What can I say? You aren’t going to like this, and it may get me into some hot water but it’s about time someone says it.
No one is coming to save you. No one is coming to your rescue. You are on your own. It’s as simple as that. NO. ONE. CARES!
So, let’s begin by what you shouldn’t be doing.
Stop trying to spotlight all the anti-Semitism happening in the world without intent or purpose. Virtue signaling and hashtags don't accomplish anything!
Seriously, just stop. “We are just trying to bring awareness.” Yeah? And how’s that going for you? Has it made a difference yet? I don’t think so. If it were really helping, there would a decline in anti-Semitic attacks. But the reality it they are on the rise. It’s like all those people who change their social media icon to a blue square or “Stop Anti-Semitism.” Great job! You have done nothing! Zero. Wait! I apologize; that’s wrong. You have done something. You made yourself feel good for “doing your part.” Besides that, you aren’t doing anything. You can hate me. But truth hurts and that’s what I’m speaking.
All these organizations out there spotlight the hate, wonderful. Glad to see it. But they are kinda like Oprah. Instead of “You’re a winner,” you get “You’re an Anti-Semite. You’re an Anti-Semite. Everyone is an Anti-Semite.” You might get a couple of victories: Professors being fired. Celebrity influencers being forced to apologize.
You can lobby every politician. You can pass more anti-hate legislation. You can rally, you can demonstrate, you can protest. You can change your Facebook icon! But what you can’t do is stop anti-Semitism.
Look, I get it. We all want to get rid of it, but let’s not forget Esav Sonei Es Yaakov. For those that don’t know what that means and in simple terms, Esav (Jacob’s brother) will always hate Jacob. In other words, the non-Jewish world (not a blanket statement on everyone so relax) will always hate the Jews. There will always be anti-Semitism. Period. There is no stopping it.
So how do we prevent another pregnant mother from being attacked on the street or a Jewish man from being beaten while headed to a synagogue?
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war! Why is that important? Because Jews everywhere are in a war. Yes, A WAR. You may not believe it but open your eyes! It’s happening on our doorsteps…and I’m not talking just Israel.
In the bible, Jacob prepared for war against his brother. He split his family into two different camps in order to ensure one would get away if Esav decided to attack. Of course, he was willing to fight but still made sure some of the family would survive. Why was the preparation for war so integral to Jacob even though he had God’s ear? What can we learn?
I pray to God three times a day. In my prayers, I ask that I need not ever pull my firearm for any reason, but I also pray that if I do, let my aim be true. Jacob’s preparation is a lesson for Jews all over the world. Our Forefathers knew and understood the importance of self-preservation and that prayer alone, although paramount, was not and is not the only thing we must do daily to ensure our preservation.
We live in a time of strife and Jews are seeing anti-Semitism on a level never before witnessed in our generation. It’s time for Jews to learn from our Forefather Jacob and pray every day that we find peace but at the same time be prepared for whatever dangers come our way. That includes purchasing, training, and learning everything you can about firearms.
I mean, seriously, what are you doing to ensure the survival of the Jewish people? If you think changing your icon on social media to “bring awareness” is helping, enjoy doing your part. Pat yourself on the back. If you truly want to fight or put an end to Anti-Semitism, you must pray for peace but prepare for war.