- Don't worry about a Jewish President, or a Jewish conspiracy.
The former is not to be feared and the latter is laughable. Here's why.
- The Jew is well nigh impossible for the garden-variety
Gentile to understand, and, for that reason, too easy for the uninformed
and irrational Gentile to mistrust and revile. Harder for the belated Gentile
to understand and appreciate is the unbroken thread of existence that Jews
have enjoyed institutionally since 2000 BC, when Abraham was called out
of Chaldean Ur to the land of Canaan and a home his God could provide for
him. The suggested scope is intimidating and envy provoking. In the fullness
of our recorded time this unbroken thread of Jewish consciousness witnesses
great civilizations of the past as they are born -- watches them as they
mature and decline, and are then on hand to record the final passing of
most of them. The scope that this suggests is unsettling to an average
American non Jew, an American who traces a short lineage back through a
few lackluster and unconnected generations to indifferent countries, but
loses the thread (at best) after only a few hundred years. More than unsettling,
this tremendous scope could even provoke an envy and hatred that forces
childish behaviors even from those that might *sometimes* conduct themselves
with informed maturity. Who are they (these disconnected and traditionless
might ask), these Jews, who survive virtually unchanged to have value,
worth, and an ability to make key contribution to the other civilizations
of the world?
- There is a cruelly bigoted joke concerning a Jewish farmer
that had the task of moving cow manure, purchased from the joke teller,
to his garden. After he had moved every scrap of it, and to the predictably
false bottomed mirth of the joke teller, the Jew sucks the manure from
his fingers, and then spits into his garden, presumably to gain the utility
of every poopy bit. What a typical Jewish thing to do, one might think
through the hearty though largely uninformed laughter. How like a Jew to
be that stingy -- but one might consider this joke from a different perspective.
One might then begin to understand that the kind of individual to suck
manure from his fingers might be the kind of person to WORK that earth
with more attention to detail and efficacious pride. That person might
remove more plow breaking stones from his land to increase what was tillable.
That man might go out by torch light and hand pick the hoards of insects
from his crops that will eat a major share of his neighbor's effort. That
man might be more careful of the irrigation; he is sure to be working longer
hours; and he might be thinking of ways to work even MORE efficiently.
A man who is willing to suck the manure from his fingers for that little
bit of an extra edge is an easy man to envy, and (for the worst of us)
an easier man to hate. Hateful persecution is the jealous result (explained
in a forthcoming sidebar) -- but Jewish contribution is KEY, in spite of
(and perhaps BECAUSE of) that hatred, to a successful western world civilization
in the 20th century.
- This contribution precipitates because Jews, in the aggregate,
had the best ideas FIRST, or AT MINIMUM insured the best ideas of others
were made a matter of durable record. What follows is a _minute_ portion
of example regarding the contribution of an ethical institution exemplified
by enduring bequests to total humanity made by JEWS in the fields of HISTORY,
LAW, MEDICINE, MATH/SCIENCE, and OF COURSE religion . . . It may then be
argued that Jewish institutional cognition (and resistance to cognitive
dissonance) DEFINES success as it is enjoyed in the 20th Century.
- To start at the taproot, Jewish contributions to history
have positively increased the constructive self awareness of Humankind
because Jews understood early the value of truth. Indeed, the Jews very
precociously in history recorded a system of ethics, the Halachah, which
governed all aspects of justice, ethics, and manners (and was seldom, if
ever, so solidly treated), and has roots in thousands of years of Jewish
thought (Haynes LN). This integrity allows them to define history as it
should be defined: an accurate retelling of past events as they actually
happened, and not a preferred and complementary fiction. Sure, they put
their spin on it, but compared to EVERYONE else they were a sun source
of historic integrity. To illustrate this integrity:
- It may be stated categorically that no archeological
discovery has ever controverted a [Jewish history] reference. Scores of
archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or
in exact detail historical statements in the bible. And, by the same token,
proper evaluation of biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries
(qtd in Wouk 294).
- This kind of integrity is nurtured in an institutional
memory that no other earthly institution, government, or religion had ever
had (and does not have now) -- a memory that spans more than five thousand
years of unbroken consciousness! One may not find the same kinds of institutional
memory in ANY comparable religion -- certainly in either Christianity or
- Foundationally, Judaism is first a body of history. Indeed,
the first five books of the bible were written primarily as history. It
was only after 444 BC that the Pentateuch (as the former is called) came
to have the religious significance that it has today (Haynes LN). Moreover,
the origins of ancient history may have more Jewish precedence than is
presently accepted. Aristobulus, a Jewish philosopher writing in Alexandria
about 100 BC, wrote that the wisdom of the Jews predated Greek philosophy
and was in fact "its source and model" (Grant 274). This is no
idle and irresponsible boast. This is a statement of pious scholarship
from Jewish institutional memory. Yes!
- Another key contribution made to history by the Jews
is the history that comes to western civilization from the East. Hostility
between Christian and Islamic factions complicated the transference of
collected knowledge bodies. These factual histories would probably have
been lost to western civilization but for the singularly Jewish transmission
(Speilvogel 356). In fact, some educators argue that the Jews are _mainly_
responsible for the transmission of ANY wisdom or knowledge to a metaphoric
CAVE dwelling western civilization of the time. These wisdoms were in the
very useful fields of Medicine, Aristotelian philosophy, astronomy, and
mathematics. (Haynes PI). Humankind would indeed find it difficult to be
without the history gained in this manner, and certainly has the Jew to
- To summarize: early on, the Jews have been in possession
of information that very few had. They did not hoard, and they did not
covet. Behavior such as that would not be consistent with their demonstrated
ethics. Jews eschewed empty ritual and lived for ethical behavior (Haynes
PI). Moreover, they were the middle men separating two hostile factions.
It is no great stretch to imagine that this situation incurred the wrath
of all sides against the persecuted (and innocently reasonable) Jew in
the center. Further, it could be said (then as now) that a reason for their
persecution is similar to the reasons a bookish child is beaten up in a
school playground -- the aforementioned sidebar for the POINT of this paper.
- Moving on, Jewish contribution to the concept of LAW
has been responsible for moving the law closer to justice and AWAY from
the too conveniently arbitrary of the tyrannous past. In parallel, respect
for the law is the _essence_ of an ancient Jewish integrity. Still more,
the name "Jew" _means_ "People of the Law" to the ancient
contemporaries of the Jews (Haynes LN). This ethical notoriety encourages
a real and lasting precedent for an obvious Jewish contribution to the
currently applied and foundational concept of LAW as it is generally known.
- In this obvious contribution the Jews actualize one of
the noblest elevations for humanity as can be conceived. What they do is
provide a template for a new kind of law concept that causes a ripple of
positive effect to cascade down through time to the present day. This ripple
very possibly elevates Humankind from the primitive brute of the past to
the rational thinker of the future. It is a new way of legal thinking called
- Mosaic Law is a concept (remembered in that unbroken
thread of consciousness for 3000 years, now) that sees man's Law as a body
that is superior to mere men. No longer, FINALLY, is it necessary for any
righteous individual to be subject to the vague and arbitrary pronouncements
of another. There is now the potential for all to be EQUAL before the law
(Wouk 39)(Grant 60). This shall be the best idea of all because this equity
fertilizes the academic ground -- it makes other ideas possible! This leads
to the greatest blessing to man as can be found anywhere on the planet:
the freedom to think creatively, and profit from it! Later on, when groups
of men make this stick to the maximum that they can, humankind will comparably
take off in the humanities and technologies like soaring birds! This new
kind of freedom -- this potential for modern luxury -- this late 20th Century
technological wonderland and economic colossus, may be a gift of the Jews!
- Secondly, this body of Jewish law positively insinuates,
permeates, and saturates much of western law, presently, in a protective
self checking soak. In other words, Old Jewish Law touches everyday human
problems in real world ways. To illustrate, Jacob Rabinowitz (a professor
of law at Hebrew University) offers persuasive documentation concerning
the rules governing home mortgage, general release, and trial by jury.
- When one mortgages a home in this late 20th Century,
and has that transaction made safe -- the ghost of an old Jewish man, as
ethical, fair, and serious as can be imagined, arranges the details of
that sale (Finkelstein 16). When a release is signed, one can be made safe
from many of the legal entanglements that the unscrupulous can inflict
on the common. That same old Jewish man is there, verifying the authenticity
of the document (Finkelstein 9). When one can throw her fate to a jury
of men and women and not have to depend on the fickle, prejudiced, and
criminally arbitrary whims of a ruling dictator, that person can thank
the Jews for their original ideas and ancient institutional memory (Finkelstein
20). As a result, the common man in this century has a potential quality
of life that can be achieved in no other way. A debt of gratitude to aggregate
Jewry is due one more time.
- OWED DEBTS ASIDE, IT IS THE VERY SOUL OF IRONY THAT JEWS
HAVE SO OFTEN BEEN DENIED THE DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW THEY LIKELY PROVIDED
TO CIVILIZATION. It is a reminder of the sidebar for the point once again:
the bookish child is beaten up, and the homework that she would freely
have contributed is immorally taken from her. Finally, can the Jew fare
any more positively in the next category of Medicine?
- Arturo Castiglioni, a Yale medical history professor,
suggests that Jewish contribution to medicine may have relieved the suffering
of man more than the contribution of any other religious institution. The
Jews, he explains, as the great ethical middle men of the Mediterranean,
had the great factual gifts of Science and Medicine pass directly through
their hands. The reverence for those gifts the knowledge suggested instilled
the Jew with a desire to catalogue that knowledge, build upon it, and consequently
become some of the most respected physicians of the ancient times. This
was, of course, before the jealously ensuing persecutions would hamstring
that marvelous thrust, and make any contribution (save survival) impossible
for them (Finkelstein 185). However, the seed was sown; and as Harry A.
Savitz, M.D. reports, by 1974 AD, 30% of all the prestigious Nobel Prizes
given in medicine and biology were awarded for ideas of Jewish doctors
(Finkelstein 211). This is in spite of (and perhaps because of) the Jewish
people's lack of access to colleges and universities for so many of the
darker periods in their long history.
- Regardless, this is an ASTOUNDING imbalance between the
size of the population to the size of the contribution made!
- Savitz continues that other medical contributions of
original ideas abound. Arthur Kornberg wins the Nobel prize in Genetic
Research in 1959, then heads a team that virtually explains the operation
of the virus. This new idea leads to the miraculous strides humanity has
taken in the area of genetic research today! If AIDS is ever cured, it
will likely be a Jew that prepared the culture slide. On a note that strikes
some as very personal, especially those that have parents or relatives
deformed by polio; it was a Jew, Jonas Salk, that defeated that terrible
virus, and fired new ideas for the cures of other viral diseases. Abraham
Wakesman, the man that wiped out Tuberculosis inventing the first antibiotic
effective against it, was a Jew. The work of a Jewish biochemist by the
name of Ernst Boris Chain was key in the discovery of Penicillin (Finkelstein
211). Finally, it seems that it can truly be said that Jewish scholarship
in medicine is second to none, provides original ideas that elevate all
men and women, and will share that information unquestionably.
- Selfless scholarship notwithstanding, proper perspective
demands that all remember to take into account that Jews are not superior
intellects when compared to the remaining balance of humankind -- for all
of their scholarship, and all of their contribution. They would be the
first to admit it! What IS superior about them is a "capacity for
hard work" that was documented as early as 50 BC (Grant 226), and
must have surely been in evidence before then. This might compel the rest
of humankind to kick sand in the face of Jewry -- to lash out in impotent,
humiliated, and childish rage. A certain kind of child violently resents
being made to look bad, and is compelled to DISPLAY this pointless and
destructive immaturity -- the sidebar of the point. Jews are no better
than the rest of humanity, but accomplish more because they work harder.
They work no less hard in the next category of Math and Science.
- Jewish contributions to the fields of Math and Science
have perhaps increased the knowledge of humankind more than can be presently
appreciated. Moreover, the preceding contributions iterated in this paper
pale to insignificance when compared with the contributions of Jews to
Science and Mathematics in the 20th century. Consider, only two men, both
Jews, have stood humankind on a figurative ear with their contributions.
Those two men are, of course, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. Freud
advanced ideas that addressed the very real possibility of influences from
an unconscious past that impact seriously on the decisions of the conscious
present. Armed with the knowledge of this possibility and potentiality,
the decisions of this present are more intelligently made. It is written
in more places than one that "Freud's lasting impact on the modern
world [. . .] cannot be denied" (Wolf 1).
- In contrast, if Freud compelled humanity to look inside
SELF for new and compelling answers (and more appropriate questions), Einstein
compelled humanity to look inside the very fabric of reality _itself_ for
answers as far reaching as can not yet even be imagined! For better or
worse the secrets of the atom were his gifts, and the legacy he left will
(perhaps) never be eclipsed. The contribution of ideas such as these transcends
normal understanding, and thrusts branches of unknowable progress into
equally unknown skies. Tragically, Jews show us how wonderful (and how
tragic) it is to have hard work pay off.
- But there were other (earlier) contributions (no less
interesting) that perhaps lead directly to the fantastic gifts of Freud
and Einstein. For instance Maimonides, a Jewish physician/philosopher much
revered as a truly original thinker, wrote a skillful document called "Guide
for the Perplexed." This newer idea suggested ways science and religion
might be efficaciously linked (Eban 107) -- what St. Thomas Aquinas and
his "Summa Theologica" was later all about. Maimonides; however,
predated the _PLAGIARIZING_ Aquinas by many years. The utility of this
wonderful concept shows that the use of science, to search for an understanding
of God (TRUTH), is good for a progressive and rational humankind. The Jews
and their ideas have hurried us along that road.
- IT IS STRANGE THEN, AS ONE REFLECTS ON THE "SIDEBAR,"
THAT THE BULK OF AN UNCARING HUMANKIND KEEPS TRYING TO KNOCK THE JEWISH
PASSENGER OFF THIS VEHICLE OF CIVILIZATION! Research indicates that the
Jew is perhaps a major designer, builder, and maintainer of that very same
vehicle. It does not seem smart for the bulk of humankind to do that --
not smart on a multitude of levels. The last category discussed certainly
sheds no more light: the Jewish contribution to Religion.
- The Sun source of Christianity and Islam is Judaism.
It has been said that if Judaism is the father, then Christianity is the
son, and Islam is the grandson (Haynes LN). It is a continuing wonder that
vocal elements of Christianity and Islam can turn so thoroughly and viciously
on their father Judaism. Islam can publish in leading news magazines that
it is the destiny of Islam to "kill the Jew, torture the Jew, and
wipe Israel from the surface of the world (US NEWS & World Report)."
Christianity, accepting the weight of all hyperbole, has long been responsible
for some of the most heinous and brutal persecutions that even caused one
mainstream scholar to remark, "The persecutions and the new [false]
image of the hated Jew stimulated a tradition of anti-Semitism that proved
to be one of Christian Europe's most insidious contributions to the Western
heritage" (Speilvogel 356). This is a preposterous condition when
one realizes that if Judaism had not been around to provide the very idea
of monotheistic shoulders on which the other two religions STAND, Islam
and Christianity would have no meaning, validity, OR history) at all. Flatly,
Judaism provided the taproot idea for the two most popular religions today,
and is of course reviled for it's trouble.
- Further validity for Judaism as a contributor to positive
religious ideas can be demonstrated out of common knowledge. The Crusades
are a holy war of abomination, and Christianity has always been violently
factionalized. In parallel, the Jihad is a Muslim holy war of abomination,
and Islam has always been violently factionalized (Haynes PI). What holy
wars have the Jews involved themselves with within the last two millennia,
and when have they ever been violently factionalized? Could it be obvious
that the maturity of Judaism precludes that kind of behavior? It is THIS
kind of maturity that Jewry displays to the world (though it would seem
that most are blind to it). Judaism is an idea of calm, reflection, scholarship,
and real maturity cooperating as a collection of ethically thinking and
rational human beings.
- The concept of mature adulthood, of course, has real
application on many levels. Where, in Judaism, are the rabid pronouncements
that are found in Islam? Where are the blatant anti-fraternal institutional
doctrines and teachings as are found in Christianity? Lastly, what can
these acts BE but the acts of rebellious children against their rational
and doting parent!
- "Et tu" Christianity? There is much evidence
to suggest that Judaism was a key in the spread of, if not the NURTURING
of Christianity (Haynes LN). This is forgetting for a moment that the crucifixion
of Christ (as engineered by them) is REQUIRED for the soul of Christianity
to have any meaning and validity at all. When the destruction of their
nation occurred in 70 AD at the hands of the obliviously decadent Romans,
and the Jews were scattered across the Roman Empire like dust before the
wind in the great Diaspora, they took the idea of Christianity with them
as they went. They spoke first to the gatherings of Jews as they found
them. Again, it is no leap of faith that this was a thunderous contribution
to the idea and spread of Christianity!
- To conclude, the positive contributions of the Jews to
humanity have fruitfully interspersed the fields of history, law, medicine,
math/science, and religion with tremendously useful ideas and cultural
inventions. In many cases, Jews have been the key to an improvement in
these and other particular social disciplines. They have done this as a
result of: character, the gainful use of their God's gifts, withering hard
work, and attention to scholarship that matters. They have done all this
in spite of: slanderous, horrific, barbarous, and inhuman treatments at
the hands of a sizable minority, if not a majority, of their fellow human
beings. And who are those human beings, really?
- Focus, hold, and remember!
- They are a room full of unsupervised children -- the
sidebar for this paper's point. These mewling kids are the kinds of children
that will find the differently minded one among them, and torment her mercilessly.
Some of these children are bigger, smarter, and more ethical that some
of the other children; but all are corrupt, selfish, and juvenile; except
(perhaps) for one. This writer interjects at this point that it is a wonder
sometimes how human beings will tolerate behavior from their nations that
they would NEVER tolerate from their own children, but that seems to be
our inexplicable way.
- To further illustrate, the child named "Iraq"
sees something he likes that is in the possession of the little rich (but
weaker) child named "Kuwait." "Iraq" reaches out, pokes
Kuwait in the eye, and takes "Kuwait's" possession. Some of the
bigger children stand around and pontificate about their reasons for stepping
in (or not), but the biggest child selfishly needs something that Kuwait
has, and that need is the terrible excuse. In the scuffle that follows,
the oldest and wisest child watches as "Iraq" flails its knife
around (said to be dipped in poisons); and is even stabbed by it a few
times -- but can do nothing -- some of the other children might come in
on Iraq's side, and turn a scuffle into a brawl. The wise child shows restraint;
the wise child shows maturity. The wise child is trying to look to the
responsible long view while the rest are caught up with the sociopathic
- The Jew is the wise child demonstrating in word, thought,
and deed that the adult in this room full of children is Jewish. The rest
of the children are as so many rebellious, unenlightened, frightened, and
- Don't worry about a Jewish President, fellow motes, or
a Jewish conspiracy. The former is, institutionally and ethically, the
best person for the job, and if there HAS to be a latter (and there is),
it won't be one of Jewish manufacture. No. It won't be a Jewish conspiracy.
We should BE that lucky.
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York: Berman House, 1978. Vol. 1. Finkelstein, Louis, ed. The Jews: Their
Role in Civilization. New York: Harper, 1974. Grant, Michael. The History
of Ancient Israel. New York: Charles Scribner, 1984. Haynes, Robert. "History
of Western Civilization." Lecture Notes, Enterprise State Junior College.
Enterprise, AL, 2 Feb. 1993. - - -, History Educator, Enterprise State
Junior College, Enterprise, AL. Personal Interview. 12 Mar. 1993. Spielvogel,
Jackson J. Western Civilization. St. Paul: West, 1991. Wolf, Ernest S.
"Sigmund Freud." Grollier Electronic Encyclopedia, 1992 ed. Wouk,
Hermann. This is My God. New York: Doubleday, 1970 2
- Note -- If you think my references lean in favor of the
Jews, find controverting references that counter my assertions competently.
Good luck. _____
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