WE JEWS ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN CANADA AND THE USA:
As the sun sets this Sunday, September 13, 2015 . . . Jews from every corner of the world, including Anne and myself will celebrate . . .
FIVE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SIX YEARS OF JUDAISM:
Think about it for a second . . . whether you really know the Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah or not. The sheer truth, that we Jews as a people managed to survive intact with our history, traditions and beliefs, when all other great societies are nothing more than historical memories – BEGS BELIEF.
Wherever we’ve settled . . . wherever we went, and however we prospered and spread our wealth and benefits in the sciences, medicine, business, financing, entertainment, Democracy – etc . . . we always had to be better than everyone else, just to be accepted.
AND WHEREVER HISTORY TOOK US, eventually . . . we arrived unwelcomed, and left battered and bruised.
We’ve seen it throughout history from the Middle East, through Asia and Europe, where we survived all manner of persecution, most famously during the Middle Eastern CRUSADES, in France and Spain through the INQUISITIONS, in Russia and Eastern Europe through the POGROMS . . . TO THE HOLOCAUST.
IS GLOBAL PERSECUTION AND JEW-HATRED OVER FOR US?
Obama and his LEFTISTS have pushed for an agreement to give as much as $150-BILLION, with a blueprint to get the BOMB . . . all for Iran, which has consistently PLEDGED TO WIPE ISRAEL FROM THE MAP . . . and that’s just part of it.
EUROPE HAS CHOSEN MURDEROUS PALESTINIANS . . . over Democratic Israeli Jews, who have a 5,776-year claim to Israel and inevitably to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital for more than 3000-Years, while today, Jews throughout Europe, in the year 2015, 70-years after the liberation of the last of the European Death Camps, are terrified to be identified as being Jewish . . .
SO MUCH SO . . . that European Synagogues are estimating that as many as EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT of Europe’s Jews will not attend services for Rosh Hashanah Prayers . . . and probably the same for YOM KIPPUR.
UP TO 70-YEARS AGO . . . IT WAS THE YELLOW STAR – WHAT’S CHANGED?
The most galling expression of Anti-Semitism in Europe today . . . HERE AND NOW, is the EU’s decision to BRAND Jewish Made Products for “special attention”, which are made in areas of Israel the Europeans have unilaterally decided don’t belong to Jews.
My Grandparents and Anne’s Grandparents, moved to Canada at the turn of the 20th century, about 100 years ago, where they had their children in a FREE society, where Jews were not necessarily welcomed with open arms, but were also not in fear of government inspired Anti-Semitism.
IN CANADA . . . Before the WAR, During the WAR and After the WAR, Canada’s Liberal government’s OFFICIAL policy to Jewish immigration was – “NONE IS TOO MANY”.
IN THE USA . . . when Jewish Immigration was flooding into America, Anti-Semitism was everywhere, INCLUDING at the DEMOCRAT State Department, which tried to move Heaven & Earth to force President Harry Truman NOT to vote for the establishment of the State of Israel.
AND EVEN AS A YOUNG MAN . . . I clearly remember quotas on Jewish Students at McGill University in Montreal Quebec, and at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts.
It wasn’t until after the 1950’s that Jews were NOT denied Memberships in Social Clubs, Tennis Clubs, Yacht Clubs, Golf Clubs . . . ETC.
I remember seeing with my own eyes, a sign on the beach in the mostly English speaking vacation town of Rawdon Quebec, just North of Montreal in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, that said – “No Jews or dogs on the beach”.
And on a personal note throughout Canada and the USA . . . Jews were denied rooms at Hotels, apartment rentals. And in WEALTHY communities like Westmount and Cote St Luc in Montreal, PLEDGES not to sell properties to Jews were written into the conditions and terms of each sale.
Even GIANT corporations had written in their policies, NOT to hire Jews. And as a matter of fact with great PRIDE, my beautiful wife Anne was amongst the first Jews who were actually hired to work at a Canadian Bank.
BUT WHAT A BLESSING FOR US JEWS TO BE IN NORTH AMERICA:
Perhaps Canada and the United States of America . . . ARE AS MUCH THE PROMISED LAND FOR JEWS AS IS ISRAEL.
Jews in North America have NEVER taken the route of American Blacks.
We didn’t put our heads between our hands and moan WOE-BE-US because times were really rough. We didn’t yell Anti-Semitism with every slight. We didn’t ask for subsidized housing. We didn’t ask for food stamps. We never asked for any type of Affirmative Action. And when Anti-Semites didn’t want us to join their clubs, we built our own.
When Jews needed higher marks than Christians, to get into the Best Colleges, that’s exactly what we did. And when Anti-Semites wouldn’t give Jews jobs, we always hired our own.
And when Anti-Semites wouldn’t lend us money, we became our own lenders . . . AND ON AND ON AND ON IT WENT.
TODAY . . . There is no nation on earth, that has ever been better for Jews to live and prosper, than has been the USA. But, for us, the Jewish People in America – the restrictions we survived, only made us stronger, EARNING us our place in the USA (and Canada).
Unlike Europe . . . and the rest of the World, where Jews worked hard to do well and prosper, we NEVER had a chance to become one of them, because no matter how well we did, how much we contributed, and how hard we tried, they NEVER wanted us, and still don’t. And nothing has changed or will change.
I LOVE ISRAEL . . . AND WILL FIGHT TO THE DEATH FOR ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO SURVIVE:
BUT NORTH AMERICA IS MY HOME . . . It is my Land of Milk and Honey, where in North America, but most especially amongst my Christian FRIENDS like Pastor Gary Burd and a host of others, I am accepted as their Brother, not as a Jewish American or Canadian, but just as one of them . . . and what more than that can anyone ever ask?
TO THE VAST MAJORITY of the readers of Galganov.com . . . from whom I never try to hide or diminish my commitment to my Jewish Roots, Heritage and History – in this Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Sixth Jewish New Year, I wish you nothing but SWEETNESS and JOY.
AND MY GRATITUDE FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, ACCEPTANCE AND FREEDOM:
SHANAH TOVAH . . . Howard Galganov