Wednesday, November 9, 2011
"And Everybody Hates the Jews"
Well, they never said that anti-Semites were smart. Apparently, the man in the picture above has a deep hatred for beverages - and spelling. In order to clarify his hatred, notice the word he added in parenthesis. But as Martin Luther King, Jr. said upon hearing a Harvard student launch a tirade against Zionists: "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism." Of all the minority groups on earth, and of all the easy targets to use as scapegoats, it is virtually always the Jewish people who take the brunt of the world's wrath. Whenever there is economic, political or social turmoil (and for many in the Arab world, when there is a natural disaster), it is somehow our fault.
From ancient to modern times, anti-Semitism has been a constant. Every major villain in Tanach sought to rid the world of Jews; Hitler considered the extermination of Jewry as more important than victory in World War II; the United Nations has spent more time on resolutions against Israel than any other country on earth; the Occupy Wall Street movement (although consisting of some sincere protesters) has been endorsed by radical groups that shift the blame to Jews. The list goes on and on.
Consciously or subconsciously, when people go out of their way to pick on Jews and Israel, they're acknowledging that the Jews are God's chosen people. Although there are times when rational explanations for anti-Semitism may hold true, there has to be something much deeper to the world's obsession with a single group. The bottom line is that there is one God, He demands ethical behavior, and His chosen vehicle for this message is the Jewish people. Most people aren't comfortable accepting this, so they take it out on the messenger (even when many of the messengers don't care for the message either).
All this Jew-hatred can become quite frustrating, but it might be best to simply laugh about it. There's a satirical song from the 1960s that wittingly demonstrates the ubiquitous nature of anti-Semitism. In it, Tom Lehrer mocks something called National Brotherhood Week. Be sure to listen closely because there's a great line that sums up this whole subject:
Anti-Semitism is absurd, but so is intra-Jewish hatred. So the next time you have trouble with a fellow Jew, do your best to keep things civil - because we're all in this together, whether we like it or not. Don't wait for the next libel or event to unite us. Eventually, the day will come when God will bless the entire world with peace. In the meantime, just try to laugh at all the craziness taking place.
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