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Jews and money

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I’m sure that all Jews are affronted when someone makes a comment, or when they see or read a poster or daubing on a wall, which refers to Jews and money. The immediate response is to cry “Antisemitism!”

One cannot talk to walls or posters. But one can talk to someone who makes such a comment.

My response is something like this:

“Excuse me, but did you say something linking Jews with money? If so, do you have any idea why you said that? There is a reason for it.

“Yes, Jews have been associated with money for some 2,000 years. The reason is simple. When the second Temple was destroyed in 70AD, the High Priest, Joshua Ben Gamla, issued an instruction to all Jewish men: ‘make sure that your children can read’. This was a time when almost no common people could read, nor, as........

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