Yes, that is what Televangelist Pat Robertson who is a leading Christian authority in the country says as could be seen at
“Conservative activist Rabbi Daniel Lapin appeared on the “700 Club” Monday with Robertson to discuss what makes Jews successful.
“What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns. That’s what Daniel Lapin says and there’s a very good reason for that, and it lies within the business secrets of the Bible,” Robertson said in introducing the rabbi.
Lapin was on the show to promote his book “Thou Shall Prosper,” which, according to his website, discusses “why Jews throughout the ages flourish economically,” and “how you can benefit from this Jewish wisdom.”
“When you correctly said in Jewish neighborhoods you do not find Jews lying under their cars on Sunday afternoons, no, I pay one of the best mechanics around to take care of my BMW, I’d be crazy to take my time doing it myself,” Lapin said during the interview.”
Robertson followed Lapin’s explanation with the remark that Jews were polishing diamonds instead of fixing their cars. Some people see in the Robertson’s remark negative feelings toward the Jews, and even may anti-Semitic. However, this remark positively reflects on the very nature the mission of the Jews as the Chosen in building a better world for everybody.
Many Jews who were dismayed by Robertson’s “Jews polishing diamonds” expressed their fillings in letters to Rabbi Lapin as could be seen from http://www.rabbidaniellapin.com/blog/
“The aftermath to my [Rabbi Lapin’s] appearance on The 700 Club with my friend Pat Robertson last Monday astounded me. Like noxious mushrooms after a rain, articles suddenly sprang up condemning Pat for something people thought he said, and condemning me for not condemning him. Also, I received a bunch of negative communications, almost all of them from self-proclaimed Jews. I find myself sadly amused by hostile letters written to a rabbi that are filled with Yiddish curses.
… What drives people with extremely limited data to rush to judgment and quickly criticize, condemn, and excoriate others? What happened to giving people the benefit of the doubt? I think it is collateral damage from the retreat of religion. I believe that it is Biblical wisdom that lubricates human social and economic interaction and when that becomes eroded, people rush to judge one another harshly.”
Who is right – Pat Robertson with Rabbi Lapin or their Jewish haters?
First of all let me clarify the Robertson’s view of the Jewish people (that reflects the view of Evangelical Christians) using his own words at http://www.patrobertson.com/Speeches/IsraelLauder.asp
“Yes, the survival of the Jewish people is a miracle of God. The return of the Jewish people to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a miracle of God. The remarkable victories of Jewish armies against overwhelming odds in successive battles in 1948, and 1967, and 1973 are clearly miracles of God. The technological marvels of Israeli industry, the military prowess, the bounty of Israeli agriculture, the fruits and flowers and abundance of the land are a testimony to God’s watchful care over this new nation and the genius of this people. Yet what has happened was clearly foretold by the ancient prophet Ezekiel, who, writing at the time of the Babylonian captivity, declared this message for the Jewish people concerning latter days. “For I will take you out of the nation; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back to your own land… I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you… to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness.”
These words of Televangelist Pat Robertson are clear indication of his respect of the Jews as the God’s people. If it is so, who are all those people who detest both Pat Robertson and Rabbi Lapin? And what is the meaning of “Jews are polishing diamonds instead of repairing their cars”?
An answer to the first question is an easy one. The great majority of those who detest Pat Robertson and Rabbi Lapin are those Jewish individuals who don’t understand the true meaning of being the Chosen People. They wrongly believe God made them the Chosen to build a better world only for themselves inside their segregated Jewish communities – not to build a better world for everybody in collaboration with those for whom a better world is being built. They wrongly believe that the non-Jews should build a separate “better world” for themselves although based on the Seven Noah laws but interpreting those laws without Jewish Torah-based input. They detest everybody who is advocating spiritual collaboration with the non-Jews as Rabbi Lapin and Evangelical Christians are doing.
An answer to the second question is more complicated. Indeed, in “Jews are polishing diamonds instead of repairing their cars” the word “diamonds” reminds everybody of an anti-Semitic cliché of rich Jews making their fortunes by stealing from the others. However, there is another meaning in “polishing diamonds instead of repairing cars”, and this meaning is in play here in conversation between Pat Robertson and Rabbi Lapin. This meaning is the creation of new wealth. Here the “polishing diamonds” is a symbol of a true new wealth. The Jews are creating the new wealth instead of maintaining the old wealth metaphorically represented by “repairing cars”. And that is precisely what the Jews are supposed to do as the Chosen – lead the world in creating a new wealth which is the foundation of a better world for everybody.
I am on the side of the positive, true meaning of “Jew are polishing diamonds” since it confirms that the Jews are doing what they are supposed to do as the Chosen. Pat Robertson and Rabbi Lapin are Torah-wise right and their critics are wrong.