No one save maybe the kind of crazies who natter on about Obama's birth certificate still bring up absurdities about Jews having horns and tails or that they killed Christ (a Jew) or that they use the blood of Christian children to make matzoh. Most of these anti-Semitic and libelous stereotypes about Jews seem to have, thankfully, faded into history.
Except one: that Jews have money. And with it, the implication that Jews are crooked, sneaky and cheap. (As an aside, the 'Jews are cheap' meme fascinates me because I've met a lot of cheap people in my life and they've run the gamut from Chinese and Scottish and Hungarian to Arab and Jew. Still, the stingy Jew meme persists.)
But while I think the 'Jews are cheap' subset of 'Jews have money' is demonstrably false, it turns out Jews do have money. In fact, according to a recent Pew study in the US, 67 percent of Reform Jewish households made more than $75,000 a year, compared with only 31 percent of the population as a whole. Hindus were second, at 65 percent, and Conservative Jews were third, at 57 percent.
Clearly the numbers suggest that Jews are a lot more affluent than average. But why?
It's not, it turns out, because Jews are cheap. It's because they're educated. The same study reveals that the groups with the highest incomes -- American Jews and Hindus -- are also those with the highest levels of education.
That's not a coincidence. Success can be attributed to many factors -- intelligence, luck, hard work, favoritism, dishonesty. But the number one way to get rich is to get educated. And that's really the only secret those sneaky Jews have ever had.