David A.M. Wilensky


Chabad Post Jumped to Conclusions

By David A.M. Wilensky

When I heard that the rabbi of a Chabad house on a university campus was in trouble for providing alcohol to students, I assumed that I didn’t need to hear any further details to understand what the story was.Read More


Chabad Gets Students Tipsy

By David A.M. Wilensky

This post was originally published by New Voices at their blog, The Conspiracy. Stay on top of this story and other news about and by Jewish college students at New Voices, home of the news and views of campus Jews. Read More


Just File Your Forms, Mort!

By David A.M. Wilensky

Just File Your Forms, Mort!
The revelation that the Zionist Organization of America, the group on the stodgy, venerable right-wing flank of American Zionism, has lost its status as a tax exempt organization is astonishing. News that some members of their board haven’t seen the ZOA’s budget in at least four years had my jaw on the floor.Read More


Whither Occupy Judaism?

By David A.M. Wilensky

Whither Occupy Judaism?
Whither Occupy Wall Street? And whither Occupy Judaism?Read More


Shabbat Meals: My Catholic Dinner

By David A.M. Wilensky

In my experience, there’s often a token non-Jew at Friday night dinner or at the Seder — the Shabbos Goy or the Passover Goy, some call them (affectionately).

Last Friday, however, I experienced the unfamiliar sensation of being the Shabbos Jew at a Friday night dinner with several Catholic friends. And when I call them Catholic, understand what I mean: One is a seminarian in Rome and another is a playwright studying at Catholic University – and our host for the evening, Sarah, has a degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

Shabbat Meals: My Catholic Dinner
I’ve gotten used to feeling the Shabbos spirit at Friday night dinners with eclectic companions. (And my roommates — a lesbian lapsed Catholic and a Puerto Rican lapsed Pentecostal — have gotten used to things like knishes and kasha varnishkes.) Even so, this meal was a mish-mash of cultures — in the company and in the food served.Read More






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