Tag Archives: American Judaism

(Essence of Judaism) Sherry Herring (NYC)

(W. 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue) (Kaplan was right) “With this approach, the question of “why be a Jew?” loses its relevance. If Jewish life is a unique way of experience, it needs no further justification. We … Continue reading

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Ben-Gvir (American Jewish Organizations Respond) Jewish Power

From the caustic and critical to the supine, here are responses from American Jewish organizations to the possible/probable establishment of a theo-fascist government of Israel under Ben-Gvir and Netanyahu.

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(Red Line) Liberal Jewish BDS (On the Cusp)

The Religious Zionism party in Israel is an anti-democratic National-Judaism-Religious-Zionism hybrid. It is dangerous and racist. Jews in the diaspora will have to figure out how to respond if they are brought into a governing coalition led by Netanyahu and … Continue reading

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Yeshiva Gate (Twitter)

Howls of righteous rage and fury are unscrolling in real time at Twitter, from those whom the Hasidic schools failed miserably and their allies among modern orthodox Jews. MT asked me whom to follow and here are some recommendations. Shulim … Continue reading

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(Cri de Coeur) Against the Reactionary Current in Contemporary Orthodox Judaism (Rabbi Elchanan Poupko)

It’s no news that contemporary Orthodox Judaism has cascaded into the reactionary world of rightwing politics now overwhelmed by MAGA and with no end in sight. This cri de coeur by Rabbi Elchanan Poupko posted here at the Times of … Continue reading

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(James Loeffler) After Charlottesville: Antisemitism, Race, Law (Rudolph Lecture)

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Stone Cold Truth at Tablet is Schlock

Tablet Magazine is not a serious outlet. It comes across as petty and small bore. The Sunday New York Times on Sunday, April 10, 2022 ran wrenching stories about massacres in Ukraine and state repression in Russia as it seems … Continue reading

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(Association for Jewish Studies) Antisemitism & Academic Freedom (Working Report)

A Working Report from the AJS Task Force on Antisemitism and Academic Freedom Guidelines for Confronting Antisemitism and Protecting Academic Freedom Introduction The Association for Jewish Studies, the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish studies scholars worldwide, assembled … Continue reading

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Tablet Magazine Response to Coronavirus (Make Brooklyn Great Again)

It is not just the this or that one-off, but the gamut of Covod related content that suggests that Tablet Magazine is a MAGA Jewish outfit. I’m offering below titles, subtitles, and links to what I think is a representative … Continue reading

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Teaching the Holocaust (Jewish Difference)

First day teaching Shoah: Responding to the Holocaust. The last time I taught this class was in 2018. This year, a very diverse group of students., not just Jewish, not just White. The students were unclear about wanted to talk … Continue reading

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