Over time, unfortunately we have all become accustomed to the anti-Semitic refrain of “The Jews control the world.”
- The Jews control Wall Street.
- The Jews control Main Street.
- The Jews control K Street.
Even today, with Hurricane Michael, a powerful category 4 storm hitting Florida, it was reported that it skirted the large Jewish community in central and south Florida, which reminded me of the D.C. politician who recently claimed that the Jews even control the weather.
How convenient then to scapegoat the Jews for all the world’s problems and to actively seek to destroy them, as anti-Semites have done throughout history, and of which which we’ve seen again in earnest in the last century through existential threats to the Jewish people from the likes of the Nazi’s to the Mullahs in Iran.
Perhaps the anti-Semites levying these outrageous claims might ask themselves: why if the Jews control the world, do they suffer so much throughout history: From hundreds of years of grueling Egyptian slavery to the twice destruction of our Temple in Jerusalem, the exile of our people for 2,000 years, the Inquisition, the expulsions, the programs, and the genocide of literally one in every three Jews in the entire world just over 70-years ago in the “final solution” of the Holocaust.
No, the Jews don’t control everything or even anything. Simply speaking, we are the “people of the book,” who firmly believe in the value of education, a strong work and innovation ethic, the sanctity of deep family ties and traditions, and structuring our lives around the worship of G-d and following the commandments in the Torah. So there you have it–that’s the magic formula for the Jewish people–no magic potions; no voodoo dolls; no witchcraft spells, and no world conspiracy. Of course, I hope this doesn’t disappoint the many anti-Semitic Jewish detractors out there.
Yes, the Jews are notable for their many contributions to the world, including more than 22% of the Nobel laureates. There have been so many incredible Jewish thinkers and contributors in history: from Abraham to Moses, Einstein to Freud, Salk to Sabin, Galileo to Christopher Columbus, Isaac Singer to Levi Strauss, and even in Hollywood from Woody Allen to Steven Spielberg. If we look at just the recent information revolution of the 21st century, there have been so many outstanding Jewish people driving the technology change: from Benjamin Rosen to Steve Ballmer, Michael Dell to Larry Ellison, Sergei Brin to Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg to Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum to Eric Lefkofsky, and the list goes on.
In summary, Jewish control is not what the anti-Semites think: The Jews don’t control anything, but they contribute to everything in world progress: that’s what we call “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world)–making it better and providing for a brighter future. Most importantly, the Jewish people themselves are nothing in and of themselves–only G-d Almighty gives the wisdom and strength to do anything and everything and for that the Jewish people must certainly merit His abundant blessings.