Cutting Hair, Cutting Words, Loving Our Neighbor

The Torah commands us not to be silent when we witness or learn about dangerous things happening in our community, things that can threaten the well-being of our family, friends and neighbors: “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” (Leviticus 19:16) This command to act is grounded in another command: “You shall love thy neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18) Because we should love our neighbors, we should get involved when something is amiss in our community. Earlier this week, I learned from social media, our modern-day town square, that Ivan Reich, a well-known member of the Jewish community, was getting his hair cut at Kiko’s Barber Shop in Plantation and allegedly experienced anti-Semitism, specifically (and allegedly) an employee at the shop making comments that suggested that the Holocaust did not happen. His allegations attracted a lot of attention on Facebook – both positive and negative. Kiko’s responded, and…