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SERMON: Is It Time for the Exodus From Europe?

March 24, 2015

I don’t always agree with Rabbi Eric Yoffe, one of the illustrious leaders of the Reform Movement, but he got it just right in his reaction to this week’s Israeli election when he told American Jews, “Bibi won, get over it.” I thoroughly agree, and that is why today I speak not of the choice the Jews of Israel made this week, but of another choice that another group of Jews are having to make – a choice just as crucial, just as existential – as the choice Israelis made!

Jewish Action, the magazine of the Union of Orthodox Congregations, has as its cover story the question: “Do Jews Have a Future in Europe?” This week the Mosaic website’s feature article asks: Time for Swedish Jews to leave? The Atlantic magazine’s April issue has a feature article by Jeffrey Goldberg entitled. “Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe?” By a show of hands, how many of you – if you were living in Europe – would be considering leaving that continent? And how many of you would not be thinking about it? Well, let me tell you what Moshe Kantor, the President of the European Jewish Congress, said last week: “The question just now in every Jewish family in Europe is: to leave or to stay.” Every Jewish family is now asking that question! Who would believe that in the 21st century Jews would be afraid to live in the heart of the civilized world? That can only mean one thing: the world has gone crazy! READ MORE

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