In a conversation with my parents last week, somone with the last name Grossman came up. I smirked, "what kind of name is that?", referring to Grossman as generally known to be a Jewish name.
I then found out, to my complete chagrin, that one of my great grandparents had the surname GROSSMAN.(!)
My wife thought this was beyond hilarious and continues to rib me about it.
"I didn't know I was married to a Jew!" she will tease.
My head was spinning and my world came crashing down. (/s) Could this mean what I think it does? Could it possibly be?! Impossible!
After some frantic research on the name Grossman, I found out that "Grossman is a family name of Germanic and Jewish Ashkenazi origin".
But that by no means is a sure-fire indicator that everyone with the name Grossman is Jewish, any more than the faulty logic would be if claiming "since men have ten fingers, everyone with ten fingers is a man".
Many Jewish immigrants were assigned the German name Grossman when they arrived in the U.S. (see here.)
Of course my reaction described above is tongue in cheek. The notion that I could be Jewish is ironic because I have been referred to as 'anti-semitic' and was even axed from a writing gig because of my articles critical of zionists.
The reality is that as Catholics, we do not base this opposition on racial hatred. As Dr. E Michael Jones, Ph.D., author of "The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History" explains in "The Conversion of the Revolutionary Jew" "The ultimate determinant of Jewishness had become rejection of Christ, and that rejection led inexorably to revolution. When they rejected Christ Jews became revolutionaries. For the past 2000 years, history has been a struggle between the spiritual descendents of two groups of Jews: those who accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah and those who rejected him. "
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