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Tales of Two Jewries Don’t Tell Much Anymore

By Shaul Kelner

If you happen to have missed the latest round in the debate over interfaith marriage, outreach and in-reach, fret not. This dog has been chasing its tail for nearly two decades, and shows no sign of tiring or jumping out of the deep groove it has cut as it runs in circles.Read More


Our Clever Foolishness Does Israel No Good

By Leonard Fein

This is not the first time that some Jews have shunned nationalism. In fervently Orthodox circles, Zionism was (and, to a lesser degree, remains) offensive because it is an effort “to force God’s hand.” Classical Reform Judaism opposed it because it violated their determined universalism. And around the turn of the past century, the Bund was against it, believing in Jewish peoplehood and culture but not in the then-nascent political Zionism that eventually birthed the State of Israel. Now, not quite suddenly, here it is again, newly fashionable in certain left-wing circles.Read More


Is Community Open to Critics of Zionism?

By Ira Youdovin

There are Jews who smell antisemitism whenever non-Jews criticize Israel, and blame Israel’s Jewish critics for abetting them. The interests aroused by Alvin Rosenfeld’s controversial recent essay, “Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism,” raises the specter that this mindset could become a leitmotif in the way the American Jewish right regards its counterpart on the left and center-left.Read More


Can Campus Coalition Unite for Israel?

By David Harris

I just think, says the hawk to the dove, that there should be limits regarding what kind of programming your organization can sponsor on a college campus if it is going to remain part of the Israel on Campus Coalition.Read More


Why Not Let Moderates Engage Far Left?

By Dan Fleshler

The mainstream machers of American Jewry correctly assert that some of the rhetorical excesses of Israel’s critics, particularly on the far left, can foster outright antisemitism. But when these organizational leaders and academics recently claimed that provocative denunciations of Israel’s occupation or calls for a binational state were beyond the pale, all they succeeded in doing was bolstering the widespread conviction that powerful Jewish groups want to stifle all public criticism of Israel.Read More


And the Award Goes to... Queer Yiddishkeit

By Kathleen Peratis

Last week’s Grammy Award to the Klezmatics for their first all-English album, “Wonder Wheel,” was joyously reported by many Jewish news outlets, including this newspaper. For all the media coverage, however, no mention was made of the Klezmatics’ iconic status in the Queer Yiddishkeit movement.Read More


The Welfare State

By Gus Tyler

When The Great Depression hit the United States, there were those who said that America’s government had the duty to take steps to counter the disaster. They pointed to the preamble to the Constitution that empowered the government to “promote the general welfare.”Read More


We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

By David Klinghoffer

Addictions come in numerous varieties: drugs, alcohol, food, sex. How about fear?Read More


Led Astray By a Dead Sea Latrine

By Katharina Galor and Jürgen Zangenberg

Recently, Israeli paleopathologist Joseph Zias and American biblical scholar James Tabor claimed that primitive latrines they discovered close to the ancient city of Qumran confirm that Essenes had lived in the area. In doing so, they stepped knee-deep into the controversy about the authorship of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered near Khirbet Qumran and are perhaps the most important biblical manuscripts ever found.Read More


World Music

By J.J. Goldberg

Perhaps nowhere was the joy more heartfelt than here at the Forward this week, when the Klezmatics won a Grammy award for “Wonder Wheel,” their tour-de-force rendering of Woody Guthrie’s Brooklyn songs.Read More


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