The Swarthmore College Hillel has declared that it’s an “Open Hillel” and will no longer be bound by any such outdated Hillelian notions as not supporting terrorists who call for genocide.
The actual Hillel has declared that in no shape or form will the Swarthmore College Hillel be allowed to use its name because of the whole… a Jewish college organization shouldn’t be supporting the murder of Jews thing.
“Hillel International does draw a line. That line is as follows: “Hillel will not partner with, house or host organizations, groups or speakers that as a matter of policy or practice: Deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders.”
What sort of groups is Hillel inviting it?
And whereas this policy has resulted in the barring of speakers from organizations such as Breaking the Silence and the Israeli Knesset from speaking at Hillels without censorship, and has resulted in Jewish Voice for Peace not being welcome under the Hillel umbrella;
Jewish Voice for Peace, aside from really, really hating Israel and calling for boycotts against it, is kinda fond of Hamas. Hamas’ charter is really looking forward to making its own Islamic Holocaust
Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).
There’s no specific exclusion there written in for the Swarthmore College Hillel or Jewish Voice for Peace, but then again Jewish Nazi collaborators also assumed they would be getting a free ride as long as they did their part for the Reich.
But Swarthmore College’s post-Hillel Open Hillel claims that the original Hillel, the Jewish sage the org is named after, would be totally down with pluralistically killing Jews,
“And whereas this policy runs counter to the values espoused by our namesake, Rabbi Hillel, who was famed for encouraging debate in contrast with Rabbi Shammai”
Actually Hillel and Shammai both spent a lot of time debating. Neither side debated whether exterminating the Jewish people might not be a good thing.
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” Hillel famously said. It’s easy to go all social justice and concentrate on the second and third sentences, but the overriding message is that if you are not for your own existence, then you aren’t going to be able to help anyone either.
A Jewish organization that denies the right of Jews to exist has nullified itself whether it realizes it or not.
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s staff person at Swarthmore, Rabbi Kelilah Miller, said she plans to “challenge the students to live up to the commitments they expressed in the resolution they adopted and to really figure out what this can mean as far as having thoughtful conversation.”
Having grown up in Newton, Massachusetts, Sean had a lot of exposure to Judaism. His family’s liberal church would often invite Jewish members of their extended community to speak from the pulpit…
Sean began dating Kelilah Miller when he was 19 years old, and eventually joined her for services at the Jewish Community of Amherst, as she was actively exploring and engaging with her Jewish identity. Sean was very supportive of Kelilah’s Jewish journey, and he gradually found a home for himself in Judaism, and converted when he was 24 years old.
Kelilah and Sean were married in August 2010, just before she began her rabbinical training at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Sean developed insight into the philosophies of many great Jewish thinkers, and as class members shared their perspectives on Torah, Hashem, Halakha, feminism, and other sensitive religious subjects, he discovered that he wasn’t such an odd fit for Pardes.
A modest proposal to Sean Leber-Fennessy’s liberal church from the Jewish people. Please take him back. And we’re also throwing in “Rabbi” Kelilah Miller free of charge. And some old gefilte fish bottles we have lying around. They’re kind of gross, but so are the couple.
Just do this one thing for us… and we’re even.