David Mandel
Chief Executive Officer, OHEL Children's Home and Family Services

Dear Fellow Jew

Dear Fellow Jew

The charedi told the German soldier don’t take me I threw stones at the Israeli soldier. I don’t believe in the state of Israel.

The German soldier said sorry Jew I have my orders.

The charedi told the Hungarian soldier don’t take me I spat at the girl who was immodestly dressed she’s not one of us.

The Gendarme said, Jew dog get back to work.

The charedi told the Polish soldier spare me I spoke out against the religious zionist they don’t practice religion as I do.

The Polish soldier said, Jew stand by the pit.

The chiloni implored the French soldier I spoke out against all religious Jews they are ruining our country.

The Vichy soldier said take off all your clothes and stand over there.

The naked Jew with shaven earlocks and sheared beard said to the German soldier I did everything you asked me to why are you doing this to me?

The Nazi answered go into the showers.

Did you see the picture of the Israeli soldiers Tisha b’Av night sitting on the ground reading Eicha? In their fatigues and kipot of all shapes, sizes, colors and weapons at their feet they were lamenting the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash on whose alter the sacrifices of ALL Jews were accepted.

When Yehoshua, as instructed by Hashem, went into battle to capture Eretz Yisroel he went with both prayers and with weapons.

When Israel won the war of Independence in 1948 and the six day war in 1967 every Jew the world over “saw” this victory similar to Yehoshua’s battle when he crossed the River Jordan. Separated by two millennia with similar symbiotic fearsome servitude to G-d and on the battlefield, Israelis, Jews, saved the nation our brethren live in.

When the businessmen in Chevron said to the Arab soldier but we are friends in peace did it prevent the massacre of 67 men, women and children on the 18th day of Av, 1929.

When the Muslim Brotherhood sent arms to Hamas do terrorists distinguish which Jew they shot at.

When Iran smuggled weapons to Hezbollah do they discriminate which type of Jew is maimed by their rockets.

Does a suicide bomber carefully select his innocent victims by earlocks, kipa, shomer shabbat or one who eats on Yom Kippur.

When the charedi three year old child with his outstretched hand stood helplessly crying for his mother the Nazi Storm Trooper gunned him down all the while smiling.

Next time you want to throw a stone at an Israeli soldier, spit at a Jewish girl, curse at a chiloni Jew take a ride to the children’s pavilion at Yad Vashem. Take a few minutes and listen to the names of the one and a half million children who were killed, murdered, butchered by Amalek.

Israeli soldiers are dying to make sure there are no more children added to that list including yours, G-d forbid.

About the Author
David Mandel is CEO of Ohel Children's Home and Family Services. For more than 50 years, Ohel has provided a safe haven for those suffering in the community. Ohel cares for more than 17,000 individuals in the New York metropolitan area and across all communities offering a broad range of mental health services including outpatient counseling, trauma, anxiety, eldercare, respite and housing.