Syrian Jews are Jews descended from a handful of Spanish-Jewish refugees who settled in Ottoman Syria following the Spanish Expulsion Edict of 1492. After mass emigration to the United States starting in the 1900s, the largest Syrian-Jewish community in the world today currently resides in southern Brooklyn, New York.
The twin driving goals and focus of the Syrian community, and the most important thing to any given individual Syrian Jew, is both money, and denigrating non-Syrians. Perhaps more than any other people on the face of the planet, the Syrian universe revolves around the pursuit of money, and certainly among Jews, Syrians are legendary for their cruelty and spite towards "less fortunate" Jews who are not Syrian.
A parable was told by one Rabbi Levy, in which a Syrian Jew asked an Ashkenazi (European) Jew why he was so poor. "Look at this street," the Syrian taunted, "I own every house on it - even your own." The Ashkenazi smiled and responded, "To be as rich as a Syrian, you must have a true love of money. A love of money for money's sake. Your heart must live and love on money. But I do not -- I cannot love money. I love my family, my children, my Torah etc..."
The Syrian community has been characterized by its extreme arrogance, obsession with money (and subsequent incredible wealth), and their general dislike for converts, Ashkenazim and non-Syrians in particular. Syrians do not accept converts, even sincere converts, as Jewish - despite this being illegal according to Jewish law (which few Syrians are familiar with). Among Syrians, Ashkenazim are derogatively called "J-dubs". Syrians generally do not recognize anyone who is not Syrian-Jewish as being Jewish at all, despite genealogical evidence which suggests most Syrian Jews are at least three-fourths Arab.
Yet ironically, despite attacking most other Jewish groups as not being as Jewish as themselves, the Syrian-Jewish community is infamous for its actual lack of observance in the Jewish faith. There has never been a Syrian Rabbi of note or fame beyond the Syrian community, and contrary to other Sephardic Jews, Syrians seem to have little interest in performing the commandments of the Torah beyond those that offer them immediate financial gain. The most important thing to a Syrian Jew is money; the community epitomizes the deadly sin of "avoda zorah" - Idol Worship. The difference being that their idol fits in a wallet and jangles in a purse.
Jacky (of the Syrian Jews): Haha! Look at that stupid J-dub! Lets run him over in my BMW convertible that my daddy bought me, even though 40 years ago BMW was gassing his ancestors in Aushwitz! I don't care if BMW worked thousands of Jews to death. If a *Syrian* Jew wasn't gassed, I don't care!
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