Throughout history, Jewish behavior has been criticized for selfishness and lack of compassion, especially towards non-Jews. Martin Luther was frustrated to find that Jewish hearts were “as hard as a stick, stone, iron, and the devil (“stock stein eisen teuffel hart”: Vom Schem Hamphoras, 1534). Adolf Hitler felt the Jewish people were among the “most unscrupulous and ruthless of peoples.” Harry S. Truman famously noted in his diary that Jews had no sense of proportion, being unusually selfish and cruel: “The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog.”(link). Even the former president of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, pointed out to an Israeli that his nation displayed a lot of brain, but no heart: “You have nothing to be proud of, unless of course you take pride in being heartless, in being primitive brutes.” (link)
I wanted to share one of my new favorite pass times. I introduce to you…hooping! It’s a really cheap, easy, and fun way to move your body and create visual art. You can get LED hoops with cool LED lights on them, and if you’re a crazy person like me, you’ll work your way up to a fire hoop. Yes, that’s right. A hoop of fire that you spin around. I know, I know. It sounds crazy. I’ll show you a video after the tutorial that shows how it can be done safely. You can get a really cheap hoop at your local dollar store to practice with to see if you like it and if you want a bigger hoop that is for adults you can order them online or find them locally. Fire hoops are made specifically for safety and I do not encourage you to attempt to make your own fire hoop. Be safe and have fun!