In a recent blog post written by Rabbi Michoel Green, the lay leader sent a message of encouragement to Jews worldwide that are resisting the mask/vaccine mandates enacted by government bodies worldwide.
“Don’t be discouraged that the majority of Jews — and even rabbis — are bowing to tyranny. Don’t despair that almost all Jewish leaders are cowering in denial and complicity” said rabbi Green, the head of Chabad of Westboro Massachusetts. “This is exactly what happened during the Seleucid persecution. The vast majority of Jews sided with the Hellenist tyrants. The Maccabees were a tiny minority of Judeans. In fact, in the beginning, it was just seven Jews who dared to defy the mightiest empire on earth!”
The Purim story
But the rabbi, among the most outspoken against the Covid vaccine, added that the analogy isn’t only apt for the story of Channukah, but also for the story of Purim too saying: “This is exactly what happened in Shushan too. Everyone bowed before Haman, that is, everyone except for Mordechai, who would not kneel or bow. Scripture calls him “Mordechai the Jew” because he was, in fact, the true Jew. In contrast, his genuflecting coreligionists were NOT behaving as Jews. So too in our times: Don’t get disillusioned because the vast majority of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora have submitted to tyranny. Don’t give up hope just because so many rabbis have betrayed their calling. It’s EXACTLY the opposite. It should inspire you that G-d is calling you to rise to the occasion and stand up as a lone voice of truth.”
‘Be a man’
“Be emboldened with the knowledge that you are now able to fulfill the dictum of our sages.” He then quoted their writings in a book called Pirkei Avot:
In place of no men, endeavor to be a man” [Avot 2:5].
Going back to the Purim story, Rabbi Green opines: “In a place where no one is behaving as a Jew, you can now stand up and be a Jew. Though few in number, it is we — you and I — who are behaving as Jews. We shall be the fearless Mordechai’s and Esther’s and act selflessly on behalf of our people. Remember Mordechai’s impassioned plea to his cousin:
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and rescue will arise for the Jews from elsewhere, and you and your father’s household will perish; and who knows, perhaps you have attained your royal position precisely for just such a crisis.” (Esther 4:14)
Depending on you
He concludes his message with a call to action to speak out for freedom that the people depend on saying: “So, if you are a solitary voice of reason in your community, don’t despair. You have been singled out by G-d for this awesome challenge. Divine providence has blessed you with awareness, clarity, and moral fortitude precisely for this present crisis. Don’t remain silent. Be the true Jew and speak out now. Your entire people are depending on you. Humanity is depending on you.”