Anti-Semitism comes home

Up until about three weeks ago, we had a Star of David prominently displayed on the front of our house by our front door. (A picture of it is in this post.)  I’m Jewish, my husband is in the process of converting to Judaism  – I’m proud of our Jewish home. But three weeks ago, something very disturbing happened and it was a reminder that I’m in a very different place from where I once was.

I was on a trip to New Orleans when my husband called me to tell me about something that had just happened.  He was in the living room and heard voices outside, so he looked out the window and saw three men on the street in front of our house. Two were walking down the street and the third man was standing directly in front of our porch on the street. Right as my husband pushed back the curtain, he saw that man give a Nazi salute to our house. He was flummoxed by it. Had he really seen that?

We have security cameras that pick up both video and audio but because they aren’t directed at the street, they weren’t able to record this incident. Even so, I told my husband to take that Star of David down. With the resurgence of anti-Semitism and the growing number of white supremacy groups in America and in our town, I shouldn’t have been surprised that we would encounter some of it. Still, though, it shook me to my core.

Now, three weeks later, I’m wondering if I did the right thing.  Why should I have to hide my Judaism just because there are stupid people in the world? Granted, they’ve been given a mandate to bring their hate out into the open thanks to the current occupant of the White House, but is taking down that symbol of Judaism hanging in front of our house the right thing to do? I don’t want to invite vandals and white supremacists to my door, but I also don’t want to hide who I am. Is there a “right thing to do” in this case?

9 thoughts on “Anti-Semitism comes home

  1. I am so sorry that this happened to you, I certainly do not have any answers and would never dream to offer advice on what you should or should not do.
    As for myself, my own personal faith choice is not the standard in my local area (very Catholic) and I am very quiet about it.

    That’s my choice, I will answer questions if directly asked so I am not hiding it but I also don’t bring it up either, I just live it day to day.

    Best of luck on your own choice..

    • I believe your approach is probably the right one. We shouldn’t have to hide who we are, but perhaps it’s best to be quiet about it. At least right now…

  2. You are absolutely NOT wrong for taking it down. What you’re describing is 100% why I don’t have any visible signs of Judaism on my home (except the mezuzah but you have to be inside my house to see it). Too scary these days.

    Stay safe. Do what you gotta.

    • Thank you for weighing in, as I believe you’re right. The only thing left up now is my mezuzah, but you have to be right up on the porch to notice it. And yes, it’s so scary right now, and growing scarier every day.

  3. Wow, thats really scary and I’m so sad that would happen! The reality youve stated is true. Supremacists and hate groups are emboldened and spreading their rhetoric. When 1 anong our human family is a target, we all are.
    I just want you to know. There are more with you, than against! 🤗

  4. This is about perspective. You are not hiding. You are protecting. I am not surprised this happened. I live in Los Angeles and for the first time in 20 years I’ve been living here — a young man, stoned out of his mind, started screaming at me as I walked back from a run with earbuds on — I was confused, I thought he needed help so I took off my headset and he called me the N word and that he was “taking his country back”… I was in shock. But I stood there silently. Luckily for me, I was in my neighborhood and people came out to assist…. all this to say, I no longer walk down the street of my very liberal, very blue town with my headset blaring and not paying attention to what it is going on around me. This does not mean I am not proud of who I am — this means I am realistic about the unleashing of hate that is now at the forefront and “allowed”. We will all get through this. We are Americans. And even though we sometimes take a long time to get through things, eventually, we do get it right. Stay safe, take care of your family. Make sure you vote, pray for Mueller. And don’t be confused. Protecting yourself and your family is most important.

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