The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is justifiably upset at a textbook being used in Australian schools which depicts Jews of today as though they were living three thousand years ago. The book refers to the Passover festival as involving “slaughtering lambs, smearing the lintel on the front door with blood and eating unleavened breads for several days.” I have a hunch few Jews in Manhattan or the suburbs of New York, Miami, Chicago or points west smear blood on their doors for the Passover holiday, but then again, I could be incorrect since the book is published by the Cambridge University Press. How could I argue against a university press which claims polygamy is commonly practised among Jews in Israel. Since Cambridge must be accurate I am heading to Israel to pick up a few wives.
To top off this silly story, the Cambridge U Press said it would “review” the board’s concerns. I would think it might review the ignorant idiot who wrote such nonsense! I am so glad to know from the Cambridge Press that “much modern conflict in the world is related to the reactions of other groups to the Jewish people.” Tell that to the people of Darfur, the Congo, China, Burma, etc.. most of whom never heard of Jews.