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  • Do The Non-Jews Really Hate Us?

    A non- Jew questions why Jews feel so strongly that the Gentiles are not well disposed toward them and even seem suspicious and fearful of non-Jews ● The Rebbe’s clear and strong letter leaves no doubt as to the why, including his sharp rebuke of the United Nations. The Rebbe contrasts the Gentiles’ attitude to Jews with that of the Jews’ attitude toward the Gentiles ● Rebbe’s Letter

    By the Grace of G-d
    20th of Elul, 5735
    (Aug. 27, 1975)
    Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Mrs.
    Montreal, Que.H3X267
    Blessing and Greeting:

    I duly received your letter and regret unavoidable delay to acknowledge same. You write that you find it difficult to fully understand why the Jewish people seem to feel so strongly that the Gentiles are not well disposed toward them, especially since you personally do not feel this way about the Jews.

    May I say, first of all, that I am gratified to hear about your good feelings and I do hope that you avail yourself of every suitable opportunity to let people know how you feel in this matter, so they emulate you.

    As for your question, what basis, if any, there may be for Jews to feel suspicion – or even frightened, as it seems to you – about the Gentiles’ feelings towards them – surely there is an obvious explanation of that in what happened in our time, and before our own eyes, obvious at any rate, to those who survived the holocaust in Europe and found a haven in this country.

    Considering that one third of the Jewish people was callously decimated by a Gentile nation and its collaborators, while the rest of the Gentile world looked (and sometimes not even as indifferent observers) – a subject too painful to dwell on, particularly in this letter, in view of your personal feelings. I mention it only by way of reply to your question – the explanation is fairly obvious, and it is surprising that it had eluded you. Moreover, seeing the attitude of the vast majority of the members of the United Nations toward the remnants of the Jewish people, it clearly reinforces the suspicion that the attitude of the Gentiles – generally speaking, for there have always been exceptions – has not changed radically.

    By way of contrast, it is noteworthy that Jews on their part have a duty to encourage and help every Gentile to abide by the Divine commandments which have been given to all mankind, namely, the so-called Seven Precepts Given to the Children of Noah, which are the minimum standards of universal ethics and morality, law and order, without which no human society can long survive. This is expected of the Jew regardless of the Gentiles’ attitude toward Jews. Similarly Jews are commanded to practice charity and benevolence towards Gentiles along with Jews.

    No doubt you also know the Jewish contributions to the concepts of liberty and humanitarianism and others. Even the motto of the United Nations, “Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation,” is an ideal Divinely inspired to a Jewish prophet for Jews and, through them, for Gentiles. This too, incidentally, pointedly underscores the contrast between the said ideal displayed there on the wall with what is going on there between the walls. Again, there is no need to dwell on this, as noted earlier.

    With blessing,

    From the first draft of the letter, kept in Nissan Mindel archives, administered by Rabbi Shalom Ber Schapiro

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      Being in involved in disseminating ‘The 7 Noahide Laws’ I have a
      remaining 40 promotional sheets. When these are given out, it will be
      1,000. I’ve spoken to about 1,300 non-Jews (There were a few Jews that I
      met. Not having ‘Tefillin’ with me, I taught them some of the
      ‘Chochmas’ in ‘The Aleph-Beit’ (Which is my way) and they loved it.
      Today I went to the fire department building on S. Johns and
      Schenectady. I spoke to 10 firemen and one or two showed interest. He
      posted it on the bulletin board. The promotional card (4.25″ x 11″) has:
      The Aleph-Beit from our ‘Arizal Siddur,’ My email, Cartrell Gore’s
      Facebook Contact (He was one of our students. He teaches Sociology in
      NYC. Afro-American) My ‘Facebook’ name, My cell phoone #, Edenics.org,
      and http://www.Noahide.org. Afterwards I called Rabbi Nissin Mangel and he gave
      me a big ‘brocho.’ “Keep up the good work.” I’m considering turning
      ‘The Sephardic Shul’ at 1433 President Street (Btwn. Kingston &
      Albany Avenues) into a ‘7 Noahide Laws’ learning center…drop in.
      Trying to cull students is tough. ‘Todah raabah’

      bourchn
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