Tuesday, July 12, 2011
War for Your Mind
I can't imagine a subject deeper, thornier, more impassioned, more complex, and more contentious in New York City than anything involving Judaism or Israel.
So, if you want to INFLAME some New Yorkers, set up in Times Square and claim to be the only authentic descendants of the ancient Israelites.
Then, bring a chart showing a correlation between the Biblical 12 tribes of Israel and various groups in the Americas:
Judah — Black Americans
Benjamin — West Indians
Levi — Haitians
Simeon — Dominicans
Zebulun — Guatemalans, Panamanians
Ephraim — Puerto Ricans
Manasseh — Cubans
Gad — Native American Indians
Reuben — Seminole Indians
Asher — Colombians, Uruguayans
Naphtali — Argentines, Chileans
Issachar — Mexicans
Most New Yorkers have encountered groups of Black Hebrew Israelites, have written them off as extremists, and are unfettered by their presence as well as unwilling to waste time engaged in verbal war with them. Others, perhaps neophytes like a woman I saw there, were infuriated - she was asking everyone she could find to define Jewish and if any of these individuals fit the definition.
In New York City, whether you encounter those who Got Religion, see a Street Revival or someone Mad as Hell (see here and here), everywhere you turn, someone wants you to share their passion or their fury. There's a war on the streets of New York and it's a War for Your Mind...
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