Philip Weiss, you are mensch. This article is precisely why I subscribe to and support Mondoweiss. It is honest, fearless and authentic. For me, it expresses the highest, most important and most sacred Jewish values.
There is no self-hatred here, none whatsoever. There is honesty, humility, and clear sighted insight. This is the kiddishkeit (Judaism) I inherited from my ancestors and the kiddishkeit I embrace. I can say with Albert Einstein:
“The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence, these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my lucky stars I belong to it.”