Rabbi: Jews are Jewish Not White & Must Fight “Racism”
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of the extremely influential Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. recently published a transcript of a sermon he gave for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The transcript, published by the Washington Post, makes clear that this rabbi does not believe Jews are “White,” and argues that Jews must fight “racism” and “White supremacy” in America.
The entire article is worth reading if you’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of just how subversive and destructive Jews are to Western civilization.
This summer, I had a conversation with a young woman about her Jewish identity. She told me how she grew up in a family that was very involved in her synagogue. She went to Jewish day school. She had been to Israel multiple times. But she felt very far from her Jewishness. She simply couldn’t find the relevance of Judaism as she was making her way on her own in the world. I asked her what she did feel passionate about. She told me she has been reading and thinking a lot about racial justice. What moved her was the #BlackLivesMatter movement — how, in light of Ferguson, Charleston and seemingly endless incidents of injustice against black people in our society, she felt a need to grapple with the racism that is so pervasive in this country and how it affects her identity.
“As a white woman,” she said, “as the product of so much white privilege, it makes me all the more angry to see how other white people so blindly and carelessly feed into the racial climate of our society.” “So the fact that you are white makes this issue all the more painful, all the more personal for you?” I asked. “Yes,” she said.
I certainly identified with her angst. I find the reality of American racism unbearable: the legacy of slavery; the institutional discrimination that is so pervasive; the scourge of mass incarceration of black Americans, with its collateral damage on families; the ongoing blight of housing segregation; the role of law enforcement in furthering racist systems and hierarchies; all this, and so much more. My answer to her, and my answer for all American Jews during these Days of Awe, is that finding our true Jewish identity can begin by questioning our whiteness.
So, just to be crystal clear, this rabbi is arguing that Jews are not White, and should dedicate their lives to fighting “the legacy of slavery,” “institutional discrimination,” and the deep-seated “racism” entrenched in White American society, a society that is inherently evil and unjust according to Jews and non-Whites.
Rabbi Steinlauf goes on to confirm many of the basic “anti-Semitic” points I make on this website about the reality of Jewish power and influence in America and the wider Western world, and celebrates the fact that the Jews have overcome the “White supremacist” power structure in America to gain preeminence in politics, banking, academia, and media:
In a flawed and racist society, we Jewish Americans are prospering, reaching the top echelons of privilege and power. With racism and injustice entrenched year after year, generation after generation, we must now ask ourselves: What role do we play in that injustice now that most of us live as white people in America? We must cease to consider ourselves to be part of the social construct of whiteness, despite all the white privilege that America affords us, privilege that eluded many of our parents and grandparents. Starting in this new year of 5776, we must teach our children that we are, in fact, not white, but simply Jewish.
The great blessing and promise of America to our ancestors was that it was a land of opportunity, where we are all recognized as equal, where nothing, not even the heavens, is beyond our reach. We all know that the saga of Jews in America is a stunning success story. Our success here is built on the efforts of the first generations of American Jews who struggled mightily to assimilate — to slough off the ways of the old country, to out-American the Americans. In many ways, today it’s difficult for us to appreciate how remarkable this success is.
Well into the 20th century, we Jews were barred from the whitest country clubs. We couldn’t buy houses in the whitest neighborhoods. Even today, some of us remember being called anti-Semitic names, having pennies thrown at us or being beaten up because we are Jewish. But that young woman I spoke with this summer, and most of her young adult Jewish peers today, can hardly fathom being singled out, being treated as “other,” because of their Jewishness. And the main reason why anti-Semitism is no longer mainstream in our society is because sometime in the last half century, we convinced America that we, too, are white.
All those years of singular focus on making it in America paid off! Our achievements in business, in medicine, in the arts, in government, in all circles of American life have resulted in success and security rarely known to our wandering ancestors. The history of my own synagogue in D.C., Adas Israel Congregation, mirrors the history of Jews in our country. Over a century ago, its founders dreamed of one day building what they referred to as a “great Cathedral synagogue” standing tall and proud in our nation’s capital, as powerful as the great American monuments of this city. By this spring, the president of the United States was visiting their congregation to give a speech and visit with preschool kids.
These days, the country clubs and exclusive neighborhoods are as Jewish as they are WASPy. Indeed, we Jewish people have been building a great, shining American tower, and we have just about reached the highest heavens. But in our own century, we are waking up to the fact that our astounding success in America is a Pyrrhic victory. Our own children and grandchildren, raised as white American children of privilege, have completely forgotten who built their place in society, or why their well-meaning ancestors so passionately endeavored to build it. […]
The always insightful author of the blog Chateau Heartiste commented on this very same Washington Post story earlier today by humorously noting that the Jews are now “giving up the burden of white privilege to ‘fight racism’, aka to ‘freely shit in the faces of flyover White goyim in perpetuity and pull the Eskimo card whenever there’s a faint whiff of wholly justified blowback against our machinations’. How magnanimous!”
After reading this rabbi’s sermon, published in one of America’s leading newspapers, can there be any doubt that the organized Jewish community poses a very serious threat to the future well-being of White people in America and across the Western world? These Jews are morally, spiritually, and intellectually poisoning people with their anti-White attitudes and perspectives, which are entirely mainstream in American society now.
White people need to realize that #WithJewsWeLose – and we always will.