Tag Archives: American Judaism

(Backlash) Haredi Street Demonstrations (Coronavirus)

  What matters more than what and to whom, now well past the pat nod to the putative cardinal value of saving lives in Judaism, (pikuach nefesh)? Registering and trying to bracket my own personal disgust (about which I will … Continue reading

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(1948) Reconstructionist Machzor (Holocaust & Zionism)

This 1948 Machzor is a neat little time capsule. Of particular interest is the names of authors and translators in the back of the text. Included below are the authors and translators to the Yom Kippur section (vol.2). Also in … Continue reading

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Neo Hasidism (A Review of the New Anthology)

            Excellent critical review here at Jewish Currents by Daniel Craft of the 2-vol anthology edited by Arthur Green & Ariel Evan Mayse: A New Hasidism: Roots A New Hasidism: Branches Craft argues that Neo-Hasidism … Continue reading

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Thinking About Chabad (Joshua Shanes)

Joshua Shanes pours out here at FB about his 10 years at Chabad, what drew him into and then away from the community. And the FB post opened a torrential flood of responses, especially modern orthodox and Jewish Studies academics. … Continue reading

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Black-Jewish Prisms (Jews for Black Lives Matter Movement)

  Itself atypical for reasons I will note below, the recent statement of support from across the mainstream liberal and progressive spectrum of the Jewish community for the Black Lives Matter movement raises critical questions about what Jewish things Jews … Continue reading

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Time Happened to the 20th Century (An American Pickle)

This bit caught my attention concerning the passage of time and cultural time-consciousness here from A.O. Scott’s review of the new Seth Rogen, American Pickle. It suggests something true about contemporary American Jewish awareness. The set up of the film … Continue reading

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(Outside In) The Jews and Jewishness (Parochial)

At this exhaustion point in American life, at this tipping point of American Jewish life, it might be a good time to reflect on how little the Jews matter in the world today. By this I mean something specific. After … Continue reading

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Annexation Polls (Dahlia Scheindlin)

  Noted public opinion expert and analyst Dahlia Scheindlin recently conducted a set of questions to Israelis about annexation. Respondents were not given the opportunity to say “I don’t know.”  Of interest in the third slide is the large group … Continue reading

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(Jews4BlackLives Kavvanot) Ritual Toolkit (JFREJ)

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) put together “In the Streets and In Your Home: Jews4BlackLives Ritual Toolkit” which you can find here. Students of contemporary Jewish history and culture will instantly recognize this project as part of decades … Continue reading

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From Messianism to Real Estate (American Jews & Jewish Settlements in the West Bank)

Too long a tale to tell here, the origins of the Jewish settlement project in the occupied West Bank after the 1967 Six Day War was an indigenous phenomenon ideologically rooted in the Israeli religious right and the messianic imagination. … Continue reading

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