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(Rashi) Anti-theodicy (Tisha B’Av)

The through-line in Rashi’s commentary to Lamenations is that, yes, the people sin, but that God is responsible for the calamity, for what we today call anti-Semitism, for the human inclination to sin, for setting up a barrier between God … Continue reading

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(The IHRA Working Definition of Anti-Semitism) Does Not Suppress Free Speech or Palestine

  As worded, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism (which you can find here) does not do what people say it does or want it to do. It does not suppress free speech and the struggle for Palestinian rights, as … Continue reading

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(Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism) + (Zionism = Racism)

“Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism” and “Zionism = Racism” are twins. They illuminate each other, the way figures and forms overlap into each other. Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitic. They are two separate formations. Anti-Zionism might, however, be construed as “anti-Jewish,” without being … Continue reading

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(Teaching) Anti-Semitism (I Don’t Want To)

Pure poison, I do not want to have to teach a course on Anti-Semitism in order for Jewish Studies to be relevant in the current climate enveloping American universities. And why us? With all due and genuine respect to colleagues … Continue reading

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Trump is an “Anti-Semite” (Says Jean-Paul Sartre)

Sartre’s portrait of the anti-Semite as a reactionary type throws a lot of light on Trump, and Trumpism related to social and political contradictions inherent in the liberal-democratic state. The key distinction (problematic but not entirely so) is what you … 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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Trotsky On the Jewish Question (1937-1940) & In Palestine (1924)

Head of the USSR Army. Workers of all nations unite h/t Motti Inbari Found these writings here: Leon Trotsky On the Jewish Problem Written: 1937-1940 First Published: Various publications, but collected and sources for this edition here: Vol. 6 No. 12, December 1945, … Continue reading

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“Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?”

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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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