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Listen: Rallies, Surveys, and Ice Cream

Jewish Currents staff discuss the sparsely attended “No Fear” rally, the surprising results of the Jewish Electorate Institute poll of American Jewish voters, and the announcement that Ben & Jerry’s will stop selling ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Listen: Jewish Feelings

Jewish Currents staff discuss the ADL’s recent survey of American Jews about their understanding of antisemitism. What is the relationship between claims of antisemitism and discomfort, and what does it mean for a politics of feelings?

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Celan at 100

In honor of poet Paul Celan's centennial—and the completion of Pierre Joris's translation project—a selection of Celan's works and pieces in dialogue with him.

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All Talk

The coexistence camp Seeds of Peace prides itself on bringing Israeli and Palestinian teenagers into a fruitful dialogue process. But alumni and staff now say that the model does more harm than good.

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White Savior Cinema

A conversation with Palestinian German director Lexi Alexander about Wonder Woman’s promotion of Arab stereotypes, her experiences of racism behind the camera, and the stakes of accurately portraying marginalized communities on screen.

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Selective Memory

Throughout the Trump presidency, the American Jewish establishment’s focus on policing Holocaust analogies undermined efforts to hold the president accountable for stoking white nationalism.

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Shelter in Place

Malicroix—a 1948 French novel about a man who has isolated himself in a house to fulfill the strange terms of his inheritance—resonates uncannily with our contemporary experience of quarantine.

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At Hutto

A lawyer reflects on his experience meeting with asylum seekers in a Texas detention center to prepare them for their credible fear interviews.

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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.

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Sisterhood

“Sister, when we found the hare, / a wounded emigrant in our yard, / it was already dying—it wasn’t our fault”

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Maccabee Games

The Maccabee Task Force offers free, “progressive” trips to Israel and the West Bank to diverse undergrads. But their aim is to defeat BDS on campus.

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Why We Talk in Images

"Marion takes a deep breath; the air shimmers around her, and the floor wobbles under the bed; and Henry and Dot learn that you cannot prepare yourself, in the face of death, for death."

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Facing Reality

In The Lions’ Den, Susie Linfield studies eight Jewish leftists’ views on Israel but fails to confront her own liberal Zionist preconceptions.

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Speech Acts

Despite its attunement to the political potential of language, Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School remains trapped in reductive narratives about the Trump era.

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Erich Fromm

Humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm was born on this date in 1900 in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a student of the Talmud and used Jewish texts and imagery as touchstones for his political and psychological insights long after he left the world of Orthodox observance at the age of 26. Fromm’s attachment to Judaism […]

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Purim-Shpiel

They say she was wicked and vain, that perhaps she was ugly and ill, with no beauty to show. They say she may not have been a woman at all. And had she danced nude for the king one knows what one would say:that this queen had no shame, she deserved to be cast away.To […]

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Second Vatican Council Announced

On this date in 1959, Pope John XXIII announced that he would be convening an Ecumenical Council — the first in almost a century — within the Catholic Church. The announcement of this “Second Vatican Council,” or Vatican II, shocked and disturbed the Church leadership as it implied that the Church was imperfect, thus contradicting […]

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