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Warning: Irrationality

BUT RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISTS AREN’T THE ONLY PROBLEM By Alan Rutkowski   AN UNAPPRECIATED but dangerous consequence of the Trump era is widespread liberal/secular oversimplification of the emerging danger. In their attacks on religion, for example, the so-called New Atheists — Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens (RIP), and Sam Harris — have fostered the notion that […]

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Erich Fromm’s Humanistic Judaism

THE MODERN MEANING OF IDOLATRY by Sam K. Rodin From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   FOR THE GREAT humanist thinker Erich Fromm, the Hebrew Bible was a revolutionary book. “Its theme,” he wrote (in You Shall Be As Gods, 1966), “is the liberation of [humanity] from the incestuous ties to blood and soil, […]

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My Path to Atheism

by Alan Rutkowski I RECENTLY HAD an epiphany: I don’t believe in God. For a very long time — most of my life, actually — I sort of thought I did. Religion has played a big part in my life. For some reason my mother, who was not religious at all, sent my sister and […]

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Isaac Deutscher Redux

THE NON-JEWISH JEW REVISITED by Michael Mirer Discussed in this essay: The Non-Jewish Jew, and Other Essays, by Isaac Deutscher. Published in a 50th anniversary edition by Verso, 2017, 176 pages.   WHAT MAKES a Jew a Jew? Are we an ethnic group? Religious? Racial? These questions of identity and politics (if not identity politics) are often […]

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Einstein for President

Albert Einstein and the Zionist Movement by Dusty Sklar ALBERT EINSTEIN’S relationship to Judaism, Jews, Zionism, and Israel was complicated. His parents were secular Jews, but they weren’t thrilled to see their son influenced by Catholic dogma at Munich’s Catholic elementary school, where he was the only Jewish child. They commissioned a distant relative to […]

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February 1: The Anti-Semite

Although the term “anti-Semitism” was coined in 1860 by a liberal Jew named Moritz Steinschneider, it was Wilhelm Marr, a German nationalist, erstwhile socialist, and lifelong pamphleteer and agitator who popularized the term and added a layer of pseudo-scientific racial theorizing to anti-Jewish hatred when he published his best-known and best-selling work, The Victory of […]

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