Many a man­ual man among Jews

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

David By­ers (JC April 14), from his in­abil­ity to change a light bulb, gen­er­alises that Jewish men are in­ca­pable of man­ual work.

I’m too old now but I can re­call spend­ing a week re­paint­ing the whole of my three-bed­room house as well as grow­ing vegetables. In an ear­lier house I did the wall­pa­per­ing. And what about all those im­mi­grants of 100 years ago who were tai­lors, cap-mak­ers, shoe­mak­ers or, like my grand­fa­ther and fa­ther, were cabi­net-mak­ers?

Harold Pollins, it is sim­ply that, of the many tribes around, the wan­der­ing Is­raelites were “cho­sen” to re­ceive God’s word. There is a pre­vail­ing view that some of us wish God has cho­sen some­one else for all the tsores that went with the job. down a Syr­ian try­ing to speak on Syria at a demon­stra­tion about Syria was “in­sane”.

He’s right, and such in­san­ity ex­plains why the left so loathe Is­rael: it’s too demo­cratic for their in­stinc­tively au­thor­i­tar­ian tastes.

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