I pray for the hostages in the kosher supermarket in France, the family who just wanted a peaceful and happy Shabbat, and pray for all those suffering from terror at this very moment.

I also wonder how much of what we are seeing today is a result of European indifference to increased anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel rhetoric?

I was reminded of this passage from the last world war.

MARTIN NIEMÖLLER: “FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS…”

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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  1. Rabbi, here is an update from Hillel Neuer, UN Watch… Arnie Goldman agoldman1357@yahoo.com From: Rabbi Aaron Bergman’s Site To: agoldman1357@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, January 9, 2015 10:29 AM Subject: [New post] 983 #yiv9615274853 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9615274853 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9615274853 a.yiv9615274853primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9615274853 a.yiv9615274853primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9615274853 a.yiv9615274853primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9615274853 a.yiv9615274853primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9615274853 WordPress.com | Rabbi Aaron Bergman posted: “I pray for the hostages in the kosher supermarket in France, the family who just wanted a peaceful and happy Shabbat, and pray for all those suffering from terror at this very moment.I also wonder how much of what we are seeing today is a result of Eu” | |

  2. Certainly a worthy and timely reminder, Rabbi. As you said in your Mikeitz Torah blog as guest rabbi, it takes growth (maturity and wisdom)to understand the importance of speaking up on behalf of another!

  3. FYI, Blackseabonanza@wordpress is me. If I ever figure out how to change that title I will! It was only meant to be the title of a blog, not my domain. Oh, well… Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi! Dede

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