A Brave Rabbi Speaks Out

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Editor’s note: The sermon below, delivered by Rabbi Schlomo Lewis of Atlanta on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, 2010, has been referred to as the “Sermon of the Century.”

“Ehr Kumt” (Yiddish for “He’s Coming”)

I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. We all wish to bounce happily out of shul on the High Holidays, filled with warm fuzzies, ready to gobble up our brisket, our honey cakes and our kugel. We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked but not too much. We want to be transformed but not too much.

I get it, but as a rabbi I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart and what I passionately believe must be said and must be heard. And so, I am guided not by what is easy to say but by what is painful to express. I am guided not by the frivolous but by the serious. I am guided not by delicacy but by urgency.

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. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people.

We did not apologize for Dresden , nor for The Battle of the Bulge, nor for El Alamein, nor for D-Day.

Evil – ultimate, irreconcilable, evil threatened us and Roosevelt and Churchill had moral clarity and an exquisite understanding of what was at stake. It was not just the Sudetenland, not just Tubruk, not just Vienna, not just Casablanca . It was the entire planet. Read history and be shocked at how frighteningly close Hitler came to creating a Pax Germana on every continent.

Not all Germans were Nazis – most were decent, most were revolted by the Third Reich, most were good citizens hoisting a beer, earning a living and tucking in their children at night. But, too many looked away, too many cried out in lame defense – I didn’t know.” Too many were silent. Guilt absolutely falls upon those who committed the atrocities, but responsibility and guilt falls upon those who did nothing as well. Fault was not just with the goose steppers but with those who pulled the curtains shut, said and did nothing.

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.

We are at war… yet too many stubbornly and foolishly don’t put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers. We are circumspect and disgracefully politically correct.

Let me mince no words in saying that from Fort Hood to Bali, from Times Square to London , from Madrid to Mumbai, from 9/11 to Gaza, the murderers, the barbarians are radical Islamists.

To camouflage their identity is sedition. To excuse their deeds is contemptible. To mask their intentions is unconscionable.

A few years ago I visited Lithuania on a Jewish genealogical tour. It was a stunning journey and a very personal, spiritual pilgrimage. When we visited Kovno we davened Maariv at the only remaining shul in the city. Before the war there were thirty-seven shuls for 38,000 Jews. Now only one, a shrinking, gray congregation. We made minyon for the handful of aged worshippers in the Choral Synagogue, a once majestic, jewel in Kovno.

After my return home I visited Cherry Hill for Shabbos. At the oneg an elderly family friend, Joe Magun, came over to me.

“Shalom,” he said. “Your abba told me you just came back from Lithuania .”

“Yes,” I replied. “It was quite a powerful experience.” “Did you visit the Choral Synagogue in Kovno? The one with the big arch in the courtyard?”

“Yes, I did. In fact, we helped them make minyon.” His eyes opened wide in joy at our shared memory. For a moment he gazed into the distance and then, he returned. “Shalom, I grew up only a few feet away from the arch. The Choral Synagogue was where I davened as a child.”

He paused for a moment and once again was lost in the past. His smile faded. Pain filled his wrinkled face. “I remember one Shabbos in 1938 when Vladimir Jabotinsky came to the shul” (Jabotinsky was Menachim Begin’s mentor – he was a fiery orator, an unflinching Zionist radical, whose politics were to the far right.) Joe continued “When Jabotinsky came, he delivered the drash on Shabbos morning and I can still hear his words burning in my ears. He climbed up to the shtender, stared at us from the bima, glared at us with eyes full of fire and cried out. ‘EHR KUMT. YIDN FARLAWST AYER SHTETL – He’s coming. Jews abandon your city.’ ”

We thought we were safe in Lithuania from the Nazis, from Hitler. We had lived there, thrived for a thousand years but Jabotinsky was right — his warning prophetic. We got out but most did not.”

We are not in Lithuania. It is not the 1930s. There is no Luftwaffe overhead. No U-boats off the coast of long Island . No Panzer divisions on our borders. But make no mistake; we are under attack – our values, our tolerance, our freedom, our virtue, our land.

Now before some folks roll their eyes and glance at their watches let me state emphatically, unmistakably – I have no pathology of hate, nor am I a manic Paul Revere, galloping through the countryside. 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.

Today the enemy is radical Islam but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers. 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, but these good Muslims have an obligation to destiny, to decency that thus far for the most part they have avoided. The Kulturkampf is not only external but internal as well. The good Muslims must sponsor rallies in Times Square, in Trafalgar Square, in the UN Plaza, on the Champs Elysee, in Mecca condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent. Thus far, they have not. The good Muslims must
place ads in the NY Times. They must buy time on network TV, on cable stations, in the Jerusalem Post, in Le Monde, in Al Watan, on Al Jazeena condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent – thus far, they have not. Their silence allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it.

Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.

I recall a conversation with my father shortly before he died that helped me understand how perilous and how broken is our world; that we are living on the narrow seam of civilization and moral oblivion. Knowing he had little time left he shared the following – “Shal. I am ready to leave this earth. Sure I’d like to live a little longer, see a few more sunrises, but truthfully, I’ve had it. I’m done. Finished. I hope the Good Lord takes me soon because I am unable to live in this world knowing what it has become.”

This startling admission of moral exhaustion from a man who witnessed and lived through the Depression, the Holocaust, WWII, Communist Triumphalism, McCarthyism, Strontium 90 and polio. – Yet his twilight observation was – “The worst is yet to come.” And he wanted out.

I share my father’s angst and fear that too many do not see the authentic, existential threat we face nor confront the source of our peril. We must wake up and smell the hookah.

“Lighten up, Lewis. Take a chill pill, some of you are quietly thinking. You’re sounding like Glenn Beck. It’s not that bad. It’s not that real.”

But I am here to tell you – “It is.” Ask the member of our shul whose sister was vaporized in the Twin Towers and identified finally by her charred teeth, if this is real or not. Ask the members of our shul who fled a bus in downtown Paris , fearing for their safety from a gang of Muslim thugs, if this is an exaggeration. Ask the member of our shul whose son tracks Arab terrorist infiltrators who target – pizza parlors, nursery schools, Pesach seders, city buses and play grounds, if this is dramatic, paranoid hyperbole.

Ask them, ask all of them – ask the American GI’s we sit next to on planes who are here for a brief respite while we fly off on our Delta vacation package. Ask them if it’s bad. Ask them if it’s real.

Did anyone imagine in the 1920’s what Europe would look like in the 1940’s. Did anyone presume to know in the coffee houses of Berlin or in the opera halls of Vienna that genocide would soon become the celebrated culture? Did anyone think that a goofy-looking painter named Shickelgruber would go from the beer halls of Munich and jail, to the Reichstag as Feuhrer in less than a decade? Did Jews pack their bags and leave Warsaw, Vilna, Athen , Paris , Bialystok, Minsk, knowing that soon their new address would be Treblinka, Sobibor, Dachau and Auschwitz?

The sages teach – “Aizehu chacham – haroeh et hanolad – Who is a wise person – he who sees into the future.” We dare not wallow in complacency, in a misguided tolerance and naïve sense of security.

We must be diligent students of history and not sit in ash cloth at the waters of Babylon weeping. We cannot be hypnotized by eloquent-sounding rhetoric that soothes our heart but endangers our soul. We cannot be lulled into inaction for fear of offending the offenders. Radical Islam is the scourge and this must be cried out from every mountain top. From sea to shining sea, we must stand tall, prideful of our stunning decency and moral resilience.
Immediately after 9/11 how many mosques were destroyed in America? None.

After 9/11, how many Muslims were killed in America? None.

After 9/11, how many anti-Muslim rallies were held in America? None.

And yet, we apologize. We grovel. We beg forgiveness.

The mystifying litany of our foolishness continues. Should there be a shul in Hebron on the site where Baruch Goldstein gunned down twenty-seven Arabs at noonday prayers? Should there be a museum praising the U.S. Calvary on the site of Wounded Knee ? Should there be a German cultural center in Auschwitz ? Should a church be built in the Syrian town of Ma’arra where Crusaders slaughtered over 100,000 Muslims? Should there be a thirteen story mosque and Islamic Center only a few steps from Ground Zero?

Despite all the rhetoric, the essence of the matter can be distilled quite easily. The Muslim community has the absolute, constitutional right to build their building wherever they wish. 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 . Democracy and freedom must prevail.

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 of 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 psycho pat hic, loathsome evil.

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  • Ted

    Don't forget the Palestinian "moderates" like Abbas, who celebrated the release of baby-killers and suicide bombers (see http://snurl.com/29p0k9 ).

  • VegasLiberty

    The rabbi's heart is obviously in the right place, but he still doesn't get it. He still speaks of a supposed Radical Islam that is perverting an otherwise wonderful (alleged) religion, instead of recognizing what the foundational texts of Islam loudly make clear – that Islam itself, not some fringe element of it, is the problem; that from its beginning and throughout its history it has sought world domination and the subjugation or death of the infidel, most especially the Jew.

    • Ageofreason

      The analogy is imperfect, but if someone said "Naziism is fundamentally sound, but it was hijacked by a few extremists," we would stare at him in amazement. Nazi ideology was and is evil. Islam was and is evil, and the evil is transferred to the actions of those who profess the faith. It's all laid down in the "holy" trilogy of Islam. Anyone who has read these texts and understands what they read is well aware of the inherent evil. Having said that, I salute Rabbi Lewis as a man of rare character and wisdom.

      • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

        Thank you Ageofreason,

        Your analogy in fact is near perfect. Indeed, neither Nazism, nor Islam, no Bolshevism were hijacked by "evil extremists", because they were evil in their very foundations. Moreover, they both attracted to each other (the then Mufti of Jerusalem and Hitler, and Hitler and Stalin before the Barbarossa).

      • Servant

        Your reply VegasLiberty is good, but it calls for a little deeper explanation of the term "naziism". It is an abbreviation for National Socialism. You may give any lead to the term socialism, be it democratic, communistic, european etc. It is still socialism. The term is describing pure evil. Socialism in any form seeks a self-governing system without involvement of God. Rather the socialism becomes god. Nothing good exists outside the presence of God. Any other god, including the terror-god allah and socialism represents only pure evil. Remember, our God takes care of each of His children based on their needs and His purpose. Socialism solely looks out for what is the best for society as a whole. Individual men and women are just "useful idiots" , see Lenin and Stalin, in the scheme played by the elitist, often self-proclaimed, leaders of the socialistic society, i.e. Stalin, Lenin, Mao Tse Tung, Hitler, Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, and, if we let him, Barack Hussein Obama.

    • 1776

      Even the rabbi refuses to acknowledge the underlying evil: Islam. To qualify these terrorist as "radical islamists" would be the same as calling Jesus or bible believing Christians "radical Christians". If these terrorist are "radical islamists" then so was their evil prophet Mohammed. Mohammed carried out these same acts of terror that these so called "radical islamist" are doing. Mohamed murdered raped and pillaged the Infidels. Who radicalized the false prophet Mohamed?? The "good Muslims" are just not obedient to the teachings of Mohamed, or they have not carried out their prophets murderous instructions, yet.

    • myohmy

      thank you for pointing out that even though he's so right on everything in his article, the fact that he identifies our enemy as "radical Islam" reveals he's still aflicted with the dreaded political correct weakness of not being able to admit, not being able to indict the real enemy which is not just radical islam, but islam itself. There are 1.5 billion muslims on the planet and the most strict followers of the quran and sharia law are their leader and have the power and authority over all the rest. All those so called good, peace loving, moderate muslims are in reality a vast reservoir of JIHADIS IN TRAINING. They are the pool of human resource that supply tomorrow's jihadis. As long as Mohammed is taught to be the perfect role model and Sharia law is taught to be the perfect rules of life the entire world is threatened and at risk. Our very existance and future is at risk and the enemy is Islam, not a small number of radical muslims but ISLAM ITSELF. Islam is not compatible with freedom. Islam means submission and muslims will tell you that. Submission is not freedom. Believe it.

    • Barbi

      I have been told by many that only a small percentage of Muslims are Radical and thus believe this way. So I ask what percent of Muslims would be small, say 1 percent I suggest. "Of course, that or a little more," They agree! Well now for the come back to that innocent reply. With over a billion Muslims in the world that would be 100 Million Radicals or their ardent supporters. In WW 2 the entire Nation of Germany only had about 80 Million people, and their entire armed forces was 8 Million…so that means your one percent is more then all the Nazi's that ever were and larger then all of Germany in 1939! Now watch them get very silent when you point out what 1 percent really means…and if you add all those who support with their money and covert help it goes way up. At least the Rabbi is speaking out it's time more do.

    • trisha

      I assure you the Rabbi agrees with you. In order to get through to EVERYBODY, he is trying to be a bit more subtle.

      • Beth

        "Their (the '''good''' muslims) silence allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it"

        That's not subtle Trisha. It sticks out like a sore thumb – and is the very lie that caused most (if not all) of the deception in the first place – which has (and still is) leading to bloodshed.

        His statement would have been perfect – without that pc lie included. It's important to point it out (everytime someone uses it).

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    A lot of it is said well and profound. On the background of other rabbis who do not speak out at all, or worse, who are busy welcoming Islam in America, building the "interfaith bridges" to it and protecting sharia (like ADL), yes, this rabbi may be named "Brave" for this so called "Sermon of the Century." Yet even this brave one speaks only half truth and minces the words: Not exactly what America needs when "He [i.e. the ultimate evil] is coming".

    Does America need more dancing around the PR myth of "radical vs. moderate" islam while in fact…


    No. It is not exactly that America must welcome mosques: Just please – PLEASE – be tactful dear moslems, and do not build your 11 story swastika near the grave yard of 9/11.

    No! Mosques do not belong anywhere in America!

    And no, rabbi, your membership in ACLU does not add to your authority and integrity! How can a rabbi support an organization which fights against God, promotes the Bolshevistic invention of "separation of church and state", negates the Judeo-Christian national identity of America, and removes the Ten Commandments and crosses from the public property?

    How can a rabbi be especially shocked by that a group of perverts of Israel is not accepted by the perverts of Spain? Would it be more appropriate instead to be concerned that perversion spreads and desecrates the holy name of Israel?

    We must have a bit higher expectations for coherence of the "Sermon of the Century"….

    • Paula Sue

      Rabbi Lewis's congregation is probably mostly liberal, self hating, Muslim apologists. I don't know that, I'm just guessing. The title uses the word "brave". No doubt it is hard for him, knowing he's going to offend a lot of people. I think it's great he was able to express himself as he did. I am a Christian and see Islam a satanic evil, a counterfit of the Ammighty's Plan for mankind.
      I think it is a wonderful sermon.

    • Sallie G. Schaffer

      Dear Alex. You are right, every word you wrote. The Rabbi double-talked.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Right on brother Gofen. Right on.

    • sula

      I have to agree, this rabbi was doing fairly well till he admitted to being a 'dues paying member of the ACLU…………………shame, shame………..and even more shame…………..he is part of the problem………………he preaches, yet continues to pay his dues………….shame, shame………………….

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    I cried a litle and felt like a 9 year old in the midle of the second world war
    in a train transported to the endlosing. I'm became an atheist but the Rabbi's
    sermon found that litle place inside me where still remains a tear.

  • taxpayer

    WOW! Pay attention, folks. “EHR KUMT.” REALLY.

  • Findalis

    It is 1939 and tomorrow is Kristallnacht.

    Please for G-d's sake, heed the Rabbi's warning.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    We must not get side tracked by those parts of the Rabbi's life that we do not like. I do not care that he supports the gays or that he carries the ACLU's membership card. That is an argument for another day. He says nothing about the street gangs (who cost me a leg when I was still a police officer) that are destroying our inner cities with drugs and violence. That is not his "today's mission". He is speaking about Islam. I don't really care that he calls it radical Islam, when we all know that it is just plain "historical" Islam. Islam, as it has always been, is at our door. It not only will take our lives but our freedoms, our way of life. What is our response? We make excuses. We don't warn others. Terrorists are given rock star status. Liberals line up to shake their hands. What is the death of one more infidel, another baby's throat slit? Who cares? 9/11 is ancient history, so too are the horrors of WW2. The Rabbi speaks the truth about the dangers facing all of us, of the silence of American Muslims, of the street celebrations when the towers fell. We can heed the warning or we can get sidetracked with other issues. We do so at our own peril.

    • Guest

      The problem is, he does not see the problem of historical islam. He sees it as radical people that have hijacked the religion. He is part of the problem. His whole sermon is as lame as the liberals.

  • StephenD

    I would take the good Rabbi’s exhortation further. Right beside the pictures of Bibi Aisha there ought to be pictures of the FOGEL GAMILY MASSACRE. I cringed at every instance he used the term “radical.” But his admonition to those that “close their curtains” stands. If the so called “moderate, peace loving Muslims” allow such atrocities to take place with nary a word they must share in the blame as if they did in the commission of the act.
    I refuse to bow to Political Correctness. I’ll speak up until my dying day. I fear for my children and grandchildren but not for myself. I know my G_d sees this evil and regardless of how proliferate it may become we can be certain that it cannot sustain itself indefinitely. I wish to help in its demise. A quote from a Mary Doria Russell novel “A Thread of Grace,” says “There’s a saying in Hebrew, No matter how dark the tapestry life weaves for us, there’s always a thread of grace.”
    I’m counting on it

  • mgoldberg

    Despite all the rhetoric, the essence of the matter can be distilled quite easily. The Muslim community has the absolute, constitutional right to build their building wherever they wish. 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 . Democracy and freedom must prevail.

    “…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….”

    And this is the problem: there is no good and evil except what mohammed did or didn’t do. He was the perfect man- to Islam. A man so despicable- I’m sorry, but that’s what I see in his book and his life- anyone can see that if they have reasonable values that all the faiths of the world-excepting Islam of course, have- for ‘do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. Islam has no such values.

    it’s the only ‘faith’ that commands death for apostasy. No exclusion or scorn or anything like those- but ‘death’.

    Do I think the decision to build at ground zero, should come from them, as the rabbi asserts?!?! No…. not at all. Do I think the Nazi party should have the right to build if they get the permits…? No.

    And the thugs and liars and sharia proponents who claim sharia fits into our constitution are liars and religious tyrants, which is what Islam is was and will always be. And WE have to make that assessment and challenge then on this, not extend our rights to those who would destroy us, using those freedoms.

    • Guest

      This is a stupid argument. Any society has the right to protect itself. Islam must be declared a menace and made ilegal to practice. Should we allow cannibels to exist in our midst? Hell no!

  • Dave

    But what should we do? It is impossible to convert the 'liberals', or the 'liberal elite' I have tried with friends and family but they won't have any of it. They make you feel like you're the racist, facist one. I have thought of moving away from London, but where to? It seems we are just waiting for something awful to happen. To be honest I feel rather powerless. The Rabbi's sermon was brilliant though. Peace.

    • StephenD

      Simple lessons my friend. Offer your family and friends choices that fit into their lives and then let them point out the folly. For instance, if they are for “redistribution” policies, ask for ½ of something they have and you do not. If they are for P.C. standards of “Tolerance” present them with something abhorrent to them and call them on their position of acceptance (say Bestiality or some other bizarre practice or belief). If they suggest more taxes for the “common good” ask them to take on another task in the home so someone else can do less. In short order they will either admit their mistake or dig in deeper. In either case, you will have exposed the foolishness of their beliefs.

      • Dave

        Thanks, I will try some of those ideas out!

    • Beth

      You could show them actual text from the koran (there's plenty) that preach murder.

      In my opinion, if they STILL feel compelled to defend it – then there is no hope for them. If that is the case, accept it – and be glad that you're different. (that's what i do and it gets me by. You're not alone in those thoughts)

  • Sarah

    Much of this article is good, but to believe that Muslims have the right to build a Mosque on ground zreo is weak. It is not up to them.
    Even if the Rabbi believes that Islam can be good, that does not mean we must give up our rights. New Yorkers have every right to stop the Ground Zero mosque using simple zoning laws. It was Mayor Bloomberg and the city council that circumvented the New York zoning procedures.
    What about the Greek Orthodox congregation that lost their church on 9-11 and are not allowed to rebuild? Their rights to rebuild trump anyone elses but there has been precious little concern shown for them.

    • Guest

      Good Observation. We have the right to reject a religion and culture based on our destruction. That is something liberals fail to understand because they think, not unlike the rabbi, that there really isn't evil in the world just a few misguided people.

    • matchingset

      Natural Law and our Constitution affirms it, we may protect ourselves, our families, our communities, our property and our Laws from those who attack us from without and those who attack us from within.

  • mrbean

    All jihadists are motivated by the core principles of Islam with the goal of converting, killing, or subjugating all non-Muslims. Unfortunately, too many non-Muslims have reverted to a pre-9/11 mentality and do not see the necessity of an offensive war with the Jihadists, or of a defensive war at home. All of us as non-Muslims are going to have to decide to fight for our cultures, freedoms, and values or we are going to lose them. It is our killer instincts which must be harnessed if we expect to survive in a war with the Jihadists. Our weapons are only tools. It is a hard heart that kills. If our killer instincts are not clean and strong we will hesitate at the moment of truth. We will not kill. We will become dead Americans and Jews. And then we all will be in a world of trouble. Why? Because there are a billion Muslims and on a few million of us who will actually fight! Do you understand?

  • http://Anti-moshiach Sobieski

    And this time it is The Assyrian. The prince’s people destroyed Jerusalem 70 CE

  • radicalconservative

    Sorry Rabbi, but your being a Democrat and card-carrying member of the ACLU makes YOU a useful idiot. YOU are part of the PROBLEM!

    • Sallie G. Schaffer

      You are so right, I too am a radicalconservative. It seems the good Rabbi also voted for Hussien Obama. There are not any good muslims. They all think alike. The Rabbi has learned nothing from History, he believes being a liberal means a good heart. He is wrong and should see the world as it really is.

    • Sashland

      Please do not be so quick to dismiss those who do not agree with all that you believe. The Rabbi has taken an important stand. He deserves our support.

      We need his.

  • tanstaafl

    Do good, resist evil.

    • Guest

      Define good? Are you a liberal who believes we make our own right and wrong, or do you believe in absolutes.

      Oh please let me hear you say there are no absolutes truths, so I can show you the idiocy of that statement.

      • Tanstaafl


      • Beth

        Guest "Define good"

        The following is the foundation (is it not?) on which to measure the difference between good and evil (for the things that we would want, or, not want – done to us)

        Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

        The koran violates that whole command – clearly. So what is it you are defending Guest?

  • IheartZion

    Love Rabbi Lewis, great guy. Now, suddenly this parade of former anti-Bush Jews that voted for an obviously unqualified anti-American, anti-Semite for the most pathetic reason such as Sarah Palin or the appointment of Supreme Court justices that won't oppose abortion or environmental green scams! Sarah Palin was and still is more qualified to be POTUS than our community organizer in chief, and a friend to Israel. And the liberal Jews such as Koch, Levine, Boxer, Feinstein, Frank, Schumer, Weiner, Was-Schultz, Waxman, Nadler, Feingold, ugh not to mention the celebrities et al…are the face of the Jew for most Americans, G-d help us. When push comes to shove there will plenty of Americans turning a blind eye their Jewish friend much like the Germans and 'moderate' muslims.

  • Rev. Roy Trepanier

    A more eloquent and passionate dissertation of truisms would be difficult to find, and yes, the good Rabbi is sticking his neck out, but not all the way. One would expect a "Rabbi" to include some mention of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His part in allowing ALL of these events. Yes, He is still in charge and even "guides the affairs of men" to accomplish His purposes. He also ridicules their own efforts…Psalm 59-8…" But you, O LORD, laugh at them

    • Beth

      Rev.? Roy Trepanier…. (I hope you'll bear with me here)

      There is only one Reverend and He is in heaven. Just as Jesus commanded "Call no man on earth "Father"…." neither should you be asking people to address you as "Reverend".

      Psalm 59-8…" But you, O LORD, laugh at them (I think of this Scripture all of the time along with this one:

      PSA 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

    • Phyl Clarke

      I am thankful to be among those to have been given the truth ,to know Gods heart, love & hand upon Isreal ,the land & the people,to know that His chosen are still chosen….Praise God as we read His living word it is clear this is the devil trying to win…Gods word says "he wont "
      from a believer in Yeshua,Israels one and only true Saviour..

  • Rev. Roy Trepanier

    (Part 2)..The Rabbi also takes the "safe" road of condemning only "radical" Islamists, as if the "moderates" are guiltless and the religion of Islam, and it's satanic god allah is somehow, in itself, commendable. Please……(who else but satan would inspire people to wrap c-4 explosives around their babies and send them out to blow themselves, and whoever else, to smithereens…and then celebrate the fact).
    Islam has a 1,500 year history of Murder, Mayhem and Massacre of innocents, Jews and Gentile Christians alike, that any 6 year old can verify given 10 minutes at a computer. How, and why, did the good Rabbi miss this Historical report? Hmmmm…
    makes one wonder…
    But, in the end, God is still in charge and is soon to fulfill His promise of returning..Acts..1-11. Christ will then rule and reign from Israel for 7 years and put an end to mans transgressions (every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the Glory of God". Romans 14-10 So smile and look up, everything is going to be all right (If you know Him and have surrendered to His Lordship in your life).
    Rev. Roy….<><

    • Beth

      The wicked are cast out of their graves (Isa 14:19 – Isa 26:14) – only those who are still in their graves will hear His voice when He comes to call (Jhn 5:28).

      The Lord is serious when He speaks of the second death – which is eternal.
      The first death reigned from Adam to Moses (Rom 5:14)

      Hbr 10:28 He that despised Moses' law – died without mercy

      To teach that everyone will automatically be saved (eventually) is not what the Scriptures teach.

  • radicalconservative

    Wow Good Reverend, you mean there are still “believing” clergy!?!?! There US hope after all!

  • Ben

    The great rabbi! Reading many mad leftist rabbies` speeches I was grieving the Jewish fate,but after this I`v got some hope.

  • Guest

    Am I the only one that feels this is silly and definately not worth a mention in the war against islam? What is a good muslim? Isn't a good muslim one who follows his holy koran similar to a good Christian who follows the Bible? Even the Christian's Jesus says, 'Be hot or cold, if you are lukewarm I will spew you from my mouth.

    It's not meally mouths such as the poor Rabbi who will win the day. It's people who realize the very ideology taught by the koran must be fought. islam must be contained and that means immigration to free countries prohibited.

  • Richard Ong

    "Thus far, they have not."

    Rabbi, this is the refutation of your argument that "the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims." They don't protest and organize against the "radical Islamists" because they agree with them and support them in small ways and large. In France and England you can see the truth — yes they want a Renault or Land Rover but they also want to live in segregated communities, to reject host nation laws, and to demand that host nation nationals grovel at their feet and cravenly abandon their own religion, law, and traditions.

    Every Muslim on earth subscribes to the doctrine that the penalty for apostasy is death. What kind of a person calls himself a Muslim in the face of this execrable doctrine? If this person swears an oath of allegiance to the U.S. he has ipso facto perjured himself and should never have been offered citizenship in the first place.

    Do you support an end to Muslim immigration to the U.S.? I doubt it. Yet by not calling attention to the innate incompatibility of garden-variety Islam and Western values you in effect cry out about the danger but fail to deny oxygen to the repulsive body that is the Islamic pseudo-religion. Thus, your warning is to that extent ineffectual.

    I applaud and agree with your assessment of a real danger that we all face but you are contributing to the problem, Rabbi Lewis, if you end up taking a position that ignores the ghastly pathologies of Islam — paedophila, honor killings, persecution of Jews and Christians in Muslim nations, murderous fatwas issued by ignorant mullahs for novels and cartoons, dualistic ethics, terror as an art form, hatred of infidels, subjugation of women, FGM, condonation of slavery, hostility to intellectual inquiry, pathetic beliefs about the natural world (e.g., Allah controls every electron, world is flat), artistic sterility, etc., ad astra.

    Your opinions are an example of how we do not have the will to demand fealty to our civilizational norms on the part of resident Muslims who provide support to the freaks you properly call attention to.

    At the very least, we should face the unpleasant truths about Islam and instantly and forever refuse to allow further Muslim immigration to this and all other Western nations.

    Israel is not the laboratory. The laboratory is laid out in crystal clear fashion at here. The laboratory is the modern world and the Islamic threat is a worldwide threat.

    Along the same lines, "the bloody collision between civilization and depravity" is enabled by the ACLU and its never-ending efforts to weaken the U.S. Its fanatical efforts to eradicate the Christian religion from public life are a disgrace, as its utter failure to stand up for freedom of speech. If there's a cross on a patch of desert 50 miles from any town and 11,000 feet up in the mountains I know that is where the bodies of the ACLU shock troops will be found hanging in the barbed wire.

    But if there's a government attempt to skewer some citizen unwise enough to engage in free speech, or "hate speech" as it is sometimes called, well, those shock troops can all be found back at ACLU HQ reading comic books and sucking up some RC Cola and Moon Pies. Walter Polovchak didn'[t want to go back to the Soviet Union with his parents and, true to its beginnings, the ACLU did it's best to see that the kid was returned to Soviet captivity. Lest we mistake this for commendable ACLU support for parental authority, remember the point that an author of a book about the ACLU made: he pointed out that the ACLU tied itself in knots to enable the parents to assert their authority over the kid to take him back to the ACLU's beloved Shangri-La but would have been terminally apoplectic had the child in question been a 14-y-o pregnant girl and her parents were endeavoring to deny her the "right" to make her own decision to get an abortion.

    This is a side issue in a way but you did bring up your membership. Forgive me if I see in your words here and your membership there the continued existence of confused thinking about culture and religion. I am no paragon of judgment and analytical ability. Trust me on that. We need to do better than what you have written here which posits the dangerous concept of the "moderate" Muslim, the Muslim eager to assimilate into a Western culture.

    I have greater faith in unicorns than in that there animal.

  • xlent

    "Believe it or not, I am a dues-paying, card carrying member of the ACLU" I knew there was something not quite right. The good rabbi is right about much and so screwed up elsewhere. There is NO such thing as a moderate muslem. Islam itself wants you DEAD, If you are not one of them. If he is waiting for the "good" muslems to wake up and come to his rescue his bones will be rotting in some mass grave outside some place of horror and suffering much worse than any Treblynka. If this is the sermon of the century we are in deep trouble. If his "urgency" is more urgent than most than we should not expect any great "awakening" soon. Until the word "terrorist" or "extremist' is droped as a prefix to islam we will get nowere….And just how on Gods earth can anyone with a working brain be proud of being a "card carrying member" of the stinking aclu???

    • radicalconservative

      Amen brudda!

    • Guest

      " Islam itself wants you DEAD, If you are not one of them. "

      if that is the case you wouldn't have been here typing stupid things about others!

      • Beth

        Guest – xlent is speaking a little (but soon, hopefully, well) known fact. How is that "typing stupid things about others" ?

        In the Koran:

        004.101 When ye travel – through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear '''the unbelievers''' May attack you: For '''the Unbelievers''' are unto you open enemies.

        033.061 They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain without mercy. {Genocidal teaching – no matter how you look at it!

        Are those koran teachings acceptable to you Guest? And if they are – what right do you have in passing ANY judgment whatsoever on anyone else for any reason?

    • Beth

      And just how on Gods earth can anyone with a working brain be proud of being a "card carrying member" of the stinking aclu???

      GOOD QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ben

    Good people like H.Ford and CH. Lindberg where deceived by nazi propaganda.Muslim propaganda now is universal (just switch tv) and people like Guest is of course the propagandist. TV shows us happy relaxed Muslim women and NYtimes hides the brutally murdered Gaddafy`s photo-oil-paid shameful propaganda.

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  • vlparker

    Which good muslims is he talking about? All three of them?

  • Chipper

    At last someone who sees thru spiritual eyes and has courage to speak the truth!!!!!!

  • PatriotX

    Not much to be said after reading this. He’s 100% exactly correct in his article. I will say something to the defense of most muslims living in this world. Do not misunderstand, I’m not defending Islam, I’m defending what might be their reason for silence.

    Islam through shariah is 0% tolerant of any who speak against it in countries governed by shariah, period and to violate this is usually a guaranteed death sentence for not just for the one that’s guilty but his or her entire family. Now, that being said, the United States isn’t governed by shariah (yet) however we seemed to be PC governed.

    So, what’s the excuse for muslims here in this country? It’s something they need to ask themselves. The middle of the road is the worst place to drive.

  • Ros

    I thought this article was absolutely wonderful,absolutely spot on-unfortunately for us. I think that non-muslims are heading for disaster if we don't wake up,and quick.I love the way that muslim riots and attacks are naively called "uprisings" Why do you never hear even so much of the fact that it's all about muslims and non muslims?

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    And the number of anti-Semitic students in our public schools is skyrocketing.

    • PatriotX

      If I may ask Gary ware to do you reside?

  • Gloria Stewart

    The Rabbi has made an excellent presentation. I would like to take an exception to his characterization of Islam. There is no radical Islam and no moderate Islam. There is only Islam. The distinction is a non Muslim mindset. It does not exist within the Muslim community – the ummah.

    All Muslims accept the primacy of sharia and the concept of jihad. Islam is not like a Chinese menu. One does not get to select one item from column A and two items from Column B.

    The Koran is believed to be the literal word of God. The hadith (the sayings of Mohammed), and the Sira (the life of Mohammed) put the Koran in context. There is no room for reform. Sadly, the extremists did not hijack Islam; Islam hijacked them.

    I am reminded of the words of a Holocaust survivor on his death bed. He said: "The next time some one tells you he is going to wipe you out, believe him"

    • Ros

      I so agree with what you've said.People talk about the fact that 9/11 and so on are carried out by "extremists"-I always want to scream! You said it perfectly-there are no radicals or moderate muslims.

    • Sashland

      Please do not be so quick to dismiss those who do not agree with all that you believe. The Rabbi has taken an important stand. He deserves our support.

  • Anamah

    Dear Rabbi Schlomo Lewis, here and now I give you my hand, please hold it. Would you give me a huge… my friend I am with you…alone inside my own bubble with your fear and struggle I deeply share. I am here to stand with you my dear Rabbi my brother, my friend.

  • mew1183

    Occupy Wall Street is loaded with anti-Semites. Check out BigGovernment.com.

  • Guest

    israel is the creator of radical Islam, we didn't had radical Islam before israel came into exit in fact, the first terrorism act was bombing of King David Hotel in Jerusalem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_David_Hotel_bom
    "After 9/11, how many Muslims were killed in America? None." lol where the hell are you live in?? Muslims are randomly shot at the since 9/11.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvpJiytm-Ls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dW-Uva5aOA&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx-5ggGY2mU
    even those who look alike a Muslim are not safe http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrime
    wow so much love of Jesus! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDmaFehshys&fe

    • Beth

      Instead of complaining and accusing everything and everyone else? Guest? Why don't you start with your koran where it teaches its followers to "kill infidels without mercy".

      And that is PRECISELY!!! where so-called "radical Islam" comes from.

  • Guest

    "After 9/11, how many anti-Muslim rallies were held in America? None."
    Yeah right all these rallies are love rallies, huh?!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwaNRWMN-F4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG_7Qhm397 Mhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdJtlhpDZzI&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VPGB38BPQo&fe
    there are many more ugly actions like these happen to Muslims in U.S since 9/11.
    I can't believe a Jew would want others to be abused, killed for being another religion or culture after what happened to them. Isn't that what Hitler did to your people??!!! YOU SHOULD ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!

  • Beth

    I like the article (some parts are touching) and I'm in agreement with all of it …except for the following:

    "Their silence ('''good''' musilms) allows the vicious to tarnish Islam and define it"

    Their silence is due to the fact that they know "radical islamists" (in truth – fundamentalist muslims) are keeping the commands of their koran.

    And until THAT truth is dealt with – no other truth will matter.

  • Thor

    So what is the solution? The house is on fire but how do you put it out? Just speaking is not going to do anything. The Islamists are taking over, Egypt , Iran, Turkey, Libya, Tunisia , Lebanon , Europe , etc.

    • Beth

      I believe words have power Thor. Yes, by speaking the right words and by the right number of people – words can make a huge difference.

      It can cause enough people to get out there and vote for better leaders (requires research) for America. For me, that's the first thing that needs to be done – to have real leaders – instead of thugs sitting in seats that they should not be sitting in. (of which i did not vote for – thanks to research)

      Speak the truth to all you know – and don't stop.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Speaking of good Muslims, quiet peaceful Muslims, the nice guy Muslims, yeah,
    those words are like a date rape drug, all is fine but when you wake up, yeah,
    you got it, you've been done, maybe on a prayer rug like a dog………..We are
    at war and the house is on fire, the firemen are not in the firehouse, the police
    are not at their station, the powers that be have been bought and we have been
    sold. The key word in the Rabbi's sermon is malevolence and there are no
    slightly malevolent, no partially malevolent, no almost malevolent people, all of
    you is evil down to the smallest atomic particle if you are Muslim and if there
    is a shred of decency or humanity left in you, flee Islam and it's fetid teachings,
    horrific conduct and it's end state of eternal damnation……………..William

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  • Ros

    The war that is being fought today isn't being fought with guns and tanks and everybody in uniform so each side can see it's enemy behind clearly demarked lines,the war we are fighting today is carried out slowly slowly by stealth and like a dripping tap is slowly eroding away our very liberty.The enemy doesn't have to be holed up in some cave somewhere,but can be your own neighbour.We do not see him as our enemy,but he surely sees us as one until the whole world is under sharia law.

  • pennswoods

    Well said. But until he tears up his membership card in the ACLU and goes to his local court house and reregisters as an independent he's still on the side of those fools who support this coming age of darkness in the name of Islamic Jihad. On one hand the rabbi eloquently talks about the lessons of history and what we haven't learned from them while on the other hand to keep his "credibility" he has to tell his congregation he didn't vote for President Bush yet support's Bush's courage to stand up to radical Islam after 911. Liberals who start to see the light still must make apologies to their liberal friends even when they know the truth. I hope the good rabbi has the courage to tell his friends who President Obama really is and what he stands for before the election next November. By then we will assuredly see Egypt, Lybia, Tunesia, and other Muslim countries who were part of the so called "Arab Spring", collapse to Islamic Jihad, and fall under the evil system called Islamic Law of Sharia.

  • bpscooter

    As usual, throughout centuries religion is truely the bane of our existance. Only people who are indoctornated in a religion, who believe that theirs is the ONLY way and somehow MUST cause violence, social upheaval and domination, & must fight each other to the death in the name of God, have and continue to make life , to coin a phrase, "hell on earth". The truth is, no one religion wants to share, no one religion wants to care for their fellow human being unless it fits within their narrow boundries. Since there are thousands of religions on this planet, will no one wake up and realize that there is no ONE religion. FAITH is a very personal belief and pushing that belief, justifying violence, whether you are muslim, jewish, catholic or any other religion who has committed violence upon people, whether in history or at this time, is simply a justification to dominate and rule. Is it any wonder that the Secular humunaists and people who practice Buddism look at the rest of the world and wonder why they can not live in harmony with the earth? The end of religion and the end of violence in the name of anyones "God" is the only answer.

  • ronyvo

    To expect the "good" Muslims to act against their brothers the terrorists is extremly naive. By being associated to Islam is criminal because ISLAM IS CRIMINAL.

  • VegasLiberty

    Chezwick, despite my comment above I think you're right about not demanding ideological purity as well as not looking a gift horse in the mouth. The times are way too perilous and the Rabbi must follow his own road to understanding. In his context he is quite courageous.

  • inzion

    Sorry, Rabbi, its the majority, not the radicals. The latter cannot prevail without the former. It does not say DO NOT FOLLOW THE LONE BAD GUY. It says the reverse:


    Guess why!