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blesson of Jewish unity, the lesson that says that the Jewish bbody must feel pain no matter where the infected limb is. bWe still have not learned that the Bronx does not live for bitself or that the teacher is not an island unto himself or that bthe religious Jew is not separate and unequal.

b“The turning point has not yet come and the victory is not bon the horizon and the sun will not begin to burn through bthe dark clouds until the phone begins to ring and voices bsay: I have nothing to complain about but my brother Jew is bin trouble and I want to help.

b“Great Neck is content while Crown Heights shudders— bthat is the reality of Jewish decline. Miami luxuriates while bBrooklyn agonizes; that is the heart of the decay.

b“All who rationalize while our modern-day Rome burns, ball callous or too timid to join with a group that fights for bJewish survival—all these are the ones who will some day bcome running and crying for Jewish Defense.

b“But it will be too late and the question that will be burned binto their souls must be: where were you then? And the bepitaph that will be engraved on the stone must read: We get bwhat we deserve.

b“Those who have not time and those who have no energy; bthose who cannot afford the money and those who cannot bafford the agony of thinking truthfully; those who shut btheir eyes and—worse—their hearts, can never really right- bfully ask for help.

b“Those who could not hear the cries of others cannot breally expect others to hear their own pleas. Those who shut bthe world away cannot expect to find it suddenly at their bbeck and call. They may shout from the mountain top for bhelp but the echoing response will always be: where were byou?”

bThe JDL knew where it was: at the side of the Jew who bcried out. And if the only way to help him was through bviolence, the JDL was prepared to lay aside the Jewish book band raise the ancient Jewish fist.

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