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Happy Hanukkah--And My Tribute To America  
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating it around the world!

I wanted to share this story because it made me so proud to be an American:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/us/politics/09hanukkah.html

This kind of story is only possible in the United States. It makes me so proud that we have such a diverse country where a Mormon Republican Senator whose political views are contrary to the majority of American Jews can write a Hanukkah song that is performed by a Syrian-American.

The United States truly is a unique and special country. In the scheme of Jewish history (thousands of years), there has only been one country in human history where a story like the above would be possible. That really is something!

This blog's commentary summed it up well:
http://yaacovlozowick.blogspot.com/2009/12/only-in-america.html>

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User currently offlineVarigB707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

thank you. same to u.

User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5014 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1986 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
This kind of story is only possible in the United States.

Why? I don't see anything in there that wouldn't be possible in, say, Western Europe. OK, we don't get too many Mormons here, but I don't think that's the issue.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1954 times:



Quoting Scorpio (Reply 2):
This kind of story is only possible in the United States.

Why? I don't see anything in there that wouldn't be possible in, say, Western Europe. OK, we don't get too many Mormons here, but I don't think that's the issue.

Absolutely right, but nice is that it DID happen
 thumbsup 

and so, I wish a happy Hanukkah to the Jews


User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

Uncontroversial post:

Latkes are delicious.



Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineN537FX From Switzerland, joined Oct 2009, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

I love this holiday, went over to a good friend of mine's home to see her menorah all lit up. Though in theory, this thing with the song could happen any where, things like this seem to end up in America more often than not. I mean America has a president of color. How many politicians in Europe are like that have very meaningful roles in government?

Happy Hanukkah!


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1879 times:
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Great story RJ. And happy hanukkah at all!


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1820 times:



Quoting N537FX (Reply 5):
Though in theory, this thing with the song could happen any where, things like this seem to end up in America more often than not. I mean America has a president of color. How many politicians in Europe are like that have very meaningful roles in government?

Well, we've got a woman as head of government who had grown up under the former communist regime in eastern Germany, a wheelchair-bound finance minister, an openly gay foreign minister, a Thailand-born health minister and a second-generation turkish immigrant as a head of one of the opposition parties, for a start. And the best thing is that none of this is a major topic of public interest.

But it's just always nice when people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances come together, especially when they overcome inherited conflicts.

It's just not only happening in America. Some people should really get out some more...

Quoting N537FX (Reply 5):
Happy Hanukkah!

Indeed!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26357 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Have a Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Hanukkah

Quoting Airstud (Reply 4):
Uncontroversial post:

Latkes are delicious.

Slightly controversial post:

Yes they are, but not the best for you  Silly Just like Doughnuts.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8021 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1782 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
The United States truly is a unique and special country. In the scheme of Jewish history (thousands of years), there has only been one country in human history where a story like the above would be possible.

My sentiments exactly. The US of A is the best home our people have ever and will ever have.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):
Yes they are, but not the best for you

That's why nothing beats matzoh ball soup.  drool 



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1746 times:



Quoting N537FX (Reply 5):
How many politicians in Europe are like that have very meaningful roles in government?


Bundesrätin Dreyfuss, a Jew who also for a year was Federal President. The Brits have a Scot as Prime Minister, and with James Callaghan had a Wales-man as Prime Minister. The French have a "Secondo" of Hungarian origin and related to the Habsburg as President.
-
Who knows, .. you may one day see in France the new Président de la République Zinedane Zidane !

 Big grin


User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1712 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 9):
That's why nothing beats matzoh ball soup.   

eh.. I like some gefilta fish.
O and some matzah farfel never hurt anyone



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1709 times:



Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
The Brits have a Scot as Prime Minister, and with James Callaghan had a Wales-man as Prime Minister.

Callaghan would be called a Welshman.

 Smile



Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1703 times:



Quoting Scorpio (Reply 2):
I don't see anything in there that wouldn't be possible in, say, Western Europe.



Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):
It's just not only happening in America.

Is it really happening in Western Europe? Perhaps it is possible, but I still think the United States is special in this regard. No other country in history has treated its Jewish minority population as well as the United States. None are even close!

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 9):
The US of A is the best home our people have ever and will ever have.

In the diaspora, without a doubt!


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1679 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Reply 13):
Is it really happening in Western Europe? Perhaps it is possible, but I still think the United States is special in this regard. No other country in history has treated its Jewish minority population as well as the United States. None are even close!

We would probably agree regarding the general history of jews in different countries, but the peaceful coming-together of diverse individual people happens all over the world.


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1670 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Reply 13):

Is it really happening in Western Europe? Perhaps it is possible, but I still think the United States is special in this regard. No other country in history has treated its Jewish minority population as well as the United States. None are even close!

you need to get out more...plenty of Jews down here in Australia, and they're treated just as well as those in the USA.



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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Happy Hanukkah! Thanks for posting that it is always nice to read something uplifting for a change.

User currently offlineJfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1654 times:



Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 15):
you need to get out more...plenty of Jews down here in Australia, and they're treated just as well as those in the USA.

Well........

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/11/...ents-in-australia-hit-record-high1

"SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- Anti-Semitic incidents in Australia have reached record levels, according to an annual report.

Australian Jewish organizations have received 962 reports of anti-Jewish violence, vandalism, harassment and intimidation between Oct. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2009, according to Jeremy Jones, the international and community affairs director for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council."


But yes, for the most part they were very nice to us down there.


User currently offlineOldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2074 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1647 times:



Quoting Jfk69 (Reply 17):
Well........

Well ....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_the_United_States



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User currently offlineJfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

A Wikipedia article?

I am not saying America is anti semitism free....The poster just happened to mention about Australia and I wanted to point out a recent article.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8021 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1643 times:



Quoting Oldeuropean (Reply 18):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisem...tates

Irrelevant as the total number of reported incidents in the US for a given year is far lower per person than in Australia, if any comparable data is reasonably extrapolated.

For 2008, 962 reports for Australia's approximately 120,000 Jews comes to one incident per 124 people. For the same year in the US, the ADL reported 1,352 incidents - and for the 5.5 million Jews in the US (a rough average of several reported population figures) that comes to an incident for every 406 people.

http://www.adl.org/main_Anti_Semitism_Domestic/2008_Audit.htm



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