“Ehr Kumt” (Yiddish for “he’s coming”) pulpit sermon of the century

FrontPage Magazine published this clarion sermon about Islamic anti-Semitism, delivered by Rabbi Shlomo Lewis of Atlanta on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, 2010, which has been referred to as the “Sermon of the Century.”

 “I remember one Shabbos in 1938 when Vladimir Jabotinsky came to the shul” (Jabotinsky was Menachim Begin’s mentor – he was a fiery orator, an unflinching Zionist radical, whose politics were to the far right.) Joe continued “When Jabotinsky came, he delivered the drash on Shabbos morning and I can still hear his words burning in my ears. He climbed up to the shtender, stared at us from the bima, glared at us with eyes full of fire and cried out. ‘EHR KUMT. YIDN FARLAWST AYER SHTETL – He’s coming. Jews abandon your city.’ ”
We thought we were safe in Lithuania from the Nazis, from Hitler. We had lived there, thrived for a thousand years but Jabotinsky was right — his warning prophetic. We got out but most did not.”
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