Of course much of this narrative is false and exaggerated, but the point is that this “lachrymose” version of Jewish history is entirely mainstream among Jews and a cornerstone of Jewish education and Jewish self-conception.
Revenge is important — even critical — in understanding the main currents of Jewish behavior.
In other words, the war against “rural backwardness and religion” was exactly the sort of war that a traditional Jew would have supported wholeheartedly, because it was a war against everything they hated and thought of as oppressing them. There can be little doubt that Lenin’s contempt for “the thick-skulled, boorish, inert, and bearishly savage Russian or Ukrainian peasant” was shared by the vast majority of shtetl Jews prior to the Revolution and after it.
Those Jews who defiled the holy places of traditional Russian culture and published anti-Christian periodicals doubtless reveled in their tasks for entirely Jewish reasons, and, as Gorky worried, their activities not unreasonably stoked the anti-Semitism of the period.
), who ice-skates “in her blue parka and her red earmuffs and her big white mittens—Miss America, on blades! Yes, he eventually joins in, but not before they enact a bad movie—not Hollywood, but San Fernando Valley triple-X. That comes from an episode in her life, from before Portnoy met her, when a couple swingers picked her up and wanted her to eat a banana while she watched them copulate. Growing up in Queens, he fantasized of fame and fortune, and, once he got them, he struggled to maintain them by building himself into a larger-than-life figure.
With her mistletoe and her plum pudding (whatever that may be),” but as a grown-up he graduates to the real woman he nicknames The Monkey. For having a past that gets him hot, she gets degraded with an animalistic nickname. He yelled at employees like he was a studio boss from the 1920s—the only thing missing was a riding crop.
Indeed, Slezkine reviews some of the works of early Soviet Jewish writers that illustrate the revenge theme.
It goes without saying that nearly every one of these women—Rose Mc Gowan, Ambra Batillana, Laura Madden, Ashley Judd, etc.—was a Gentile, all the better to feed Weinstein’s revenge-tinged fantasy of having risen above his outer-borough, bridge-and-tunnel Semitic origins.
But it turns out there was a Jew(ess) in the bunch, none other than Lauren Sivan, of the potted-plant episode.
Edmund Connelly’s article on Harvey Weinstein and the shiksa phenomenon discusses revenge as a motive.
From this perspective, what Jews like Weinstein are doing is the result of hatred toward the goyim because of their perceptions of the long history of anti-Semitism.