(With help from past letters on this board)
Dear Rabbi (of the NJ temple),
I am dismayed that I found out from my friend who’s family goes to your services that your replacement Rabbi chose to give an anti-gun sermon. His job is to spread the message of Judaism, not his own personal belief.
Personally, I think that EVERY Jew should carry a firearm for
or defense, especially considering all that our people have been through over the course of the past, oh, 5000 some-odd years or so! I don't have to tell you, about all of the persecutions and wrongdoing that we have suffered over the years, from slavery, to exile and captivity, to banishment, to pogroms, to massacres, to anti-Semitism, to systematic extermination, to the holocaust, and beyond. In case you haven't quite grasped this concept, we are hated all over the world for no other reason than our ethnicity and heritage and there are many who would still wish to see our people wiped completely off of the face of the Earth. The anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, white-supremacists, and Muslims ALL want to see us permanently wiped out and slaughtered. And that’s only some of the people that wish to see us dead. They don't want to have peace and understanding with us, or sit down and have a respectful chat! They want to kill us!!!!! And for no other reason than the fact that we are Jews!! Our ethnicity, not our values or ideals, is why they want to get rid of us. That is known as racism!! No amount of tolerance, peace, and understanding will ever change that for some of those people. Our only option is to protect ourselves from those who would do us harm, and that means at least owning a firearm! Thankfully, the second amendment of the United States allows most of us that right through legal means. Why do you think in Israel everybody carries a gun! My friend’s teachers were required to carry whenever they were around their students! Why was this? Because the Arabs were always trying to kill them!!! Do you think in your synagogue telling law-abiding citizens (your brother and sister) not to own a gun or bring it with them (if they had that legal right as NJ is not TX) is going to make you safer? Delaware State and Virginia Tech were “gun-free zones”. The problem is while law-abiding citizens follow the law, criminals don’t. And, quite frankly, I am quite offended that you would interrupt a sacred holiday’s worship service in order to push your own, liberal agenda and give people a unneeded, inappropriate, and undue lecture on firearms. Please also realize politics is a no-no in temple per the IRS.
I only ask you that your rabbi in the future make an apology for mixing his personal beliefs with religion on this high holy day. Does he really want to live with the reality of telling those people to disarm, then realize something happened to them from a criminal and it was because his advice was misunderstood for religious instruction?
Otherwise I not only will I never attend your services, I will help sway my friend, family, and friends to choose another place of worship. Perhaps the power of the pocketbook talks to you, as your person belief rose over your religion today.
Perhaps some reading/viewing material for you? http://jpfo.org/ http://youtube.com/watch?v=aeo05uPMmn4