A Dybbuk in the White House

Debate Obama’s grip on reality; fret at the madness of trusting Iran to abide by unverifiable terms. Say what you like. But the Iran deal effectively means that a president of America has decamped to the enemy

In Jewish folklore a dead malcontent may return to possess the living. The troubled soul is known as a “dybbuk’, and it runs amok making mischief. Writers and people of stage and screen have invoked the fiend to aggravate family wrangles to the point of madness.

Yet for all its wicked antics the dybbuk wants nothing more sinister than to settle a score. It may upturn some lives in the ghetto, but not the balance of world power. And no dybbuk, until now, toyed with the President of America.

  • Waffle

    The first 3 words of this essay got my back up. The writer erroneously conflates “Jewish folklore” with the superstitious ignorance of Eastern European Ashkenazim. Many of their beliefs are adaptations borrowed from their equally ignorant non-Jewish neighbours.

    • truthdareisay

      I would hardly call the writer Sholem Aleichem ignorant.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        The drama “The Dybbuk” was written by S. Ansky, not Sholom Aleichem. That said, the writers of the Yiddish and Hebrew Haskalah in Eastern Europe sought to reflect upon the lives and beliefs of their readers to ease them into the modern world.

        • truthdareisay

          I know that however Sholom Aleichem and the Dybbuk have been connected in commentary many many times.

    • Xanthippa Socrates

      Why call us ignorant?

      Math and science would not be where it is were it not for us Eastern Europeans…..not to mention engineering and economics!

      • Waffle

        Would you feel better if I qualified my statement with “some”? The Litvacks (also Eastern European) looked down on the Galicianers. Neither Shalom Aleichem nor Singer subscribed to the superstitions they used as fodder for their stories.
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        • truthdareisay

          My parents being Jews from Eastern Europe used to talk about The Dybbuk a lot. They loved the book, they loved the play however they certainly did not believe in the superstitions. I cannot speak for all East. European Jews, but perhaps many just enjoyed the writing but also did not subscribe to the belief.

          • Waffle

            Good for them. However, I maintain my original position and strongly object to the beliefs and practices of SOME Ashkenazim being used to define and stereotype the diversity of the Jewish people. 😉
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  • Maggat

    All you commenters below can argue the fine points as to who wrote what. This article is in reference to Obama, the dreadful moves he is making and the results we’ll all have to face. Probably not to far down the road, it won’t be pretty.

  • The power of Christ compels you!

    Obama destroys for the sake of destroying. The economy is in ruins. People don’t even look for jobs anymore. Riots are pretty commonplace. Obama has aided Iran.

    If the writer is suggesting there is something demonic in the White House, he is spot on.