Are you happy? Content? Secure? Had a good day? Would you consider yourself in general an optimistic person?
Do you find this to be a problem?
If within fifteen minutes you are not possessed of an overpowering urge to throw yourself off a high building or take a swim in the Kinneret wearing concrete shoes, please, tell me your secret.
If I can be like alternate-universe Sally Field for minute here: “They hate us! They really hate us!”
You wouldn’t think that the reader comments for an Israeli newspaper would cover in one fell swoop every widely discredited anti-Semitic canard from Jewish responsibility for 9/11 (thanks Amiri Baraka) to all Jews being descended from Khazar converts (tell that to the Yemenites), but you’d be wrong.
The one encouraging thing? We Jews actually do indeed hold in our hands the key to world peace. Judging from what I’ve seen, if all our myriad haters from Iceland to Istanbul, Denmark to Dubai, Newfoundland to New Caledonia, could just join together for five minutes, put all their other issues behind them, and totally devote themselves to their shared hatred of Jews, there would be complete peace between the nations. They could all sing Imagine together as the slaughter commenced.
Then, of course, we’d all be dead and they’d have to find someone else to blame their problems on. But for those brief, shining few minutes…it brings a tear to this young romantic’s eye.
God. If you’re as depressed as I am now, here’s a little good news: a historic Cairo synagogue is re-opening for services. Clearly indicative of a worldwide Zionist conspiracy to seize Egypt, though. From the Nile to the Euphrates, right?