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Responding to Anti-Semitism

I wasn't proud of what I did. What would you do?

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(165) Anonymous, December 13, 2017 8:05 AM

Handling anti-Semitic remarks

I was visiting a friend and helping her to get her home ready to list. She was stressed about the move and and we were discussing what needed to be done to get the house presentable. Her daughter's boyfriend was present and upset with me for moving his guitar. He looked right at me and told me that I was of whining Jew. I was in a state of disbelief. Surely I misunderstood what I was hearing. I responded to him,"Do you realize I'm Jewish"? He replied, "Yes, I can tell when I look at you that's why I said that". I told him,"If you truly mean what you have just said, then you have just joined the ranks of the Nazis and other racial supremacists". He tried to apologize but I told him I would not accept his apology. I also told him that once you say something you cannot take it back. It's just out there. Perhaps this isn't taking the higher road but I wanted him to steep in a little bit of shame. I still feel troubled about this. My friend was not present in the room when this happened. I think she should've said something to him about this. I know this is going to affect our friendship. How could it not? I question the way I handled the situation.

(164) Anonymous, August 15, 2015 3:53 PM

Anti Semitic remarks are alive and disgusting!

Last Sunday I was invited over to a good friend's home for a get together and dinner. We all were sitting in the living room, good friend on the couch with her sister and brother in law and her 33 year old daughter sitting across from me. I came the day to bring her younger daughter a baby present. My friend has been working years for a Jewish doctor and once a few years back while driving told me he was a cheap Jew. For that comment I defended by telling her that was not nice and to remember I am Jewish. However I was able to forgive this slight. Ok back to the present so we were are all sitting around and my friend's sister asked about my friend's job and her elder daughter responds saying "her job is disgusting that Doctor's office is dirty and disgusting. You know he is a cheap Jew and that all Jews are cheap! This time I took a stand for my lineage, for my wonderful deceased generous family, defended the people who innocently died in the Holocaust. Whatever I said came out perfect. I even surprised myself and than I took my leave. Not one person in that room reprimanded her they sat there with smug looks because they too believe this to be true. But I am proud of myself. Of course this young woman later texted me to make some kind of apology and to infer that I took it the wrong way. My friend is making believe that this never happened but I have also expressed my feelings. I am proud of myself and would have hated myself if I would have been complacent and have stayed for dinner.

(163) Esther, December 7, 2014 6:15 PM

Responding to Anti-Semitism

Good day,
I was a temp worker back in the 90's and found that the owner of the company in which I was working was a French Canadian Jew-hater and while in the lunch room says "The Jews and their money". I then walked out and finished my lunch outside. I know now that Today I would definitely say something. This is why now I have created my Google page educating everyone about us the Jews. Feel free to glance at my page and tell everyone-It's under E Cohen and the picture is the Beth Hamikdash-That is my Talk Back! No more time for silence as I am Israel!
Am Israel Chai!
E Cohen

(162) Ann Gold, June 3, 2014 3:36 PM

I am Jewish

Hi Lori,

I ahve had a few incidents where people made nasty anti semitic comments to me. I always remain silent. Firstly, because they obviously are angry at us and jealous and by me answering me back it will only anger them more. They obviously are not looking to think logically and use reasoning, just a chance to blame someone for their jealousy and anger. Secondly, by keeping quiet you are distancing yourself from strife and from creating a chillul Hashem. Also in general it is very hard for a non jewish person to see things the Jewish way and in therefor in order for them to be able to overcome their anti- semetic feelings is major so it wont help answering back. Thank you for your wonderful clips. I love watching and getting an added boost to my day!

(161) Marilyn Brandi, May 20, 2014 9:32 PM

I always say something

Whenever I hear a hateful anti semitic remark I say "you know,I am Jewish and you have insulted me".Most of the time I am ignored.One lady told me "then you know how they are!".

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