Tag Archives: American Judaism

Lara Alqasem & Study Abroad in Israel

The story about Lara Alqasem, about which you can read here, is a far more serious threat to academic study abroad programs in Israel than this or that professor or TA refusing to write letters of recommendation to students interested … Continue reading

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American Association of University Professors Statement Against BDS (University of Michigan)

For those following the recent controversy at the University of Michigan surrounding the case of a professor who agreed to write and then declined, on narrow political grounds, to write a letter of recommendation for an undergraduate upon learning that … Continue reading

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Planet Satmar (Long Walk Through Williamsburg)

I had time to kill the other week down by E. 23rd Street on the East River and decided to check out Williamsburg. I’ve never been, except for a quick drive through once. I got back on the FDR heading … Continue reading

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(Then When) If Not Now (Response To Professor Miriam Elman)

A dire threat to the Jewish community? If Not Now (INN) is a Jewish protest movement that has put its critical focus on opposition to “the occupation.” They have recently gotten a lot of critical blowback from inside the organized … Continue reading

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Reactionary Not Radical (Meir Kahane & Louis Farrakhan)

The latest brouhaha about Farrakhan confusing large parts of the U.S. left comes down to the difference between radicals and reactionaries. Reactionaries of every stripe always say they are acting to lift up this or that beloved community. That they … Continue reading

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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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