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Haaretz: “Good News! It’s OK to Talk about Anti-Semitism in America”

In my regular column in Haaretz, my new article: “Good News! It’s OK to Talk about Anti-Semitism in America

…because now we can talk about its causes and solutions.

In just over a month, more than 100 JCCs and synagogues received bomb threats and were forced to evacuate, three Jewish cemeteries were vandalized, one synagogue was shot at while people were inside, and swastikas were painted on buildings and cars.

“I raced from work twice after getting texts saying the kids had all been moved out of the building,” said one mother in the Midwest, who asked not to be named so as not to draw more attention from “whatever sick people are making these threats.”

“I know it could happen anyplace, but the fact that lately the calls are happening at the JCC makes you constantly on edge,” said Allison Vitagliano, whose 4-year-old son was evacuated from his preschool at the JCC of Central New Jersey.

“I’m realizing I live in a naive bubble because I don’t understand where this hatred is coming from. I knew there was discrimination against Muslims, Mexicans, black people, gay people, but it’s strange to me that this is happening to Jewish people. I thought we were past that and we could focus on supporting the other groups who are under attack,” said Taylor, a former board member of the preschool at the JCC in Maitland, Fla.

“I’d be lying if I said that neither of us were scared,” said Alison Levy, who asked not to name her child’s day school, fearing that it could be targeted again.

Monday after school, Honora Gathings’ daughter didn’t greet her when she got home like she usually does. Instead, she said, “We had a Code Black.”

The media presents this wave of Jew-hatred as a new trend in America, but it is not. During the Obama Administration, there were no less than 7,000 anti-Semitic incidents in the US, but they went largely unreported by the mainstream media for political reasons. Now that the administration has changed and the media is no longer obliged to protect the White House, we can finally speak openly about anti-Semitism in America and ponder what this means for US Jewry.

Hatred Like No Other

First, we must not be naïve, as Taylor put it in the above quote. Anti-Semitism is the oldest, most tenacious hatred; it will outlive all other hatreds. There is a special characteristic to Jew-hatred: It is not really hatred of the Jews, but rather anger at the Jews.

The reason for this anger stems from our origin and our purpose. The Jewish people is like no other people. Its first manifestation came into existence nearly 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. At that time, Abraham, the son of a Babylonian priest called Terah, noticed that something bad was happening to his countryfolk. Despite the abundance of food and water in the land, the Babylonians became increasingly discontent with one another, and gradually grew angry and hostile toward each other, putting their thriving civilization at risk. The book Pirkey de Rabbi Eliezer describes how the builders of the Tower of Babylon “wanted to speak to one another but did not know each other’s language. What did they do?” the book asks. “Each took his sword and they fought each another to the death. Indeed, half the world was slaughtered there, and from there they scattered all over the world.”

Abraham was deeply troubled by the woes of his people, the Babylonians, and began to reflect on their problem, as Maimonides describes in detail in Mishneh Torah (Chapter 1). Finally, Abraham realized that the hatred erupting throughout his country was unstoppable; it was a force of nature. Abraham also realized that people’s hatred for each other would only grow over time because of the uncontrollable jealousy innate in human nature. Envy makes us not only want to have enough, but to have more than others and become superior to them.

Our sages summarized this trait of human nature with two famous truisms: 1) “The inclination of a man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen 8:21). 2) “A man does not leave the world with half his desire in his hand. Rather, if he has one hundred, he wants to have two hundred, and if he has two hundred, he wants to have four hundred” (Kohelet Rabah 3:13).

Understanding that he could not stop the intensification of the hatred, Abraham looked for a solution in nature. He observed that in nature, the negative force of destruction is balanced by equally strong positive force of connection. Today we know that protons and electrons would not be able to maintain a balanced structure of an atom without the two forces of attraction and rejection balancing each other out, and that this balance is maintained through all the levels of existence. The revelation of the balance between forces inspired Abraham to formulate a new mode of conducting human society.

Instead of trying to enforce laws that suppress the intrinsically egoistic human nature, efforts that invariably fail because our hatred for each other is ever growing, Abraham determined that we should reinforce our unity instead. Rather than focus on the bad, Abraham said, focus on the good—on mercy, love, compassion, and unity. While nature balances the positive and negative forces naturally, humans have to do this consciously.

A Notion for All the Nations

As soon as Abraham realized that he had found the key to the misery of the Babylonians, he began to spread the news wherever he could. Alas, his king, Nimrod, resented Abraham’s ideas. Instead of adopting the idea of unity above hatred, Nimrod chased Abraham out of Babylon.

But as the expat wandered toward Canaan, he kept speaking of his revelation. According to Maimonides, “thousands and tens of thousands assembled around him, and they are the people of the house of Abraham. He planted this tenet in their hearts, composed books about it, and taught his son, Isaac. And Isaac sat and taught and warned, and informed Jacob, and appointed him a teacher, to sit and teach… And Jacob our Father taught all his sons” (Mishneh Torah, Chapter 1). Finally, a tribe that knew the law of unity was formed. Abraham’s posterity continued to develop his method until finally, King Solomon capped it with one verse: “Hate stirs strife, and love covers all crimes” (Prov 10:12).

Abraham never intended for his idea to be the sole possession of his group. He wished to help the entire Babylonian civilization, and was forced to abandon his plan only because Nimrod forced him out of Babylon. Abraham’s disciples knew this and circulated the new ideas to anyone who wished to listen. When Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt, he, too, wanted to impart the notion of unity over hatred to everyone. In his commentary on the Torah, the Ramchal wrote that “Moses wished to complete the correction of the world at that time. … However, he did not succeed because of the corruptions that occurred along the way.”

Since the world could not be corrected at the time, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob became entrusted with the method and were tasked with serving as “a light unto nations.” The nation of Israel that was born at the foot of Mt. Sinai merited the title “nation” only after its members committed to unite “as one man with one heart.” This unique method of formation of a nation cemented their peoplehood so strongly that despite the efforts of the Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman empires to destroy them, they have all faded into the annals of history, while the Jews continue to exist.

The task that we received, to be “a light unto nations,” is the task to spread the method of unity above hatred that Abraham discovered and his descendants perfected. The hatred we perceive as anti-Semitism derives from our obligation to the nations to deliver this method of connection, the ability to unite above hatred.

Approximately 2,000 years ago, we succumbed to hatred and abandoned our unity, thinking that the Roman culture would be more advantageous to us. In consequence, we not only lost our land, but we also “gained” the hatred of the nations—without a light unto nations, they had no hope of covering their own hatred of each other and were therefore doomed to everlasting wars. This is why anti-Semites such as Mel Gibson and retired General William Boykin blame us for all the wars in the world. Without our example, they feel hopeless and turn their anger at us.

Throughout the centuries, we have been accused of every conceivable and inconceivable crime. We have been blamed for controlling the media, usury, blood libels of various forms, well poisoning, dominating the slave trade, disloyalty to our host countries, organ harvesting and AIDS spreading. Over the years, communists accused us of creating capitalism, and capitalists accused us of inventing communism. Christians accused us of killing Jesus, and acclaimed French historian and philosopher François Voltaire accused us of inventing Christianity. We have been labeled warmongers and cowards, racists and cosmopolitans, spineless and unbending, and so on and so forth.

All of this happened to us because we abandoned our unity. When we are united, we are not only strong, but the world has hope, a light at the end of the tunnel. When we are separated, we are not a Jewish people anymore, but the riffraff that we were before Abraham assembled us into a tribe that knew the path of unity.

Our Hatred of Each Other Makes Us Hated

Today’s anti-Semitism in America is no different from any other anti-Semitism throughout the ages. It is the anger of the American non-Jews at the Jews for not showing the path of unity. Many people already link the increasing fragmentation in American society to the rise in anti-Semitism. They are correct in this because the people who are supposed to be a role model of unity are role models of tribal hatred instead. Just look at what is happening in our communities: People of different political views cannot spend holidays together and sometimes even divorce over who voted for whom!

Our hatred of each other causes Americans to hate us even more. They will end out blaming the Jews for their division and nothing that the Jews can say will convince them otherwise.

If we want to end anti-Semitism in America, then we Jews must first unite among ourselves .Liberal Jews and conservative Jews must rise to the occasion, put aside their differences, and unite in order to save themselves. Otherwise, the hatred that will develop in America will be as powerful, if not more so than the one that engulfed Germany in the 1930s, and whose consequences we commemorate each year .We can already see this happening; we must not wait until it’s too late. Our task is to unite above our differences, just as our forefathers did, and put all else—including politics—aside.

Unity in today’s political climate may seem impossible, but it is not at all so. Throughout the world, people are realizing that unity above all differences is the key to their happiness. They come together for unity events and discover that same “social cement” that Abraham discovered nearly four millennia ago. The next event to take place in the US will be on May 4-7 in New Jersey. Nearly one thousand people of all religions, races, and backgrounds will attend, and I hope that the warmth they will experience there will reinforce their conviction that unity above differences is the only viable way to create a sustainable, prosperous society.
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My Thoughts On Twitter, 2/10/17

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It’s impossible to stop the trend against corrupt liberalism by removing Trump. And it may lead to civil war and even world war.

Anti-semitism shouldn’t be primitive. It should be wiser: pushing the Jews to do their job in the world—become a light unto the nations.

If Trump realizes the Jews’ potential—as did Henry Ford—he will force them to fulfill their mission in this world: exemplify unity.

The world was eager to bring America and Russia together, but now it blames Trump for doing so. That’s what political correctness leads to.

It’s no wonder that the entire world, raised on neoliberalism, is anti-American today. But gradually, it will have to straighten up.

The world will gradually realize: only our voluntary connection will oblige the upper force to unite and elevate us to a higher level.

A tip for Trump: ask Jews supporting you to unite. They will silently force Jewish liberals to unite, thus everyone will come together.
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From Twitter, 2/10/17

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My Thoughts On Twitter, 2/7/17

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Trump wants to replace the elite and make America strong. The revolution is bloodless, yet the thirst for revenge could lead to civil war.

Unknowingly, people hate Jews specifically because they refuse to produce the positive force of nature and thereby balance human egoism.

Humans are egoists, yet the Torah demands to “love thy neighbor” by extracting the positive force of unity from nature. Jews can do this!

The Jews who are for and against Trump should try to unite above their differences. Otherwise, hatred will destroy both sides.

In nature, opposites don’t destroy each other. They complement each other to create a new level of life. We must learn this from nature.

The uniqueness of Kabbalah is that it can unify opposite qualities (views, desires, goals) of people, parties, and nations into one whole.

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The world is getting increasingly anxious. My advice is to do whatever it takes to calm it down.

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The new era will be psychologically different from the old: direct, based in problem-solving, and despising political correctness.

Political correctness, humanism, liberalism & democracy-have become absurd. At this point they hinder themselves & cause their own death.
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My Thoughts On Twitter, 2/4/17

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Individual consciousness perceives this world. Collective consciousness perceives the upper world. Kabbalah creates the latter within us.

The more Jews meddle with everything, the more people hate them. Jews: mind your own business—show the world how to unite. #Anti-semitism

Society is part of nature. Nature maintains all its elements as a single system. Thus, we too must learn to complement each other.

I’m happy about Trump because he marks the liberation from lies, brainwashing, and the rule of irresponsible government and media.

True wisdom of the crowd is not the collective knowledge of a group. It’s the higher wisdom that fills them as they unite above their ego.

Kabbalah: World leaders are in the Creator’s hands.We must understand the change the world is going through to change ourselves accordingly

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New Anti-Semitism

Laitman_632_2Question: Following 2,000 years of anti-Semitism and persecution, have there been any qualitative changes due to the fact that the State of Israel was established?

Answer: Currently in most countries, anti-Semitism has become a clear direction. It has been adopted by the public at large and is breathing in the pages of the media. It is different.

In the past, anti-Semitism was narrow in its nature. If it thrived in one nation, in another nation, in opposition to it, Zionism was encouraged as it was in America and Russia 60-70 years ago. And now, all over the world there is an identical attitude regarding the Jews.

I have been warning about this; you can pick up articles that I wrote two decades ago and make sure. But then, no one listened.

Comment: The latest studies show that for every Jew in the world there are 70 anti-Semites. It is assumed that the whole world will become anti-Semitic.

Answer: The whole world will become absolutely anti-Semitic. So we must implement our mission swiftly.
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A Solution We Have Not Considered

Dr. Michael LaitmanOn the background of a wave of anti-Semitism that is growing stronger and concern about another Holocaust, there is a solution that we have not considered. During the week when we stop to remember the millions who perished in the Holocaust, let’s understand why Jews are hated in the world.
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A Second Holocaust? It Is Up To Us

laitman_222When anti-Semitism is rising reaching heights we have never seen before, a call to cancel the Holocaust Memorial Day was echoed on campuses all over Europe. In the US, there are campus protests to boycott Israel, and the BDS organization is becoming increasingly more legitimate in the eyes of many. It may be time to begin asking ourselves how to prevent a second Holocaust.

I was born in 1946, about a year after WWII, in the region of Vitebsk where many Jews were killed. The atrocities our people had undergone were burned into my memory since I was a child and have been part of my life. For me, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is not just a national memorial day for a tragic event that took place in the past, but a warning sign of what might happen, especially if we consider the hatred that the nations of the world feel toward us.

It is a common mistake to believe that the hatred for the Jews was born in Nazi Germany seven decades ago. It is actually a phenomenon that is more than 3,000 years old. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the root for the deep hatred is at the gathering at Mt. Sinai, a special event where the feeling of hatred was revealed among the nation of Israel (the word “Sinai” stems from the root “Sina – hatred” in Hebrew), on top of which they managed to rise and unite as one man in one heart through the method of connection, the Torah.
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Jewish Newspaper’s Anti-Semitic Activity

laitman_561Question: Today Israel is fighting against BDS, a boycott declared on it by other nations. Simultaneously, the newspaper Haaretz has organized a campaign urging Jewish Americans to stop supporting us because Israel sent Danny Danon as ambassador to the UN who allegedly is an emissary of Apartheid. How do you relate to the activities of the Haaretz?

Answer: From the point of view of Kabbalah, their actions are perfectly natural for Jews. An “uncorrected” Jew hates his Jewishness and does not want to be a Jew. He constantly carries out an internal scrutiny about how to avoid it.

After all, he consists of two opposite characteristics: an enormous egoistic heart, which is called “desire,” and a small point in the heart, which is the beginning of the existence of a truly spiritual, altruistic attribute. This was built in us since the days of ancient Babylon where 3,500 years ago under the leadership of Abraham we attained contact with the upper force, the Upper Light.

The spiritual point will not let us rest, and a person feels great contradictions and oppositions within himself. So, many anti-Semites involved in all the actions against Israel are Jews, who want to suppress this point.

It does not allow them to live. And only if a person understands this and begins to develop the point in the heart within the power of desire, it gradually raises to the level of the Creator, and it returns to being above this world, above everything.

Therefore, it is completely natural that each of us has a potential true anti-Semite inside us that is incomparable to the anti-Semites of the world.

Among the Jews, there is a sharp anti-Semitism that appears in the contrast between the egoistic and altruistic desires. Therefore, it is no wonder that when people like the members of the editorial board of Haaretz or members of the leftist parties gather together a wave of hatred is ignited in them.

But, on the other hand, I still hope that it will be possible to approach them and explain how the outcome of their special relationship to the State, to the people, and that their way is absolutely dead-end, because it does not bear correction,
In this way there is no way to combine the two desires: a great little egoistic and altruistic.

On the other hand, I still hope that it will be possible to approach them and explain where they get their unique relationship to the nation and the people and that it is a dead end because it doesn’t bring any correction with it. According to their way, it is impossible to connect the two desires: the enormous egoistic desire and the small altruistic desire. This must be done so that the altruistic desire would begin to conduct a higher energy, Light and love, according to the enormous egoistic desire. Then, these two desires would transform into a single, complete desire, and this state is called a soul.

There is nowhere to escape from this because our lives exist only to make one more step toward the creation of a common soul. In the future, the present time also will become the ancient history of humanity, but it is up to us to take a step forward, struggling for the soul of our distant descendants so that in the following incarnations we will not be sorry that we didn’t prepare the future state. So, let us join together to begin to carry out the true work of the Jewish people within us, and after that, we also will work with all of humanity.
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“Jews Will Always Be Hated”

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Iddo Netanyahu, younger brother of Prime Minister of Israel): “I would say that the Jewish people in general throughout its history have had a poor understanding of what is happening around him. I think I understand. But actually – no. We some how are much more blind (politically, I mean) than other nations.

“Probably because we do not fully integrate into the political system of the countries in which we had to live. …

“I’ve been in the mass of Jewish museums – in Europe, America. And in all these museums and memorials dedicated to the Holocaust, for some reason is always the same story: Once there was such a terrible Hitler, he came to power, made the Holocaust, and then it was destroyed, and all was well. But this is absolutely not true. The Holocaust – was the result of the centuries of anti-Semitism, of deep-rooted hatred of Jews. Mini holocausts took place at different locations … . Hitler’s only uniqueness is that he came to power and conquered the whole of Europe. Therefore, he could realize what others have dreamed. But in reality, this is just one of the tragic pages in the history of the Jewish people in Europe. …

“The problem is that in order to properly understand why such terrible things happen to us. …  And the Jews do not want to understand, … Because it’s very hard psychologically – to recognize the hostile reality.

“Jews do not understand the hatred. Because to understand and recognize the existence of such a inexplicable hatred, which can not be resisted in ways that seem effective, is very hard. It is believed that anti-Semitism and the Holocaust happened because Hitler came to power. But in fact the opposite is true – Hitler came to power because there was anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism, he used to win the love of the people. He saw the Mayor came to power in Vienna anti-Semite Karl Lueger, and realized that the hatred of Jews – was a powerful force. But admit it is incredibly difficult, because if we accept that the Holocaust and the pogroms were not an issue of a single period of time in a particular place, then the question arises, what future do we have.

“This is the conclusion arrived at by the Zionist Leon Pinsker here in Russia. He created the Zionist movement … . He thought that if the Jews are emancipated, received education, ceased to speak Yiddish, learned Russian, and removed their traditional clothing, anti-Semitism would end. … A massacre began with the first riots of 1871, which were arranged by educated people, the Russian intelligentsia. Pinsker was sixty when he realized that the forty years of his life was wrong. … Then he realized that the only acceptable solution – is the creation of a separate Jewish state in which Jews would themselves build their future and would not be dependent on other people, on their good or bad will, on the mood of their rulers. …

“The State of Israel does not protect against anti-Semitism. But Israel can defend itself. …

“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism – is unshakable, an integral part of European consciousness. … Hatred has existed for centuries. And to think that it can be destroyed, talking about the Holocaust or the failure of communism, is short-sighted and naive. …

“One can be assimilated, cease to be a Jew. And many Jews simply disappeared, vanished into other nations. But if a person wants to remain a Jew, he would have to admit that putting an end to anti-Semitism is not realistic.”

My Comment: Further education is necessary! 

The Jews as well as all the peoples of the world must understand the roots of anti-Semitism. This is not to uproot it from its source but to understand the origin of this eternal phenomenon and elevate the entire world and all peoples to the next level of existence. And the Jews will be the ones who will awaken humanity to rise.
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Mistaken Concern At The European Jewish Congress

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (russian-bazaar):  “The president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Moshe Kantor expressed concern about the significant increase of anti-Semitism on the continent at the first annual colloquium on the issue of respect for fundamental rights in the EU, where he spoke on behalf of the European Jews.

“‘”The refugee problem has become a serious test for Europe. But Europe does not go a day without an even more serious test – said Kantor. – Earlier this year, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after bloody anti-Semitic violence in the supermarket “Hyper Kasher” in Paris that “if 100,000 Jews were to leave France, France will no longer be France. This would mean the collapse of the French Republic.

“‘I would go even further and say that if hundreds of thousands of Jews leave the European Union, as is becoming increasingly likely, it would mean the collapse of the European Union. Over the past few years, tens of thousands of Jews left Europe in search of a safe haven, but today one third of the nearly 2.5 million Jews in Europe thinks about emigration. …'”

My Comment: Dr. Kantor should not worry about the future of Europe. But if the European Jewish Congress realized the true reasons for the growing global anti-Semitism, it could change the Jewish identity and thus change the whole world!
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