Don’t Lecture Him On Judaism

richard silversteinAnti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein considers himself knowledgeable on Judaism. And takes issue when non-Jews try to lecture him on it.

I feel the same way when non-Jews try to lecture me about what Judaism is or isn’t–usually by way of saying why I’m not a proper Jew. What chutzpah. I, who lived and pondered this religion I’ve born into my whole life–being lectured by someone who doesn’t have the faintest idea about what this religion all about.

There are, it is true, even a few Muslims who’ve taken up the cry of the western liberal elites. We expect to hear such attacks from figures like Salman Rushdie, who provoked Muslims with his portrayal of the Prophet in Satanic Verses and who was demonized in return. There are others like Qanta Ahmed, who wrote a strange op-ed in Haaretz in which she suggested to her Muslim brothers that they would do well to emulate the spirit of humility, repentance and forgiveness represented by the Jewish holiday of Selichot.

There is no Jewish holiday of Selichot. Selichot are a series of penitential prayers and liturgy we begin reciting a number of days before Rosh Hashana.


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  • ziontruth

    “What non-Muslim westerners can’t fathom is how angry Muslims were in response to this calumny. To an insult, they said, you respond by killing? We don’t do that anymore in modern society. We’re above that sort of blood-letting. … As if. The history of all western religions is replete with murderous rampages far more destructive than the riots that swept Libya and 20 other Muslim nations over the past weeks. If you’re a Christian you should know of the Crusades, … Jews historically, have enjoyed less power to take vengeance on their enemies or heretics within. But Biblical history tells of the extermination of various tribes like the Amalekites, Jebusites and Moabites…”

    Note his comparison of modern-day apples (Islamic rampages in our time) to historical oranges (past deeds by Jews and Christians). Don’t lecture him on logical fallacies either.

    • mzk1

      Glad to know he assumes the bible is historically true. Actually, we never quite managed it, as the Bible relates. Couldn’t quite get up the enthusiasm our daughter religions excelled at.

  • Avram

    Mizrachim & Sefardim start ‘em on bet be’elul … ’40 days’ – which is what Ramadan is based.

    • Aussie Dave

      That is why I said “a number of days” without specifying.

      And we can agree Selichot is not a Jewish holiday.

      • Avram

        “Jewish Holiday” alek … It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad from Richard “Rosh Ha’Shanna is only one day in Israel but I’ve long lived and pondered the religion” Silverstein

        • Morris the Katz

          The day this Jew-hating commie bastard kicks the bucket and is enjoyed by 72 formerly-virgin male camels will be a Jewish holiday.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    “We expect to hear such attacks from figures like Salman Rushdie, who provoked Muslims with his portrayal of the Prophet in Satanic Verses and who was demonized in return.”

    This is possibly the stupidest thing ever written down, ever.

    “Demonized in return”???? a) he lives under a permanent death threat and b) he never claimed to make a death threat upon anyone ever. Again, this is quite possibly the dumbest thing ever put to paper in the history of people, ever.

  • Benny

    Silverstein’s ignorance of the Bible is staggering.

    In the blog entry you cite, Silverstein writes, “Biblical history tells of the extermination of various tribes like the… Moabites.”

    Wrong again, Richard. The Moabites were never exterminated in the Bible.

    In fact, just the opposite. In Deuteronomy 2:9 God tells Moses NOT “to be at emnity with Moab, nor contend with them in battle” — despite the fact that the Moabites had planned to attack and destroy Israel.

    But what value is the truth for people like Silverstein who go to any length to incite against Jews three thousand years ago and against Israelis today?

  • Rabbi Jihad

    Can anyone name a single concept in all of Judaism that SSilverstein understands? And please do not say Tikkun Olam

  • Benjamin

    Salman Rushide PROVOKED a bunch of theocratic fascists? Last time I checked, he wrote a barely sensical book and was forced into hiding for decades. What’s Dickie going to do next, blame rape victims for provoking rapists by wearing ‘sexy clothing’?

  • A F

    This is the same Silverstein that recently scheduled a “lecture” on Iran, the USA, and Israel on Rosh Hashanah and in his defense claimed he wasn’t aware it was going to be on Rosh Hashana (and when he was aware, didn’t cancel)?

    He lives and ponders Judaism?

    “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?”
    “I think so Brain…”

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