Our Worst Enemy
Opinion; Posted on: 2005-01-28 20:11:45 [ Printer friendly ]
By Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Excerpts from an opinion piece appearing in the January 19 edition of the Jewish Press Online. Rabbi Daniel Lapin blames Jews for debasing American culture, and warns of "ominous parallels" to Germany’s cultural decline, which "helped bring the Nazis to power."

I am an Orthodox rabbi angrily denouncing one of the biggest recent box office hits. The movie causing me deep distress is a Rosenthal/Tenenbaum production starring Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. In the new film to which I refer, she [Streisand] plays a heinous caricature of a Jewess.

The movie depicts a non-Jewish couple visiting their daughter’s future Jewish in-laws. The conspicuously Jewish parents are portrayed as sexually obsessed, constantly concupiscent degenerates.

Along with their son’s bar mitzvah talis, they have preserved the foreskin from his bris. To add to the hilarity, this souvenir makes a distasteful reappearance at an awkward moment. In reality, we Jews treat the foreskin with reverence, burying it rather than turn it into a scrapbook joke. The Jewish hosts, who exude their ethnicity, boast of their son’s inappropriate adventures with the gentile maid and grant us unnecessary glimpses into their personal lives. There are many other examples of Judaism being defamed in this horrible excrescence.

It is not only in movies that Jews besmirch Jews. Radio shock-jock Howard Stern intersperses his displays of dehumanizing depravity with a constant stream of “oy veys,” as if subconsciously compelled to highlight his Jewish ethnicity. Ruth Westheimer talks of her love for Judaism, but as Dr. Ruth, with her grandmotherly appearance and Jewish accent, she titillates her audiences with shockingly explicit advice.

A few years ago, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal gushingly profiled a Jewish pornographer whose stage name is Ron Jeremy. The piece praised the huge sums he’s been paid to promote immorality. Jeremy, who proudly admits to have acted in or directed over 1,500 adult videos, cited the preponderance of Jewish men in that industry and explained, “Jewish families tend to be more liberal than Christian ones, they aren’t obsessed by the fear of the devil or going to hell.”

As if to eliminate any lingering doubt about Ron Jeremy’s Jewishness, the Jewish Journal breathlessly assured us that he planned to marry in a synagogue.

You’d have to be a recent immigrant from Outer Mongolia not to know of the role that people with Jewish names play in the coarsening of our culture. Almost every American knows this. It is just that most gentiles are too polite to mention it.

By now, some of you will be cringing. You may be cursing me for making public the role played by a not inconsiderable number of Jews in debasing the culture. Perhaps you subscribe to the notion that nobody has noticed.

Not once in Mein Kampf did Hitler charge Jews with being complicit in the killing of Jesus two thousand years earlier. He knew that long-ago event, shrouded in mystery and theological profundity, would never goad enlightened people to murder. Instead, he drew attention to the inescapable fact that through Jewish actors, playwrights, and producers, the Berlin stage of Weimar Germany linked Jews and homosexuality in all its sordid manifestations just as surely as Broadway does today.

About twenty years ago, one of Ayn Rand’s protégés, Leonard Peikoff, wrote a book called The Ominous Parallels in which he described how Germany’s cultural decline helped bring the Nazis to power. With haunting precision, Peikoff proved how similar is America’s cultural decline. Indeed, much of the filth in American entertainment today parallels that of Germany between the world wars.

Source: Tim Donahue