Some of you recall that earlier in the summer I posted something on increased anti-semitism in Europe, and it bothers me more than you might expect that at least one regular poster stopped posting after things got tense in the comment thread. I really do regret that happened, and I wish I could turn back the clock and bring back anyone who hasn't posted because of that.
I would be lying if I told you all that I don't have continued bruised feelings towards some folks on and off the masthead for what transpired over that thread. We'll see; time heals. I know some of you don't think about these things like I do. . .different strokes (imagine that).
In any event, it makes me feel less than pure to ignore what is happening to the surviving remnants of the Jewish communities of Europe, for so many reasons. Please don't take this as a sign that I don't care about what is happening to other people around the world, but what is going on in Europe hits up close and personal with me.
I never thought that in my lifetime I would read that people would chant "Jews to the Gas" in Germany. To excuse many (not all) of these folks as muslims who are angry with Israel is to excuse racism based on lowered expectations of our brothers and sisters of the Islamic faith.
Goldberg touches on something that touches me too, the removal of kosher foods from the shelves of a grocery store in London in response to protests against Israel's war with Hamas. Jews eat kosher food all over the world and it has nothing to do with Israel. People like to make fun of the arcane customs of kashrut, which is fine when in good taste. But I remember when my grandmother of blessed memory was in a rehab center, and she refused to eat until a rabbi came and told her that it was OK. That's why modern bslev tries to keep a kosher home -- really in her memory and those I never met.
I leave you with this. Next time you feel the urge to remind someone that anti-Israel is not the same as anti-Jewish, turn it around. Anti-Jewish should not be anti-Israel, but that's what's going down. As someone recently wrote, and I cannot find the cite: Careful Europe, your roots are showing.