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Not so much. Because, according to a letter signed by over 400 hundred U.S. rabbis, Fox seems to have a Glenn Beck problem: We are rabbis of diverse political views. As part of our work, we are devoted to preserving the memory of the Shoah, and to passing its lessons on to our future generations…

Blood Libel, Jews, and the Democratic Party

Like clockwork, every time an election rolls around, Republican-leaning pundits and political operatives, in their infinite wisdom, predict that this election will be the election wherein Jews abandon the Democratic Party. And then, like clockwork, Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic. One reason has to do with the Republican Party’s exclusionary identity politics: even if Jews were…

If you haven’t heard by now, Sarah Palin compared criticism of her to “blood libel“, the disgusting medieval falsehood that Jews used Christian blood in religious rituals. While some have chalked this up to paranoia, I don’t think that’s correct (besides, Palin’s paranoia stems from the bursting of her narcissistic bubble). Because there’s an increasingly…

It’s not that some Texas Republicans are anti-Semitic, it’s just that they need a Christian in charge. A bunch of angry Texan evangelical Republicans are trying to replace House Speaker Joe Strauss, and aren’t having much success. So: And, not surprisingly, the effort has started to take on religious overtones: [A] handful of outside socially…

Saturday Sermon: The Yom Kippur Edition

If you’re Jewish, you’ll probably be reading this in a few hours, depending on your time zone. What really bugs me about the theopolitical right is their selective choosing of which parts of the Bible they will take ‘literally’ and which parts they ignore. They typically ignore this bit by my landsman Izzy, which is…

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn’t usually something I discuss here, but Peter Beinart’s surprisingly on-target NY Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” is an incredibly accurate description of the self-appointed American Jewish ‘leadership’ and their supposed followers. Beinart on non-Orthodox Jewish college students: Most of the students, in other words, were…

…but who is a rabbi? A recent British High Court decision making it illegal for a Jewish school that favors Jewish applicants to base its admissions policy on whether one’s mother is Jewish, while correct in outcome, completely misunderstands the entire controversy: “One thing is clear about the matrilineal test; it is a test of…

So to speak. One of the many loathsome things about the Stupak-Mills amendment is that insurance would not be able to cover abortions for the following reasons (italics mine): Cases that are excluded: where the health but not the life of the woman is threatened by the pregnancy, severe fetal abnormalities, mental illness or anguish…

While I’m hoping to find the time to write about Norman Podhoretz’s question “Why Are Jews Liberals?” I don’t think, unlike Podhoretz, that the fundamental reason is repulsion towards the Christian theopolitical right. But this statement by two South Carolina County Republican Party chairmen certainly won’t help:

The wackaloons over at Conservapedia have a new project: releasing a new version of the Bible. No, really: