Though just about ever week, I get solicitations in the mail from the ADL, I’ve never given them a penny. The only reason I’m regretting that now, is that I can’t tear up my membership card and mail it to them.
Their announced opposition to the downtown mosque/whatever, is, as Paul Krugman, wrote, disgraceful. I suspect it’s payback to the GOP for their siding with Netanyahu in his dealings with the president of our own f*cking country.
Let me say, that I don’t use the word “schmuck”, lightly. Though the term has become,for many, synonymous with “jerk”, it is not. Jews don’t really don't use it for mild or oblivious bad-behavior. It connotes real venality, not generalize douchiness. As it happened, I was annoyed with my brother the other day, and in a fit of pique, said he was acting like one — something I can’t recall every having said before. I immediately phoned back to apologize.
That’s the joke in Annie Hall; when Diane Keaton’s character uses the word in her sub-titled ‘inner dialogue’, she not only uses it inappropriately, but it’s also misspelled, representing how a shiksa would think it’s spelled.
So it’s strong medicine, but in the case of the ADL, completely warranted.