MEIR KAHANE DEBATES MICHAEL LERNER (but Lerner, the coward, did not show up)
Rabbi Meir Kahane Z”L H”D
….”Michael Lerner is a tribute to our insane times. In an era, in the words of King Solomon, the Book of Proverbs, “A generation pure in their eyes yet not washed of their excrements.” In the same era when an ignoramus with a skull cap and nothing under it babbles Jewish concepts in the arrogance of ignorance that is awesome and that should win him the Nobel Prize for gall. Lerner is not important in his own right, in saner times he would be sitting by himself in a corner. Michael Lerner is important only in the fact that he is not a person but a concept, for there are so many Michael Lerner’s in these insane times. Some are named Woody Allen, Woody who pecks away at Judaism. Woody Allen the expert on the Middle East and his problems having produced the Purple Rose of Cairo.
There are so many of these people. What makes Michael Lerner particularly dangerous is the fact that he babbles his Jewish anti-Semitism in the name of Judaism. And his fortune is that there are people who know less than he does, and assume that he knows what he is talking about. And so in his Tikkun magazine, which unfortunately continues to plague us, he discusses the need to add what he called “new relevant sins to the Yom Kippur prayer.”
I don’t know what a relevant sin is as opposed to an irrelevant sin, but one imagines that Michael Lerner knows. He says, “We must add for the sins we committed by not publicly criticizing the Jewish people in Israel when they act as aggressors.” That’s a good one, I must remember that for the next Yom Kippur. Or, “For the sins we committed by not recognizing the humanity and pain of the “palestinian” people.” I must tell that one to the parents of Jewish soldiers who died fighting the “palestinian” people.
But Michael Lerner is clearly a self-hater. The problem is that, as he wishes to destroy himself he also wants to take us with him. And I don’t want to go. And I don’t want Jews to go. And I don’t want Israel to go.
Let me just give you a quick rundown of some of the concepts that Judaism really says – from the rabbis, and not from some ignoramus out of the S.D.S. who exchanged a bandana for a skullcap and who says that he refuses to debate me because I’m a violent person. And who in 1970 announced, “The only place left those who want social change is to be fighting in the streets.” And who on March 11, 1970 incited a mob of some 1,500 students of the Seattle Liberation Front and the Black Student Union to take over six buildings in the University as they beat and attacked students and instructors who refused to participate in their call for a strike.” The reason why Michael Lerner is not here is because while he is everything what I said he is, he’s not a masochist.
He’s not afraid of physical violence; he knows I’ll destroy him intellectually. He’s a fraud and a coward to boot. The ignoramus speaks of Jewish values. Let me read to you a Jewish value from the Midrash Tanhuma on Shoftim. A verse in Deuteronomy, “When you shall go out in war against your enemies.” And the rabbis ask, why it is necessary to include the words “against your enemies,” obviously one does not go out to war against his friends. The Almighty says, “Go out against them as enemies. Just as they will not have mercy upon you, thus you shall not have mercy upon them.” That is Judaism.
Again the Midrash. On the same verse, “When you should go out against your enemies,” the rabbis say, “If you have pity upon them, they will go to war against you.”
An example. There was once a shepherd who was tending his sheep in the forest. He found a little baby wolf. Baby wolves are cute. And he saw that he was without a mother. He had pity on him. Jews have pity on everybody, including wolves. And he took a goat and nursed him from the goat. A boy came and he saw this and he says, What are you crazy? Kill him, otherwise there will be tragedy with the sheep.
He didn’t listen to him, – because the shepherds named Michael Lerner knows better. After all, you have to have pity on wolves. When the wolf grew up, it saw the sheep and killed it, saw a goat and ate it up, too. And so the boy said to him, Didn’t I tell you not to have pity?”
Moses said, “If you have pity upon them, those that you shall leave would become as thorns in your eyes.”
That is Judaism.