Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

In re­sponse to the re­cent Mcgill Daily fea­ture, “Ju­daism in a Pickle”

The McGill Daily - - News - Sub­mit your own: let­ters@mcgill­daily.com — Michael A. ( Mikie) Schwartz, Com­men­tary Writer

I write in re­sponse to the re­cent Mcgill Daily fea­ture, “Ju­daism in a Pickle”, penned by three stu­dents who proudly flaunted their anti-zion­ism yet lacked the courage to do so us­ing their real names, in­stead hid­ing un­der pseu­do­nyms.

The facts and anec­dotes in the ar­ti­cle range from the men­da­cious to the ab­surd. Thus, the com­men­tary it­self com­mits his­tor­i­cal er­ror by marginal­iz­ing the lead­er­ship and con­tri­bu­tion of Eastern- Europe- an-jews to the Zion­ist project, de­spite the fact that Is­rael’s first four Prime Min­is­ters (one a woman) came from the Rus­sian Em­pire. Mean­while, a story of re­ject­ing Is­raeli pick­les is of­fered as some coura­geous sign of moral de­vel­op­ment and gusty re­bel­lion.

IJV com­plains that its views are ig­nored and marginal­ized. The or­ga­nized Jewish com­mu­nity has ev­ery le­gal and moral right to re­ject views that di­rectly con­flict with, in­deed threaten, its mem­bers and val­ues. As Rabbi Reu­ven Poupko suc­cinctly put it, “You don’t in­vite butchers to a veg­e­tar­ian’s con­ven­tion.”

An en­tity that af­firms ev­ery­thing ul­ti­mately af­firms noth­ing.

IJV is en­ti­tled to its views, re­pug­nant as I and many oth­ers find them. It is not en­ti­tled to im­pose them on the many oth­ers, my­self in­cluded, who ut­terly re­ject them and for whom their Jewish her­itage and iden­tity and love for the land, peo­ple, and State of Is­rael are in­di­vis­i­ble.

I wish to high­light the fact that in its ap­prox­i­mately four- thou­sand word dis­course, IJV did not see it nec­es­sary or even war­ranted to de­ploy any words to con­demn the nakedly in­cite­ful and vi­o­lent tweet that Sadikov pub­lished.

Some­times it is the words that aren’t stated that speak the loud­est.

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