I was readi…



I was reading Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ Faces of America.  The first person he profiled was comedian Mike Nichols, who is Jewish.  One of the things that came to mind, because Monty Python has ruined my life is Life of Brian.  What did the Romans ever do for us?  The next thing that came to mind was Malcolm X’s “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; Plymouth Rock landed on us.”  

     The DNA was traced.  Most of the Jews being expelled from Israel in 70 A.D. when the Second Temple was destroyed were brought to Italy as slaves.  When freed, they dispersed, hence the word Diaspora.  I am imagining getting into the forests of Germany.  Shades of Exodus, only going far away from the Holy Land.  “Whose bright idea was this?”  

“Well we can’t go to Israel anymore, and the bloody Romans call it Palestine.”

“We could have stayed in Italy, it was sort of civilized.  Here, it’s cold, damp, and full of not very nice people.”

“Ah, but look @ the fur coats.”

“Always thinking about yourself.  We’ll never get home now.”

     Then you get an ancient version of “Are we there yet?”

     This was more than forty years wandering in Sinai cause Moses wouldn’t ask for directions.

So what DID the bloody Romans do for us?



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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