This week: From the Rest issue, the Fayer Collective, a group of Jewish anarchists, write on the meaning of the Shmita year, a sabbatical for the land that refuses capital, in the context of their work to defend the Atlanta forest from development. In a new report, senior reporter Alex Kane explores how J Street is straining to bridge the gap between its leftward-shifting constituency and the Democratic establishment. Plus, Mario Chard’s poem, “The Store,” introduced by culture editor Claire Schwartz.
From the newsletter, Alex Kane also reports on how Israel’s ban on the Palestinian flag has played out in recent anti-government demonstrations. And Sasha Senderovich interviews Aleksander Hemon on migration, multilingualism, and nostalgia in Hemon’s new novel, The World and All That It Holds.