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Menachem Creditor

To the Left and to the Right: Two Truths for Jews

Contamination of the Left by extremists (ab)using the term ‘intersectionality’ to estrange and attack Jews under cover of political Anti-Zionism. Contamination of the Right by extremists using the term “globalists” to isolate and attack Jews under cover of economic conservativism.

To the Right and to the Left, we say ‘feh!’

To those in the Jewish community who see wrongness in one camp and run for the other, I offer these two truths, one more inspiring and practical than the other.

A hurtful truth: What political slice of any nation hasn’t historically included antisemitism? The alt-right (white supremacists) and the anti-Israel left (Anti-Semites) are tinged/pervaded by lasting and latent Jew hatred that knows no political ideology, that transcends time and model of soceital leadership.

A helpful truth: To reject a political posture because of the germs of hatred in humanity is short sighted. Fighting pernicious Jew-hatred within your political tribe is a better approach, and challenges all the various tribes to be their best selves.

My two cents.

About the Author
Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation New York and was the founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. An acclaimed author, scholar, and speaker with over 2 million views of his online videos and essays, he was named by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America. His 31 books and 6 albums of original music include "A Year of Torah," the global anthem "Olam Chesed Yibaneh" and the COVID-era 2-volume anthology "When We Turned Within." He and his wife Neshama Carlebach live in New York, where they are raising their five children.
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