The New New Jewish Left

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You can read here an interesting article on the New New Jewish Left that will be familiar to those of us who grew up in or close to the New Jewish Left in the late 1960s. The author of the article writes in a neutral to sympathetic voice, while raising critical questions about the amorphous quality of this “movement” at a moment of emergence, and about the relationship between mainstream and periphery. Understandably enough, the Jewish left remains completely dominated, completely beholden by Israel and Zionism, these days a tough chip on the shoulder, the hold of which on the larger Jewish community the New New Jewish Left seeks to rethink but is powerless to undo, a hold which is manifested in its own negative-critical attention to that very hold. About the relation between mainstream and periphery, without attention to which there is no such thing as politics, Irena Klepfisz wrote important words of sage counsel in Dreams of an Insomniac: Jewish Feminist Essays, Speeches, and Diatribes. My own skeptical thoughts concern the political socialism built upon a bourgeois social base.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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