10 Chassidim and their families decided to spend Shabbat in the English seaside town of Blackpool. Unfortunately one of them took ill and they were short of a minyan. One of them went out into the street in hopes G-d would send him a 10th Jew. His sidelocks and strange garb drew inquisitive looks as he searched in vain for a Jewish face among the Saturday morning walkers along the resort’s famous ‘golden mile’.
Almost giving up hope he noticed the scowl on the face of an approaching pensioner clutching a shopping bag and newspaper. “Why do you have to walk around looking like that?” said the old man. The Chassid smiled broadly and invited him to make up the minyan.
That minyan man is every loathsome Jewish busybody in politics, media and academia.
From US envoy Martin Indyk, to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and his hateful Jewish publishers, to the likes of Norman Finkelstein and Peter Beinart, and the Noam Chomskys and Ilan Pappes of academia. What they all seem to have in common is embarrassment with their Jewishness, but not so much as they will not use it for their own self-aggrandisement and social climbing.
All this makes them exceptionally useful idiots of the Palestine propaganda machine and all those on the hard Left who assail the legitimacy of the Jewish state and use that as a fig leaf to cover their base anti-Semitism.
I doubt whether Friedman would have got very far if his name was Johnson and he had been writing about Turkey’s occupation of northern Cyprus for the last 40 years. Similarly Chomsky might not have done nearly so well in academia with a non-Jewish name and without lacing every other lecture with visceral attacks on his ancestral homeland.
Jews have created a minyan in their promised land. They’ve tilled the land, fought the wars and are paying the taxes. If Jews in the diaspora are uncomfortable with that, let them turn away. But don’t lecture us on how we should look and conduct ourselves.
If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.