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Quick Takes: Whither the Democratic Socialists of America?

by Ralph Seliger   BACK IN 1982, I witnessed the merger of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC — usually pronounced “dee-sock”) with the New American Movement to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Nearly ten years before, DSOC had split from the Social Democrats USA (SD), itself the main remnant of the old […]

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Irving Howe and Secular Jewishness

Socialism, Zionism, and Jewish Identity by Gerald Sorin From the May-June, 2005 issue of Jewish Currents IRVING HOWE rose from Jewish immigrant poverty in the Depression-ridden East Bronx of the 1930s to become one of the most important public thinkers in America. His journey to renown in the fields of literary criticism, radical politics, and […]

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Jewish Troublemakers in America, Part 2

A History and An Analysis by Lawrence Bush From the Winter, 2014-15 issue (art calender) of Jewish Currents To read Part 1, click here. THE HISTORY OF JEWISH EXCLUSION and adaptability sketched in Part One of this article provides only half an explanation for the enduring nature of Jewish liberalism in America. Another element to […]

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The Prophetic Tradition: Is It Ours?

by Bennett Muraskin MORRIS U. SCHAPPES WAS of the long-time editor Jewish Currents and an American Jewish historian. A progressive secular Jew from the old school of Jewish communists and socialists who came of age before World War Two, he once wrote about the prophetic tradition: There are… two traditions in Jewish life and history. […]

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May 5: Irving Howe

Irving Howe (Irving Horenstein) died on this date in 1993 at age 72. His best-selling World of Our Fathers introduced thousands of readers to the Jewish immigrants’ world of Yiddish literature and political activism, and he collaborated with several translators (including Eliezer Greenberg and Kenneth Libo) to produce important anthologies of Yiddish fiction and poetry […]

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Yiddish Literature in English Translation

An American Tale by Bennett Muraskin Modern Yiddish literature is a prime expression of Jewish humanism. Its creators were typically rebels against authority and proponents of universal ideals of freedom of thought, social justice and human dignity. Yiddish authors did not write for the educated elite, but for the average Jew. They formed a special […]

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Proletpen and American Yiddish Poetry

How the Left was Excluded from the Yiddish Canon by Dovid Katz History, they say, is written by the victors. That is the case not only for the military history of nation-states; it can even apply within the heritage of stateless minority cultures and in the university study of their literatures, where there should theoretically […]

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