Jew vs. Jew
“When a people is under siege it matters more, not less, how the besieged treat each other. Perhaps I am wrong, or only partly right, but it seems as though too many Jews are treating each other in a manner that is hardly loving, ethical or even minimally civil.
“This worries me more than do the forces of irrational hatred arrayed against us. [. . .]
“We have all heard about raised voices and raised fists, soulscorching sarcasm, terrible threats, theft, corruption, adultery, incest, wife-beating, child-abuse, addiction within the Jewish community. I despair — not because of what non-Jews may think, but because of what God may think and what our collective punishment might ultimately be. [. . .]
“Such behavior demoralizes and shames Jews who often end up leaving the Jewish organizational world. [. . .]
“Living as we do in a time of growing anti-Semitism, and with Israel seemingly adrift and lacking strong leadership, we must, for the sake of Jewish survival, follow Hillel’s timeless maxim: That which is hateful to you, do not do to others.”
Phyllis Chesler, writing on “My Jewish Wars: A Dispatch From The Front,” May 16 in the Jewish Press