Tag Archives: American Judaism

Exclusionary Imperatives (Ailing American Judaism Today)

I was going to write about the JTS statement on intermarriage (and still will). Then came the kerfuffle relating to leaders at the small Dyke March (some 1000 to 2000 people) demanding that (3) Jews with a Star of David … Continue reading

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(Levantine) Aesthetic Judaism (Lucette Lagnado)

Memoir is an unusually interesting genre for the study of modern religion and modern Judaism. Casting about for material that would expand the contours of my mid-level class last semester (spring 2017) on American Judaism I finally got around to … Continue reading

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Alan Mintz (z”l)

I want to remember here Alan Mintz as a leading contributor to the development of radical American Jewish youth culture in the 1970s and to lower case liberal American Judaism. A major figure in the study of Hebrew literature and … Continue reading

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Affect & Auto Anti-Semitism (JCC Bomb Threats)

Maybe this recent wave of anti-Semitism in America never existed in the first place? Or maybe it’s the case that its existence is more complex than simple. Viewed in the round and from a critical distance, what strangeness is revealed … Continue reading

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On Not Teaching Night & Fog to University Students Who Don’t Have Time (For the Holocaust)

Something very strange happened in my American Judaism class this past week. At the start of the semester in relation to I forget what I got into an argument with my students (a good natured one I’d like to think) … Continue reading

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(Trump) Cemetery Desecration (Missouri 2017)

Across the country and up into the White House, what’s new is the scale of the new anti-Semitism. Trump America looks like anti-Semites vandalizing 170 to 200 gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri near St. Louis. … Continue reading

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New Antisemitism in American Politics (Trump and Turx)

This is a sea change in the public sphere of American and American-Jewish political life. Watch the exchange posted below between Trump and journalist Jake Turx. The President expects a “friendly” question from Turx, obviously, because Turx is an orthodox … Continue reading

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