Republican Jewish Coalition Is Spineless

My previous post about Trump raised the hackles of a couple of members of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). They were upset that I dared to compare Trump to Hitler.For the record, I did not compare Trump to Hitler. I did call him the the führer. But that's just the German word for leader.What I actually did point out was that there is no shortage of unrepentant Jew-haters pulling for Trump. And I asked Jewish Trump supporters if they weren't just a wee bit concerned that they were ge … [Read more...]

What Do Sheldon Adelson, Stormfront, the KKK, and Louis Farrakhan Have in Common?

I have to say that I’m beginning to understand why evangelical ministers protest about their 501(c)(3) restrictions on speaking up about candidates at official functions or in their publications.I’m feeling their frustration as I am muzzled by the same rules at my Secular Humanistic Jewish congregation at a time when I really want to speak up about Donald Trump. I guess I’ll just have to do what everyone else does and blog about it.Today I want to talk to any Jewish Republicans who might … [Read more...]

Schlonged!

Warning: This post contains bad words. Sorry about that. But we’re all adults here and Science now says that people who curse have better vocabularies.I think that the funniest thing about Donald Trump’s use of the Yiddish word schlong is his denial that he said anything weird.The word really means “serpent.” But just like many people use that word as a synonym for penis, in Yiddish and English (or Yinglish) it pretty much exclusively refers to a penis.Also, schlong is a noun. I’v … [Read more...]

Ben Carson Hates Israel!

Ben Carson speaks with great authority about the Bible. This is in spite of the fact that Ben Carson doesn’t know seem to know anything about the Bible.Last week he was asked about why he opposes gay marriage. He remarked that legalizing it now opens the door to the “the next natural question”: Why should we not open marriage up to polygamy?The whole gay marriage issue, he noted, shows how America is ignoring “the word of God” and tossing “the whole thing in the garbage.”But it is act … [Read more...]

Francis and Kim

I was not planning to write about the visit of the Bishop of Rome, whom I unaffectionately refer to as Pope Fluffy.But that was before I read about his meeting with Kim Davis.Yesterday’s edition of the Times reported that Fluffy was asked what he thought about government employees who refuse to do their jobs: Asked about government employees who refused to discharge their duties as an act of religious conscience, including refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, Francis did n … [Read more...]

Now ALL the Jews Hate Ann Coulter!

All the Jews are up in arms about Ann Coulter.Liberal Jews, like liberal everyone-elses, have been pointing out for years that this woman is a rabid racist. Her latest book alone should be enough to demonstrate that.But now all the Republican Jews are whining about her, too. They've suddenly discovered that she’s just as much a Jew-hater as a hater of all people who are not white northern Europeans.Here’s the odd thing. Taken as a whole, what Coulter tweeted was not the most inac … [Read more...]

Christian-Jewish Relations in 5776

Let's talk about the state of "Christian-Jewish" relations!For most of the past 2,000 years, our relations consisted of Christians alternatively killing and forcibly converting (and killing and forcibly converting and exiling) the Jews.Since the rise of the state of Israel, all kinds of power dynamics have changed and today the word “complicated” hardly begins to describe it. So as we begin the new year of 5776, let's take a look at how representatives of two of the world's most int … [Read more...]

J Street U Picks Muslim Leader, Jews Freak Out

The new president of the campus arm of the liberal Zionist organization J Street was elected last week at the J Street U summer leadership conference.After taking a class at the University of Maryland, where she is a senior, she “fell in love with Zionism,” noting that Zionism is about taking ownership over the story of one’s people.” She also spent a semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem to get a better idea of what Israel was all about.Could there be anything more wonderful for a g … [Read more...]

340 Rabbis Come out in Support of Iran Deal

September is a busy month for the Jews this year. As is usually usual, the “high” holidays fall in the middle of the month. As is most definitely unusual, so does the vote in Congress about a certain nuclear arms deal with Iran.I imagine that many rabbis will use the first occasion to comment on the second. It’s harder to gauge where American rabbis stand (outside of the Orthodox) on this issue than where American Jewry does (see my previous post).I have joined 339 other American rabbis w … [Read more...]

Iran Deal: Leaders Out of Step with American Jewry

As I wrap up my vacation, it’s time to return to blogging. A few weeks ago I received an email message from the local Detroit Jewish Federation announcing that it has decided to explicitly oppose the Iran nuclear deal. I thought this would be an anomaly. I predicted that only a small number of Jewish federations would take a position while the vast majority would exercise better judgment by facilitating debate while remaining neutral. I was wrong. Many others have done the same, including the fe … [Read more...]


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