This week is Passover, the season of deliverance, and I’m praying for deliverance from America’s failed Jewish leadership. As Jews confront the most dangerous era since World War II, whom are we stuck with for leaders? A clueless bunch of mini-Pharaohs, strutting around proclaiming their moral superiority, blissfully unaware the Jewish people’s mortal enemies are pulling down their pants and laughing at them.
Cataloguing their collective acts of evasion, cowardice, appeasement, and surrender is not for the faint of heart, but, luckily, I’m fortified by matzo balls and ready to rock. At the Passover Seder, Jews recite Dayenu, a prayer listing the many blessings bestowed by the Almighty, each of which would have sufficed (Dayenu) in its own right. Here, alas, is a woeful Dayenuof the failures of the American Jewish establishment. Can anyone tell me why these preening big shots haven’t been forced to resign in shame? Why, in God’s name, are our purported “leaders” still collecting cushy paychecks when their credibility is bankrupt?
If they only had allowed a storm of anti-Semitism to rise in the West, and hate crimes against American Jews to skyrocket to unprecedented heights, while they declined to muster even a listless response — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had stood aside, shrugging, while America’s college campuses became battlegrounds in the war against Israel, where anti-Semitic lies were force-fed to America’s next generation of leaders, and Jewish students were intimidated and taught self-hatred and alienation from their own identities — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had refused to educate the Jewish people about the growing threat from radical Islam, and remained silent about the long, tragic history of Jews forced to live as oppressed dhimmis under Muslim rule, as mandated byKoranic law — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had cowered when American Jewish institutions came under mortal assault, when Muslim fanatics slaughtered helpless women in a Jewish administrative office in Seattle, and travelers at the El Al airport counter in Los Angeles, and tirelessly plotted to firebomb synagogues in Chicago, Nashville, and New York — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had made a false idol out of “interfaith dialogue,” recklessly pursuing Muslim “partners” without bothering to investigate with whom they were “dialoguing,” and giving dangerous anti-Semites the official Jewish seal of approval — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had declared their mission was to take dwindling Jewish resources and devote them to helping Muslims build mosques in America, for the sake of fighting the mythical sin of “Islamophobia,” all the while ignoring the anti-Semitism destined tospew forth from those mosques — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had attacked those few brave critics who brought forth objective facts about their Muslim “partners in dialogue,” tried to shout them into silence, acted as false witnesses against them, and insulted and bullied them with their own self-proclaimed moral superiority — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had descended into the pit of outrightcollaboration, privileging the lying narrative of our murderers over the truth, roping impressionable young Jews into meeting with terrorists,rallying for them, and taking up their cause — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had turned their back on the land of Israel and our brethren there, indicting Israel for every perceived imperfection and loaning their prestige to those who would endanger our homeland — Dayenu — they would have failed.
If they only had desecrated the transcendent majesty of Judaism by turning it into an attack wing of leftist politics, replacing the Jewish mission of covenantal faithfulness to God with partisan faithfulness to a progressive utopia —Dayenu — they would have failed.
To be a Jew in America in 2011 is to feel the hot breath of history on one’s neck. The day is short, the hour is late, and the Jewish establishment is merrily munching matzo and cashing their paychecks. With no Moses in sight to lead us from our mounting perils, maybe the time has come for each of us who treasures liberty to act as Moses in our own communities. Next year, may we meet in freedom.
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