Alas for the Prophet Amos: not justice but bad news rolls like a mighty stream today. Anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East, fallout from slanted interpretations of last summer’s Gaza War, mass killings in Syria and Iraq, kidnappings and Ebola in Africa, clutch the world. Jews leave their homelands in search of peace and acceptance. In the streets and synagogues of Israel, vans, knives and meat cleavers play the role that suicide bombs once did.
According to a 2013 ADLaudit, anti-Semitic incidents declined across the US by 19% that year, the biggest drop since 1979. Unfortunately, 2014 tells a different story. US Jews witness increased anti-Semitic attacks in visibly Jewish neighborhoods.