist party.

    Incitement to religious war does not affect my rather heretical faith one way or the other, but it does make my disgust with institutional religion so powerful I can taste it. Damn, what’s happening to us? Am I the only one who feels a certain level of despair about this?

    Rep. John Bennett, the young man who called for

    • Shmuel
      October 4, 2014, 5:53 pm

      One thing I noticed about Lewis’s lengthy sermon was that to him it was perfectly self-evident that everything wrong in the world was somebody else’s fault. He is in his own mind a perfectly-idealized victim-aggressor, and because he’s so incredibly perfect has no need for introspection of any kind, whether personal or regarding the sins of those in his own community. He doesn’t need to make any changes, or do anything. He’s already arrived in the nirvana of the victim-aggressor, which in his case, apparently, consists of the opportunity to preach eternal incitement against the Other.

      That struck me too. Interestingly, the passage he quotes from Isaiah (ch. 5) refers to Israel’s own sins (specifically injustice and causing others to cry out) and complete lack of self-awareness. It seems to me that Isaiah had Rabbi Lewis’ number (see also Isaiah 48, one of today’s synagogue readings).*

      *Sorry, Mooser. Can’t help myself. Maybe when the holidays are over.

      • Mooser
        October 5, 2014, 1:27 pm

        “*Sorry, Mooser. Can’t help myself. Maybe when the holidays are over.”

        Gosh, no need to apologize, Schmuel!! In fact I owe you an apology and many thanks. Our discussion the other day spurred me to ‘read more about it’, and I did, until my lips got tired, and I think I figured out what is bugging me. I think what bugs me about it is that the story is one of change, not religious stasis, and stuff from the Bible or other writings, is often presented without context. It was the lack of context which bothers me.

        So feel free to quote from the “list of the Kings of Judah inscribed on your shirt-cuffs” And thanks again.

      • Shmuel
        October 5, 2014, 1:54 pm

        the story is one of change, not religious stasis

        Absolutely. Change and diversity. Claims to “authentic Judaism” are thus ridiculous, not only because nothing (not even the guys in the black hats) is “as it always was”, but because there has never, at any time, been a single form of Judaism.

        stuff from the Bible or other writings, is often presented without context. It was the lack of context which bothers me.

        I see what you mean.

      • Shmuel
        October 5, 2014, 2:08 pm

        One of the things that bugs me about Zionism (way down the list) is the fact that it claims both exclusivity and authenticity — in the sense of “returning” to political independence (biblical and Hasmonean fantasies) and the way Jews were “intended” to live — denying, ignoring, deriding or simply eliminating every form of Judaism that doesn’t feed into its own, narrow, ethnic-nationalist paradigm.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:14 pm

        And I thank you for your patience and forbearance in the discussion, Schmuel. Even tho I lost some bliss in the process.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:19 pm

        “not only because nothing (not even the guys in the black hats) is “as it always was”, but because there has never, at any time, been a single form of Judaism.”

        Schmuel, don’t worry about the “guys in the black hats”. They’re getting theirs, the revisionist phonies!

        Nice, huh?

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:54 pm

        “and the way Jews were “intended” to live”

        In a harassed, never exactly delineated country, suspended between Empires, and plagued by in-fighting and extremism? With periodic massacres? Hmmm, maybe the Zionists do have some religious authenticity.

        So, how did that all work out for those Israelites, back then?

      • Shmuel
        October 6, 2014, 1:18 pm

        So, how did that all work out for those Israelites, back then?

        The line “And they all lived happily ever after” is nowhere to be found in the Bible or Rabbinic Literature. That speaks volumes.

        don’t worry about the “guys in the black hats”. They’re getting theirs, the revisionist phonies!

        Haredim are always a legitimate target in Israel — the only place in the world where Jews are safe.

        And I thank you for your patience and forbearance in the discussion, Schmuel. Even tho I lost some bliss in the process.

        You’re welcome.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 1:49 pm

        “Interestingly, the passage he quotes from Isaiah (ch. 5) refers to Israel’s own sins (specifically injustice and causing others to cry out) and complete lack of self-awareness.”

        There it is, Schmuel! You know the context, of course. But I wouldn’t have. How many people would?

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 1:53 pm

        “You’re welcome.”

        And don’t worry, I may have lost a little bliss on this subject, but I’ve still got plenty, on a host of other subjects.

    • MRW
      October 4, 2014, 6:21 pm

      One thing I noticed about Lewis’s lengthy sermon was that to him it was perfectly self-evident that everything wrong in the world was somebody else’s fault. . . . Am I the only one who feels a certain level of despair about this?

      No, you aren’t.

      • American
        October 4, 2014, 10:41 pm

        ” One thing I noticed about Lewis’s lengthy sermon was that to him it was perfectly self-evident that everything wrong in the world was somebody else’s fault. He is in his own mind a perfectly-idealized victim-aggressor, and because he’s so incredibly perfect has no need for introspection of any kind, ”

        Eternal Innocent victim
        Superior morality and authority
        I, We are Divine, all others are Evil.

        Fatal flaw, guaranteed failure for those that practice this.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 1:59 pm

        ” He is in his own mind a perfectly-idealized victim-aggressor, and because he’s so incredibly perfect has no need for introspection of any kind, ”

        I’ve heard that Zionists, with support from media conglomerates, are ready to turn their ideology into an American political party! It’ll be called the “Have a Nice Glass Tea Party”.

  36. Kay24
    October 4, 2014, 5:35 pm

    We should file this under “arrogance and chutzpah”

    High Court judge calls for U.S. to pardon Pollard
    In a rare intervention by a sitting judge, Elyakim Rubinstein says the Americans should release the convicted spy.
    Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein has called for the U.S. authorities to pardon Jonathan Pollard, the American who famously pleaded guilty to spying for Israel in 1987.

    Wow we are now given orders by an ISRAELI judge! This “we control the US” BS is going too far.

  37. piotr
    October 4, 2014, 5:50 pm

    It is somewhat tangential here, but the phenomenon of Holy War is present in more places than I have thought. There is Israeli Holy War, a bunch of Islamists Jihads, Christian-Muslim coalition against ISIS (with such a contradictory agenda that it is a marvel that they managed to destroy several pickup trucks), but there is so much more that diligent web surfing can uncover. Some of you already know about Buddhist extremists of Sri Lanka and Myammar, they even coordinate and invite each other. But this was a surprise:
    link to youtube.com
    Guerra Sagrada en Crimea!

    • W.Jones
      October 10, 2014, 2:56 pm

      It wasn’t a surprise. That’s a video of Crimeans playing a WWII folk song, one of the most popular, Sacred War (against fascism). It doesn’t somehow mean that Crimeans want to fight an actual war. Probably their main concern is getting decimated like East Ukraine is right now by the Kiev regime.

  38. MRW
    October 4, 2014, 6:44 pm

    The rabbi exemplifies either insanity or stupidity: there are 1.4 billion Muslims on the planet, one-fifth the world’s population; mostly in places far removed from the Middle East. What he is doing in this country, however, is the rabbinical equivalent of sedition.

  39. aiman
    October 4, 2014, 10:36 pm

    What is just as unnerving is how this rabbi will get a pass. His fascism is not fringe nor purely religious. I read one of his articles, which has Bernard Lewis Zionism written all over it. This ideology is not punishable because it has many recruits, from Breivik to Dick Cheney.

  40. Rayyan Al-Shawaf
    October 5, 2014, 6:10 am

    It’s appalling that this rabbi in Atlanta delivered such a hateful speech. But the Islamic State is not an courant bogeyman (From the article: “Rabbi Lewis is not only alarmed by the expected au courant bogeymen such as ISIS”); it’s the real thing. The group is not only genocidal in intent, but well on its way to perpetrating genocide in practice.

    And not just because of its recent atrocities against Christians and Yazidis and Sunni Muslim Kurds in Iraq and Syria, or its beheading of Western hostages and Lebanese soldiers, or its enslavement and rape of women and girls taken captive. This group (and its ilk) has been blowing up Shiite marketplaces, Christian churches, and other civilian targets in Iraq for years. The bloodiest single terrorist attack/massacre in Iraq since 2003 was perpetrated by Al-Qaida in August 2007 against the Yazidis. (Many Al-Qaida members in Iraq went on to join the Islamic State.) Over 500 people were killed.

    Just because Western politicians and media outlets are (belatedly) paying attention to the group doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

    • MRW
      October 5, 2014, 7:24 am

      Just because Western politicians and media outlets are (belatedly) paying attention to the group doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

      Just because Western politicians and media outlets ignore Israel’s massacre of citizens and white phosphorous barbecuing of babies doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

    • Mooser
      October 5, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Call me when they get modern aircraft, modern military communications, aircraft carriers and atomic weapons.

  41. NickJOCW
    October 5, 2014, 8:29 am

    With all this passion flying around, it may be worth reminding ourselves of the mild words with which the Palestinian BDS movement defines its objectives:

    Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall.

    Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.

    Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.s

    and the central aspiration in the draft the Palestinians are preparing to put to the UN Security Council

    an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine living side by side with Israel in peace and security in borders based on those before the 1967 Mideast war.

  42. Bornajoo
    October 5, 2014, 3:12 pm

    If this idiot rabbi was an imam giving a hateful sermon against Jews anywhere in the USA or Europe he would be put on a terror list and banned from travelling to and entering numerous countries at the very least. But absolutely nothing will happen to him. In fact he’ll be back next week, next month and next year spewing out his hateful vitriol all over his congregation until he retires with a big fat pension.

    How can Muslims be expected to continually cope with these double standards? Their frustration must be at boiling point. It seems that these nutty zionists can do or say anything they like with total impunity and full immunity.

    • NickJOCW
      October 5, 2014, 3:47 pm

      How can Muslims be expected to continually cope with these double standards? It isn’t just Muslims, we all have to cope with it. I hate this business of keep dividing people into ethnic or religious groupings. That’s where all this starts.

      • NickJOCW
        October 5, 2014, 3:50 pm

        PS I prefer to confine myself to mild distaste for split infinitives.

  43. Bornajoo
    October 5, 2014, 7:10 pm

    “it isn’t just Muslims we all have to cope with it”

    Yes point taken. But I’m Jewish and I live in London in a predominantly Muslim part of town. All my neighbours are very friendly and we discuss these issues often. I hear first hand just how frustrated they are and this is what leads to radicalisation. Yes we all have to cope with it but I don’t believe we are directly affected in the same way. They have a lot more coping to do and that involves trying to prevent a snowballing of radicalisation.

  44. PPickman
    October 5, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Characterizing Rabbi Lewis’ comments as “genocidal” either means that the headline writer didn’t read the speech or that he is willfully misrepresenting the content of the sermon… or worse. The message of the sermon is that the intended victims of the Islamists who embrace terror need to wake up and not become victims. It is the Islamist terrorists who are actively killing innocent people and committing genocide. They don’t just talk about it; they do it – just read the newspapers. Further, Rabbi Lewis calls upon the 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists to speak up forcefully in opposition to the terrorists. It seems to me that’s a rational, realistic message.

    The chatter on this website condemning the speech in response to the article either was written by people who responded to the headline writer’s unsupported call to provocation and who did not read the sermon, or who chose to ignore reality in order to advance a perverse agenda.

    • Shingo
      October 6, 2014, 1:48 am

      The message of the sermon is that the intended victims of the Islamists who embrace terror need to wake up and not become victims.

      Either you are being dishonest or you read a different sermon. Lewis referred to any criticism of Israel as Islamist rhetoric and propaganda. He lied through his teeth about who started the war and the false claim that the start of the conflict was the murder of the 3 teeenagers, when it fact, the Gaza massacre was an effort by Bibbi to destroy the unity agreement.

      It is the Islamist terrorists who are actively killing innocent people and committing genocide.

      So is Israel.

      Further, Rabbi Lewis calls upon the 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists to speak up forcefully in opposition to the terrorists

      But disparages those who speak out against Israel’s crimes as Islamists.

      Give up he hasbara dude. You are out of your league. Even those who belong to the Atlanta Synagogue are disgusted by the sermon.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:25 pm

        “Mooser – thanks for your reasoned response, and I wasn’t looking to pick an argument with you,”

        Bryan, please don’t mind my brusque manner. As far as I’m concerned, arguments are a lot like sex. I don’t necessarily need anyone to argue with, I can do it all by myself.

  45. bryan
    October 6, 2014, 4:46 am

    Mooser – thanks for your reasoned response, and I wasn’t looking to pick an argument with you, and would agree with much of what you say. However, whilst certainly not monolithic or exclusive, and whilst extremely diverse, it is not at all unreasonable to speak in short-hand of “Jewish culture”, in the same way as one might speak of Anglo-West Indian or Irish or Liverpuddlian culture in a British context, in the anthropological sense that all groups and communities, whilst of course belonging to wider society, and sharing their humanity, also tend to differentiate themselves to some extent, based upon history, traditions and social aspirations.

    Some of the features I associate with what I called “Jewish culture” are (1) a very high emphasis on literacy and education which results in Jews having significant influence in areas as diverse as academia, journalism, law, theatre, popular comedy, chess, music (especially as composers and lyricists, e.g. Marley, Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Mahler, Copeland,Schoenberg, Rogers and Hammerstein, Bacharach, Amy Winehouse,Lionel Bart, Arlo Guthrie, Jerome Kern, Sondheim, Hammerstein, Leonard Cohen, Gershwin, Bernstein, Hammerstein etc etc). (2) An often ambivalent relationship with host societies in the Diaspora which has encouraged the challenging of established and hegemonic ideas, and has served as a font of creativity, generating numerous Nobel prizes, Academy Awards, etc. (3) A tendency to challenge the establishment and to display sympathy for other vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, either in the role of critics (think Marx, Chomsky) or as activists (think trade union and socialist movement, Civil Rights movement, anti-Apartheid movement). This leads many Jews to campaign and vote contrary to their apparent ‘class’ interest (often as privileged members of an economic and social elite) for independent and leftist political organizations. (4) A sense of social solidarity with fellow Jews in other societies, based on a belief in victimhood and the presence of existential enemies (anti-Semites, Amelakites, Arabs).

    The tragedy of the Middle East conflict seems to me to be that of these very diverse strands the sense of Jewish solidarity has overwhelmed the activism for social justice, and that no positive resolution will be possible until the Jewish Diaspora can resolve these conflicting sympathies.

    • bryan
      October 6, 2014, 7:40 am

      This was intended to appear under Mooser’s comment of 12.21 pm 5th October, but somehow got alienated from it. I had not then seen Stephen Shenfield’s helpful response. If the concept of “Jewish culture” is “dubious” than please suggest alternative terminology that describes and explains what I see as the remarkable contribution which so many “individual Jews” made to European progressive thought. I appreciate the likes of Marx, Einstein and Freud may have been “alienated” from their Jewish religious (and cultural) communities, but surely the ambiguous and ambivalent relationship of many Diaspora Jews to both Western society and traditional Judaism is part of the tension that created a flowering of Jewish progressive thought (and culture) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Even Theodore Herzl, as a young man, exhibited a similar stance – secular and attempting to integrate into European ways and embrace German nationalism.

      Let me just quote what seems a not unreasonable summary from Wikipedia: The Jewish people have a rich history of involvement in socialism, Marxism, and Western liberalism. Although the expression “on the left” covers a range of politics, many well-known figures “on the left” have been of Jews, for instance, Karl Marx, Moses Hess, Herbert Marcuse, Murray Bookchin, Saul Alinsky, Tristan Tzara, Leon Trotsky, Leon Blum, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Eric Hobsbawm, Harold Laski, Betty Friedan, Abbie Hoffman, and Howard Zinn, who were born into Jewish families and have various degrees of connection to Jewish communities, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition or the Jewish religion in its many variants.” (see link to en.wikipedia.org)

      See also: link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:32 pm

        Brayan, once more: Do Jews differ more from other people than other people differ from each other,? Do Jews differ more from other people than they differ from each other?

        And, excuse me, apart from toleration for those Jews who desire to practice their religion, why do we need to be anything special? Want to suggest that all the persecution has made us the special people we are? Hooray for persecution, let’s have more!

        Bryan, Jews are just people.

      • Mooser
        October 6, 2014, 12:33 pm

        Besides, Bryan, you mention all those smart Jews. Where does that leave an idiot like me? Maybe I should leave, so as not to drag down the IQ average?

      • bryan
        October 7, 2014, 5:01 am

        Mooser – your first paragraph is absolutely spot on and says more eloquently than Richard Dawkins does what I believe to be the consensus among geneticists (“It is genuinely true that, if you measure the total variation in the human species and then partition it into a between-race component and a within-race component, the between-race component is a very small fraction of the total. Most of the variation among humans can be found within races as well as between them. Only a small admixture of extra variation distinguishes races from each other.”) That refers to only one component (perhaps an insignificant one) of Jewishness, but if you look at other components (“culture” ?!, religion) then the same principle is certainly also true. (The differences between the progressive/authoritarian wings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam certainly dwarf the differences between the religions.

        I’m not sure that I’d go as far as you on the merits of “persecution” but certainly the school of hard-knocks has a character-building effect as I think we can see in Scots within British society and Palestinians within Levantine society just as among Diaspora Jews.

        However, I’m not at all with you on the smartness of Jews – the state of the Jewish people fits Einstein’s definition of stupidity in repeatedly making the same mistakes, such as the idea that what does not work with force will succeed with greater force.

      • Mooser
        October 7, 2014, 11:53 am

        “I’m not sure that I’d go as far as you on the merits of “persecution””

        Okay, this is entirely my fault. Bryan, anything and everything I say about the “merits of persecution” is pure sarcasm. I do not think that persecution has any benefits, either for the persecutor or the persecuted.
        I would say that persecution degrades people, makes life harder, and over time, can be genocidal. I do not think that persecution ever benefited the Jews, I find the idea so ridiculous I make fun of it, a lot.

      • Mooser
        October 7, 2014, 12:06 pm

        “The Jewish people have a rich history of involvement in socialism, Marxism, and Western liberalism”

        Yes, we’ve had many commentors who want to blame the Jews for Communism. I think it’s a specious charge, myself.

        I mean, look at Israel, the Jewish State. No “socialism, Marxism, and Western liberalism” there thank you very much! So don’t try and hand me that ‘scratch a Jew and find a Commie stuff’!

      • Mooser
        October 8, 2014, 3:06 pm

        “However, I’m not at all with you on the smartness of Jews – the state of the Jewish people fits Einstein’s definition of stupidity in repeatedly making the same mistakes, such as the idea that what does not work with force will succeed with greater force.”

        Thank you, that is comforting. I guess there is a place for me in Jewish culture.

  46. bryan
    October 6, 2014, 8:57 am

    The good rabbi has a long history of exploiting the privilege of his bima for hysterical invective against his fellow monotheists. Thanks to the good offices of the inestimable ‘FrontPage Magazine’ his 2010 offering is preserved for posterity (see link to frontpagemag.com).

    His thinking in those days seems somewhat mellow, and included a defence of the right of Muslims to build mosques freely within the US, but was not without touches of hyperbole: e.g. “We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior.” However in World War II “we” understood the threat facing us. It is always difficult to understand whether fifth columnists like Lewis are Americans or Israelis but here he seems to be speaking as an American… “In WWII we won because we got it. We understood who the enemy was and we knew that the end had to be unconditional and absolute. We did not stumble around worrying about offending the Nazis. We did not measure every word so as not to upset our foe. We built planes and tanks and battleships and went to war to win….. to rid the world of malevolence.”

    Despite his marvellous sense of history, there is no recognition that there was a certain amount “stumbling about” prior to Pearl Harbour and prior to the German declaration of war on America.

    He is also keen to parade his caring and tolerant side (as one would expect of a man of religion): “I have no pathology of hate ….. I am not a pessimist, nor prone to panic attacks. I am a lover of humanity, all humanity. Whether they worship in a synagogue, a church, a mosque, a temple or don’t worship at all. I have no bone of bigotry in my body, but what I do have is hatred for those who hate, intolerance for those who are intolerant, and a guiltless, unstoppable obsession to see evil eradicated.”

    Operation Protective Edge certainly managed a fair amount of eradication in order to make the world a better place and to wipe out intolerance and bigotry.

    • lysias
      October 6, 2014, 10:58 am

      If he has hatred for those who hate, shouldn’t that mean that he hates himself?

  47. George Malent
    October 6, 2014, 10:25 am

    Rabbi Lewis speaks of “… strolling down the Champs-Elysees, chasing pigeons at Trafalgar Square, wandering the backstreets of Amsterdam after dark.” What about the backstreets of Berlin? Eating wurst in Frankfurt? The beer-halls of Munich? Why are they all absent from the rabbi’s examples of the charms of “the continent that gave birth to Western civilization”? After all, Germany is the largest, richest and strongest country in “the continent that gave birth to Western civilization”.

    Then he says: “By most estimates, Europe will be unrecognizable by the middle of this century – crushed by a demographic tsunami. The birthrate of the Brits, the French, the Dutch and the rest of the EU is well below ZPG.” “The rest of the EU” is a clever rhetorical device to avoid the word “Germany”. Because, as clueless as he is, Rabbi Lewis nevertheless knows that it would look a little strange for a rabbi to be lamenting, in a Rosh Hashana sermon to his congregation, the decline of German Christendom.

    • Mooser
      October 7, 2014, 12:14 pm

      “The birthrate of the Brits, the French, the Dutch and the rest of the EU is well below ZPG.”

      While some Rabbis dream of upping the Gentile birth-rate and raising funds for the Temple by selling sperm to lonely European ladies, other Rabbis have abandoned the struggle.

  48. pabelmont
    October 6, 2014, 11:08 am

    This guy has given us a new “warm and fuzzy”. Baruch ata, etc., who has allowed us to live to see this day (the day he speaks!).

  49. Judy
    October 7, 2014, 9:31 pm

    Has this maniac been reported to the authorities for incitement?

    • MHughes976
      October 8, 2014, 9:09 am

      I’ve been wondering about this – he certainly calls for extermination, mentions 50 million people specifically in the target group, and – by vigorously and explicitly denouncing (even denouncing as impious) the claim that genuine Muslims are not terrorists – declining to set up any clear boundary between Muslims in general and those Muslims who are radical extends his remarks, which are very clearly threatening and do very clearly imply violence, to at least some of those who are outside the ‘radical’ group. The degree of this extension – who is involved and how dire the threat – is a little vague but still unmistakably menacing.
      To my mind this goes beyond expressing highly negative views about some other members of the human race, which is a matter of free speech, and gets to the point of calling for violence against them.
      I would think that the figure of 5 million is a wild and crazy overestimate of the numbers actually involved in any violent activity or in planning such things. ‘Embracing’ them is a vague term but its very vagueness adds to the the menace of the speech by making it harder to see who might be exempt. If the entire population of Iran is included among the embracers then the 5 mil is an underestimate – and by that standard the threat extends well and far beyond 5 mil of his fellow human beings. Not that he thinks we have the same soul.
      Actually we do have the same souls. Religious fanaticism is a characteristic of human beings. They are what we are and we are what they are.

  50. walktallhangloose
    October 10, 2014, 9:02 am

    To me, the most disturbing sentence of the sermon is this: “A young man from our shul on his 1st day of university was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948.” So Truth has now become the enemy of the Jews?

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