Rabbi Kahn Speaks Alongside Community Leaders at Rally Against Anti-Semitism
“Rabbi Davidson graciously asked me to represent our congregation at this wonderful rally of solidarity organized by Representative Maloney in response to antisemitic vandalism at Asphalt Green recreational center. Little did we know, the horrific white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand would take place only a few hours after the rally was announced. Alongside many local political representatives, a group of religious leaders from throughout the Jewish world — as well as Reverend Al Sharpton and Imam Qazi Qayyoom — stood together and spoke of our shared vision of a future without discrimination or hate. The crowd gathered in support of our message, filling the sidewalk in front of Asphalt Green, echoing our clear message of unity in the face of discrimination. In a time when divisiveness seems to be the order of the day, this rally of peace and solidarity recharged my sense of hope for a brighter future for all.”
— Rabbi Andrue J. Kahn
Rabbi Kahn spoke at a rally against anti-semitism on Sunday, March 17, 2019, organized by Representation Carolyn B. Maloney. He spoke alongside many of New York’s religious leaders, all of whom spoke out against antisemitism.
Rep. Maloney uploaded a video of the event to Twitter Sunday morning; Rabbi Kahn’s contribution begins at 50:20. Click below to view the video:
Joining religious and community leaders at Asphalt Green to condemn rise in anti-Semitism, hate, and bigotry https://t.co/ZW7p51kaqS
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) March 17, 2019
The full text of Rabbi Kahn’s speech can be found below:
The power of antisemitism rests in its ability to control us through fear. Fear of others, fear of each other – it places a wedge both in the Jewish community itself, and between us and our beloved neighbors. This fear is rooted in the millennia of trauma that we carry within our minds and our bones; within our bodies and our texts. We must remember that when that fear leads us to distance ourselves from our allies, we are losing the battle. We must remember that when we stand up in the the face of this fear, proudly American Jews, that is how we win this battle. We must remember that when we stay in relationship with our neighbors, that is how we win this battle. And, most of all, we must remember we are not the first. Our historical traumas carry with them fear, but also wisdom. And that wisdom is echoed in the story of Purim, which the Jewish world recites this week.
Mordechai says to Esther, newly the queen of Persia, who is hiding her Jewish identity as a genocide of the Jews is planned: “if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to your position for just such a crisis.” As proud American Jews, we have attained a position from which we can fight for not only our rights, but the rights of all under threat and oppressed. And when we do this in solidarity with our neighbors, we bring about relief and deliverance for ourselves, our neighbors, and our country. This is how we win the battle against the growing danger of white supremacist terrorism which is founded on not only antisemitism, but also racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny. The liberty of every group is interlinked – if one remains oppressed, all are harmed. Thank you for being here today as we embody the way forward – joining together in solidarity.
In the News
Excerpt from Rabbi Kahn’s speech quoted in The Jewish Voice — Elected Officials, Religious & Community Leaders Join Rep. Maloney in UES Rally Condemning Rising Anti-Semitism & Hate— March 18, 2019.