January 6, 2017

Anyone remember the Jewish Defense League? Not to be confused with the Anti-Defamation League, the JDL was founded by Meir Kahane, a New York Orthodox rabbi who went on to become a Knesset member in 1984. His party was later outlawed by Israel for advocating the kinds of things that modern Israeli right-wingers only talk about doing on days that end in “y.” Kahane was assassinated on a trip to New York but his legacy lives on. In Israel his… Read more

January 3, 2017

Two straight days of blogging here. The impending inauguration must be messing with me. I thought I’d share something that I received from some “helpful” Jewish supporters of Trump who thought that this would somehow bring me around. It’s a video made by that great Jewish leader Jackie Mason in which he takes on Hollywood for its pretty much mass denunciation of Trump. Displaying what may be a never-before-experienced degree of hypocrisy, he rails against their low character (really!) and disrespect for our new Orange Overlord. I can… Read more

January 2, 2017

It was back in August that I blogged here for the last time. I wrote about the Jewish community’s reaction to the Movement for Black Lives after publication of a platform critical of Israel. Then the campaign ramped up and I just gave up on blogging. What more could I add to the national discourse? What did I have to say that thousands hadn’t said already? This is the frustration of blogging. It provides evidence of Kohelet’s (Ecclesiastes’) proverb that… Read more

August 5, 2016

I’m going to take a break from my gleeful Trump posts to deal with an important issue that is coming up in the Jewish world. I apologize for the length, but I think this controversy demands a thoughtful response. In case you missed it, the release of The Movement for Black Lives’ new platform, Vision for Black Lives, has raised the ire of many in the organized Jewish community. Organizations ranging from the institutional (Boston Jewish Community Relations Council) to… Read more

August 3, 2016

Whiny little brat Trump mocked a woman with a crying baby at his rally yesterday for thinking he was serious when he first said that her baby wasn’t bothering him. I guess the crying baby was just too much competition for his own infantile behavior. Frankly, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between Trump and a shrieking toddler. Today’s whaa-whaa-whaa is all about how the election is going to be rigged and stolen from him. I loved the Washington Post’s… Read more

August 1, 2016

Everywhere that I turn, the media are asking, “Did Trump go too far with his attack on Khizr and Ghazala Khan?” as if this is the first time that he’s “gone too far.” What is “too far” with Trump, anyway? Is it supposed to be the point at which somebody in the Republican leadership demonstrates a modicum of human decency by abandoning party tribalism and finally renouncing him? Is that the definition of “too far?” If that’s the case, then… Read more

July 27, 2016

Yes, you read that correctly. One of my feminist heroes, Jessica Valenti, has suspended her social media after being on the receiving end of endless hatred and death threats. Some of those were directed at her 5-year old daughter. You can read more about it at this link. Ms. Valenti was the recipient of the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Heroine Award in 2014. I was honored to meet her. I hope that Humanists everywhere will rush to her defense. Write… Read more

July 27, 2016

So you don’t like Hillary? She’s too “crooked” for you? The Donald’s tabloidian designation of her has taken root in your mind and heart? Well, the only “crookedness” I’ve seen with her is an understandable excess of caution with regard to her privacy leading to the email server issue. Otherwise I’ve seen a woman in public service all of her life. I’ve seen a politician who basically shares most of my values and has made decisions that I agreed with,… Read more

June 13, 2016

Here is the message that I sent out yesterday to my own community: Today our country experienced what President Obama has called “an act of terror and an act of hate.” In the days and weeks ahead we will struggle to come to terms with yet another mass shooting, this one the worst in our nation’s history. We will hear calls for prayers and for gun legislation. We will argue about religious fanaticism and immigration and security. Many people will… Read more

May 24, 2016

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… Read more

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