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142 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bas the brutal Egyptian whom he slew; the violent Jews bthroughout the ages, from Joshua to Menahem Begin, were bnot the same as their enemies even though in each and every bgeneration there were always “Havdala-less” Jews to make the bequation.

bThis is what the JDL tried to teach the Jew: that violence is bnever good but sometimes necessary and that Jewish vio- blence to protect Jewish interests is never bad.

bJewish violence is meant to do several things:

b1.aChange the Jewish image and teach the anti-Semite b1.athat Jewish blood is not cheap and that the Jew is not b1.aalways a victim.

b2.aProtect Jewish property, persons, and lives by letting b2.athe Jew-hater know that he is in danger of losing his.

b3.aDestroy the Jewish neuroses and fears that contribute b3.aso much encouragement to the anti-Semite as well as b3.aJewish belief in his own worthlessness. We want to b3.ainstill self-respect and self-pride in a Jew who is b3.aashamed of himself for running away.

b4.aTeach the Jew that the pain of every Jew is his own b4.apain and that it is his obligation to do all that is b4.anecessary—even violence—to defend another Jew.

bI was in the habit of ending most of my speeches by bquoting a magnificent Dvar Torah (Torah statement) by the blate, world-renowned scholar, the Rebbe of Gur, who said:

b“We are told that when the L-rd desired to give the Torah bto the Jewish people, instead of choosing some lofty and bmajestic mountain, He selected Sinai, a small, humble little bmount barely more than a hill. His purpose in this symbolic bact was to show that man must turn his back on overbearing bpride, must reject false ego.

b“And the Rebbe then asked: G-d’s intentions are indeed blaudable. Yet, if He intended to show that man must not be a bmountain and must turn down false pride, why was the bTorah not given in a valley?

b“The answer he gave is clear and bold: It is not enough to breject overbearing pride. Too much humbleness is, itself, b 

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