Thursday, August 09, 2007

What I saw at the revolution...

No, it would be quite wrong to say that the Jews "organized" the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, just as it was not organized by any other nation as such.

[But, i]n the case of young Jewish revolutionaries (and, alas, their mentors), as well as those Jews to whom the encyclopedia refers as "the important driving force of the revolution," what was forgotten was the wise counsel of the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews taken to Babylon: "Seek the welfare of the city where I [the Lord] have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf: For in its welfare you will find your welfare." (Jer. 29:7).

In contrast, the Russian Jews who had joined the revolutionary
movement were burning with eagerness to tear that city down. They were blind to the consequences.
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Two Hundred Years Together, vol. 1,
chapter 9

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