I was raised in a Conservative Jewish family and spent World War II filled with anger at Nazi, Germany. Little did I dare to dream that one day, Rabbis would be echoing the words of Heinrich Himmler. A recent book by two Rabbis contains ideas that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party would welcome as though spoken by one of their followers. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, in their new book, “The King’s Torah,” wrote the following words:
“Even if civilians are tied up or imprisoned and have no choice, but to stay and serve as hostages, it is possible to kill them.” “In discussions on the killing of infants and children.. it is reasonable to harm children if it is clear they will grow up and harm us.”
Following is what SS leader, Heinrich Himmler told his men after hearing some had problems with killing women and children. This is from a 1943 speech to them: “We have the moral right, we have the duty to our people to do it (kill Jews) to kill this people who wanted to kill us. We have carried out this most difficult task for the love of our people.” He added some words about killing women and children emphasizing, we cannot “allow the avengers of our sons and grandsons to grow up.”
How can any Jew today maintain respect for the leaders of Israel, particularly their rabbis??