If I were to believe in God
The tragic fate of the chosen people
Chosen for what?
People who gave the world Christ and Spinoza
Freud and Einstein
Exiled from Rome and Alexandria
From Spain and Germany
From Russia and Argentina
What are the Jews chosen for?
They lifted countries that accepted them
Lifted from barbarism, from ignorance
Jews brought to people science and philosophy
Industry and commerce, music, arts and literature
And always, every time in return, the Jews were hated
Murders, persecution and expulsion followed.
The “chosen” people punished by envy, greed and ignorance
Punished by the same people who greatly benefited from the Jews
Blood thirsty mobs rejoicing mindlessly
Pogroms and Kristalnacht. Mass graves and concentration camps
If I would believe in God I would ask: what are we chosen for?
God, we have done our best to follow your teachings.
Is this what we deserve?
Is this the gratitude we earned from the omnipotent?
Exile, oppression and death?
Is that our reward for trying to make the World a better place?
If I would believe in God I would say: we are not asking for rewards from you, God
Just please let us be.
Are we being punished for giving the world Einstein, Niels Bohr and Wolfgang Pauli?
And then I thought that we, the Jews, are being used
Used like a dispensable tool. Used and discarded.
If I would believe in God I would say that we, the Jews, are just useful disposable tools in God’s hands.
And God keeps our numbers low
Too many Jews are not needed for God’s purpose.
There cannot be too many chosen people.
Just a bare minimum to fit into God’s grand design.
And yet we, the Jews, are proud to be the tools
Proud to be the “chosen” people.
Yes, I am proud of my people, proud to be a Jew
But not because we are “chosen”
I am proud of my people for their accomplishment and will to survive despite being the “chosen” people
Six Million perished in the Holocaust.
One third of us “chosen” people perished, just variables of the “grand design”
A plan we mere mortals cannot comprehend.
So why should we blindly believe in you, the merciful omnipotent God?
Jews, the chosen people are being slaughtered while praising God.
Jews-a useful tool, dispensable. Just a tool.
A tool used and then discarded by the cold, inhumane executioner of a grand scheme.
Lives, families’ hopes destroyed
Oh merciful God
You chose the Jews
We, the Jews, are the chosen people
Just variables, inexpensive dependable and disposable
I do not believe in this cold, calculating God.
I do not know if there is a vast intelligence, orders of magnitude more powerful than our meager brains
I am just a mere mortal, a small ripple in the ocean of life
This intelligence would operate by rules where all civilizations are just variables in the Universal Game.
There would be no morals, no good or evil
No compassion, love or hate
Just immense (by our measure) play and movement
I do not know to what end, why the Universe exists
But we humans, including Jews, appeared and will be gone in the next Universal instant
Just a variable in a process we cannot comprehend
And that makes more sense to me
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