While there is a lot to argue from Gideon's position, it remains true that excessive self-gratification is the national sport in Israel -particularily (jewish communities abroad refer less systematicaly to this - perhaps out of fear of antisemitic response). After many years here, it seems to me that indeed very great minds, and more than any other nations proportionaly-wise, do sprout out of this unique people. I would argue that the others are just average but know very well how to market themselves in the light of these jewish giants of ours ... basically parasiting for the next patent, for the next investment, for the next salary. The question is whether this is legitimate, and in fact, most nations tend to do that. The nation of Voltaire, Moliere, Hugo or Zola will revendicate the best litterature even when some generations produce poor authors. Likewise for the nations of Shakespear, Goethe, Hubble, Fermi etc ... Where I disagree strongly with Gideon, is that according to the Torah and its commentaries, the jewish people is chosen, yes, but only for one, ONE, specific task, which is the one of serving a God and affirming its existence and inference in daily affairs. The more "israeli" approach which consists in extending the definition of israel's election and uniqueness, to science, arts, litterature etc ... is very recent. I am unsure whether this is coming out of this wierd yet seemingly true reality of being chosen, or whether it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Such particular jewish giants would motivate themselves to achieve greatly in fields that are not concerned with affirming the jewish original message (of proclaiming a one and unique God). I realize that this analysis sounds a bit particular but is it not the analysis of 3 millenia of rabbinic strategic positioning ?
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from the article: Jewish people are just that, people, and far from chosen