Tag Archives: American Judaism

Judaism, Pandemic, and Race-Terror (Susannah Heschel)

Simply one of the best things out there from a Jewish perspective tying together into a single word a response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to the pandemic of anti-black racism in America. Susannah Heschel posted it here at Immanent … Continue reading

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White Nationalism At Tablet

[h/t Jeffrey Blutinger] Why would a prominent online magazine of crypto-conservative Jewish culture and politics publish “American Racist: A Q & A with Kevin MacDonald, the country’s most influential white identitarian ideologue”? A large indented block quote by interviewer David … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter in Yiddish בלעק לײַװס מעטער

Deciding not to translate is the most Yiddish thing to do. Kudos to Anthony Russel and Jewish Current for this piece here cutting to a core, here about translating BLM into Yiddish and the attempt “to touch Blackness from inside … Continue reading

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Tablet Magazine Judaism = Haredi All The Time

I say this with some embarrassment because of colleague-friends in Jewish Studies who are now a part of it. Expecting their tolerant forbearance, I’ll say it nonetheless. Tablet is incorrigible. Whether Haredi, ex-Haredi, neo-Haredi, it is Haredi-Haredi-Haredi all the time … Continue reading

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(Modern Jewish Esotericism) Holocaust Parapsychology (Aaron Zeitlin)

Of enormous interest to readers of the phenomenology of religion, literature and Yiddish literature, the Holocaust and postwar Jewish culture in Israel and the United States, trauma and memory studies, the occult and esotericism, psychology and philosophy is this extraordinary … Continue reading

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“Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?”

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An Icon of American Jewishness (Kirk Douglas at the Wall)

With those man-hands and that craggy face, Kirk Douglas in 1977 is an icon of American Jewishness, ancient and modern at the Western Wall in Jerusalem; secular and religious; performative and phallogocentric. (h/t Matthew Menachem Feuer)

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Jewish Thought At The 2019 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award

At a time when so many of us worry about the future of reading, the future of books, and the future of university scholarship and the humanities, this type of community recognition is a ray of light. You can see … Continue reading

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Understanding & Combating Anti-Semitism Today (Analysis From The American Jewish Progressive/Radical Left)

Without comment and such as they are, here are op-ed analyses from quarters on the Jewish radical/progressive left about how to understand and combat anti-Semitism today. I’ll update this post as more of it comes in. At Jacobin: Only the … Continue reading

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(Not Whiteness) Christianity is at the Root of Anti-Semitism in America

After Pittsburgh and Poway, it was almost comforting to be able to identify the political and racial identity of white anti-Semitism. We knew, more or less, where it was coming from and recognized the motivating ideologies. Now many of us … Continue reading

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