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My Jewish Question, My Father

by Dale M. Kushner TWENTY YEARS AGO, I was completely unaware of any relationship between my writing and my experience of being Jewish. Ten years ago, I might have felt a vague stirring of the connection, but had no sense of its depth. Now, working on a second novel, I look back at what I […]

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Mameloshn: On the Road Stands a Tree

by Lawrence Bush In the video below, a Hungarian Jew is singing Itsik Manger’s “Oyfn Veyg Shteyt a Boym” (On the Road Stands a Tree). Watch it for three verses or so and you’ll understand the meaning of being Jewish in the world today… The singer is Hans Breuer, part of a convoy of people […]

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OpEdge: Who is Black? Who is a Woman? Who is a Jew?

by Marc JampoleAS A JEW, I come to the current controversies over who is a woman and who is an African-American with a special perspective. The defining of who is a Jew has haunted the Jewish religion, culture, race, and/or nation for millennia. Internally, Jewish courts have long enforced the concept that religious identification comes […]

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Just Like Brian Wilson

by Marc Jampole DO NOT believe in kings. When others sing, In Jerusalem next year, shunning David’s city, chant instead Wherever you want to be: in Paris or another European hub studying the texture of paint under glass, in the dust behind the plate, mask on,

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 1

We Were Not Zionists by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. THERE ARE MANY REASONS why people move to Israel. For some, it is getting away from oppressive countries or economies and coming to a place where they automatically get citizenship. For others, there is a deep connection to the idea of […]

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A Stone’s Throw

A Short Story by Gene Grabiner HERE WE GO AGAIN… Nathan Solomon Goldstein arrived at Temple Beth‑Shalom in Crestwood by 4:10 PM, as he did every Wednesday. Hebrew School: Cantor Moskowitz would teach him what was forgotten in the move from the Bronx to Westches­ter, or left earlier in Poland, in Latvia, in Romania, in […]

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The Columbus Gene

A STORY by Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? A 50-year-old man walks around his patio in San Mateo wearing a fez. Well, you say, Sikhs wear turbans and some Muslims wear embroidered caps. So what’s wrong with a fez? My cousin Steve is an American-born Sephardic Jewish telemarketer. Maybe the fez gives […]

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Hard to Be a (Progressive) Jew

by Lawrence Bush From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   IF YOU JUDGE from the mainstream media, you would think that Jews are one of the more conservative ethnic groups in our country. Here are some events in recent months in which Jews were clearly identified as Jews in media reports: When J […]

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O My America: More on Progressive Jewish Identity

A RESPONSE TO ABIDOR’S RESPONSE by Lawrence Bush Does really think it mere coincidence, unrelated to Jewish history, culture, and ethical consciousness, that some third of the seven hundred northerners who went to Mississippi to fight for racial justice in 1964 were Jews — this in a country with a population that was maybe 5 […]

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