NYTimes: email from Israel
Tue, 02 Oct 2001 10:32:00 -0500
> more shoulds per square inch between you and jeff, and no
> demonstrable understanding of what being a jew means to a jew.
Perhaps the problem isn't no demonstrable understanding, rather
complete understanding and complete rejection of its validity?
You don't get it, do you Geege: That Doesn't Matter. Being Jewish,
Irish, Navajo, Purple, or a Garlic Lover SHOULDN'T (ahem) accord you
any special status in civilization. And that's not a statement of
ideals, it's an observation: look at what happens when we
> judaism is not something they tack on after your nationality, as a
> subset. it is genetic, passed down thru the mother. it is a belief
> in being the, not a, chosen people (why else would physiological
> heritage matter?).
Wow, now that makes a lot of sense. "It is genetic... it is a
belief..." And you know, the whole language here rubs me the wrong
way: "the, not a, chosen people" doesn't sound so far away from the
ubermensch, does it? I sense subtle but deep hypocrisy lurking
> i know exactly where you've drawn your line: fine and well, you say,
> but why do we have to (literally) buy into their beliefs? because
> they won't change them, we do what is pragmatic: nation build.
Go look up pragmatism, Geege. You're using it incorrectly.