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How Jews Brought America to the Tipping Point on Marriage Equality: Lessons for the Next Social Justice Issues
by Amy Dean
The story of Jews’ contributions to the campaign for marriage equality offers valuable lessons for how to break through public resistance on other issues that Jewish groups are now addressing, including economic justice initiatives like paid sick leave, rights for domestic workers, and raising the minimum wage. Read More »

POETRY: The Butcher
by Carol V. Davis
“He didn’t own the cattle, only slaughtered it. /Shtetl life was brutal, the threat of pogroms constant. / I know only that and the eyes that pierce the photo / on my mantle, so savage my children took it down / and buried it in a cupboard.” A poem by Carol V. Davis. Read More »

The Tao of Torah
by Charles Burack
While I loved the diversity of perspectives emanating from my monthly Torah study group, I found myself agitated by the theistic views of my co-members and by some of the outmoded teachings of the sacred text itself. To help me integrate seemingly conflicting views in the style of a “holistic weaver,” I turned to the non-dualistic teachings of Taoism. Read More »

Very Much Present at the Creation: John Judis’s Book on American Jews and the Establishment of Israel
by Paul L. Scham
Judis’s Genesis, which stresses the importance of American Jewish/Zionist activism and lobbying in persuading President Harry Truman to support the establishment of a Jewish state, is not strikingly different from the received narrative. Where it differs is in how Judis makes explicit that he doesn’t understand how American Jewish liberals could so completely forsake their liberal ideas in opposing Palestinian efforts to retain their homeland. Read More »

Accounting for Egyptians’ Exuberance for Violence
by Mark LeVine
It was very hard to come to grips with the fact that on the third anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution, tens of thousands of Egyptians were chanting nationalist slogans while waving photos, placards, banners and posters of General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, exhibiting a kind of hero worship and cult of personality that was unimaginable in the Mubarak era. Read More »

From Anti-Zionism to Settler Post-Zionism: What do the Settler Movement and Neturei Karta Have in Common?
by Shaul Magid
There are arguably no two movements in Israel as disparate as the Settler Movement (known as Yesha), which rejects a two-state solution and claims all of historic Erez Israel, and Neturei Karta, "premillenialists" against a Jewish State. For all their differences, they come together on a critical point: the importance of sacred land. Read More »

Dream-Wizardry: A Collaboration Between Rodger Kamenetz and Michael Hafftka
by Emily Warn
Jacob and Joseph begat Freud who begat Jung, who begat the poet Rodger Kamenetz and the visual artist Michael Hafftka. Their collaborative wizardry, published in the bookTo Die Next To You, is stunning. The poems and drawings (always paired) create vivid, waking dreams on psychological and spiritual subjects—dreams that are as resistant and open to interpretation as Pharaoh’s. Read More »

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