That said, I ponder this question constantly. Nearly every Jewish person I know is a decent and kind person. So why the hatred?
Like any group, we do have our share of bad people. Some that are horribly evil like Bernie Madoff, Meyer Lansky, Jeffrey Epstein and Jeffrey Ornstein, who bullied me silly at my Jewish elementary school until he was kicked out (I first whistle blew at 10).
For some reason though, Jews are the targets of hate far more than so many other groups, including groups that might be deserving of hate.
Here are the reasons we know about for this hatred: ignorance, jealousy, self-esteem.
I am going to posit that the reason is a combination of all of these. I’m going to do it in one sentence. Watch this.
I’ll give them some leeway – maybe they don’t know who is and who isn’t Jewish. Only Jews know all the distinctively Jewish names, and who is related to whom.
Low self-esteem? Jealous? Absolutely. If you like yourself and don’t allow yourself to be a victim, then you can’t hate others. You also can’t envy, because you’re self aware and understand that while equal opportunity in the US is a right for all, not everyone has used that right to succeed. To the self loathers, who wallow in their life failures and think they’re victims, anyone who does well is to be despised.
So what do we do? How do we educate the world? How do we help raise the self-esteem of so many? How do we actually buy them a Coke and teach them to sing?
Here are my best dumb ideas. Like I said I ponder a lot and don’t sleep enough.
We could stop excelling. We could dumb ourselves down. We could keep our future contributions to ourselves.
We could whine (sadly too many of us do) and feel victimized every time a mouse grepses. We can publicize all our failures and stop getting up again when we’re knocked down.
We could all convert out.
Since none of this is likely to happen, we can work to change one person each day. How long would it take you ask? No prob. I did the math. If every adult Jew in the world educated one non-Jewish adult each week for one year, by my calculations, it looks like this:
(14.7 million Jews in the world) – ((3.5 million Jewish children + people who don’t know enough to even explain to others + people who are hard to understand and speak too softly + Jews who say they will do it but won’t)) = 8.1 million.
8.1 million capable Jews times one person each week for 52 weeks = 421.2 million.
We continue: (World population of 7,594,000,000) – ((1,746,000,000 children + people whose language no Jew can speak + people who ran out of hearing aid batteries + those who just don’t listen + people without phones or with disconnected numbers or who won’t answer their phone because it says “Scam Likely”)) = 421.2 million.
So, bear with me because this part will blow your mind.
4,212,000,000 people to tell, divided by 421,200,000 we can reach each year equals 10 years. Exactly! Not a day more! What the?
So let me suggest you brush up on your Jewish literacy. We start next shabbas.