Rabbi Sacks: “How Can We Expect The World To Love Us If We Can’t Love One Another?”

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rabbi-lord-jonathan-sacksRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the recently retired Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in the United Kingdom, gave the “State of the Jewish World Address” at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum on Tuesday, identifying three major threats to the Jewish people: the growth of anti-Semitism, the campaign to delegitimize Israel, and Iran.

The effort to deny the right of Israel to exist has become a new kind of anti-Semitism, targeting the Jewish state instead of the Jewish religion or race, said Sacks. Iran remains a threat because of its support of terrorist groups, its controversial nuclear program, and its open hostility toward Israel, he said.

“The victim cannot stop the crime by himself,” Sacks said, adding that Jews are not the only victims of extremist Islamist terrorist groups-in the Middle East, the Christian population has declined from 20 percent to 4 percent of the region’s total inhabitants.

“We will fight for the right of Christians to live without fear, but we need Christians to fight for Jews’ right to live without fear as well. We will fight against Islamophobia, but we need Muslims to fight against Judeophobia,” said Sacks.

Sacks also emphasized the need for Jewish unity, asking, “How can we expect the world to love us if we can’t love one another?” Though all Jews “do not share the same faith, we all share the same fate,” he added.

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  1. these events of anti-Semitism & terrorists will continue happening R”L due to the lack of achdus in klal yisroel.
    if mashiach is ever to come, klal yisroel needs to be one nation together on all levels-frum, frei, reform etc…-when we all show hashem we can act as one jewish nation then mashiach can come. UNTIL THEN Hashem waits & our Matriarch rachel cries everyday…

    The sinas Chinam of todays Generation is worse then the generation of when the 2nd bais Hamikdosh was destroyed because of it.
    Thus mashiach can’t come until the love returns to klal yisroel & we start caring for each other.

  2. “The sinas Chinam of todays Generation is worse then the generation of when the 2nd bais Hamikdosh was destroyed because of it.”

    How do you know that? Not muchrac to say so.

  3. Don’t wait for the world to love us. That will not happen until Moshiach arrives.

    What you should strive to do is increase Kiddish Hashem so that the world respects us.

    We don’t need their love. We do need to earn their respect.

    Sincerely,

    The Commish

  4. If we would start teaching our children to be sincerely nice and have true and sincere compassion, to All Human Beings, regardless whether they’re Yidden or Non-Yidden, then HKB”H will Never-Again instigate the Nations with hatred towards us.
    Rabbi Avigdor Miller used to say, Hashem Tzilcho, HKB”H is your shadow, He follows what you do. When we Yidden will have true compassion and Caring for all people, Yidden and, yes, Non-Yidden as well, HKB”H will instill only love towards us.
    A good way to start is, that when we Daven for the sick and needy, we should make sure to include Eino Yehudim who are not well, that will awaken in us, the sincere love to all Peoples.

  5. Though all Jews “do not share the same faith, we all share the same fate,” he added.

    What’s that supposed to mean??? All Jews DO share the same faith and what fate are you referring to.

  6. XTIANS NEED JEWS
    ONCE JEWS SAY ‘WE NEED XTIANS” HASHEM STEPS ASIDE AND WE WAIT EVEN LONGER FOR MASHIACH.

    This is enough with the vatican poop visiting the kotel bringing tumah hanging a HUGE BANNER AS IF HE IS mashiach.
    ““We will fight for the right of Christians to live without fear, but we need Christians to fight for Jews’ right to live without fear as well.”

    When a xtian is approached about thier impositons upon Jews and missionary activity they say “oh they arent real xtians”
    OH? YOU MEAN FAKE XTIANS BEEN KILLING US FOR 2000 YEARS? YOU MEAN THE 300 MILLION YOU RESERVE FOR YOUR WORLD ACTIVITY TO CONVERT JEWS ARENT BY REAL XTIANS?

    JEWS do NOT NEED XTIANS.
    JEWS NEED HASHEM, PERIOD!!!
    DOES THE TORAH TEACH JEWS TO FIGHT XTIAN BATTLES?
    There is no altruistic reason a xtian will fight for a JEW..THERE ARE ATTACHMENTS TO EVERY DOLLAR DONATED TO JEWISH CAUSES. They spend 10 times that amount for missionary activity

    PROPHET OVADIA IS ONE OF MY SOURCES.
    TORAH IS THE OTHER
    LIFE EXPERIENCE IS MY “””MAIN””” SOURCE.
    In brooklyn ny they opened a church disquised to look lik4e a shul with priest standing outside inviting yeshiva students from haym berlin and shaare torah on (coney island ave and ave M) to stipends and free luunches if the students will sit with those disguised xtians to study.

    just another source of the evils of xtians

    we do not and should not assist any xtians.
    TORAH DOESNT SAY TO DO THAT.

    WE NEED HASHEM
    WE NEED TO STUDY JUST A LITTLE MORE TORAH
    THAT ALL WE NEED

    NOT MORE GOYIM TO DECEIVE US.

  7. The three major threats are but the symptom. The disease is the lack of Jewish unity.

    Only achdus can bring national kappara, even if we don’t do teshuvah (see Michtav M’Eliyahu.

    Only achdus can bring the geulah (achishenah).

  8. Jewish people are like camera rays. We all like to smile. We all like to be in the film, but who has enough time to really smile at one another when there is just so much on each of our minds about what is proper, what is right, who is happy, who is friendly, who can be seen with whom and who is really keeping all of our values as someone else thinks its “meant to be”. Still, have some hope. We are a very congratulatory people.

  9. If Rabbi Sacks analysis is correct and, in fact, “(t)he effort to deny the right of Israel to exist has become a new kind of anti-Semitism, targeting the Jewish state instead of the Jewish religion or race,” then Zionism is a failure. The underlying assumption of Zionism was that antisemitism was rooted in our being stateless people and, therefore, a dissident population wherever we lived. By establishing a Jewish state we would “normalize” the Jewish people by making us a country just like all other countries and thus eradicating the root cause of antisemitism.

    Didn’t quite work out that way, did it?

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