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what would dad think?

poli­ty not piety™ Yes, that’s a “trade­mark” sym­bol there. Why not? I con­tin­ue to tell peo­ple that I came to the rab­binate out of “poli­ty” not “piety”. My involve­ment was as a com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er. A quick check on Google indi­cates that I’m near­ly the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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first they came for the canary

what are the police doing in egypt? At a cer­tain point dur­ing the recent (2011) Egypt­ian rev­o­lu­tion it was not always clear with which side the police iden­ti­fied. These Police are dif­fer­ent. They’re singing about canaries in coal mines. They offer … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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swann song

jews and judaism in amer­i­can pop­u­lar cul­ture .01 now, …with har­vey and sheila! There was a time, it feels strange to write this… a gen­er­a­tion ago, when being Jew­ish was very “in”. The thing to be in Amer­i­ca. Amer­i­cans con­tin­ue to, even … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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for multiple transgressions of…

The words of Amos, who was among the writ­ers of Tel Aviv, which he saw, con­cern­ing Israel in the days of Cas­tro, Sartre, Rus­sell and all the rest… The fol­low­ing text appeared in the Octo­ber 1968 edi­tion of Mid­stream mag­a­zine. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Faye Avrunin Hurvitz ז“ל

…from the archives (with minor updat­ing), repost­ed on what would be her 4th Yahrtzeit 21st of Tevet 5674 — 8th of Tam­muz 5765 Decem­ber 20 1913 (the win­ter sol­stice) — July 14, 2005 Our moth­er, Faye Hurvitz, died July 14, 2005 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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19th Century Jewish Cultural Hero

I col­lect (Amer­i­can) Juda­ic lapel but­tons. I have approx­i­mate­ly 3000 unique items. Each one rep­re­sents a dif­fer­ent moment in the Amer­i­can Jew­ish expe­ri­ence. Peri­od­i­cal­ly I share them here. My uncle was named after Mendele Mocher Sforim (the “Grand­fa­ther of Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture”). His old­er … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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