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bsection of Boston (where JDL organized its second group in bNovember 1969), and in Philadelphia (our third chapter).

bThe failure of the Jew to help himself was the most frus- btrating thing about our effort to help him. We did not really bcare about the fact that the comfortable Jew did not support bus—we never expected him to. But the apathy and fear on bthe part of the poor Jew was inexplicable and frustrating.

bFor there was no doubt that, while the wealthy Jewish bEstablishment hated and feared JDL, the little Jews, the bJews of the oppressed neighborhoods, loved and embraced bit. They knew that it was only JDL that cared enough to do bthings for them, that came into their neighborhoods and balso lived there. When the small Khal Adath Sochochow bsynagogue in Boro Park, Brooklyn, was attacked on Yom bKippur of 1970 and its Jews beaten and terrorized, it was bJDL that came into the neighborhood and marched up and bdown the block telling the Puerto Rican residents that we bwould smash heads. It was fear of the JDL reaction that bgalvanized the police into action and arrests. That is why b500 Jews turned out on the night of the Shmini Atzeret bholiday to hear me speak at little Congregation Ohel Av- brohom, which has room for, perhaps, 150. That is why the bpolice had to close off the street as 1,500 people gathered at bthe small Poalei Agudath Yisroel synagogue in Boro Park on bPassover 1971. The tragedy was that they loved JDL, they bloved to hear me speak, and then they went home and did bnothing.

bJabotinsky once said: “There was a time, at Mount Sinai, bwhen Jews said: ‘We shall do and we shall listen.’ With me, bthey say: ‘We shall listen and not do.’” I understand exactly bwhat he meant.

bThese Jews are afraid of violence—that is understand- bable. But the pity is that they equate violence with violence, blump all violence into the same negative basket, and are not bcapable of differentiating. That is what is un-Jewish.

bHamavdil beyn kodesh l’chol, beyn ohr l’choshech, beyn Yisroel bl’amim, beyn yom ha’shvii l’sheshet y’mey hama’ase . . . He who bseparates and differentiates between the holy and the pro- bfane, between light and darkness, between Israel and the b 

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