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Jews, Christians, and NPR

All the Christian stories on NPR these days are Jewish

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(JoyofKosher)

To the delight of many (and likely the chagrin of some) the ties between the Jews and National Public Radio are deep and irreducible.

As a result, some pretty fantastic stories have been broadcast across the airwaves in recent years, but perhaps none more remarkable than two reports from yesterday in which the ultimate Christian stories actually became Jewish ones. The first was about how the former Jews of Ireland formed a club called the Yiddish Sons of Erin in the 1960s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Picture green matzoh balls and Erev St. Patty’s dinners.

A lot of Irish Jews found those opportunities in New York. Like many immigrant groups, they kept their culture alive in the new world. And in the early 1960s, they formed the Yiddish Sons of Erin. According to member Rosalyn Klein, the whole thing started as a joke.

“An advertising agency was trying to get some business for Moskowitz & Lupowitz, which was a Jewish restaurant,” she says.

The restaurant took out a newspaper ad for a meeting of Irish Jews. Klein thinks they didn’t really expect people, but a lot of them showed up.

“And most of them had lived in Dublin, so it was kind of this mishpocha getting together again,” she says.

You think that’s pretty goyishe? Try this one on for size. Yesterday, there was a story about how Argentine Jewish composer named Osvaldo Golijov was tapped to compose a choral work based on the Gospel according to Mark. La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark), which was performed at Carnegie Hall last week ahead of Easter, has gotten rave reviews and has been performed everywhere from Italy to Australia. How did Golijov do it?

He also incorporated his Jewish faith and Jewish texts into this most Christian of stories, including part of the Lamentations of Jeremiah and the Jewish ritual prayer of mourning called the kaddish.

“Even for me as a Jew, even if I do not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus,” Golijov says, “I believe that his message of love and of life triumphing over death had to finish the Passion. Therefore, I wrote for the end the kaddish, which is the prayer for the dead that you sing at the grave of your beloved ones. The beauty of that prayer is that it does not mention death. It is a hymn to life, to God — and to silence beyond words and beyond music.”

Trying to tell that the unnamed relatives of mine who barred me from my elementary school’s Christmas Pageant!

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julis123 says:

Sure NPR loves the cuddly Jews. The problem is that they hate those nasty Israelis who actually try to defend themselves against the genocidal designs of their neighbors.

Poupic says:

NPR is anti- Israel as much as The N.Y. Time, The Guardian and maybe even more so. The writer must be listening to a special NPR made just for him.

NPR like the New York Times revels in the assimilation of Jews.

Jews as Jews doing Jewish things? Too Jewish.

The reason for NPR’s fascination with Jewish history and the main reason they endlessly run feel good stories about Israel and Jewish history is simple: The large donations come from, you guessed it, the Jew. And if we know one thing about the hooked nosed Jew it’s this…they never donate money to anyone anything that does not further Israel’s interest. Nuff said.

Did I say Hooked nosed Jew? My apologies, everyone knows that Jews have small noses and that calling them big is just just plain wrong.

Louis says:

NPR never has a nice thing to say about Israel – only broadcasts complaining about mistreatment of Palestinians. Forever promotes “peace” in the Holy Land by Israel conceding all of the “occupied” lands to the Palestinians, only by giving Jerusalem to the Arabs as “their” capital, only by this or by that that the Palestinians want, etc., etc. Jews who support NPR must only be listening to the classical music that NPR sometimes plays. The only great thing about U.S. governmental cutbacks is the now very small subsidy the taxpayers have to now give to NPR. It should be Zero.

Louis says:

NPR never has a nice thing to say about Israel – only broadcasts complaining about mistreatment of Palestinians. Forever promotes “peace” in the Holy Land by Israel conceding all of the “occupied” lands to the Palestinians, only by giving Jerusalem to the Arabs as “their” capital, only by this or by that that the Palestinians want, etc., etc. Jews who support NPR must only be listening to the classical music that NPR sometimes plays. The only great thing about U.S. governmental cutbacks is the now very small subsidy the taxpayers have to now give to NPR. It should be Zero.

Who cares about NPR’s idea of what constitutes Jewish. I just want to applaud the writers relatives for forbidding him to be any part of the Christmas Crusade, I mean, Pageant, Participant or observer. And I thought he was going to say, “Tell that to my ancestors who had to have the Kaddish said for them as a result of ‘Christmas Pageants’ of years past.

Who cares about NPR’s idea of what constitutes Jewish. I just want to applaud the writers relatives for forbidding him to be any part of the Christmas Crusade, I mean, Pageant, Participant or observer. And I thought he was going to say, “Tell that to my ancestors who had to have the Kaddish said for them as a result of ‘Christmas Pageants’ of years past.

I thought Adam’s brief note was pretty good. I heard both those broadcasts with some amusement. And I don’t know why I bother reading the nasty comments you guys write. Now if you want to hear anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian rhetoric, try WBAI Nice Try at 99.5 FM.

Julis123, sad but true!

So shooting unarmed children is ‘defending yourselves’?! Sheesh – no wonder NPR has a problem with you parasites!!!

So having a balanced and nuanced view of The Middle East is anti-Israel? News flash, not everyone is going to share your views – it’s what called a democracy. Unless you REALLY DON’T want a democracy – like what passes for a sham of a democracy in Israel!!!

Just like you Jews keep harping on Muslims to assimilate but when you refuse to do so, it’s just ‘Jews doing Jewish things’. Greta excuse …..

News flash – it’s public funding, not Israel funding. And your statement that funding for NPR should be zero jut shows your prejudiced mindset. So it’s democracy for all unless the views are different from your own, eh?

Poupic says:

“Balanced and nuanced view?” Very funny! The Arab world is today empty of Jews. Most have found shelter in Israel. The Arab world wants to destroy Israel plus the big one Iran building a nuclear bomb that they have declared is for the one state bomb, Israel. What is NPR talking about? Everything but that. You are a pitiful exemplar for humanity!

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