Overplaying the Anti-Semitism Card

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8 Responses

  1. Ori Pomerantz says:

    I’ve lived in Texas since 1998. I’ve yet to see examples of anti-Semitism, but there is a prejudice that we’re good with money. In a capitalistic society, there are worse things people can believe about us.

  2. Moshe P. Mann says:

    Hey, wait a minute! I thought that only Conservative/Reform opinions are worthy of bashing! Now Rabbi Rosenblum is telling us that Hamodia, “the newspaper of Torah Jewry”, also despises Mr. Thompsons comments? What is the world coming to? Is it that Reform Jews possess more da’as torah than we think they do, or is it that even official da’as torah opinions can be too Reformish? Take your pick!!

  3. Shlomo says:

    My (Orthodox) friend spent a year in China. He says that the Chinese have a wildly exaggerated idea of the “Jewish” ability to earn money. You can even take courses on “how to do business like Jews”, because of course, all Jews have this secret knowledge as to how to get rich which is just now being revealed to the non-Jewish world. Or something like that.

    It’s a little disconcerting that such a distorted stereotype has become commonplace, but since they see no negative value in earning money, they apparently hold Jews in the highest respect.

  4. David N. Friedman says:

    Jonathan Rosenblum is correct for highlighting another bit of hyper-sensitivity in leftist Jewish circles–even if the reasons behind this kind of senstitivity is not fully explained–or perhaps, understood.

    Tommy Thompson is obviously a friend of the Jews and hardly some enemy or antisemite.

    Further, his statement is truthful and a dear compliment to the Jewish people. We are indeed good with money and we tend to have higher affluence that most other ethnic/religious groups.

    This is obviously not Thompson’s complete understanding of the Jewish people. It was simply a comment.

  5. Bob Miller says:

    Evidently the decision of the Japanese not to implement their own holocaust against Jews in their areas of control during WW2 was based on their overestimate of the Jewish people’s international economic clout. This can be traced in part to Jewish financial assistance to Japan in the Russo-Japanese War (1905).

  6. Reb Yid says:

    Besides the incredible amount of insensitivity displayed by Thompson here, there’s also an incredible irony–perhaps someone should give him a tour of impoverished Jewish areas, often where the “Jewish religion” is very publically on display.

    In Israel, last I heard something like 1/3 of all Israeli children were living below the poverty line.

    In both Israel and US, the gap between the rich and poor has grown exponentially in recent years. This is not something that any of us should be proud of, regardless of income or religion.

  7. Jewish Observer says:

    “It’s a little disconcerting that such a distorted stereotype has become commonplace”

    – you have to admit that it is a little uncanny how much $ there is in heimishe neighborhppdss even (or especially) in those with less than average formal education. le’maaseh, they are doing something right business wise.

  1. May 14, 2007

    […] Thanks to the alert reader who sent this in, from the Catholic World News: “Halt beatification process for Pius XII, ADL urges.” Just yesterday, Jonathan Rosenblum wrote that “My own guess is that some of the shrill campaigns of the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman have caused more negative feelings about Jews than the contrary.” This could only be described as a case in point. […]

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