St. Paul Chabad Rabbi Manis Friedman was one of several rabbis asked to respond to the question “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” in Moment magazine’s current issue. His answer, which focused on war and advised, “”Kill men, women and children (and cattle),” drew immediate, outraged response from both Jews and Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations-MN called on Jewish and Muslim groups to denounce Friedman, and quoted Rabbi Haim Beliak, executive director of the national educational foundation HaMifgash, who said: “The original quote and the apology by Manis Friedman suggest a debased morality and an atrophied ethical sensibility. Friedman does not speak for Judaism.” The Chabad Lubavitch world headquarters in Brooklyn also denounced the statement, saying, “We vehemently disagree with any sentiment suggesting that Judaism allows for the wanton destruction of civilian life, even when at war.”
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