June 22, 2015

In his racist manifesto, terrorist and murderer Dylan Roof allegedly cites the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) as an inspiration for his views. Now there are reports coming out that Earl P. Holt III, one of the leaders of CofCC, has donated generously to the campaigns of several Republican presidential candidates. From the Guardian: Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks – including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most… Read more

June 20, 2015

Yesterday I commented in a post that the one flag flying high atop its post in South Carolina is the racist flag of the Confederacy on the grounds of the state’s capitol. I’m sure this warms the heart of Dylan Roof, the terrorist behind the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church. He clearly loves that flag as he shows us in this just-released photo: The New York Times is reporting that a website has been revealed featuring his racist rants. This… Read more

June 19, 2015

Since hearing the news of the massacre in Charleston, I have set aside all of the posts I’ve been working on. I know that this country is riddled with racism, but there is something about an attack on churches in the black community that just fills me with dread. At a time when many of us are shouting that “Black Lives Matter!” this massacre comes as a terrorist’s response. It is not an accident that he selected a black church. There is… Read more

June 17, 2015

To everyone’s surprise – and no one’s more than his own – Bibi Netanyahu is leading a razor’s edge coalition of 61 seats despite the fact that the election results should have guaranteed him 67. This is because Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu (“Israel is our home”) party did not participate. It’s all particularly weird when you consider the fact that Lieberman’s party actually merged with Likud for the previous election, taking up spaces on the list that otherwise would have… Read more

June 16, 2015

Early in my career, while serving as director and rabbi at a Hillel Jewish student center, I received an emergency call in the middle of the night. This was pretty unusual for a Hillel director. I got to the hospital and discovered that one of my graduate students had suffered a very, very late term miscarriage, a stillbirth really. By the time I arrived, she and her husband were holding their infant for the first and only time. I spent the… Read more

June 13, 2015

Really, Daily Beast? It’s like you’re not even trying. Read more

June 11, 2015

The Adelson-Saban Republicratic (So-Called Mainstream) Jewish Summit Meeting to Eradicate the Menace of BDS Jew-Hatred has concluded. Fifty million dollars was pledged to slaughter the BDS-monster, though they seemed to have no plans or strategies for how to do that. The one thing that we did learn from the big Vegas get-together is that the effort now has a name. The Forward is reporting that it will be called the Campus Maccabees project or effort or some such term. This… Read more

June 10, 2015

President Obama gave a pretty important interview last week to a major news channel. You probably didn’t hear about it because the interview was with Israel’s Channel 2 News. More on this below. Meanwhile, this week the Treasury Secretary of the United State, an Orthodox Jew named Jack Lew, was booed and jeered and heckled by attendees at the annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York. This happened when he told the audience that the president remains enormously committed to… Read more

June 8, 2015

Sometimes I feel like I must be missing some kind of Jewish gene that enables so many other liberal Jews to comprehend ideas that seem completely meaningless to me. This is how I felt while reading the Forward’s latest installment of “Godology,” a conversation between columnist Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo, a Conservative rabbi. “Godology” is a monthly series “in which they explore what it means to be ‘Godish’ – to kind of, sort of, believe in God.” The first thing… Read more

June 5, 2015

Like other secular humanists, I’ve been touting the Pew data about the drop in religiosity in America (and in the Jewish community). Sometimes I have weirdly mixed feelings about this. I do serve a congregation, after all, even if it is determinedly nontheistic. An overall drop in affiliation is not exactly a measure of job security for me! Nevertheless, the overall trend leaves me feeling happy and optimistic that Americans are slowly coming to their senses. The vagueness of these polls… Read more

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