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We, of the Jewish Defense League of Second Life, the Jewish people and its friends among the world, still stand together in shock over the horrific massacre of six holy Jews in the Chabad House of Mumbai. Therefore this post, is a tribute to those holy martyrs. May G-d avenge their blood and bring us the final geula (redemption).

Rabbi Holtzberg HY”D about his work in Mumbai, India

Just as all Jews or sane people in general, I too was and still am stunned since first hearing that Islamic terrorists had taken over the Mumbai Chabad house. I sat, literally for days – together with Jews from all around the world – glued to the news and the internet, saying tehilim and davening in between, in the hope to get some good news about the Mumbai kedoshim who died al kiddush Hashem (as a sanctificaton of G-ds name). They died, just because they were Jewish. These holy martyrs; Chassidic, non-Chassidic, religious and even not religious. The difference didn’t matter to the terrorists. Yes, they were holy Jews.

Perhaps, one of the only good things out of this tragedy was the miracle of little Moishele’s survival. The two year old son of Rabbi Gavriel and Rebbetzin Rivka Holtzberg HY”D was heroically saved by his nanny Sandra Samuel (may G-d grant her a long and good life and award her greatly in the next world).

Moshe – whose second birthday was last Shabbos, the day after the siege of the Chabad house – has no parents anymore. No ‘abba’ or ‘ima’ to take care of him. And so, it was painful to see how the little boy cried for his ‘abba’ and ‘ima’ today at the memorial for his parents, not yet realizing that they aren’t here anymore. Their holy neshomes (souls) are now with the Ribono Shel Olom.

May G-d always guard and protect Moishie ‘the Mumbai miracle’  just as He did last week. And may he grow up to be as great as his parents, of blessed memory, were.
‘Answer to terror’ by Chabad:


You can help in order for these holy souls to be elevated, commit yourself to a mitzvah (or more mitzvos)! Please click, here.

Fund to assist family of Mumbai victim:
A fund has been established to assist the family of Bentzion Kruman [The media has been spelling it Chroman]. The fund is endorsed by Rabi Aron Twerski and others.

One may donate online by visiting http://www.krumanfoundation.org/

The names of those who died al kiddush Hashem are:

Rabbi Gavriel Noach ben Nachman HY”D
Rivka bas Shimon HY”D
Rabbi Aryeh Leibish ben Nochum Ephraim HY”D (who spent his last moments on this earth learning Maseches Brochos).
Rabbi Bentzion ben Chaim Dov Hacohen HY”D
Yocheved Orpaz HY”D (awaiting name of father)
Norma Schwartzblatt-Rabinowitz HY”D (still awaiting shem b’yisroel and name of father)
3 kedoshim as yet unidentified HY”D

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An edited version of the article below was published in the 2life Magazine issue of Kislev 5769 / December 2008. The article below however is the original, unedited version.

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In the 2nd issue of 2Life Magazine published in May 2007 we first addressed the issue of Nazi furs in Second Life. Since that time the Second Lifers Against Hate (SLAH), Zionist Association of Second Life (ZASL), and the Second Life Jewish Defense League (SLJDL) documented the activities of several neo-Nazis in Second Life – including the Nazi furs known as the Furzis.

When we first encountered the Nazi furs we confronted them and were met with a full gamut of denials: ‘we are history buffs’, ‘we have a uniform fetish’, some of them even claimed to be Jewish. (On that note: Jews are not exempt from being anti-Semitic any more than an American is exempt from being a spy for the Russians.)

Over the course of several months we witnessed egregious violations of the Second Life Terms of Service (TOS), including the construction of derogatory and racist objects and avatars, the uploading and display of anti-Semitic images, and the sale of these items to the general public. They displayed the Nazi symbols “swastika” and “totenkopf” (or Death’s Head) not in the context of historical role-play, but in everyday life. They constantly played neo-Nazi, racist and otherwise offensive music, video, and speeches. We saw harassment, greifing, and taunting of persons represented as Jewish by their username or avatar.

One of the most disgusting things we saw was a “Concentration Camp avatar”, complete with a Juden star pinned on the chest. Another avatar was made in the image of Anne Frank, again with a Juden star pinned on the dress. They created gas chambers complete with cans of Zyklon-B (the chemical gas used in the gas chambers at Nazi death camps). Avatars displaying the swastika, White Power logos, KKK uniforms, and Nazi uniforms goose-stepped in circles while chanting “Seig heil!” We saw avatars performing racist gestures and running animations designed to intimidate and degrade others based on race or religion.

Another particularly disturbing discovery is that they created a “Jewbot” that handed out Nazi paraphernalia when clicked on; it held an Israeli flag in it’s left hand, an Israeli passport in it’s right, and a Star of David on it’s forehead. It had a big nose and curly locks similar to those Orthodox Jews wear. They had a posterboard and continuously updated it with vile images. “The Jew has multiple penises so he can sodomize Christians and Muslims simultaneously” read one poster.

The neo-Nazis played a cat-and-mouse game of cover-up using whatever method served them best. Theirs claims that they are “history buffs or have a “uniform fetish” (the definition of which, we do not fully understand) were swept away as we collected more and more evidence of their anti-Semitism. They even invoked their 1st Amendment rights.

The truth is they are racists and hate Jews. We say that based on the evidence – it’s not conjecture. They are obsessed with Jews and talk about us every very hours.

Anti-Semitism, though, was not the full extent of what we found. Adolphe Heinkel called Barrak Obama a “monkey”, and said if he were elected it would be “the first time in the history of the world an animal became president.”

Of course, people who don’t want to believe something won’t until the proof is completely undeniable. The fact that many people didn’t see this is astonishing to us, but then the fact that people are going to dress up as Nazis and see nothing wrong with it is just as incredulous.

In the end the Furzis and their friends were punished. The sale of most of the Nazi uniforms and other paraphernalia was stopped. The racist objects created by these neo-Nazi groups, such as the “Jewbot”, were erased. The main store where these items were being sold was shut down. The leader of the neo-Nazi group known as the Furzis was permanently banned. Some members of the neo-Nazi groups were suspended, others banned permanently. Linden Lab took these actions as a result of information we presented to them proving the level of anti-Semitism and hatred of these people. Due to the efforts of our groups a neo-Nazi in Canada was arrested and military weapons were confiscated by the police.

Although racists, neo-Nazis, and antisocial individuals may always be part of the community, using Second Life as a tool to promote and justify racist ideology can be stopped. The precedence set by Second Life now will be a guidepost for virtual worlds long into the future. It is up to us to stand up against racism and anti-Semitism now.

Unfortunately many in the Jewish community choose look the other way, and even actively oppose us. We believe this is due to a lack of heart, and condemn these actions. We consider helping racists by acts of omission wrong and obstruction of the effort to rid SL of them deplorable. We see many Jews mourning the Six Million, yet unwilling to inconvenience themselves in preventing the spread of Anti-Semitism today.

As a prime example of this, we are particularly disappointed with Beth Odets, one of the central figures in the Jewish community, who has worked exceptionally hard to cover up the extent of the problem. She would not acknowledge reports of harassment and Nazism that even we were aware of, much less volunteer information. She actually spread disinformation to prevent our groups from ascertaining the extent of the problems in the Israel and Ir Shalom sims. In issue the May 2007 issue of 2Life magazine she was quoted as saying “Unfortunately these things happen; what we need to remember is that in this life [Nazis] cannot harm us.” It is that very attitude that impedes the fight against anti-Semitism, hatred, and intolerance of all kinds. Members of our group have been threatened by Odets, and we condemn these threats as well as her actions in the fight against anti-Semitism in Second Life.

On the other hand, working together we have the power to strike a devastating blow to not just hate groups in Second Life, but to those in other virtual world systems to come (and therefore their larger online presence on the Web) by delegitimizing these groups. By addressing their cover-up schemes, and saying hate symbols and hate speech are not acceptable for any purpose, we pierce the veil of their organizations. No longer can they use the excuse that they are “history buffs”. No longer will there be the argument that displaying Nazi symbols and wearing KKK uniforms is an exercise in freedom of speech. We will have taken a stand for the entire community in denying safe haven for hate groups; especially given that this is the largest and most visible virtual community in the World. Hate groups are a scourge on our society, and we have the opportunity to decisively reject their message. What greater good can one do for social progress than that?

For instance, currently all objects created within Second Life are contained on the servers at the Linden Lab and IBM NOCs (Network Operations Centers), but in the not-so-distant future it will be possible to download objects created in Second Life onto a user’s own machine. While it is essential to the positive culture and progressive achievements of Second Life to eliminate anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms, it is perhaps more important to assure that Second Life is not used as a platform from which to spread 3D objects that promote hatred and racism throughout the Internet. However, there is a limited window of opportunity to eliminate these objects before they are released ‘into the wild’. If that occurs it will be trivial to distribute unlimited copies to anyone on the Internet.

Swastikas are arguably the most offensive symbols of the modern era. We do not believe they have any place in Second Life at all. Most WWII era Axis uniforms sold in SL do not have a swastikas on them, rather they use the Iron Cross symbol, which was (and is) a legitimate symbol of the German military. It is difficult to accept that not being able to wear swastikas on their uniforms is going to diminish the experience of WWII roleplay for people who have enough imagination to pretend they are Nazi soldiers in the first place. Hate symbols should be totally eliminated from SL.

If we allow any moral ambiguity on this issue the result will always be the same. When they were discussing the gas chamber Dick Volare built Michael Dumont said, “I think the only way you could do that and not get banned was to make it into, or at least disguise it as, a sort of memorial/museum.” Adolphe Heinkel  then added, “like the memorial of the shoah, we have that place in france, it’s disgusting.”

In order to do this Nazism must be specifically addressed in the TOS, and/or Community Standards clause. The rationalizations the neo-Nazi groups use to justify their behavior will no longer support them, and everyone will know without any doubt what is acceptable and what is unacceptable. This also goes for KKK uniforms, White Power symbols, and other well-known hate icons. This is key to preventing these hate groups from returning.

These groups will simply reconstitute themselves if not dealt with in a swift, decisive manner. We do not believe simply banning avatars, having users create new ones, and banning them again in a repetitive cycle is effective or sufficient to eliminate the metaproblem of Nazism in Second Life. In fact, after their leader Spotz Spork was permanently banned he just re-registered as Spotz Sporg. But it is not an insurmountable task to rid Second Life of neo-Nazi groups. We outlined a plan of action to do just that and put it on our website (www.jdlsl.com).

The emergence of gas chambers, Jewbots, concentration camp avatars, and veneration of the Holocaust is a natural consequence of disregard for the warning signs on the part of the Jewish community. It will happen again and again. Not only that, but Second Life is a microcosm of social interaction. How can we possibly consider ourselves good people – spiritual people – if we have no compunction with turning our backs on opposing intolerance and hatred? That is a total contradiction of what the Jewish people stand for.

But there is another point to this that many people forget: we don’t affect only ourselves, our children have to deal with whatever we leave behind. We owe it to them to fight for their right to live without fear and prejudice. Our apathy will be their anxiety. That’s not fair, and that’s not right; not when we can do something about it.

Second Life is a leap forward for human interaction. We need to do everything we can to ensure the insidious symbology and hateful invective prevalent in the world we live in is left behind by the world we create. If there ever were an opportunity to delegitimize vitriolic hatred and prejudice this would be the time. Can Second Life be better than real life? In this way at least, yes it can.

Click below for a report on Anti-semitic, Neo-Nazi activity in Second Life and find out what you can do against it.

Second Life Antisemitism Report

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It is said about Yerushalayim that whomever mourns her properly will merit to see her rebuilt. This year we have a new churban on our shoulders, just two years old. Furthermore, we have another one threatening on the horizon. Let us remember and mourn about this churban too – and let itbe an inspiration for us to put a better fight for the upcoming struggle!

It is told of Napoleon, that upon passing a synagogue during the Ninth of Av, looked inside and saw Jews sitting on the floor and weeping. When he inquired further he was told the Jews were mourning over the destruction of their Holy Temple. “How long ago did this occur?”, he asked. “About 1,500 years ago”. “In that case”, said Napolean, “there is no doubt that their Temple will be rebuilt. A people capable of crying for so long over its destroyed Temple and Land will eventually find its way home.”

While the Jewish People remained in the Exile, this was a nice story. Without a doubt, its optimistic message encouraged our people during times of severe hardships. Napoleon was keen enough to realize that a people who relives its past will succeed in conquering its future. Indeed, our sages have already stated that, “He who mourns for Jerusalem will merit to share in her joy”. (Tractate Taanit, 30)

However there exists one little problem. All this mourning was appropriate when we were forced into the Exile, being held at the mercy of the gentile nations and thus unable to forge our national destiny. In such a case, it was fitting to mourn “whole-heartedly” over our destroyed Temple and land. And today? One need not to have a Ph.D. in history to see how things have changed since the times of Napoleon. Then – the land of Israel lay desolate; today it is rebuilt. Then – Jews dreamt about coming to Israel; today Jews not only live in Israel, but they rule over it. Then – all we could do was cry… but today???

Is mourning the only imperative for today? Is it not a bit absurd to lament in the synagogue of the Exile, beseeching G-d for a speedy redemption, when all one need do is packing one’s bags and board an eastbound El Al. Is it enough to stand down by the “Wall” of the Temple Mount wailing over the destruction when it is in our hands to erect the fallen city; in our hands to purify the site from the foxes who degrade it, and yes, even in our hands to rebuild the Holy Temple! The historic opportunity to rebuild and renew burns in our hands, and instead we find 101 excuses to disregard it.

Fellow Jews! Let us open our eyes and appreciate the wondrous miracles that Hashem has granted us – miracles we have not witnessed since the days of our exodus from Egypt! He who cried, and only cried in the days of Napoleon did right; his tears were sincere. But today, he who only cries and does not combine his tears with real action – his lamentations leave much to be desired. His entreaties go unheeded, for G-d urges us on as he did to the Jews before their crossing of the Red Sea: “Why do you cry to Me? Speak to the Children of Israel – that they go forward!” What are you crying for? Go forward and determine your destiny! Arise and act to sanctify G-d’s Name!

Yes, something has happened since the day Napoleon walked into that shteeble on the Ninth of Av. Let us join those who are ready not only to cry, but also to do!

UPDATE 10/10/2008: Proof of the Furzi’s virulent anti-Semitism.

The Nazi Furs and VR Nazism
In case you are unaware, there is a group called the Furzis in Second Life. The name is combination of Furry + Nazi = Furzi. They dress like Nazis, have constructed a Nazi bunker, and worst of all, they are selling anti-Semitic propaganda.

As unfortunate as it is, a group of those cute little anthropomorphic avatars have turned to Nazism to satisfy what they claim is a “uniform fetish”. The display of Nazi symbols, wearing Nazi regalia, and other forms of Nazi worship have long since been rejected as glorifying the works and deeds of Hitler, and many European countries such as Germany, France, Belgium, and even Poland have laws against Nazism in any form. The display or sale of Nazi paraphernalia is banned in those countries. Yet these individuals regularly cover themselves in Nazi regalia as if the swastika has no more meaning than the ingredients label on a box of oatmeal.

While the Furzis claim to be ‘history buffs’, the fact is they have modified the Nazi uniforms to fit their own gang. In some cases, instead of a swastika on their arm band, there is a paw. The uniforms are not all the same, so one many have a swastika, and another an SS Death’s Head or Totenkopf. As for their claim that their interest in these symbols is historical, by their own admission they do not reenact any historical events.

How the Story Broke

On March 22 a Jewish girl by the name of Blaze Burns was shopping at Black Ops Guns and Gear, a weapons supply store, when she encountered a furry by the name of Shani Nosferatu wearing an SS officer’s hat with the Totenkopf symbol on it. Blaze, being Jewish, took great exception to this and asked her to remove the hat. The request was refused. A dispute ensued and the owners of the premises were called to the scene. Mavericus Nelson, Kayla Stonecutter, and Maverick Garfield, all employees of the store, stated in chorus that Shani had the “right” to display the Nazi symbol. Miss Burns teleported out of the sim with the prophetic words, “if you, or anyone allows NAZIs to run around in your sim you are going to have trouble from me and anyone i can find to help me.” To which Kayla replied, “have fun wasting your time then.”

Blaze alerted WebJedi Regent, also Jewish, to the situation, and requested his help to deal with the store owners. When Mr. Regent arrived at Black Ops Miss Nosferatu was still wearing the SS hat and all three admins were present. He protested, “you have someone wearing a NAZI uniform in your sim.” The reply from Kayla Stonecutter: “and? nothing illegal about it.”

Mr. Regent called the behavior “despicable”, “disgusting”, and “abhorrent”, at which point Mr. Nelson ejected him from the sim. Mr. Nelson was later quoted as saying, “let me state this there are Nazi political parties all through out the United States they are factions protected under the Constitution and how dare you sir tell people what they can and cannot wear.”

After all of this Miss Burns wanted to know where the hat came from; she tracked it back to Das Waffenamt – German Military Outfitters in Triphosa, a store owned by Spotz Spork and Rainbow Pirandello, Großadmiral and Reichsmarschall of the Furzis, respectively. Her discovery was announced over IM on the group Jews of Second Life.

The Confrontation

Along with several other members of the JSL and the Zionist Association of Second Life, I confronted them at their store. Specifically, we took exception to several anti-Semitic propaganda posters they are selling.

Let me be absolutely clear about this point: The Furzis are selling anti-Semitic posters, which were distributed as propaganda during the Holocaust. Whether or not you agree with the Furzi’s assertion that the 1st Amendment of

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the Constitution of the United States gives them the right to walk around in public wearing Nazi symbols, surely any reasonable person would agree that Nazi propaganda blaming the Jews for the World’s troubles and encouraging hatred of them is hate speech, which is not protected by the 1st Amendment.

Upon being questioned about this behavior Mr. Spork said, “the message behind all propaganda is the same, that someone is the enemy. What makes the US and Russian ones okay, but not the German ones? Now yeah, I know that the level of atrocities was different, but atrocities were committed by all sides.” I pointed out to him that the Nazis did not wage war against an opposing force with respect to Jews, they implemented assembly line extermination of an unarmed minority. He repeatedly refused to remove even the anti-Semitic propaganda posters saying it “wouldn’t make everyone happy.”

And what is happiness to the Furzis? Dressing like Nazis of course. When Unclejimbob Emmons of the ZASL asked them to “get rid of all the Nazi regalia and we will be happy.”

Mr. Spork responded, “Then me and my group wouldn’t be.”

“Wouldn’t be what?” I said.Nazi Paraphernalia for Sale

“Happy.” he replied.

“So you’re not happy unless you can wear swastikas,” I asked. His response: “I enjoy wearing uniforms.”

Incredulously, they were upset at being called Nazis, even though they were dressed as Nazis, in a Nazi bunker, selling Nazi paraphernalia.

According to Rainbow Pirandello, the Furzis have had several incidents of both griefing and legitimate protest, and have threatened to use the Banlink system against the JSL.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything bad or not. If you yawn on my land, I have the right to ban you,“ said Miss Pirandello. “Go read up on the land owners rights policy – I can ban whoever I want for whatever reason. And since I have had multiple people griefing and harassing from your group that’s all the reason I need. Consider your entire group banished from my land. Have a good one!”

The Furzis decided it would be humorous to put the Banlink sign directly over the anti-Semitic posters. Rainbow Pirandello: “Y’could put the banlink sign up right above the poster cubes.” Spotz Spork: “lol I will. Logging off now, I’ll just make something quick. IM me on YIM.”

Moral Relativism

I sat down with Mavericus Nelson, the head of R&D for Black Ops and the acting CEO in the absence of Grey Blankes, the owner, as she is currently deployed to Iraq, in order to get his perspective on the situation.

Miss Nosferatu “did not bother anyone or cause any problems, we even gave her help when she requested it, she was wearing a questionable outfit to say the least but it was her own prerogative to wear what she deemed fit. She was wearing a world war two German Gestapo uniform with swastika armband,” said Mr. Nelson.

“Mr. Regent arrived at the store and entered to shop, he caught eye of Shani and what she was wearing and started verbally harassing her, calling her a furry Nazi and other more colorful terms.”

“Now I don’t agree with what she was wearing but we have the [G-d] given right and freedom to wear and express ourselves as we see fit, as I told Mr. Regent when he contacted me yesterday saying that he was quote ‘if you wish to change your position I will require an announcement in group chat on the Black Ops channel recanting your support of the Nazi furs, and forbidding the display of Nazi paraphernalia on any property over which you have admin authority’.”

I pointed out that the 1st Amendment only protects freedom of expression in the public square, not on private property. “Yes it did take place on a private sim out of the public area, but I still have core believes that I will notRanbow & Festus forget just cause [it is] a private area.” But later Mr. Nelson stated, “Shani coming into the store may not of been a ‘peaceful assembly to express her beliefs’ but she at no time took aggressive steps towards anyone.”

So, in fact, Mr. Nelson did know that the Nazi uniform was not an attempt to make a political statement, but goes on to justify his actions under the auspices of non-violence. Never mind that a swastika is as close to a symbol of non-violence as we are to teaching dogs to do our taxes.

Additionally, there are many examples of “speech” or “expression” that are not protected in any venue, such as yelling “fire!” in a crowded theater or child porn. I asked how he could make such a distinction.

“Yes people do participate in pedophilia and its evil and wrong, but yes the Nazi party was evil and wrong but it is historical, it happened, there’s nothing we can do to change the fact that it happened, and for all we no Mrs. Nosferatu was on her [way] to a WWII reenactment of some sort.”

It is certainly difficult to believe that the reason Miss Nosferatu was dressed as a Nazi was that she was in transit to a WWII reenactment.

“I will not hinder someone against their own creative image, unless they are doing something that clearing (sic) and is morally wrong, or violated the second life TOS.”

But is it not a violation of the Community Standards section of the TOS to dress as a Nazi?Nazi Regalia 2

“Combating intolerance is a cornerstone of Second Life’s Community Standards” is the very first sentence describing the “Big Six” rules of conduct. How exactly does allowing a person to wear a swastika constitute “combating intolerance”. Has moral relativism now extended so far that Jews are considered “intolerant” when we object to the display of hate symbols?

The Furzi contend that their Nazi dress and actions are protected by free speech, but they also spread anti-Semitic propaganda under the same argument. What could possibly be more intolerant and, indeed, offensive than Nazi propaganda targeting Jews?

“Yes I am concerned with this group and every group like them that spreads nothing but hate and bigotry, but I cannot go out picking fights with everyone I don’t like because of what they stand for and promote,” Mr. Nelson said. But if what they stand for is wrong and leads to hate and violence then we shouldn’t oppose them by all necessary and proper means?

“This is not a perfect world sir and it’s doubtful it ever will be, but it’s our jobs to keep going and not give up hope. We must all pick our own battles and though we may not always agree with the outcome we have to keep on going, cause if we do not keep our heads held high and look towards the future, then we are doomed to stay stuck in the past.”

So here we are, looking at the same symbols that, 65 years ago, were the last thing seen by 6 million people, that represent the very definition of hate and intolerance, that are so repugnant to the society that spawned them it is punishable by many years in jail just for displaying them – and we are supposed to believe we should forget about? It’s ancient history? I, for one, hope that never, ever happens.

A New Hope

Saturday, April 14th, one day before Holocaust Remembrance Day, I had an interesting experience in SL. After finishing up an interview for this article I met up with Cryptomorph who told me of an incident which had happened earlier that day.

A land owner had to get help from LL to remove a huge sign (~5 x 5 meters) with a swastika on it from a neighbor’s property. I went to see the individual who removed the sign, a non-Jewish Australian, and he took me to see the property where the sign had been. We discovered that the one of the owners of the land (or so we thought) was Jewish. I tracked him down and of course he was as upset about it as we were. In fact, he is Israeli, so as you can imagine he was ready to take more aggressive measures if need be. It turned out he was on the property owner’s list because he helped the person who owns the land build the house that was there. The property had been abandoned and, for some reason I wasn’t able to ascertain, someone had chosen that spot to put up a giant swastika.

So today, one day before annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, an Israeli, an Aussie, a Spaniard, a Dutchman and an American teamed up to combat neo-Nazis; and SL made this possible.

This is only one example of the many experiences I have had in SL that gives me hope that virtual reality is going to facilitate cultural progress. I cannot accept that the evils of RL are inevitably going to infest SL.

Unlike the real world we, humans, are in full control. We created it, and we can manipulate it. Nothing is free, and there is no doubt there will always be those who seek to do evil, but we, as Jews are enjoined by G-d to combat those forces. Whatever effort is required to do so, we must be prepared to expend.

My uncle, a decidedly non-religious Jew, had some good advice for me that introduced a simple, yet profound, concept into my philosophy of life. “Stay in the light,” he said. These four simple words have rung in my ears ever since.

As Jews we are entrusted to be a light unto the nations; thus, where there is darkness it is we who must light a candle. G-d gave us this responsibility. Here we have an entire world to shape, and the concept that we would allow it to mold itself into whatever random design happens to come out of the haphazard contributions of the well-intentioned, the indifferent, and the hateful among us is antithetical to our role.

The Nazis brought nothing but destruction and death. Their legacy of hatred and anti-Semitism lives even today. Jewish graves are desecrated, skinheads and other misanthropes attack Jews, hate groups continue to be formed and recruit new members; the Third Reich will not die of natural causes, we have to kill it. We cannot remain indifferent, we cannot be shy, and we should not and cannot apologize for demanding an end to Nazism in Second Life – right here, right now.

There are two things the world will never have enough of: scientific progress and communication. Second Life has significant potential to cultivate both of these advancements. The question is: who will cultivate Second Life?

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