‘Non-Jews love me more than Jews,’ says Sergio Bergman, first Jewish religious leader to assume public office in country.
Rabbi Sergio Bergman made history on Tuesday when he was sworn in to the 60-member Buenos Aires municipal legislature.
He became the first Jewish religious leader to assume public office in the Catholic-majority country.
The 49-year-old native of Buenos Aires is hardly the first of Argentina’s approximately 200,000 Jews to enter politics. Hector Timerman, the country’s foreign minister, and Jose Alperovich, the governor of the state of Tucuman, are both Jewish, to name a few.
The Reform rabbi, who dons a colorful, broad-rimmed yarmulka and took his oath on the Torah instead of the Christian Bible, said the election of a visibly Jewish candidate to a senior position was especially significant because of Argentina’s past.
“It’s very important because in the 1950s, under [Argentinean dictator Juan] Peron, we invited the Nazis to come to this country,” he told The Jerusalem Post at the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting last month. “Now I can be elected and there has been no discussion over whether ‘we should let a Jew became a leader,’ and I think this is a good thing.”
Bergman was the top candidate on the list submitted by Propuesta Republicana (PRO), which won 60 percent of the vote in the Buenos Aires municipal elections last June.
Headed by Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, PRO is the main opposition to Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner’s Justicialist party.
“I know Macri well, and he is a friend of Israel,” Bergman said of his political boss, “and I know he has the common sense to distance Argentina from Venezuela and Iran.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
I did not know that there are 300.000 Jews left in Argentina.
What are they doing there?
I hope that the hunters will come a get them back home to Israel. Why stay and support a nation that is manly populated by Roman Catholics, who invited the Nazis to hide there, and escape trials for war crimes and the Holocaust?
but it will be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.
“But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks. My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.
That Sergio Bergman has been elected to the city council of Buenos Aires, will surly expose antisemitism. Many there come so many difficulties on the Jewish community, that they all return home to Zion.
He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.
I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Living a dhimme life under the yoke of Paganism is not going to save a single Jew. If they are being assimilated into the the Catholic Latino community, they will die and perish in the diaspora.
Written by Ivar