Do you remember the scene from The Mummy where the crazed mob walks in unison chanting the name of the story’s villain, the undead creature from the underworld?
Imhotep… Imhotep… Imhotep…
A similar scene played out in real life last Saturday when zombie-like Neo-Nazis marched through the courtyard of the University of Virginia.
“The Jews will not replace us.”
“The Jews will not replace us.”
From what I can surmise, this chant was the method by which the Neo-Nazis sought to communicate their fear of being “replaced” – in some obtuse sense of the word – by the Jews, evidence of their collectively-twisted paranoia, deeply held insecurities, and self-loathing. Not wanting to face their own vulnerability, the spell-bound supremacists formed a collectivist mob to confess their fear and hatred of their own inferiority.
But, there is one glaring problem. The Neo-Nazis are a few thousand years too late: they have already been replaced. The good guys already won. Like a yellowed copy of The New York Timeslining the bottom of a wastepaper basket, the alabaster Aryans are already irrelevant. They’ve yet to have noticed, but God emancipated the Jews from the Egyptian “Confederacy” back when Moses – a Jew – parted the Red Sea. Humanity has been liberated from sin through the blood of a Jew who was crucified on a cross.
In spite of the secession of attacks and persecutions over the course of thousands of years, God has freed his people from the grips of tyrants time and again. Large empires have risen and fallen. The Jewish people have outlasted them all, and the greatest, most just civilization that the world has ever known – Western civilization – was built on the Jewish principles of faith, free will, personal accountability, and equality in the eyes of God. From medicine to mathematics and everything in between, the Jewish people have continued to influence and enrich the world.
“The Old and New Testaments are the Great Code of Art.”
– William Blake (artist and poet)
In Visual Art:
Thousands of reprints of Vincent Van Gosh’s Starry Night adorn living room walls, and Van Gogh’s Irises is one of the most popular computer background images. Hanging in thePhiladelphia Museum of Art is Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers, a post-impressionist deconstruction of the human body which broke from traditional portraits of the period and paved the way for generations of new artists to explore different techniques of visual representations of the human figure. Both Cézanne and Van Gogh were mentored by a Jewish impressionist and post-impressionist painter named Camille Pissarro, a Dutch-French artist with a gentle spirit who painted portraits of the “common man” in natural settings. Pierre-Auguste Renoir referred to his work as “revolutionary.” Paul Cézanne once said of Pissarro, “He was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord.” Camille Pissarro is the only artist to have his work featured at all eight of the Paris Impressionist Exhibitions. He mentored all four of the major impressionist artists who later influenced artists around the world: Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. The art world and every art lover is indebted to Camille Pissarro.
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
In Music and Dramatic Art:
Ever since the doe-eyed Judy Garland sang Over the Rainbow on the big screen 1939, The Wizard of Oz has captivated audiences. From middle school auditoriums to Broadway, Over the Rainbow is sung to the delight of audiences across the globe. (My personal favorite version of the song is by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole.) In 1938, a man named Harold Arlen, who had been hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to compose the songs for The Wizard of Oz, came up with the famous song after seeing a rainbow appear above Hollywood. Yip Harburg was hired to write the lyrics for all the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including Over the Rainbow. Both men won Academy Awards in 1940, for Best Original Song. Both men were Jewish.
In fact, the liturgical, rhythmic chants of the ancient synagogues are the origin of Gregorian Chant, which is the origin of Western classical music. Perhaps it is no surprise then that from 1934-2016, 48% of composers in receipt of the Best Original Song award were/are Jewish; 50% of lyricists are/were Jewish. Today, our Karaoke play lists abound with many of the songs written and/or composed by Jews that have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, including The Way You Look Tonight (1936), White Christmas (1942), Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (1947), Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) (1956), Chim Chim Cher-ee(1964), Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (1969), The Way We Were (1973), (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (1987), Under the Sea (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and My Heart Will Go On (1997).
Since inception, the theater has offered audiences a respite from the world, a place to forget the worries of life. The works of famous poet and playwright William Shakespeare drip with Biblical influences. The Book of Genesis from the Old testament is said to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s great farewell to the stage, The Tempest. From Biblical influences to liturgical chants, from to classical orchestras to the be big screen, a plethora of Jewish musicians, directors, singers, song writers, playwrights, and performers have brought entertainment and joy to people across the globe, the joy of letting one’s imagination run wild. In 1939, two Jews and a young Judy Garland did exactly that: they transported audiences across the country over the rainbow.
“In the Old and New Testaments of the Jews, the book of Divine righteousness, there are men, events, and words so great that there is nothing in Greek or Indian literature to compare with it.” –
There is a multitude of great literature written by Jewish authors in modern times. We can, however, thank the crypto-Judeo conversos subculture that developed during the Spanish Inquisition’s 250 years of Jewish persecution (from 1478-1834) for the creation of one of the Western world’s major genres of literature. Writing in The Spain of Fernando de Rojas, literary scholar Stephen Gilman states, “the conversos contributed many things to Spain… but what they contributed to the world was nothing less than the possibility of the major literary genre of modern times: the novel. Cervantes, and the men who provided him with this translation – Mateo Aleman, Alonso Nunez de Reinoso (Spain’s first reviver of the Byzantine novel), Jorge de Montemayor (creator of the first pastoral novel in Castilian), the anonymous author of Lazarillo de Tormes, Fernando de Rojas, the “sentimental novelist” Diego de San Pedro, and earliest of all, Alfonso Martinez de Toledo, who in the Corbachofirst brought speech into Castilian prose – were all, although certain scholars fight reargued battle in individual cases, conversos.” In addition to the novel, the essay was created by Michel de Montaigne who was a descendent of the Spanish-Jewish conversos.
It has been said that the single greatest legacy of the Jews is the Bible, “the most widely read and influential body of literature in all of human history.” The Bible has been translated into over 2,000 languages and has been the inspiration behind many of history’s great literary masterpieces, including Joseph and His Brothers by German novelist Thomas Mann, Paradise Lost by John Milton, and Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Translations of the Bible are constrained, strictly adhering to and preserving the original meaning of the Scriptures. Such restricted translation would at first appear to compromise the value and overall effect of the poetry therein. Yet, the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Psalms is arguably the world’s most beloved collection of poems, certainly the most recited. Of the Psalms, the Greek classicist and English statesman William Gladstone said, “All the wonders of the Greek civilization heaped together are less wonderful than the single Book of Psalms.”
Through the Jews came the most splendid and most peaceful spread of religion the Planet has known: the spread of Judaism and of Christianity through written and spoken Word. Through the spread of these religions and their values the bedrock of our great society was formed. The principles found in the Bible are the touch stone of Western civilization; a society built upon Judeo-Christian values. From our great society mankind has flourished. Of our great society, some of the world’s most brilliant minds and talented individuals were born. For our great society contributions of Jews were given.
No, white people didn’t build Western civilization: Jews and Christians of all colors lead the charge. Yet, Neo-Nazis are resigned to a collective weltering, wallowing in their inferiority and imprisoned within the concentration camps of their minds, dreaming of an ivory spring that never was and that will never come. Their cursed cause will remain defeated. The Jews have already won. Thank God for that!
To learn more about the Jewish influences on Western civilization and the many Jewish contributions to our society, go to www.jinfo.org.