Tolerance Cuts Both Ways

I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.
Sally Kohn

The Washington Post.

In a fascinating Washington Post article by Sally Kohn, she announces to the world that she is gay and wants her child to be gay, too.

As you ponder the implications of such a declaration, consider this: Ms. Kohn is receiving plaudits for her pronouncement. Conversely, though, if I were to announce in a national newspaper that I am heterosexual and I want my son to be heterosexual, too, I would be vilified by many as a homophobe.

How is that right?

I would hope that Ms. Kohn provides her child with an environment that is as accepting of whatever choice her child makes as she would want me to be. And I hope that the nation can accept that our wishes for our children to be one thing does not necessarily equate a vilification of another.

For the record, I want my son to be heterosexual. But I will love him and support him regardless of what his gender identity winds up being.

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The Real Meaning of Tikkun Olam

Advocacy for saving the rainforests and for saving the whales, for developing renewable resources and for leaving a smaller carbon footprint — these are just some of the enterprises gathered by pop-Jewish philosophy under the umbrella of tikkun olam. According to the ancient wisdom of the Torah, however, every human being is a microcosm of Creation, a world — or olam — unto himself. Yes, it is important for human beings to act as responsible custodians of the Almighty’s world, but the rectification of the universe is a process that ultimately begins and ends within oneself.

Rabbi Yonason Goldson
The real reason why Jews are Liberals

The West in the Balance

What happened to the hostages at the market was not an isolated event but one that must be viewed as an extension of years of assaults on European Jews. A proper response to these events can’t be limited to expressions of grief about the victims or even just to support for free speech. History teaches us that when it comes to hate, Jews are the canaries in the coalmine. If Jews cannot live freely without fear of attack on the streets of the City of Light, then everyone is at risk.

via Who’s in Danger? Not Islam. The Jews. – Commentary Magazine Commentary Magazine.

As we have said here often, it is long past time to start getting our people out of France.

If history is any guide, the end of France as a pillar of the diaspora portends bad tidings for the country as a whole.

“We No Longer Have a Place in France”

David Tibi, the then leader of Paris’s main Jewish umbrella group, left last July. As he told the Jewish Chronicle: “There is an atmosphere of anti-Semitism in the streets. My daughter was attacked in the tramway, so was my son. The aggressors made anti-semitic comments and pushed them around. We no longer have a place in France.”

via Antisemitism in France: the exodus has begun – Telegraph.

When the equivalent of the president of the Jewish Federation of a modern European capital city believes that there is no longer a place of Jews in France, we have to help get our people out.