Let Us Not Become Our Own Worst Enemy Leading To Our Own Demise

As the violence in the Middle East begins to escalate and the situation is beginning to deteriorate, it is clear that the intransigence of the leaders in the conflict is filtering down to the grassroots level as the rhetoric becomes increasing uncivil and divisive. Just this morning, two family members for whom I have great love and respect had a falling out over how the situation is being reported.

I don’t know how to say this more clearly, but Jews have never been more vulnerable to expulsion and genocide as when they are irreconcilably divided and at odds. I have never seen such division and I think we are at the brink of our own internal demise if we don’t start showing some civility first towards one another as well as to others.  We are taught that  the Second Holy Temple was destroyed due to “Sinat Khinam” hatred and condescension toward our fellow man.

We must not let our leaders and wishful thinking divide us to the point of such vulnerability.

Our enemies do not care if we are liberal or conservative, good Jews or bad Jews, Zionists or non-Zionists, Ultra-Observant, Observant, Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Secular or Zen Buddhist Nudist Jewish.

They don’t care if we married Jewish or not, raised our children Jewish or not or keep kosher or not.

Their swords and bombs don’t care if you a kibbutznik or a Haredi.

They couldn’t care if your lineage is Askenkenazi, Sephardi or whether you’re a convert.

They don’t care if you love or hate Obama, Trump, Hillary, Bernie, Romney or McCain or if you were for or against the Iran deal.

They don’t care if you live for “tikkun olam” and “kumbayah” or for “win as much as you can”

They don’t care if you are a narcissist or selfless.

They don’t care who we regard as heroic or self-loathing.

They don’t care if Netanyahu is in power or Golda Meir was in power.

Their pathology and archetypal hatred simply focuses on the fact that you are Jewish and at the center of all that is wrong with the world and their troubles.

This is now hitting home and I am begging all of us to take a deep breath and calm down and seek ways to come together. We are not treating each other well and this will contribute to our downfall.

I, myself, have been caught in this uncivil crossfire and wounded and taken out of the game by being neutralized. We must stop this and turn it around…If you have made it this far and like what I have said, please like and share and send this to someone who disagrees with you and try to incorporate what I am saying into your discourse. We must stop this dysfunction or suffer the perilous consequences.
Thank you.

About the Author
Retired College Professor, President Emeritus & Co-Founder Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Founding Publisher and Editor Kol Central Pa; Philadelphia JCRC; Academic Engagement Network, Residing in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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