Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (27 August 2017, 5 Elul, 5777)
Why does anti-Semitism exist?
One of the reasons given for hating Jews is that they lack good character. This is not the case but the impression remains. Numerous replies can be given to this all of them correct. Nevertheless the bottom line is that Jews remain Jews and recognizable as such because they believe in One God and in the Bible. This in itself is a testimony worth more than anything else. The English poet Lord Byron(who was not Jewish) gave expression to this:
Were My Bosom as False asÂ
Â Thou Deemâ€™st It To BeÂ
Â by George Gordon, Lord Byron
(From Hebrew Melodies - 1815)
Â Were my bosom as false as thou deemâ€™st it to be,
Â I need not have wanderâ€™d from far Galilee;
Â It was but abjuring my creed to efface
Â The curse which, thou sayâ€™st, is the crime of my race.
Â If the bad never triumph, then God is with thee!
Â If the slave only sin, thou art spotless and free!
Â If the Exile on earth is an Outcast on high,
Â Live on in thy faith, but in mine I will die.
Â I have lost for that faith more than thou canst bestow,
Â As the God who permits thee to prosper doth know;
Â In his hand is my heart and my hope, and in thine
Â The land and the life which for him I resign.