By: Tabitha Korol
Much of Jewish leadership is failing its people, as the infiltration of the Marxist doctrine in our public and private schools may be the far stronger influence. Although this essay is specific, the failure extends to American churches.
I happened upon an article, America’s Failed Leadership Must Resign, penned by Charles Jacobs and Avi Goldwasser in December 2019. With the rare exception of Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, our leaders were compared to failed generals who ignore the changing enemy and battlefields and continue to promote tolerance of the intolerant despite mounting violence by Islamic jihadis on our nation’s streets and campuses.
During Israel’s recent 11-day war with Hamas, American cities saw an 80% increase in violence, including damage to synagogues and children’s playgrounds in major US cities, and physical attacks on Jews by youths uniformly clad in black hoodies. Jewish organizations, armed with only their computer keyboards, called for a letter-writing campaign to President Joe Biden in a virtual rally against antisemitism. Policing was not required; the attackers were not apprehended, and I wonder if anyone noticed.
It may be that I was particularly mindful of our Jewish leadership when I attended a virtual Bat Mitzvah at a local conservative synagogue some months ago. Considering the constraints of the pandemic, the event was well organized and enhanced by a lovely finale of the family’s photographs. I was most struck, however, by the Bat Mitzvah’s suggestion that in lieu of gifts, their guests consider donations to the Save the World Campaign, with specific attention to Polar Bears International. That was undoubtedly done as tzedakah (charity) for a successfully hyped cause, but it is the Jews who live in peril through every generation, so why the polar bears? With all due respect, since she and her family attended services and classes about Judaism in a synagogue, not the Sierra Club, why wasn’t she encouraged to make her dedication and donations to Jews and Israel?