Rav Avigdor Miller on Flag Day (June 14)



People want to know if we should display the American Flag or is it considered going in the ways of the goyim?


The question is, is displaying the American flag, is that considered a gentile idea?

Let me tell you something.  Fifty years ago I wouldn’t have spoken about this.  I’ve been speaking more than fifty years in public and I didn’t speak about American flags. We don’t need it.  Who needs American flags?  It wasn’t necessary.  But today I say that if you want to do it, I say yasher koach to you. Do you know why?  Because all the reshaim are trampling on the flag and they’re trying to desecrate America.  You know why?  Not because they’re good goyim.  Because they’re reshaim gemurim.  The liberals are trying to ruin everything.  And when that wicked Supreme Court permitted burning an American flag and said you cannot make a law against it, it was a desecration of America.

After all, America is a good country.  We came from countries where we were persecuted and this country gave us all the rights.  I say we should kiss the ground of America.

I was in Europe for some time; I went there to study in the yeshiva. And when I came back I saw that America was a blessed country. It’s a gift of Hashem to us.  Shouldn’t we appreciate it?

And therefore I say a Jew should hang out the flag. Yes; today, yes. I won’t say you’re a sinner if you don’t but I think it’s a good thing to hang out the flag today.  It’s not a contradiction to being a frum Jew. It’s not a contradiction by any means.  We hang out the flag from this shul on the Fourth of July.

TAPE # 750 (September 1989)