I guess after thousands of years, most Jews should be used to having people say and do anti-Semitic things. Is there something in the human psyche that goads people to look at Jews in a most debased way? A long time ago, I had a discussion with a young Chinese gentleman who lived all of his life in China. He was surprised to learn that I was Jewish and that I kind of looked normal (for an Occidental) and that I was not trying to cheat him out of something. I was amazed.

This election has brought out the anti-Semitic troops from the new CEO of the Trump campaign, the new advisor to the Trump campaign and various other people like David Duke and Roger Ailes. Even the skinheads have gotten into the act.

The kind of anti-Semitism disguised as ultra nationalism is the flavor of the day in Europe. The incidents of anti-Jewish desecration and public anti-Jewish activity are making Jews in France talk about going to Israel. Some of them are actually doing it.

We have had spates of this kind of behavior at times in our country. During the isolationist 20’s and thirties, when Jews were being blamed for the Depression and World War I, there were voices aplenty mocking Jews. These were popular people like Father Coughlin, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford and even Joe Kennedy.

The current brand of anti-Jewish feeling here in this country has been brought about by those who claim that the little man has been taken advantage of by Jews. Jews control the media, pt., movies, radio, music, theater and so on. Those who say the words “liberal media” really mean Jewish control of the media. I am not sure that Rupert Murdoch is Jewish, but he certainly controls a great deal of the media, including the Wall Street Journal.

I believe that I may have told you about an incident in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. We have a time share there and have been going for 16 years. Carol and I really love the place. One morning we were walking on the main drag, when a gentleman who had tried to sell us a time share the previous year stopped us. He wanted us to go to another presentation and get some prizes (actually the last time we got some great prizes). A person was sitting on a stool right next to the store we were at. He was the proprietor of a cigar store. He was listening to our conversation. He remarked, “You must be pretty rich. You must be Jews.” I was startled for a moment, but then bent down and placed my nose even with his nose and said, “Yes, I am a Jew and we control the world.” He was startled and said no more.

I am beginning to reflect on Rabbi Meyer Kahane, whose philosophy of Never Again, might really be a way to curb anti-Semitism. It has gone on for an eternity and it must stop.



  1. It is disgraceful that generation after generation needs scapegoats to rationalize their short comings and deficiencies – it is taught and really not confronted. All societies need to eliminate intolerance. The schools should be guided by the mission of organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and B’nai Brith. These lessons must be incorporated in all communities as people are mobile and we interact in a world regardless of our local demographics. Anti-semitism is unacceptable and must not be passed on to generations!

  2. Just spent time in San Francisco where the population is hugely diverse!!!!! How refreshing to be among those wonderful people who intermingle every day and don’t bat an eyelash! How shocked some of our more prejudiced folks here in Central PA would be if they spent even a day there!

    Here at home, I’ve encountered people who make anti-Semitic remarks and don’t even know they’re doing it. On several occasions I’ve said, “Hey, wait a minute…..my grandchildren are Jewish.” The startled look of surprise that pops up on their faces is priceless. Shuts ’em up right away!

  3. Very well said. There are many people in Pennsylvania who are trying to stop unchecked bigotry.
    I grew up in a world of little ethnic diversity. Which can be a blessing and a curse. I was raised with no bias to anyone. It was easy, there was no one that wasn’t like me. When I discovered the big world it was so wonderful to see all the cultures I had read about. I wanted to learn more. Differences were an opportunity to learn. Not an opportunity for fear. Education is the changer. But we have to educate the educators to not pass on ignorance.
    How can that be accomplished? Educators need to point out how we are all the same – not how we are different. It starts with something that simple. As early as preschool, adults teach children to look for differences. We can accomplish the same learning by looking for similarities. A simple change in instruction can guide the way a person thinks.
    Pennsylvania is trying. This past year I have sent this message to over 200 school districts and 1300 educators. There is still work to do. It is about living and breathing the actions and thoughts we want to have in our society so that we can diminish the extremists that are so vocal. To quote our President “Don’t boo, VOTE”.

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