Misguided Jewish Liberals

Commentary by Dr. Ursula A. Falk


Liberalism and the Jewish People


The Jewish people from childhood on were raised to be people who have a “lev tov” (good heart).  Many of our fellow religionists have misinterpreted this to mean that they have to turn the “other cheek,” to be liberals no matter what the anti-semites do to the Jewish people.  They will help their enemies to become more destructive, and assist them to get votes, to their own self-destruction and detriment.  We saw it in Nazi Germany when we helped the “Vaterland” by fighting on behalf of the Germans in World War One; we hired their people even when they destroyed our stores; we gave to their children our children’s toys because we pitied them, because they seemed to have fewer toys than ours.

We treated them better than we did our brethren.  We did not awaken until we were standing in line to be sent to Auschwitz, Dachau, Birkenau, and other concentration camps to be annihilated.  We waited when our husbands, our sons and our brothers were beaten and spat on in the streets and being called vile names. We had treated these, our erstwhile neighbors, with “rachmones,” with pity, with kindness, and understanding. Even when special alleys were labeled “Judengasse” (Jew alley) we disbelieved that these words were segregationist tactics.  When they spat in our faces we pretended it was raining.  We learned (but did not really learn) the hard way. 

We are doing the same actions again in our beloved country, the United States of America.  What are we doing?  We voted for our enemies.  We are “liberals.”  We are armchair liberals.  Don’t we see what is happening to us?  The blacks hate us.  They have taken their anger out on the Jewish people.  They have taken from us; we have treated them with kindness, with respect, empathy, and selflessness. We pay them well for any service they do for us.  We fought with and for them during the civil rights marches.  Our sons have been beaten and some even killed in behalf of their freedom and equality. Because of their history and because they originated as slaves in this country centuries ago, we have identified with them.  Although they make excuses for their current actions because of their history, the Jewish people have dealt very differently with their history of rejection.  We have worked instead of demanding doles.  We have gone to school and achieved and we do not depend on excuses because of our past to demand disability and other doles which are not authentic.  We have succeeded because we work and do not want “handouts.”  We pride ourselves on being self sufficient and ambitious in our learning, jobs, and the successes that we have earned through our studies and hard work.  The Holocaust that killed six million of our people and left the few that escaped damaged emotionally and robbed of our earthly goods, but still we strove to be the people we are today, never making excuses for the past that left us bereft of family, home, and material goods.  We worked hard and strove to become the people we are today. What we have achieved we did with our own will to be independent and did not hold our American countrymen responsible for what history meted out.

The give away government has destroyed the freedom and work ethic of our once wonderful country.  Those folk who work are paying for those who are living on “freebees.”  The leftists have taken over the material goods of those who accomplish a day’s work.  Our governmental leaders have become thieves who care only for themselves and who want to destroy the freedom that once was of the people, for the people and by the people.

We as Jews must finally open our eyes, stand up for one another instead of standing up and supporting our enemies.  Let us hold hands with our brothers: “Hine ma tov umanayim, shevet achim gam yachad.”


 Dr. Ursula A. Falk is a psychotherapist in private practice and the author of several books and articles.

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