Dear Friends,

It comes as no surprise that Louis Farrakhan recently proclaimed that “the powerful Jews are my enemy.” He went on to say that “Jews are responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men.”

This vile demagogue then accused us of being “the mother and father of apartheid.” Add to that: “When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.” And on and on he rants about how we Jews are behind all of the evils that beset our world.

As we anticipate Passover next week, we recall a passage in the Haggadah that addresses the “Farrakhans” of each generation: “For more than one enemy has risen against us to destroy us. In every generation, in every age, some rise up to plot our annihilation. But a Divine Power sustains and delivers us.” Yes, I would surely put this evil-spirited man in the category of those who would promote hatred against us.
How should we respond to anti-Semitism? We have to do everything in our power to make this a tolerant and respectful society of all who are targets of prejudice and bigotry. For sure, Louis Farrakhan is the last person who will recognize the contributions that we Jews have made when it comes to civil rights and all causes that promote the worthiness of all groups of people who are perceived as “different,” and thereby less worthy of respect.

No, I do not want to be “tolerated.” I want to be respected because my people have been in the forefront of every cause that seeks to affirm the dignity and the value of every human being. Let us stand proudly as Jews, as we cherish our humane values and ideals that have been passed throughout the generations. The message of Passover: With strength, conviction and faith, we will overcome all would bring evil upon us.

         Rabbi David Greenberg