I have heard the same things from the lips of plenty of one-hundred-per-cent Americans,'Mother,' I said quietly, 'remember the greatest Man who ever lived was a Jew—Jesus.' That held her for a minute.
'Yes,' she murmured, 'it is the great paradox.' 'And other great Jews,' I added quickly.
That which was between us was calm as the night, deep as the sea; in the light of it we both knew that forever afterwards he would look upon other women, and I upon other men, as pale wraiths.
We determined that no obstacle should prevent our union, and obstacles there were a-plenty as soon as our families learned our intention.
'Child,' entreated my mother, who deep in her heart had always hoped that what she referred to as my superior intelligence, careful upbringing, talents, and attractiveness, would land me a husband well up in the social levels, ‘bethink yourself what this means.
Married to a Jew, you will be barred from certain circles.
He had known other girls and, as I was twenty-five before we married, I had had my share of other men's attention.
Consequently our marriage was not the hasty, impassioned leap of two people soaring on the Icarian wings of a first love.
Ours was a fervent love match, made more fervent by the fact that we had to wait in secret for two years until Ben earned enough at his profession to support a family.Jews in the theatre—well, you have seen what they have done to Hollywood.The moving pictures are full of sex and sensuality, and cater solely to the Jews' god, money.And remember that, although I love the teachings of Jesus, I belong to no sect or church.It's not as if the shadows of a priest and a rabbi stood between us.'Then my mother pulled out the oldest and bitterest chestnuts that have been hurled against the Jews, accusations as old as the Roman Empire.'The Jews are essentially an Oriental race,' she stormed, 'East is East, and Jews and Christians cannot really meet any more than Christians and Chinese.