A Non-Orthodox US Rabbi’s Powerful Plea to his anti-Zionist Peers “I am Scared, Saddened and Alone”

by Avi Abelow

“We live in a society where it is more acceptable to be antisemitic than it is to be Jewish”. This is one of many powerful lines of truth uttered by Rabbi Jeremy Fine, in a recent sermon to his Conservative Movement congregation Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, MN.

This Rabbi feels alone in his own congregation, where it seems according to the Rabbi’s own words, too many of his own congregants have preferred to define themselves as anti-zionists, I imagine joining Israel’s enemies in bashing Israel, instead of standing by their own Jewish people in Israel and their ancestral homeland.

Rabbi Fine clearly explains to them how antizionism always leads to antisemitism.

The Rabbi further explains his hurt and disappointment that while he personally stood up for all other causes, LGBTQ+, immigrants, black lives etc. Nobody from the other causes is now standing up for the Jews, as antisemitic attacks are taking place across United States communities.

He lays out his argument clearly and succinctly, understanding that the logic of his argument might be ignored because of mankind’s preference to rely on emotion over logic.

Col. Kemp

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