Hello all – secular Jew here, I was raised with 13 years of Hebrew school, Bat Mitzvah’d in Israel, the whole thing, but religion just doesn’t make sense to me.
That said, the warnings about “every 100-150 years, someone will try to kill us all” have been so deeply embedded into my head that I’m starting to think they’re overexaggerated or more from generational trauma than reality.
I.E. many times when I see an anti-Semitic attack I doom scroll looking for others for over an hour, trying to find the pattern and “determine” if it’s a growing problem or just another hate crime, not even the worst that other minorities have to deal with on a regular basis. I can’t tell if this is valid self-defense behavior (if there was a pattern, sure! but there hasn’t been so far, at least not one that lasted more than a week or two) or if I should start buying tack boards and red yarn and tin foil for illustrious hat making.
How do you feel about this?