Tamar Yonah at Arutz 7 wrote about What The Goyim Think About The Jews, in response to one of her readers, Dean. Here is an extended version of the comment I left. We'll see if it gets published or not. (Well, what do you know! Arutz 7 published it.)
For the record, I happen to like Tamar Yonah, and believe her to be one of the last normal, level-headed broadcasters on Arutz 7 (Ben Bresky is also normal.).
(I await your hate mail and comments.)
You seem like a nice enough guy, and you may have made some good points. But, I really couldn't care less if you're right or wrong, or what any other goyim think about Jews.
As Rabbi Me'ir Kahane HY"D suggested, it is up to you to bless us. We don't owe you anything in return.בראשית יב
ג וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'
I'll modify that by suggesting we do owe you gratitude when you discover cures for cancer, energy-saving devices, and cool, new things in space.
Regarding your support, Rabbi Me'ir Kahane HY"D also said,...
"If you want to support us, support us from afar. If you want to come here and missionize, we'll have to cut your heads off."
Furthermore, Christianity goes against Torah, and most certainly against the 7 Misswoth (commandments) of No'ah, which include an injunction against avodah zarah (foreign worship) which you are obligated to follow.
Jews are only commanded to chase after goyim over these issues inside the Land of Israel (Ramba"m: Hil. Avodah Zarah 7:2).
Furthermore, we Jews have been worrying way too much about what you think of us, and need to worry a lot more about what The Almighty thinks of us.
We also need to worry more about what we think of ourselves. Seeking external validation for our self-esteem and for our very existence is nothing less than co-dependent*.
In Rabbi Kahane's book Listen World, Listen Jew (Required reading for every Jew!), he teaches that one of the greatest mistakes of the Jewish People has been that of assimilation into to goyshe societies and cultures. This strategy has never worked, and thus should be abandoned, in favor of an authentically Jewish way of life, which he equates with a Torah way of life.
Dean, you shouldn't care what I think about you either.
But, if you feel strongly about the words you, then you will encourage Jews to visit, if not come to live in Israel.
We'll do the rest.
*The 10th Tradition of Co-dependents Anonymous [CoDA] states that...
CoDA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CoDA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.My intention is not to suggest that CoDA has any opinion, supportive or otherwise, regarding the above issues. I simply cite their literature for informational purposes only.
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