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Holocaust lessons that don’t force guilt or anger? Yes, for Jew and gentile alike

By Dennis Prager Yesterday, Jews around the world observed Holocaust Day. This day ought to be universally observed because the lessons of the Holocaust are universal. Here are some of them: 1. People are not basically good At any time in history, the belief that people are basically good was irrational and naive. To believe it after the Holocaust — and after the Communist genocides in China, Korea, Cambodia, and the Soviet Union, the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians, and the mass murders in Rwanda, the Congo, Tibet and elsewhere — is beyond irrational and naive. It is stupid and…

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A US Congressman warns the world of a second Holocaust, the slaughter of Jewish people

A US Congressman warns the world of a second Holocaust, the slaughter of Jewish people

Congressman Allen West, a Republican from the state of Florida, has warned that the state of Israel could become the site of a second Jewish Holocaust if the United States does not take further actions to protect the Jewish state against Iran. West, who is a veteran of the Iraq War, also warned that the current political turmoil in the Middle East could lead to a number of Arab and or Islamic states engaging Israel in a full blown Middle Eastern war. Congressman West said that creation of a Hamas led Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders is the most…

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United Church pastor breaks ranks on Israel, denounces â

United Church pastor breaks ranks on Israel, denounces â

By Jana Chytilova "This report is biased and one-sided and will erode a commitment we made as a church in a [2003 report] to strengthen ties with the Jewish community," Reverend Andrew Love. . A United Church of Canada minister has started a campaign to get rank-and-file members to reject a proposal from the church’s hierarchy to launch an economic boycott against Israel. “I really want to believe this is the workings of a very active minority in the church,” said Andrew Love, a pastor at a parish in the town of Arnprior, 55 kilometres west of Ottawa. “The vast…

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The Population Control Holocaust

The Population Control Holocaust

There is a single ideological current running through a seemingly disparate collection of noxious modern political and scientific movements, ranging from militarism, imperialism, racism, xenophobia, and radical environmentalism, to socialism, Nazism, and totalitarian communism. This is the ideology of antihumanism: the belief that the human race is a horde of vermin whose unconstrained aspirations and appetites endanger the natural order, and that tyrannical measures are necessary to constrain humanity. The founding prophet of modern antihumanism is Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), who offered a pseudoscientific basis for the idea that human reproduction always outruns available resources. Following this pessimistic and inaccurate assessment…

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The Judeo-Christian divide

The Judeo-Christian divide

By Dan Calic One of the most difficult issues for Christians and Jews to navigate is how to relate to each other while the proverbial 800 pound gorilla is in the room. What's the 800-pound gorilla? The desire on the part of Christians to evangelize Jews, and the sensitivity Jews have about uninvited conversion efforts. As one Jew eloquently stated several years ago, "Christians have to understand Jews did not volunteer to become participants in the final act of a play they didn't write." Serious Christians, many of whom have a genuine love of the Jewish people, might consider doing…

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You cannot explain one moment of my survival without miracles

You cannot explain one moment of my survival without miracles

by Gavriel Horan Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, currently the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of Yad Vashem, and the former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, is one of my personal heroes. I have long desired to meet him face to face ever since I first read about his life’s story. His tale of triumph and faith as a young boy during the Holocaust provides us with a model of personal greatness in the face of unimaginable hardship. Rabbi Lau’s bestselling autobiography has just been translated into English for the first time. “Out of the Depths” (Sterling Publishing) tells…

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The Holiest Generation

The Holiest Generation

by Isaac Steven Herschkopf Who could define what it meant to be a survivor? I learned the answer from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. I could not have been more than four or five when I asked her. It seemed to me, at the time, to be an innocent, straightforward question: “Mommy, when do I get my number?” I was, of course, upset when she burst into tears and ran out of the kitchen, but I was also confused. This was Washington Heights in the 1950s. It was an enclave of survivors. Every adult I knew had a number. Even my teenage…

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Why has France banned the word Shoah?

Why has France banned the word Shoah?

A tragic paradox is present in the French banning of the word “Shoah”. Giulio Meotti France has banned the "Shoah". ” No more “Holocaust” or “Shoah”, but the more bureaucratic, anonymous “anéantissement”, a French word that merely means annihilation. The new French rules for the scholastic year of 2011 require the textbooks to avoid the use of any Jewish connotation for the genocide of the Jews.

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If Only

If Only

by Sara Debbie Gutfreund On Tisha B'Av I can feel the weight of thousands of years of “if onlys.” For the past few weeks I have been walking around in a daze. The terrible tragedy of Leiby Kletzky’s death feels like a constant loss wherever I turn. Last Shabbos a neighbor’s nine-year-old boy came to pick up his little sister from our house. And he looked exactly like the picture of Leiby. I felt tears spring suddenly to my eyes. Not on Shabbos, I warned myself. Do not cry on Shabbos in front of all of your children while you…

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The holocaust yet to come

The holocaust yet to come

Just an amazing piece by Moshe Feiglin: This article is not about the Holocaust that happened. It is about the Holocaust that is liable to come knocking on our door. If you are weak of heart, stop reading now. But if you are staying with me, please take a deep breath, forget about secondary political issues and internalize what I am writing. The trains to Auschwitz did not have separate cars for Right and Left, Haredi and secular. It is popular to pontificate on the lesson of the Holocaust. Every person takes the Holocaust to the place that is comfortable…

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