Occupy Mishegas

A week ago, between 500 – 1000 Jews showed up at the Occupy Wall Street encampment for Yom Kippur services alongside three other cities. (Our first-person reportage from NYC, DC, Boston here and here.) Here’s a collection of the highlights:

  • Occupy Sukkot quickly followed on the success of Yom Kippur, with independent plans to erect sukkahs in New YorkBostonPhiladelphiaWashington, D.C.AtlantaOaklandLos AngelesPortland and Seattle.
  • “Occupy Judaism” saw its first  arrests in Seattle, where police arrested 10 and dismantled the illegal structure (pics, video).
  • The NYPD however, according to Dan Sieradski, gave the Wall Street sukkah a wide berth while Josh Nathan-Kazis tweeted the NYPD were warning those erecting tents about halakhic requirements on seeing the stars.
  • David Brooks in a NY Times editorial coyly accused the Occupy Wall Street movement of anti-semitism, picked up swiftly by (oh yes) Rush Limbaugh. The 1% vs. 99%, apparently, is code for “Jews” and “Gentiles.”
  • Mik Moore responded forcefully on Facebook, reposted to Jewschool, “What he is doing is divisive. It diminishes real antisemitism. And it ignores the thousands of Jews who are active participants in shaping Occupy Wall Street.”
  • Connect with Occupy Judaism’s official blog, Facebook page and Twitter account.

Got pictures or reflections on your Occupy Sukkot goings on? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook or email.

Filed under Activism, Antisemitism, Sukkot

6 Responses to “Occupy Mishegas”

  1. There is also a Occupy Sukkot action planned in Chicago on Monday Oct 17: www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=150275088402425

    Suzanne · October 15th, 2011 at 8:44 pm
  2. It’s: a contraction for it is or it has.

    Its: a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it.

    tzachi0 · October 16th, 2011 at 1:43 am
  3. It should be no surprise that Brooks and Limbaugh echo the same idea, nor that William Kristol has made a video based on it. The Republican right conducts a weekly conference call on messaging. (I think Kristol may have been one of the organizers of it, back in the ’90s). Limbaugh and Brooks and Kristol are regular participants in this effort to hammer out the party line.

    Incidentally, Dean Baker fisks Brooks on the economic piece of his column.

    Reb Yudel · October 16th, 2011 at 3:01 pm
  4. Being able to see the stars is, of course, not a halachic requirement. The NYPD gets it wrong.

    BZ · October 16th, 2011 at 8:18 pm
  5. [...] took place at #OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyPhilly, or this useful article in The Forward, or this round-up of items from Kung Fu Jew at Jewschool. (Comical tangent: Jewish occupiers put up a “Sukkah”; the NYPD [...]

    #Occupy! « Anti-National Translation · October 18th, 2011 at 10:14 am
  6. [...] that took place at #OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyPhilly, or this useful article in The Forward, or this round-up of items from Kung Fu Jew at Jewschool. (Comical tangent: Jewish occupiers put up a “Sukkah”; the NYPD [...]

    #Occupy | contested terrain · October 18th, 2011 at 10:35 am

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