Causeless Hatred and the Jewish State: Have We Learned Our Lesson?

Re-blogging this to – Rabbi Micah Streiffer is a colleague and former classmate and I love what he has written.

Rabbi Micah Streiffer

What, I’m not good enough to be blacklisted??

Those were the words with which I jokingly feigned righteous indignation last month when the Israeli rabbinate released its “blacklist” of rabbis from whom they will refuse letters of Jewishness for new immigrants. Others of my colleagues had similar amused responses: congratulating those who did make the list, creating multi-step plans for getting onto the next one.

But the truth is, that list ought to horrify us. Especially today.

Tonight bKotel.jpgegins Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av. On this day, we mark the traditional anniversary of the  destruction of the ancient Temple by Rome in the year 70. This is a seminal event in Jewish history: the beginning of a 2000-year exile; the loss of sovereignty that left us wandering around the world and vulnerable to antisemitism and persecution for centuries.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

2 thoughts on “Causeless Hatred and the Jewish State: Have We Learned Our Lesson?”

  1. As a Modern Orthodox Jewess who attends services in many other synagogues and temples other than those of orthodoxy, it pains me to learn of this hypocrisy. Only G-d determines who is “Jewishness enough” for immigration to Israel, whether by birth or dedicated conversion. All should be welcome who believe and study Torah! Rabbi Ruth your name is written in by book, without doubt, “welcome!”


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