What Antisemites Have Revealed About The Jewish People

Guest post by Rivka Nehorai, AKA Mrs. Pop Chassid.

The other day, I emailed my friend in Rehovot, Israel. She just moved to Israel with a little baby, and, being from the safe bubble of America, I was pretty sure that this whole Conflict and War Zone was a little difficult for her. While Rehovot isn’t the most dangerous area of Israel, her response encapsulates an attitude of the people of Israel in general, regardless of their location:

BH things are going well here in terms of the whole situation in Gaza ya we have sirens sometimes but we just go into the staircase no biggie… We all feel very safe thank G-d. Major disruptment in my life mainly due to me checking the news on what’s going on with our soldiers in Gaza every two seconds.

“We all feel very safe, thank G-d.”

“We all feel very safe, thank G-d.”

We are in the middle of a war zone so intense that FAA canceled planes flying in. We are in the middle of a gruesome conflict that is on every major news station and taking over everyone’s newsfeed. We are in the hearts and minds of the Jewish people worldwide, who are constantly davening for the safety of our soldiers. We are in a ridiculously small country being bombed and infiltrated everyday.

“We all feel very safe, thank G-d.”

In some ways, the recent uprisings and world antisemitism feels all too familiar. Storefronts broken, Jews fleeing. People shouting ” Zionist pigs” and “Hitler was right” and “Gas the Jews”. Zionist pigs? Are you serious? Are we, is it, just like then?

“Never again”, we said after the Holocaust. And generations later we whispered it, screamed it, demanded it. We made every possible Holocaust movie and watched it at least once a year, at school assemblies and at mandated political events.

I think back to the vision that Zionists had after the Holocaust,determined to remake the Jewish image. Determined to never, ever go down, lie down without a fight. Was this remaking, all this effort, in vain? Are we back to where we were?

The stories leaked in, first about the boys, and then about the rockets. Then about France, and LA, and Canada. And Germany.

We heard the same telltale, disgusting voices rising, like they rose for our grandparents not too long ago, like they rise in every generation as the Haggadah reminds us. For a moment we shrunk, recoiled. For a moment we thought: Is it, again?

But then, in the distance, we heard the melody of voices. Of young men barely grown from adolescence, jumping, shouting. SINGING. In Jewish Israeli soldiers uniforms, joyously giving praise to the Holy One Blessed Be He, before going off to fight.

 

Do you hear this melody, anti-semite? Do you know what it means?

We. Are. Not. Afraid.

Of course, the war is not over yet. Who knows how long it will last (may it end soon). But the point has been made. And will be made, over and over again. It will be broadcast, again and again. In hospitals, in streets, in schools, and in the battlefield.

We know who controls this world.

We have changed, anti-semites. It’s you who has stayed the same. The same threats, the same accusations, just new ways of expressing it. Same old song. But we, we have grown. We have grown up.

And those Israeli soldiers, who in the face of death, jumped and sang joyously to Hashem, who ferociously yell out ” Am Yisrael Chai!!!”, making a mockery of those who attempt to deny their existence, they are the rest of the Jewish world’s heartbeat. They are the ones to whom we turn, to gain inspiration. To remind ourselves of our strength. To remind ourselves we needn’t fear at all.

Like when a Russian interrogator pointed a revolver at the Frediker Rebbe and smirked: “This toy has a way of making people cooperate”.

Calmly, the Rebbe replied: “That toy is persuasive to one who has many gods and only one world; I have One G‑d and two worlds.”

So chant your boring, old, antisemitic slogans. Do your tired, violent uprisings.

It’s you who have stayed the same, anti-semite. It’s us who has changed. Or perhaps, more accurately, it’s us who has returned to who we really are.

One.

Make no mistake, we will win this war.

And together, united, at home, we all feel very safe, thank G-d.

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  • Tuvia

    Israel is not treated well in the court of public opinion. But the anti-semitism it feels is due to the fact that it is not a true democracy. It is a Jewish state. This is not in accordance with modern ideas about what constitutes fairness. Israel privileges Jews.

    Under these circumstances, the scrappy underdog Hamas can appear the more moral and heroic. The world liked a young, scrappy, Israel fighting for its life but now that it is powerful people see it as throwing its weight around. Sure, Hamas is Islamic, but Israel is Jewish – this makes them moral equivalents. That Hamas is the underdog works in their favor. Israel was the underdog when it fought wars against surrounding Islamic nation states.

    The US, far larger and more powerful, can engage in long wars abroad because the US is made up of many minorities. It is not white, not rich, not European, not Christian. It is people from all walks of life. It’s credo is equality for all. Religious or not. From any kind of background. If people from all walks of life living in a true democracy choose to fight a war, it is more acceptable. Even if they are far larger. Because they are seen as less subject to a kind of bias that privileges their own goals over the goals of a truly democratic, fair(er) society. It is why the US will have the upper hand in the court of public opinion as long as it remains immigrant friendly and a melting pot dedicated to universal brotherhood.

    People that say this is all anti-semitism are not looking at the details, I think.

  • fasdasdf

    Isn’t every damn arab state, including Gaza, a MUSLIM state?

    • Tuvia

      You know what is interesting is Islam gets points because it seeks to convert everyone. It’s inclusive. Somewhere in the unconscious mind of the world people feel Jews are exclusive and apart. Snobs of sorts. That doesn’t help matters either. We don’t invite to the goyim to the shabbos. Islam tells people to join the family. It’s ridiculous, but it’s part of why Jews are resented. Weird.

  • Aaron J Levy

    Has Israel announced Newtonian Engine technology will be produced in collaboration with China, India, Korea, Japan, the US? Any industrial nation willing?
    For less than the cost of one missile we could BREAK opec and never worry about them again.

  • Guest

    We will survive. It’s a very difficult time, but we will make it through because we have a bright future awaiting. What we can do to help bring the bright future is each of us work on ourself on personal growth and spiritual growth. Plus, continue to have unity, but peace with family and friends brings blessing. May the redemption come soon

  • We will survive. It’s a very difficult time, but we will make it through because we have a bright future awaiting. What we can do to help bring the bright future is each of us work on ourself on personal growth and spiritual growth. Plus, continue to have unity, because peace with family and friends brings blessing. May the redemption come soon