Ehr Kumt (He is Coming)

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Can they build? Certainly. May they build? Certainly. But should they build at that site? No — but that decision must come from them, not from us. Sensitivity, compassion cannot be measured in feet or yards or in blocks. One either feels the pain of others and cares, or does not.

If those behind this project are good, peace-loving, sincere, tolerant Muslims, as they claim, then they should know better, rip up the zoning permits and build elsewhere.

Believe it or not, I am a dues-paying, card carrying member of the ACLU, yet from start to finish, I find this sorry episode disturbing to say the least.

William Burroughs, the novelist and poet, in a wry moment wrote – “After one look at this planet, any visitor from outer space would say – ‘I want to see the manager.’”

Let us understand that the radical Islamist assaults all over the globe are but skirmishes, fire fights, and vicious decoys. Christ and the anti-Christ. Gog U’Magog. The Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness; the bloody collision between civilization and depravity is on the border between Lebanon and Israel. It is on the Gaza Coast and in the Judean Hills of the West Bank. It is on the sandy beaches of Tel Aviv and on the cobblestoned mall of Ben Yehuda Street. It is in the underground schools of Sderot and on the bullet-proofed inner-city buses. It is in every school yard, hospital, nursery, classroom, park, theater – in every place of innocence and purity.

Israel is the laboratory – the test market. Every death, every explosion, every grisly encounter is not a random, bloody orgy. It is a calculated, strategic probe into the heart, guts and soul of the West.

In the Six Day War, Israel was the proxy of Western values and strategy while the Arab alliance was the proxy of Eastern, Soviet values and strategy. Today too, it is a confrontation of proxies, but the stakes are greater than East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel in her struggle represents the civilized world, while Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Queda, Iran, Islamic Jihad, represent the world of psychopathic, loathsome evil.

As Israel, imperfect as she is, resists the onslaught, many in the Western World have lost their way displaying not admiration, not sympathy, not understanding, for Israel’s galling plight, but downright hostility and contempt. Without moral clarity, we are doomed because Israel’s galling plight ultimately will be ours. Hanna Arendt in her classic Origins of Totalitarianism accurately portrays the first target of tyranny as the Jew. We are the trial balloon. The canary in the coal mine. If the Jew/Israel is permitted to bleed with nary a protest from the “good guys” then tyranny snickers and pushes forward with its agenda.

Moral confusion is a deadly weakness and it has reached epic proportions in the West; from the Oval Office to the UN, from the BBC to Reuters to MSNBC, from the New York Times to Le Monde, from university campuses to British teachers unions, from the International Red Cross to Amnesty International, from Goldstone to Elvis Costello, from the Presbyterian Church to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There is a message sent and consequences when our president visits Turkey and Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and not Israel.

There is a message sent and consequences when free speech on campus is only for those championing Palestinian rights.

There is a message sent and consequences when the media deliberately doctors and edits film clips to demonize Israel.

There is a message sent and consequences when the UN blasts Israel relentlessly, effectively ignoring Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, North Korea, China and other noxious states.

There is a message sent and consequences when liberal churches are motivated by Liberation Theology, not historical accuracy.

There is a message sent and consequences when murderers and terrorists are defended by the obscenely transparent “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

John Milton warned, “Hypocrisy is the only evil that walks invisible.”

A few days after the Gaza blockade incident in the spring, a congregant happened past my office, glanced in and asked in a friendly tone –

“Rabbi. How’re y’ doing?”

I looked up, sort of smiled and replied – “I’ve had better days.”

“What’s the matter? Is there anything I can do to cheer you up?” he inquired.

“Thank you for the offer but I’m just bummed out today,” and I showed him a newspaper article I was reading.

“Madrid gay pride parade bans Israeli group over Gaza Ship Raid.” I explained to my visitor – “The Israeli gay pride contingent from Tel Aviv was not allowed to participate in the Spanish gay pride parade because the mayor of Tel Aviv did not apologize for the raid by the Israeli military.”

The only country in the entire Middle East where gay rights exist, is Israel. The only country in the entire Middle East where there is a gay pride parade, is Israel. The only country in the Middle East that has gay neighborhoods and gay bars, is Israel.

Gays in the Gaza would be strung up, executed by Hamas if they came out and yet Israel is vilified and ostracized. Disinvited to the parade.

Looking for logic?

Looking for reason?

Looking for sanity?

Kafka on his darkest, gloomiest day could not keep up with this bizarre spectacle and we “useful idiots” pander and fawn over cutthroats, sinking deeper and deeper into moral decay, as the enemy laughs all the way to the West Bank and beyond.

It is exhausting and dispiriting. We live in an age that is redefining righteousness where those with moral clarity are an endangered, beleaguered specie.

Isaiah warned us thousands of years ago – “Oye Lehem Sheh-Korim Layome, Laila v’Laila, yome – Woe to them who call the day, night and the night, day.” We live on a planet that is both Chelm and Sodom. It is a frightening and maddening place to be.

How do we convince the world and many of our own, that this is not just anti-Semitism, that this is not just anti-Zionism but a full throttled attack by unholy, radical Islamists on everything that is morally precious to us?

How do we convince the world and many of our own that conciliation is not an option, that compromise is not a choice?

Everything we are. Everything we believe. Everything we treasure, is at risk.

The threat is so unbelievably clear and the enemy so unbelievably ruthless how anyone in their right mind doesn’t get it is baffling. Let’s try an analogy. If someone contracted a life-threatening infection and we not only scolded them for using antibiotics but insisted that the bacteria had a right to infect their body and that perhaps, if we gave the invading infection an arm and a few toes, the bacteria would be satisfied and stop spreading.

Anyone buy that medical advice? Well, folks, that’s our approach to the radical Islamist bacteria. It is amoral, has no conscience and will spread unless it is eradicated. – There is no negotiating. Appeasement is death.

I was no great fan of George Bush – didn’t vote for him. (By the way, I’m still a registered Democrat.) I disagreed with many of his policies but one thing he had right. His moral clarity was flawless when it came to the War on Terror, the War on Radical Islamist Terror. There was no middle ground – either you were friend or foe. There was no place in Bush’s world for a Switzerland. He knew that this competition was not Toyota against G.M., not the Iphone against the Droid, not the Braves against the Phillies, but a deadly serious war, winner take all. Blink and you lose. Underestimate, and you get crushed.

I know that there are those sitting here today who have turned me off. But I also know that many turned off their rabbis seventy five years ago in Warsaw, Riga, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cracow, Vilna. I get no satisfaction from that knowledge, only a bitter sense that there is nothing new under the sun.

Enough rhetoric – how about a little “show and tell?” A few weeks ago on the cover of Time magazine was a horrific picture with a horrific story. The photo was of an eighteen year old Afghani woman, Bibi Aisha, who fled her abusive husband and his abusive family. Days later the Taliban found her and dragged her to a mountain clearing where she was found guilty of violating Sharia law. Her punishment was immediate. She was pinned to the ground by four men while her husband sliced off her ears, and then he cut off her nose.

That is the enemy.

If nothing else stirs us. If nothing else convinces us, let Bibi Aisha’s mutilated face be the face of Islamic radicalism. Let her face shake up even the most complacent and naïve among us. In the holy crusade against this ultimate evil, pictures of Bibi Aisha’s disfigurement should be displayed on billboards, along every highway from Route 66 to the Autobahn, to the Transarabian Highway. Her picture should be posted on every lobby wall from Tokyo to Stockholm to Rio. On every network, at every commercial break, Bibi Aisha’s face should appear with the caption – “Radical Islamic savages did this.” And underneath – “This ad was approved by Hamas, by Hezbollah, by Taliban, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, by Islamic Jihad, by Fatah al Islam, by Magar Nodal Hassan, by Richard Reid, by Ahmadinejad, by Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, by Osama bin Laden, by Edward Said, by The Muslim Brotherhood, by Al Qaeda, by CAIR.”

“The moral sentiment is the drop that balances the sea” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Today, my friends, the sea is woefully out of balance and we could easily drown in our moral myopia and worship of political correctness.

We peer up into the heavens sending probes to distant galaxies. We peer down into quarks discovering particles that would astonish Einstein. We create computers that rival the mind, technologies that surpass science fiction. What we imagine, with astounding rapidity, becomes real. If we dream it, it does, indeed, come. And yet, we are at a critical point in the history of this planet that could send us back into the cave, to a culture that would make the Neanderthal blush with shame.

Our parents and grandparents saw the swastika and recoiled, understood the threat and destroyed the Nazis. We see the banner of Radical Islam and can do no less.

A rabbi was once asked by his students….

“Rebbi. Why are your sermons so stern?” Replied the rabbi, “If a house is on fire and we chose not to wake up our children, for fear of disturbing their sleep, would that be love? Kinderlach, ‘di hoyz brent.’ Children our house is on fire and I must arouse you from your slumber.”

During WWII and the Holocaust was it business as usual for priests, ministers, rabbis? Did they deliver benign homilies and lovely sermons as Europe fell, as the Pacific fell, as North Africa fell, as the Mideast and South America tottered, as England bled? Did they ignore the demonic juggernaut and the foul breath of evil? They did not. There was clarity, courage, vision, determination, sacrifice, and we were victorious. Today it must be our finest hour as well. We dare not retreat into the banality of our routines, glance at headlines and presume that the good guys will prevail.

Democracies don’t always win. Tyrannies don’t always lose.

My friends – the world is on fire and we must awake from our slumber.

Ehr kumt.

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  • Paul Goodley, M.D.

    Apropos to the above disclaimer request, I also greatly admire the general stream of thought but which glitched twice in my head. The pejorative reference to Dr. Baruch Goldstein presumes his accusers' side of the story. There is too much evidence to be ignored that Dr. Goldstein was not only a tzaddik (a righteous man) but he was set up. The jury will out until G-d allows the truth to come out.

    And, as much as there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, the "West Bank" is (also) a pejorative phrase. Judea and the Shomron are the soul of Israel.

    • gorpreebley

      Yes he save oodles of lives gunning down two dozen unarmed arabs with a machine gun!

      I subscribe to every word in the article above but I wish people would stop pretending Goldberg was a hero. He could have gone to the police or armed the Gush bloc to protect Jewish lives.

  • proxywar

    If you are looking for a fight this guy will give you one.

  • Triple_AAA

    Islam is exceptional in it's violence and destructiveness, everything about it is radical. Have you ever heard of the radical nazi? what about the radical communist? or the radical barbarian? So then why do we continue to refer to "radical" islam, as if there were a more moderate version of it? And as painful as it may be to say it, we are at war with not just an ideology, but with a people, including their elderly, their women, and their children. We are not at war with "radical" islam we are at war with all of islam.

    • bdouglasaf1980

      Yes we are, and they declared the war not us. I would be just as happy to leave them alone.

    • David

      Yes. This is correct. If someone is a PRACTICING Muslim, he must include jihad against all infidels. Islam is evil. Once a Muslim admits to teqiyya, he can never be trusted again.

    • Guest

      We are not at war with Islam; Islam is at war with us, while we in the West go on pretending that it isn't so. Hopefully, soon we wake up to that reality.

      • Triple_AAA

        Islam has been at war with Western Civilization since it began. It's still war!! If someone wages war on you, then how could you not be at war with them?

    • guest

      Islam is a religion of peace.[Salam] But every man has a brain that thinks in different direction.If the learnt Rabbi could delete the word" radical Islam" and instead put" zionism" its real —we are at war— they kill us ,our mothers,our sons and daughters,steal our land and property and farms and mosques and still they cry that they are the oppressed while they are the oppressors.Ehr kumt.

      • Cindy B.

        Let's not be fooled by what 'religion of peace' means in Islam. The promise is that in the end all infidels, especially the Jews, will either be converted or killed and then there will be no one left to oppose Islam, then Islam will have peace. THAT is what Islamists really mean by 'religion of peace' not what we mean when we talk about peace.

  • Perry

    Ehr kumt nicht. Ehr es shoin aher.

  • Robin Hood

    This is the most clear and compelling lucid description of the problem the Western World is facing. Rabbi Lewis – thank you! We ARE at war and unless we wake up real fast, we will be living in a frightening, prehistoric nightmare. If you need any extra information, read Craig Winn's e-book "The Prophet of Doom". This puts Islam and Sharia law in its true perspective. This is a "must read" for anyone interested on the threat of Islam.

    • Mark

      The rabbi loses credibility when he proudly proclaims his membership in the ACLU, the very organization most responsible for the runaway political correctness of these days, not to mention successful anti-religious and anti-family rulings across this country.

      Liberal Jews need to wake up! The ACLU is one of the most dangerous organizations in the US.

  • Pilgrim

    A clear and compelling analysis of what the civilized world faces.

  • John Beatty

    "We" have been at "war" with "them" since the beginning of time. The "enemy" only changes its name, not its shape. This generation is fighting Islam, the last communisim, the one before facisim, the one before Jewry, the one before Catholocism, and before that tyrant kings, and on and on.

    We always find another enemy to hate while we fight ourselves. We find secret books containing secret plans that somehow never have an original or an author that can be found. We assure ourselves that "if only" everyone were to agree with us we would all be saved.

    Saved from what? Do you even know what you're fighting for? There is no end to the fighting we have to do, I'm not offering any answers. But know that today's "enemy" will be tomorrow's trivia question, the boogieman we frighten children with at bedtime. We can't escape the "us v them" nature of biological existance, but we should be able to recognize it.

    • Mike

      It must be nice to live in your cocoon of denial, Mr. Beatty, where flesh and blood genocidal psychopaths are magically transformed into imaginary bogeymen who don't fly airliners into skyscrapers and don't massacre thousands of defenseless human beings. What a comforting, escapist delusion.

      It's no wonder you're offering no answers – you haven't even begun to ask the right questions…

    • John von Dohlen

      Satan never sleeps. But we do. When we stay awake long enough to defeat him in one shape, he waits until we nod off, and then he changes his shape and comes back at us with a new plan. There will always be evil, and we must always keep fighting.

    • Elliot Teitelbaum

      Mr. Beatty,

      Yours is one possible outcome.

      The other is that the enemy wins and WE become the trivia questions of the future.

      Which outcome occurs is completely up to us… our decisions on how we handle the issue of Islamic fundamentalism and its adherants.

  • Rebecca Moulds

    This should not be a cry just for Jews to wake up, but for all freedom-loving people, in this country and the world, to finally pull their heads out of the sand and see who is the enemy, confront it and beat it. Europe has given in, has lost its backbone, but let us take a page from the Prime Minister of Australia and stand firm against our enemy, not being afraid to name who it is: radical Islam.

  • anti-fascist18

    Very powerful…and this Rabbi is a self-described Liberal too. He tells the truth, and anyone, anyone who sticks up for Islam, for Mosques at Ground Zero, who makes excuses for Hamas or even Al Qaeda are no better than those who supported Hitler.

    In fact one can call them NAZIS and they'd be telling the truth – unlike the pigs and jackals (and that's insulting pigs and jackals) of the Left, including Obama.

  • bdouglasaf1980

    I liked what he said, but I can't get over the idea that he says "radical islam". A moderate muslim who only wants a jeep in his garage is not really practicing the faith. That's like calling a Christian who drinks and parties like there is no tomorrow a moderate Christian. The goal of a Christian is to spread the gospel. Those that do not accept we are told to leave them alone. The muslim's goal is to spread islam. Those who do not accept have three choices, none of which are good.

    It is a very VERY frightening prospect, but islam is the problem. We should not be afraid to articulate that fact.

  • Underzog

    I was looking through this article and while it is clearly well intentioned, contrary to all of you guys there is no radical Islam. There is just Islam, ramming into the twin towers, slicing off the heads of Nicholas Berg and Daniel Pearl, and killing the Said girls — honor style — in Texas; etc.

    As the Prime Minister of Turkey Endrogen said, there is no moderate Islam — just Islam. There are probably more Germans with decent impulses in Hitler's Nazi time than there are Muslims today with such feelings. The Muslims who murder thousands on 9/11 or teens in homicide bombing in Israel are activist Muslims. Those Muslims who get off their ass and actually do something without a General behind them odering to do so.

    It is like when I was protesting for Kahane back in the 80s. In Jews against Jackson, we got off our ass and protested against the anti-Semite Jackson while many people agreed with us, but just didn't feel like going through the trouble (not that I would become a homicide bomber or sumping).

  • loseyateefa

    Islam is the kudzu of society. It was created by a narcissistic illiterate loser who fell victim to lucifer's deception. When you break down the tenets of Islam, all of them serve to create a prison for all members of their so called family, which then paralyzes the society into nothing more than hate, victimization of themselves and a martyr complex, hate for everyone else and a mindless lust for fleshly desires both here and in eternity. No greater retrograde force has ever existed on earth because it comes from the belly of the earth: hell.
    I'm halfway through reading the Quran and it is unintelligible, irrational and illogical.
    If we don't fight against Islam specifically and for our freedoms, we will become fodder for the vine. The Bible reveals in the last days a terrible kingdom will rise and from it will come the anti-christ. Islam fits the bill perfectly. But the victor will ultimately be Jesus Christ, through Armageddon.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Amen Sister……………………William

    • integrity/honesty

      Not true.
      The majority of ordinary Muslims are good and decent people.
      The 1500s Christianity was pretty cruel.
      The 2010s Christianity is the civilization itself in the enlightened West and rather primitive in Africa or South America.
      The 2010s Marietta Jews as fairly civilized.
      The 2010s Ethiopian Jews are similar to the Ethiopian Christians and Muslims if they still live in Ethiopia.
      The national leaders of the Muslim countries are the culprits.
      They can choose violence or reforms.
      And we hope, they choose reforms.

  • Alexander Gofen

    Thank you Dr. Goodley! I too was greatly admired by the general stream of thought in the article: yet the stream not without glitches.

    1) Correctly comparing Islamic threat with that of Nazis, the author visibly does not mind that Islam (Nazism) be a protected part of American life. So much so that the erection of the 13-story swastika near the 9/11 graveyard is legally OK. But the conscientious "Nazis" must simply demonstrate their "sensitivity" to our grief.

    2) A rabbi speaking about feasts of homosexuals in Jerusalem and Israel should use the term "desecration" rather than express something bordering with enthusiasm about it.

  • Stephen_Brady

    As a Christian, I don't claim to understand all what the Rabbi said … primarily, the specific probably Yiddish words. But I am also an American Christian of German ancestry.

    As a child, I remember the occasional visits of a second cousin who had been a member of the Waffen SS. After his release from the detention camp, he spent the rest of his life fighting in the service of one country or another (eventually dying in a South African raid on Angola … he was a full colonel in the SA Army). He regaled us children with stories of war and glory on the battlefield. But one thing he said stuck with me, all of these years.

    He said, "Hitler habt recht." It was in the context of a heated discussion about the Holocaust.

    Yes, Rabbi Lewis, the enemy is among us. He hates us. He wants to kill us. And he is coming to our "city". Neither Jew or Christian is safe from this enemy.

    We must fight this war as though it is truly a war, and make Dresden look like a Sunday School picnic …

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    Amen rabbi. The tenets of Political Correctness fit hand in glove in serving the tenets of Islam. Nothing could be better suited to spread Islam throughout the West than the insanity of Political Correctness.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Yes the PC is the means for those who betray us by act
      or omission to bring us down to the level of our enemy and
      look into their evil eyes, let it be forbidden by the Almighty
      that we wait that long to take on the effort to rid ourselves
      of this putrid evil……..November starts the turnarond.

  • Choi

    After all of THAT, the Rabbi concludes with his "support" for the GROUND ZERO MOSQUE.
    I certainly HOPE his congregants WALKED OUT WHEN HE CONCLUDED LIKE HE DID.

    • Judy

      No, actually, we gave him a standing ovation.

  • stern

    Choi, click on the little "2" at the bottom of the story. It doesn't end there.

  • Carl M

    Of course they are coming! We gave them a standing invitation 65 years ago: When both FDR and Churchill came calling to the king of Saudi Arabia, begging for oil concessions in exchange for our protection, we knew they would have to spend their dollars somewhere, didn’t we? Maybe we assumed they would just build up their Western-imported military complex to use as a defense against each other. Like Iraq starting a war with Iran – over oil of course. Did we think they would build libraries or polling stations; free newspapers and radio; or allow Christians to settle?

    IMHO, we have 2 simple choices: the longer view — collapse the price of oil to under $40 to keep the money home and force the Muslim countries to refocus their attention to each other and basic survival; or quickly force the price of oil up so high that we can no longer afford to waste it on our ever-expanding decadent lifestyles. $10-20 a gallon should do the trick. Our decadence has created massive corruption on all levels of society, and lifestyles that have made us obese, dumb, and permanently immature.

    The Chinese should be warned that either they help us, or we will soon not need most of their exports. It may be a minor miracle to see 50 choices of flat-screen TVs on sale. But it would be a major miracle to find one TV show worth watching. The U.S. is still the breadbasket of the world, and much of the world is running out of water and food, and fast. But he growth of barbarism is a natural occurrence throughout human history. Focus on the source and cause, not its effect. We must cut this umbilical cord of petrodollars that is feeding the problem. FDR and Churchill made a deal; we need to break it and fast.

    • Boogie's Daddy

      Drill here! Drill now! The West can indeed win this like the cold war by outproducing OPEC.
      And it would help US business' immeasurably by affording them low transportation costs.

    • badaboo

      Great points Carl , but it's a little too late for that .We got our wake up call in the early 70' s , and have been sleeping ever since . And any attempts to rid ourselves of this dependence , have fallen on deaf ears or been swallowed up by the oil lobbies …and now any push to green , or atleast some sort of rational conservatism regarding the use of fossil fuel is met with the usual , "tree-hugger /socialist /marxist B.S.
      Hope someone comes up with a way to "break that deal " .
      That is before we have to reach for our Bushmasters .

    • Nurit

      YES YES YES YES YES !!!!

  • ziontruth

    Fascinating speech! There's just a few points I don't agree with.

    "But, too many [Germans] looked away, … Guilt absolutely falls upon those who committed the atrocities, but responsibility and guilt falls upon those who did nothing as well."

    This argument can be and has been made the other way round, regarding "American silence in the face of atrocities in Iraq" and "Israeli complicity in the oppression of the Palestinians." There is no point that can't be argued. That's why I don't think ideology ("We're fighting in defense of freedom, morality, decency" etc.) will cut it. As far as I'm concerned, self-defense is its own justification. Defending one's nation at all costs is just like defending one's family, a deed justified by itself, because you and yours are your obligation to defend.

    "Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings who want nothing more than a Jeep Cherokee in their driveway, a flat screen TV on their wall and a good education for their children,"

    I'm sorry, but I don't believe this. It's just not in evidence. Oh, sure the active jihadists are a minority (which, when speaking of millions of people, isn't such a comfort), but I have reason to believe their supporters and comforters are the majority of Muslims. I don't wish it to be that way, but reality doesn't always bow to our wishes.

    "This startling admission of moral exhaustion from a man who witnessed and lived through … McCarthyism"

    Seems like a nitpick, but I still think it's worthy of attention, because what's been done to Joseph McCarthy is the same rewriting of history as the Phakestinian Nation fraud. McCarthy should be remembered as a patriot and hero who fought against the real danger of Marxism in America (which eventually culminated in the rise of Hussein), not as a byword for tyranny. And the only nation that should be known as The Palestinian Nation is the Jewish nation.

    "I don't buy the argument – 'When we can build a church or a synagogue in Mecca they can build a mosque here.' America is greater than Saudi Arabia. And New York is greater than Mecca."

    That's the mentality of "We're better than them, and we're going to show it by not stooping to their level." It gives a good feeling and makes a nice epitaph.

    "Believe it or not, I am a dues-paying, card carrying member of the ACLU,"

    Then you should resign. The ACLU is on the Marxist, pro-Islamic side. It was founded by Communists, after all. It files suit against the tiniest public display of Christianity, but ignores Islamic encroachments completely.

  • Coupal

    I agree with everything that the rabbi said except for his tacit approval of the mosque at Ground Zero. The symbolic significance of this mosque is too important to ignore. I will be a supremacist mosque pure and simple. Whether they have the legal right to build it is irrelevant and pales in comparison to this fact. In order to fight your enemy, you must get to know his beliefs as well as his psychology. THIS MOSQUE MUST NOT BE BUILT.

    • Don

      The very thought that any Muslim would even ask to build an Islamic house of worship at the sight of Islam's worst anti-Western atrocity, is an amazement on its face. The very thought that we are considering it, are actually creating ways to accept it philosophically, is likewise a "believe it or not!" moment in history.

      It's time to consider replacing the eagle as a national symbol, with the sponge. Our ability to soak up anything, even self-destructive suicidal molecules, and fit them into our unfiltered open pores, is without precedent. Even ancient Rome saw the dangers.

    • yana

      it doesnt end in page 1, read page 2.

  • waterwillows

    It is time, and long over due that we stop refering to limp, weak-knee responses with the words; Oh it is the insanity of political correctness.
    Let's call it what it really is, just for a change; the insanity of being bullied.

    Glad I said that. Hope others can too.

    • Alfred

      I suspect this is fraudulent. Who is this 'Rabbi Lewis'? At what congregation did he deliver this sermon? This 'sermon' is a good example of being consumed by fear and sense of victimization.

  • badaboo

    The good Rabbi makes many crucial points , but falters on the most serious . THERE IS NO MODERATE ISLAM . If the Q'uran is revered by a muslim , then all non-muslims are worthy of the sword . And if they're not saying it , that is simply because they are a minority in places where it can't be spoken without grave consequence to themselves .The Q'uran expresses NO tolerance for non-muslims , only conditional periods where the infidels may live as dhimmis , but ultimately must choose – convert or the sword .

  • Claw of the Lion

    Humanity has had 2000 years to determine its fate and choose the sides it will take. Time's up !

    • yana

      only 2000? when is the last year? LOL

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The lines are being drawn and the enemy is known and they
    are here in America and around the world, until we appoint a
    war leader and have the orders to destroy our enemy everywhere
    and without quarter, we may loose. We can watch American Idol,
    sports, reruns of cartoons, listen to leftist liars and MSM liars or
    we can prepare and be ready to act. The use of force is on its
    way, anyone who says it is not so is a liar or a fool or both…..William

  • Mary Liz

    Rabbi, questions. Would God permit this invasion by the Babylonians on a global scale if the world were not as immoral as those who lived under King Manasseh? Was the world also immoral before the two great world wars? Can we not expect vengeance without repentance?

  • suprkufrB

    What an articulate, cogent and inspiring sermon! I'll be circulating it to many of my Glaubensgenossen.
    I know I sound like a broken record, but I am compelled to fault Rabbi Lewis for his use of the term "radical islam," which, unfortunately, serves only to divert us from the truth.
    The problem isn't "radical islam," a term coined by islamists and their dhimmi apologists, but rather islam, not a religion, but an offshore political belief system no less deserving of vilification than are the klan, the weather underground, the aryan nation and the sendero luminoso, and which, like these, should be classified as an illegal organization.

  • suprkufrB

    Of course only a small percentage of moslems actually carries out terrorist attacks, but how are we to interpret the deafening silence of the rank and file faithful? That they're on our side? There are fifty-six islamic theocracies – where are the freedom fighters?
    Until we acknowledge the painful truth that islam is not a religion, but rather an offshore and totalitarian political creed which should be vilified no less severely than are the klan, the weather underground, the aryian nation and the sendero luminoso, and like them declared illegal organizations, we stand in imminent peril of squandering the precious freedom which so many of our parents and grandparents bequeathed us by the laying down of their lives.

  • Alfred

    I suspect this is fraudulent. Who is this 'Rabbi Lewis'? At what congregation did he deliver this sermon? A good example of being consumed by fear and sense of victimization.

    • yana

      you should have searched it before making a comment! LOL

  • stablepar

    hope you don't have to ask directions to the bathroom. you would soon be hunting for the nearest tree. good luck with that too

  • Carl Levin

    We won't even be able to defend ourselves after next year. Part of the health plan requires the taxing and registration of any weapons you own. That was the first thing the nazis did in order to confiscate them. I say"NEVER AGAIN!!

  • MrKafirCoyote

    One revision..

    They are here.

  • HPW

    All of you should read a book by Malcolm Nance , "An End To Al-Queda".pub. 2010. Among his points is that we should not refer to AQ as Islamic Terrorist. We should refer to them as criminals and murders. They are not Islamist because they have distorted Islam to their murderous philosophy. AQ determines who is a pure Moslem and the rest are to be murdered. They have slain thousands of Muslims in the name of Allah which is a total distortion of Islam.

  • Gilda

    Get this speech into the media – every newspaper across the Western world!

  • F. Joan Baker, Ph.D.

    Rabbi, that is the most excellent sermon I have ever read or heard, bar none. I agree with you 100% and have for several years now. I am not Jewish, but I practice the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda of the Self-Realization Fellowship. The main teaching is meditation, and it does not matter what one's religious background is. That said, I have emailed your sermon to everybody on my contact list. I am going to print it out and send it to my 91 year old mom — I know she'll pass it on to her friends. Americans MUST wake up – it is so imperative that I am frustrated, because so many want to believe in the "good" Muslims. I personally do not recognize Islam as a religion. I believe it is a system of politics disguised as a religion so they can get 501(3)(c) status and be tax exempt, and be free from the prying eyes of the government or anyone else. I support the Jews and Israel 100% – after all, if it weren't for the Jews there would be no Christianity, there would be no women's rights in this country, and there would be no gay rights here either. I really believe there is no such thing as a "good" Muslim, because the radicals always threaten the moderates with death to either themselves or their children – in the face of this, the moderates go along with the radical Muslim agenda. I would like to do more to wake people up, but I don't know how to do it. I am not afraid of losing friends over this issue; I have already lost most of the friends I had in the denomination in which I was ordained, directly because of my stance on Islam. Such people are not ones I want to consider as friends; frankly, if the bury their heads in the sand, which most do, they therefore side with the enemy, as far as I'm concerned. So, Rabbi, if you have any suggestions of what a 65 years young Hindu-Christian-Buddhist-Jewish female person can do, I'd really like to hear them. I'm at Thanks.

  • Jamie Klezmer

    My mother is Jewish so people are always telling me that I'm Jewish. Why? Also what is Succot? I live in a part of Brooklyn where people are building small sheds in front of their houses – what is the tradition? Thanks – JK (

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  • Ramana Karkus

    Thank you, Rabbi, for stating so eloquently what I myself have recently come to realize: that we are at war with Islam and that we must wake up to and counter this stark reality before it is too late! I would like to know what we can actually do (other than to tell others) to stop the tide of this takeover … because it is nothing less than that. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • RabbiM

    his name is Rabbi Shalom J. Lewis

  • guest

    YOU WANT ME TO DENOUNCE MY RELIGION BECAUSE OF YOUR FEAR? Habibi in the life after we will meet.

  • Real New Yorker

    Sorry but you guys don't get it. When the moderate Muslims do speak out, they are painted as terrorists, even though they are peacemakers. They have been raked over the coals and theyr'e the GOOD guys. They condemn the militaristic terrorists of their own faith. So why are you painting them with the same brush. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Peace, peace, thou shalt pursue.

    • Stealthman

      I believe that the verse from Deuteronomy 16:20 that you are misquoting is "Righteousness, Righteousness You shall pursue". Your quote comes from the demagogues at the U.N., not the Holy Scriptures. Yes, for every 1000 silent Muslims there is one Zuhdi Jasser. And most Muslims think he is an "Uncle Tom" and hate him for not being faithful to the Quran and for being a friend of Glenn Beck. So what is your point? Do you think for a minute that there will be world peace without a common worldwide view of human decency? Apparently, well I will let you answer that yourself.


    What a cogent sermon…UNTIL…I got to that part where the good Rabbi says that he never voted for George W Bush. I can understand not voting for GW in 2000…too many fears that his attitudes about the middle east would echo that of his Arabist father. But after 9/11, it became apparent (even to Rabbi Lewis) that Bush 43 (along with his entire administration after Colin Powell resigned) had shown himself to really 'get it'… not only about Muslim terrorism being an existential threat to the entire world, but most immediately to Israel.

    If the Rabbi didn't vote for GW in 2004, he either voted for John Kerry (a sop to the UN who also happened to be a self-denying Jew)…or Ralph Nader…an out and out anti-Zionist anti- Semite. I have to ask the Rabbi…what issues were more important to him back in 2004 that drove him to vote AGAINST the most pro Israel/anti-Islamist American president who ever held th office? Gay rights? Abortion? Fetal stem cell research?Affirmative action? This is the problem with Rabbi Lewis…along with the 80% of American Jews that voted for Barack Obama…their continued allegiance to the Muslim apologists of the Democratic party.

  • Steve

    Has anyone here talked to an actual live Muslim? If you do, you will find out that your interpretation of Islam is not theirs. Do you believe slavery is ok, or stoning people for violating the Sabbath? It's right there in your Bible, clear as day! But you choose to interpret it in a rational way. Why do you refuse to believe that any Muslim can do the same for the violent passages in the Koran?

  • Jessica

    The Bible of Christianity, which is a library of 66 books written by various authors sometimes centuries apart, is a completely different matter. The vast majority of the Bible is by men, not by God; and the parts that are from God that are obviously incompatible with modern society were never meant for our current society to begin with but for the nomadic Hebrews for preservation, which, too, is specifically stated in the Bible. Also, have you ever heard of the New Covenant? That, too, is logically explained in the Bible in chronological order.

    Bottom line: when read cover-to-cover chronologically, the Bible sanctions no violence whatsoever in our society, whereas the Qur'an commands it, among other vile acts, to be done forever until the world is Islam's.

    • EccoLa

      Jessica: You wrote "Bottom line: when read cover-to-cover chronologically, the Bible sanctions no violence whatsoever in our society" You said a lot of good things, but that bit isn't quite right and I wonder if you meant it literally? Of course, the Bible sanctions violence in certain cases. Jesus and the moneylenders was an act of violence. There are such things as righteous anger, justifiable self-defense, etc. I think the Bible supports the whole policy concept of "peace through strength" because it doesn't flinch from the reality that there is both good and evil in the world, and that human nature is imperfect. Post-modernists, cultural and moral relativists, secular humanists, etc. won't admit the existance of evil or the superiority or inferiority of different cultures and practices. Your interpretation would leave us all Pacifists — and dead ones at that. Pacifism in the face of Islam, Naziism, Pol Pot, Mao, etc. is just a one way ticket to obliteration. There's a reason our all volunteer military is chock-a-block with believing Christians. Peacefulness and being loving do not equate with Pacifism.

  • Jessica

    Just as Christianity's true doctrine/character can be seen in Christ's example (founder/role model of Christianity), Buddhism's true doctrine/character can be seen in the Buddha's example (founder/role model of Buddhism). Islam's true doctrine/character can be seen id Mohammed's example (founder/role model of Islam) who himself was a mass murderer, rapist, wife-beater, paedophile (google Mohammed's six-year-old wife Aisha). Mohammed murdered tons of people himself in the name of the religion he founded and commanded others to the same forever as is also commanded in Allah's eternal word, the Qur'an.

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  • Mary E Adams

    Your article states that Israel is the only homosexuality-tolerant nation in the Middle East.
    Perhaps that is the reason for all that you write about. The scriptures made that plain at Sodom and Gomorrah.

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  • Jerry Makar

    Ignorant and incompetent article full of inaccuracies and misrepresentations. Read history before you write something like this as you are causing more harm to a very compliacted problem. Solution is not simple, however one thing is sure – without religions there would be no religious extremists and no religious governments. But if you want top preach to other start with "God bless America" and this is not about Allah for sure. Putting all Muslims in the same bed is as ignorant as making Eastern Europe blind supporters of Arab countries. You will not see Puting hugging and holding hand of Soudi Arabia's king; you will see Mr. Bush doing it. And no, YOU didn't win the WWII . It was Russia and China which lost 26 and 20 million people respectively fighting the Nazis and Japanese. USA with 0.5M casualties joind the war 2 years after it had begun and did it ONLY because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour.

    In the end we will end up like the Aztec or Maya. They used to beat the crap out of each other for about a 1000 years until the civilization had disappeared. They would run for a day or so to another city to capture the king and rip his heart out decimating the populatiuon at the same time. So they vanished. We are doing the same thing! We go to another country like the Nazis or Japanes whack 60 million people or drop a nuclear bomb using the same principles as the Maya and Aztec just with more powerful sticks. This article is no different from this kind of ideology. I bet the ayatollahs, priests and other religious figures use the same tactics in their countries. Guys, you have to catch up with the intelligence of the humanity! We already have iPhone 5 and Galaxy 3! And WE Jewish, American, Arab, Russian and all other kids and open minded people all over the world do not want biggotry and lies. And the religious figures – get rid of the lines in whether it bible, testament or koran calling to murder the others. This should be criminal. The radicals, extrimists will not succeed. Good people will not let the evil win.

  • Rondo

    The problem of radical Islam is the problem of Islam itself.

    Many are afraid that if Islam is the problem there can be no solution. That terrifies them. So they do all they can to avoid engaging with the evidence that Islam is the problem.

  • UncleVladdi

    The Rabbi commits the same cognitive errors he accuses others of: calling the enemy of mankind “radical islam.” If terorrism is FUNDAMENTAL to islam, then by definition it’s not “RADICAL!”

    There are no “moderate” muslims simply because there is no “moderate” islam.

    Here’s the only real “difference” between “radical” and “moderate” muslims:

    “Radical” muslims want to murder us.
    “Moderate” muslims want “radical” muslims to murder us.



  • UncleVladdi

    So, supposedly “Only 5% of muslims are “radical!”?


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    The Global Attitudes Project is a series of worldwide public opinion surveys that encompasses a broad array of subjects.

    Are there wide spread beliefs in the Islamic populations that are counter to the human rights of free speech, free expression, woman’s rights, and gay rights?

    What are the statistics?