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I have heard that there are a lot of good violinists who are Jewish, because it is hard to flee a pogrom while carrying a piano.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Penderyn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jan 2016 at 13:51
Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

I have heard that there are a lot of good violinists who are Jewish, because it is hard to flee a pogrom while carrying a piano.




Like it - but there are lot of pretty good Jewish pianists too.   Perhaps pianists are Sephardi! :)
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The only Jewish pianist that I know is Victor Borge, and I believe his family is from Denmark, which treated its Jews decently during WWII.  I would tell that story, but I know it only vaguely and others 
might know it better than I.

But the Noble community is biased in at least other areas, I can't speak for Physics.  Barack Obama has ordered more Predator Hellfire missile strikes than anyone else in history, although I imagine that Arafat (didn't he win a peace prize) knew more about bombs.  Sometimes it seems that if you start a fight, and then contribute to (at least) a momentary pause, that is worthy of a peace prize.  Of course, maybe you can't give a Mandela a peace prize without including a Botha (or was it DeKlerk).  And Mandela didn't start out "perfect" either.  It seems to me that if he hadn't advocated violence in the first place, he would not have been in the "right" place, prison, at the "right" time to deal with the apartheid government.  

I remember an English major saying that Americans were overlooked for literature prizes in favor of more exotic choices, but that might just be sour grapes. 

There were certain Jewish scientists in the US Ballistic missile program in the '50s and 60s, that they called the Martians, because they came from another world, pre-Nazi Hungary, extremely brilliant and highly educated, a world that no longer existed.  _Very_ anti-communist, I mean to the point of advocating that the American military strike first.  Very pro-American.  (Neal Sheehan, _A Fiery Peace in a Cold War_).  The Martians survived and thrived because they made themselves useful a razor edge sharp, their world moved out from underneath them.  The Zionists got out, the overwhelming majority of traditional Jewry, shall we say, didn't make it.  Oh, heck, let's say it like it is, they got slaughtered. 
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'The Zionists got out, the overwhelming majority of traditional Jewry, shall we say, didn't make it. Oh, heck, let's say it like it is, they got slaughtered.'


Yes - and that majority would have hated the way the Zionists have taken them over now they are silent.   Not only murdered but made mouthpieces for their enemies!   Sad!
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Ashkenazi Jews are a Jewish ethnic group who have their earliest ancestors from the indigenous tribes of Israel…at least on one side of the family tree. A study published in 2013 in Nature Communications has shown their maternal lineage comes from a different, and possibly unexpected, source.
The research shows the origins of the matrilineal line for the Ashkenazi Jews comes from Europe. This goes against the common belief that Jewish people first arrived in central Europe after the Byzantine–Sasanian War of 602–628 and only began settling in Germany in the Medieval period.
Ashkenazi Jews is the term used today to describe these Jewish people – individuals who built religiously-based communities centuries later in Central and Eastern Europe. One of the things they are recognized for is the use of Yiddish – a High German language written in the Hebrew alphabet and influenced by classical Hebrew and Aramaic

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Are not Ashkenazi Jews politically dominant in Israel?  When I think of traditional European Jews, I do not think of artistic tradition so much, with the emphasis on literacy, the book, music, but not sculpture or painting.  Is that perhaps one reason why the Ashkenazi Jews dominate in science so much?  One learns about the created in order to learn about the creator.  I think there is a little iconoclacism there, perhaps focusing the attentions of the group.
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