Monthly Archives: March 2015

Image, Not Idol (Talk at Illinois Wesleyan)

Honored to have been asked to present a paper at Illinois Wesleyan. More philosophical Talmud, this one was entitled: “Image, Not Icon: Judaism and the Disappearance of the Second Commandment” Lots of very bright undergraduates showed up. Could not have … Continue reading

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In Shock — Netanyahu Just Tore Off The Left Arm of the State of Israel

  Why are liberal Jews in shock? In one month (March, 2015), we all watched before our very eyes Netanyahu tear out of its socket the left arm off his country and off the liberal base of his support in … Continue reading

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Americans for Peace Now Petition to President Obama

I signed this petition by Americans for Peace Now. You can find it here. This text of the statement reads: Tell President Obama: Stand Up for Peace, Stand Up to Bibi The recent Israeli elections definitively unmasked the real Benjamin … Continue reading

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Not “Good for Palestine” — Sayed Kashua Responds to Netanyahu Re-Election

Hard, sad truths by Sayed Kashua, which I’m reading against the idea bandied about, mostly here recently by Yousef Munayyer in the New York Times, that all of this –Netanyahu’s re-election, the galloping occupation, the deepening racism, the contempt in … Continue reading

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(Revulsion) American Judaism Reacts to Netanyahu Racism (Jewish Daily Forward)

About Israel and the occupation, we have all seen a broad spectrum of opinion going back already to the early 1980s. But even among left and liberal-left American Jews I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of reaction to … Continue reading

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Conservative Movement Rabbinical Assembly Condemns Netanyahu Racism

You can read here the statement by the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement condemning and denouncing recent racist remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The Jewish people have been subject to political persecution and vilification for over 2,000 years.  It is … Continue reading

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Joint List Hebrew Facebook Page

Enough is enough. For a democratic Israel, I “liked” the Hebrew FB page for the Joint List, which you can find here. Wherever you find yourself on the political spectrum –left or liberal left or center right– this should be … Continue reading

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The Arabs Are Coming, The Arabs Are Coming (Israel Elections 2015)

I don’t embarrass easily, not about Israel and not about much else. But this one broke the camel’s back. You can watch the disgusting episode here. I don’t imagine that this clip will soon be forgotten. Soft and hurried, like … Continue reading

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Old Israel Elections Posters

Awesome photos of old Israeli election posters posted here at Ynet.

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Rashi French Gothic (Avraham Grossman)

Working through a backlog of booknotes that I want to post here at JPP, I’m up to Avraham Grossman. With elections tomorrow in Israel, I figured now was as good a time to do this as any. My hunch is … Continue reading

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