Disclaimer from Elya & Ellie Katz: While this video has an important message to send where antisemitism is concerned, we hesitated to put it up. At the risk of offending some very kind and well meaning people, we must state our convictions on the matter of “Messianic Judaism” if only because the connections between this song and that particular movement are made abundantly clear.
We can’t endorse the religious views of “Galilee of the Nations” , which most likely finances the production and marketing of this song video. While we recognize the overall goodness of most people within so-called “Messianic Judaism” , the term and ultimate aims of this religious movement are particularly disturbing to us both. We consider it a religious movement that blurs the distinctions between the Jewish people and the nations, and which co-opts Jewish culture, religious and otherwise. This in turn misguides the vulnerable and the young among us, ultimately causing spiritual destruction to the Jewish people.
We are supposed to remain a distinct people. This is a hard teaching, and not easy to understand. It is simply a large part of the missionHKB”H has given us. We don’t always understand or like it either.
This central theme of Judaism is not racism, though it is certainly exclusive. There are many things in life that are necessarily exclusive if they are to exist at all. Judaism’s exclusivity one of deed, lifestyle and religious convictions. It is not borne out of some misguided noti0n of entitlement or superiority.
Anyone of any race or background can convert to Judaism if they truly believe they are supposed to live an authentically Jewish life for the rest of their days, and commit themselves in good faith to doing so. It is not something to take on lightly either. As is noted in this song and in history, to be Jewish is to risk the deadly wrath of many people, approximately once in each generation.
One doesn’t become Jewish because Yiddish jokes are funny and the food is tasty…
Having said that, the sentiments expressed in this video are greatly appreciated. The universalist nature of the jihadist threat should be noted. The Jewish people are the canaries in the mine shaft.
On a lighter note, who chose the title for this video??? Would that we were forgotten. I’d say we’re “overly attended to” in a peculiarly frightful fashion.