Jewish Currents Breaking news, analysis, art, and culture from a progressive Jewish perspective. Sign up for our newsletter! en-us Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:24:02 -0500 Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:24:02 -0500 Black Hebrew Israelites in the Spotlight - The journalist Sam Kestenbaum on the history of the religious tradition embraced by Kyrie Irving and Kanye West. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:18:00 -0500 What the FBI’s Investigation of Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing Won’t Resolve - The probe is the first by a US agency into the death of the Palestinian American journalist. Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:59:00 -0500 The Prophet with Eyes - In Olga Tokarczuk’s <em>The Books of Jacob</em>, based on the real life of a self-proclaimed Jewish messiah in 18th-century Poland, theological energy competes with the liberal novel’s finely wrought machinery. Mon, 28 Nov 2022 13:30:00 -0500 “Twitter Has Been a Lifeline” - Elon Musk’s takeover of the site could destroy a valuable avenue for Palestinian activism. Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:11:00 -0500 Nectarines - “When we asked my grandfather what had happened, he spat out that the person we’d just met was <em>not</em> Andrea Perlitzer. Not <em>his</em> Andrea Perlitzer.” Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:30:00 -0500 Attention Must Be Paid - Tom Stoppard’s <i>Leopoldstadt</i> expects us to shed fresh tears at a worn out conclusion. Fri, 18 Nov 2022 09:19:00 -0500 Under the Hood - A sanitized Philip Guston retrospective tries so hard not to offend that it skirts around the most interesting aspect of Guston’s work: his meditations on the American Jewish relationship to anti-Black violence. Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:00:00 -0500 AIPAC Spent Big to Defeat Progressives This Election Cycle - The lobbying group’s $28.5 million blitz could make Democrats think twice about criticizing Israel. Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:40:00 -0500 Faces of Flight - Ukrainian refugees in Israel cannot be reduced to any single narrative. Mon, 14 Nov 2022 10:30:00 -0500 Four Takeaways From the 2022 Midterms - What do election results mean for Israel/Palestine policy, youth politics, policing, and reproductive justice? Thu, 10 Nov 2022 14:20:00 -0500 A Pantomimed Reckoning - Forty years after the catastrophic invasion of Lebanon, the films of Israel’s “Lebanon Trilogy”—often understood as works of “anti-war cinema”—appear instead as efforts to sidestep accountability. Thu, 10 Nov 2022 09:00:00 -0500 Israel’s Ascendant Far Right Can’t Be Understood by Analogy - In other countries, the right clashes with the center over the basic nature of the state—but Israel’s Itamar Ben-Gvir and his rivals are on the same page about ethnocracy. Mon, 07 Nov 2022 08:30:00 -0500 Language: Replete with Transformative Monsters - "language not assembled embitterment / or ruse / or disjunctive gesture / but alive" Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:00:00 -0400 The Power and Limits of Israeli Dissident Cinema - The Other Israel Film Festival highlights state violence past and present, but can films funded by the government ever truly hold it to account? Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:20:00 -0400 ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Right to Boycott - If the top court does hear the case, it would lead to an unprecedented ruling on whether anti-boycott laws violate the First Amendment. Tue, 01 Nov 2022 19:12:00 -0400 Understanding Apartheid - Embracing a radical critique of Israeli apartheid is a precondition for bringing it to a just end. Tue, 01 Nov 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Progressive Groups Need a New Approach to Fighting AIPAC - Unless left-wing groups band together, Congress will grow even more hostile to Palestinian rights and other progressive priorities. Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:25:00 -0400 “They’re Destroying Our Support Networks” - Under the guise of Covid protections, prisoners are denied family visits, yet forced to work through outbreaks. Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:30:00 -0400 When Is Violence “Terrorism”? - The use of the term to condemn Palestinian armed struggle raises questions about who gets to define it. Tue, 25 Oct 2022 17:00:00 -0400 Point of No Return - Palestinians cannot turn back the hands of time. But we might still imagine a world beyond exile. Mon, 24 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Everyday People - "Everyday people do impossible things / Bury their child on a warm / Spring day then make / A fresh pot of coffee" Fri, 21 Oct 2022 13:30:00 -0400 The Legal Offensive on the Right to Strike - With a new Supreme Court case, employers are seeking to curb labor’s growing assertiveness on the shop floor. Thu, 20 Oct 2022 15:00:00 -0400 The Sanitizing of Conservative Judaism - Conservative Judaism’s origins lie in a donor plan to neutralize and refine the radical Jewish immigrant masses. Wed, 19 Oct 2022 09:12:00 -0400 Israeli Settler Violence Surges as Palestinians Turn to Armed Resistance - The increase in settler violence is part of an intensification of Israeli repression—which also includes a closure on Shuafat, preventing Palestinians from leaving for work or study. Tue, 18 Oct 2022 15:00:00 -0400 <em>Office Hours:</em> Mabel Bellucci - “It was no longer necessary to have one group raise the question of abortion. Abortion became a pillar of all the fronts and coalitions.” Mon, 17 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 In Internal Memo, American Jewish Committee Blasts Op-Ed on “Jewish-Free Zones” at Berkeley Law - The group’s disavowal of an article written by Israel advocate Kenneth Marcus revealed tension over the best strategy to combat campus Palestine activism. Fri, 14 Oct 2022 14:38:00 -0400 A Religious License to Discriminate? - Yeshiva University’s decision to ban a queer student club has sparked a lawsuit about discrimination at religious institutions. Thu, 13 Oct 2022 15:30:00 -0400 Performative Utterances - In <em>People Love Dead Jews</em> and <em>Jews Don’t Count</em>, Dara Horn and David Baddiel inflame discourses that they claim to find disturbing. Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 The PA’s Faltering Authority - Palestinian opposition to the PA’s security coordination with Israel has risen to a level of intensity unseen since the Second Intifada. Tue, 11 Oct 2022 16:48:00 -0400 Red Puncta - "The other girls' bodies / conduct a current of faith but she stands outside / of the circuit." Fri, 07 Oct 2022 15:30:00 -0400 The GOP’s Plan to Build the Third Temple - Republicans are working with Kahanist activists to advance a violent vision of Jewish control over Jerusalem’s holy sites. Fri, 07 Oct 2022 09:30:00 -0400 Jewish Studies Draws a Line on Tablet - The field’s largest scholarly association says it has “paused” its advertising relationship with the online magazine after receiving complaints from members. Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:45:00 -0400 How Social Media Companies Silence Palestinians - A new report shows how Facebook and Instagram harm Palestinian freedom of expression—but leaves out the role of Israel’s Cyber Unit. Tue, 04 Oct 2022 12:46:00 -0400 The Political Unconscious - Is psychoanalysis in Israel/Palestine doomed to reinforce the dynamics of the occupation? Mon, 03 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 The Desperate Ones - Ezra Furman on anger, making songs for movements, and her messianic Jewish album about the end of empire. Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:30:00 -0400 The Fight for the Future of Israel Studies - Donors view Israel studies as a vehicle for countering Palestine activism on campus. But many of the scholars they fund don’t toe the line. Wed, 28 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Kahanism’s Raucous Return - Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir, a follower of far-right ideologue Meir Kahane, is surging in popularity on the promise of realizing ideas like the forced expulsion of Palestinians and leftists. Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:30:00 -0400 A Lingering Division - More than three decades after the Crown Heights riot, the neighborhood’s Hasidic and Caribbean communities are still haunted. Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:06:00 -0400 The Embattled Edward Said - Facing attacks on multiple fronts, Said nevertheless continued to challenge Israel’s monopoly on representations of Palestine. Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Answering Said’s Call - While discourse on Israel-Palestine has shifted for the better since 1989, meeting Said’s challenge will require American Jewish intellectuals to recognize that Palestinian equality and Jewish safety are ultimately intertwined. Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Israel’s Repressive Toolkit Ensnares a Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer - Salah Hammouri has been jailed without trial for six months. If he’s ever released, he also faces deportation. Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:19:00 -0400 Second Language - The Belarusian novel <em>Alindarka’s Children</em>, recently translated into Scots and English, considers the political stakes of linguistic inequity. Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Playing Jewish - The <em>Jewish Currents</em> staff discusses Nathan Fielder’s <em>The Rehearsal</em>. Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:44:00 -0400 Interrogating the “New Antisemitism” - In a new book, Antony Lerman demonstrates how Israel and its advocates have redefined antisemitism to include all criticism of the Jewish State. Thu, 15 Sep 2022 16:24:00 -0400 Therapy Was Never Secular - Reclaiming the religious roots of mental healthcare. Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 How the IDF Ignores Its Own Rules of Engagement - Experts say revising the IDF’s open-fire regulations may accomplish little in a context where soldiers often ignore existing limits. Tue, 13 Sep 2022 18:11:00 -0400 Terms of Entry - Solmaz Sharif’s <em>Customs</em> probes the boundaries of the social to imagine a <em>we</em> on revolution’s other side. Mon, 12 Sep 2022 12:30:00 -0400 Growing Up in the Struggle - In a new podcast, Zayd Ayers Dohrn unpacks his family’s radical history. Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:19:00 -0400 World With No Escape - In his final novel, <em>Last Times</em>, Victor Serge achieved the ethical vision that sometimes eluded him in life. Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:20:00 -0400 Beyond Grievance - Though it may be a potent political tool, grievance can also maintain our investment in our own oppression. Tue, 06 Sep 2022 08:30:00 -0400