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The Hard Jewish Anti-Zionist Left: Lousy Allies & Gas Lighting Anti-Semitism

Something incendiary I wrote for the Forward about the radical Jewish left and hard anti-Zionism, going after Jews, and gas lighting anti-Semitism helping no one, not Jews and the Jewish community, and not the intersectional Jewish left. Michelle Goldberg writes … Continue reading

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Gentiles Must Think Jews Are Out Of Our Minds

I live in something of a Jewish bubble, so I often find myself wondering what gentile family, friends, colleagues, and students think when Jewish social media goes off the rails every so often or with great frequency concerning Israel or … Continue reading

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Jewishness Beyond Actual Jews (Response to Lila Corwin Berman)

[John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children (1896). Jewish Museum, New York] Perhaps as a new genre and for what it’s worth, I’m offering as “an unsolicited response these reflections regarding the recent article by historian Lila Corwin Berman that … Continue reading

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American Jewish Future (Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl)

About universalism and particularism in the American synagogue, in-marriage and out-marriage, open space and closed space,  technology and prayer, ethnicity and race, religion and affect, Israel and the world, you can read here this interview with Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl of … Continue reading

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(Black Christian Religion) Letter from a Region in My Mind (James Baldwin)

The 1946 photo of James Baldwin is by Richard Avedon, which makes me wonder if Baldwin was already that famous that early on. It accompanies and this piece which you can read here. It was republished in this week’s New … Continue reading

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Religion, Education, State (Haredi Yeshivot & the New York Board of Regents)

Students of American religion, American Judaism, and Jewish political philosophers might want to pay attention. The headline reads “Yeshivas Get Curriculum Reviews As Orthodox Power Wanes in New York” and the ramifications for haredi Jewish life and American Jewish life … Continue reading

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(Political Stress Test) American Liberal Jewish Double Down (After Pittsburgh & Trump)

There’s been some comment about “deep splits” in the American Jewish community after Pittsburgh and in reaction to Trump. I don’t see it that way. Sure there are outliers, about which I will comment below, and the Jewish right has … Continue reading

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