Jews have been blamed for thousands of years: from the right, from the left, from other religions, from atheists, from just about any group that had any grievance with the world. And for the most part, this was just plain Jew hatred – frequently for no definable or logical reason.
Yet, I do think the world is entitled to blame the Jews! You see, it was we Jews that brought them the Jewish Bible. Many point out that our country was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. But when the Founding Fathers gave us “inalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence, they were selectively reading the Bible.
Judaism does not specifically entitle one to “rights”. Rather Judaism is a religion that teaches “responsibilities” as commandments. One has responsibilities to oneself, to one’s fellow man and to God. It is the importance of committing to these responsibilities that sets Judaism apart and subsequently causes everyone to blame the Jews.
In Judaism, one is responsible to himself. Each person was placed on this earth for a unique purpose, one that no one else can fulfil. What do you make of yourself? How do you utilize your God given talents? How is your life meaningful? What is your impact on your family, community, and society? When you pass on, have you left the world a better place?
One is responsible to your fellow man. Each person’s responsibility to his fellow man leads to a recognition of the other persons rights. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you – that is a very important Biblical principle. Share your crop with the poor, help your burdened neighbor, etc. By accepting my responsibility to not harm others and to help those in need, they automatically receive “rights” and we build a society of mutual respect.
Finally, one is responsible to God, as one would show appreciation, respect, and love to a father and/or master. Recognition that there is a God in whose image we were all created and to whom we will all have to answer makes me evaluate all my actions and deeds from His perspective, and not whether I can get away with my action. It also makes me reflect upon those “rights” which I may be able to exercise but I then ask myself “should I do it”? Would God be proud of me for doing it?
The “Greatest Generation” was great not because they exercised their rights but rather because they accepted the immense responsibilities thrust upon them by the Depression and World War II. Each subsequent generation has tipped the scales from the responsibility side to the rights side. And the current rioting, looting and crime reflects what happens when people are only concerned with their own rights and deny their responsibilities.
Israel has been successful for the same reasons. A nation of immigrants who came from Europe and the Middle East with nothing. They were murdered and pillaged in Europe and chased out of all the Arab countries and took the responsibility for themselves, for each other, and for a new nation. That is why the Palestinians hate the Israelis (Jews) because, while the Israelis were toiling and struggling against all odds, the Palestinians sat back and expected everyone else to support them and defend them. Jews realize that the only one they can count on is the Lord above and thus they need to work as hard as they can to utilize all the gifts that He bestows upon them.
So yes, the Jews are to blame. They are the world’s conscience. Jews are to blame for their initiative, their stamina, and their stubbornness to survive and thrive despite all obstacles and persecutions. They are to blame not for their “white privilege” (which no one ever handed them) but because they accepted whatever opportunities were available to them and “ran with them” with their blood, sweat, and tears. They are the symbol that “responsibilities” trump “rights” if you want to survive and improve yourself, your fellow man, and society. So the next time you hear someone yelling about their “rights”, ask yourself what responsibilities have they taken upon themselves to deserve those rights. And ask them why they blame the Jews for their woes!