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  •  There were four Jews sitting on a park bench (1+ / 0-)
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    Where doesn't matter; when doesn't matter.

    The first said, "Nu."

    The second said, "Oy."

    The third said, "Oy, veh iz mir."

    The fourth Jew stood up in a fury, saying, "If you people can't talk about anything but politics, I'm leaving."


    On one occasion the head of the Rothschild banking family came over from Paris to London, and closeted himself with Prime Minister Disraeli for hours. When they emerged, the press was all agog to know what they had been talking about for so long.

    "Tsuris, of course," came the prompt reply.

    (For non-Jews, tsuris in Yiddish is generally any sort of trouble or pains taken to accomplish a task. Here it is the anti-Semitic troubles directed at Jews anywhere and everywhere, such as l'affaire Dreyfus.)

    Benjamin Disraeli's father had converted to Christianity when Benjamin was a child. Benjamin nevertheless faced severe anti-Semitism in British society.

    There was also an English Baron Rothschild whose brother had been elected to Parliament and refused his seat for being a Jew. Disraeli stood by him and eventually got him admitted.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:49:53 PM PDT

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