Monday, October 18, 2010

Cork it, Rabbi

I often rail against Muslim clergy who remain silent in the face of atrocities committed by Muslim extremists. Today I take issue with the furry folks from my own religion.

If you've been following the news, you know there's a big mid-term election coming up. In my former home state of NY, a Sicilian Neanderthal, Carl Paladino, is running for the governor's office. And to score points with the Orthodox Jewish community, Carl spoke at a Brooklyn synagogue and spewed some pretty hateful things about the gay community.

Following a public shaming in the media, Carl put out some half hearted apologies. Perhaps someone in his campaign office ran the numbers and saw that gays outnumber Orthodox Jews by the millions.

While Carl may have seen the error of his ways, Yehudi Levin, the rabbi who invited him to speak has not. He followed Carl's apology with some hateful vitriol of his own. Worse, he cited some Old testament scripture, posturing his remarks as being representative of Judaism.

They are not.
At least not the Judaism I, and the majority of Jews, subscribe to.

In fact, just this week we received a touching letter from our Cantor, who is openly gay. He reached out to teenagers in the congregation who might be the possible target of gay bullying. He recounted the story of his youth and urged teens to be brave with the comforting thought that "It Gets Better."

I'm hoping our Cantors next letter goes to Yehudi Levin who apparently has never met a kosher meal he didn't like. Because it won't get better until douchebags like the rabbi sit down and shut the hell up.




1 comment:

Ellen November said...

Thank you Rich. Since when did Jews who've been hated since Day One, become hate mongers. Very well-written.