Hanukkah, oh Chanukah

It’s at holiday times like this that I must admit that I do enjoy the Jewish part of my life. I think the thing that makes me appreciate my Jewishness is the STRENGTH and the FLEXIBILITY of the people.

I will never understand why a group of people can be hated so vehemently by so many just for believing in one God. Since the beginning of recorded history, hate and ridicule has been a part of life for Jewish people. WHY? Jews have been ridiculed for their values, like saving money to make sure that you can take care of yourself, your family and others in need. What is wrong with that? Education….in most Jewish households, education is more important than anything besides taking care of family. One MUST have an education. Please note that the education does not have to result in one becoming a doctor, lawyer, banker or any of those other stereotypical positions, but can also result in one becoming the best damn electrician or auto mechanic or warehouseman on the block. The idea is, GET AN EDUCATION. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT VALUE?

It was interesting when I was in Gent. A woman who was renting us a room in a bed and breakfast (NOT the Chambreplus…a different B&B) went almost ballistic talking about how bad Zionism is and that Jews who are Zionists are just the scourge. Um, let me see…if you went through your entire recorded history being hated and assailed and threatened with death at every turn, would you not want a tiny bit of space for a safe haven? And would you not defend that tiny piece of land to maintain the safe haven? I think so, I know so!

The Jewish people have always had to be strong and flexible, or they would have disappeared a long time ago. They have also had to look at the cup as being half full rather than half empty, and that, dear readers does make all the difference in the world.

So, as we celebrate the Festival of Lights, perhaps soon the collective wisdom of the world will say…Live and Let Live….let’s move on….Shalom/Salaam….


4 Responses to “Hanukkah, oh Chanukah”

  1. December 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Happy Hanukkah Mom.
    And yes, I’ve gone a few rounds over Zionism with CB. I don’t agree with the Israeli’s current behavior towards Palestinians, but CB’s attitudes changed a bit as well once I explained to him the Jewish American perspective on Zionism and Israel.
    But when it comes down to it, two wrongs don’t make a right and both sides really need to change their ways and end the constant bloodshed.

    And remind me in April I’ll bring you another jar or two of Speculoos.

  2. December 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Hanukkah. It’s amazing how many people don’t care about hurting other people’s feelings for believing differently.

  3. December 26, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Happy Chanukah to you!

    What is truly amazing is that just about every Jewish holiday (except the High Holy days) celebrate Jews surviving another potential genocide. It’s so ridiculous, and so bitterly sad. What are we? People who like fried potatoes and mashed fish? I mean really, are we any different than any other group with bad taste buds?

  4. December 27, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    The thing is, I think it’s very hard to “get it” when you’ve always been in the majority or never been hunted down. And the whole situation with the Palestinians is much more complex than the completely anti-Zionist part of the Arab world wants to admit. Jews are not the only people who have treated the Palestinians badly. I have to agree with Lilac, though, about my disagreements with current (and recent past) policies in terms of the Palestinians.

    I also agree, though, that there’s no way Jews would still be here without that strength and flexibility that you discuss.

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