Latest Attack on Glenn Beck Shames The Rabbinical Profession and Desecrates God’s Name
Posted by Jeff Dunetz at 1/27/2011 06:01:00 PM
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As the Torah says Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people (Lev. 19:16). The ancient Jewish Sages took that passage and said that there are three transgressions that would cause a man to lose his place in the world to come: murder, adultery, and idol worship, and that loshon hora (evil speech) is equivalent to all three (Bab. Erchin 15b). Jews believe that the harm done by telling tales about people is worse than the harm done by something like theft because one can repay stolen money, but harm done by speech can never be repaired.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, four-hundred Rabbis joined with a socialist Jewish organization called Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ) to bring shame upon themselves, their holy profession and the entire Jewish people, and even worse have committed a Chillul Hashem (desecration of God’s name) with an open letter to Fox News against Glenn Beck … .
… I invite any of the Rabbis who signed this letter did you watch the three day Soros series or did you just read the partial transcript sent to you? Did you know that almost everything that Beck said in those three days came directly out of the mouth of George Soros?
If any of these 400 rabbis has any proof for the charges you signed, contact me and show me the proof if you can–but they can’t. Even worse, they didn’t even ask for the proof before they lent their names to organized loshen hora.
This brings to mind something I learned as a teenager regarding what is commonly called the Ten Commandments, specifically, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Martin Luther explained it succinctly:
We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.
As a teen, it was too easy to memorize this - as each in my Confirmation was required to do - without thinking too deeply on it. But it echoes in my heart and (imperfectly, to be sure) it affects how I speak and write to this day.
Being careful with facts and in speaking the conclusions we draw from them is a duty that should be familiar to every Christian and Jew. And the basis for diligence in this duty that Luther adduced - I’m not saying he was or was not original in this - “We should fear and love God that …” - cuts to the core, of our relationship with God and of our nature.