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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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No Moral Equivalence (Nazis & Anti-Zionism)

Jews used to know better about Nazis and the bright red line they represent, that Nazis are the exception that proves every rule, that you don’t associate with and actually shun people who associate with Nazis. Not anymore. The clear … Continue reading

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March for Racial Justice (Yom Kippur Statement)

On the taking steps to fix the scheduling of the March for Racial Justice this year on Yom Kippur, the organizers have released this statement, remarkable in many respects relating to the spirit of Yom Kippur and to alliance building … Continue reading

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Ashkenazi Jew Off-White Christian Gentile White

Speaking personally, as a performative speech act, I will never self-identify in public “as a white Jew.” While I am white, or some kind of white, and while I certainly enjoy white privilege, I do not identify myself as such. … Continue reading

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(At the Intersectional Left) JVP Targets The Bad Jews

  Claiming to be a Jewish Voice for Peace, the activist organization gins up antipathy against Jews and Jewish communities at the intersectional left. What they leave in their wake is mistrust and rancor, broken relations, and a strong whiff … Continue reading

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