This list is by no means exhaustive. Indeed, it should be treated as a living document as we uncover further instances in which rabbis have called people ‘monkeys.’ If we’ve omitted anyone, do drop us a line and let us know.
It should also be noted that none of the rabbis included are obscure figures. They are all prominent in the Orthodox world, commanding great respect from people who don’t like to think too deeply.
Also important is that all this monkey talk is taking place at a time in history in which rabbis rule on the ‘mandatory’ nature of racist rental policies while calling for the expulsion of non-Jewish asylum seekers from Israel. This has emboldened others in Israel to refer to Africans as ‘cancer‘.
1. Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef – Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel.
This guy is special. He referred to secular women as, animals, because they dress ‘immodestly’. What’s the bet that a quick check of the Rav’s search history would yield a treasure trove!
From the article linked to above, ‘In March 2016, Yosef was forced to retract a comment that non-Jews should not live in Israel, calling it “theoretical.”’
I like the cut of this man’s jib (not really)!
Next time I say something really offensive, I’ll just tell the offended to harden the fuck up because I’m just being ‘theoretical!’
‘Non-Jews, Yosef said, are in Israel only to serve Jews.’
Nice! How about non-Jews *outside* of Israel, Rav? Do we still get to be served by them, or do we need to make Aliya if we want to treat non-Jews like sub-humans?
So how does a #kkklassy guy like Yosef get to the top rabbinic job?
I mean, it’s not like he shares his filthy racism with the Prime Minister or anything… oh wait a second… he actually does!
2. Hershel Schachter – leading rabbi at Yeshiva University.
Another special guy! But Rav Hershel – who is Cousin Isaac Balbin’s rabbi, I’ll have you know! – isn’t calling black people monkeys. He’s calling *women* monkeys.
He just calls black people ‘shvartzehs (nig**rs)’ who want to kill Jews in prison, and that’s why you must worry about reporting a Jewish child rapist to police.
And that’s just the start.
If you want a more detailed look at one of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis of our generation, and his sickening attitudes towards women, rape, black people, and the LGBTQI community, go here.
3. Amnon Yitzhak – ultra-orthodox evangelist.
Yitzhak has reportedly said that if Jewish women date Sudanese men, they will inevitably wind up climbing trees and eating bananas.
If you’re shaking your head in disbelief, just remember, this is a guy that thinks women *driving* is spank-fodder – in other words, hot! Or ‘immodest,’ if you will. He believes that such sexually alluring behaviour must be contained and women should therefore be forbidden from driving.
Of course, no one is all bad. Yitzhak at the very least, provides glorious entertainment in his smack-downs with fellow far right rabbinic nutbar, Yossi Mizrachi.
4. Zecharia Wallerstein – This Brooklyn rabbi can’t handle the chub he gets when confronted with the very *idea* of frum (religious) ladies doing Zumba.
I am not making this up: he genuinely said, ‘“Zumba will become pole, pole will become prostitution and you will lose all of your kids… The whole world is just falling apart.”’
Faaark! Who knew?! Next time I wiggle my tuches to a tune, I’ll be sure to remember where my kids are!
Of course, not all women are smart enough to understand what he meant, so he expanded, ‘
“What are you dancing like an animal for? You do the class, then you come home and sit down with your children, with the voice in your ears of these animals?”
The rabbi also suggested that Zumba dancers were “like monkeys in the jungle”.’
Do you have any rabbis who have compared folks to monkeys? If so, get in touch.