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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hate By Any Other Name #2

This is Rabbi Manis Friedman and he is about as famous as a Lubavitcher can get . He is a spiritual leader to the rich and famous as well as everyday folks and has a reputation for being rather inclusive . I mean , after all , he was born into post-war communist Czechoslovakia , moved to the USA , was ordained in Canada , and spends loads of time in Israel - like his old buddy Bob Dylan , he's been everywhere , man . He is cited by "celebrity" Rabbis like Shmuley Boteach frequently and 11 of his kids are Rabbis or Rebbetzin . He seems like a cool , highly spiritual cat , and being an educated man took everyone by surprise when he was cited for extremism in a widely-read publication . Here is the direct quote :

"I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)." Moment Magazine May/June 2009

Of course , hardline leftists went nuts attacking Chabadniks left and right . Trust me , the yo-yo's over at Haaretz are having a field day with this and publishing hateful quotations about Chabadniks by lefties as if they are truth . Haaretz encourages hatred of Orthodox Jews , but this isn't about that .

What this is about is a man's lies of the worst kind . He professes love for his fellow man , but quite openly hates those whose religion he disagrees with . He falsely claimed that this was the view of Chabad , which is just baseless . He advocated the genocide of innocents while claiming it to be the "Jewish way" . I know oodles of Jews - Reform , Conservative , Orthodox , and Charedim , including several Lubavitchers - and Rabbi Friedman is the only one i have ever heard spout the kind of rhetoric generally associated with extremists of another kind . In fact , this particular quote is so offensive that I could be arrested for printing it without citing it as coming from another . This is not the Jewish view , it is the view of one liar , a man who has come out of the closet as a bigot and should be treated as such .

Hundreds of thousands of people previously thought his words to be wise , and now we must make him eat them .

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