Follow the money
There are about 8 billion people on the planet, and fewer than 20 million are Jews. That is less than 0.25 percent of the population. According to Forbes, of the 30 richest people in the world, about 30% are Jews or of Jewish origin. That is 166 times their relative share of the population.
Jewish Nobel Prize winners and successes in the sciences, medicine, philosophy and literature may be a source of pride and envy. But when Jews are also good at business and making money, troubles follow, and stupidity increases.
In many places in the world people see Jewish success in business not as a threat but an opportunity to learn from them. During my years of teaching in Asia many times I was asked, “How can we learn from you and educate our children so that they will succeed like the Jews.”
Jewish success stirred a desire in them to understand the reasons. It did not cause hatred of Jews as happens in so many Western countries.
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