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The word Jew

Posted by felixbabble on August 27, 2005, at 23:59:31

I am jewish, and it bothers me when someone calls me
"jew" or "a jew" just curious if anyone else finds the bothersome.

 

Re: The word Jew felixbabble

Posted by ClearSkies on August 28, 2005, at 11:09:03

In reply to The word Jew, posted by felixbabble on August 27, 2005, at 23:59:31

Heck, yes, I find it a very offensive term. I find it as upsetting as many other frequently used slang words and as socially unacceptable.
ClearSkies

 

Re: I have always admired Jewish people

Posted by lynn970 on August 29, 2005, at 20:01:33

In reply to Re: The word Jew felixbabble, posted by ClearSkies on August 28, 2005, at 11:09:03

I had no idea that some people get offended if they are called a "jew." This is good to know because I would not want to offend anyone.

I have always loved the jewish people and culture. I would be proud if I were of jewish decent.

 

Re: I have always admired Jewish people

Posted by Dena on August 30, 2005, at 14:07:32

In reply to Re: I have always admired Jewish people, posted by lynn970 on August 29, 2005, at 20:01:33

My husband is Jewish, and my children are half-Jewish...

I've heard my husband say variously, "I was born a Jew", or "I am Jewish" with equal comfort.

I suppose it depends on how one has heard others use the word, "Jew", and whether they said it with respect or disdain.

Sure, others have abused the word through the centuries... but God meant it to be a wonderful word - to describe a people set apart to receive His fellowship and blessings in a unique way.

Reclaim the word. Wear it with pride in who you are, and how you're related to the Creator. Smile when someone else calls you that, no matter how they mean it. YOU know the truth.

Shalom, Dena

 

Re: The word Jew felixbabble

Posted by sleepygirl on August 30, 2005, at 21:10:25

In reply to The word Jew, posted by felixbabble on August 27, 2005, at 23:59:31

hmmm... Yes I think the word sounds kind of harsh, not sure why-maybe because it's a shorter word-perhaps more likely to be used when referring to someone or a group of people in a derogatory or dismissive fashion. I don't use the word, I always say "jewish person", but I never really thought about it. I'm not jewish, but I have the same sensitivity. It even bothers me when jewish people use the word "jew". Go figure.

 

Re: The word Jew

Posted by Declan on September 22, 2005, at 23:12:10

In reply to Re: The word Jew felixbabble, posted by sleepygirl on August 30, 2005, at 21:10:25

Hi Felix
But what about Jewess, eh? That sounds even worse. Is it due to the history of antisemitism where these words were used in such a terrible way? Because on the face of it it's just a description. Except there's no female form for Italian, say. Does it sound zoological?
Declan

 

Re: The word Jew

Posted by mama141 on October 29, 2005, at 9:48:41

In reply to Re: The word Jew, posted by Declan on September 22, 2005, at 23:12:10

I think some of the stigma may come from the pogroms in Russia and central Europe and then the Holocaust. I have heard both words used by those of Jewish birth.


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