By Rabbi Schlomo Lewis
[Editor's note: the following is a sermon written and delivered by Atlanta Rabbi Schlomo Lewis on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah, 2010. It is titled in Yiddish, Ehr Kumt, "He is Coming."]
Many years ago, a Chasid used to travel from shtetl to shtetl selling holy books. On one occasion he came to a wealthy land owner and asked if he would like to purchase a book of Torah teachings. The banker agreed and not only purchased the book, but paid for it with a hundred ruble note. He then began to chat with the Chassid and offered him a cigar, taking one also for himself. The Chassid noticed that the banker proceeded to rip a page from the holy book he had just bought and, holding it to the open flame on the stove, used the page to light his cigar. The Chassid said not a word but simply drew out from his pocket the 100 ruble note he had just received from the banker, held it over the stove as well and used it to light his cigar.
This simple, little tale reflects a profound divergence of values. Our sympathy clearly and instinctively is not with the banker but with the pious Chassid. None of us would come to the defense of the banker. None of us would claim moral supremacy for the banker. None of us would justify his boorish deed. As the sages of the Talmud would say – “Pshita – It is so obvious.” Sadly though our planet is immersed in perversity where morality is not so manifest – where the book burner is a hero and the pious one, a villain.
I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. We all wish to bounce happily out of shul on the High Holidays, filled with warm fuzzies, ready to gobble up our brisket, our honey cakes and our kugel. We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked but not too much. We want to be transformed but not too much.
I get it, but as a rabbi I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart and what I passionately believe must be said and must be heard. And so, I am guided not by what is easy to say but by what is painful to express. I am guided not by the frivolous but by the serious. I am guided not by delicacy but by urgency.
We are at war. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Nazism’
Posted in Book Review, Lawrence of Bessarabia, LoB, tagged Adolf Hitler, Berlin, Erik Larson, Germany, Nazism, United States, United States Department of State, William Dodd on July 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I know that ’tis the season for mindless beach reads but this week I read something that more than tangentially touches one of my obsessions.
No, it’s not the Kennedy assassination or bigfoot, it’s Nazis.
The book is Erik Larson’s best seller, In The Garden of Beasts
Subtitled, Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin it chronicles William Dodd, the American ambassador to Germany appointed in 1933, and his family.
In addition to the behind the scenes intrigue of diplomacy and his daughter’s promiscuity, what I found enlightening was how early on Hitler evidenced his true nature to the world at large and except for Dodd, the state of denial with which it was met.
Revealing the entrenched anti-Semites and old money elitists in the State Department along with the price to be paid for appeasement, the story provides many parallels and parables for what the free world must deal with in this day and age.
We might also take a look at the Catholic church — especially the Vatican. I don’t think they wear those penis hats (Papal Tiaras) for nothing.
Were Nazis a homosexual, pagan cult?
That’s the conclusion of updated classic ‘The Pink Swastika’
It’s a book that has been shunned from libraries.
It’s a book that is disturbing, compelling and persuasive on its major point – that homosexuals dominated the German Nazi Party from its birth through its catastrophic demise.
It’s a book that is vilified by America’s “gay” activist establishment.
But it’s also a highly footnoted, meticulously documented book whose primary sources include the best historical work on the rise and fall of the Third Reich.“The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party” by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams challenges the notion that homosexuals were victimized during the Holocaust in ways comparable to the Jews. But it does much more than that. It also makes the case that the Nazi Party is best understood as a neo-pagan, homosexual cult. (more…)
It’s said that the “truth will set you free,” but when an intrepid Israeli reporter browbeat Dr. Daniel Brown (name has been changed) into going public five years ago, the aftermath was traumatic. “I had always been open about my identity with both my family and friends,” he recalls, “and no one had ever been less than supportive and warm. But this particular Israeli newspaper misrepresented its agenda to me. I didn’t know that it intended to publicize or sensationalize my interview the way it ultimately did. The story was printed in the weekend edition of the paper, and all day long on Thursday and erev Shabbat radio commercials continually blasted every 15 minutes: Hitler’s nephew’s grandson — right here in Israel — and a Jew! The repercussions left my family shaken.”
Brown’s sons — enrolled in a modern Orthodox yeshivah in Jerusalem — were spat upon by several of their classmates and called “Nazis.” A handful of neighbors studiously avoided Brown when they encountered him on the street. And in shul the Shabbat after the story aired, a number of social acquaintances who normally greeted him with hearty handshakes turned the other way. }} more…
“I know Lance has a pet peeve about simple copy-and-paste replies, but this one was to good to pass up. Lance, if you don’t like it here, I would beg you to give it it’s own post.”
Thank you William. You are righteous among the nations. –LoB
First Day of Rosh Hashanah 2010
Sermon delivered by Rabbi Schlomo Lewis of Atlanta
I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. We all wish to bounce happily out of shul on the High Holidays, filled with warm fuzzies, ready to gobble up our brisket, our honey cakes and our kugel. We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked-but not too much. We want to be transformed-but not too much.
I get it, but as a rabbi I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility
to articulate what is in my heart and what I passionately believe must be said and must be heard. And so, I am guided not by what is easy to say but by what is painful to express. I am guided not by the frivolous but by the serious. I am guided not by delicacy but by urgency.
We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis, but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. (more…)
Posted in Jimmy Carter, Obama, tagged Barack Obama, England, First Lady, Holocaust, Jimmy Carter, John Burroughs, Nazism, Obama, Thomas Mann, United States, Winston Churchill on October 31, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama — Twin Sons of Different Mothers (and Fathers)
For nearly 5 years, TMQ has posted a deluge of articles on Jimmy Carter. Some were written by our staff, some by our readers, some by the media, et al. They all pretty much had the same theme in common — that Jimmy Carter is the worst President and worst ex-president in U.S. history. So we decided to catalogue all these posts and/or links to our Jimmy Carter Un-presidential Library page.
Now it appears with little doubt that Obama has earned the infamous moniker of worst president in U.S. history. (more…)
Leslie White sent the following (thanks), and attributed the bulk of what he quoted to the late George Mason.
EXPOSING AMERICA’S FIFTH COLUMN:
NAZISM, COMMUNISM, AND ISLAM
Less Than Three Decades after Weimar
Come with me, back to 1959-1960, when I was in college. I was given an opportunity to sneak a peek at Weimar (a name taken from the German governmental and cultural period between the end of World War I and the final conversion to Nazism) culture in America. Our college president bought in what he called the “avant-garde,” particularly in the arts, i.e., a glimpse of what art and thought would be like in the near future. At the time, I was much too naïve and unsophisticated to analyze conceptually what I was seeing: (more…)
Posted in Muslims, Jihad, tagged Militant Islam, Islamofascism, Islamist, Terrorist, Terrorism, Islam, Nazis, Muslims, Jihad, Jihadist, Islamic militants, Jihadi, IslamoNazi, Nazi, Nazism on June 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
We’ve all read articles about the pros and cons of using one word or another to describe the Muslim scum we’re fighting around the world. I’ve probably used nearly all the terms at one time or another. Sometimes I’m more comfortable with one, at another time I prefer another. Right now, I find myself liking the term, IslamoNazi. It accurately describes the enemy as a cross between someone who’s of the Muslim faith and someone whose behavior is quite Nazi-like.
With that said, here’s an article entitled “What Do You Call a Terror(Jihad)ist?” by P. W. Singer and Elina Noor that addresses this issue: (more…)