Monday, December 11, 2006

Do they need more reasons to hate us?

Must we give it to them?

Yes, I'm talking to you Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky.

Who, you ask?

Well, let me tell you.

He's a Chabad rabbi in Seattle who was so offended by the Christmas tree display in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, that he hired a lawyer and threatened to sue if they did not add a huge menorah to the display.

So what did the airport staff do?

They removed everything. All the trees and ribbons.

In their words:
"We decided to take the trees down because we didn't want to be exclusive," said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. "We're trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year."

Of course people are outraged at the rabbi, as they should be.

We live in galus. Do we really need this? Must we continue to draw unwanted attention to ourselves? Do we need to make it so easy for them to target us? Does a tree display really bother anyone so much? Let them put up their trees. It's their country, not ours. But instead of being thankful for this medina shel chessed, this idiot needs his 6-foot menorah.

Personally, a menorah in the airport might actually bother me more than the trees.

Some people say that the airport should've stood up to him. Smart move by the airport people, in my opinion. They made the rabbi look like the dolt that he is. I say the Seattle Jewish community should stand up to him and say that we don't really care if there are trees in the airport.


I don't live in Seattle but I herby publicly state that this rabbi does not speak for me.

Read the story here.