And Christians let Jews know in many ways that Christianity is better than Judaism too..which in turn means Christians are better than Jews.To piggyback on what spidey said, I agree with her that the race analogy doesn't work for me, though I did agree with the rest of your post. White people in the US and elsewhere DO tell Black people, subtly or not, that white is better - it's a constant message that becomes permanently ingrained and internalized in most Black people and it is a message that has been sent throughout history and events not very removed from our time. Surely you know that! Black people can't "convert" to actually being white, but we can be, and are, expected to adopt "white" values, styles, lifestyles etc. in order to succeed and fit in. This is so pervasive that people don't even HAVE to get up in your face about it!
But why not just respectfully rufuse the gift/decline the conversion/address the snub?
Why pose for pictures and make a spectacle desecrating a religious text?
What if someone sends him an invitation to attend a service at their church? Should he go to the chuch building and throw rocks at it...bc it was "insulting?"SC and Marah both put it well. And I think Amneris' post is 100% correct.I'm not surprised by Ben-Ari's reactions. Religious Jews often get super ticked about this sort of thing. It's a whole history behind this that is deep rooted and a sore spot. And I really don't expect non-Jews and in some sense non-religious Jews to fully understand how some Jews take the idea of sending them a NT. Particularly.. sending it to an Israeli Orthodox Jew.
Furthermore, I find it extremely difficult to believe that the person that sent the NT to him didn't know any of this...before hand. I believe it was done to incite rage.
If being black were something you could convert from and white people in the US were trying to convert black people telling them that being white is better... I think it would be the same feeling of insult. Certainly to me being Christian is simply not an option because of my beliefs, but if you're Orthodox, living in a country founded after the near-annihilation of your people, with an attempt to eradicate your religion as a significant even leading to it? And you're less than 100 years from those times? Yeah, it's going to be way beyond simply "insulting."
That said, I do think it was the incorrect reaction. While I think of the New Testament as a work of fiction personally, I would not show the disrespect to all followers of the religion he did. I just don't think it compares to attacking a religion in the same way Quran burnings do because of the personal insult which instigated it. It was still an incorrect behavior, though.
Jews were and are expected to assimiliate in a lot of ways that are foreign to our culture, religion, and thoughts on many things. We, like black people (and this is touchy for me since I fall in both groups) indeed have done just that to "fit in". I will say that it's MUCH more difficult for blacks though..because if you are black and you don't look darn near white or other..you are immediately getting judged. And white Jews certainly have a leg up in that area in the USA.
But I do think it's sort of unfair to act like the Jewish plight could NEVER compare to that of blacks (and I'm not sure if that's what you are doing or not). Jews understand persecution for simply being what they are too.
So while I get what you are saying as one person of color to the other.. I get what NetG is conveying as well. BOTH of you all make valid points and I can see why you come to your conclusions.