Originally posted by Seitse
So is yours as an antisemite.
You [b]do know that I never read your posts, finnegay, right? And I am not
the only one, grumpy old chum.
I did twice, I admit, but once it was clear that you're a Jew hater and
beyond bitter, why bother? It is a well known fact around here what your
My reputation as a buffoon is well earned. So is yours as an antisemite. Funny
thing is, you keep eating the bait. Again and again. That is the size of your
I do not believe that Finnegan is an anti-Semite.
Most of the members of the shul that I attend support the existence of the State of Israel (as do I); most of them (so far as I can tell thus far) have little regard for Netanyahu or Likud (as do I); and most of them (so far as I can tell) support the establishment of a sustainable Palestinian state (again, as do I). One of the women that I am privileged to be studying Talmud with is a black woman who is as deeply troubled over the racism experienced by Ethiopian (and other mizrahi
) Jews in Israel as she is over racism in the U.S. She is as troubled as a Jew as she is as a black woman. She is not anti-Israel, she is not anti-Muslim, and she sure as hell is not an anti-semite.
This is a debate forum. Often, in debate on a site like this, people make generalized statements that perhaps
they should not—but this not an academic conference. I believe that people of good faith can have conflicting views—and it appears (based on my reading) there is plenty of room for people of good faith to draw their conclusions from various historical, sociological, philosophical, and even religious sources. For example, there appear to be historians of good faith (both “old” and “new” ) who disagree vehemently on various Israel/Palestine issues (as well as, apparently, historical/historiographical methodology). That does not make them dishonest—or bigoted.
As the Duchess once said (from memory, not a quote), she and I likely disagree on various questions concerning Israel. That does not mean that I hold any personal animus for her—or for Finnegan. Or that we cannot say to one another (as the Duchess did to me): “Go in peace”.
I withdrew from these lists because, for a number of reasons—well, I’ll just say “health”. If some want to translate that as “weakness”, that’s okay. I have posted some thoughts recently, but hold myself to no obligation to do so in any particular—or sustained—manner.
But I do from time to time read what’s going on here. And, for me, this post is a mitzvah
. I do not believe that Finnegan is an anti-semite
From the Pirke Avot
—“Y’hoshua ben P’riahyah taught:
Select a master-teacher for yourself;
acquire a colleague for study;
when you assess people, tip the balance in their favor.” (1:6)
And, from Rabbi Tarfon:
“You are not obliged to finish the task,
neither are you free to neglect it.” (2:21)
—From the version in Siddur Sim Shalom