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    One of the more memorable lines from my education — Shakespearean as it was — is undoubtedly “et tu brute” with a French apostrophe on top of the e. That gasp of surprise as Julius Caesar sees Brutus, and the subsequent one liner, have stayed in my head ever since.
    I often reflect on that line, when i discover something about someone that catches me by surprise. “Et tu?” he’s also a baal tshuvah? Et tu? You also vote democrat? Et tu? You also published a sefer? Et tu?
    Why don’t you share some of your “Et tu” moments?


    It is typically used as an unexpected betrayal

    So unless you are frei and feel betrayed by the baal tshuva its a little odd to say ““Et tu?” he’s also a baal tshuvah?”

    On the other hand “Et tu? You also vote democrat?” that I’ve heard


    The context is that Caesar realized that his friend and ally had betrayed, and murdered him. Thus none of the “examples” you suggest are even remotely relevant. And an “accent” is not a “French apostrophe”.

    Just out of curiousity, any chance you were studying Shakespeare in a yeshiva’s English program?



    “Thus none of the “examples” you suggest are even remotely relevant. ”

    not necessarily. If Lanky and his friend are in some sort of anti-sefer club trying to get seforim banned or something, and he finds out his friend published a sefer he can say Et tu? You also published a sefer?


    One of the strongest “et tu” moment was 2 days ago when I realized how foolish I am, the last one was today when I saw that video of the guy at the airport feeling canceled, for how long those politicians are going to gamble with our lives?


    Solo tu


    As others have mentioned that the phrase Et Tu Brute refers to betrayal, I would posit that a better phrase for surprise would be “הֲגַ֥ם שָׁא֖וּל בַּנְּבִאִֽים”. This is an ancient Yiddishe Mashal and is brought in Nevi’im.

    Shmuel Alef , Kapital Yud.
    “When all who knew him previously saw him speaking in ecstasy together with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What’s happened to the son of Kish? Is Shaul too among the prophets?”
    But another person there spoke up and said, “And who are their fathers?” Thus the proverb arose: “Is Shaul too among the prophets?”


    Its significant that a material percentage of CR participants have a classics education along with their awesome command of limudei torah. The two are not mutually exclusive as evidenced here.


    I’m astonished how woefully illiterate all these posters are. “Et tu” was said to Brutus, who was roman. Hence it cannot possibly, under any circumstances, be said to or about anyone who isn’t Roman.



    you forgot the rest of the line

    Caesar didn’t know your rule, the rest of the line is “Then fall Caesar” which is English yet spoken to Romans and even if you argue that it is being said to the audience.

    “Friends Romans countrymen…” is obviously being said to Romans yet in English



    What in the world does that have to do with my post?


    The silliness level was the same


    Romans were in England, so an Englishman can be addressed with “Et tu” on a chance he is a descendant of a Roman. Ditto, were non-Roman Jews.


    (Brutus being adopted son of Caeser)


    Maybe Et tu relates to הֲרָצַחְתָּ וְגַם יָרָשְׁתָּ


    Lanky, et tu Brute is Latin, and as such I do not believe there is an accent on the e.


    There was nothing silly about my post; it’s a shame you’re too stupid to understand it.


    they stab you in the back. your best friend joins in, and stabs you. ott is when you say ‘et tu’.
    all the rest that i’ve seen on this post is pure nahrishkeit



    I understood it
    so no that’s not it


    It’s also 4 interesting letters, tu is et reversed?


    Oh Torah Judaism,
    A faith of virtues and wisdom,
    A way of life that’s full of grace,
    And a path that’s hard to replace.

    With kindness and compassion,
    And love for all creation,
    You teach us to be humble,
    And never ever grumble.

    With charity and generosity,
    And a heart full of sincerity,
    You show us how to give,
    And how to truly live.

    With faith and devotion,
    And a spirit full of emotion,
    You guide us through life’s journey,
    And help us find our destiny.

    Oh Torah Judaism,
    A faith that’s full of light,
    May your virtues shine forever,
    And your wisdom guide us right.


    O Torah, thou art the light that guides us,
    The path that leads us home.
    Thou art the source of our strength,
    The wellspring of our hope.

    Thou teachest us to love our neighbor,
    To care for the poor and the needy.
    Thou teachest us to be honest and just,
    To walk in the ways of righteousness.

    Thou art the source of our wisdom,
    The fountain of our knowledge.
    Thou art the key to our understanding,
    The gateway to our salvation.

    We praise thee, O Torah,
    We exalt thee, O Law.
    We will follow thy teachings,
    We will keep thy commandments.

    For thou art the way, the truth, and the life.
    No one comes to the Father except through thee.

    We are grateful for thy guidance,
    We are thankful for thy protection.
    We will never forget thy love,
    We will never forsake thy word.

    Praise be to thee, O Torah,
    Praise be to the G-d of Israel.

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