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(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

Your shiny white emptiness Drips rabid promises From each saccharine fang, Your glittering emerald eyes mocking The singular certainty: This darkness and I must dance and duel Til the factory of your perfect machine Cannibalises me Into the likeness of Some True Form that bears Some True Name- My true name and form, uncodified by […]

When I bought my plane ticket to Israel, the least expensive flight available was on Malev Hungarian Airlines. “You’ll have a three hour stopover in Budapest,” the student travel rep told me. Since I’d never been to Budapest, I decided to extend that to three days and get a mini-vacation on the way. With my […]

whenever i start to get bored with the idea of staying vocal as one of the surprisingly few non-closeted secularists in most of the electronic jewish spaces i frequent, something like this comes up. ruth messinger, former manhattan borough president, american jewish world service president, and makher-in-chief of the current (and problematic as well as […]

one. i’ve been meaning to write something about the destruction of temples, and whether it’s something to mourn. partly because i have a soft spot for some aspects of tisha b’av despite my secularism, and partly inspired by a friend’s experience being told by a progressive jewish organization that a drash she wrote for them […]

On the Defense

In: Anti-Semitism, Ideas, Peace

Last week I was on the phone with my mom while walking to Penn Station. We got into an incredibly interesting conversation about god and gender, so even after I arrived I stayed on the sidewalk to finish our conversation before I descended into the radio-free basement of Manhattan. As I stood in the waning […]

“What makes me myself rather than anyone else is the very fact that I am poised between two countries, two or three languages and several cultural traditions. It is precisely this that defines my identity. Would I exist more authentically if I cut off a part of myself?” – Amin Maalouf, In the Name of […]

“Androgynos is in some manners equivalent to men and in some manners equivalent to women; in some manners equivalent to both men and women; and  in some manners equivalent to neither men nor women.? (Mishnah  Ze’raim, Bikkurim) I don’t know how many men have studied this text in yeshivah or on candlelit kitchen tables over […]

Increasing numbers of communities and politicians are calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. At the same time, in the race toward the presidential primaries, the candidates are oh-so-carefully detailing the ways that they plan to redirect our government’s priorities from Iraq and Iran towards healthcare, education and global warming. A number of apparently […]

From the introduction:

Two Jews, a crumbling empire, and a struggling resistance movement walk into a bar…

For people who have committed themselves to fundamental social change, the situation we’re stuck in with antisemitism is like a bad joke.

From one side, progressive and radical activists and scholars are being attacked by organized campaigns to brand us antisemites. In particular, it’s virtually impossible to speak out critically about Israel without being charged with antisemitism.

At the same time, we face real currents of unchallenged anti-Jewish oppression in our movements and the world. This endangers Jews, corrupts our political integrity, and sabotages our ability to create the effective resistance our times demand. …

Among the contents:

-Antisemitism is still a world problem
-How could Jews be oppressed?
-But Arabs are Semites!
-Meet the amazing, disappearing oppression
-Let’s look at an example of how antisemitism works.
-If you liked COINTELPRO, you’ll LOVE the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
-The Revolution, the Jews and the “Generous Offer”
-Time Out! (A Word to Jews)
-Innoculate your Palestine work against antisemitism
-Tips for every activist

…and more.


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