Jews to be The Masters
 NEWSWEEK,
By Joshua Hammer, November 8, 1999

Jew Watch

 For the better part of two decades, I almost never saw or spoke to my younger brother...Although we had grown up together, played together on the streets of New York and suffered through the trauma of our parents' painful divorce, the rift between us grew so wide by early adulthood that most people who knew me figured that I was an only child. The break had come shortly after Tony turned 21, when my brother seemed to shed his personality like an old skin. It was at that time that he decided to devote his life to God. He proclaimed himself to be a "Torah Jew" identifying himself with the ultra-Orthodox fringe of Judaism...HE AVOWED THAT THE JEWS ARE SUPERIOR TO THE GENTILES...

 His embrace of fundamentalism marked a total rejection of who OUR FAMILY WAS, SECULAR, LIBERAL AGNOSTICS. I regarded his metamorphosis as a sign of psychological weakness, and even felt disgusted by his surrender to what I viewed as blind faith. Most repugnant, I felt, was the exclusionary nature ofthat faith.

 It was a chilly, windy afternoon. I picked up my rental car on East 92d Street, and headed north along the FDR Drive toward the George Washington Bridge...Crossing the bridge, I turned north toward Rockland County, the hotbed of New York's ultra-
Orthodox population, where about 100,000 observant Jews dwell in a cluster of villages 30 miles north-west of New York City...

 From the cassette deck, a Jewish children's chorus sang martial hymns: "We're in the Army, yes, that's right. We fight for the Torah with all our might. Hashem gave us the Torah, which told us what to do. And I'm so proud that I'm a Jew."...My brother had been shockingly vicious; attacking our father for his second marriage to a non-Jew, making hostile comments about Christmas and referring to Jesus by the disparaging name "Yoshka."...

 The leader of Tosh, known as the Tosh Rebbe, a Holocaust survivor who came from a centuries-old dynasty in Hungary, was one of the great tzaddikim; righteous men, of the Jewish world, and the 2,000 Hasidic inhabitants of Tosh lived as close to God, my brother declared, as was possible on earth...I was not surprised to discover that even during his early days as a Litvisher, or Americanized ultra-Orthodox Jew, my brother had hovered on the more extreme fringes of religious devotion...

 The triumphant arrival of the Messiah, he said, would be foreshadowed by the rise and fall of a terrible tyrant like Hitler. It would be the most catastrophic upheaval in human history. A sorting out of humanity would follow. Jews who had faithfully kept God's mitzvahs would stream back to Israel, to live again in the state of holiness. THE JEWS; RELIGIOUS JEWS, WOULD ASCEND TO THE TOP OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER. THE GENTILES WOULD SEEK OUT THE MESSIAH AS WELL, AND HAPPILY LABOR IN THE FIELDS OF THEIR JEWISH MASTERS...

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Under the heading of "A brief History of the Terms for Jew" in the 1980 Jewish Almanac is the following: "Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a 'Jew' or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew." (1980 Jewish Almanac, p. 3)
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