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June 2, 2016 11:34 am

Pope Francis Tells Israeli Musician to ‘Never React’ When Provoked

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Pope Francis told an Israeli musician to “never react” when provoked by religious divisions. Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

Pope Francis told an Israeli musician to “never react” when provoked by religious divisions. Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Pope Francis on Monday told an Israeli musician to “never react” when provoked by religious divisions.

During a meeting at the Vatican with several active YouTube creators from various countries, the pope made the remark in response to Israeli musician Ofir Jacob’s question about how to make religious divisions “disappear.”

“You as a Jew can remember the first pages of the Bible. After the creation, immediately one brother kills his brothers,” Pope Francis said, referencing Cain’s murder of Abel and calling that act a crime of “jealousy and envy, the trend to divide.”

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“So when provoked, you should never react. Is better to look as a fool than react when you are provoked,” said the pontiff.

Jacob is a member of the Anna RF, an Israeli electro-ethnic-reggae band. The meeting with Pope Francis was organized by the Argentina-based church foundation Scholas Occurentes and Google, which owns YouTube.

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  • When words are used to rile a person, get them to look like the jackass – then yes – don’t respond. However, when words become weapons used to create division, subjugate others, define antagonism against others as justified – then that is not a time to remain silent. Such is the time we are in now. Fascists like the Pope, Obama, the EU… intent on destroying our rule of law, our Constitution. Intent on destroying Europe. Silence in these times is guaranteed suicide.

  • Yaakov

    I think what the pope is saying, in Jewish terms, is to avoid engaging in lashon hara, which only results in divisiveness and sinat chinam.

    “Guard my tongue from evil and my lips from deceitful speech”

    Often, maintaining one’s composure, remaining calm and centered, and not responding to provocative barbs or insults is a sign of strength and one that leads to respect.

  • judorebbe

    Don’t you just love it when we get the “turn the other cheek” lecture?

    • Herb Williamson

      …especially coming from someone who, not all THAT long ago, made a very public statement to the effect that: if you say something unseemly about MY mother, you CAN BET YOUR BOOTY that _I_ will react in a manner NOT REMOTELY RESEMBLING a turning of the OTHER cheek!

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