- Religion and Philosophy
Are Jews Evil?
Jews Are Called to Serve Humanity
Each day there are hundreds of thousands of searches on the web that ask that question. All the articles that Google brings up say that they are. As I grew up in a home with a Jewish father and a Christian mother, I want to address that question. I spent time as a Christian fundamentalist (10 years) and later converted to Judaism.
No, Jews are Not Evil
No, of course, Jews aren’t evil. The Jewish people originated somewhere in the Middle East. Like Arabs, they are Semites – a particular race. No race is good or evil. Only individuals can be good or evil, and even then it’s more like most people have some good and some evil.
Why were Jews Persecuted Historically?
Originally, the Roman Catholic Church said that Jews killed Jesus, and as a result of this, Jews were put into ghettos for their beliefs as well as face tremendous persecution through two thousand years. In all that time, Jews never fought back because it was against their religion.
At some point towards the start of the 20th century, the worm turned. Theodore Hertzl began the Zionist movement – preaching that Jews must return to their own country, Palestine. He said that was the only way that they would stop being treated the way they were.
The only problem with that piece of advice was that Palestine was already inhabited, and as the Jews came in, fights started over land ownership. This is still going on more than a century later.
For the record, the Pope removed the guilt of the Jews from the Roman Catholic Degree in 1960. He declared that they were not guilty of killing Jesus.
Jews are Called to Help Others
Why are Jews Despised Today?
There are always several different factors in a question like this. The most powerful factor is simply historical prejudice. People are taught to hate, and if they are looking for someone to hate, then Jews are as good a target as any.
There is also an element of jealousy and resentment against a people that are so successful. Many cannot understand why Jews do so well, and when people cannot understand something, they begin to search for reasons. When they already have a negative bias, they will believe anything that is presented to them that ties in with that negative bias.
In addition to that, as with any elitist group, those who are successful have a way of treating others as second class citizens. This is not unique to Jews. Just ask anyone who has been exposed to the upper crust (I have as I grew up in that environment). People from the upper classes call people who are middle class and lower ‘White trash’ or ‘poor whites,’ etc. I went to a Christian private school. I was very badly treated because I spoke with the wrong accent and I clearly wasn’t from a Protestant upper class English home. (My late father was a German Jew and my late mother was a South African Afrikaner.)
Why are Jews so Successful?
They are successful for the same reason that Asians are successful. They have a particular culture that encourages intellectual thinking and study from a very young age.
In addition, Judaism provides outstanding community service to all its members. Whereas other groups are not so concerned about their poor, Jews make sure that all Jews, no matter how poor, get an education, etc.
I can give you examples of that.
I was a single mother and did not have the ability to pay for Jewish camps at the end of the year for my daughter. The Jewish community bore the cost of this and she went every year. In addition, young Jewish people are allowed a free trip to Israel before they are 25 (Birthright). All that is required to be paid is the insurance. When I was unable to pay for this, the Jewish community paid it on my behalf.
Jews are successful because the Jewish community invests time, money, care, and education in all its people.
Israel is a socialist country. It provides medical care, protection, community services for all its people. As a right, its people can get on with what is considered important “Study to show themselves approved by God.” And when their studies are finished, they can then do what they were ‘chosen’ for – serve humanity.
There is also the ancestral factor. As with the rich internationally, if you come from money, you tend to make money. While 80% of the Jews who arrived in America in the 19th century were poor, they did bring outstanding skills. Those from other nations did not have the skills that the Jews had.
When people die and they leave their children money, those children automatically have a better standard of living and more to give their children. This cycle has been continuing for about a century.
Jews put a lot of emphasis on education
What Percentage of Jews are Poor?
What Percentage of Jews are Poor?
In Israel, about 12.5% of Jews are living in poverty. In New York, about one third of Jews are living in poverty. That said, 25% of Jews are rich – by any standard. This is despite being only 2% of the population.
What Do Jews Believe?
Jews are encouraged from day one to study and provide service to the community so that God will be pleased with them.
According to the Jewish religion, God chose the Jews in order to serve humanity. Consequently, Jews are encouraged from very young to become doctors, scientists, etc.
Jews encourage Tzedakah – charitable giving. Jews also believe in Mitsvah which is the carrying out of all the rules laid out for them by Torah. Jews are not taught about life after death, so it is not part of their religion. Many Jews also do not believe in a God, but that does not mean that they do not believe in doing good. The entire purpose of being a Jew is to service humanity and to do no evil.
As with all religions, Jews have their own terminology. If you read through the terminology, you will have a fair idea of what Jews believe.
What's the Diffference between a Zionist and a Jew?
A Zionist is someone who believes in the State of Israel. They are usually Jewish, but they don’t necessarily need to be. A Jew is someone who was born to a Jewish mother or someone who converted to become Jewish. In the USA, most Jews are not Zionists. They do not believe that being a Jew is a nationality. They believe Judaism is a religion. In Israel, about three quarters of the seats in the Knesset represent Zionists.
Jews are Just as Good or Bad as Any Other Religion or Group.
Jews are no better or worse than any other nation, religion, or community. They tend to be successful because they are taught from very young to study, to think, and to do their best. In addition, they have the support of a very active community if they are struggling. In addition, it tends to be individuals who are bad, and while these individuals may join up with really bad groups, there isn't a single race or nation that is universally evil.