Gratitude for Ricochet

 

I live in a Jewish community, so I know a lot of scared people. The acts of Hamas are awful, but not surprising. The response by so many in the US is nothing short of earth-shaking. “Kill the Jews” is the undertone for the huge street protests. The vaunted “safe spaces” that Woke created on college campuses are now exposed as nothing more than cover for institutionally-supported violence against Jewish kids. I have a kid at Rutgers – this is how Universities purge themselves of Jewish students.

If one reads the media, it seems the whole world is turning against us. If the Hamas atrocities can be openly disbelieved and ignored, then it means any attack against my person or my loved ones would garner the same response from those same people.

But I am fortified by this community. When others tell me how discouraged they are, I tell them that America has a lot of good people, people who know right from wrong and who are willing to stand up for those beliefs. I know this to be true because of all the good people here, on Ricochet. 

I, a Jew who loves America, am deeply grateful.  Thank You.  

 

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  1. The Reticulator Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    There’s a phrase, “Europe will never forgive the Jews for WWII.”

    Rather than try to become as good a society as Israel, many Muslims across the world would rather destroy the symbol of their failure.

    That might be true.  As a licensed armchair psychologist I suppose I could declare it to be true. 

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  2. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    The west owes a lot to the Jews – The wisdom of the Old Testament has influenced the philosophy and intellectual development of the west in general and this country in particular.  Is anyone surprised of these attacks from the left at the University? They hate western civilization.

     

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  3. The Reticulator Member
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    The west owes a lot to the Jews – The wisdom of the Old Testament has influenced the philosophy and intellectual development of the west in general and this country in particular. Is anyone surprised of these attacks from the left at the University? They hate western civilization.

     

    Does anyone care whether or not it’s a surprise?   The important thing is to oppose the left.

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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    There’s a phrase, “Europe will never forgive the Jews for WWII.”

    Rather than try to become as good a society as Israel, many Muslims across the world would rather destroy the symbol of their failure.

    That might be true. As a licensed armchair psychologist I suppose I could declare it to be true.

    That IS a common theme through human history.

    This impulse is why the left’s “politics of jealousy” is so successful, all over the world. 

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  5. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    I hear that Muhammad is viewed as being close to a totally perfect man in Islam

    I believe the dogma asserts that he is absolutely perfect. Asserting that he was less than perfect is blasphemy which earns death at the hands of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance(TM).

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  6. W Bob Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    W Bob (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    iWe (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    iWe (View Comment):
    I am keenly aware that while I am an American in tooth and claw, not all Americans see me that way – because I choose to be Jewish.

    That makes no sense. I choose to be Christian, and I don’t see what impact that would have on my nationality.

    Have you ever seen how animals of all kinds ostracize those they deem to be outsiders? It is a core human instinct, too.

    I don’t understand why Jews are outsiders, I guess.

    There’s a lot of history that I don’t know much about, I’m sure. But from my perspective, it all seems so contrived. I don’t mean to sound insensitive to anyone’s beliefs (or perhaps I do, I suppose), but I really don’t understand the hatred of Jews.

    On the other hand, I worship a Jew, so naturally I struggle with concept of hating them.

    Book of Esther chapter 3 gives insight into the reason for Jew hatred in biblical times. Maybe in our times as well.

    What’s so striking about the all the hatred since Oct. 7 is that it was Israel who was attacked by terrorists, not the other way around. Usually that would cause at least some of the anti-Israel crowd to tone it down at least for while. But it seems to have enraged them even more.

    There’s a phrase, “Europe will never forgive the Jews for WWII.”

    Rather than try to become as good a society as Israel, many Muslims across the world would rather destroy the symbol of their failure.

    In order to improve they’d probably have to give up islam.

    Islam, cousin marriage and the deep tribalism in Arabic society. Muhammad’s seventh wife Zaynab bint Jahsh was his first cousin. So unless you want to interpret Islam to say that Muhammad made a very big error and Allah did not correct him then you have to get rid of Islam.

    I hear that Muhammad is viewed as being close to a totally perfect man in Islam so it sticks Muslim society in the seventh century and prevents them from advancing.

    Cousin marriage is legal in a  number of US states and Washington DC.

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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    And the worst part of it is, all the Leftist “Jews” who are siding with Hamas.  This situation has finally brought out how disgusting the majority of American Jews are.  When push comes to shove, Leftists are always Leftist first, and everything else later.  Including Jewish.  I am almost giving thanks that my Leftist sister kicked me and Ray out of the family, for some of the sentiments expressed on my blog.  They are dead to me now, and I find I don’t miss them much.

    From my blog.

    https://rushbabe49.com/2023/10/14/i-stand-with-israel/

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  8. kedavis Coolidge
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    I figure that if I hadn’t left Phoenix 3 years ago, there might be some trouble with those old anti-Trump neighbors.  They’re probably anti-Israel now too.

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  9. Henry Castaigne Member
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    W Bob (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    W Bob (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    iWe (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    iWe (View Comment):
    I am keenly aware that while I am an American in tooth and claw, not all Americans see me that way – because I choose to be Jewish.

    That makes no sense. I choose to be Christian, and I don’t see what impact that would have on my nationality.

    Have you ever seen how animals of all kinds ostracize those they deem to be outsiders? It is a core human instinct, too.

    I don’t understand why Jews are outsiders, I guess.

    There’s a lot of history that I don’t know much about, I’m sure. But from my perspective, it all seems so contrived. I don’t mean to sound insensitive to anyone’s beliefs (or perhaps I do, I suppose), but I really don’t understand the hatred of Jews.

    On the other hand, I worship a Jew, so naturally I struggle with concept of hating them.

    Book of Esther chapter 3 gives insight into the reason for Jew hatred in biblical times. Maybe in our times as well.

    What’s so striking about the all the hatred since Oct. 7 is that it was Israel who was attacked by terrorists, not the other way around. Usually that would cause at least some of the anti-Israel crowd to tone it down at least for while. But it seems to have enraged them even more.

    There’s a phrase, “Europe will never forgive the Jews for WWII.”

    Rather than try to become as good a society as Israel, many Muslims across the world would rather destroy the symbol of their failure.

    In order to improve they’d probably have to give up islam.

    Islam, cousin marriage and the deep tribalism in Arabic society. Muhammad’s seventh wife Zaynab bint Jahsh was his first cousin. So unless you want to interpret Islam to say that Muhammad made a very big error and Allah did not correct him then you have to get rid of Islam.

    I hear that Muhammad is viewed as being close to a totally perfect man in Islam so it sticks Muslim society in the seventh century and prevents them from advancing.

    Cousin marriage is legal in a number of US states and Washington DC.

    Well I oppose it. You should avoid making sick and dumb kids.

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  10. Henry Castaigne Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    And the worst part of it is, all the Leftist “Jews” who are siding with Hamas. This situation has finally brought out how disgusting the majority of American Jews are. When push comes to shove, Leftists are always Leftist first, and everything else later. Including Jewish. I am almost giving thanks that my Leftist sister kicked me and Ray out of the family, for some of the sentiments expressed on my blog. They are dead to me now, and I find I don’t miss them much.

    From my blog.

    https://rushbabe49.com/2023/10/14/i-stand-with-israel/

    I think that most American Jews are nice and decent people in thrall to a corrupting ideology. Heck most Democrats I know are nice reasonable people who I wouldn’t mind having a beer. But eventually, a bad ideology will corrupt your soul.

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  11. Henry Castaigne Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    And the worst part of it is, all the Leftist “Jews” who are siding with Hamas. This situation has finally brought out how disgusting the majority of American Jews are. When push comes to shove, Leftists are always Leftist first, and everything else later. Including Jewish. I am almost giving thanks that my Leftist sister kicked me and Ray out of the family, for some of the sentiments expressed on my blog. They are dead to me now, and I find I don’t miss them much.

    From my blog.

    https://rushbabe49.com/2023/10/14/i-stand-with-israel/

    I read your statements. I will say that there are some innocent Palestinians but the majority of Palestinian culture is terrible. Likewise there were good white Southerners who freed their slaves after treating their slaves with respect and decency but the Southern cause is tainted because the South was into slavery. 

    There is something like collective responsibility. Germans who did not resist Hitler deserve some blame for the Holocaust.

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  12. The Reticulator Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Cousin marriage is legal in a number of US states and Washington DC.

    Well I oppose it. You should avoid making sick and dumb kids.

    I know of one set of cousins that married but because of being cousins decided not to have children.  I was introduced to the guy once when he was old and making preparations to give away his wealth. We didn’t hit it off–he excused himself before we had anything to say, to the surprise of those who introduced me to him. They couldn’t think of anything I had said or done wrong.

    I suppose if he had had children his wealth would have been distributed differently.   I read about the cousin relationship many years later.

    Well, I thought I had read that they didn’t have children, but their Wikipedia pages refer to two children.  Those pages do refer to the cousin relationship.  They had to go to a different state to get  married where it was legal. 

    But there are some other points on which the internet information is silent or weird.  So I’m not sure what the whole story is.  I’m not interested enough to try to reconcile it all. 

    Our calico cat was born on property that had been theirs. Or his, anyway. I’m not sure how that worked.

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  13. TBA Coolidge
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Cousin marriage is legal in a number of US states and Washington DC.

    Well I oppose it. You should avoid making sick and dumb kids.

    I know of one set of cousins that married but because of being cousins decided not to have children. I was introduced to the guy once when he was old and making preparations to give away his wealth. We didn’t hit it off–he excused himself before we had anything to say, to the surprise of those who introduced me to him. They couldn’t think of anything I had said or done wrong.

    I suppose if he had had children his wealth would have been distributed differently. I read about the cousin relationship many years later.

    Well, I thought I had read that they didn’t have children, but their Wikipedia pages refer to two children. Those pages do refer to the cousin relationship. They had to go to a different state to get married where it was legal.

    But there are some other points on which the internet information is silent or weird. So I’m not sure what the whole story is. I’m not interested enough to try to reconcile it all.

    Our calico cat was born on property that had been theirs. Or his, anyway. I’m not sure how that worked.

    Still legally your cat. ;) 

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  14. Henry Castaigne Member
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    TBA (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Cousin marriage is legal in a number of US states and Washington DC.

    Well I oppose it. You should avoid making sick and dumb kids.

    I know of one set of cousins that married but because of being cousins decided not to have children. I was introduced to the guy once when he was old and making preparations to give away his wealth. We didn’t hit it off–he excused himself before we had anything to say, to the surprise of those who introduced me to him. They couldn’t think of anything I had said or done wrong.

    I suppose if he had had children his wealth would have been distributed differently. I read about the cousin relationship many years later.

    Well, I thought I had read that they didn’t have children, but their Wikipedia pages refer to two children. Those pages do refer to the cousin relationship. They had to go to a different state to get married where it was legal.

    But there are some other points on which the internet information is silent or weird. So I’m not sure what the whole story is. I’m not interested enough to try to reconcile it all.

    Our calico cat was born on property that had been theirs. Or his, anyway. I’m not sure how that worked.

    Still legally your cat. ;)

    According to my father. Cat incest is bad though it is regrettably all too common among breeders. 

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