Rabbi Avi Weinstein

Ms Palin, I think you meant “Scapegoat” dear, ‘blood libel’ is a bit of a misnomer.

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The mistress of malapropisms has struck again. Yes, the refudiator’s assault on the English language continues.  Now, we may have conclusive evidence that Sarah Palin does not even know her Bible.  In Leviticus 16:8, the שעיר לעזאזל known in English as the scapegoat, was sent out to the wilderness on Yom Kippur in order to expiate the sins of Israel. In other words, the poor goat gets stuck with all of Israel’s cleaning bills.  Often, the scapegoat metaphor has been adopted by Jews and other peoples when blamed for the ills of the world.  Palin’s complaint that she has been wrongly accused for the sins of a severely unbalanced young man in Arizona may have won her more sympathy had she been more handy with the English language–and the Bible she claims to to believe in.

Methinks her knowledge of Bible and the Constitution are the same. Let’s face it, she’s anti-semantic.

  1. No, she was quite right; “blood libel” is the most appropriate term: 1) Innocents were killed; 2) prejudiced people in positions of authority (previously the pulpit in most cases, now various parts of the mass media, blogosphere and political class) quickly accused a minority of guilt or complicity. If there had been even a bit of evidence to that effect, the whole discussion would have played out quite differently. In fact, there was some evidence of association with leftist thought to some degree, as became clear, but the preponderance of evidence points toward mental illness, laying bare the accusers’ bias. Gov. Palin was correct.

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