Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

Yiddish Arithmetic

Part of the remains of Herculaneum overlooking the Gulf of Naples

by Revilo P. Oliver

AS IS WELL known, the earliest Christian sects were followers of a Jewish christ named Jesus, who, although he had bungled his attempted revolution and had been executed, was said to have promised that he would return with celestial reinforcements in a few years and smash up the whole universe. They naturally followed the rule laid down by that Jesus and retained in the “New Testament” (Matt. 15.27; Marc. 7.28), and either limited their membership to Jews or admitted “converts” from the hated goyim to the status of “whining dogs” at the feet of their masters. These sects were known as Nazarenes and Ebionites.(1) Jews are interested only in a sure thing, and they have always denounced and execrated christs who failed, e.g., Simeon ben Koshbah, known as bar Kokhba. When the Jesus of the “New Testament” failed to make good his boast, faith in him naturally declined, although small and insignificant groups of such Christian Jews were still to be found in Asia Minor as late as the Fourth Century.

As soon as Christianity was successfully peddled to gullible goyim, it became greatly to the interest of the Jews to separate themselves from the Christians as widely as possible. They were thus able to blame sects of goyim for revolutionary attempts to subvert and overthrow the Roman Empire, such as that of the Jewish Bolsheviks called Chrestiani,(2) who, when arrested, confessed to having tried to burn down Rome in A.D. 64 and, no doubt, were guilty of many other acts of terroristic violence against civilization. Furthermore, the Jews, by denouncing Christianity and feigning to hate it, greatly facilitated the spread of the cult among populations who naturally hated the Jews who were preying on them. Some Jews, of course, served their race by feigning to be Christians and, as marranos, making certain that the Christian sect headed by the wily Fathers of the Church lugged with it the “Old Testament” to impress on the goyim that Jews were their god’s Chosen Race.

Although some Christian sects may have taken the cross as a symbol earlier, the use of that symbol did not become common before the Fourth Century.(3) After the Fathers of the Church managed to get their hands on governmental power and start exterminating the other Christians, the cross, supposedly representing their crucified god, became the common symbol of the cult, completely supplanting the fish, which had been used because the letters of the Greek word for ‘fish’ were taken as magically representing an acronym of a Greek phrase that identified Jesus as a Savior and Son of God. The cross had the advantage that it was similar to the Egyptian ankh, the Egyptian symbol for immortal life.

The cross thus became for Jews a symbol of the stupid but hated goyim, and at some early date, perhaps as early as the Third Century, it became a religious duty of Jews to spit on crosses wherever they saw one and could expectorate on it safely. This rule is still binding on orthodox Jews, and has now occasioned an amusing development in Israel.

I learn from an article by Israel Shahak, Professor of Chemistry in the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, that in Israel pious Jews noticed that the conventional symbol for addition in arithmetic, the plus sign ( + ), is a cross. That, of course, created a crisis. Jewish children in the schools who learned arithmetic from books that employed the plus sign would either (a) become accustomed to seeing crosses without spitting on them, thus weakening their racial piety, or (b) would expectorate on their text books and perhaps fail to learn how to add up sums of money. By government decree, therefore, the plus sign has been eliminated from school textbooks and replaced by an inverted T, thus safeguarding the True Faith of God’s Own.

Professor Shahak’s article is reproduced in the Christian News (16 December 1985). He thinks that the spitting, like many other activities of Israel, is barbaric, and concludes with the observation that “The U.S.A. taxpayers, who are of course mostly Christians, are financing at least half of the Israeli budget, one way or another, and therefore are financing the spitting on the cross too.” He notes that the alien press in the United States and all other channels of public information conspire to keep Americans ignorant of what actually happens in Israel, and thinks that the taxpaying beasts of burden may become restive, when they learn the facts. He is more optimistic than I am about both the future of Americans and his own future in Israel.

The same issue of Christian News contains a small item (p. 9, col. 1) that reports the observations of American tourists in Palestine who saw the Jews’ bulldozers level a Palestinian town from which the inhabitants had been driven so suddenly that they had to leave clothes still hanging on the wash lines. Now if you don’t approve of the way in which God’s Master Race treats the Semitic inhabitants of Palestine, you must be “anti-Semitic”! And that makes you a “Neo-Nazi,” who ought to be exterminated to preserve Peace on Earth. What’s more, not long after the Jews and their employees in the Senate in Washington approve the “Genocide Treaty,” you probably will be.


(1) The relation of these sects to the Chrestiani mentioned below is problematic.

(2) These Bolsheviks were called Chrestiani for the same reason that their modern counterparts are called Marxists, being given the assumed name of the Jew who formulated their policy. The Jew revered by the ancient Bolsheviks had been given, or had assumed, the Greek name Chrestos; his real name is unknown.

(3) Christian holy men are perpetually alert to seize any bit of evidence that they can twist into evidence for the superstition they vend. On the wall of a house in Herculaneum, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, there is a cruciform indentation in the plaster, probably where the support for a figurine or small shelf was affixed to the wall of a small rental apartment. Christians naturally tried to grab the datum as “proof” for their cult, and they made so much noise that Joseph Jay Deiss, in his charming little book, Herculaneum (2d edition, New York, Harper & Row, 1985), gives a photograph of the wall (p. 96) and speculates that a tenant of the apartment may have been “a subscriber to the communal cult of the Jew Chrestus, …radical in doctrine and near-revolutionary in its implications.” He confuses Chrestiani with the later Christiani and says that “most authorities” think that the indentation supported a Christian cross, although he admits that that view is “by no means unanimous,” i.e., archaeologists who are not under obligations to Christians do not agree, and adds that no similar evidence of Christians has been found in the excavations at either Herculaneum or Pompeii. But then he tells us “The Apostle Paul landed at nearby Puteoli” in A.D. 61 — a tale for which there is no trustworthy evidence whatsoever. Herculaneum was a wealthy little city, so naturally it was infested by an unknown number of Jews, one of whom scratched his name on a wall (the graffito is also shown on p. 96). There is no valid reason for supposing that the Bolsheviks would have used a cross as a symbol, or that there were Christians in Italy as early as 79, or that Christians would have used the cross as a symbol at that early date.

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Source: Liberty Bell magazine, January 1986

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David Westerlund
David Westerlund
13 July, 2020 8:37 pm

This should be read by all. One of the best articles on our chosenites and the sheep that follow them.