Dear fellow Jews. We are “awoke” and yet we are asleep. We are woke doing acts of lovingkindness in support of others like BLM; at the same time, we are sleeping through our own anti-Semitic attacks. Assailants call for the rape of our mothers and sisters in England. Jew bating runs rampant in New York. They berate and slander us in LA restaurants. They deface our synagogues in Skokie. And they demonize and degrade our national (Jewish) homeland Israel. “Tikun Olam!” We liberal Jews champion STOP ASIAN HATE, standing up for justice everywhere. And we should. But what about us? Where are we in standing up for ourselves? If we do not speak out for ourselves, who will?
Our Bible teaches us to care for the other. To love the other as ourselves. Rabbi Hillel notes that in this community love, we must ALSO love ourselves too. “If I’m not for myself, who will be for me, if not now, when.” We must be for ourselves. And NOW seems like a pretty good time.
Now. Social media attacks on Jews are rampant. Talk show hosts resuscitate Nazis. Iran is emboldened and has supporters in American politics to degrade Israel and murder Jews. Hamas is committed to a Judenrein Israel and is determined to kill innocent civilians. This is cancerous libel. We know the truth. Hear o Israel. We stand for truth. It is time for us to come together and also stand up for our truth.