Gerald A. Honigman
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida
educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Middle
Eastern Affairs, created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda
programs for college youth, lectured on numerous campuses and
other platforms, and has publicly debated many Arab spokesmen.
He is the author of
The Quest for Justice in the Middle East. His articles and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites all around
Lesson for My Gentile Friends
How Not To
Treat a Friend
Samoa & Samaria
Gov.: From One Fisherperson to Another
Response to the White House Rebuke
You Have a
Treaty of Peace with Whom?
Hillary...You're the Secretary of State
vs. Phillips: You Can't Have It Both Ways
Ahmadinejad & Israel
Et Tu, Czechs?
Hey Kristof...You're Late!
Tall Ships, Netanyahu & America
Why Is This So Hard To Understand?
Parades: When Will Israel Learn to Appreciate Them?
Hamas, Gaza & The UN
Between Ankara & Jerusalem
No, Mr. Jihadi...Gaza Isn’t Warsaw
Gaza School Daze
Israel: Do It Right Or Don't Do It At All
Kurds, Jews & Shi’a Shoes
Olmert, Arab Terror & The Missing News Conference
Of Mumbai and Beyond...
The Saudi Peace Plan: An Offer Israel Should Refuse
Israel Owes Gaza Nothing...Except An Ultimatum
A Lesson from Kosovars & Palestinians for Atlasians
Buraq's Mount & President Obama
The Real Problem with Obama's Khalidi
Gerald A. Honigman
A Yiddish Lesson
for My Gentile Friends
November 24, 2009
Hey...I don't even like the language.
get me wrong, I realize the importance it played for one portion of my
it also represents the plight of a conquered people, forced into
dispersion, sold as slaves wherever the conquering Roman armies
traveled, and having to adapt to a new life as a downtrodden, oppressed
people. Yiddish is not the language of my forefathers...Hebrew is. The
language of a new, resurrected Israel which was a least partially reborn
to end the Jews' latter, millennially powerless, fragile condition.
fleeing or sold into slavery elsewhere besides northern Europe adapted
likewise...The languages of Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and such thus also
emerged as a result of the Great Diaspora.
Before the Roman assault, it is also true that Jews had also spread
out--or had been spread out--elsewhere as well, for a variety of
Yiddish was thus the concoction of German, Hebrew, Slavic, and some
other languages that most European Jews invented in order to survive in
their new surroundings. The spoken language was/is written in the Hebrew
some reason, Jews have a number of ways of expressing the male body part
for use as a means of derision. So, get ready for your first Yiddish
equals putz equals... phenomenon
let me give you an example of what acting like a putz is like.
Israel has been behaving like the classic putz supreme for decades now
regarding a few crucial issues.
I have written about this before, the current disturbing events
surrounding the captured Israel soldier, Sergeant Gilad Shalit, make it
necessary to rehash this yet again.
father, my heart especially goes out to the Shalit family. But there is
a very serious problem associated with this, one that Israel never seems
to learn the lesson from.
Repeatedly, Israel has taken alive known Arab murderers and wannabes who
have butchered and planned to butcher innocent Jewish civilians.
Trying to be a biblical light unto the nations in its moral
behavior has only backfired on it big time – time and again. Dropping
hundreds of thousands of fliers warning Arab civilians to get out of
harm's way, calling them on cell phones, and so forth ( and thus
telegraphing its punch to Hamas & Co.) didn't do it any good after it
finally went after Hamas in Gaza last year. The United Nations still
blamed the Jews anyway. Attempting to behave so in a very humanly
imperfect world--especially the neighborhood in which Israel is
located--has only led to such nauseating scenarios as we are now seeing
played out in the Shalit Affair.
that long ago, Israel traded a load of other live Arab disembowelers and
such of Jews for the remains of a few of the latter. Among those that
Arabs got back in good health in the "trade" was the proud murderer of a
small Jewish girl (he crushed her skull on a rock with his rifle butt)
and her father--whom he drowned after shooting. Samir Kuntar, of course,
was greeted as a glorious hero upon his arrival back in Lebanon--parade
since I've already brought up biblical before, let's get biblical
those of you who think that one of the ten commandments says "thou shalt
not kill," I've got some news. The Hebrew word does not say that;
rather, it commands, "thou shalt not murder." The verb used in
the Hebrew text is indeed different with a different meaning. The same
way other words and concepts have been mistranslated (often
deliberately) for one reason or another when translated into other
languages from the original Hebrew, this same thing happened in this
example as well. Indeed, there is a lot of killing going on in the
historical portion of the Hebrew Bible--some murdering too.
current issue of the day involves the proposed trade of Sgt. Shalit, who
was kidnapped on the Israeli side of the border, by the same
Hamas crew who killed two of his comrades for a thousand Arabs who
either murdered or plotted to murder Jews and to destroy their state.
are those who are against capital punishment. They have their right to
wish I could claim ownership to the saying I am about to either quote or
paraphrase, but I can't...
Trying to be human to the inhumane only results too often in being
inhumane to the humane.
should innocent people have to pay tens of thousands of dollars each
year to keep alive those who deliberately target and slaughter
there is a question of guilt, I agree that perhaps a different fate may
in far too many cases (as with Samir Kuntar), there is no question--and
the guilty only live to laugh at the society which worries more about
them than those whom they have butchered and others left behind in
mourning having to deal with all the other consequences of those crimes.
At times, those freed have lived to murder yet again.
Israel is currently now set to release many of such prisoners--again,
one thousand--to try to gain the freedom of Shalit. If this "deal"
happens, Israel must finally learn the lesson here--and stop behaving
like the proverbial Yiddish putz.
Israel must quickly enact capital punishment--permitted by the Hebrew
Bible against murderers--and get rid of too many Jew idiots who now
serve as judges and weep more for murderers than for their victims.
Regardless of their geographical location, Jews too often everywhere
confuse the compassion of the Hebrew Prophets to translate into serious
problems or even suicide for themselves. Just look at how too many
choose to vote as just one example of this.
don't say these things as a blatant right winger. I am simply
repeating the same justice that my Hebrew forbearers had the wisdom to
promote in the very religious teaching of my own people.
Lastly, the problem that Israel and other nations face today indeed
involves those who would murder and subjugate others--given the
chance--using our own sense of "liberal" values and freedoms which are
perverted to advance their own religio-political agendas. The question
then becomes, will Israel and others still be foolish enough to allow
this to continue?
America's own recent tragic experience at Fort Hood, Texas, with a
Jihadi Arab (Nidal Malik Hasan)-- who should have never been allowed to
occupy the position in the army that he was in anyway given the solid
evidence in his background pointing to serious problems--is but another
sorry example of what we face here in our own country--and yet another
sorry example of how we may use some of those Yiddish words I have
taught you above.