Above: Rabbi Eliezer Gurary
Chabad Rabbi, Made New Chief Rabbi Of Krakow, Calls All Non-Jews Anti-Semites, Then Lies To Try To Cover Up For It
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Senior Polish rabbis and Jewish community lay leaders lashed out at a statement made by Krakow’s new chief rabbi earlier this month in an interview with the Israeli West Bank Settler news website Arutz Sheva.
The new Chief Rabbi of Krakow, Chabad Rabbi Eliezer Gurary, told Arutz Sheva that all non-Jews hate Jews – a restating of Chabad’s theology that says that any good a non-Jew does for a Jew is done for completely selfish reason and that non-Jewish souls come from an impure source.
“…The souls of the nations of the world, however, emanate from the other, unclean [i.e., impure, as opposed to Jews, whose souls come from a pure source] kelipot [shells or husks, a kabbalist term] which contain no good whatever, as is written in Etz Chayim, Portal 49, ch. 3, that all the good that the nations do, is done out of selfish motives. Since their nefesh [soul] emanates from kelipot [shells or husks, a kabbalist term] which contain no good, it follows that any good done by them is for selfish motives.…” Tanya, the so-called ‘bible’ of Chabad hasidic theology written by the first rebbe of Chabad , Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Lyadi, end of Chapter 1.
There is also the old rabbinic aphorism oftren cited in Chabad theology, “Eisav hates Ya’akov,” which is taken to mean “All non-Jews [save an extremely tiny handful of righteous gentiles] hate the Jewsih people.”
Gurary stated it this way.
“Let’s state it very clearly: those who are not a Jew – do not like Jews. Everyone understands and knows it,” Gurary said.
The six senior Polish rabbis who belong to the Association of Rabbis in Poland wrote Friday they “firmly oppose” Gurary’s remarks.
“We are hoping that Rabbi Gurary will withdraw his harmful declaration.…[T]he generalization that Gurary made is simply not true. [Here in Poland] we are fighting prejudice and we are working on good relations with our countrymen regardless of their religion or ethnicity,” the rabbis wrote.
Also on Friday, five senior Polish Jewish lay leaders wrote they were “disturbed and deeply concerned” by what Gurary said, noting Gurary had “essentially painted all non-Jews as anti-Semites” – which is essentially what Chabad theology itself says.
When confronted with the storm over his anti-gentile remark, Gurary responded by lying and accusing opponents of smearing him. He denied making the statement as quoted, claimed Arutz Sheva (which is very supportive of Chabad) had misquoted him, and accused critics of targeting him personally in “a vicious and lowly blood libel.”
But the recording of the interview, obtained by the JTA, proves Gurary is lying.
On the tape Gurary reportedly makes the anti-gentile statement as quoted by Autz Sheva and adds to it.
“This shouldn’t come as news, anyone who lives out [of Israel] can tell you the history of non-Jews’ attitude. Of course, there are places where this is more felt, and there are places where this is less felt. In some places sympathy to Jews is more felt; in others, hatred to Jews is more felt,” Gurary said.
The Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Shudrich opposed Gurary’s recent appointment as chief rabbi of Krakow.
However, Jewish law leaders headed by the president of the Jewish community in Krakow, Tadeusz Jakubowicz, supported Gurary’s candidacy because he was already known to them as a Chabad emissary there for eight years.