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Jews, Christians, and Muslims – Looking at the Big Picture©

Jews, Christians, and Muslims – Looking at the Big Picture© Parashat Toledot 2014/5775, Rabbi David Baum Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
On Wednesday morning, I got off the subway stop at 116th Street and Broadway, as I had done hundreds of times in the past.It was a familiar walk, but now, I’m over five years removed from my time at JTS.But there was something that caught my eye that shocked me:a man holding a sign that said “Google it:Jews control Congress.”

As my friend Steve Laskowitz wisely said, “If we actually did, then things would get done!”
I don’t remember if I saw such blatant anti-Semitism that often when I used to get off on that subway stop, but after the events of this week, it stood out to me as a reminder that the hatred of the Jewish people is still alive and well in the world.The events of this week were horrific in so many ways, but I think for most of us, it was the idea that a Mikdash Me’at, a small holy place, a synagogue, was attacked during prayer and five men w…