In this scene, another British officer complains to Ari Ben Canaan (Newman) about the constant stream of illegal Jewish immigrants trying to get thru to the then Palestine. “I can smell a Jew a mile” away he quips.
Ari immediately places his face under the Officers nose and complains of dust in his eyes and could he, the officer, see away of helping him clear it.
Of course the fact that this officer and many like him in the British Government would have preferred an Arab population to a Jewish one, Newman’s simple act highlights how often Jews have simply ignored the prevailing winds, and snuck in under the guard of the powers to be.
Often our ability to melt into the population as assimilation takes hold of our generations creates a mystique about the unseen influential Jewish lobby. Anti Semitism seems to be able to find any device to ply its hatred.
Even the U.S. Congress had to hold off on voting this week, on the rescue package, because of the many senators who had gone home for Rosh Hashanah. I am sure the Jewish Conspiracy world, had a field day with that.
I find it important especially at times like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, to try and understand what makes me proud to be Jewish and why as a Nation we have continued to survive against all odds. Why G-d has without a doubt chosen us to continually lead the world in so many of its endeavours.
Just some quiet musings I thought I would share with you.
In the week when we seek to ask G-d to forgive our transgressions, and seal us in his book of life for another year, perhaps we should also ask him to forgive the rest of the world, for their mistakes and open their hearts to see that we are all on this planet together.
May you all have a Shabbat with your families and those that you love.
PS: Paul Newman while only half jewish on his fathers side considered himself Jewish because ‘it was challenging”