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February 20, 2013 5:30 pm

Chinese Cartoon Tries to Answer Question: What Makes Jews Smart? (VIDEO)

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Screen shot of cartoon that asks "Why are Jews so smart?" Photo: Youku.

“Why are the Jews so smart?” was the title of a recent video that ran during an episode of the popular Chinese online talk show “Xiao Shuo.” The video attempts to answer the title question through a series of responses posed to a “wise man.” Some of the responses given are that Jews begin to educate their children in the womb and make their children learn violin and other instruments to develop the brain. The scholarly qualities of the video are thrown into doubt when one of the claims made is that Jewish children practice Archery to improve their ability to concentrate and that a genetic disease also makes Jews smart.

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  • Elliot J. Stamler

    What I find intriguing about this story is that it is the Chinese who put it. The Chinese are one of the other peoples of the world who have a high reverence for education and scholarship going back thousands of years in their ancient history. It is thus understandable they have this interest in us.

  • answer: TORAH SAYS JEWS MUST SEPARATE FROM ALL OTHER NATIONS SO JEWS DONOT LEARN THEIR WAYS.

    TALMUD TEACHES THAT JEWS INVESTIGATE EACH CLAIM/ISSUE

    HASHEM CHOSE JEWS AS ‘HIS’ SPECIAL PEOPLE.
    that alone imbues an added factor that in the womb Jews are taught the Torah.

    MONEY IS A BLESSING BY ‘G-D’ TO TEST JEWS IF THEY WILL CARE FOR ALL ”HIS” POOR, WEAK AND HELPLESS
    unlike the xtians who forbid Jews to prosper.ALL his people.BUT FIRST IMPROVE YOURSELF of course.

    MOST OF ALL JEWS STUDY ‘ONE G-D, HIS LAWS’.
    THE ORIGIN, THE ONLY THE KING OF ALL THINGS.
    HOW CAN JEWS GO WRONG WHEN LEARNING DIRECTLY FROM G-D.

  • Arthur Cohn

    The short is in Chinese, not Hebrew, but with Hebrew sub-titles. I would like English sub-titles.

  • humblerock

    Another answer might be that Judaism makes people smarter. Google the article ”Why Jews are Good at Math”. It examines how math is woven into the very fabric of the religion… in multiple dimensions.

  • I lived in China for five months in 1984 and for four months in 1989. In 1984, people used to say, “Jews. Very intelligent people. Einstein, Kissinger, Zamenhof.” Zamenhof was the inverntor of Esperanto, which was popular in 1984. By 1989, everybody agreed that English was the real international language, and so Zamenhof was forgotten. Nevertheless, people still talked about Jewish intelligence and asked what the secret was. I answered that Jews always argued and always disagreed.

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