Ok, let me try to explain myself about how the mysterious Yehudi appeared on this forum.
When the debate about invading iraq become hotter and hotter I tried to find a place where I could talk with Americans.
My first idea was to get to speak with "ordinary americans", but I couldn't find a proper forum. So one day I came across Israel Forum. I could not understand who did run this forum, it seemed pretty extremist though. Endless graphic description of terrorism and of course nada on Palestinians suffering too.
Browsing the forums there seemed to be many things for me to learn, though.
So after a day or two I registered. I first tried "robert" or "rob" but that was taken already, so I tried hello_rob_, which got through. I went through registration and just indicated I was French.
I got the "Action Required to Activate Membership" mail on feb the 10th. But when I wanted to post, there was this message saying further validation was needed before your are allowed to post.
So I read and read and waited one week. After the first week I was wondering why it took so long being allowed in. So I mailed the support support staff.
I waited days and days no answer. Well.
But I came coming back and again and each time I said to myself "I cannot let this stupid thing get through" and I hit the reply button. And each time I got this reject message.
Then I started going into the forum mailing moderator directly.
After a while I even tried mailing takeo.
All the while I came coming and situation around Iraq was growing hotter and hotter. I started getting more and more frustrated. I tried registering under another name, but I had only one mail address so I got rejected again.
I became seriously frustrated. The good thing is I learned plenty of things on the forem all the while, following the links, reading and all.
On a sunday I said to myself "I cannot allow this to last anymore", and consequently "let's apply decisive force" (you know who the quote is from don't you?).
So I created a new mail address. Moreover, I decided not to reveal I am french (I guess you can understand why reading the forum). Finally, I decided to look as jewish as possible.
So here I am in front of my screen trying to find a jewish name. Basically my Hebrew stops at "mazel tov" and it didn't look like a proper nickname. So I brainstormed trying to find something representing peace and jewish. So I though about music and the old wise man I saw playing by the collapsed Berlin wall in '89: Yehudi Menuhin . I knew he used to be a promoter of peace.
So I typed in Yehudi as my nickname. I still typed in my location, but city only, not France.
And guess what... a couple of hours later only I got a mail saying "welcome you are allowed to post".
Think what you will, but after that I was prudent revealing my being french for a while, for fear of being kinda sacked.
Now it turns out yehudi means "jewish" ('JudÃ©en' in french wich is slightly different). And some of you are pretty touchy about it.
So should I keep this nickname?
First I am sorry if I offend any of you, but
1/ I am an antiracist. If I am making a fool of anyone who tries to have a preconceptions on someone on his name. I am delighted by the trick.
2/ Part of my family is jew. Brother in law, Sister in law (convert), and the whole family behind. Moderate, clever people. The girl living in my house worked in a kibbutz etcâ€¦ so I am not completely alien to jews or israelis.
3/ His words from www.menuhin-foundation.com
"Each human being has the eternal duty of transforming what is hard and brutal into a subtle and tender offering, what is rude into refinement, what is ugly into beauty, ignorance into knowledge, confrontation into collaboration, thereby rediscovering the child's dream of a creative reality incessantly renewed by death, the servant of life, and by life the servant of love".
Yehudi Menuhin is a model for me. I want to remind the fanatics and the disheartened people that you can be a jew *and* wise *and* an advocate of peace.
4/ Just utter "yehudi" it once or twice. Sounds wonderful. It's just a beautiful name.
No way I abandon it. Take it over my dead body if you will. Or get the "I-do-not-bother-answering-your-mail" forum controllers rip it from me.
(thread title from the poem here).