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Annexation Polls (Dahlia Scheindlin)

  Noted public opinion expert and analyst Dahlia Scheindlin recently conducted a set of questions to Israelis about annexation. Respondents were not given the opportunity to say “I don’t know.”  Of interest in the third slide is the large group … Continue reading

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(Jews4BlackLives Kavvanot) Ritual Toolkit (JFREJ)

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) put together “In the Streets and In Your Home: Jews4BlackLives Ritual Toolkit” which you can find here. Students of contemporary Jewish history and culture will instantly recognize this project as part of decades … Continue reading

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From Messianism to Real Estate (American Jews & Jewish Settlements in the West Bank)

Too long a tale to tell here, the origins of the Jewish settlement project in the occupied West Bank after the 1967 Six Day War was an indigenous phenomenon ideologically rooted in the Israeli religious right and the messianic imagination. … Continue reading

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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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(Anti-Monument) Lives & Deaths of Racist Images

. Idols and icons lead complex lives, they enact suffering and they suffer violence when screws turn. Historian and theorist of art and architecture and post-Holocaust memorialization, James Young writes here on memory and counter-memory, monuments and counter- or anti-monuments, … Continue reading

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(Trump) How Not To Hold A Bible (Habitus & Hexis)

(h/t Jim Watts and Iconic Books and to @drnelk at Twitter) Arguably, in these United States, a good president needs to know how to handle a Bible. President Trump is not a good president. With him, the Bible has no … Continue reading

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(The Bund) The Ebbs and Flows of a Jewish Radical Party (Joshua Meyers)

Here they are meeting in Warsaw in 1927. The Bund is a subject of intense nostalgia across much of the anti-Zionist Jewish left today, but who knows what about it? Among full-time Yiddishists, as much as you see their own … Continue reading

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(Coronavirus) A Little Historical Primer on Modern Plagues (Paul Slack)

For general readers and students, “Responses to Plague in Early Modern Europe: The Implications of Public Health” is an old article here by Paul Slack, author of Plague: A Very Short Introduction. I’m linking it here . The article came … Continue reading

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(Secular Common Sense) Bankers & Trump (Coronavirus)

I know a lot of you are down on capitalism, but this little note here that even the bankers don’t seem to like Trump very much is very funny, but also to the point.  About the idea of a big … Continue reading

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Religion is Not Essential (Coronavirus)

Whose labor is essential? Whose labor is not essential? That’s the question. In modernization/secularization theory a lot of ink gets spilled about the public sphere in relation to the religious sphere. There’s the notion contested this way and that way … Continue reading

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