. . . . and yet, in the stillness, there are no babies in Kibbutz Be’eri left alive to bathe.
The Torah this week: Abraham retrieves what is left of his family and then ensures that it never happens again. Never again is now. Am Yisrael Chai.
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Excerpted: NYT Opinion Piece by Dara Horn (author of People Love Dead Jews): “Why Jews Cannot Stop Shaking Right Now” from today, October 22, 2023
” . . . . obtuse official statements from our own towns, schools, companies and universities refused to mention the words “Israel” or “Jews” in referring to the largest single-day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, lest some antisemite take offense at the existence of either.”
Excerpt 1: The feeling of deep dread that these atrocities stirred in Jews was horribly familiar. This is what Jewish history has all too often looked like: not civilians (Jews) tragically killed in war but civilians (Jews) publicly targeted, tortured and murdered, with the crimes put on public display . . . . . (these recent and) ancient stories are consistent with the experiences of nearly every Jew alive today.
Excerpt 2: “We spent days desperately scrolling to learn who was dead, maimed or captive, . . . attending panic-stricken online briefings and pooling resources and supplies for victims — all while fighting obtuse official statements from our own towns, schools, companies and universities that refused to mention the words “Israel” or “Jews” in referring to the largest single-day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, lest some antisemite take offense at the existence of either.
Here, again, an essay by Ezekiel Emanuel, worth keeping on file in consideration of the moral state of American Higher Education.
The Moral Deficiencies of a Liberal Education
When a coalition of 34 student organizations at Harvard can say that they “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence” and students at other elite universities blame Israel alone for the attack Hamas carried out on Israelis on Oct. 7 or even praise the massacre, something is deeply wrong at America’s colleges and universities.
Students spouting ideological catchphrases have revealed their moral obliviousness and the deficiency of their educations. But the deeper problem is not them. It is what they are being taught — or, more specifically, what they are not being taught.
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The Hamas massacre is the easiest of moral cases. The attackers intentionally targeted and killed over 1,000 civilians. They killed babies and children, people attending a concert, and people from Thailand, Nepal and more than a dozen countries who could hardly be responsible for the decades of Israeli-Palestinian violence, as if that could be any justification. And then these same gunmen took civilian hostages, with the explicitly articulated intention to use them as deterrence and, if that failed, to execute them.
This case offers an unambiguous base to elucidate clear, shared moral principles. It’s what the ethicist John Rawls calls reflective equilibrium. The clarity of this easy example helps identify principles that allow us to wrestle through harder cases like how much an army is required to do to reduce and avoid collateral civilian deaths.
Visiting Opinion by Dr. Emanuel is a physician and the vice provost for global initiatives and a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Hamas Charter, translation from the Avalon Project at Yale University
if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
Under EDIT — in the dropdown, click ‘find’ and type in ‘Jew’ — you can see for yourselves.