Sunday, May 28, 2006
Why no flag?
As much as Frum Jews claim to love The USA and all that it stands for, and they do, there's one thing they can't bring themselves to do, fly Old Glory on legal holidays that call for it. Why's that?
Jews have no problem taking the days off on legal holidays. They have no problem barbecuing when called for. Some will even go as far as to condone the consumption of turkey on Thanksgiving, yet no flags. Those that feel it important are few and far between.
I was thinking that maybe deep inside the Jewish psyche there's a sunbliminal allegiance to the כחול ולבן, the eternal Jewish Flag, but that seemed a bit far fetched. Then the idea crossed my mind that maybe they associated a flag, any flag, with Nationalism, which basically excludes Jews, but that seemed like a bit of a stretch too. Is it considered חוקת הגוי? I cannot imagine that it should be, especially in a non-Jewish neighborhood or city, where מפני דרכי שלום it may even be required!
Jews had no problem flying all kinds of flags during the 1st Gulf war, but ever since, even since 9/11 that display of patriotism has yet to be matched.