The Artist of Loving

Humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm was born on this date in 1900 in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a student of the Talmud and used Jewish texts and imagery as touchstones for his political and psychological insights long after he had left the world of Orthodoxy at age 26. Fromm’s attachment to Judaism as a […]

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Footprints: Our Communist Past

JEWISH CURRENTS BEGAN ITS LIFE AS A COMMUNIST-ORIENTED MAGAZINE. WHAT SHOULD I MAKE OF THAT HERITAGE TODAY? by Lawrence Bush This article is one of a series reflecting on the history of Jewish Currents on the occasion of our 65th anniversary (2010). You can find the other entries here. When Jewish Currents and the Workmen’s […]

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“Why Were You Not Zusya?”

CORPORATE AND PERSONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY by Rabbi Judy Weiss from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents IN A NOVEMBER 2014 CARTOON in the Washington Post, Tom Toles skewered the Republican obstructionist stance on climate change. In a dialogue between a Republican elephant and Toles’ beardless version of Uncle Sam, the elephant argues, “We shouldn’t […]

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Mahatma Gandhi on Zionism and the Holocaust

by Dusty Sklar IT WAS my daughter-in-law, Nikki Pusin, who brought it to my attention, just as her father, Max Pusin, had brought it to hers years before — that the world-revered Gandhi had a puzzling relationship to the Holocaust. In 1947, interviewed by Louis Fischer, author of The Life of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi said: […]

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July 11: The Department-Store Rescuer

Wilfrid Berthold Jacob Israel, an Anglo-German businessman who owned one of the largest department stores in Berlin before World War II and used his fortune and his contacts to enable German Jews to leave Germany, was born on this date in 1899. As soon as the Nazis rose to power in 1933, Israel worked to […]

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The Lost Legacy of Judah L. Magnes

A Key Advocate of Binationalism in Palestine/Israel by Jack Stuart THE NAME of Judah Magnes (July 5, 1877-October 27, 1948) is largely unknown today to most American Jews, let alone those outside of our community. Residents of the San Francisco Bay area may know Magnes in connection with the museum named in his honor in […]

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Socialist Zionism for the 21st Century

by A. Daniel Roth WHEN I MOVED TO ISRAEL THREE YEARS AGO, one of the questions asked of me was “What kind of Jew are you?” My answer was “Shomer” — that is, a member of Hashomer Hatzair, the Socialist Zionist movement. A few bureaucrats along the way tried to get me to change my answer […]

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Arthur Waskow: An Activist Soul Man

WHEN IT COMES to the contemporary and creative interpretation of Judaism, Rabbi Arthur Waskow has been a fount of teaching since the late 1960s. Much of what progressive, observant Jews today embrace as basic to their Jewish practice — non-gendered language for God-talk and prayer; the plumbing of Judaism for its ecological wisdom; “eco-kashrut” (a […]

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“Occupy” versus Corporate Idolatry

An Editorial From the Winter, 2011-2012 issue of Jewish Currents   “LET EVERYONE WHO HAS ZEAL FOR THE TORAH and who stands by the Covenant follow me!” Those are the words with which a Jewish priest named Mattathias launched the Khanike uprising more than two thousand years ago (according to I Maccabees 2:27). His battle […]

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