what was considered the final hours of
was it really necessary for me to have to bring out these facts about the
British? The fact is we all need to find ways to now get along. We can all
point to what should have been could have been. The Jewish people know more
about the weaknesses of our leaders than we do about their strengths going back
to Moses. Look at King
To the Jewish people God is amorphous. Every Jewish person has his/her our own idea as to what God is, means. We even question God. One of the literal translations of Yisrael is “struggle with God.” So if we are going to question God, we sure as hell are going to question man, certainly any one man that says “I am the son of God.” Now this is where things get a little complicated. I don’t know that there is any record of Jesus himself saying he was the Son of God but in the end it may not be all that important. However, with the advent of Jesus there is no longer this questioning bit. Christians are taught to accept with blind faith. Accept Jesus as your savior and you shall be saved.
This again is another of the more complicated issues. Non-Jewish people simply don’t seem to get this part that drives Jews nuts. Jewish people are programmed to feel guilty even before their parents first have sex. By the time they arrive they are already nervous wrecks. If they were to then hear that someone going back 2000 years, not quite the year dot, had in fact died for their sins, how would they ever grow up to corner the market on Nobel Prizes? Do you think they would ever leave the skirts of their mothers? Do you think they would ever grow up and get married and have their own children?
To Jewish people this all made no sense since Judaism, although it involves many elements of faith, mainly revolves around action, doing good deeds, mitzvoth. Now with the holy trinity stuff no longer is God amorphous, no longer someone to argue with when your spouse has taken all the beating he/she can take. Jewish people are also not supposed to masturbate. This all combined caused much tension between the Jewish people and their offshoots, the Christians and Muslims. The real tensions began to take hold, however, when the royalty, the rulers, those not so straight and narrow decided to extend their reins by stretching this “divine authority” thing. Jewish people, although always distrusting of their leaders, have a history of honoring their teachers for they taught the art of questioning, stretching the mind, making it strong, connecting up the dots.
these “Christian” Kings and
I once mentioned these contentious thoughts to my friend Newell I positioned it in a rather aggressive format. I said that it goes to prove that only in a gentile world could the Holocaust have existed. Since if there were Jewish rulers the people would be questioning them all to a premature death and that no one leader would rise with any great power.
Today I see it a bit differently. It is all true the Jewish people and what Judaism represents is very much threatening to those who wish to rule by dictatorial edict. Certainly, one cannot blame the Jewish people for what has happened to them. Nor should we blame God. The terrible acts have simply been man, as one, behaving badly to his other half.
I tried making the case to certain family members that us
Jewish people bear some guilt ourselves in that we should have, could have
banded together sooner as one people while there were warning signs. It is very
true that there was no where for Jews to go certainly after Krystalnacht
for everyone shut their doors to us, or just about everyone, Japan just one
exception, but who would have thought to count on them or the Chinese unless of
course you had accompanied Marco Polo? However, back in 1933 statues of Hitler
were being erected all around
is a story I would like to tell you about my friend Norman’s family.
When I mentioned Norman’s grandfather may have been
different to most of his other Jewish German friends, I meant it in the sense
that although he had all the fine linens for all occasions and goods and
services that money could buy, he, nevertheless, realized that he couldn’t rely
on his brothers, neither his Christian nor his Jewish brothers when it came to
saving his life, his soul some might argue. At the time getting in to
One surviving member of her family, her son-in-law, wrote my grandfather the following letter (written in Yiddish and then translated into English).
I have argued, not always convincingly, that the
commandment “I am the Lord thy God who delivered thee out of the house of
Not everyone agrees with this commandment being of greater import to that honoring one’s mother and father, to mention little of them being ever so slightly misguided by those before and before them. However, since we are all basically Hebrews, at one point or another, it therefore wouldn’t be right that we develop consensus so easily. What is so wrong, however, with once in 4,000 years?
We keep going back in time brewing over the same fukukta stuff, the problem is we don’t go back far enough. We simply need to go back to when we were one. Despite what several members of the “Washington Bunch” have at one time professed, there has never been in history quite the same holocaust as that which took place at the hands of the Nazis. Never before has there been a plan executed with such precision, with such indifference by the rest of the world all geared for one single purpose. No, it was not just to exterminate other human beings as in some tribal ethnic cleansing. It was about the extermination of the greatest gift of man passing on to man. The Nazis intended to obliterate once and for all - those revolutionary ideas that began with Abraham and continued even with Jesus Christ himself, perhaps a revitalized offshoot, not quite the dummy I once thought, if not altogether a new kind of resurrection. The Devil is in the detail (- remember though it is lawyers who mostly use this expression).
There is no doubt that Jesus Christ was very good, preaching fundamental Jewish principles. The Nazis were simply attempting to destroy the concept of One in favor of many Kings. [No doubt why many members of the English Royal Family supported Hitler -- there goes my knighthood application.] And they very nearly succeeded, were it not for people like King Golden Senior, Navy Officer Amos Wright and fighter-bomber-pilots like: Sid Cohen, Boris Senior, George Lichter, Leslie Shagam, Commander Cecil Margo, and yes my Dad played his hand in it too. My Dad’s logbooks, however, with Xs on the photos reflect the fact that many lives were lost well before the Americans decided to do the right thing.
One member of the “Washington Bunch” has been known to
pontificate, “Even if there was a God who says he didn’t die or when he saw
what he created, concluding with, “You lot can finish yourselves off on my BLT
sandwich; I’m outa here.” Even if this