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bgregants had no idea, due to their own even greater bignorance—tell me what was Jewish!

bThe Jewish Establishment’s concepts of violence and bnonviolence are too often derived not from Jewish sources bbut from assimilated liberal ones. Too many of our lay and balso, incredibly, “religious” leaders derive their knowledge band concepts from foreign, not Jewish, sources. Our rabbis bhave told us that “the actions of the fathers are a sign b[direction] for the sons,” and it behooves us to search Jewish bhistory and Jewish tradition for the proper Jewish response bto evil and oppression.

bWhat a Jew must and must not do for other Jews who are bsuffering is predicated upon the great idea of Ahavat Yis- broel, love of Jews. This magnificent concept is stated simply, bforcefully, and unequivocally in the Torah (Leviticus, b19:16):

b“Thou shalt not stand idly by your brother’s blood.”

bThe Talmudic commentary on this verse is quite as clear b(Sanhedrin 73):

b“How do we know that one who sees his comrade drown- bing in the sea or threatened by a wild beast or by armed brobbers is obligated to save him?

b“We are taught: ‘Thou shalt not stand idly by your bbrother’s blood.’

b“How do we know that if one sees someone pursuing his bcomrade with the purpose of killing him, that he is free to bsave a life through killing the pursuer?

b“We are taught: ‘Thou shalt not stand idly by. . . .’”

bWhat we have inherited as Torah Halakah is hardly a btheoretical thing. From the days that our father Abraham bwent to battle against the four kings in order to save his bnephew Lot to the moment that Moses smote an Egyptian brather than create a committee to study the root causes of bEgyptian anti-Semitism; from the wars of Joshua and the bProphets (Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Samson, Yiftach) to the bbattles of David; from the Maccabees to the students of bRabbi Akiba who were sent from their studies to fight with bBar Kochba’s army—Jewish leadership has taken an active band violent part in the struggle for freedom.

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