Envy of the Jews

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By almost every measure, the Jewish people have a disproportionate level of wealth and success. Jews, who account for only 2% of the U.S. population, have won almost a third of the Nobel Prizes. Worldwide, Jews account for .02% of the population but have won 20% of the Nobel Prizes. Jewish people are more charitable, have lower rates of alcohol abuse and divorce, and have more young people graduate from college. One of the reasons for this is that Jews, known as the “people of the book,” value education and embrace learning for young people at an early age — book learning, yes, but also learning about “righteousness,” doing the right thing, giving to the poor, visiting the sick, honoring one’s body and one’s family. “Teach your children talking with them when you sit down and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” [Deuteronomy 11:19]. The envy shown by other people towards the Jews is an unmistakable cause for antisemitism.

No religious or ethnic group has created more jobs and opportunities per capita than Jewish people have. Home Depot, Starbucks, Costco, and the Gap stores alone employ 772,000 people. Jewish philosophy considers providing employment for people a mitzvah, a “good deed.” Philanthropy is seen not as an option, but as a duty — a duty to God and one’s community. It is forbidden to avert one’s eyes from someone in need.

*We give thanks to the carefully written articles from “Facts and Logic About the Middle East”

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