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Reclaiming the Covenant of Fate
As American Jewry’s Zionist consensus crumbles, we must learn to address one another across communal divides.
Peter Beinart September 20, 2021
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The Nakba Demands Justice
Reckoning with the ongoing Palestinian catastrophe means giving the land back.
Kaleem Hawa May 14, 2021
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Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return
Given our history, how can Jews deny another people the right to return to their homeland?
Peter Beinart May 11, 2021
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This Is Not a #YomHaShoah Instagram Post
If I give you my grandparents’ stories, what will you do with them, dear “followers,” and friends, and “friends”?
Helen Betya Rubinstein April 8, 2021
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The Radical Case for the Traditional Haggadah
Leftist seders often use versions of the Passover text that articulate contemporary political commitments—but the classical haggadah allows us to make our politics our own.
Emily Filler March 25, 2021
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“Is He Jewish?”
On the Lox Club, an exclusive new dating app, an obsession with Jewish continuity papers over an absence of Jewish content.
Mari Cohen March 3, 2021
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This Is Not a Secret Jewish History of Stan Lee
The comics creator barely thought of himself as a Jew. What does it mean when fans and critics claim him as one?
Abraham Riesman February 26, 2021
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An Anti-Imperialist Father and His American Diplomat Son
Robert Malley’s 2008 reflections on his father’s left-wing, anti-colonial commitments shed light on his own political formation.
Robert Malley February 4, 2021
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The Radical Heschel
Remembering the prophetic legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Cornel West December 23, 2020
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My Mommies and Me
Searching for the soul of America in Mormon mommy blogger Instagram
Alexandra Tanner December 18, 2020
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New York Socialists in the Legislature—and Out
Five socialists are headed to the New York state legislature. The story of the five socialists elected in 1919 provides a sobering warning.
Joshua B. Freeman September 11, 2020
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The Sound of Messianic Time
Yo La Tengo’s new drone album, released into the formlessness of quarantine, evokes the unfulfilled waiting of Jewish messianism.
Nathan Goldman August 14, 2020
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In the Dark
Covid-19 has illustrated the stakes of a lack of access to information in prisons.
Stephen Wilson, Stephen Wilson, and Michael Ness July 21, 2020
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Yavne: A Jewish Case for Equality in Israel-Palestine
The two-state solution is dead. It’s time for liberal Zionists to abandon Jewish–Palestinian separation and embrace equality.
Peter Beinart July 7, 2020
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Against Analogy
To build solidarity in this moment, white Jews should resist the impulse to highlight similarities between histories of antisemitism and anti-Blackness.
Ben Ratskoff June 9, 2020
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Translating Black Lives Matter into Yiddish
Amid an eruption of protests over police brutality, a Black performer of Yiddish music reflects on an attempt to “touch Blackness from inside Yiddish.”
Anthony Russell June 5, 2020
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On a Man’s Greatness
One of Israel’s most esteemed poets celebrates her teacher, scholar Paul Ernst Kahle, for his quiet heroism in Nazi Germany.
Lea Goldberg April 7, 2020
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Exodus From Now
Reflections from quarantine on the Jewish commandment to make a calendar.
Arielle Angel April 7, 2020
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The Homeless Radical
Daniel Bell was the prophet of a failed centrism. By the end of his life, he was revisiting the leftism of his youth.
Jacob Hamburger and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins December 23, 2019
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Naked Gun
The Instagram stars making military occupation look good.
Sophia Goodfriend December 5, 2019
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A Springtime of Erasure
A cartoonist reflects on a right-wing smear campaign that summoned the specter of “Degenerate Art.”
Eli Valley November 25, 2019
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Washing the Dead in Pittsburgh
Our burial practices offer more than a way of dealing with the dead; they are antifascism in action.
Jordana Rosenfeld October 24, 2019
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Just Playing Along
What an antisemitic, Nazi-era board game has to teach us about the nature of complicity.
Eric Thurm October 7, 2019
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An Antisemitic Judge, a White Supremacist System
A Jewish death row inmate in Texas confronts the same forces that kill and incarcerate Black and Brown people daily.
Rebecca Pierce and Isaac Brosilow October 4, 2019
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