Who Owns the Land?

EARLY ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN ZIONISTS AND INDIGENOUS ARABS IN PALESTINE by Joshua Krug from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents IN THEODOR HERZL’S 1902 novel, Altneuland, his prototypical Arab character, Rashid Bey, asks: “Would you call a man a robber who takes nothing from you, but brings you something instead? The Jews have enriched us.” […]

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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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