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Close Encounters of the Third Kind | by ybiberman
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

He lives a few hundreds meters from where i work,

at the center of Jerusalem.

Yet in some senses we live at different worlds:

He probably doesn't speak Hebrew but Idish (a dialect of German).

His parents think that Israel, as a country, is a great sin,

as the Jews should wait for the Messiah and not try to establish a country by then.

He learns only 'holly subjects' meaning no math, no English, no science, etc.

He, probably, has about a dozen of brothers and sister.

For every meaningful decision his parents take they consult the Rabbi,

and obey his decision. period.


I am totally the opposite.


and still, it is important to remember that we both are humans.

As Shakespeare's Shylock says :

" Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? "

(The Merchant of Venice, —Act III, scene I)


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Taken on April 5, 2012