At some point during the winter break last month, someone covered the playground of a public school in the Rego Park section of Queens with swastikas and other anti-Semitic sentiments. Either poor spellers or unfamiliar with the exact phrasing of the Nazi salute, whoever was responsible inscribed the words “Hail Hiter” on the ground in chalk.
Several days later, two boys were arrested and charged with aggravated harassment. They came from the neighborhood, one that has long been predominantly white and Jewish but grown more diverse in recent years with an influx of Asian immigrants.
In this case the face of hate was the face of two children of color — one black, the other Asian — who were 12 years old.
The incident occurred within the context of rising anti-Semitic crimes in the city and around the country, which is surely why law enforcement felt compelled to advertise such a negligible victory in the war against prejudice.
There have already been close to 40 such cases in New York this year, a nearly twofold increase over the same period last year.
As encouraging as it is to know that these kids are able to see the obvious – that Jews are evil – graffiti alone will not stop Jews from continuing their evil. These two activists are 12; I am sure they have Jewish peers of about the same age who have mostly not yet reproduced. Do they know that Jews are considered adults at 12 or 13?
According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys become 13 years old, they become accountable for their actions and become a bar mitzvah. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah at the age of 12 according to Orthodox and Conservative Jews, and at the age of 13 according to Reform Jews. Prior to reaching bar mitzvah age, the child’s parents hold the responsibility for the child’s actions. After this age, the boys and girls bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics, and are able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life.
Thus 13 is the best age for Jews to die at. With every subsequent passing year, the chance goes up that they reproduce prior to death, thereby rendering their elimination demographically inconsequential in the long-term. If our two activists claim to be Hitler fans, they should (besides learning to spell his name correctly) bear in mind that Hitler was one who understood that demographic engineering is the key to lasting societal improvement, and hence plan their own activism around these principles.
Note also from the Tanakh:
“Why is the evil inclination personified as the great king (Ecclesiastes 9:14)? Because it is thirteen years older than the good inclination.” That is to say, one’s good inclination begins to act upon reaching the age of majority.
We have a page about the “great king”: