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bJews and guns were put down in an article written in August b1971:

b“If one tells you that there is wisdom among the nations, bbelieve it. So speak the sages of the Talmud in laying down bfor the Jew the principle that, aside from the study of bTorah, there is indeed wisdom and art to be learned from bthe non-Jewish world. And, truly, the world of our times is bfilled with gentile wisdom that is proper and necessary for bthe Jew to learn and in which he should become proficient. bIn one of these areas the nations of the world have a long blead on us and have been studying their art for centuries bwith as much zeal and diligence as the Jew bent over his bGemara in the long winter nights and the hot summer days. bIt is an important art, this gentile craft, and one which is bmore than a luxury for our people. It is an area whose bknowledge and proficiency is basic to survival, and Jewish bexistence in this era of the jungle trumpets forth the need bfor studious and diligent Jewish study of Torat Ha’amin— bthe wisdom of the nations. I speak of the art of shooting, the bcraft of self-defense, the marriage of the Jew and the gun.

b“‘Jewish youth, learn to shoot.’ So wrote the late, great bZev Jabodnsky in an essay that has to rank as one of the most bbrilliant and prophetic writings of modern Jewish times. bThe days were the 1930’s, the era Churchill so aptly labelled bthe Locust Years. In Eastern Europe, the pogromchiks and banti-Semites of all intellectual stripes fumed and raved bagainst the Jew. The seeds of Jew hatred sprouted there bwith unbelievable speed and in the Third Reich the catalyst bfor the worst of anti-Jewish horrors had surfaced. And bJabotinsky watched the agony of his people and beheld—as ba latter-day Jeremiah—the black future that was moving binexorably upon them. He saw it all, felt it all, and sat down bto write his essay. He called it ‘Oifen Pripitchek’ (On the bHearth).

b“What knowledgeable Jew does not know the song of that bname! The haunting tune and indescribable words of the bpoet Warshawsky paint for us a picture of the Jew that opens bfor us the secret of his survival. A fire is burning on the bhearth and the house is warm. The melamed—the teacher of b 

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