Whats a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing In a Place Like This?

How far we have fallen was on display for all to see when a well-meaning Jew Jordan Hersh National Guard chaplain stationed at Washington’s capitol building for the protection of Congress waxed lyrical about his experiences this week and the Jewish resonance of his service at the Capitol.

Reform Rabbi Hersh said being in the Capitol building was akin to visiting Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and there are all the soldiers there visiting. doing their tours. There have been times I’ve been there during the day where it’s full of soldiers, and that’s kind of what it felt like, that there was something holy about this space… . There was a real sense of understanding and just like a spiritual experience, just like a religious experience, the essence of which, in my mind, is feeling connected to something greater than yourself. That’s what we experienced at that moment.

We all felt like we’re a part of something greater than our own selves and serving a cause greater than ourselves… . This is about what our country is and what it means to be an American.

Jordan Hersh whats a nice Jewish boy like you doing in a place like this?

Jordan did you know these hallowed halls you so admire even to experiencing some sort of spiritual ecstasy was pre-occupied with a Jewish problem on immigration in the 1920s and passed the 1924 Immigration Restriction Act which was the last in a decades-long series of racist Congressional efforts to limit Immigration of “undesirables” to the United States, to encourage immigration of “desired” North European Aryan “racial stock.” Before the 1924 Act of Congress passed the not-quite-adequate Emergency Quota Act. The anti-Semitic 1924 Congressional Act remained on the books until 1965. In 1939 Wagner-Rogers Bill was brought before the US House of Representatives and the US Senate that proposed admitting 20,000 German (Jewish) refugee children to the United States outside of the then immigration quotas. Despite congressional hearings and public debate in the spring of 1939, the bills never came to a vote.

The debate in the US Congress and the American public regarding the Wagner-Rogers Bill mirrored the broader debate about American’s responsibilities to refugees during the crisis brought about by Nazi Germany’s persecution of Europe’s Jews.

These are only a small example of Americas reluctance to encourage Jewish immigration prior to the second world war and during its prosecution.

US President Franklin D Roosevelt was not enthusiastic about rescuing Jews either from the Nazis, infact he obstructed rescue opportunities when they arose.

This fact has not stopped liberal Jews from deifying Roosevelt and expunging the facts of his ant-Semitic leanings from the public Record whenever possible.

Jordan Hersh, I think the Six Million Jews remembered at Yad Vashem may not share your enthusiasm for the House of Congress and definitely not experience the raptures of Holiness you felt.

Jordan you are not at fault for embracing the American Dream as has the vast majority of America’s Jews throughout the years that’s as a result of nearly 2,000 years of Exile.

What you are suspect of is being part of the bankrupt Jewish leadership, who in the main are abysmally ignorant of Judaism and foolishly creating their own humanist version that leaves the Jews of the Diaspora confused and indifferent to authentic Judaism. Your counterfeit Judaism is responsible for assimilation and intermarriage and eventually sheer alienation from the Jewish people.

No, Jordan Hersh, the Capitol biulding in Washington is not holy and at times has been anything but.

When you’re ready to leave America behind and say goodbye to the Exile and make your way to the land of Israel then I have no doubt you will be a blessing to the Jewish people.

Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)