It is a constant source of sadness to me the amount of anti-Semitic references I encounter in my small community.
In a class today, because I'm known to have songs for many occasions, a classmate asked if I knew a song for Passover. I began singing Dayenu. Listen below to a good version:
In what had been an enjoyable conversation, another woman in the group spoke up and made a remark about how terrible it was that the Jews hadn't accepted Jesus.
I asked, "Why is it terrible?"
She was momentarily flummoxed but soon responded, "They'll be going to Hell." I answered, "But THEY don't believe in Hell." She looked positively bewildered and said she didn't believe me. I said, "Perhaps you should study some." Obviously insulted, she said, angrily, "I DO study." I said, "Obviously you haven't studied the Bible."
She said, angrily, "I know MY Bible." I answered, "Perhaps you're confusing the Bible with the New Testament, as it's called." She said, "They're the same thing and what do you mean by saying as it's so-called?" I answered, "But, of course, I DID not say so-called, I said 'as it's called', but they are NOT the same thing; the Bible is the Bible and the New Testament is the New Testament."
As oftentimes happens in a heated discussion, she began using ad hominem remarks, instead of relying on logic.
She said, dismissively, and with an air of superiority, "I'll just pray for them." I countered with, "They don't need or want YOUR prayers; why don't you just do as Jesus said and pray ye in your own closet?" She asked, "Where do you get off telling me that?" I said, "Somebody SHOULD be telling you."
She said, "It's none of your business."
I answered, "EXACTLY, just as it's none of YOUR business what the Jews do!"