Originally posted by WashingtonGrewHemp
reply to post by dontreally
Right, my point is that it IS used as a derogatory phrase by some Jews. I can't personally identify with that sentiment, as I see the whole of
humanity as equal spiritually.
Well, the Jews are called a 'goy echad b'aeretz' "a unique nation on earth". And they are unique. Of course, all peoples are unique, but
objectively, Jews have something additional, and innordinate that other peoples lack.
For instance, some 20% of nobel prize winners are Jews. Put that into context. They constitute .005 of the worlds population, yet they consistently
stand out in whatever field they apply themselves to.
Im not saying this is something inherent to the Jew; im saying this is a consequence of Torah and Judaism. Even if the majority of those winners arent
religious, their ancestors were, and its this 'exceptional' aspect which they inherited from their ancestors which makes them so unique.
There is no study as deep as Talmud. Even some fortune 500 companies have their employees study Talmud to sharpen their logical minds. So maybe this
is why Jews in particular excel in scientific fields. The torah demands that we look at the world in a objective manner. To see things as they are.
This contrasts with gnostic or eastern views which emphasizes the subjective, and therefore trivializes the reality of good and evil.
In any case, its a hebrew word. A Jew could say Gentile, and say it with derision. It doesnt matter. Thats his problem. Its not good to harbor
feelings of superiority and Judaism doesnt.
And if you reject the 'chosen' title. than why dont you reject the dalai lama? Why does he get to be the dalai lama? Why are their presidents,
bankers? why are there poor people? This is the nature of life. Everyone is given a different station, and likewise, some people are given a more
prominent role, than others. But it is entirely improper and indeed sinful to turn that into 'more important'.
Look at it like a ladder. Is the bottom rung less important than a middle, or upper rung? No. All are important. G-d therefore tests people by putting
them in certain positions. Someone up high, has a great deal of egotism and pride to contend with. And his mission is to overcome that. To only use
his position as a way to serve OTHERS (Ie; the role of he Jews) whereas there are average people, they have to deal with their own problems. One issue
is not to be jealous of others, and not to hate them for their position and station in life. A Talmudic proverb is "who is happy? He who is content
with his lot in life"
Theres a story from the Baal Shem Tov that goes like this. Truly evinces how deep an idea this is in Judaism. The Baal shem Tov was visited by the
prophet Elijah and he told him about the amazing power in the simplicity of prayer. Elijah said "the prayers of Tzaddikin [righteous men] are not as
wonderous as the prayers produced by children, and those who pray with simplicity". He than recounts the story of a poor boy who was praying to god
and said " HaShem, i dont know how to speak hebrew. All i know are the letters. so i will say the alphebat as a way to speak to you". The Prophet
Elijah said such prayer brings more joy to god than the sophistication of kabbalistic meditations.
So.... I completely understand your attitude. Im a gentile to. I can totally understand youre feelings about this. But, there is something special
about Judaism and about the Bible. It is the cornerstone of western culture, after all. And the most popular book ever written.