There are 2 ways to annihilate the Jewish people. One is gory with blood and guts, tearful funerals, heart wrenching eulogies etc.
The other is a lot more subtle but is doing a MUCH BETTER JOB in the last 70 years. It is accompanied with music, dancing, eating and drinking. Everybody gets all dressed up and the partial demise of the greatest nation on earth is celebrated with a big party.
Here is an example from yesterday's paper:
Sarah Beth King and Zachary Adam Friedman were married April 29 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Msgr. Robert T. Ritchie, the rector of St. Patrick’s and a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Friedman, 33, is a lawyer in private practice in New York. She is also the founder of Loudist, a news media website based there. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Miami.
The bride is a direct descendant of Edward Doty, a passenger on the Mayflower and a signer of the Mayflower Compact.
She is the daughter of Barbara L. King and Lawrence J. King of Ogdensburg, N.Y. The bride’s father is a recreation program leader at Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Her mother retired as an elementary schoolteacher at John F. Kennedy School, also in Ogdensburg.
Mr. Friedman, 39, is the founder and chief executive of Make Lemonade, an online personal finance company based in New York. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Columbia and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard.
He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard Kennedy School.
He is a son of Judith N. Friedman and Dr. Stuart Friedman of Beverly Hills, Calif. The groom’s father is a nephrologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
39 years ago, a man stood with a tallis over his head, circumcised a child, bringing him into the covenant of Avraham Avinu and said "יקרא שמו בישראל זכריה אדם בן שמואל" and blessed him with Torah, chuppah and maasim tovim. But today we see, no Torah, no chuppah and maasim tovim [every Jew is FILLED with maasim tovim] that are divorced from anything G-dly.
The grooms great grandfather [or great great] was almost definitely a pious, devout Jew with a long beard and huge kippah and his great grandmother wore a modest kercheif and davened with tears. Now this Jewish boy is marrying a gentile girl whose antecedents came over on the Mayflower. A CHURBAN.
Not one but 70 percent of all marriages are with Gentiles.
Yet - barely a peep. WHY DON'T WE CARE MORE??? Because we don't feel it. Why not?
1] We are too BUSY. So much to do. BUSY-BUSY-BUSY!! CRAZZZY BUSY.
2] Also, all of our friends marry Jewish. Everyone in our community marries Jewish.
3] We also don't feel the damage it does to our neshama. If every intermarriage cost us 5k then we would notice and care. The reality is that it does MUCH MORE than 5k worth of damage to our neshmos. When a Jew intermarries it causes a serious blemish in our collective and personal neshomos. Every time a man goes to bed with his non-Jewish wife [and Jewish wife with her non-Jewish husband] it brings illness, sadness and tragedy to the world in a very real way. However, since we are not sensitive to the state of our neshmos and the consequences of our actions, we don't notice. But that doesn't change the facts. Sin [especially this one] brings death, disease and suffering to the world. How do I know? Because our tradition teaches us.
What is the solution??
MONEY MONEY AND MONEY.
We must invest resources to spread people and educational programs around to save these peoples souls. Thank G-d we have Chabad, NCSY, Aish Hatorah etc. but it is clearly not enough.
Let us have mercy on the poor, tortured souls of people like Zechariah Friedman and our own souls which suffer along with them. There is NOTHING greater than saving Jewish souls. The Zohar said that if peoplee knew the reward for such an action they would pursue it relentlessly. So if you know non-religious Jews - invite them for a Shabbos. Talk to them about Judaism. Try to be mekarev them.
Anybody listening??? Does anybody care? Is anybody crying that day after day more and more neshamos are being lost??