Like many of you, the Boxing Rabbi has been reading many reactions to the horrific actions of my fellow Jews in recent days. First the murder of a young girl and the stabbing of five others by an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem, followed by the burning of a Palestinian infant by Jewish settlers in the Arab town of Duma. One too common reaction I have encountered is a condemnation of the killings followed by something along the lines of “Well, why aren’t the same people who are condemning Israelis today more outraged by the actions of the Syrians, or the Saudis, or Isis?”
Frankly, I don’t care why people are not more outraged by the depravities of the Syrians or Saudis. The Syrians are not my moral yardstick, and the fact that they may have committed more atrocities than my people is not relevant. It’s not a contest. I’m not keeping score. My moral compass is the Torah, the Jewish tradition, and the ethical principles that have guided the Jewish people for millennia. Those who perpetrated these atrocities are a foul stain on our nation. We are at war for the soul of the Jewish people.