December 7, 2016 2:58 pm at 2:58 pm #618792
In remembrance of our heroes who gave their lives for our freedom – on their 75th anniversary.December 7, 2016 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #1197398
I’m Jewish.December 7, 2016 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm #1197399
LU: And you don’t think that yidden weren’t killed that day?December 7, 2016 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm #1197400
Hashem made American soldiers His agents to protect Jews. Hakaros Hatov is a Jewish attribute.December 7, 2016 4:18 pm at 4:18 pm #1197401
lilmod, was Rav Avigdor Miller zt’l less Jewish than you? This is what he had to say on a related note:
Displaying the American flag, is that considered a gentile ideal?
We hang out the flag from this Shul on the Fourth of July.December 7, 2016 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm #1197402
Just found an old thread:December 7, 2016 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm #1197403
I was referring to the terminology “our heroes” not to the concept of hakaras hatov. I could be wrong, but to me “our heroes” implies that we consider ourselves to be part of the same nation as them (as opposed to having a hakaras hatov to someone from a different nation). Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that Jews in England or Israel or Australia refer to them as our heroes.December 7, 2016 5:17 pm at 5:17 pm #1197404
If an English Jew was saved by British soldiers, I think he’d correctly refer to them as his heroes.December 7, 2016 5:23 pm at 5:23 pm #1197405
I know what Rav Avigdor Miller Zatsal says about the American Flag. I may be wrong, but I happen not to agree. While hakaras hatov is important, I think that it is important to remember that we are not Americans. And I may be wrong, but I never heard of any other Gedolim saying that we should put out an American flag.
It is brought down that Moshe Rabeinu was punished for referring to himself as a Mitzri. It is important to remember that we are Jews and not Americans, imho.
“Hashem made American soldiers His agents to protect Jews. Hakaros Hatov is a Jewish attribute.”
Maskim.December 7, 2016 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm #1197406
“If an English Jew was saved by British soldiers, I think he’d correctly refer to them as his heroes.”
That doesn’t contradict what I said – it only proves my point. You aren’t referring to the American soldiers as “our heroes” because they saved Yidden in Europe. If that were the case, then the British Jews would refer to them as “our heroes” as well and would also be celebrating Pearl Harbor day.
It seems that you are referring to them as “our heroes” because you consider yourself to be American, and that is what I was objecting to.December 7, 2016 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #1197407
And when that wicked Supreme Court permitted burning an American flag, and saying you can not make a law against it, it was a desecration of America.
The Supreme Court did not permit anything,It was the Constitution that did.December 7, 2016 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #1197408
But again, hakaros hatov is an admirable attribute and shkoyach for having it. I just would have phrased things slightly differentlyDecember 7, 2016 6:03 pm at 6:03 pm #1197409
My flags went up at 6:15 this morning, because it was still dark, the lights remained on until 7:30 when I had a break from work to turn them off. The flags will be proudly flown until 4:45 when I get home from work and the lights will go on early to illuminate the flags after dark as part of the US Flag Code.December 7, 2016 6:11 pm at 6:11 pm #1197410
As far as the flag, if Ponovezh puts up the Zionist flag on Zionist independence day, lhavdil there’s certainly no reason to object flying the American flag on July 4th.December 7, 2016 6:12 pm at 6:12 pm #1197411
I would think that any Jew would refer to any soldier who saved him as his hero. Moreover, American exceptionalism is an empiric fact. America is a nation of nations. In many ways it has been the Am Yisrael of the gentiles (e.g. seeking tikkun olam). IMHO, an America based on traditional American values would be the perfect partner for an Israel based on traditional Jewish values. It is for this reason that I share the view of David Brog and Yoram Hazony, as expressed on-line in “The Nationalist Spirit of 2016: A Conservative Spring?” that the rise of nationalism is good for the Jews.
In any case, I must agree with Joseph (difficult as it is for me to type these words – LOL) regarding hakarat hatov. A book, “At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship” by Peter J. Spiro, has even been published attesting to the benefits of dual identification (full disclosure: I have only read the review and I unfortunately do not receive a commission for mentioning it).December 7, 2016 6:17 pm at 6:17 pm #1197412
Why do you assume I’m not referring to them as our heroes for saving millions of European Yidden? Your kasha, perhaps, should be why don’t British Yidden also refer to them as heroes (assuming they don’t.)
They also protect millions of Yidden in America.December 7, 2016 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #1197413
Joseph – I was assuming that that was your conscious intention. However, it seemed to me (and perhaps I am wrong) that even if that was your conscious intention, your words may have proved otherwise.
My proof was the fact that it is only American Jews who say “our heroes”. It it were only about the Yidden in Europe and not also about identifying as an American, then all Jews would be referring to them as “our heroes”.
It sounds like your response is that you think that British Jews should also say “our heroes”. That is a good response if that is what you really think. But that only works if you do in fact refer to all goyim from all nationalities who have helped Yidden as “our heroes”.
Maybe I’m wrong and maybe you do. Do you?
Avi & Joseph – I am not arguing against the hakaros hatov aspect. I am only nitpicking regarding the perceived over-identification with America. But I may be wrong. In any case, the hakaros hatov is certainly admirable and more important than the exact lashon used.December 7, 2016 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #1197414
Avi: “In any case, I must agree with Joseph (difficult as it is for me to type these words – LOL)”
Hey, Health just agreed with me on another thread. If Health can agree with me, then anyone can agree with anyone.December 7, 2016 8:24 pm at 8:24 pm #1197415
I would certainly refer to anyone, from anywhere, who saved (or even protects) millions or hundreds of thousands of Yidden as heroes. I think British Yidden also credit the American armed forces of the WWII era as heroes.December 7, 2016 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #1197416
“I would certainly refer to anyone, from anywhere, who saved (or even protects) millions or hundreds of thousands of Yidden as heroes. I think British Yidden also credit the American armed forces of the WWII era as heroes.”
Precisely – “heroes”, not “our heroes”. Again, maybe I’m nitpicking but it strikes me as significant that you used the term “our heroes” when referring to the Americans and “heroes” when referring to the others and when you referred to the way that the Brits would refer to the Americans.
Also, do you commemorate the days when other countries helped Yidden?December 7, 2016 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm #1197417
When someone saves your life, or your Jewish brethrens lives, they’re your heroes.
If you give me dates other countries saved Yidden or gave their lives protecting Yidden, I’d certainly commemorate them. I commemorate those in Europe who protected/saved Yidden during the Holocaust.December 7, 2016 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #1197418
There were thousands of jews who fought with the US armed forces in the liberation of Europe. Im sure you heard of lieutenant BirnbaumDecember 7, 2016 9:04 pm at 9:04 pm #1197419
@LU What do you mean by “our heroes” and why can’t American soldiers especially the ones that liberated us from the holocaust be included in that category?December 7, 2016 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm #1197420
The Americans Liberated Buchenwald
The British Liberated Bergen Belsen
The Red Army Liberated AuschwitzDecember 7, 2016 9:53 pm at 9:53 pm #1197421
We should look at Pearl Harbor as an example of Haschagas Pratis.
Many in Japan thought that attacking the US was a bad idea. They could have attacked the Soviet Union, or limited their attack to the British territory (Malaya, Singapore and Australia) while leaving the US alone. It’s not clear the US would have entered World War II had Japan not launched the attack. Most of Europe had been under German control for over 18 months, and the Germans were no longer a serious threat to conquer Britain. One can easily come up with a scenario under which the US stays neutral, and the war ends in 1942 with Germany controlling Europe. Had the US not entered the war, the Nazis would still control all of Europe, perhaps including Russia (with Japan attacking from one side, the US neutral, and Britain agreeing to an armistice – leaving Germany and Japan free to conquer the Soviet Union).December 7, 2016 9:55 pm at 9:55 pm #1197422
“When someone saves your life, or your Jewish brethrens lives, they’re your heroes.
If you give me dates other countries saved Yidden or gave their lives protecting Yidden, I’d certainly commemorate them. I commemorate those in Europe who protected/saved Yidden during the Holocaust.”
Very commendable. I was under the impression that you only used the word “our heroes” to refer to American soldiers because you identify as an American. Maybe I was wrong. It’s not all that important either way.December 7, 2016 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm #1197423
LU, your attitude is deplorable, and, hypocritical. If we are Jews, but not Americans, then give up your citizenship, don’t vote, don’t demand benefits ( I.e. bussing, section 8, Medicaid, beneficial zoning ). It seems we’re Americans if it means getting, but Jews when it comes to giving back. Places like Kiryas Joel are able to live their Jewish life precisely because they exercise their rights as Americans to vote and obtain what they are entitled to. Being Jewish and American are not mutually exclusiveDecember 11, 2016 4:32 am at 4:32 am #1197424
It is Time for TruthParticipant
Once upon a ..
it could’ve been merit to what you contend.
Today however ,orthodox have become so hasty to adopt american norms because”Being Jewish and American are not mutually exclusive” after all, that we must reestablish
Second, Goyim invariably come to despise yidden who wish to prove they are more
American than the americans
or more Dutch than the dutchDecember 11, 2016 4:41 am at 4:41 am #1197425
Lesschumras – it’s two different things. Identifying culturally as an American has nothing to do with giving or taking.
I made it very clear that hakaras hatov is important; I was merely cautioning about identifying as an American culturally. As far as I understand, according to the Torah we are supposed to identify only as Jews. Moshe Rabeinu was punished for calling himself a Mitzri even though he received a lot from Mitzrayim (he was even brought up in the palace).
I’m happy to hear your opinion and to debate with you, but I would appreciate it if you could try to express your opinion more respectfully. TIA.December 7, 2017 8:14 pm at 8:14 pm #1422572
Everyone please lower your flags to half-staff.December 7, 2019 7:10 pm at 7:10 pm #1808512
A time for reflection.December 7, 2019 7:36 pm at 7:36 pm #1808551
Don’t forget the Two Minutes Hate.December 7, 2019 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm #1808560
I will never forget that day!
The day that will live on in infamy!
My anniversary!😁December 8, 2019 7:36 am at 7:36 am #1808611
To those of us saying “Not our heroes”.
I’m sorry, but the fact that this entire site is written English/ Hebrew/ Yiddish and NOT in German (or completely non-existent at all) is enough reason to consider American/ English soldiers my heroes.December 8, 2019 10:17 am at 10:17 am #1808707
Many of the commenters here might be too young to remember the war. I am too, but being something of a history buff, and the fact that my father fought in the U.S. army against the Germans, I have a bit of perspective on this.
People today cannot imagine how unprepared the US was in 1941. And Congress was doing everything in its power to keep the US out of any conflict, be it in Europe (which some derisively called “the Jew war”), or with Japan. Today this sounds ludicrous, but if not for Hashem’s mercies, if the US wouldn’t have immediately rallied around FDR in defense of the country, who knows if Japan couldn’t have seized areas of the western US?
The US made the decision to stand up to tyranny, both in the Pacific and against Germany. FDR believed Albert Einstein’s warnings about Hitler possibly achieving nuclear capability. The government allocated huge resources to developing the atom bomb, which military planners figured on using against Germany. Hashem guided the Allied forces to victory without nuclear weapons, but the war in the Pacific could have dragged on for years. The Japanese army was not some ragtag military force. They were tough, disciplined, and had high quality weapons. And it was nearly impossible to stop the kamikaze attacks on US warships.
So yes, we owe everything to the United States of America, and to the valiant servicemen (and women) who gave their lives so that ydden can live proper yiddishe lives in the US and throughout the world. It’s not too much to ask to fly the American flag on July 4th — not because we identify with all the American mishegassen (which lately have proliferated and deteriorated to a worrying degree), but with a sense of gratitude to all those who sacrificed to free the world from Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. So, yes, they are heroes for what they did. Even if we still save our principle admiration for the great ones of our nation.
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