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What does ADL Stand For?

I published a rather scathing essay about Abraham Foxman and the Anti-Defamation League in the latest issue of American Jewish Life, and surprisingly I haven’t received anything but positive feedback about it. A bit of background: Over the waning months…

AJL Does the Da Vinci Code

We know. We know. The Da Vinci Code is a movie about the Catholic Church and pagan worship of the sacred feminine and all that mysterious jazz. But we thought there might be some Jewish audience with an interest, so…

Munich… will it ever stop?

The answer is no. Controversy over Steven Spielberg’s film continues unabated, though now that it’s out we can actually discuss the quality of the film rather than the political partisanships it kicks up. Novel thought that… In any event, my…

Beyond Chutzpah indeed

The private little war between Alan Dershowitz and Norman Finkelstein has been covered here in the past, and I’ve just finished reading (and briefly reviewing) Finkelstein’s latest book, in which he takes Dershowitz apart. I’m not averse to the argument…

Rebooting the iPod Generation

There is an organization, Reboot, for which I have much fondness. It’s not just because they’re a group of Jewish intellectuals who are both engaged within the community but also very interested in ways to revive, revitalize, and renew their…