In his speech last week giving former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg a “Genesis Prize,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that Bloomberg has honored his late parents William and Charlotte by paying for a hospital wing and an ambulance center in their names in Israel. Then Netanyahu said:
Honoring your father and mother is part of an important Jewish tradition that became universal.
Really? There are long traditions of filial piety in other cultures. Confucius surely didn’t get the idea from Jews.