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The Mishpocha

There has been quite a bit of conversation both on this blog and in the Jewish press and blogosphere on both the tactics and content of the recent JVP action at the GA. I have to say I was really…

The Myth of Authenticity

Over at The Forward, Jay Michaelson has a great column on The Myth of Authenticity. As I read it, his basic point is to crack apart any sense of an essential transhistorical Judaism in favor of an outlook that sees…

NewGround

NewGround, a joint venture between the Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Muslim Public Affairs Council is accepting applications for their new fellowship cohorts in LA and the Bay area. This is not dialogue that ignores or minimizes differences so that…

Where is the Justice?

I just read Rabbi Arik Ascherman’s recent post, which describes the scene on the ground in Sheikh Jarakh. My first response, sadness and anger. After that, I’m just left thinking of the insanity of a settlement movement that is not…

Down to Earth

With all the recent posts about J Street and the politics of politics, I wanted to just take a moment and bring our attention back down to the ground, where the key questions are not about intermarried Jews or how…

Justice and Jewish Thought

Jewschool: Progressive Jews and Judaism. It says so in the tile bar. Sounds simple, right? But, how do we build a rich and self-consciously progressive Judaism and Jewish community? For me, a small set of contemporary Jewish thinkers have been…

Oh, you…

Obama’s ‘evenhandedness’ troubles OU. When you oppose evenhandedness, you know you’ve lost your moral compass. For a more complete report on the meeting in question, click here. I’m jaded enough to think that this little ray of sunshine in US…