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bmold. The man whose ignorance of Judaism was tran- bscended only by the more abysmal boorishness of his bcongregants—that is truly the mazal of most Reform brabbis—had in the past written a book against the idea of a bJewish State (in the 1930s, of course); spoken up for and braised money for every non-Jewish cause while condemning bany Jew who did not bleed for the whole world; never once bmarched for Soviet Jews, Arab Jews, poor American Jews, bor the suffering Jew of Brownsville (one wonders whether bthe man who could pinpoint Hanoi knew where the night- bmare of Brooklyn Jewish neighborhoods was); and passed baway in 1973 minutes before he was to give a speech con- bdemning American Jews for shying away from attacking bPresident Nixon simply because they were afraid it might bhurt the Jewish State he never wanted.

bWhen Eisendrath asserted that “neither Jews nor Chris- btians nor America need such protectors,” he certainly was bnot speaking for the Jew of the troubled neighborhoods bwhere he did not live and which he had not seen in years. He bcertainly did not speak for the victims of crime in the South bBronx, for those who feared rapists and muggers in Wil- bliamsburg, or for those who feared to go outside after dark bin Crown Heights. He certainly did not speak for the bthreatened Jewish teachers, students, and civil servants, for bthe little Jew, the lower- and middle-class Jew. He did not bspeak to such people and never had and never would speak bfor them. The Eisendraths and other Jewish Establishment bleaders lived in their own world, the gilded ghettos sur- brounded by unseen walls that nurtured the illusion that the bgentile loved them. They preferred the company and adula- btion of the gentile; the richer, more prominent, and more bprestigious, the better. If they could never join the WASPs, bthey could at least become WASH (White Anglo-Saxon bHebrews). These people were irrelevant to Judaism, to Jews, band to the crisis. So we ignored them and moved on “from boutrage to outrage.”

bThe Jewish Defense League began to throw itself seri- bously and concretely into the struggle to protest Jewish brights as the 1968 teacher’s strike dragged New York City b 

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