You don’t know me very well, but you’re absolutely sure you do,
My family, who we are, you absolutely have no clue.
Because we’ve lived in the same neighborhood and sent kids to the same schools,
And you’ve heard from so many people things kind or cruel,
You now see it as your mission to warn your friends,
“Stay away from them, or you’ll regret it in the end.”
I ignored you and your cronies for many years,
Pretending I didn’t notice and hiding my tears.
But now my children want to marry and build a Bayit Ne’eman,
I realized I must speak up and say ‘Ad kan!’
Unless it’s a fact you’ve seen with your own eyes,
Please don’t be a part of the hate and the lies.
Even just listening and not speaking up,
Gives justification to those who are corrupt,
Say a kind word, a good thought don’t let loshon hara spread it’s nasty wings,
“For the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”