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Jews on the Moon a Science Fiction Story

Posted by avideditor on August 13, 2008

Update: I found it is called “May We Please Have the Moon?” by Janet S. Tiger

I referred to this story in my last post. I don’t know who wrote it. I got it in email.

copyright 11/15/2003 all rights reserved

A science fiction story!A science fiction story!!
The Jews settled the moon in 2053, just about five years after the end of the Islamic Wars of the 40’s, where the Middle East, and Israel , of course, had been obliterated by nuclear weapons.

The two million Jews remaining throughout the rest of the world – less than 100,000 total in all the Islamic countries – banded together and purchased the dark side of the moon, which no other companies or people wished to colonize.

Great transports were arranged via the 62,000 mile space elevator and the Space Shuttle and every Jew on Earth – including anyone who claimed any Jewish heritage whatsoever – left to go to a place where no one could blame them for anything.

The Earth rejoiced – happily rid of all Jews.  There were huge parties throughout all of Sweden and the rest of Europe, Africa, Asia South America, and North America . (Now known as the Northern Alliance of Islamic States after the United States was taken over peacefully in the elections of 2040 by a predominantly Muslim Congress and President, who immediately passed amendments making Islam the main religion of the United States and the world.)

After the last Jew entered the elevator, (a David Goldstein, 62, formerly of New York), the Earth was officially declared Judenrein, by Hans Ibn Hitler, a great, great-grandson of Hitler who had been raised in Brazil and hidden by Nazis until this precious moment.

It was not an easy move for the Jews but, in some ways, it was no different than all their moves of previous eras.  Some former Israelis, (still alive because they were out of Israel when the bombs dropped), claimed that the moon was easier to deal with because there were no Extremist Muslims.  Of course, this precipitated a huge argument with some Jews, who felt not having the Radical Muslims nearby was not enough challenge.

Other Jews argued that taming a wilderness with no atmosphere, plant or animal life and freezing temperatures was enough challenge.
And yet other Jews argued that arguing was counterproductive.  It came as no surprise to anyone that for the two million Jews, there were eventually one million synagogues.  (With the other million Jew not joining.)

It was also no surprise that within just three years, the Jews had created a controlled environment that allowed for fantastic plant and animal growth and production.  The transports, which had been called the Arks, had also carried two of each animal and plant (remember, Noah), and through the ingenuity of the Jews and cloning, there were now many new species which sped up production of food (cows with six udders, chickens with four legs and so forth.)

The population had rapidly increased and, due to the amazing collection of scientific and medical minds, most diseases and even ageing had been reduced to nil.
There was even a ministry of communication with Earth consisting of the remains of Hollywood producers and movie makers, who sent back to Earth portraits of life on the moon.  Of course, it had been decided when the Jews first got to the moon – based on six-thousand-year history of people being jealous of Jewish accomplishment – that all news coverage of the moon’s population would be ‘movie-ized’ to show only horrible things.  The film industry, led by Jordan Spielberg, went to great lengths to fabricate news clips to show Jews barely surviving in the harsh lunar habitat.  Artists and engineers labored to cover over the vast environmental successes with illusionary domes showing massive areas of wasteland – just in case anyone from Earth ever sent a spaceship with cameras to see what was going on.

But no-one ever did, and the years passed rapidly.  One decade, then another.  Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, brises, all celebrated under the artificial world that the Jews had created – not only had it not been that bad, but by the end of the century, some Jewish authors were calling the moon colony – ‘Eden 2′.

Of course other Jews disagreed.  In fact, much time was spent on disagreeing.  There were even contests for arguing but, in general, there was peace.  Anyone who threatened the peace was forced to officiate at a contest with people arguing about why that person was wrong.  The contests would go on for days, (sometimes weeks) until the troublemaker begged for forgiveness.  (Many penalties on the moon were similar to this, and were extremely effective.)
Back on Earth, life disintegrated without the Jews.  There was a return to Middle Ages thought – only the current religion du jour was valid – all others were kept legislated into poverty until a war erupted and the positions changed for a few years.

Another amazing anomaly appeared when there were no longer any Jews on Earth – anti-Semitism actually increased to monumental proportions!  Famous orators explained this simply by saying; ‘I don’t have to have a gun to be afraid of having my brains blown out.’

Additionally, without the presence of the Jew, the world developed incredible evil that had no release.  (Previous evil had always focused on the Jews;)  One Rabbi on the moon actually said G-d spoke to him and said that he, G-d was about to destroy the Earth because everyone on the Earth was evil.  The Rabbi begged him to reconsider, and bargained that if there were 1,000 good people left on Earth, G-d should spare the planet.  G-d then told the Rabbi, “Hey, I was through this before with Abraham and Noah and I already know the answer because I’m G-d.”

People laughed at the Rabbi, but then, one day, while all the lunar citizens were going about their business, an enormous series of explosions was seen on the Earth.  Everyone on the moon stared at the distant fireballs that seemed to engulf the blue planet that was once their home.

Although there had been great anger at being forced to leave the Earth, the true spirit of Judaism was always present on the moon, and no one had wished ill on to their former home.  As in the tradition of the Seder (when the wine is spilled because the Egyptians perished and we do not rejoice fully when even an enemy has died) when the Jews saw what was happening, they began to weep and pray, and watch what was to be the final news broadcast from Earth.

The horror of the apocalypse was videotaped by cameras until all electricity was ionized by the new electron bombs.  Entire countries were wiped away in the blink of an ion exploding.     And then came the final transmission from the nation that had started the entire mess – it was a desperate headline screamed by a hundred dying newscasters.  Their rant continued until it was just blackness.  What were they saying?  As the Jews watched, some gasped, others cried, and a few even laughed.  For the last words of the disappearing civilization were a condemnation. “The Jews have caused all our problems – they left us here to face the mess they made.”  “If the Jews hadn’t taken all the best scientists and engineers, we could have defeated our enemies.”  “Our enemies are the Jews!  Kill all the Jews.”

It took a little while, but the electronics experts pieced together what had happened on Earth during its last days  Anti-Semitism, which had grown stronger and stronger since the Jews had left, had reached its pinnacle, and all the countries of the world had decided to launch a massive attack on the moon.

The attack had been coordinated by the United Nations and, although all the missiles had been launched properly, there was some sort of glitch in the targeting system, resulting in all the weapons colliding in the upper atmosphere and showering the Earth with a deadly rain of nuclear fire, electronic destruction and a generally bad day.  The mistake triggered the military response of all the nations – (who all had nuclear weapons by then -plus a few other horrid toys) and the result was truly an Armageddon.

The Jews on the moon went into a period of deep mourning.  The Orthodox rent their clothing and there were mass counselling sessions.
And then, about one week after the BIG DAY, as it was now called, a presence was detected heading towards the moon.  Had one of the missiles escaped?  Were the Jews doomed after all?  The leaders checked with the defence experts – no, this was not a missile, it was an old-style spacecraft, like the ones used in the early seventies.  As it approached, the laser defence was trained on the craft. Debates raged as to whether the craft should be destroyed or allowed to get  close enough to communicate with.

A message from the ship came just in time.  It said, “We are the last representatives from Earth – two from each country and we come in peace.”  Some Jews rejoiced that there were survivors, others demanded isolation or death of the approaching group.

The Rabbi who had had the vision of earth’s destruction told the leaders that G-d wanted them to have a chance, so they were allowed to circle the moon.  When told they could have a section of land to themselves to farm and repopulate, the Earthlings were upset. They told the Jews that they should be allowed to live with the Jews and have all the same privileges – because, after all, in Judaism, the stranger is given the same rights and privileges as the citizen.

Upon hearing this, the leaders went to the Rabbi with the visions, and he offered to guide the visitors to their new home.  The leaders allowed him to give the instructions for landing.  Of course, not trusting the Rabbi, the commander of the ship didn’t listen to his advice and instead crashed into a lunar crater.

And so we have the final days of the history of the planet Earth, which have been generously shared with us by the Jewish colony of the 453rd Solar System of the (M Galaxy.  Although the Earth is currently uninhabitable, the head engineer of the Jewish colony on Mars tells us that Venus will be fully colonized by the year 2120, and with continuous replanting, Earth will once again be ready for Jews returning from other planets in the year 2136.

An interesting side note – inside the wreckage of the rocket with the survivors from Earth was a specially marked package that had survived which included the following words:  ‘Once there was a great planet named the Earth.  And there were many peoples on this planet, and they all existed peacefully with each other, except for theJews.  Wherever there were Jews, there was trouble.  Jews brought dirt and death and hatred and strife.  They were finally banished from our planet, only to take with them many great inventors and scientists and doctors, leaving Earth with nothing.  We have decided to destroy the remnants of the Jews, and since the first attempt failed, we are the last chance for Earth.  Whoever shall find this will know the truth – It was all the Jews’ fault.’

This panel has been saved and is on display at the Earth Memorial Museum at Rivka Crater, NW, for all travellers who wish to see the remains of a civilization that did not understand the words – ‘he who blesses the Jews, is himself blessed, he who curses the Jews, is himself cursed.’  Shalom.
WE HAVE SURVIVED AND WILL  NO MATTER  WHAT

copyright 11/15/2003 all rights reserved

14 Responses to “Jews on the Moon a Science Fiction Story”

  1. [...] Jews on the Moon a Science Fiction Story [...]

    • The correct title is “May We Please Have the Moon?”- I wrote this, and it is copyrighted 2003. Please attach my name, Janet S. Tiger, copyright 2003, and a link to my page about Holocaust-related plays -http://playsbyjanetstiger.com/Holocaust_Related_Plays.html

      Thank you.
      Janet S. Tiger

  2. David Mandel said

    I would like to know the name of the author of this remarkable fable

  3. Dovid said

    Just happened to stumble over this short story. Cute. And all to true in it’s description of the relentlessness of anti-semitism.

  4. David Brady said

    the story, though science-fiction–sadly, is rooted in truth—when things don’t go right–Blame The Jews–the reason being that the others know that Jews don’t initiate killing or beheading–so it’s safe to blame them–generally without concern for the consequences.

  5. Sheila Raviv said

    Brilliant and sadly very, very true!
    While today it is “Blame the Jews” the cry called with even greater relish is “Blame the Israelis”!
    If this means we survive and build a better world (hey the moon is as good a place as any) – so be it – but I would much rather do tikun olam to the one we have!!!

  6. David Lee said

    Speaking as a gentile, I would recommend you keep this story to yourselves. I say this because I rather resent being held responsible for whatever wrongs (both real and imagined) jewish peoples of the world have endured.

    And jews, of all people, should reject the idea that one might be put to death for not being of the “right” religion.

    Nobody likes being blamed for someone else’s deeds.

    I expect to be soundly criticized for this comment.

    • The correct title is “May We Please Have the Moon?”- I wrote this, and it originally had a line in it which expresses that all supporters and friends of the Jews have been ‘made to disappear.’ Unfortunately, due to the viral nature of this piece, I have had no control over the spread, and it is upsetting that, not only am I often not given credit, but my words are deleted or changed.

      BTW, I wrote this after reading that anti-Semitism in Japan had been growing, even though there are virtually no Jews in Japan!

      And as for putting someone to death because they are the wrong religion, if you read this carefully, at no point do the Jews want the world – or any of the people left on it – to die. In fact, as it is part of the religion, there is no rejoicing over the deaths of our enemies.

  7. Leo M Abrami said

    Hi Janet,

    I have just discovered that the story “The Moon at Chelm” I had sent you, has already been published by Ed Feinstein in a collection of tales which i had not seen before. So please disregard it as a story of mine.
    It would seem that we keep borrowing from folkloric sources and each other and it is sometimes difficult to claim authorship.
    Best wishes.
    Leo

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  9. Avner Rosenberg said

    I can’t understand why a science fiction story (& a brilliant one) is so upsetting to some people…
    Maybe it reminds them of something they’d rather forget?

    Unfortunately vast history shows it was a very common trend of: “blame the Jews for all problems” and history has a strange habit of repeating itself…
    I’m dreaded just by the thought of some history events repeated…

    Luckily (apparently) we do have someone watching us from above.* (*virtually speaking).

    We have survived through the generations and we shall continue to survive exist and flourish, in spite of all who dream or plan otherwise.

  10. groad74 said

    Great story. Original piece of sci fi.
    And to the comment that says people have never been put to death for belonging to the wrong religion, you must be talking about the moon, because it’s been happening on earth for thousands of years, up to and including 2012.

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