Airbnb: Why I Disagree

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4 Responses

  1. Joe Hill says:

    Rabbi Shafran DID anticipate the unintended consequences of a statement. And with his keen anticipation he determined his Hamodia article would NOT have the unintended consequences that R. Adlerstein mistakenly attributes to it.

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Collectively, with HaShem’s help, we have enough time in our days to address all antisemitic threats appropriately, regardless of their immediacy, severity and motivation. It’s OK to deal with one’s own concerns or fears, recognizing that other people need to address other concerns and fears. The overall situation is both ominous and fluid.

    Also note that any erosion of constitutional government and the rule of law hurts Jews disproportionately. How do we defend our right to live and impart Torah values freely under arbitrary rule, even when that is not expressly antisemitic? Both the Constitution and law in general are under concerted attack, and close to half of all Americans seem OK with that or oblivious.

  3. Raymond says:

    Am I missing something here? Am I not really understanding what this conversation is all about? Because at least according to my understanding, what seems to be under discussion is whether or not one can be anti-Israel without being antisemitic. If that is indeed the issue at hand, I for the life of me just do not understand how this issue can even be an issue at all. Is it not clear that if a given person wishes to destroy my home, even claiming that I do not have the right to my own home, is probably a really good indication that the person does not like me very much? And in this case, this is not just any old home. We are talking here about Israel, the land promised to us by G-d so many thousands of years ago (it even says so in the most influential book of all time, namely the Torah), the land we Jews have been praying for thousands of years to return to, the land that righteous gentile Arthur Balfour realized belongs to us, the land we purchased from the Arabs even though we were not even required to do so since the land is really ours anyway, and the land that we earned in any case due to the defensive wars our people fought against our sworn islamoNazi enemies.

    Honestly, I don’t really believe that anybody truly believes that Israel does not belong to us Jews. Those who claim that it doesn’t, are just playing sadistic games with us. They enjoy torturing us because hey, if the nazis made gassing our people to death unfashionable, than the least they can do for their own pleasure is to use verbal mumbo jumbo in their attempts to take our precious little Jewish land away from us.

    In any case, I am really tired of us Jews always cutting slack for our enemies, whether that means handing over precious pieces of our Jewish land to our enemies, or pulling back from military victory just when we have them on the run, or otherwise finding ways to give them the benefit of the doubt when they clearly do not deserve it. Let’s just call a spade a spade, and an antisemite an antisemite, and if they call us names in response, well, that should be their problem, not ours.

  4. Aaron Elias says:

    Rabbi Shafran should be lauded for not being afraid to present positions that are contrary to main stream thinking in a coherent and articulate way.

    All too often the voices of shrillness that yell anti-semitism at every perceived infraction of bias against Israel dominate the pages of frum media. Hyperbole and sensationalism are the norm of the day. The term anti-Semite is cheapened because it so easily thrown around at those that have different political views than those of right wing Israelis and American Jews.

    Rabbi Shafran causes people to stop and think instead of merely playing to the echo chamber and stiring the cauldron of hate and anger.

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