Under the smokescreen of headline-dominating world events such as the intercontinental ballistic missile threats from North Korea, the amusement park in the White House, and constantly rising tensions in our part of the world, few people seem to be paying attention to the imminent threats against Jews around the world, especially now, with the Temple Mount tensions as a convenient excuse for letting the Jew-hating demon out of the bag. The Jews of Turkey are under attack; if all of human rights under the foolish dictator Erdogan are at risk, then those of the Jews are ten-times endangered. It's time for them to leave Turkey and to come home to Israel. 18,000 of our fellow Jews are still there.
What do addicts and exiles have in common? Both groups are in denial. The Jews of Germany as late as 1938 claimed, "We're Germans first, then Jews - no one here will harm us." What a rude awakening they had. Today, the Turkish Jews are saying the same thing. They're assimilating faster and faster and even their Turkish-Jewish tradition is waning.
My own wife may Hashem bless her, who was born in Tel Aviv, is the daughter of Turkish-Jewish parents who came to Israel from Istanbul in 1948. My wife's parents stayed In Israel despite the tough conditions but their brothers and sisters returned to Turkey. Today, they are all intermarried and have no Jewish offspring left. So, in effect, my wife's glorious family who migrated to Turkey after being forced out of Spain in 1492, have been wiped out - in Turkey, but not in Israel. Here, we are privileged to raise new generations of emuna Jews, committed to Hashem, His Torah, our land and our people.
It's a hot summer for anti-Semitism but even a hotter summer for assimilation. Don't let that happen to your family. Come home while you still can.