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  |  July 20, 2019

    What Made Putin Crack a Joke

    A comment by Rabbi Binyamin Wolff led Russian President Vladimir Putin to crack a joke and two 2 words in Hebrew. Full Story, Video

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    haha what a shtech to crimea
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    haha what a shtech to crimea

    we wish Putin much sucess in conquering the crimean peninsula

    Uh...
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    Uh...

    You do realize that joke is anti-Semitic? Had it been a liberal politician you all would be up in arms decrying it.

    number 2
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    number 2

    Context is everything. In life you have to be able to take a joke, and as the article clearly quotes the rabbi saying, “He was making a joke.”
    If Cortez made the same joke about jews in NY not having money with a sneer on her face, then yes, that would be anti- Semitic.

    To #2
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    To #2

    While one can mistake that as anti-Semitic, in such a case you’re best to look at the general context. In this case the history of his demeanor and humour towards such may shine light that he had no ill intent.

    Missing the point
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    Missing the point

    It’s not about the intent. That’s not how it works. Think of other situations in which an action is perceived to be racist, and someone is offended and hurt as a result of that action. The defense might be ‘It was meant as a joke! It’s coming from a good place!’ but that doesn’t erase the fact that someone was hurt, which means it was in poor taste regardless of intention. Putin may be good to some Russian Jews so you view him under that lens and it’s all in good fun, haha. To those of us who see him… Read more »

    Putin
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    Putin

    It’s someone that was raised in the Soviet Russian knows that this was a a genuine kind joke regarding Crimea (sort of sayng in proper Russia jews are doing very well and especially the synagogues)

    Missed the two words in Hebrew
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    Missed the two words in Hebrew

    Anyone heard the “Toda Rabba”?

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