On Jewish Chosenness and Israeli Chauvinism

by Alan Rutkowski   THE IDEA that Jews are the chosen people is a problematic concept, especially for contemporary non-Orthodox Jews living outside of Israel. More about Israel in a minute. Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, dropped the doctrine of chosenness altogether because he didn’t believe it could be interpreted in any way that doesn’t […]

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August 25: America’s Nazi

George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party and one of the country’s best-known anti-Semites, was assassinated at age 50 by one of his former followers on this date in 1968. Rockwell was the son of vaudeville performers who actually knew quite a few Jews, including Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Walter Winchell, Benny Goodman, […]

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October 12: The Bombing of Atlanta’s Temple

The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia was bombed by white supremacists on this date in 1958. Known simply as “The Temple,” the synagogue, with some 1,000 members, was led by Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, an outspoken advocate of civil rights and integration, and a friend to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. […]

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