The Rav spoke tonight about the pride we should feel in the fact that we are Hashem’s chosen people. But doesn’t that sometimes lead to a disrespect for non-Jews?
The public disrespect that is evident among some of our fellow Jews is not prudent. Not at all. It’s silly and it’s not a כבוד שמים. However, there is no question that when you think that you’re superior to the other fellow, when you know that you’re superior, then definitely you consider him inferior. It’s unavoidable!
But that doesn’t mean that you’re going to go around shouting from the rooftops, that someone else is inferior. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to upset the gentile nations. We’re not looking to start up with nations of the world today; they have their own religions and they’ll become angry at us.
But amongst ourselves, when we speak to each other of course we say the truth. Among ourselves we speak about the truth all the time. We must spread the news in our families, of course, of course. No doubt about it! Only that one has to be wise enough and respectful enough to not let our gentile neighbors know what we are thinking.
TAPE # 12 (June 1973)