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THE SILENCE OF THE SYNAGOGUE: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF RABBI REUBEN SLONIM

by Ted Schmidt
We have to treat the local population with love and respect, justly and rightly. And what do our brothers in the land of Israel do? Just the opposite. Slaves they were in their country of exile and suddenly they find themselves in a boundless and anarchic freedom as is always the case with a slave who becomes a king and they behave toward the Arabs with hostility and cruelty…
Ahad Ha’am (d.1927)
Only an internal revolution can have the power to heal our people of their murderous sickness of causeless hatred…It is bound to bring complete ruin upon us. Only then will the old and young in our land realize how great was our responsibility to those miserable Arab refugees in whose towns we have settled Jews who were brought here from afar; whose homes we have inherited, whose fields we now sow and harvest; the fruits of whose gardens, orchards and vineyards we gather; and in whose cities that we robbed we put up houses of education, charity, and
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