For those familiar with Yiddish...
A shiksa is a non-Jewish girl and is sometimes used to refer to Jewish women that don't follow the commandments.
A shegetz is a similar term used for a male.
Is it a bad word?
Well, let's just say it's not a term of endearment. :-)
I guess it's funny that everyone has terms for those who are not just like them.
Of course we all don't have to be and aren't the same, cut from the same mold.
But we all have to have respect for each other and get along.
I think the worst part of people being different is not even the overt jokes or off-handed remarks which can certainly be hurtful, but much more the backdoor insinuations and aggressive behaviors.
Lately, to be frank, it seems that ethnic and religious war is brewing big time in the world--anyone else notice?
Not regional, focused on oil and resources, long held dictatorships, human rights, or even "the Palestinian issue."
But rather what no one wants to talk about or confront, a battle of civilizations.
It is so scary, because this is there are big and powerful actors at play whether Russia or China playing for the world's leadership role (one overtly and the other covertly), Iran and North Korea freely wielding nukes and threateningly strutting "their stuff," and ISIS and Al Qaeda looking for the next budding caliphate and imposition of Sharia law as far and as wide as they can take it.
East meets West, democracy vs. dictatorship, religion against religion, this thing is building up steam, pressure is rising, and the question is whether and how big this is about to blow.
Shhh, if we don't say the words or we pretend to "make nice" and give out jobs, dole out handouts, and use our drones, oh so discretely, maybe no one will notice.
Are we being phobic about communism, radical Islam, budding economic and military might, and other differences, or are we pointing out what we are all perceiving, but greatly fear to face.
When I saw recently that some wonderful Muslim people were surrounding synagogues in Europe, not to attack it, but rather to encircle it to defend it, I was not only in complete awe, but also realized how many good and righteous people there are out there.
These people are actually doing something about the injustices and power grabs they are witnessing, and not trying to obfuscate or opiate the masses.
It's not just about being tolerant of others and stripping hatred from our hearts and lives, but about being truthful when others may choose not to be. ;-)
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