Poor Analogy
Wed, 01/22/2014

Your Editorial criticism of the Rabbinical Council of America’s failure to
stand up to the Israeli chief rabbinate is appropriate (Jan. 17), but its
headline (“First They Came For The Liberal Rabbis…”) is not. The
wording of that headline is a deliberate echo of the well-known words of
Pastor Martin Niemöller concerning those who failed to stand up to the Nazis
in the early days of their consolidation of power.

I’m sure that you
didn’t intend to equate the Israeli rabbinate with the Nazis, but the
casual use of Holocaust-related analogies should be beyond the pale for any
responsible Jewish publication.

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