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Jews: live with other Jews in Israel

I would like to respond to Rabbi Yossy Goldman’s parshah in last week’s Jewish Report, headlined “Why keep kosher?”

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Yossi Bogacz

The main aim of keeping kosher is indeed to keep us, Jews, apart from non-Jews and (for us) not to mix or interact with them. That is called racism. That is the root of anti-Semitism; in turn, anti-Semitism has brought upon us the most terrible tragedies and unbearable sufferings all along our history. 

We are the most hated people in the world. Is that something to be proud of? Isn’t it time to become more sociable and relaxed with non-Jews? In the main, French keep to French, English to English, Greeks to Greeks, etc. 

That happens because each nationality is concentrated in its own territory. Naturally they live together. There is no racist ideology involved. 

If Jews want to live together with other Jews, they should go and live in Israel. They cannot live in other countries and continue to try to live as a closed group, as much separate from the owners of that land as possible. We tried it and it didn’t work. 

I would like our Chief Rabbi to explain to us why Jews in the US are assimilating at a rate of more than 80 per cent and in Latin America at more than 90 per cent. 

It is obvious that in about 100 years, the Jewish Diaspora will disappear. 

Regarding Chabad and their promotion of kashrut: Is that intended solely for Jews, or also for the general population?  I noticed a black man on one of their billboards.

 

Yossi Bogacz

Highlands North, Johannesburg

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  1. David

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

    ‘The premise of ‘keeping kosher is racism’ 

    It is very hard to believe that keeping kosher can be seen by any person as racism particularly by a fellow Jew.

    It is a tradition inspired initially by cleanliness or food hygiene, that eventually has expanded into being synonymous with Judaism and religious beliefs in following the traditional menu. Also ho

    By the way , are the percentages of assimilation stated above qualified or verified, by any text or report based on meaningful proven information?     ‘

  2. Choni

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    ‘David, Yossi’s figures might be exaggerated but there is one indisputable statistic that proves that the Diaspora is doomed. The Jewish population of the U.S. which had the vast majority of Jews, was 6 million after WW2.

    At a conservative birth rate of 1.8 children per family, the number of Jews in 2000 should have been close to 30 million. How many Jews are there in America today? Less than 5 million of which it is estimated half of them are not halachically Jewish.

    Jews are assimilating at the rate of 60000 young men and women each year. No amount of so called Jewish education is going to prevent this silent Shoah.

    In my opinion the only answer to this disappearance of Diaspora Jewry is mass Aliyah amongst the youth.

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“Clearly you’re a Zionist, going around demanding shit”

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I’m so sad that I came across this terrible article (“Professor of propaganda” by Howard Sackstein, SA Jewish Report, 3 June 2021).

First, I’m a Wits-trained doctor, and I admire doctors like Professor Shabir Moosa who are able to step outside their comfort zones and challenge the minds and beliefs of their younger doctors. South Africa needs more doctors that stand up for what’s right. Israel is an apartheid state. Please stop denying it! You’re basically killing Arabs and jailing innocent kids. You have no humanity as a Zionist.

Second, he posted his article on this group, and that made interns feel uncomfortable! Oh please, grow up! It’s a bunch of white men trying to bully us into acting in a way suitable for them. Imagine, a bunch of privileged white men felt uncomfortable for the first time in their life!

Third, screw the author! That he thinks he has any authority to report and demand “action”. Who do you think you are? Clearly, you’re a Zionist. Going around demanding shit. When you deserve nothing.

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Why seek citizenship of murderous Lithuania?

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“Most of our ancestors were forced to flee Lithuania in terrible circumstances, and restoring our citizenship will go a long way to address the wrongs of the past.” I find these words by the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to be shameful and incomprehensible. To claim, as Zev Krengel does, that ex-Lithuanian Jews have an ancestral right to citizenship is an insult to the G-d of Israel. The only country to which any Jew has an ancestral right is the land of Israel.

When the Nazis marched into Lithuania in 1941, the government and people (with a handful of exceptions) didn’t lift a finger as Jews in more than 200 shtetls were humiliated, tortured, and ultimately murdered by Lithuanian collaborators. Which Jew with pure emotions would now wish to seek citizenship of that country, or any European country which willingly aided and abetted Nazi murderers?

The yizkor (remembrance) prayer that Jews recite in synagogues four times a year includes one for martyrs: “May G-d remember the souls of the holy and pure ones who were murdered, gassed, burned, strangled for the sanctification of the name through the hands of the German oppressors and their collaborators. (Yemach s’hmom v’zichron – may their name and memory be obliterated.) No, Mr Krengel, no amount of time will “restore the wrongs of the past”.

The most tragic event in Jewish history – the Holocaust – has taught the Jewish people that it’s forbidden for us to derive any benefit from countries that persecuted our people. (Hilchot Sanhedrin 15:9). How can any Jew with pure emotions associate with these places, much less seek citizenship?

With all due respect to Krengel and all those who seek citizenship of these murderous countries, may I humbly suggest that you rather seek citizenship in your one and only true ancestral homeland – the land of Israel. Seeking citizenship anywhere but Israel, after 2 000 years of bitter exile, is scorning G-d’s most precious gift to His people.

Further, I believe that to fulfil the commandment of “may their name and memory be obliterated”, no Jew should ever set foot in or associate with these countries in any way. It’s with dismay that one sees influential Orthodox groups spending money on resurrecting Judaism in these murderous countries instead of obliterating their names.

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None of us are angels, but condemnation of Israel is truly sick

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I’m appalled by prominent members of our government, even one of our own – Ronnie Kasrils – who has the gall to speak out against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews for what happened recently in Gaza, even to the extent of mentioning a Jewish policeman or soldier with his knee on a dead Palestinian child. This isn’t the way Jews behave. We are very conscious of our Judaism and families, and kindness is in our genetic make-up.

The photo I’m referring to was taken years ago, in a completely foreign country, and it incites hate where it doesn’t belong.

Sick people have caused anxiety and fear during the pandemic by publishing pictures of COVID-19-related crimes and other lies on Facebook and WhatsApp, and by publishing old photos and leading us to believe that they are fresh situations.

None of us are angels who never sin. But can anyone truly believe that no action should be taken against 4 000 rockets fired at a country indiscriminately? Does any other army in the world advise the perpetrators that they should evacuate because they don’t want to hurt or kill innocent people when they retaliate?

Well, Israel does.

In conclusion, Israel isn’t fighting Gazans, it’s fighting Hamas. The people who run Gaza are Hamas, not the Palestinians. They made the fatal mistake of allowing Hamas to run their country. It uses them as shields and doesn’t give a damn about their safety or well-being.

So, wake up South Africa, and all who condemn Israel for defending its citizens – you would do the same!

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