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“Arbeit Macht Frei” – No three German words send the kind of shivers down our spines as those written upon the gates of Nazi Concentration Camps. What was so wicked about the Nazi propaganda machine was the way they twisted otherwise religious and spiritual concepts.

Hatred can only exist by projecting itself on scape goats. Throughout the ages, Jews have been an easy target.  In the Middle ages, it was the church, The Nazis scapegoated us as justification for the holocaust.  Nowadays, terrorists, who slaughter our rabbis in Jerusalem synagogues are hailed as martyrs, as retribution for our very existence as Jews.

The time has come for us to remove the concealment and tap into the pre-ordered Nature of HaShem, for revealing the concealment shrouding this “hatred”. We need to bring out what I considered to be a pre-ordained ideology for inspiring the Nations of the World to weed out hate the way the terrorists desire to weed us out. Instead of “eye or an eye” retribution, we need to send our tearful “eye for an eye” prayers to the Creator, so the He can shower us with an ocean of tears back for cleansing the hearts and souls of even the worst terrorists.

I propose establishing a network of “Weed Out Hate” interment camps, in which terrorists would undergo thorough interventions for relating weeding the fields with “weeding out hatred”. Just imagine the worst of the terrorists grasping upon weeds of hatred with the Jews they hate so much. And being told to pray to transform this hate!  To ISIS and Hamas, Guantanamo would be preferable.

If Israel can create forests from deserts, with the help of HaShem, terrorists could realize their righteous potential . This is the kind of spiritual gardening “work” that could set us all free.

To be sure, all of this projected hatred has left negative impressions all around the planet. Even at renown American colleges and universities, students are comparing the Israeli government as being worst than ISIS.  If this was not bad enough, there are even some colleges in need of funding, selling their academic souls in exchange for pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli influence.

In the fog of our violence driven society, it is difficult to distinguish those emitting lightning bolts and those reflecting rainbow streams of tough love.  These rainbow streams are designed to shatter stony heart egos, while illuminating the resulting quanta. This is who what we as Jews are. This is what we are all about. This is the spiritual meaning of torah, the Light that reforms. We need to do a better job of communicating this to the world.

When others throw candy and roses of love, disguising their evil intentions, we need to reflect the Love of torah that burns the evil away.

We need to draw and rally ourselves behind a universal icon symbol that fought hatred all of his life–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As it turns out, one of his last trips he wanted to take was to Israel. This was cut short by his assassination.

Rabbi Capers Funneye officiating at Weed Out Hate Protest March in Chicago 28 Aug 2012

Rabbi Capers Funneye officiating at Weed Out Hate Protest March in Chicago 28 Aug 2012

When others spout off anti-Israel chants to us we need to shout back “Weed Out Hate, Occupy the Dream” There is an elegant symmetry between weeding away hundreds of years of racism and hundreds of years of anti-Semitism. We should rally behind this and take solidarity in it.