Some Observations To Make Benefit The Glorious Jewish Nation

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  1. soccer dad says:

    I believe that the Norman Podhoretz article that Mr. Kobre is referring to is J’Accuse from 1982, not 1992.

  2. Toby Katz says:

    I tend to agree with Muravchik that on the whole it was not wise to turn over this particular rock to expose the worms wriggling underneath. One wonderful thing about America (in contrast to France and England, say) is that it is not considered respectable here to express open anti-Semitism. For the sake of a few laughs in a movie this convention was subverted. Whatever we gain by finding out that anti-Semitism is alive and well is more than offset by the anti-Semitism this movie is likely to provoke. Our history is too blood-soaked and tear-soaked BTW for us to be able to laugh at a trope like, “The running of the Jew.”

    The far more frightening, because more dangerous, anti-Semitism in this country is not the kind expressed by some guys in a bar but the genteel kind that is now the common coin of faculty discourse on every campus in the country. If you say “Israel” instead of “Jew” you can now express open hatred and bigotry with no fear of reprisal, you can openly say, “Israel should be wiped off the face of the map” or “Israel kills gentile children and drinks their blood” with no loss of face in polite society whatsoever. Too bad Sacha Baron Cohen never took his camera crew to Harvard, what a barrel of laughs that would have been.

  3. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Imagine a man who often ogles immodestly dressed women. When he catches himself he looks away – but he will probably do it again the next time his mind is distracted. Is this man doing something wrong? Yes, he himself knows that it is wrong. Would rebuking this man do any good? Probably not, he is already working on this. Rebuke would either embarrass or anger him.

    US society’s attitude towards racism and anti-semitism seems to be the same as the attitude of the man above. Many people here have prejudices, seem to be fighting them. I don’t think the ADL’s brand of rebuke is doing much good with these people, and of course anybody consciously antisemitic would just shrug it off.

  4. Bob Miller says:

    SB Cohen’s biggest coup was in conning us all into close scrutiny of all the minutiae of his phenomenon. This is not exactly comic relief.

  5. ariel krakowski says:

    (jews are still accused of poisoning wells

  6. Elie Aharon says:

    The writer says, “(Upon reflection, none of the above would necessarily disqualify him from being counted among the more observant cohort of Conservative Jews.)”

    …now *why* was that necessary? It’s both obviously false and a non-sequiter anyway!

    We really have to stop this kind of knee-jerk Non-Ortho-Jew bashing. I got as far as the quoted comment, and didn’t care to read the rest .

    Please stop it.

  7. Eytan Kobre says:

    To Elie: I regret that my words caused you distress. However, what I wrote was neither false nor a non sequiter. It wasn’t false because observance of kashrus and attendance at services are what characterizes an observant Conservative, and that movement long ago abrogated the Torah prohibition on Kohein-convert marriage. My comment was also directly related to the topic at hand, i.e., Baron Cohen’s degree of religiosity, and my intention, albeit misunderstood by you, was only to point out that perhaps by the standards of American Conservatism (or what in England might even pass as “Orthodox”)this fellow might be considered observant to some significant degree. I hope this addresses your concerns.

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