So this is the story of the Jewish people -The Hagada (the guide for the Passover seder on the eve of Passover states: “We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and the L-rd, our G‑d, took us out from there with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm. If the Holy One, blessed be He, had not taken our fathers out of Egypt, then we, our children and our children’s children would have remained enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt. “
But this is only the beginning of the Passover story. It has so many hidden messages that it is an endless source of inspiration of all kinds. And the rabbis hinted at this when they continued right after the above statement with the following message: “Even if all of us were wise, all of us understanding, all of us knowing the Torah, we would still be obligated to discuss the exodus from Egypt; and everyone who discusses the exodus from Egypt at length is praiseworthy.”
The Passover story includes the bitter and the sweet. We do not shy away from the truth – from the helplessness and humiliation of slavery: The other part of the story is that G-d did save us from the Egyptian genocidal evil “with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm“. The Jewish people were in no position to save themselves: And yet we were saved!!!!! This is the message of hope and redemption offered by the Passover story. And the Hagada continues:
“For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!”.
We have had this story replayed in our recent history. 75 years ago, Hitler, the arch enemy of the Jews described Jews as subhuman and immoral: But the main reason he opposed them was because he wanted to destroy the conscience of the world which he knew was part of the DNA of the Jewish people.
I wish I was making this up because it sounds so fantastic – if I had not done the research myself, I would think that this is some kind of Jewish reverse conspiracy theory about Hitler and Nazi ideology, but sadly it is true. Hitler knew that Jews would oppose his plan to destroy the maimed and enslave the weak because the basis of the Jewish creed is to protect the weak and to feed the hungry.
In more recent times, Arab/Muslim Jihadists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, have also adopted Nazi ideas, demonizing Jews, and have superimposed these ideas on the Israel/Palestine situation. They too are losing their vicious genocidal battle.
The demonic ideology of antisemitism was replayed in real time in the USA just a few day ago with the shooting of Jews at prayer at the Poway, San Diego, California synagogue: a shooting on the last day of Passover when Jews were gathered in the synagogue to pray.
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- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspect as John T. Earnest, a 19-year-old white male from the San Diego suburb of Rancho Peñasquitos. He is a 2017 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, where his father is a teacher, and he is a current nursing school student at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Officials said he had no previous criminal record or contacts with police, and no known connection to any white supremacist group.
The nineteen year old nursing student was infected by the vicious libel of antisemitism. This is what he wrote in his manifesto about why he took a rifle and went to the synagogue to shoot as many Jews as he could.
- In an antisemitic and racist open letter posted on 8chan shortly before the shooting and signed with Earnest’s name, the author blamed Jews for the supposed “meticulously planned genocide of the European race”, known as the “white genocide conspiracy theory” spread by white nationalists, and other ills. He cited shooters Brenton Harrison Tarrant and Robert Bowers for their roles in, respectively, the Christchurch mosque shootings and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, as well as Jesus, Paul the Apostle, Martin Luther, Adolf Hitler, and Ludwig van Beethoven for being the figures who inspired him to commit the Poway shooting. He condemned President Donald Trump as a pro-Zionist traitor. He also justified his actions by including Bible quotes in his manifesto.
And this was how the person he killed, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, was eulogized by those who knew her:
Every week, Lori Gilbert Kaye baked challah bread, the egg-laden loaves that are a staple of the Jewish household. But her family didn’t get to enjoy them most times.She would drop loaves off at other homes, put them in mailboxes, and bring them to work with her, her daughter recalled. It was typical of Kaye, a woman of deep faith who exemplified kindness and generosity, those closest to her said at her funeral Monday.
- “My mother thrived and lived her entire life for the sake of friendship, to give flowers to people all over San Diego and from the world, to bask in the glory of connection, of story, of history,” her daughter Hannah Kaye, 22, told mourners at the synagogue…
“Her relationships are one of the things that made her most proud,” her daughter said. “My mother raised me to become like her, to be a woman who embraced all people, to give to all people, to love all people.
Hannah recalled how she and her mother had a rocky relationship when she was a teenager and they were estranged. But their relationship improved, and her mother taught her “radical empathy.”…“We healed together under trees, in booths at diners, in car rides while hugging one another tightly, swinging back and forth to a rhythm just our own,” she said. “My mother gave me every opportunity I could have dreamed of. All of who I am today is a result from the experiences we had together.’The elder Kaye celebrated her daughter’s love of words from a young age.Her mother was “an ecstatic Jew from birth,” who celebrated her Judaism by remaining dedicated to traditions and rituals, Hannah said.Kaye was dedicated to her ritual of Shabbat (the Sabbath) and often welcomed people into her homes on Fridays to celebrate.Hannah said her mother “knew Judaism went beyond the text.”For Lori Gilbert Kaye, Judaism was about who you were as a person and treating others with respect and kindness, Hannah said.“My mother lived her life this way. Everyone was her sister,” she said. “Everyone was her friend.”Her husband, Howard, a physician, recalled how his wife was always doing good for others.He said he was reminded of her goodness every day. His wife installed a peace pole in their front yard. In several languages, it said: “May peace prevail on earth.”“That’s exactly who she was. And she wanted the world to know it, and every day I went out of the house, I knew it,” he said.
Over the years, Hannah said she came to understand what her mother was trying to teach her as their relationship grew stronger. “In simple terms, the importance of kindness, the sacredness of connecting with others,” she said. “And forever, this will be a key element steering me onward on the journey of my own life.
I pray that none of you get caught up in their lies like this young man, John T. Earnest did.