So Jesus Was A Jew. So what?

Correspondence Between Shlomoh And Grace Harris
February 23, 2004

From: Grace Harris
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 16:03:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [new46] morality?

Jeez-Louise, Shlomoh, the hero of the movie is Jewish too, but I don't hear any Jews talking about THAT!

And, he did NOT come across looking like a nut with Diane Sawyer. Now his DAD is a complete LOON, representative of no one but those in straight-jackets. But Gibson came across as simply a very religious man who had had a genuine conversion experience (I still hate his church, and think he needs to get OUT). If your daughter thought he was scary, then she would probably think I was scary too.

From: "King Solomon"
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 14:34:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [new46] morality?

Oh we do talk about his Jewishness - in humor.

I already told you the story of my Wiccan lover who said that Christians hate to think about the fact that Jesus was a Jew.

Here's another.

A few years ago there was a show on Broadway called LATE NIGHT CATECHISM. It was a one woman show, very clever too. She portrays a nun teaching wayward children how to be good. The bulk of the audience was Catholic because they can relate to the whole parochial school thing. During the show, the nun interacts with the audience.

At one point she asks me a question which I am not equipped to answer - so I say, "I don't know, sister. I'm a Jew!"

She smiles and says, "Well bless your heart. You know of course that Jesus and all the disciples were Jews."

"Of course", I say. Everyone knows that."

Then she says, "Well everyone also knows that came to their senses and converted to Catholicism!"

Now grant you, that is a funny line and even *I* laughed. BUT - there is an unpleasnt subtext behind that joke - unpleasantly nasty and triumphal from the Christian point of view - and unpeasantly bitter, - in fact, galling, - from a Jewish point of view.

So yes, everybody knows that brother J was a Jew. But here's the bit. He converted to Catholicism! So why would we talk about him? Especially since his followers throughout history don't turn the other cheek. They stick spears into people who don't agree with them theologically and force them to wear a crown of thorns.

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