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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,...

Difficult Elections

Erin Graff Zivin is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, and Director of the Graduate Certificate program in Translation Studies at the University of Southern California Thought I saw an eagle But it might have been a vulture, I never could decide. Leonard Cohen, “Story of...

Vidui for Black Lives

Yesterday I was floored by the callous disregard for justice  – no, I’m used to that. What I was floored by was its blatentness. To have the only charges be for the walls of the neighbors’ apartments, and none for the senseless and terrible death of Breonna Taylor. At this time of...

Daniel Sieradski