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Idolatry

by Lawrence Bush What follows is a keynote address I gave at Kadima in Seattle over the weekend, at a gala to honor David Loud, a wonderful activist whose parents, Oliver and Frances, were life subscribers to Jewish Currents. Kadima is one of the founding organizations of New Jewish Agenda and currently is an affiliate […]

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Shalom Bayit

by Nicholas Jahr Like many kids, I grew up in a home where both my parents worked. Toss in a commute from Brooklyn to The City, and my folks were left with a three- or four-hour gap to cover every day, between the time school let out and the moment my mother finally made it […]

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'Ask Malcolm.'

by Nicholas Jahr It doesn’t quite have the ring of ‘Clear it with Sydney’, but to read Allison Hoffman’s profile in Tablet, at the height of his power Malcolm Hoenlein may have enjoyed a similar status. For those unfamiliar with the name—although I imagine that’s not an issue for most readers of Jewish Currents—Hoenlein is […]

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Coming Up, Coming Up

by Lawrence Bush A Eulogy for My Father-in-Law, Seymour Griss, 1918-2010 I’m not going to begin with comforting words about death; Seymour would often groan out loud when he heard words about God or the immortal soul or other profundities in which he did not believe. Instead, I simply want to give death its due: […]

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Arendt, Hilberg, & the Warsaw Ghetto

by Nicholas Jahr Nathaniel Popper (formerly of The Forward) has a great essay in The Nation on Hannah Arendt and Raul Hilberg. The latter’s The Destruction of the European Jews was the first serious scholarly study of the Holocaust and the bureaucracy necessary to murder 11 million people. Prior to Hilberg’s work, “there was not […]

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Coolest Website of the Week

Ride the Trans-Siberian railway courtesy of Google! Through the power of the internets you can travel, virtually, from Moscow to Vladivostok. Listen to music, a Russian novel, or the radio. The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the […]

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Yiddish Tish Pariz

I wanted to point you all toward the website for Yiddish Tish Pariz: yidish tish iz an umformele grupe far mentshn vos voynen in pariz (oder noent tsu pariz, oder vos forn geveyntlekh keyn pariz) vos redn yidish, oder vos haltn zikh in lernen yidish. mir zenen umophengik, nisht farbunden mit keyn shum organizatsyes, un mir […]

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