Lee Siegel Like Reconstruction Jews, I don’t believe we are the “chosen” people, but we are very special people. I’m proud of our history, and our culture. Our tenacity and fortitude have kept us around when so many ethnic groups have died out. Our emphasis on education and civic duties runs deep. Not bad for a small group of “nomads” who kept getting “kicked out.” T’kun Olam- to help the less fortunate is noble and blessed.