Money, hate and Jewish values

Fears of an anti-Semitic backlash from the global financial crisis continue to simmer, though evidence beyond the usual anti-Semitic hatemongers is scant.

JTA reported on the domestic fears a few weeks ago and now the ADL has issued a news release citing some worrying examples in the international press.

I often wonder whether giving publicity to these fringe voices does more harm than good.

While Jew-spotting can have its sinister side, it can also be a source of pride when it comes to noting Nobel laureates, as a Ha’aretz columnist points out in his recent piece.

And leave it to Shmuley Boteach to argue that the financial crisis should prompt Jews to re-evaluate our priorities – and our mark on the world in Up against a Wall (Street): The financial crisis and Jewish values.

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