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How do you feel about the Shoah?

The Craigslist ad below has some perfectly reasonable questions in the grand scheme of things. If you’re about to have a craigslist shabbat meal you’re bound to get some pretty strange and animated responses. Everyone has an opinion on hairy backs, the two state solution (or final solution depending on your political leanings) and your favorite Seinfeld episode, but I wonder exactly what you could possibly come up with when someone asks you “how you feel about the shoah?”. How exactly is one supposed to feel about the genocide of 6 million people? Is there a range of feelings? I never knew anyone to have an “opinion” (other than Arabs, Holocaust deniers and other idiots) other than the norm.

Seven Single White Jewish Males Looking to Host Seven Single Females – 28 (Washington, DC)



Shalom! We are five handsome and two not so handsome single men. And, yes, we are Jewish. Bound by tradition and emboldened by wit, we are hosting an epic Shabbat dinner — a little challah, a little wine, and a lot of gefilte fish — in downtown Washington, DC on Friday, January 18, 2013. In a nod to our orgiastic traditions, we are inviting seven lucky ladies to feast with us. Echoing the State of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, we will consider you, “irrespective of religion or race,” as long as you “bring your own lactaid pills.”To be considered, please submit a picture of yourself. We’d also like to hear more about you!

Please answer two of the following questions with another question: What’s your favorite Shabbos activity? Which biblical forefather do you admire most and why? What would you establish as the 11th Commandment? What’s your favorite episode of Seinfeld? Curb Your Enthusiasm? Which character from Girls speaks most to your personality? What is your favorite double mitzvah? Why would you answer a Craigslist ad about a Shabbat dinner?

You must also answer two of the following, not in question form. Where do you go to get your hair straightened? Are you a self-hating Jew? Have you read Portnoy’s Complaint? Explain why a two-state solution would or would not work? How do you feel about the Shoah? What is your favorite yiddish word and farvus? Zach Braff: Dreamy, or in your dreams? Do you appreciate hairy backs?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, what year did you go on Birthright?

If you are one of the seven chosen people, you will receive additional information regarding the time and location. We look forward to reading your reply and gawking at your picture.

  • Location: Washington, DC
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests


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  • Puzzled January 12, 2013, 8:32 PM

    I’m not sure if you intended to or not, but here you list Arabs as a type of idiot. If you intended, I think that’s quite offensive. If not, you may wish to fix the grammar.

    • Heshy Fried January 12, 2013, 8:36 PM

      I didn’t mean that at all, my wife is out or else I would have heard an earful.

    • A. Nuran January 12, 2013, 8:50 PM

      Any Jew who hates “Arabs” is, by definition, a self-hating Jew. Avraham was and Iraqi. If you believe the geneticists we’re as much Arab as anything else.

      • Michael January 13, 2013, 9:55 AM

        Funny, coming from you, anuran. I would have thought you would believe that the forefathers in chumash are all fairytales, mythical figures who never really existed, and that the totality of the Torah today is really a composite forgery finished by priests in the time of Ezra, and when there are dozens of verses that blatantly seem to not follow the rules of J, E, P, etc., then this is the work of ‘interpolators.’ Long story short, hava amina that you would believe Jews are not of Arab stock, but rather primitive Canaanites rooted in Mesopotamia and Semitic culture, rather than Arabian. So why would you cite Abraham as a legit source of history?

        • Seriously? January 14, 2013, 7:23 AM


          • Telz Angel January 14, 2013, 4:30 PM

            The expression is “bazinga!”

            Everyone knows the characters invented by Ezra based on his editing of multiple oral traditions are both mythical and Iraqi, hence Arabian — which is real. huh?

            OK — there is no use going there, the real question for our good friend A. Nuran is the logical-semantic one, not the historical one. The observation that the alleged hate of Arabs (though not actually indicated here at all) is illogical because of our shared humanity is flawed since there is a linguistic categorization of Arab as a distinct identity, and a contextual usage of those who deny Jewish suffering and the Shoah. So claiming our shared ethnicity is nice, but irrelevant.

      • Sarah January 19, 2013, 9:27 PM

        Badum tshhh

    • Telz Angel January 12, 2013, 9:11 PM

      More offensive to me was the fact that Heshy left out the serial comma (also known as the Oxford comma) in the phrase “Arabs, Holocaust deniers and other idiots”. Heshy, you went to Yeshiva, and everyone knows that Yeshivas teach grammar, diction, and (note the use of the comma before the ‘and’) unambiguous expression in the native language. I’m shocked, shocked that you left out that comma.

      Reminds me of the book “Women, Fire and Dangerous Things” by George Lakoff.

      Reminds me of the time I asked a shaila about nidda to my Rabbi, a respected scholar and a pervert since I wanted to make sure I had more than one answer to my question. <– You see the Oxford comma is essential to good writing. Arabs, Holocaust deniers and other idiots always forgot to use it in their writing. Just like Heshy to attract Godwin-Law abiding grammar Nazis to comment on his post.

    • Telz Angel January 14, 2013, 3:07 PM

      More offensive to me was the fact that Heshy left out the serial comma (also known as the Oxford comma). Heshy, you went to Yeshiva, and everyone knows that Yeshivas teach grammar, diction, and (note the use of the comma before the and) unambiguous expression in the native language. Im shocked, shocked that you left out that comma.

      Reminds me of the time I asked a shaila regarding niddah to my Rabbi, a respected scholar and a menuval since I wanted to make sure I had more than one answer to my question. < You see, the Oxford comma is essential to good writing.

      • Dan January 14, 2013, 3:26 PM

        You are saying your rabbi is not a respected scholar?

  • Rabbi Talli Bahn January 12, 2013, 10:06 PM

    Dear Capital Men,
    Please invite me for Shabbat. I love hairy backs, it’s a sign of a real man. When I was a man I also had a hairy back. Now that I’m a woman, it’s all pretty much gone thanks to the estrogen therapy. Let me introduce myself, I’m a frum woman who got smicha before my gender reassignment — so I’m a real Rabbi, not like those women rabbis who pretend to get smicha, but we all know that it’s a fake.

    Anyway, I live in Silver Springs, but I’ll spend shabbos with one of you — actually I’d prefer to spend shabbos with two of you — I need more than one man these days — you guys tire out after one or two times. By the way my favorite double mitzvah takes place on Friday night, and it will remind you of the Eiffel Tower.

    I’m not sure how I feel about the Shoah. It happened right after the creation of modern orthodoxy in Germany and Zionism in the rest of central Europe, so… you do the math. OK, that probably pissed you off which is good, since I like my double mitzvah in an angry way.

    Really I’m a nice gal and I know what men are really like, so I’m sure you’ll be comfortable with me. I’ll email you, we’ll become Facebook friends, I’ll meet your mothers. I’ll bring my pills.

  • Atboth January 13, 2013, 1:20 AM

    How do I feel about the shoah? Well, I’m gentile. On the other hand, the entire set of relatives in Prague disappeared. All gone. No trace left. How exactly am I supposed to feel about that?

  • Portuguese yid January 13, 2013, 7:14 AM

    There have been many, many terrible things that have happen to jews over the centuries. Becasue I am 100% portuguese and a jew the inquisition and the jewish massacre in lisbon and many others holds the same feelings for me that the soah does for your. All tragic and sad …

  • Woodrow/Conservadox January 13, 2013, 8:21 AM

    My position on the Shoah: I’m against it. Next question….

  • Alter Cocker January 13, 2013, 5:49 PM

    You have to be pretty weird to put out an ad like that and maybe even weirder if you answer it.

  • Seriously? January 14, 2013, 7:26 AM

    Very, very strange ad.

    As for the Shoah: I’d like people to learn the obvious lesson that G-d is not going to protect us, since WE are His agents in the world. Evil is OUR problem to sort out, and the world is our responsibility.

  • Tovaa January 14, 2013, 10:42 AM

    Some people believe that the Shoah was part of a greater pattern of divine cruelty. Watch “God on Trial” to understand this point of view.

  • Boston Dave January 14, 2013, 11:28 AM

    It puts the lotion in the basket!!!

  • Sarah January 19, 2013, 9:29 PM

    I actually was considering responding, but I missed it. Dammit.

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