Last week’s parsha (recounting Yaakov’s meeting with Eisav) represented the paradigm of how Jews must deal with the non-Jewish world. This week’s parsha foreshadows the ways Jews act among themselves. Unfortunately, parshas Vayeshev has become the blueprint for intra-Jewish relations.
Unfortunately, the undeserved hatred, jealousy and divisiveness that existed between Yosef and his brothers set the tone for thousands of years of Jewish history. Of course, we need to preface our remarks with the disclaimer that when we speak about the actions of the patriarchs and the founders of the Tribes, we cannot superimpose our petty jealousies and sibling rivalries on these holy individuals. But nevertheless, if one wonders why the Jewish people have always been so argumentative, why the Second Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of undeserved hatred, one has to only look at this week’s parsha to see from where the die was cast.
Rav Elchanon Wasserman (1875-1941) carried this idea one step further with the following very scary thought.
For thousands of years, Jews have always suffered from blood libels. Many thousands of Jewish lives have been lost because of them. As recently as the 1930s there was also a blood libel in the state of New York.
A blood libel was the absolutely ludicrous charge that somehow or another the Jews needed the blood of Christian children as an ingredient in the baking of Matzah for Passover. Anyone who knows the slightest thing about Judaism knows that the Torah is replete with exhortations warning us against the consumption of blood. We must salt our meat to remove the blood. We must salt our chicken to remove the blood. We are not allowed to drink any kind of blood. It is absolutely incongruous that the Jews would have anything to do with blood, let alone human blood. So how and why did this falsehood get started?
Rav Elchanon says that the history of blood libels all started with the fact that Yosef’s brothers slaughtered a goat, and dipped his coat in its blood — in order to deceive their father into thinking that a wild animal killed Yosef. This is the Ma’aseh Avos Siman L’Banim. The foreshadowing of patriarchal actions can work in a positive fashion, and it can also work in a negative fashion.
The federal government is now requiring new Canadians who wear garments that cover their faces to remove them during the oath of citizenship.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney spoke to cultural groups about the value of Canadian citizenship in Montreal on Monday and said that the new ban includes the Islamic niqab or face veil.
Kenney said there have been complaints that it is difficult to say whether individuals are actually taking the oath if their faces are covered when doing so.
A local Imam says this is just another example of how his religion is under fire in North America.
“Muslims are going through that situation right now that the Jews faced before the holocaust. Because intimidation of their faith, bad mouthing of their faith, bad mouthing about their book, bad mouthing about their beliefs. That was going on in Germany before the holocaust, same thing is happening now about Muslims. So this is absolutely an alarming situation that a few Islamophobes are winning,” said Syed Soharwardy, Leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
How can an Imam who only last week was celebrating Hanukkah with a Rabbi show such insensitivity towards the Jews? We need to wake up.
Geert Wilders responds to the Government of Egypt complaining about his yet to be published book
The Canadian Anti Racism Education and Research Society is a tool for Radical Islam. This group must be fully exposed. This group also promotes a left wing blog Rabble which assists George Galloway and many anti Israel hate campaigns.
The Jewish Defence League is monitoring an appeal that got underway in Federal Court in Toronto this week scrutinizing Section 13 of the Human Rights Act, which says it’s discriminatory to spread hate messages online. The case pits so called human rights advocates against defenders of free …expression. Vancouver-based Alan Dutton helped lobby for the 1996 creation of the B.C. Hate Crime Team that brings together law enforcement, Crown prosecutors and provincial bureaucrats to combat ‘hate crimes’. Dutton argues abolishing the law will embolden ‘hatemongers’ to re-organize and strengthen the so called white nationalist movement in Canada. “The danger here is that they’re going to believe that they have fertile ground now,” said Dutton, who chairs the Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society. It has come to the attention of the Jewish Defence League that the group Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society recomends the public on their web site for to watch Al Jazeera for International News and Rabble TV. It is the position of the JDL that Al Jazeera promotes hate and a radical Islamic position. “We recommend: Aboriginal Public Television Network (APTN – facebook.com/aptninfocus) Rabble TV Public Broadcasting System Al Jazeera (international news)” Section 13 has become a tool for groups that promote a radical Islamic anti Jewish/Israel agenda.
Moshe Feiglin called his fellow Likud party members to “start being loyal to the Jewish majority in this country.”
At a Likud convention on Thursday, Feiglin said: “Does anyone remember a Leftist government with a Defense Minister from the Likud? Why do we accept a defense minister who’s tearing the State of Israel away from us? What, do we not have a defense minister from within the Likud whose loyal to the nationalistic values? Those who believe aren’t afraid of the media and of the High Court of Justice. It’s time to be loyal to the Jewish majority.”
Feiglin called upon Netanyahu to keep the race fair and “not allow it to turn into a farce” like past races in the party. He said there had to be observers at polling stations for the results to be legitimate.
Please attend the JDL Chanukah Party to support FREEDOM
Monday, December 26, 2011 7:30pm until 9:30pm
Toronto Zionist Center, 788 Marlee Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
It’s time to reflect, eat some good food and support our friends. Many times, the mainstream media outlets refuse to post pro Israel information. And thank G-d we have many pro Israel bloggers on our side. And when they stand with us, we also must stand with them. It has been a very active year for JDL. Let us pull together
With love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein National Director Jewish Defence League of Canada