Last week, I blogged about the Jewish community’s (and particularly the Orthodox community’s) confrontation with residual racism (in light of the Obama victory).
As always, Rabbi Adlerstein is willing to take a hard and honest look at communal problems: “This was no isolated incident. Frum teachers in our community use racial and ethnic slurs in the classroom; too many rabbonim still use disparaging language â€“ or words like shvartze â€“ thinking that they are harmless within the â€œinâ€? group.”
But more importantly, Rabbi Adlerstein acknowledges that there are those who believe that racism is, in effect, condoned by Judaism — and he argues forcefully against this possibility.
A third reason can be found in the selective reading and misappropriation of rabbinic texts. Many people â€œknowâ€? that all non-Jews hate all Jews. Chazal said so. ×”×œ×›×” ×”×™×? ×‘×™×“×•×¢ ×©×¢×©×™×• ×©×•× ×? ×?×ª ×™×¢×§×‘. Underscoring â€œhalachaâ€? means that this is a fixed, immutable rule.
Just how Esav turned into all non-Jews, rather than just one group of them, is a bit of a mystery. In fact, I have a hard time figuring out how Esav the person turned into Esav the nation. Searching a few Torah databases a few years ago, I could find no source before the end of the 19th century that took Esav to mean a group of people, rather than Esav the biblical figure â€“ who had every reason to hate Yaakov!…
More puzzling is the assumption by some of us that Genesis 9:25, 27 consigns all black people to perpetual servitude. This becomes the basis of looking down upon black people. (MORE)
Maran Hagon Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita is quoted as having said [on Wednesday] – following the election of Senator Barack Obama as Americaâ€™s next president, that this is not the first time that a black person was elected to a leadership post, â€˜News1â€² reports.