Should we spit at their sight or run to hug them?
There is nothing wrong with seeing differences between groups of people. G^d is One, but His creation is full of differences, contrasts, and grays. When emotions rage, reason often takes a backseat. Let’s think.
No individual should be injured for the group they happen to belong to. Every individual should be held responsible for the choices s/he makes. Staying passive to not upset others or rock the boat is a choice too.
The easiest is to run to love. It’s so much nicer than hate. But love is not always better than hatred. It depends, really. It’s also easy to hate and condemn. It feels better than being scared and vulnerable. But it could alert naïve people to real dangers. Love and hate are not automatically bad. Let’s think about what and when to love and when and what to hate.
Love could be fake. I’m not only talking about supremacists pretending to love us. Some Gentiles very genuinely love us but in fact just seem to love themselves. Just like groupies love their heroes but in fact dream of their idol to love them. Just like people say: ‘I love fish’ and then eat it. They don’t really love fish; they love the feeling they get from fish.
Jew-hatred in the Churches will disappear, and Jews would be safer if 10% of the Christians who spend effort, time, and money to come here to be close to us would use these resources to fight anti-Jewish Christianity.
Christians are not Nazis. Collectively, they inspired Nazism, but most who did that are long dead. Judaism doesn’t acknowledge collective guilt.
Still, any Christian should endeavor to disavow the Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, and Anti-Zionism, clean the Churches and the whole world from Antisemitism and their attempts to convert Jews out of their Heritage, and to stand with the Jews and help them end their infighting they’re causing.
Still, a challenge to the Gentiles is to be a good person, and we Jews have our own challenges. Our job is to befriend, guide, and teach Gentiles. Yet, that’s not simple when they look down on you and want to proselytize you. We need to worry that they would influence us more than the other way around. A Jew who’s not worried about that is in danger, believe me. But if they don’t act like friends, a lack of education by Jews is their loss.
Having said all that, we need to have two simultaneous policies towards Christian individuals. Not just embrace them. And not just despise them. We need to be warm but on our guard. Some can be trusted, and some cannot. Millions of Christians still pray and try to rob us of our Roots. We do not need to respect that or be naïve about it. Christians who want to be our friends need to acknowledge this ongoing attempt at genocide on our culture and religion, including their misappropriations of what is ours.
We need to reject Christians who dodge responsibility by claiming that the people perpetrating the Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, and Anti-Zionism cannot be ‘true’ Christians. But they were and are. Clean out your stables!
Though Christians should clean up their traditions, Jews can openly dislike and reject the Trinity (the elevation of Jesus as a god) and Dualism (the elevation of Satan as a god), and also their glorification of and obsession with suffering, and criticism of Science and reasonable Earthly pleasures.
We must reject Christians brazenly ‘explaining’ Monotheism or Israel to us.
We must tell them not to dress up as Jews, not to have men and women dance together in the streets of Jewish Jerusalem, not to give non-kosher sweets to our children, and not to bless us as if they are closer to G^d.
We may reassure them they don’t need to hide their prejudices and arrogance against Jews because we can smell them from a mile away. That we don’t expect past-bound guilt but rather taking responsibility for now and onward. That we need them to take on the Missionaries, not us.
How lovely to see in the photos of the Christian Tabernacles march of 2023 in Jerusalem so many Asians—from the continent where Jews were mostly safe in WW II. May they have the grace and numbers to impact the West.
But our first responsibility is Jewish unity around worthy causes. (The Tower of Babel story shows that a good collective goal is important.) We don’t need to save Christians. They can humbly come before us to be taught. And then we shall be their humble teachers. To be that, we need to become knowledgeable and proud about our Heritage and People.
NB: Only after ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones at secular drivers traversing their neighborhood on Shabbat, Muslim Antisemites started hurling rocks at Jews. Only after ultra-Orthodox fanatics started spitting next to Christians, Arab Antisemites started spitting onto Jews (allegedly, because it could have been water from the air conditioning)!