The Whole View, Season 3 Ep 04: Identifying Anti-Semitism

Welcome Jennifer Robins and Simone Miller to the Whole View! This week, Stacy, Jen, and Simone discuss identifying Antisemitism. They dive deep into how and why it happens, and how science has been used historically to justify prejudice. Hear Jen and Simone’s stories and how you can do to support the Jewish Community.

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Key Takeaways

Introductions

  • Jen grew up with a Christian father and Jewish mother. Jewish culture is passed down through the matriarchy, making Jen Jewish by law. However, she grew up in a multi-religious household because both of her parents felt strong in their independent histories as well as their partnership together.
  • She’s very thankful for the dual perspectives both religions allowed her to grow into. Both other parents came from very strictly religious households, but for her family now it has become more about being a good person.
  • Simone grew up in a completely Jewish household, but in contrast to Jen’s upbringing, Simone’s family was not overtly religious. Her Judaism was more in culture and traditions. Her grandparents on her mother’s side were holocaust survivors, and much of her family on that side did not make it out.
  • When her grandparents came to the US, they went through a paradox of trying to keep their traditions close and alive, while also trying to blend and assimilate due to the trauma of what they saw overseas. They never completely lost their accents, but they changed Simone’s mother’s name to make it less Jewish. And that trauma passed down through the generations.

Identifying Antisemitism

  • With antisemitism it’s one paradox after another: it’s that Jews are all-power, and they’re weak; they control everything, but they need to be controlled. Consequently, this constant sort of gaslighting makes it so difficult to recognize.
  • The dangerous thing about antisemitism is that it’s woven into the fabric of society in a way that’s so subtle you might not even notice it. 
  • When you break down conspiracy theories, you’ll often find the villain is often Jewish. So there’s this weird commonality where we are somehow holding the marionette strings of the world even though we are 2% of the population. 
  • Jews can be very white-passing in society, but because they can assimilate so well, it makes identifying antisemitism even sneakier. 
  • Also, there are the tropes that Jews control Hollywood, the media, the banking system, we have all the money and power, yet we’re somehow beneath the rest of society. 
  • Anti-Judaism is rooted in religious intolerance as much at it is societal intolerance. Some people believe if someone does not believe like them, then they will go to hell. And they “pray” for their souls to be saved without realizing it’s very Anti-Judaism.

Topics discussed

Jewish Creators & Educators

Film

  • Schindler’s List
  • Woman in Gold
  • School Ties
  • Funny Girl
  • An American Tale
  • Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • The Baker and the Beauty
  • The Goldbergs
  • Broad City
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Grace & Frankie

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Sources

  1. Roots and Impact of Antisemitism 
  2. In The Name of Science
  3. How 2 Pro-Nazi Nobelists Attacked Einstein’s “Jewish Science” [Excerpt]
  4. The Dangerous Resurgence in Race-Science
  5. Anti-Semitism and its mental health effects
  6. The Whole View, Episode 499: Genetics, Epigenetics, and Social Determinants of Health.
  7. https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2021/antisemitic-violence

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