Tag Archives: American Judaism

(Cri de Coeur) Against the Reactionary Current in Contemporary Orthodox Judaism (Rabbi Elchanan Poupko)

It’s no news that contemporary Orthodox Judaism has cascaded into the reactionary world of rightwing politics now overwhelmed by MAGA and with no end in sight. This cri de coeur by Rabbi Elchanan Poupko posted here at the Times of … Continue reading

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(James Loeffler) After Charlottesville: Antisemitism, Race, Law (Rudolph Lecture)

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Stone Cold Truth at Tablet is Schlock

Tablet Magazine is not a serious outlet. It comes across as petty and small bore. The Sunday New York Times on Sunday, April 10, 2022 ran wrenching stories about massacres in Ukraine and state repression in Russia as it seems … Continue reading

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(Association for Jewish Studies) Antisemitism & Academic Freedom (Working Report)

A Working Report from the AJS Task Force on Antisemitism and Academic Freedom Guidelines for Confronting Antisemitism and Protecting Academic Freedom Introduction The Association for Jewish Studies, the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish studies scholars worldwide, assembled … Continue reading

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Tablet Magazine Response to Coronavirus (Make Brooklyn Great Again)

It is not just the this or that one-off, but the gamut of Covod related content that suggests that Tablet Magazine is a MAGA Jewish outfit. I’m offering below titles, subtitles, and links to what I think is a representative … Continue reading

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Teaching the Holocaust (Jewish Difference)

First day teaching Shoah: Responding to the Holocaust. The last time I taught this class was in 2018. This year, a very diverse group of students., not just Jewish, not just White. The students were unclear about wanted to talk … Continue reading

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Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award Winners (2020)

  The National Jewish Book Awards are a significant snapshot of  mainstream American Jewish culture and book life. What it does, perhaps uniquely, is mix together across a broad spectrum of categories middle brow culture, including books for children, along … Continue reading

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(Jewish Law) The Tikvah Fund = The Conservative U.S. Group Trying to Transform Israel’s Justice System

  This post is something by way of an epilogue. Back in the day, the Tikvah Fund and the people running its various organs and sister institutions in the United States (academic programs at Princeton and NYU, the Jewish Review … Continue reading

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(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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