RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: This too is nonsense---and no respectable mind on earth believes this. The notion of being God's chosen people has brought enormous persecution down on their heads for centuries.
That being said---there is an aspect of Judaism that the whole world should pay attention to, They are smarter and more successful than other cultures---and they have contributed to humanity far out of proportion to their numbers. 21% of Nobel Laureats have been Jewish-- despite the fact that they constitute only two tenths of one percent of world population. THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. I decided to find out what that is.
Turns out the work has been done for me in this book. If you don't have time to read it, I will tell you the conclusion: In AD70 Jewish survivors of the Roman destruction made a decision that set in motion a CULTURAL IMPERATIVE that every Jew should be taught to read the Torah--so that they would not forget their heritage. This one thing---this leg up-- being able to read-- created a FEEDBACK LOOP that is operative to this day. (a feedback loop is an action that results in more of that action--the accellerated squalk of a microprone in front of a speaker is a feedback loop)
How this "leg up" has worked its way through history is an interesting read.
So what has been learned:
1. Jewish success is not genetic--it is cultural.
2. Only some Jews take the above story seriously, If you're curious what modern Jews believe click here
3. And while we're appreciating disproportionately contributing cultures--consider the Scots and the debt civilization owes them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Scots_Invented_the_Modern_World
Next up: Islam