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July 5, 2009
August 30, 2009 5:37 PM
The Local Jew
I grew up in a non jewish neibourhood going to a jewish school. when i left the jewish school to attend the local school it was vastly different. It was no easy going i didnt have to bench after lunch. The kids were more multicultural. Its where i met an asian person for the first time and i was AMAZED at the different cultures around me. I did feel different but i was also amoung people who were all vastly different. So it can only be our beliefs that distinguish us not our looks.
July 14, 2009 2:49 PM
i think that this video is true, but at the same time, it does make fun of non-jews in a certain aspect. its like jewish girls spreading horror stories about black people and saying jokes that just show how uneducated streetsmartwise these jewish girls are
July 9, 2009 12:13 AM
I"m surprised it wasn't ham and cheese with mayo!
David S. Levine,
July 9, 2009 12:04 AM
The AMERICAN Other Kind
Yes, there are "the other kind." But they're the American "other kind."
They were not our friends back in the 1940s but they saved us from the German "other kind."
They could have bought the argument that, to quote Jimmy Carter's brother, "There are a hullavalot more Arabs than there is Jews" and voted against the establishment of Israel but the last decent Democrat President of the United States, elected by the American "Other Kind" that November, voted for it.
The numbers of the "other kind" could have held back so many of us from achieving our dreams but did not. We are one of the more successful communities in the United States and the world.
And remember, the character shown in the quite piece we are discussing discovered the "other kind" when he was invited to lunch by his fellow student and that child's mother only wanted to please him.
Yes, all of us are so lucky to have experienced the "other kind" in the United States of America!
July 8, 2009 11:53 PM
Opposite childhood experience
I was raised in a hometown where my family and one other were the only Jewish families. One other fellow and I would get out of class earlly so that we could catch the bus to go to hebrew school. I intensely disliked being different than all the rest of the kids.
July 8, 2009 9:26 PM
I was brought up as one of the others and the first time I met Jews was in university in England. Those were not a religious bunch but they still didn't like us mixing with them. 10 years later I converted and jumped ship. I can see why and how important it is it use our defence mechanisms to the full. We have the richest heritage and I cant get enough of learning. When I came across 48 ways, it blew me away and opened up a different world that I never knew. Thank you for your work. If there ever was a reason for internet, it was for the job that sites like yours do. Like the train in Russia for the Meir yeshivah.
July 8, 2009 5:28 PM
A Sad Commentary- Quote from David Forman writing in the Jerusalem Post
A teacher at a progressive suburban synagogue in the United States was discussing intermarriage with her ninth grade class. One student declared that she would never marry a Muslim. Eager to hear the reason for this assertion, the teacher asked :"Why?" The girl responded:"Because Muslims don't eat pork!"
July 8, 2009 4:30 PM
What kind of *#@!%$#
"The OTHER kind" Oh, PULLLEEEZE!! No Jews use expressions like that - what's more, in such a tone - and it's bizarre to be creating the image that it is done, by circulating these lines as though they were the reality, in a widely watched movie. And, believe me, Hollywood is quite aware of what it is doing. This annoys me no end.
ben mordechai benjamin,
July 8, 2009 3:20 PM
That's where I grew up- Forrest Park. In kindergarten I was trhe only kid to appear one day on a Jewish holiday; my young Jewish mother insisted on my going to PS #69. None of the "others" appeared; no other child appeared.
Sixth grade class lunch was "cold cuts." The teacher, Ms. Wallace, said that we'd have "cold cuts' ie. ham, cheese, salame, bolony....no mention of corned beef, pastrami....all on white bread with butter or mayonnaise.
Also: A greek Orthodox priest and his wife meet with their close friends, an Ashkenazi orthodox rabbi and his wife over coffee eat the latters home. They came to the conclusion that there were little differences between the manners in which they viewed the world. For when the messiah appears, the greek orthodox catholic would greet him as "Glad to meet you again," Whereas the Rabbi would say "Happy to meet you."
July 8, 2009 3:18 PM
I grew up in the neighborhood described in this film. The Jewish community in Baltimore is very unique. We all tend to live in the same area. Over 99% of the students in our public schools in the 50's were Jewish. This made things difficult when we went out into the world (college or work) and realized we weren't the "center of the universe". But, all in all, I wouldn't have traded my childhood, with my Jewish neighborhood, friends, schools, and shuls for anything!!!
July 5, 2009 1:47 PM
What makes the Jews stand out from the others is the fact that we generally act counter-culturally. We Jews have a good defiance mechanism from giving in too much to idolatrous influences. Jews prefer the G-dly elements in life, while others usually go with secular or pagan-idol compounds and details. Given that most people aren't Jewish, we Jews shouldn't take our own people for granted, but at least we have a more profound capability of uniting more than any cultural/religious group in the world. That's in particular why I try to differentiate Jews from Gentiles since it is a Jew that I am halachically obliged to marry.
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