Tag Archives: American Judaism

The New Jewish Wars (Israel + Trump)

The new Jewish wars are about to get worse. Rising to the surface already since the first Leabanon War in the early 1980s, American Jews were, for the most part, able to elide the differences between them regarding Israel and … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Jewish Resistance (Bradley Burston)

All kinds of red lines got crossed this November and all kinds of lines are going to cross-over and cross-hatch in the years to come, changing forever the contours of Jewish community life. This includes the way in which American … Continue reading

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Anthologizing American Jewish Thought (NYU)

The swing of Jewish thought and philosophy out of Germany and into America starts with anthologies. Here’s what Michah Gottlieb is up to. It’s of a piece with anthological/editorial volumes organized by Ken Koltun-Fromm and Leonard Kaplan, Martin Kavka and … Continue reading

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Israel Exports “Radical Extremist Judaism” to U.S. Universities

I’m writing barely tongue in cheek, but the recent story, which you can read here, of the plan  by the Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry to channel funds to orthodox student groups on college reminds me of the way in which … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter & Socialist Zionism (This Tisha B’Av)

I wasn’t sure that I was going to post about the Black Lives Matter Platform or the way its use of the term “genocide” to describe the impact of Israel on Palestinian lives offends the historical record or Jewish memory. … Continue reading

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(Not) Remembering Elie Wiesel

About the late 1970s and early 1980s in Baltimore, I distinctly recall when it was I bought Hertzberg’s The Zionist Idea and the big A Treasury of Yiddish Stories. I remember quite clearly what it felt like reading the essays in Buber’s On … Continue reading

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Against the American Jewish Identity Paradigm (Yitzchak Schwartz)

by contributing editor Yitzchak Schwartz In her 2000 Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies article on American Jewish history, historian Hasia Diner notes a new trend in the field in which a growing number of works were focusing on Jews’ self-understanding … Continue reading

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