A FATHER AND HIS CHILDREN STEALING AN ISRAELI FLAG? Or Just some children up to no good…
Did “thou shalt not steal” contain an exemption regarding Israeli flags?
CORRECTED – New Conclusions, a bit less cohesive:
It is unclear to us whether the persons in this video are two men and their kids or all kids or one man, a few younger children and an older child. When we initially posted this video we believed this to be filmed on Shabbat with one older man, one younger man and some children, making the entire situation feel like these children were being taught to steal, and perhaps on Shabbat.
Many of our readers believe that all of the people in the video are actually children, older and younger, in which case, the video is one of children up to no good. So we decided that the better part of valor was to revisit the post and revise.
All children, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, black, white, yellow green, orange, Asian, Muslim (you get the gist) engage in some form of mischief at one point or another. To some, it is what it means to be a child. And precocious children can be sweet, also regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic background.
What is disturbing here is the lack of respect for a flag, one that to many represents what it is to have a homeland, a Jewish homeland. What is unsettling here is that the children discuss and contemplate the theft of the flag, for which they appear to have little, if not any, respect.
Children who love something are less likely to disrespect it. And, if you are taught something at home, one would like to think it carries into our behaviors outside the home, though not always.
When we believed our initial assessments were correct, we were left wondering what lessons these children were being taught. Were they being taught to steal?
If we conclude that these are all just children, with slightly less admonishment, we still must ask ourselves what these children are taught at home. Are they taught that the Israeli Flag is not to be respected? Are they taught that it was okay to steal it? Did their parents later ask them to return the flag with an apology? Finally, is this the quintessential definition of piety?
And then we wonder why people are anti-Semites…