Barbra Streisand’s Israel Omission

by Ron Skolnik MILLIONS of American Jews have traditionally regarded Israel as the ultimate backup plan. While relatively few have chosen to live there (and many of those who do end up returning to America), Israel has always been cherished as a place of refuge, the go-to country if, Heaven forbid, the situation in the […]

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What Am I, Chopped Liver?

MICHAEL WEX CHEWS ON JEWISH CULINARY CULTURE By Naomi Rothberg From the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It, by Michael Wex. St. Martin’s Press, 2016, 320 pages. THE WORD ‘RHAPSODY’ has several meanings. All of them apply to Michael […]

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No Palestine? No Problem!

THE GOP VANISHES THE PALESTINIANS AND THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION by Ron Skolnik   IN AN ACT of legerdemain worthy of Criss Angel, David Copperfield, or the legendary illusionist, Harry Houdini, the Republican Party has just pulled off one of the most astounding political magic tricks of our generation: It has made an entire people –- […]

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McCarthyism in Israel

Suppression By the Government, Segregation in the Streets by Ron Skolnik From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN THE KNESSET’S Education and Culture Commitee convened in early January to discuss the work of Breaking the Silence (BTS), one of Israel’s foremost anti-occupation organizations, it was clear in advance that the fix was in. […]

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A Reunion of New Jewish Agenda

by Lawrence Bush NEW JEWISH AGENDA, the transformative, progressive Jewish membership organization of the 1980s and early 1990s, is going to be briefly revived for a weekend reunion during Memorial Day weekend, 2016 — thirty-six years after NJA’s launch in 1980, at a founding conference that was attended by more than 1,000 people. I’ve been […]

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