If Jews Don’t Speak Up for Themselves, No One Will Speak Up for Them https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2019/10/if-jews-dont-speak-up-for-themselves-no-one-will-speak-up-for-them/

October 3, 2019 | Ammiel Hirsch
About the author: Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City and the former executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

In his sermon for Rosh Hashanah, Ammiel Hirsch, the rabbi of a prominent Reform synagogue in Manhattan, urged his congregants not to lose sight of “the central Jewish principle [that] all Jews are responsible one for the other.” It is impossible, he argued, to “live a full Jewish life” without feeling that “the pain of a Belgian Jew is our pain; the fear of an Israeli child terrorized by rockets is our fear; the insecurity of Orthodox Jews attacked repeatedly on the streets of Brooklyn is our insecurity.” Yet, in the face of the anti-Semitic threats that come from so many different directions—which Hirsch went on to analyze—Jews must not lose their sense of pride, or begin to see Judaism as a burden rather than a privilege. (Video, 47 minutes. A complete transcript can be found here.)

Read more on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QreoryRrvWY&feature=youtu.be