Cantor Vicky Glikin on “the Jewish Question” in the Ukraine

A thoughtful response to the Ukrainian situation by someone who knows

Shalom Rav

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I strongly encourage you to read this report, below, by Cantor Vicky Glikin, of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL.

Cantor Glikin recently returned from a trip to her native Ukraine, where the political/military upheaval has been been of special concern to the international Jewish community, particularly amidst reports of anti-Semitism against the Ukrainian Jewish population. While it is imperative that we take such reports with the utmost seriousness, it is also critical to separate fear from fact – and not to jump to conclusions about the truth behind these reports. In this regard, eye-witnesses testimonies from knowledgeable insiders such as Cantor Glikin are profoundly important.

Having just finished observing Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), I am truly inspired by her words, which ultimately counsel hope over fear and engagement over isolation:

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3 Responses to Cantor Vicky Glikin on “the Jewish Question” in the Ukraine

  1. Jack bender says:

    My mother told me of the pogroms visited on them,when she lived in a little Shetil near Kiev..her brother who survived the nazi invasion and the liquidation of the Jews talked of the horrible Ukrainians who were only to glad to help the never changes..Jew hatred is ingrained into the Ukrainian/Russian’s always just a matter of time..that’s why it’s so important for Israel to be strong and prosperous

  2. Jack bender says:

    Gwpj…..have you noticed that the super liberal web sites like cole and rosens and all others are not even mentioning the horrible events in Nigeria…you know why? guess is that they are so in love with political correctness they are on this because they do not want to show the madness of Muslim crazies..putting their heads in the sand…and also there is no way to blame Israel ….your thoughts?

    • gwpj says:

      That’s an interesting guess, Jack, but it is just a guess, and as such it has as much of a chance of missing the mark than hitting it, especially since your focus is on Cole (I’m not familiar with Cole), Rosen and “all the others.” For myself, i have responded to the kidnapping of those students on Twitter and Facebook, where I’ve read about them. “No way to blame Israel?” Israel is not involved with the situation in Nigeria, Jack. Rabbi Rosen’s comments about Israel have to do with Israel’s ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people. I am certain that, were you to ask him about his views of the kidnapping of those students, he would tell you that he thinks it as reprehensible and criminal as you apparently do, and as I do. Make sense to you?

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