Tag Archives: American Judaism

The Radical Future of American Judaism?

My dear friend Shaul Magid is working on a major project on Meir Kahane. Deep in the archives, he has been particularly interested in the JDL during its heyday in the late 1960s and 1970s. Drawn to extreme expression, Shaul … Continue reading

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Not On Antisemitism (JVP)

If you are a gentile on the left side of the political spectrum and you want to be an ally to Jews, but do not fully understand the history of antisemitism and the politics of Israel and Palestine, you may … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING ANTISEMITISM: AN OFFERING TO OUR MOVEMENT (Jews For Racial & Economic Justice)

An excellent resource on understanding anti-Semitism from a left, anti-racist perspective put together by Jews For Racial & Economic Justice. The text is agnostic about Zionism, an ideology it refuses to reject out of hand, even as it supports legitimate criticism … Continue reading

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American Jewish Millennial Jewish Identity (Ari Kelman, et.al.)

What they reject in religion is “law” and “authority.” For anyone interested in these kinds of things, there’s a fascinating study of young American Jews and Jewish identity just out, which you can read here. The co-authors are Ari Y. Kelman, … Continue reading

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On Zionists & Jews, Communal & Associative Relationships (Max Weber)

Working through the “Basic Sociological Terms” in Max Weber’s masterpiece, Economy and Society is this little point of interest regarding the difference between Communal and  Associative Relationships with a special reference to Zionists and Jews. As defined by Weber, the ideal … Continue reading

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Kitsch and the American Jewish Novel

Last spring after a reading I had the opportunity to ask an important American Jewish writer about kitsch and the American Jewish writer, to which I received an inadequate response complemented later by an icy look-through-you as we passed each … Continue reading

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Not Just As Bad (Nazis Israel Leftists)

Have none of it or get help. There are deranged people out there in the current climate of this Trump moment making off-the-wall comparisons. Are Israel and Zionism “just as bad” as white supremacist alt-right ethno-fascism? Are radical left wing … Continue reading

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