October 23, 2018

Why I Blew the Shofar at the Nazi Rally Today

When the Nazis announced that they were planning on marching today in Washington, D.C., I knew I needed to go and be a counter voice. Where there is evil we must raise a voice.

Our group went with two signs:

1) Nazis= Evil

2) There are no good Nazis.

Our message was simple: Where there is wickedness, we must stamp it out.

I blasted the shofar – our sacred and pure sound- in order to drown out the evil shrieks of the Nazis.

Their plans were thwarted today. Few of them showed up. They were drowned out by the counter demonstrators. On top of that, at the first sign of heavy rains, they packed up and left.

We are fortunate that so few Nazis showed up, but we must always stay vigilant in our fight against evil.


Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is the rabbi of Ohev Sholom — The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C.