On Judgment day, in all the synagogues were the words of prayer again, "You have chosen us from all the nations, loved us, and exalted us above all the tribes, and sanctified us with His commandments, and brought us our lord …" The idea that We elect people, was again put into words. This happens not only on Yom Kippur, and in at least some prayers. It is written in the Torah.
But the idea that we have chosen people sits in our heads even deeper than many of us think. No way, not only in the context of Jewish tradition, not only among those who observe religious commandments.
The modern, secular Israelis are also all their soul, with all your heart, believe in what they really belong to the chosen people. Little remains of the old Jewish thought, which allowed so profound and strong roots in the modern existence of Israel as the idea that the Jews are the "chosen people", whatever the interpretation of this concept.
Almost every Israeli is convinced that we are the best in the world: our "Jewish genius", the Israeli army — the most benevolent in the world, no one has the right to teach us, we — the most-presamye.
It is a question not only devoid of any foundation arrogance. We are talking about a very unsafe idea, which allows Israel to maintain because it behaves in decades, roughly ignoring the rest of the world view of the world. This idea is not without also gloomy nationalist and racist component. There is nothing more disgusting is that the people considers himself fortunate. The Jewish people have quite a lot of circumstances and developments, in order to think about themselves in a similar way. This applies to the country of Israel, and the existence of significant achievements which can be considered a miracle. But in all this there is no one fundamental national quality — modesty. In modesty Israelis suspect very difficult.
At the base of the Israeli arrogance lies a basic thought, that we are, in fact, are the "chosen people" and has special properties that are not present at the 1st of other people around the world. A similar approach can be found in at least some Israeli tourist who is abroad. You will hear a similar outlook of at least some Israelis, to communicate with foreigners.
This thought well traced in the international politics of the country of Israel. Americans — "limited types", Hindus — the "primitive", the Germans — "robots", the Chinese — "cranks", Scandinavians — "naive simpletons", the Italians — "clowns." The Arabs? Arabs — the Arabs. You know who. Once we know that, for us perfectly, and that is bad. And do not only for us and for the world. Israeli intelligence has no equal for themselves. The Jewish head is unique. Jewish brains can invent anything you want — no one can match us. Since we — that's us.
Make sure that all of the above is the case, very simply. Here's to you the latest example of not having anything to do with religion. Last week it became clear that the next Israeli scientist won the Nobel Prize. No hesitation — cheerful news. Dr. Dan Schechtman, of course, worthy of the highest merit. But the unbridled satisfaction of all Israel, which broke out on the matter, looked completely out of place.
In a society in which all the troubles and failures are always blaming individuals, and not themselves, a similar "nationalization" of personal achievement looks delirium. Well, of course, whole Israel participated in the revolutionary scientific experience of Dr. Schechtman in American laboratories in the far 1982. We've all been there. Now we are all together go to Stockholm for the production of "our" Nobel Prize.
Achievement individual immediately converted to the achievement of "all of us". Common success immediately converted to another "unshakable" confirmation Israeli advantages. "The secret of our existence," and "national pride", "Israel's head" — these are just some of the headlines about the personal Haifa scientist of success.
This is followed by a familiar computing: how many Nobel prizes "we" have received, what is the ratio of the number of our Nobel laureates and the size of the population of Israel. Lists of all Jewish Nobel laureates also go into the matter, as if they have received a prestigious award for being Jewish. All this, in turn, serves as a confirmation of our "genetic" advantages "chosen people." Such other party