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Subtle Holocaust Denial

Posted by Glezele Vayne on January 29, 2010

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by Rabbi Shafran Avi

Others were persecuted and killed by the Nazis, but only the Jews were to be annihilated.

Never had the appearance of a word on a page so shocked me.  It just made no sense.  Those English letters, in that order, simply didn’t belong there.

It was nearly twenty years ago, in the library of a Jewish day school in Providence where I was teaching at the time.  The word was “Holocaust” and it so discombobulated me because the book I had opened had been published in the late 1800s.

Even stranger, it was an English translation (likely the first one) of the Mishna, the backbone of the Talmud.

After a moment’s reflection on that fact, I realized I hadn’t gone mad.  In context, the word was how the translator had rendered the Hebrew word “olah” – a sacrifice in the times of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple that, unlike all other offerings, was burnt in its entirety on the altar, without any portion set aside for human consumption.  “Holo” in Greek means “entirely”; and “caust” means “burnt.”

Indeed, whoever first applied the word to what occurred on the European continent over the years 1939-1945 may well have chosen it because of its Jewish source.   After all, the Third Reich aimed to rid the world of Jews, considering them the  ultimate, mortal enemy of civilization.  And, when all was tragically said and done, Hitler and his helpers in fact succeeded in murdering nearly two out of every three European Jews – if not an olah, staggeringly, devastatingly close.

Others, to be sure, were persecuted and killed by the Nazis too: Romani (Roma and Sinti peoples), political dissidents, criminals of various sorts, physically and mentally disabled people, Jehova’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Poles and Slavs.

But the “Endlösung” – the “Final Solution” – was for “der Judenfrage” – “the Jewish Question.”  There was no “Romani Question” or “Homosexual Question.”  The Nazis hated many types of people and for a variety of reasons, but they singled out only one group of people for utter destruction.

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From Glezele Vayne

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The Forgotten People

Posted by Glezele Vayne on March 18, 2009

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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.

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

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Jihad = Mein Kampf – Part 2

Posted by Glezele Vayne on March 8, 2009

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, statesman (1729-1797)

In Arabic, “jihad” literally means “self-struggle”. That is the soft definition. Allowing ourselves to become entangled in politically correct ideas and language will disarm us. It will weaken our resolve to defend ourselves and our way of life.

We are meant to think the concept of “jihad’ is solely about an internal, spiritual struggle. No. This is only part of the truth, says Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist in part 3 of this series. He goes on to tell us that “Mein Kampf” also means “my struggle”. He then asks us, what and who was Hitler struggling against? And then we must wonder, who are the jihadis struggling against?

I’ve excerpted some quotes from the video below, entitled “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West”. I have this entire series linked on my “Jihadis” page, at the very bottom. It can also be found, of course, on Youtube.

There is a demonstrable connection between the concept of “jihad”, the Muslim’s struggle against the Jewish people, the West, and all non-Muslims, indeed against all moderate Muslims, and “Mein Kampf”, Hitler’s struggle against the Jewish people and all who refused to submit to his view of things. The filmmakers are showing us how history is repeating itself. By excerpting especially poignant quotes, I hope to make plain that 1936 has arrived. Yesterday is back. Are we going to make the same mistakes?

Mein Kampf is a runaway bestseller in some Muslim controlled regions, such as the Palestinian administered territories.

— Ellie Katz

Obsession: Part 2 of 10

We swear by the blood and severed bodies of our children and torment of our prisoners, and we will reply by blowing our bodies (sic). — Suicide bombers induction ceremony, Lebanon 1996

We need to understand the culture that produced terrorism. — Noni Darwish, daughter of a shahid (martyr)

Some people view the current situation with the Middle East as a clash of civilization. I think it’s more than that, way more than that. I think it’s an outright declaration of war from radical Islam on Western culture, on the Judeo-Christian culture. And…we should know that. It’s a declaration of war. — Noni Darwish, daughter of a shahid (martyr)

…It’s part of a campaign of jihad, holy war to bring down the West, undermine the very foundations of Christianity and Judaism. – Khaled Abu Toameh, Palestinian Journalist

The Islamists hate everything other than what they are themselves. They killed, for example, over 100,000 Algerians who disagreed with their brand of Islam. These are fellow Muslims. — Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum

There is a particular strand of Islam that has, in fact, challenged what I think is the absolutely central pillar of human civilization as such, namely, the sacredness of life itself. — Professor Robert Wistrich, Chair, Sassoon Center for Antisemitism

The most honorable death is by killing. And the most honorable killing and the most glorious martyrdom is when a man is killed for the sake of Allah. — Sheikh Hassah Nasrallah, Hizbollah General Secretary General, Al Manar TV 2005, (Translation MEMRI)

We succeeded with Allah’s grace, to raise an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life. — Raed Said Hussein Saad, Al-Qassam Brigades, Commander N. Gaza, Hamas website, December 2005 (translation Palestinian Media Watch)

Most people don’t realize the Muslims are also victims, because if they disagree, they get killed. — Walid Shoebat, former PLO terrorist

Would some Muslim or some Arab who in his heart believes that the Arab terrorism is terrorism, can he say it in (sic) publicly? He will be lynched in a Muslim society if he says that Hamas is a terrorist (sic). — Tashbih Sayyed, Editor, Pakistan Today

I would estimate that some 10 to 15%, and let me stress that it’s an estimate, of Muslims worldwide support militant Islam. That is not to say that only 10 to 15% are anti-American or anti-Zionist. No, that’s much larger. — Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum

1.2 billions are there with 15% (sic). This is a huge number. This is as big as the united States of America. And the bad thing about it is that they are spread all throughout (sic). — Walid Shoebat, former PLO terrorist

In the Middle East, Islam is our identity, is our political life, is our social life, it’s our life. As a child I attended Gaza elementary schools and we were taught that jihad is a religious holy war for the sake of Allah. That is what it is…to conquer the world for Allah. That is jihad. — Noni Darwish, daughter of a shahid (martyr)

We must educate our children on the love of jihad for the sake of Allah. And the love of fighting for the sake of Allah. — Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi, Palestinian TV, 2001 (translation by MEMRI)

From Schmoozing with Ellie & Elya Katz

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