Emes is the Yiddish word for truth. Truth is hard to find.
posted by e-kvetcher at 8:35 AM
Indeed it is. A few points.1. German is the core of Yiddish no matter what people want to pretend and there's nothing inherently evil about a language. Besides, if Yiddish had been Hebrew and French instead, all the Jews who tried to speak it would have choked on the super throaty result and our numbers would be next to zip. Also, separation of meat and milk would have butted heads with the French obsession with cheese on everything.2. More seriously, Germans of today are largely too young to have even been born when another generation carried out the nightmare of the Holocaust. It is a principle of Judaism that other than the unfortunate bastards of Amalek, people are not to be held responsible for the crimes of others like family members, parents, etc.3. All the refusal to even try to let go of it is doing is proving ex post facto that Jews may have in some way brought the Holocaust on themselves. HUMANS WORK THIS WAY. You beat on someone who won't respond the way you accuse them of being, until they finally do, and you use that as after the fact justification for your abuse. Human psychology is nasty sometimes, but there it is.4. We're an intelligent species and in a relatively comfortable time in history where we have time to think big abstract thoughts and realize that #3 is so, and then counteract that by doing the unexpected and taking the wind out of their sails once and for all. The bulk of Germany hates the Holocaust and the sort of murderous morons who did it, and if we open our arms and hearts to them, we cement a bond with them that closes them off to the neo Nazis forcefully, and that ideology is finally fast-tracked to extinction without an audience.It's time to bury the hatchet with Germany and bury the past with the dead and get on with today and tomorrow. Unborn Jews are counting on what we do now and how we acquit ourselves in the view of eventual posterity.Understand that this isn't just a ger tzedek saying this, it is also the grandson of a WWII vet who saw and described in excruciating detail the remains of the camps he saw, and partially an American Indian who lives in what some consider an occupied territory rightfully belonging to another people.It's time to let the dead be, and to make the living come together as friends.
You beat on someone who won't respond the way you accuse them of being, until they finally do, and you use that as after the fact justification for your abuse. Human psychology is nasty sometimes, but there it is.Yes, this is a very cogent point. Despite being politically incorrect, I believe there is a lot of truth in what you are saying.
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