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This Land is Mine

Please take a look at Nina Paley’s brilliantly sardonic “This Land Is Mine,” the strongest statement you’ll ever see for a two-state solution in the Middle East, right now! Paley’s films include the full-length animation, Sita Sings the Blues. She is committed to freeing art, including her own, from copyright restriction. Enjoy her fantastic work […]

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Young Jews Telling Jokes

Jewish Currents has been running its “Off the Stage!” feature, with caricatures and one-liners of young Jewish stand-up comics, in its print edition for nearly two years. Five of these are artfully strung together in this video.

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Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist

Narrated by a eulogist-in-training, Lapp’s film portrays the late, great Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf musings on the burden of his profession. This is a six-minute excerpt from a 26-minute, hand-drawn animation (India ink, gouache, and wax), created in collaboration with Mark Dresser. It uses the imagined figure of the professional eulogist to explore the function […]

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Love and Stuff

Wonderful documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand lost her beloved mother Florence last September. In true documentary fashion, Helfand dissected the process, meaning, and catalytic opportunities — missed, lost, and found — connected to figuring out what to do with her mother’s lifetime of stuff. This moving, don’t-miss short film (from the New York Times website) will […]

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The Rabbi in Berlin

The Rabbi in Berlin, 2006, created during the brutal war between Gaza and Israel, is a 12-minute imagining of what might happen if Israel lost and its land were given to the Arabs. Recorded in Berlin by Bil Thompson, based on a script and edited by Shalom Gorewitz, the video features legendary artworld luminary Willoughby […]

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Love & Fear

Animator, painter, video artist, and professional guitarist Hanan Harchol has created a video series from which these three are selected. The series and other works are available on his website, www.hananharchol.com. His videos were created with funds granted by the Covenant Foundation with fiscal sponsorship by the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

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Headpieces for Peace

Jessica Mitrani is a film director and multidisciplinary artist who works in theater, visual art, and performance and has exhibited at venues internationally, including Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris; Hors Pistes Festival at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; White Columns Gallery, New York; FIAF, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá; […]

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Poem Teller

Quimetta Perle, a contributing artist and poet to the 2013 Jewish Currents Arts Calendar, has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Roulette, St. Marks Poetry Project, NYU’s Loew Theater and Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute, streamed in live performance over the internet, and embedded in art installations. Her mixed media work, digital prints and artists books have […]

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“The 99%”

Remarkable photographs of Occupy Wall Street participants by Matthew Septimus, from his longer set, “Greetings from Zuccotti Park.” Music by Gamelan Son of Lion, compositions by Laura Liben. Two years after Occupy’s encampments were broken up across the country, the impact of the Occupiers’ direct-action politics continues to embolden American activists. Jewish Currents thanks Matthew […]

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You Can Touch My Boobies

Rachel Bloom celebrates the cluelessness of Jewish adolescence in this outrageous video, which has been viewed nearly four million times at YouTube. Her “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” video was nominated for a Hugo Award. Bloom is a 2009 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Golden Globe (no pun intended)-winning actress.

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I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist

Viewed by more than 80,000 people at YouTube, this Gilbert & Sullivan parody was created by Joshua Tyra while a graduate student at Trinity International University. Tyra is the composer of numerous songs and instrumental pieces and is active in theater as a musical director, arranger, and piano accompanist. He blogs at http://joshsdig.blogspot.com

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Summer 2016

“Make Her Do It” — The Editors on pushing Hillary to the left “It’s Back!” — The Editors on leftwing and rightwing anti-Semitism Mitchell Abidor on Solidarity with Muslims Zelda Gamson on Getting Old Rabbi Judy Weiss on Tisha b’Av in the Age of Climate Change Lawrence Bush on Lenny Bruce Marc Jampole: Were the […]

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Mountain Day

Shavuot (Shvues in Yiddish) is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the “giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.” This video by Jewish Currents editor Lawrence Bush explores the question of what is Torah for our time, who are the prophets of our lives, and how might we transcend the need to be given anything from […]

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Spring 2016

Lawrence Bush on Fifty Years of Presidential Politics: “My Democratic Ass ” Do Black Lives Matter? An Editorial Ilana Masad on Why Gender Politics Are Important Richard Rothstein on the Ethical Challenges Facing Teachers (in a Test-Driven System) Mitchell Abidor: “The Far Right Moves Mainstream” Cecil Bloom on Charles DIckens’s Anti-Semitism Robert A. Slayton on […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Hillary Clinton’s Scolds

IF HILLARY Clinton’s supporters wanted to confirm their image as irrelevant relics they couldn’t have done better than they have over the past few days. Madeleine Albright’s “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” and Gloria Steinem’s “When you’re young you’re thinking, where are the boys, and the boys […]

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Jewish Lunacy

Jewish Currents editor Lawrence Bush’s “Jewish Lunacy” tells all about the Moon and Passover — including how many matse boxes it would take to stack your way up to there.

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The Farewell Letters of the Manouchian Group

Jews of the French Resistance in Their Final Hours Translated by Mitchell Abidor From the Autumn 2015 special issue of Jewish Currents on the theme, “Honoring the Jewish Resistance.” THE MEMBERS of the Manouchian Group, twenty-three mostly foreign-born men and women fighting in the Communist Resistance in France, were captured in the fall of 1943. […]

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The Paper Pushcart

Jewish Currents has acquired a stack of some of the most creative and progressive books for kids in two age groups, 2-5 and 6-10 — and we’d like to send them to your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, one book per one month for the next six months. The cost of enrolling in the Paper […]

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Comrade Mordecai

A Memoir from the Warsaw Ghetto by Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum, translated by Yuri Suhl From the Autumn 2015 special issue of Jewish Currents on the theme, “Honoring the Jewish Resistance.” Originally translated and published in 1962. IN THE LATTER HALF of 1943, the famous Warsaw Ghetto historian, Emanuel Ringelblum, a Left Poale Zionist, while hiding […]

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Gertrude Stein’s Romance with Fascism

by Dusty Sklar MODERNIST INNOVATOR, TASTEMAKER and (by her own admission) artistic genius Gertrude Stein was beloved by many. She had a warm, charming persona that almost never failed to delight people. She delighted historian Bernard Fay (1893-1978), a fellow American intellectual with whom she had several things in common. Both were gay (Hemingway referred […]

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Tullia Zevi and the Jews of Italy

Tullia Zevi, who was among the few women journalists to report on the Nuremberg war crimes trial in 1946 and served as president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities from 1983 to 1998, died at 91 on this date in 2011. Born Tullia Calabi in Milan, she was in Switzerland with her family in […]

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Konrad Bloch and the Biochemistry of Cholesterol

Konrad Bloch, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for his work on the biochemistry of cholesterol and its relationship with heart health, was born in Silesia on this date in 1912. He became a refugee from Nazism in 1934 and arrived at Yale University in the U.S. in 1936. Bloch spent […]

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The Federation of Jewish Farmers

The Federation of Jewish Farmers was organized in New York City on this date in 1909. It was a federation of thirteen organizations (Connecticut farmers constituted the largest group) that grew to thirty-five within two years. According to the Jewish Women’s Archive, the organization held an agricultural fair in its first years during the week […]

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Goodbye, My Friends

“Goodbye, My Friends,” the final column by humorist Art Buchwald, was published by the Washington Post on this date in 2007, two days after his death from kidney failure at 81. “I chose to spend my final days in a hospice,” he wrote, “because it sounded like the most painless way to go, and you […]

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Winter 2015-16: The JC Arts Calendar

The Jewish Currents Arts Calendar: “Works Progress Administration 2016” with art by Milton Glaser, Nancy Ostrovsky, Kate Poole, Laura Tolkow Janet Walerstein Winston, and  others Writings by Esther Cohen, Helen Engelhardt, Sherman Pearl, Terry Schwadron, and  others plus the BESERE VELT TIMES, revolutionary good news from the year 2036 On sale at our Pushcart for […]

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Autumn 2015

Special 70th Anniversary Issue, focused on Jewish Resistance to Nazism Lawrence Bush, “Remember Jews Who Fought Back,” an introductory essay Hershl Hartman, “Remembering the Jewish Resistance” Isak Arbus, “Roza Robota, a Heroine of the Auschwitz Uprising” Thomas Blatt, “The Uprising in Sobibor: A Participant’s Report” Leonard Tushnet, “The Little Doctor” Hirsh Smoliar, “The Sheep Were […]

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Summer 2015

The Editorial Board on Fossil-Fuel Divestment; on Immigration; on Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Mark Levy on Free Speech and Hillel Allan Lichtenstein on Income Inequality and Public Opinion Ron Skolnik on Netanyahu’s New Clothes Helen Engelhardt on Muriel Rukeyser Mimi Bluestone on the Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement: Where Are the Jews? Megaphone: An Interview with Jewish Activists […]

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Spring 2015

The Editorial Board on “Memorializing the Victims of Lynching” Lawrence Bush: “U.S. Out of the Middle East!” Ralph Seliger on Protecting Human Rights through Military Intervention Mimi Bluestone on Naomi Klein & the Climate Crisis Ron Skolnik asks: “Is the Left Israel’s Most Endangered Species?” Mitchell Abidor on “Le Groupe Manouchian: Betrayed Heroes of the […]

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Winter 2014-15: Art Calendar

The Jewish Currents Art Calendar, featuring: Esther Cohen, “What a Year Means” Lawrence Bush on “Jewish Troublemakers in America” — Part One, Part Two and poems, prose, and artworks by fifty contributors!

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Autumn 2014

The Editors on Immigration: “Mother of Exiles: Let the Kids In” The Editors: “Hard to Be a Progressive Jew” David Rothenberg on Why Prisons Don’t Work Marvin S. Zuckerman on Two Days with I.B. Singer Lawrence Bush on Sharing the Wealth Arthur Waskow on Moving Our Money to Save Our Planet Ron Skolnik on What’s […]

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Spring 2014

The Editors call for Black Liberation and Jewish Identity The Editorial Board on Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964 — The Old Jim Crow, the New Jim Crow: Part One, Part Two, Part Three — all of which you can download as a single document [PDF]. Louise Cooper on Poverty & Older Women Mitchell Abidor on the […]

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Winter 2013-14

The Editors on Peace as an “Existential Issue” The Editors on $7.25 Worth of National Shame Rabbi Richard Hirsh on Responding Creatively to the Pew Survey Rabbi Amy Klein on Bird Migrations and Human Migrations Lawrence Bush on Sex and the Hearts of Men Jacob L. Perle on Libertarianism A Jew Among American Muslims: An […]

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Autumn 2013

The Editors on Taking Risks to Preserve Our Rights Mitchell Abidor’s on “People of the Screen: Capitalism’s Conquest of Personal Time” Aviva Cantor on “Jews and the Elephant Question” Ralph Seliger on the “One-State Solution” Helen Engelhardt on “The Jewish Connections of Käthe Kollwitz” Ben Lorber on “Working and Organizing at Walmart” Lawrence Bush on […]

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Summer 2013

Subscribe for only $18 The Editors discuss our Brave New (Post-Scarcity) World Alan McGowan and Basia Yoffe debate Nuclear Power Ron Skolnik on the Challenge of Repatriating Israeli Settlers Robert Levine on Israel’s Problem with Richard Wagner Ben Lorber on JFREJ Versus Stop-and-Frisk Rabbi Arthur Waskow at our Megaphone Zelda Gamson on “Life After Communism” […]

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Spring 2013

Subscribe for only $18! The Editors refuse to say “Dayenu” Prize-Winning Poems in our Raynes National Poetry Competition Nicholas Jahr on the Secret History of Palestinian Non-Violence Dick Flacks on Post-Election Possibilities Basia Yoffe on the Viability of Renewable Energy Lawrence Bush and Cheryl Greenberg on the New Jim Crow Mitchell Abidor on General Grant […]

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Autumn 2012

Subscribe for only $18! The Editors draw a red line around Netayanhu Dorothy Zellner & Donna Nevel’s riposte to Philip Mendes on BDS Ralph Seliger on why two states are better than one Ross Perlin on saving dying languages Zelda Gamson on Nelly Sachs Susan Riemer-Torn on escaping Orthodoxy Looking back at New Jewish Agenda […]

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Summer 2012

Subscribe for only $18! The Editors on Obama’s prospects and the gender gap Peter Dreier on the right-wing resurrection of Saul Alinsky Peri Rainbow discusses anger and LGBTQ rights Philip Mendes argues against BDS Cynthia Werthamer on baseball in Israel More from editor Lawrence Bush on what it means to be the Sons & Daughters of the […]

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Spring 2012

Click Here to Sign Up for Jewdayo! Featuring: The Editors on Obama & Militarism Bill Zimmerman calls for occupying the Obama campaign Philip Ehrensaft on the unemployment crisis A new food column, “Stirring the Pot,” featuring the Ultimate Treyf Food Mitchell Abidor on “My Son the Homeland Security Threat” Vilunya Diskin’s Jewish Journey: “Once Orphaned, […]

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Winter 2011-2012

Click Here to Sign Up for Jewdayo! Featuring: The Editors on Occupy Wall Street. Housing activist Stephanie Greenwood takes the Megaphone. Israel from the longue duree to the present day: Ron Skolnik looks at the View from Israel: What Are They So Happy About? Rabbi Amy Klein on “Occupy Israel” The last entry in editor […]

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Summer – Autumn 2011

Featuring: The Editors on The Temptations of Libertarianism and Fracking. Ron Skolnik shares the View from Israel: Cottage Cheese and ‘Learned Helplessness’ Helen Engelhard Rediscovers Ezra Jack Keats JC sits down with Equal Justice USA’s Shari Silberstein Editor Lawrence Bush considers the Secular Jewish Dilemma Bennett Muraskin on Jews and American Sports: The Less-Known Stories […]

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Spring 2011

Featuring: The Editors on Madison, Libya, and how Israel might respond to the Arab revolt. Ron Skolnik on Israel, the UN, and Palestinian statehood Dick Flacks on Obama & Karl Marx Thoughts on relational therapy and the feminist movement from Susan Gutwill An interview with Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance Susan Cerniak-Spatz interviews the […]

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Winter 2010-2011

Featuring: The Editors on deficit cutting and WikiLeaks An interview with New York Times‘ ethicist Randy Cohen Lawrence Bush on the historical relationship between Blacks and Jews The Rosenbergs: What Is Left to Say? by Carol Jochnowitz Young Palestinians visit Yad Vashem May Benatar answers the age-old question: Why does therapy take so long? and […]

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Autumn 2010

Featuring: The Editors on the rabid politics of the Tea Party Alan McGowan on Franz Boas Lawrence Bush on Our Communist Past Joel Shatzky interviews education reformer Diane Ravitch* Emma Goldman’s Lost Drama Lectures* and… Two Jews, Three Views: Robert Cherry on Israel’s Integration of Arab Citizens Cheryl Greenberg on Supporting the Boycott and lots […]

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