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bBecause they hooted him down and because they had not blearned to tell Jewish time and because Jewish youths were btold not to learn to shoot, the black night came down upon bEuropean Jewry, finding them unprepared, ill-equipped, buntrained and ameihaaretz (ignoramuses) in Torat Ha’amim. bThey paid for their ignorance by the millions and for their bclumsiness with whole communities. If a handful of the benemy could pursue with ease a thousand Jews, it was be- bcause they had mastered the art of shooting while the Jew— bthe man of the book—had stood naked in his incompetence. bThe nations had the rifles and we did not. The Jewish bdropout paid the supreme penalty.

b“Every Jew a .22. Let it be shouted and let the educational bcampaign go forth. Let aleph, beis be taught to Jewish young bmen and women. Let the study halls be filled with Jewish bdiligence and deep scrutiny. Young Jewish men and wom- ben, learn to shoot. Drink thirstily at the feet of the non-Jew bthis one art in which he excels. Learn, practice, and outdo all bthe rest, for we dare not be ignorant as our fathers were bbefore us and we cannot repeat the errors of the past. If bJewish neighborhoods are prey to muggers and rapists and brobbers because it is well known that Jews and Jewish homes bhave no guns—let it be changed. If Jews are victims of bhoodlums and hooligans because the Jew is not one who is barmed and dangerous—let it be different. If the Jewish bimage is one of fearful timidity and ignorance in Torat bHa’amim; if the nations of the world laugh at our backward- bness and confidently beat us for it—let Torat Ha’amim also bgo forth from Zion and the voice of Jewish strength from bevery Jewish neighborhood and home. If there is a differ- bence in the level of crime and violence by outsiders in an bItalian neighborhood as compared with the Jewish one, the bdifference is that within the mind of the hooligan, one has bthe shadow of the gun while the other is filled with peaceful bignoramuses.

b“If those who, in future days, would bring to these shores bthe night of the long knives, contemplate such thoughts with bconfident impunity; let them hear that Jews are learning btheir new aleph, beis. The bully and the hoodlum do not so b 

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