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Re: Jews and Anti-Semitism. by ev on 6 September 2012 12:39pm
Hi Mike,

Thanks for posting. It's a bit of a dream job of mine to interview different kinds of people.

As you say, Mike, of course I don't agree with all of her opinions, in fact it would be strange if I did.

I'm particularly leery of people who think it is somehow their right to determine what religious beliefs their children should hold or whom their children should marry:

"- many intermarriages dilute the Jewish side. I am determined that my children marry Jews."
"...as they hope their children will marry in their own faith, I too insist my children marry in mine." There's a big difference between 'hope' and 'insist', by the way...

One's religious beliefs or marriage choices are absolutely personal preferences, not to be determined by one's parents.

From Kahlil Gibran's book 'The Prophet':

"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday."
Re: Jews and Anti-Semitism. by Wheelrim on 6 September 2012 12:47pm
Mike. I think I said before that my late father was in the Haganah as a Gentile volunteer. hopefully I can paste a bit of his letter on here so that you can read a bit about it.
No, it would not let me Mike, if you email me at wheelrim(AT)yahoo.com I will send it to you, you will find it interesting I am sure.
Re: Jews and Anti-Semitism. by ev on 6 September 2012 12:51pm
Wheelrim, I recommend writing your email address: wheelrim(at)yahoo.com to avoid an increase in spam to your mailbox. (Many spambots are designed to scan through websites searching for email addresses by locating the @ symbol).
Re: Jews and Anti-Semitism. by johnnyBgood! on 6 September 2012 4:09pm
Ev, my email addy has been public for years and I don't get much spam. Maybe they know I'm skint and dangerous. :)
Re: Jews and Anti-Semitism. by tucsonmike on 14 September 2012 7:49pm
Thanks Wheelrim emailed you. Loretto, if you can find the book The Jewish Mystique by Ernest Van den Haag, read it. Jews excelled @ certain professions, because we HAD to.

In the Middle Ages, Jews were barred from many professions. They were forced into the role of moneylender. It was considered a low life profession then. Then came capitalism, and suddenly financial matters were a good thing.

Medicine, because it was a skill you could take from country to country.

The law, because of the Torah and Talmud and you can learn a nations laws to try and defend yourself.

This is simplistic, but what I could come up with.

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