While some LA synagogues are shamefully pandering to Black Lives Matter, one Rabbi is telling the truth about the BLM pogrom.
In Los Angeles, Congregation Beth Israel’s walls were defaced with graffiti reading, “F___ Israel” and “Free Palestine”.
Elan Carr, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, visited the synagogue, and stated, “This graffiti is yet more evidence that anti-Zionism is Antisemitism.”
BLM’s platform includes BDS.
The largest sustained burst of synagogue vandalism took place in Los Angeles. The Fairfax area, home to both leftist hipsters and traditionalist Orthodox Jews, was heavily targeted by the rioters who, in addition to looting stores, defaced multiple synagogues, including the aforementioned Congregation Beth Israel, Beit Medrash Kehilat Yaakov (Congregation of Jacob), the synagogue of Rabbi Gershon Bess, the most important Jewish religious leader in the city, as well as Congregation Tiferes Tzvi and the Young Israel of Hancock Park. Three religious schools, Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Bnos Devorah High School, and Ohr Eliyahu Academy, were also vandalized.
Locals reported thugs shouting, “F___ Jews” at them. While too many Modern Orthodox organizations, including the OU and RCA, have issued statements pandering to the racist Black Lives Matter movement, and too many local synagogues have joined the anti-police mob, a Chabad Rabbi has some strong words for the ugly hatred on display in Los Angeles with the full complicity of the authorities.
The Rebbe said that he saw in Germany, a place of culture, science, music and many laws including laws forbidding cruelty to animals, cruelty and violence on a scale unparalleled in history. The reason that an advanced culture could keep their culture active and intact while at the same time creating a cruel holocaust is because their culture was secular and G-dless. This allowed a complete disconnect to develop between an awareness of a higher power and moral behavior and barbarism.
The Rebbe said then that if we don’t educate our children to have a belief in a higher power and don’t institute a moment of silence in public schools this is G-d forbid where we can end up. This is what we have come to and where we find ourselves today.
On kristallnacht in Germany in 1938 people stood by passively and watched the destruction and the violence. It’s no coincidence that the riots here escalated in Fairfax, the icon of the Jewish community. I saw the Watts and the Rodney King riots. They never touched a synagogue or house of prayer. The graffiti showed blatant anti semitism. It’s kristallnacht all over again. Today during the riots in America people were breaking into stores looting and burning down buildings and the police were just standing idly by. They stood idle by orders of the leadership, the mayor and the governor. These are the same people that forbade public prayer because of the coronavirus. They require many guidelines of distancing, only allowing 10 to 12 people, at the most 1/3 of regular congregants to attend davening (prayer). At the very same time they turn a blind eye to the thousands of people that are protesting without any distancing and ignoring the riots and even defending them.
Where did these ideas come from? How have we gone so far afield from simple logic and basic moral clarity and common sense? This is the product of a corrupt educational system. An educational system that says whatever you feel is what is right. When there is no G-d, no moment of silence, no awareness of a higher power, they don’t feel beholden to moral standards. It has become a free-for-all..
A question is asked about Matan Torah. Why did Hashem have to come down on Har Sinai to teach us about simple common laws such as not to bear false witness, not to steal or murder and to honor our parents? Aren’t these things obvious and common sense? The answer is that it’s only going to work if we first follow the first two of the Ten Commandments. Only if we first recognize the first two, the existence of a Creator and not having false gods will the following eight commandments be sustainable. Otherwise, over time our behaviors will devolve into indecent behaviors that defy common decency. The world will devolve into a a free-for-all. of stealing murdering mayhem, and a distorted media and propaganda that manipulates the masses. Just like we saw it in Germany so too again are seeing it again today in America.
Good and dedicated working class people are picking up the tab by dutifully paying their taxes to support a corrupt educational system. Yet often it is the professors of the universities, that have no awareness of a higher power, who are paid from taxes that are instigating riots. This is what taxes are paying for in the year 2020.
These are strong and powerful words of moral truth that cast a harsh light on the cowardice of those members of the Los Angeles Jewish clergy who have become complicit with Black Lives Matter. While liberals cheered a Chabad Rabbi who stood up to a Neo-Nazi gunman in California, I don’t think they’ll be cheering this Chabad Rabbi for standing up to leftist fascists in California.