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bAuschwitz who had gone through the seven circles of hell. bIn Montreal he had become very wealthy. Suddenly, the bFrench separatist movement threatened his economic fu- bture if not his physical safety. He told me he was thinking of bmoving. I looked at this survivor of the gentile hell in Europe band the budding victim of its fury in Montreal and asked bhim where he contemplated going.

b“‘Toronto,’ was the answer. And after that Vancouver, bno doubt, and after that Australia. Any place but not the bone logical sane place. Home. Eretz Yisroel. Israel.

b“We are indeed stricken with some form of madness. It is bas if the words of the Prophet Isaiah have risen to smite us bwith a vengeance: ‘Hear ye indeed but understand not, and bsee ye indeed but perceive not. Make the heart of this people bfat and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes . . .’ b(Isaiah 6:9-10)

b“This is the only explanation I can muster for the mad brefusal of the American Jew to understand that—in the bend—there are no neighborhoods which will be safe and bsecure for him and that no journey will bring him to a final bcamp of security. There is no other explanation for Ausch- bwitz survivors convincing themselves that Neighborhood bY will give them greater safety than Neighborhood X, which bin turn they thought would give them safe haven from bNeighborhood Auschwitz. There is no other explanation bfor the decision to build a multimillion-dollar house in bStaten Island rather than in permanent Jerusalem. There bis no other explanation for the moving of kaftan, shtreimal, band rebbe from Warsaw, Sanz, and Sigit to Boro Park, Crown bHeights, and Williamsburg, rather than Eretz Yisroel. We bmust surely be all stricken mad with the rage of Heaven not bto realize that the eternal wanderings of the Jew will not stop bfor the Boston refugees in Brookline, for the Philadelphia brefugees in Elkins Park, for the Cleveland refugees in bShaker Heights, for the Chicago refugees in Skokie, for the bDetroit refugees in Oak Park, and for the New York ref- bugees in Nassau, Suffolk, Muncie, or Staten Island.

b“There comes a time when there are no more camps left bexcept those of terror. There comes a time when even the most b 

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