What should I have answered…?
I attended a concert at a Protestant church not long ago, and there were a few Jewish singers performing there, singing Jewish songs.
How many people here are Jewish? someone asked from the stage.
I stood up-as did about 15 other people.
And we stood up when the Israel national anthem was played.
As the concert ended and everyone walked out, I walked past a row of church members.
“Jeeeeews!” one man muttered quietly and contemptuously as I walked past him.
I ignored him.
I’ve thought what I should have replied. If anything…
No, that would have brought me down to his level.
I’ve thought about it a lot…and decided that my best response might have been…quietly and contemptuously…