Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

Thinking Some More About Antisemitism

(Note: The image above was taken by Naomi Ellis, the mother of the family discussed in the Washington Post article I discuss briefly below.) In the context of a discussion we’re having about an essay I published recently on Unlikely Stories called … Continue reading

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A New Essay of Mine Has Been Published: “The Lines That Racism and Antisemitism Draw: Reflections on White Jewish Intersectionality”

The piece is up at Unlikely Stories. Here’s an excerpt: I fully recognize that because of my skin color I benefit from the continued white male dominance of our society, whether I want to or not. Nonetheless, I can’t help but … Continue reading

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I don’t think Nick Spencer’s Captain America story is anti-semitic

So far, Nick Spencer’s Captain American run is not my favorite work of his – I don’t think it’s nearly as interesting as Superior Foes of Spider-Man. But I don’t see it as antisemitic. (A quick recap for those of … Continue reading

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from “In Defense of Shaatnez: A Politics for Jews in a Multicultural America,” by Mitchell Cohen

Shaatnez refers to the prohibition in Jewish law against mixing wool and linen in the same garment. Such mixing is considered, as Cohen puts it, “an inappropriate bringing together of opposites” (35). His article is an exploration of the value that multiculturalism … Continue reading

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from “The Melting Pot and Beyond,” by David Biale

Continuing my excerpting from Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism, this is from the first essay in the book, “The Melting Pot and Beyond,” by David Biale, a fascinating look at the Jewish role in forging the notion of the United States … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism

Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism, edited by David Biale, Michael Galchinsky, and Susannah Heschel, has been on my shelf since I bought it in the late 1990s—the book was published in 1998—but I only started reading it last month. I … Continue reading

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Steve Salaida’s Controversial Tweets About Anti-Semitism, With Context

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“How Do You Get a Jewish Girl’s Number? Lift Up Her Sleeve:” Antisemitism in Orange County, NY

Update: Governor Cuomo orders an investigation. According to an article by Benjamin Weiser in today’s New York Times, “Swastikas, Slurs and Torments in Town’s Schools,” that was just one of the antisemitic jokes to which Jewish students in the Pine … Continue reading

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John Whitbeck, GOP Candidate for Congress, Makes an Anti-Semitic Joke

This is almost a week old, but someone posted it to Facebook today. The joke is one on which a representative of the Jewish people presents the new pope with a bill for the last supper, something–according to the joke–that … Continue reading

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Blogging My Summer Classes: Literature of the Holocaust

I have just finished reading the first set of essays written by my students in ENG 261, Literature of the Holocaust. The prompt asked them to consider whether or not they think there is an obligation to remember the Holocaust, with … Continue reading

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