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My shiksa friend sees the crisis

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Haaretz: Dozens of top Israeli rabbis sign ruling to forbid rental of homes to Arabs An academic friend, who will only identity as “your shiksa friend”: If Jewish and American rabbis don’t come out strongly against this what are us goyim to conclud

Some things just didn’t make sense

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I grew up in the womb of the Jewish Community of Washington, D.C, studied at our Hebrew Academy (a school that my grandfather helped found), and worshiped at the Beth Shalom Orthodox Jewish synagogue. After marrying, I travelled to visit family in Israel. On one trip, I had the pleasure of seeing one of the

I am Zionism’s mandatory object. So don’t I get to define it?

Ahmed Moor on

There’s an excellent discussion of the ‘Zionism is racism’ question over at Jeremiah Haber’s site, The Magnes Zionist. Haber makes some very good points which are especially compelling since he – a multiculturalist who self-identifies as a Zionist – is making them. Indeed, anyone who reads his site knows that people like him will be

Zionism, discrimination, and racist intent

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Jerry Slater constructs an artful but unconvincing defense against the charge that the Jewish State is inherently racist. He reasons that the preferences and privileges accorded to Jews over non-Jews in Israel/Palestine is founded upon genuine Jewish insecurity rather than racist Jewish superiority. He concedes that many Israeli Jews, an increasing number in fact, are

Some animals are more equal than others

Shmuel Sermoneta-Gertel on

In one of his posts from the Holy Land, Phil referred to an obnoxious teenager on a bus as an “ars” (Israeli slang for unsavoury young man, inevitably Mizrahi – from the Arabic word for pimp), and Avigdor “Yvette” Lieberman the “Russian” bouncer seems to be a mainstay of liberal discourse about Israel and Israeli

Slater says Jewish state is warranted by likelihood of recurrence of anti-Semitism

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Jerome Slater has a provocative post saying that Israel’s demand that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state is not a deal-breaker. Weiss has pulled out a portion of his analysis, in which he seeks to answer the charge that a Jewish state discriminates racially and he argues for the need for a Jewish

‘New Yorker’ connects Elvis Costello’s use of the word ‘nigger’ 30 years ago to his recent participation in boycott of Israel

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From Abe Foxman’s lips to the New Yorker’s ear. Nick Paumgarten profiles Elvis Costello in the new New Yorker magazine, and links the entertainer’s use of the n-word in an episode 30 years ago to his participation this year in boycott of Israel, another “mess” that Costello made for himself. Ali Gharib, who brought this

Sotomayor overcame poverty, and then elitist disdain, with stubbornness and cheer

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Yesterday I did a post that praised Sonia Sotomayor and sharply criticized Laurence Tribe’s elitism. The issue here is the decadence of the meritocracy; and I realized I had never published this post I wrote in September, after seeing Sotomayor’s August speech to the University of Denver Law School on CSpan that crystallizes the progressive

Jewish identi-kit(h)

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A question often raised on this blog is “What is Jewish identity?” Religious commitment, especially of the Orthodox variety, is easy to understand, but what is a Jewish atheist? Some commenters here have argued that there is really little more to it than a few comfort foods and a nominal holiday or two – and

Contrary to reports, Peretz will address Harvard social studies gathering

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It has been widely reported that Marty Peretz was dropped as a speaker from this weekend’s 50th Anniversary of Social Studies gathering at Harvard University. This appears to be incorrect. The Harvard Crimson reports on the official statement of the the Standing Committee on Degrees in Social Studies: The statement reaffirmed that Peretz will be “recognized