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Premature Anti-Fascism

LOOKING BACK AT THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR by Bennett Muraskin Published in the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1938, by Adam Hochschild. Princeton University Press, 2016, 288 pages. FOR THE AMERICAN LEFT, the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, was a noble […]

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Muriel’s Gift

Rukeyser’s Poems on Jewish Themes by Helen Engelhardt From the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents To be a Jew in the twentieth century Is to be offered a gift. SO BEGINS the most well-known and beloved of the poems written by Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), who was astonished when the Reform synagogue movement included it […]

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Muriel: In Memoriam

by Helen Engelhardt 1. You left us in February You left us two days before Valentine’s. In the morning I heard myself say, “No more. Do not call me anymore.” I listened to your lifetime.

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February 12: Muriel Rukeyser

Muriel Rukeyser, whose 1944 poem, “To Be a Jew in the Twentieth Century,” became part of the Reform and Reconstructionist liturgy, died in New York on this date in 1980 at age 66, after a lifetime of writing, teaching and political activism. As a journalist, she wrote about the Scottsboro Case in Alabama, the Spanish […]

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