Jul 11, 2018
'My Kids Scared to Walk With Me'

A group of youths in Offenbach, Germany, called out to Rabbi Mendel Gurevitch "Free Palestine" in yet another verbal attack.

Hanan Greenwood reports in israelhayom.com

A Chabad emissary in Offenbach, Germany, was the victim of a verbal assault on his way to synagogue this past weekend by a group of teenagers.

"They shouted '------ Jew' and 'Free Palestine' and other things at me," Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurevitch wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

The incident took place Friday afternoon, when Gurevitch was on his way to pray. Gurevitch said he does not hide his Jewish identity, despite increasingly frequent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.

"Usually, I ignore things like this, but this time I couldn't, so I decided to try and talk to them. But the more I talked, the more they shouted at me," he wrote.

This was not the first time Gurevitch has come under attack. Five years ago, he was attacked by a group of teens who started screaming anti-Semitic slurs at him.

"Offenbach is a good city, but anti-Semitism is becoming normalized and standard. I get 'compliments' like these often," he told the local news site Hessenschau.

"My children don't want to walk with me if I'm wearing a kippah," he added, saying that his children hide their own kippahs under hats when they are outside, "because they're scared."


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1
May the sonei Yisroel...
May the sonei Yisroel either do Teshuva 100% or expire from this world.
And may Hashem watch over each and every Yid wherever they may be bgashmius and bruchnius and may it be in revealed ways and with revealed blessing. Amen!
Moshiach NOW
(7/11/2018 12:28:32 PM)
2
Thank you Trump
For stopping Muslim immigration. Islamic immigration to Germany is causing anti-Semitism.

Let the Muslims stay in their own Sharia countries.
(7/11/2018 12:54:11 PM)
3
USA
I've been punched, and had things yelled at me. "hitler did nothing wrong", "god bless hitler", and other things I dare not say. It does change how I feel depending where I am. If I'm in a non-majority Jewish area I feel very conscious of and have a heightened awareness. When I'm in Brooklyn or Monsey I feel noticeably more at ease.
(7/11/2018 12:59:17 PM)
4
FLORIDA
Such a sad story, but Reb Yid your schlichus is in germany???
what do you expect they change in generation or 2?

we face this stuff here in the USA too in serious ways

Hashem should give you added strength and xtra ammo.
(7/11/2018 1:45:26 PM)
5
To number 4
I've been to Germany it's the Arabs there that are antisemitic
Not the Germans
(7/11/2018 2:30:08 PM)
6
to no 4
Hey, Florida. Your smugness is wrong, wrong, wrong.
So now, because he's living in Germany as a Shliach of the Rebbe, he's supposed accept violence and hate?

With all due respect, this is one stupid comment.

We all have an obligation to speak out and to be outraged at this despicable violence and hate.
We must never, ever accept it. No matter the country.
I commend the rabbi. He is doing the Rebbe's work by speaking out against and violence towards Jews, and to teach them the 7 laws of Noah.
We can never, ever accept this. Ever!
Good on him.
I applaud his courage to speak out and not to cower. He is an example of a proud Jew with a mission to make this world a better place.
Jews in Germany deserve the same protection as Jews in Florida or anywhere else face.
Kudos to this Shliach for making a Shturem about this and more power, strength and protection to him.
May we merit Moshiach now and the end to all the violence, and the hate and the negativity.
(7/11/2018 2:58:25 PM)
7
Self Defense Studio CH
teach boys self defense
(7/11/2018 3:10:13 PM)
8
Missed the point....
He wrote that he gets these things all the time, but this group was THE SAME group of kids that did this 5 years ago. They had a whole event then to create unity and education and they all apologized etc. Now five years later they are even worse than before.
The point was that you can preach peace and love from today to tomorrow, make unity events, diversity training, cultural appreciation programs and in the end of the day these people are just like before if not worse.
(7/11/2018 3:59:12 PM)
9
They feel free to curse and insult...
Because they see so much of it in comments on the internet.
When I used to argue on blogs against anti-Semites, other yidden, would ask me why I 'waste" my time on such things.
My answer to them is that those who do not learn fro history, are doomed G-d forbid, to repeat it.
When the Nazis were handing out pamphlets and giving speeches in the sidewalks of prewar Germany, their anti-Semitic rantings, were largely unopposed. Now that we have the internet, there are thousands (or more) of videos just on youtube, where such comments go mostly unopposed.
Without anyone opposing them, it looks like their lies might be accepted by people who otherwise do not know the truth.
When they say that Talmud is 'full of pedophilia' and other 'filth'. And that Jews are taught that "Goyem are cattle, and not human beings".
There is almost no one to argue against these vicious lies.
Then those who read these comments go out and see a Jew and some of them might have antiseitic thoughts they otherwise might not have had.

Of course there are plenty of descendants of Amalak that will hate and lie about Jews no matter what.
But there are many who believe these lies only because no one ever told them what makes such charges against Jews, false.
I remember when the Rebbe said we should support the pro Torah party in Israel.
He seemed to support us getting involved (at least to some extent) in politics and knowing and countering evil politics and activism, in the world.
I for one, certainly do not want the worst of our history to repeat itself, G-d forbid.
(7/12/2018 5:34:07 PM)
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