There have been some comments on my blog that have been very anti-Semitic. I deleted them immediately because they are not appreciated. I am Jewish and I am proud, but many people don’t understand that there is a price to pay for being Jewish.
Price 1: Hatred
I wake up every day knowing that a good third or fourth of the world hates me for what I was born into. They hate me because of who my ancestors are. They blame me for their problems even though most of those haters don’t know I even exist! How is someone supposed to get out of bed every morning when they know that nothing they do is good enough for the world? Unexplainable hatred is a heavy burden. Would someone like to explain to me why they wish me dead at the push of a button because I believe that Hashem is god?
Price 2: Mockery
I have been teased many times about being Jewish. Some dare to make fun of me. I wear my Star of David with pride, but they wish to take it all away. If someone is able to get past the hatred, then the mockery strips most of everything they have left away. That’s when you may feel as though the world is set up against you. It absolutely is!
Price 3: Death threats
Although this has not happened to me, I have heard many stories about Jews of all ages who get death threats. The worst it has gotten for me is when I overheard a few people saying how all Jews should die. They also said that Jews have no right to live. Then they looked my way so I ran. Thankfully I never saw them again!
Price 4: Death/Genocide
Millions of Jews have died the last 100 years because of what they believe in. I have lost several family members to the holocaust and the Great Purge in the USSR. At least 8 million died: 6 million due to Hitler and about 2 million from Stalin. Not many people live in fear from another genocide, but the Jewish people do. Of course we will fight, but it is going to happen again. It is just a matter of time.
There are many more reasons, both more serious and less serious, as to why it is difficult to be a Jew. Many people don’t understand what it means to be Jewish, as shown in Gema’s comment on Acceptance and Tolerance, so I hope this helps. Although a non-Jew may not understand, you should understand that it takes courage, chutspa, and resilience to be Jewish. Shalom to all.