I am Jewish and grew up with parents and grandparents who watched the rise of Hitler and his systemic persecution and eventual annihilation of the Jews of Europe. I was brought up with the fighting words, “NEVER AGAIN!” I was educated, probably too early (by the age of nine or ten) about the horrors of … Continue reading NEVER AGAIN? – BY ELLIN CURLEY
FOWC - Beware of Man! Harking back to yesterday's long discussion of ARE YOUR VALUES WORTH A SONG AND A MOVIE? – Marilyn Armstrong which was based on Fandango’s Provocative Question #18: Man (as opposed to a woman) should not lead a nation. Men are unsuited to the task. A man can be seduced by … Continue reading BEWARE OF MAN! – Marilyn Armstrong
Look what that MELANIE B CEE gave me? What a sweetheart! That's not a white elephant. That's a saving grace! From Melanie: Okay, my gift recipients are ... cough, cough ... VICTIMS ... cough, cough, cough …are the following: Marilyn (yeah I’m picking on you today). I hope you can use this. I know I could! HEY SANTA?? … Continue reading THE WHITE ELEPHANT PARTY: A TAGALONG FROM MELANIE B CEE – Marilyn Armstrong
As a Jewish woman married to a Brown man, this really hits home. This whole week has been a bit of a nightmare for me. This is personal. It’s impossible to NOT see this as the start of a new period of nationalism and murder. Remember, folks, the actual name of Nazi was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Nazi is only how it came to be known, but Nationalist was always front and center. Guess who says he’s a “nationalist?” You got it on the first try!
Anti-Semitism isn’t just the stuff of white nationalist Neanderthals. Some of your best friends have anti-Semitic reflexes.
Oh, your friends would never admit to this. They’re too intelligent, too socially conscious. They wouldn’t be caught dead showing bigoted or anti-Semitic attitudes and they’d take great offense to the suggestion that they are unconsciously anti-Semitic. But some things a person can’t control and one of them is the reflex of anti-Semitism learned when they were children.
Who killed Jesus?
It starts there. Every kid in Sunday School learns that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ Later, when they grow up, they sometimes sort out who did what with Jesus; grown-up minds can deal with complexity if so inclined. If not so inclined, the original notion that the Jews were to blame for the agony of Christ’s suffering on the cross gets embedded in people’s psyches. Hence, the reflex business. And the Inquisition.
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BROUGHT UP GUILTY To be brought up Jewish is to be brought up guilty. I think Catholics have a similar problem. We are guilty of different things, however. Catholics have the whole "sin" thing to deal with. Jews get to be guilty about all of Our People who were slaughtered in various parts of the … Continue reading GUILTY – BUT WAS I CHARGED? Marilyn Armstrong
Being Jewish is a religion, but for many of us, it isn’t only a religion. In fact, for a lot for us, Judaism isn’t religious at all, but rather a commitment to a lifestyle. It entails a wide range of ethical and moral beliefs. One of the things it includes -- if you are of … Continue reading A TINY, MONSTROUS FANGED HEAD – Marilyn Armstrong
So there we were in the car driving home. I was mentally shuffling the heap of miscellaneous stuff that passes for my brain and trying to remember all ten of the commandments. Why? Because I thought I should know them. They are supposedly the basis of all moral law, right? Why don't I know them? Why aren't they … Continue reading COVET NOT YOUR NEIGHBOR’S ASS