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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776
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Brit Milah on the Chopping Block in Germany


Iranian national stabbed a French rabbi and son at a Paris synagogue. The attacker reportedly escaped from a mental hospital.

Iranian national stabbed a French rabbi and son at a Paris synagogue. The attacker reportedly escaped from a mental hospital.

Normally I hate the Germans, but you have to give them credit on this one! Let their banning of brit milah be a reminding to our beloved Jewish brothers and sisters in Diaspora that we don’t belong in foreign lands. Unfortunately, I doubt whether the new law will shake up the Jews of Germany in any meaningful manner. After all, if the slaughter of 6 million didn’t make them think twice about continuing to live in that polluted, blood-stained gentile land, this new measure isn’t liable to wake them up either.

In contrast to the reform congregations of Germany, I think it would be a blessing in disguise if the New York Supreme Court passed a similar law banning brit milah. Maybe it would alert the holy Jews of Brooklyn that they don’t belong in a gentile Christian country. True, they could move to New Jersey or South Florida in order to safeguard their religious freedom and continue to enter their newborn sons into the brit of Avraham Avinu, so I guess it would take a new nationwide anti-brit law from the Supreme Court of America to really wake them up and move them to come home to Israel. To be sure, there are those lovers of galut who would reason, “It’s not the end of the world – the Jews didn’t circumcise their children in the wilderness of Sinai either – we too can pass up on the mitzvah until Moshiach comes and takes us to Israel.” But for most normal thinking people, a United States Supreme Court law banning brit milah might be the very thing to save us from everlasting exile in heathen lands.

Now I know what you are thinking – “It could never happen in a democracy like America!” Sure, sure, sure, sure. That’s just what the Jews of enlightened and democratic Germany said before Hitler came to power. And don’t forget that a few decades ago, Russia was the Torah center of the Jewish world, until the Russians closed down the synagogues and burned all the books.

No, no, not in America!” you still insist.

Oh, my dear holy brothers in sisters – God forbid that there should be a world oil crisis during a freezing Brooklyn December, and then see how long it takes for the lovers of Xmas to turn savagely against the Jews, who, of course, will be to blame.

But it needn’t come to that extreme. There is already a devastating abolishing of brit milah in America. Though the Jews of America prefer to ignore it, thinking that a few more Birthright trips will make the problem go away, more than half of the Jews of America have already abolished brit milah by marrying out of the faith. It’s not only an end of brit milah – it is total Jewish castration. This silent Holocaust is already taking place. And it is increasing every year. The longer the Jews stay in America, the less real Jews there will be. Any high school math student can figure out the curve. In just another generation, the only conclaves of circumcision remaining will be in Brooklyn, Lakewood, and Monsey, until that oil shortage strikes occurs, and then who will protect them from the clubs and rifles of the lovers of democracy and Santa Claus?

Let it be said loud and clear from the pages of The Jewish Press – Jews do not belong in foreign, gentile lands, existing on the goodwill and courts of the goyim! There is no more reason to linger in exile. Hashem has given us our own Jewish State. Yes, there are many confused champions of democracy and liberalism here in Israel capable of passing anti-Jewish laws, but with the mass aliyah of America’s religious Jews, we will have the numbers to transform Israel into the true Torah Nation we all long to see. The very factor preventing this is the lack of aliyah.

So if brit milah truly means something to you – then open your eyes and see the writing on the wall. This time, once again, it’s in German. But it’s already happening in America too. The castration of our People is already taking place. Remember what God said to Avraham at the Covenant of the Brit Milah, “And I will give to thee and to thy seed after thee, the Land in which thou dost sojourn, all the Land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”

Here in Israel – not in Berlin or Brooklyn. Living in the Land of Israel, my friends, is what the Brit is all about.    

Tzvi Fishman

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" The DVD of the movie is available online.

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