There was a time when Jews admitted they had a problem: the Judenübel

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It is customary now for Jews to deny that antisemitism has any connection to Jewish behaviour. But it wasn’t always so.

Not long after the anti-Semitic “Hep Hep”* riots spread across Germany in 1819, some of the more thoughtful Jews got together and set out a programme for Jewish reform. They realised that anti-Semitism was caused by Jewish behaviour and that this behaviour, in turn, was informed by a creed of contempt for non-Jews. To eliminate anti-Semitism, they concluded, Jews had to change.

The combination of problematical Jewish behaviour and belief they called the Judenübel. In German, the basic meaning of the word Übel is Evil. It has the same etymological root as the English word. But it also incorporates a range of lesser significations include illness, malady, problem.  Judenübel, then, might be variously translated as: the Jewish Evil, the Jewish Malady, the Jewish Affliction.

These enlightened Jews, led by Leopold Zunz, founded the Society for the Culture and Science of the Jews. Here was their outline of the Judenübel that, as they saw it, had to be addressed.

* The rioters shouted “Hep! Hep! Jude verreck!” (Death to all Jews!). The cry “Hep” (not a German word) was supposedly derived from the Latin “Hierosolyma Est Perdita”  meaning “Jerusalem is lost”.

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Outline of Matters in Need of Improvement among Jews

THE INNER WORLD OF IDEAS

Religious concepts, especially God’s love and exclusive favoring of the Jews

Conceit

Superstition

Intolerance of other viewpoints

Neglect of decent manual labor in favor of ascetic idleness or overly literal observance of ceremonies

Huckstering

Avarice

Greed

Contempt for science; all this leading to

The persistent delusion, contrary to law, that it is permissible to cheat non-Jews

 

THE CULT

Synagogue services

Forms of prayer

Obsolete, harmful, senseless customs

Overemphasis of ceremonial law

 

INNER CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMUNITIES

Tyrannical rabbis— their power, fanaticism, and uselessness

Lack of authority, hence anarchy, misuse, such as

Alms wasted on idlers

Bad schools or none at all

 

EDUCATION

Effeminate children, therefore Cowardice

Harmful examples in parents’ home

Ignorance, immorality, uncouth Talmud students

Disparity between the teachings of the Law and its observance at home

Faulty and useless instruction at school: Talmud but no instruction in languages and science

No appreciation of learning is evoked among pupils

Badly paid and substandard teachers

Neglect of mother tongue

Neglect of (discrimination against) females

 

JEWS IN CHRISTIAN SOCIETY

Only trade, mostly petty commerce or peddling, no artisans

Shunning physical labor, no farming

Neglect of self

No physical activity

Little desire to improve situation

No class distinctions

Superficial cleverness, hence misinformation

Lack of thorough, concentrated study

Sham interest in enlightenment

Apostasy

Withdrawal from or forcing themselves on Christians

Uncouth language, comportment, social intercourse, manners

 

Source “The Pity of it All: A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933” by Amos Elon


If Jonathan Greenblatt and other Jewish leaders of today are serious about tackling the “problem” of anti-Semitism, they need to display the same kind of enlightened leadership as Leopold Zunz. They must recognise that anti-Semitism is merely a reaction to Semitism or, to put it another way, the Judenübel. Once the Judenübel is addressed, anti-Semitism will simply disappear.

 

 

8 thoughts on “There was a time when Jews admitted they had a problem: the Judenübel

  1. The root of the problem is theological, in that the Talmud is the central text of ‘judaism’, not as non-Jews (primarily, Christians) believe, the Old Testament. Christ condemned the Oral Tradition which at that time of His being in the world had begun to overtake and pervert the teachings of Judaism in favour of a man-made construct in all its ideology in which the people were themselves the source of adoration along with what were to become the dominant clergy, the Rabbis, after the fall of the Temple in Jerusalem when the priesthood. hitherto dominant in the ideology, ended. We consider in the modern age that theocracies (societies adhering to a religion for its moral, societal and legal structure) is evil because we see how Islam, coming out of Judaism, has proved so destructive to the world and its own followers; but a world totally man-made in all its values, laws, morality, is an ever-changing, more dangerous one where might makes right and there is nothing to hold a people together.

    Did these earlier critics of Judaism actually analyse the damage done by the Talmud? I ask, because so much of their comments on the negative aspects of the ideology find their root in the Talmud and its ethno-centric concept of jews and The Other and how the latter is to be regarded and treated.

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    1. The problem is NOT theological. How can it be when 80% of them are either non-observant or atheist? This statistic is well-known. Judaism, first and foremost, is not a religion but a geo-political movement. It’s dangerously naïve to say, “Well, if they’d just stop following the Talmud, everything would be okay.” Most of them have no idea what’s actually in the Talmud. Christians foolishly say, “Well, when they turn to Christ and leave Judaism, then they will change.” Uh, no. That’s not happening either because behavior arises from biology (genetics), NOT theology.

      There used to be a very important scientific discipline known as psycho-biology that examined how biological differences in people affected the behavior of individuals and groups. Of course, this kind of research risked exposing the quantifiable evidence and biological reality of why the races, including the jews, behave the way they do, leading to the natural conclusion that the only solution for peace and social cohesion is the separation of these groups. So, the science was broken up into psychology and biology that purp0rted that the mind and body were separate entities that only interacted in the most basic of ways and that behavior in human beings was largely a matter of choice, thus people could “change” by focusing only on the mind, while completely ignoring the body and the fact that they live in an integrated mind-body.

      jews have said in their own writings that they disproportionately suffer to a great degree from neurotic conditions and other mental disorders. Visit the jewish Genetic Disease Consortium, and you’ll find that jews suffer from no less than 112 genetic diseases that are unique to them. This is largely due to their being a highly mixed race people and the genetic damage that goes along with two millennia of miscegenation and dysgenics. It’s the same way with Arabs who are also a mixed people (Arab means “mixed”), predominantly from thousands of years of first cousins marrying each other. It is this genetic damage that not only affects the jews’ physiology, but their psychology, as well. After all, the brain is part of our physiology. In contrast, blacks have only one genetic disorder that is unique to their genome, sickle cell anemia, and Whites have none. The jews aren’t going to change because it’s impossible for them to change. Be careful playing good jew/ bad jew; there’s no way to win, but lots of ways to lose.

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      1. Making a distinction between ‘observant’ and ‘atheist’ is the same apologia one sees for Moslems and, indeed, also for Christians. It is not whether someone openly and strictly practices his ‘religion’ or ideology which counts because we are all products of the societies and cultures in which we live and our adherence or understanding of the underpinning or dominant theology is not from reading the texts or attending the places of worship but from living our lives under the control of the mores and laws arising from that ideology. Moslems have a high degree of illiteracy but even the least formally educated in their religion know quite a bit of the rules. The same applies to judaism and christianity. Religious beliefs are part of every people in history. The owner of this blogsite has spent considerable time and effort reading books and texts of judaism (and probably of islam, too) and now understands better what motivates the actions of those people as individuals in many respects and also as a group. I am certainly making no argument in favour of the Old Testament but the move in judaism to self-worship and rabbinical laws (often by twisting OT rules) produced the problems experienced by both jews and the rest of the world in relation to them.

        An example of Talmudic teaching vs OT teaching: The OT states that usury is a sin and that it is worse than sodomy; the Talmud opines that it is acceptable practice, especially with regard to The Other, only with the caveats that it should not be practised against one’s own people and that it should not be too excessive — not because that in itself is inherently wrong — but because this might cause anger from The Other and this would be a problem for the jews. This is not moral teaching, this is opportunistic group action.

        As for genetic problems, I agree, and that, too, is found in the Talmud with its acceptance of paedophilia (marriage with three year olds, sex with male children, marriage of close familial members); the same is true in the Koran Surah 4. Whether these rules came first or were made up to justify such conduct is not the point, that is a chicken and egg argument. Through the millenia these ideologies have practised these conducts and the genetic effect is extensive and seriously damaging, physically and mentally, to their own and to the rest of humanity.

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