It sickens me that the mass onslaught at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last week will in all likelihood not be the last time an out of control individual snuffs out the lives of innocents who in all likelihood never even knew their assailant, much less meant him any harm. It sickens me to realize the time, effort and energy the people of this country expend on useless and meaningless recrimination in the aftermath of a mass killing.

As one who has been a “first responder” when hearts have been broken and lives have been shattered, I would like to suggest that when needless tragedy strikes, there are meaningful and constructive steps we can take.

Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1839-1933) better known as the Chofetz Chaim has been known for his time and energy devoted against “Loshen Hara” or gossip and more specifically slander. He understood only too well the deleterious effects character assassination had on people. I have every reason to believe that the Chofetz Chaim would be left speechless at the hyper rapid speed achievable nowadays when it comes to character assassination, thanks to the internet. Called cyberbullying, victimized students have in some cases responded through suicide and even homicide when their characters have been sullied through “Loshon Hara.” A recent cause celebre has been for concerned citizens to take up the cudgel against pornography on the internet and its effect on teenagers. That’s perfectly fine. Yet, I’m not aware of any student taking an assault weapon, entering his school and randomly snuffing out the lives of other students after having been exposed to pornography on the internet. Perhaps equal, if not greater effort should be mustered by concerned citizens against “Loshen Hara” or cyberbullying than is being mustered against pornography.

A good many American presidents had dreams for this country. For Franklin Roosevelt, it was a “New Deal;” for Lyndon Johnson, it was a “Great Society.” I find it unbelievable that American presidents have not been appalled by mass killings at schools, places of worship and community centers; I find it utterly disgraceful that not one President of these United States of either political party has spoken out about how horrendous and unacceptable victims of cyberbullying in our society have reacted to as well as responded to the evil of character assassination. Similarly, I find it utterly disgraceful that that not one President of the United States of either political party has spoken out against those responsible for the evil of character assassination through cyberbullying. Isn’t it time for zero tolerance to be dispensed against cyberbullying? If pollution of the atmosphere was deemed as an evil dooming our lives, shouldn’t pollution of the character also be deemed as an evil dooming our lives?

I was not quite 15 years old, when the Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated. What I remember most, is Senator (Bobby) Kennedy announcing the assassination to an unsuspecting crowd in Indianapolis: “For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.”
Because mass killings have been taking place for the last quarter of a century, the numbers of family members whose lives have been turned upside down, probably number the hundreds, if not thousands. Let the bereaved reach out to the bereaved. Let them echo the words of Bobby Kennedy “I had member of my family killed.” Let them substantiate the teachings of our rabbinic sages who reminded us that “words that come from the heart find their way into the heart of others.”

Now is not the time for pointing fingers. Now is the time to turn with open arms to the family members of those whose lives were tragically and senselessly snuffed out.


Every so often and lately it’s quite often, Palestinian sub-humans attack, maim and kill Israelis. Sorry, you “post Six Day War breast beaters”, this has nothing to do with occupied territories. It has to do with Jews living in that part of the world. When the great grand-parents of today’s “poor Palestinians” hacked away at Jews in Hevron in 1929, killing 67 of them, there was no Jewish State. The latest spate of attacks is little more than a link in a chain of Jew murder that goes back decades and decades. My  heart goes out to the victims and their families. As far as the Palestinian sub-humans, to me they are they little different than a cancer, where every so often innocent lives are snuffed out for no rhyme or reason. Does this frustrate as well as infuriate me? Absolutely!
What truly causes my blood to boil however, are not sub-human Palestinians. My expectations for sub-human Palestinians to show the slightest spark of humanity are at best, nil. What causes my blood to boil are Jews! They come in three varieties:
Bleeding heart Jews: “The Palestinians have endured Israeli military occupation, arrests without charge, arrests of children, home demolitions and uprooting of olive groves.” So wrote the co-chairman of Jewish Voice for Peace, in a letter to the editor of the New York Times last Thursday. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I can’t help but feel that no letters were written by the author of this letter to the editor to any of the innocent victims of any of these attacks or to any of the bereaved families.
Moral equivalence Jews: “There are two sides to every story”, they bleat. With such perverse thinking, it could be logically argued that Jews of the Holocaust owed it to themselves to learn all about Nazi grievances. How come moral equivalence Jews don’t decry the Nazi blood shed by Mordechai Anielewicz and the others of Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa (Jewish Combat Organization) when they orchestrated the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising? Better yet, where is the moral equivalence of these Jews with regard to the carnage being carried out daily in Syria? Why is it, that when it comes to carnage in Syria, moral equivalency Jews are ominously silent?
Run for the hills Jews: the same Jews who are so proud to tell you how many times they have traveled to Israel, all of a sudden put their travel plans to Israel on hold, whenever the above cited Palestinian cancer refuses to remain in remission and once again rears its ugly head. By the time you read these lines, the Rebbetzin and I will be in Jerusalem. If bus bombings didn’t prevent us from being in Israel in the summer of 2002 (have you ever been to a 6 story hotel which is being occupied by less than a dozen guests?), the current spate of stabbings will not get in the way of our travel plans for the latter part of this month either. My motto has always been: I refuse to have sub-human Palestinians serve as my travel agent.
And so my fellow Jews who are an embarrassment to our people:
If your hearts go out to the poor Palestinians who suffer at the hands of the Israelis, why not consider visiting, Ahmed and Fatima first hand? I’m sure there are accommodations for you in Ramallah? Better yet, try for some home hospitality.
If you continue to insist on invoking moral equivalency, where were you when fellow Jews were being denied basic freedoms in the former Soviet Union? Or does your limited understanding of moral equivalency operate, when in your moral blindness, you see only Palestinians as victims? As for you run for the hills Jews: True support and strong friendship is to be there when you are needed most. Remember, while you are running for the hills, Evangelist Christians are boarding aircraft to Tel Aviv. By the way, thanks for the Shanda.