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The Crusaders And Why We Sent Our Kids To Day School

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It started with the Crusades! Most people hear that word and think of charities. There are quite a few organizations that innocently use the word crusade in their names.

Or they might think of The Crusaders, a public high school sports team in a New Jersey suburb.

Possibly the word has been so corrupted that many don’t reference its original meaning. That being the case will the word Nazi one day morph into something benign? The partner word, Holocaust, has already been repeatedly used to signify less sinister events. It’s even used in bad jokes. Even by Jews. Think I’m kidding? Remember Larry David’s Curb episode about a survivor.

So, let’s be clear: The Crusades lasted for several hundreds of years and were anything but benign! Many of our people, Jewish people, were brutally murdered in its wake, as European fanatics battled to eradicate/exterminate/eliminate/kill the Jews and Muslims living in Jerusalem. Parenthetically, it seems that wherever we Jews are, we are perceived as threats. Haven’t you noticed?

And so it was that our daughter Amy, a sixth grader at the time of our discussion, came home from her public school one day in 1975, with an assignment to write a report on the heroic and brave Crusaders. Huh?

Now, please understand, I am not a violent person. I deplore much of what’s newsworthy today. Lies of unbelievable proportion. Mayhem. Murder. Coups against our government. And revisionist........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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