Henry Ford Sr. And His Hatred Of Jews

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CHABAD.ORG)

 

The International Jew, the four-volume, virulently anti-Semitic tract, written and self-published by Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford Sr. in the early twenties and said to have inspired Adolf Hitler (may his name be erased) to write Mein Kampf, is partially true. And though I’m certain it wasn’t the intention of the author, I must tell you, the ‘partly true’ part of the book left me feeling more proud to be Jewish than anything I’ve read since… well, perhaps since Leon Uris’s Exodus.

It’s a well-established idea in Judaism that nothing can exist if it doesn’t contain at least a modicum—some homeopathic dose—of pure truth. This past summer I spent a Shabbat at a friend’s house in Minneapolis and it was by complete surprise that I happened on a bit of that truth. As they always do in the northern latitudes of Minnesota, that mid-July Shabbat day seemed like it would never end. Sometime around 7:00 p.m., with the sun still high on the horizon, I reached up and discovered a dog-eared copy of The International Jew on a crowded bookshelf.

I grew up in Minnesota, a place that for all its liberal leanings was the original home of the National Socialist Movement in 1974. Knowing this fact, and having felt acutely the effects of anti-Semitism as a boy, I was curious.

For historical context, just think what it might have felt like to be Jewish if Apple founder, Steve Jobs, had used his economic power and social standing principally to spread Jew-hatred. Like Steve Jobs, Henry Ford was wildly popular and a much-beloved figure among most Americans at the time The International Jew was first published. And imagine if Steve Jobs had written a similarly anti-Semitic screed and put a copy of it on every new iPad!

As frightening as that sounds, Henry Ford did much the same thing in his day. Ford used his money and influence to finance The Dearborn Independent, a nationally distributed newspaper, dedicated in large part to the propagation of his anti-Semitic worldview, in which he first published excerpts from The International Jew. With a circulation that reached 900,000 by 1925, it was second only to The New York Daily News in scope. The effect of Ford’s widespread hate mongering on Jews, both in America and worldwide, was so devastating it is nearly impossible to overstate.

The International Jew is rife with outlandish proclamations such as:

Jazz is a Jewish creation. The mush, slush, the sly suggestion, the abandoned sensuousness of sliding notes, are of Jewish origin.

But alongside them, and the malevolent ignorance of the book’s overall conceit, in which a mysterious cabal of super-Jews are using their devilish ingenuity and international reach to destroy the world—there was one idea that Ford kept coming back to:

There is lacking in the Gentile a certain quality of working-togetherness of intense raciality, which characterizes the Jew. It is nothing to a Gentile that another man is a Gentile; it is next to everything to a Jew that the man at his door is another Jew.

It was as if that very notion had pained him, not just in some general or academic sense, but personally. Ford couldn’t seem to wrap his head around why Jews—Jews who’d never met one another, Jews who didn’t share a common language or a cultural heritage, could be so immediately at home with one another. How was it, he wondered, that the Jews, a people that had been in exile for thousands of years and virtually cut off from each other, could create such an immediate sense of trust and familiarity?

What Ford could never fathom was what we Jews know as “Ahavat Yisrael,” the innate love a Jew has for a fellow Jew. This, of course, is not to say that a Jew doesn’t have, or is not capable of having, G‑d forbid, love for others. In the same way that I love my brother more than my closest friend, and my closest friend more than a mere acquaintance, this hierarchy of loves is actually instructive in how to love in a larger sense.

But what is the glue that binds one Jew to another? Is it a cultural or culinary connection like a love for the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer or gefilte fish? Or is it a shared language—Yiddish or Ladino, for example? What I have come to understand is that the Torah itself is at the root of the deep, almost mystical affinity of one Jew for another.

Now some might say they don’t accept its Divine origins, some may dispute the present-day relevance of certain of its laws, still others may consign the entire Torah to mere historical artifact. But one thing is indisputable: Unlike any other people on the planet, the Jewish nation has remained intact throughout its 2,700 years of diasporic existence. I believe it is only possible because we were given the Torah, a Testimony of laws, and highly specified codes of morality, that we have been able to accomplish this miraculous feat.

But even with all our differences, whether political, religious, or cultural, when the Torah is removed from the ark on the holiday of Simchat Torah, the day we celebrate having been given this precious and unifying document, we will rush as one to kiss it, to embrace it, and to dance with it—as if the Torah were a beautiful child.

In that moment we won’t be holding parchment scrolls; we will be carrying history itself. We will dance, not just with our friends and community members, but also with our grandparents, many of whom died to uphold the Torah.

And when we raise our voices to sing on Simchat Torah, we will sing for our children, those born and those yet to be born, and for brothers and sisters so distant it’s unlikely we will ever meet them—and perhaps most of all, we will sing for departed loved ones who can no longer sing for themselves. On Simchat Torah, we will celebrate the joy of having been given nothing less than the embodiment of God’s Will.

Throughout the millennia it has been our shared sense of mission to that “Will,” along with the connection to one another that sense of mission inspires, which has been the cause of so much enmity among our adversaries.

But on Simchat Torah, and during the coming year, I won’t be dwelling on hatred. Instead, I will focus my mind and heart on kindness, on unity, and on a renewed sense of Jewish pride —a pride that emerged from the unlikeliest of sources —the unadulterated animus of The International Jew, among the most ruthlessly anti-Semitic works of the 20th century.

Science And The Bible Agree On The Beginning Of Time People Just Don’t Realize It

Science And The Bible Agree On The Beginning Of Time People Just Don’t Realize It

 

I hope that this title was able to get the attention of as many people as possible. Please, after you have read this, with and open mind, I hope that you will forward it onto all the people you know.

 

Are you familiar with the term “lying by omission”? My spouse uses that one on me every once in a while. She usually gets on me about it when she asks me things like how are you feeling today and I fail to inform her of each and everything that hurts that day. Sometimes if I just give her a general kind of canned answer is because I feel some things are not important enough to mention, sometimes I don’t feel like a conversation that to me just sounds like whining so I just say I’m okay instead. She says that is lying by omission, I guess that the correct answer is dependent on the feelings of the beholder.

 

There is a reason for the upper paragraph. I am going to use this type of example in regards to the Bible’s very first book, the book of Genesis. Whether you are familiar with this book or not I ask you to please reread the first two chapters then come back to this post. You often hear people say “the Bible says this or the Bible doesn’t say that”. In my life I have noticed that most of the time people do not have any idea what the Bible says about most things because they are going on hear say evidence, not on the facts they might learn if they actually opened it up once in a while and read things on their own.  But it is an obvious truth that the Bible doesn’t tell us everything about everything. For examples the Scriptures don’t say anything about dinosaurs so being it doesn’t is it lying by omission? Well, it doesn’t say anything about jet planes or automobiles either, or if the Chicago Cubs will ever win another World Series, so what does all of that mean? If Moses, “a friend of God”, didn’t write it down does that mean they didn’t or won’t exist? Sometimes we humans actually need to use some basic common sense to be able to see through our own bias, ignorance, and hatreds.

 

With this paragraph I would like to address issues about the beginning of the Earth and how people of the Christian and Jewish faiths don’t understand the obvious things about those first two chapters of Genesis. Do you think if Moses had written (or even knew about) the things written above and had spelled it out to the people do you think the people would have listened to him, or would they have laughed him to scorn or even stoned him to death for being totally crazy? The Scriptures speak several times about how God’s time (clock) and ours are not the same yet people, even those of faith, believe that the Earth and all things on it were created in six human days. Pardon folks, but that is obvious stupidity. If you pay attention, or even bother to read the Scriptures they are littered with examples/occasions where God spoke to His Prophets about things that were to come like with the great walled city of Nineveh how it would come down and the cities massive walls destroyed by water. A couple of generations after the warnings from the Prophet Jonah the flood waters knocked down one corner and her enemies rushed in and slaughtered them. God very often speaks events and the building blocks of His words then occur. I do not know what one of Gods days are but it is very plain it is not our days. Think about it, every planet in our solar system has a different amount of time in its rotation around the Sun. I as a devout Christian have no doubt about the occurrence of the “Big Bang”.

 

I have no doubt at all that the world is billions of years old like scientist say it is and that there is such a thing as evolution, just not to the point that science through their lack of knowledge and faith speak of. One of the things that is very important for people to understand is spelled out very plainly in the first and second chapter that there were TWO HUMAN CREATIONS. Go back, read it again, in the first chapter on day six God created man and he created woman and then on the seventh day He rested from His work. Then, in the second chapter after all those things were done He created His garden (Eden) and then He created Adam and a little bit later created Eve. Two creations folks, the first human creation was the gentiles, that is you and me folks, we are not of “the royal blood line”. We humans did not crawl out of the sea nor did we evolve from monkeys. It was thousands of years before Adam and Eve that God populated the Earth with humans. Humans as we know us to be now, no. Before He created that “royal blood line”(Adam and Eve) God dispersed gentiles among all the lands of the Earth, but we did evolve one from another. People question where different types of people vanished to, why they went extinct, the answer is simple, they were bred out. This is evolution, there is truly a missing link or two or three between gorillas and the gentile human race that never existed this is why science will never find it.

 

Most Christian people want to think our lineage goes back to Adam and Eve and at least here in America our egos refuse to accept the obvious and that is that we are not all related. The Jew and the Greek/gentile, from the beginning of Scripture all the way through the last book (Revelation) we are spoken of as two people’s. Even Jesus Himself in referring to the gentiles as “before this time were not a people” and He even referred to us Gentiles as “dogs”. We did not “become a people” until after the resurrection of Jesus. Through Christians ignorance we don’t believe science and atheist science through their ignorance don’t believe the Bible. It appears that through lack of knowledge on both sides the greatest errors are humans not God’s. Please think about these things, these are things I have never heard in any church building, Synagogue, or Mosque, it is revelations shown to me through much study and much prayer. These ‘Revelations’ are not just to me, they are there for everyone to see, to read, and to understand. We are all children of God now, we will all answer for our own good and our own sins. We are all brothers and sisters, it is only in our ignorance that we look down our noses at others, and we will all individually answer for our own stupidity at Christs Judgement Seat after we die. Study the Scriptures daily to see if the things we are being told in our houses of worship are the truth or not so that we do not have to be ashamed at our own judgement. The people who write the science books desperately need to do the same. In both instances both have somethings correct, and through lack of knowledge, both have some things wrong.

 

 

 

 

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