Why not reinvigorate authentic Judiasm with an increased effort at attracting non- believers to the faith? Many Americans(especially the educated upper middle class) live in a spiritual desert. Intellectuals could find a home in Judaism if they were educated about its wonders and learned that Judiasm was far more than Israel and the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
Prescient as always.
One typo, presumably: “Grating [SHOULD BE “GRANTING”, I believe. (Fixed. -eds.)] that his comparison with Hitler and even Stalin was pretty over the top…”
One statement causing indredulity: Israelis give more money to charity per capita than the US. Source?
“If the President now declines to nominate Senator Hagel, it will appear to many that his nomination was derailed by the so-called Jewish Lobby…” Oh, I doubt that. Most Republicans seem to view Hagel as some kind of fringe outlier, whose nomination won’t satisfy the criterion of bipartisanship. At the most, the so-called Jewish Lobby emboldened others to overcome their reticence and say what they really think. That includes Republicans who think Hagel is Republican in name only; Democrats who wonder why Defense isn’t finally entrusted to one of their own; gays who think Hagel is some sort of anti-gay bigot; and women who think Obama owes them a top cabinet spot now that Rice is out and Hillary is gone. In short, Hagel’s demise, if it happens, will have been over-determined (as we say in the social sciences). If a few bigots want to blame the Jews–well, what’s new? As Adam argues persuasively in this very same post, they’re few in number anyway, so who cares?
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Jews are persecuted and despised when they are weak, feared and hated when they are strong. I prefer to be strong. Your diatribe has got nothing to refute the impression that Hagel has it in for the Jews, not only Israel. The most significant evidence of this problem comes from Nebraska, where he refused to meet with Jewish groups. As for Israel – great, he wants to talk to Hamas and doesn’t consider Iran a threat. This will fill our security relations with Israel with a new confidence for sure. Add to this our new State Secretary, who promised to Gulf sheikhs to force Israel to give “back” Temple Mount and the Golan Hights, and the picture becomes clear.
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“Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog. Put an underdog on top..”
I mostly agree with you, Adam, but this part from Truman is a little strong, as you partly acknowledge. Besides the invocation of Stalin and Hitler, when, exactly, in 1947 were the Jews finally “on top”? And what cruelty to what under dog were the Jews guilty of? To the extent of exceeding the horrors of the Holocaust or the Gulag? I think that Hamas or Hezbollah would be delighted to quote this passage. Truman gets a deserved demerit in my book.
Personally, I think we would have been better off with Dewey in 1948