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This is How to Torture a Jew

A little over a month ago, I wrote, “We have no idea how crazy the next so-called educator will behave…” when it comes to raising the anti-Semitic bar in American classrooms.

Well, it didn’t take long for a Tennessee teacher to meet the challenge.

In a Hamilton County Public School, Bible History class, filled with 8th-graders—one of which happened to be Jewish—a so-called educator proselytized, “If you want to know how to torture a Jew, make them say this out loud.” He then wrote an English translation of the Hebrew name for G-d on the whiteboard.

For those of you who don’t know it, it is forbidden to speak the name of  the Lord out loud and it is traditionally only written in the Torah.

So here’s what we’ve seen recently in the raising of the anti-Semitic bar in US schools:

The posting of the praises of Hitler by a teacher on a New Jersey elementary school bulletin board;

A District of Columbia librarian making her students—including a Jewish student— reenact scenes from the killing pits, to the cattle cars, to the gas chambers;

Now to a Tennessee teacher instructing students on methods of torturing their Jewish classmates.

Quelle horreur!

Can this be true in America?

Are teachers getting totally out of control?

I remember being taught that schools weren’t meant to be institutions where they teach bullies the craft of torture.

I picture a bully twisting the arm of a small, bespectacled Jewish 8th-grader and yelling, “Say the Lord’s name or I’ll break your arm!”

These teaching practices are totally inappropriate and must stop.

Yes, this hate crime did happen in Tennessee.

Yes, Tennessee was the site of the infamous Scopes Monkey trial.

Yes, a Tennessee jury convicted and a Tennessee judge fined a school teacher (Scopes) $100 for teaching evolution.

Yes, you know what they say in Tennessee, “The more things change the more they stay the same.”

Ergo, forbidding the teaching of evolution in 1925 morphs into teaching how to torture Jews in 2022.

This frightening turn of events got me thinking of other ways American teachers can torture American Jews.

Here’s my list:

  1. Make their children attend public schools in Tennessee;
  2. Make their offspring participate in Bible Study classes;
  3. Tell them Number 45 will be reelected President;
  4. Tell them that they’re going to have to buy a gun to protect themselves and their families;
  5. Tell them that the next American President will be a dictator;
  6. Send them brochures on how to relocate to Canada or Israel;
  7. Tell them, due to inflation, the price of lox went up $4.00 a pound.

Note to readers: Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list. You may add additional methods of torture below in the comments section of this blog.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. Mort is a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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