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Well, I Thought It Was A Good Joke

The SNL joke was a good one. I didn’t find it that funny, but it turns out to have been an excellent joke. Here’s the deal – a joke’s purpose is not to inform you of information. The set-up was that about half of Israel’s population has been vaccinated, while the punchline...

Netanyahu and the Mainstream Jewish Community Have Called People Like Me Anti-Israel for Years. Now I’m Disconnecting from Israel Altogether. Did They Win?

In the last few weeks, among many other depressing stories, the Netanyahu regime has arrested and/or tried multiple non-violent Palestinian activists, the IDF trampled Palestinian lands and buildings near Hebron during exercises despite promising not to do so, the Jewish National Fund has made official its previous backdoor support for West Bank...

How toxic is Zionism among young Jews?

So toxic that PJ library is partnering to Tu Bishvat with the National Forest Foundation rather than JNF. From a press release: J Library celebrates Jewish Earth Day with Plant for Tomorrow Stewardship for the earth and a deep love and respect for trees go back to the earliest days of Jewish...

Reconceptualizing Resistance

guestpost by Aron Wander Everyday forms of resistance make no headlines. – James Scott, Weapons of the Weak This past August, an exhibit titled “Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust” opened at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London. The Senior Curator, Barbara Warnock, explained: Sometimes the view that people have is that the...

מאי חנוכה / What do we do with Hanukah?

What to do with Hanukah? (Spoiler alert—its actually about Diaspora.) Hanukah lives in the sweet spot where there is one story which claims that it is “historically true” and yet there is very little contemporary evidence to back this up—the earliest account being written generations after the events—and there is another story,...

Daniel Sieradski