06 January 2014

Chillul Hashem

5 Shevat 5774

What's wrong with this picture? Do the American flag and the Xmas decorations jump out at you? Here is a Jew protesting the unfair and indecent treatment of a murdered Jew by a NY tabloid. Why does he expect fair and decent treatment among the goyim? Has history taught him nothing?

And what of the murder victim? Surely, you've all heard this story by now. Millionaire chasid, real estate developer, kidnapped and murdered and set ablaze in a dumpster and the despicable accusations brought by another Jew on the front page of the New York Post. It is difficult to imagine a worse chillul Hashem. (And how much more so, if any of the accusations are true.)

But, even this is a sign of redemption in its time. Mashiach coming, riding on a donkey, slow, ponderous and humiliating.

But I had pity on My Holy Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they had come. Therefore, say to the house of Israel; So says the Lord God: Not for your sake do I do this, O house of Israel, but for My Holy Name, which you have profaned among the nations to which they have come. (Yechezkel 36.21-22)


  1. As an aside, the dictionary def of the victim's name is:

    : having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance

    : unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience

    : very obvious : very plain and easily seen

  2. Neshama: Do not understand what your comment is saying. 'dictionary definition of victim's name. The victim's name was Menachem; a beautiful name meaning 'to comfort' and also one of the names of Moshiach!

    Please explain what you mean!

  3. I'm referring to "Stark" as being the Jekyll side of the victim's personality/business dealings. Quite the opposite of religious mr Hyde. I'm really upset that this type of thinking is still be condoned. I personally am very close to many Satmar families and it hurts when I see how pure and sincere they are.

    It's such a shanda that this Golus dichotomy exists. I see this being carried over from the hundreds of years in Golus and having to deal with nasty goyim around them. But, in America? How long will this continue to be taught?