Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the most holy day of Judaism ended at sunset Tuesday. There is focus on asking God for absolution for sins not against any individual
but against God.

 The prayer starts with: “We have departed from Thy commandments, and from Thy good ordinances,” and ends “Now may it be Thy will O Lord our God, to forgive our transgressions and pardon our sins and blot out our transgressions”

This is followed by a series of prayers asking for absolution among which are these two.
“The sin which we have sinned against you publicly or secretly”
“The sin which we have sinned against you by the evil resolve of the heart”

Sins against an individual can only be absolved by apologizing to that individual not by asking God.

What brought this to mind was a series of acts against Democrat Peter Jacob, who is running in the 7th District against Republican incumbent Leonard Lance. Twice this past weekend swastikas were spray-painted on his house.
Jacob is not Jewish but is of American/Indian descent.
Although the local authorities did not call this a hate crime it must be. According to the SPLC there are 40 hate groups in the State of New Jersey including in Roselle an “American Front” and also a group here in Plainfield whose head’s speeches have been full of anti-Semitism as well as anti-white.

My purpose in writing this is that we must be sure to always avoid and condemn any bigoted acts against those of different religions .race, ethnic origins or political preference.We must be on guard against anyone who would commit any such act.

Unfortunately some of Trump’s orations may encourage violence if he loses the election.


  1. Sad but true, Doc. We must be always vigilant or the violent, hateful ones will prevail.

  2. It takes a great deal for us to acknowledge that remaining silent in the face of hatred is not a courageous act, but a cowardly one. The opposite of hate speech is not silence, but advocacy.