I understand your faith, its need, in Or l’goyim” as justification, our mission as Jews continuing to live in the Diaspora. I understand, but reject it as denial, as rationalization. With the destruction of Jerusalem and Jewish independence in the year 70 the rabbis had little choice but to offer solace to our survivors as “missionizing” to the nations, Or l’goyim.” But I cannot value such a consolation today with its clearly defined end-game script regarding our survival. And that, as the final solution to Christendom’s Jewish Problem expressed seventy years ago, is our very real fate. Whatever “gifts” our people have bestowed upon our persecutors, what evidence do we Jews need beyond our six million already reduced remnant at their hands, a million and a half babies and young children? And their murder, six million, each terrorized from the moment of arrest, deportation, beatings and murder; they each died for the privilege… of what: Jews sacrifice to Or l’goyim? Remove the superficial romance of ghetto life that truly characterizes our existence over most of the past two-thousand years, Elizabeth, a life crowded in filth and ignorance the reality of which was isolated from the world by walls seen by Jews crowded within as protection from something far worse; for most of that history, Elizabeth, we were a people with little to contribute beyond our own very painful and pitiful existence.
Our “golden age” in Spain lasted several centuries, and our contributions are today recognized as significant. Had Germany succeeded in achieving its Final Solution Hitler intended to build anthropological museums of Jewish artifacts. What may be regarded our “golden age” of the recent hundred years or so may in some halcyon future free of Jews represent the same, the memory of a dead people and their significant contribution.
I am proud of our accomplishments, Elizabeth: Schoenberg, Einstein, Freud… And yes, this past century has represented a significant contribution to the life and culture of the society we continue to live within: some of the greatest artists and thinkers Europe has ever, is likely ever to see again. And in recognition, thank you: payment as bullet and gas?
We can analyze the dynamic of Christian fear, insecurity and self hared, of jealousy: whatever from its inception two millennia ago has motivated Jew-hatred. Whatever pathology drives the West’s terminal end to its eternal search for a solution to its “problem” I see no justification in continuing to sacrifice ourselves on our “rabbinic mission” justifying our remaining victims in the Diaspora.
Post-Holocaust Zionism is reminder of these, our tragic “reward.” From one-tenth the population of the Roman Empire to a tiny fraction of one-percent of Western “civilization” today: a miniscule “surviving remnant.” Zionism properly understood is our reminder of that past, of the futility of Or l’goyim: Zionism’s mission post-Holocaust is to clearly dsecribe Or l’yisrael, the only path forward: our Jewish Solution to Christendom’s yet unsolved Jewish Problem.