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All posts by phoebe

  • The Zionist Left

    If I’ve tired of discussing Israel, it’s because I can’t seem to write a post I haven’t already written. When I saw Leonard Fein’s excellent

  • In defense of secularism, shirts

    Jews! Nudity! Brooklyn! Manhattan! New York Magazine’s latest cover story has it all. As is the case, I’d imagine, for most secular Jews, my relationship...

  • Ashkenaz

    Herzl was way, way off when he said that the Jewish state should use German and not Hebrew, Hebrew being, according to Herzl, too challenging....

  • Intermarriage in America vs. American intermarriage

    Crossposted at WWPD. This Israeli news program about intermarriage in the U.S. raises an interesting question: if the goal was to show how there’s something...

  • Politics and scholarship

    Crossposted at WWPD. Last month I presented a paper at a UCLA conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewry, so I was curious to...

  • What “Jew York Times”?

    Crossposted at WWPD. The NYT Weddings pages are filled with page after page of couples getting married by rabbis. The paper’s most-emailed articles are often...

  • Banality and alterity

    Crossposted at WWPD. First, Jews wishing to claim to be no different from other men did so by asserting membership in the majority, in the...

  • More Herzl, less hustle

    Just got back from the Hadag Nachash (pardon the double ‘the’) show at Webster Hall. It was odd being at a Birthright event in New...

  • Boteach me something useful: Feldman vs. NYU

    Cross-posted at WWPD. NYU must have a massive Modern Orthodox population. The huge auditorium at Cooper Union was filled with college-age women in long-enough skirts...

  • “‘Sache que, partout ou il y a de l’argent, il y a des Juifs'”*

    Cross-posted at WWPD. The New York Times Magazine “Money” issue profiles a group of Jews who manage to be simultaneously rich, materialistic, and exclusionary on...

  • “2 Days in Paris”

    Crossposted at WWPD. What happens when a quintessential New York Jew meets the family of his non-Jewish girlfriend? I have no idea, it’s not as...

  • Intermarriage and Gender, II

    If the statistics are accurate, American Jewish men are not that much more likely to be married to non-Jews than are American Jewish women. We...

  • Intermarriage and Gender

    Cross-posted at WWPD. Despite a string of unparalleled scholarly and professional successes, Noah Feldman has been ostracized by his former yeshiva. He decided to pair...

  • What do Egypt, Senegal, and Israel have in common?

    Cross-posted at WWPD. It’s promising news that Sarkozy wants to bring Israel into the monde francophone. Given the rates of French Jewish emigration, someone’s bound...

  • Why We Love Being Jews

    Gawker posted a link to a short film about The Vision Forum’s annual Father and Daughter Discipleship Retreat. The event, in Georgia (South not former-USSR),...

  • Israelophilia vs. Zionism II

    Here’s my response to the responses. First and least important, the latke-shwarma debate. Perhaps I overstated the case, but more likely I just failed to...

  • Israelophilia vs. Zionism

    Correct me if I’m wrong: The way Israelis see American Jews is in many ways a microcosm of how non-Americans see Americans in general. Israelis...

  • BBC explains it all

    I was curious to see what exactly makes British academics believe Israel is the source of all evil, so I looked to see what’s on...

  • My visit to Old-New Land

    There should be a Birthright America, to let the never-left-Zabars set see Appalachia, the Eugene, Oregonians sent to the evangelical exurbs, and so on. Because...

  • Ugh

    Blogger Mobius at Jewschool seems to be bothered by the fact that Israel is not an 100% perfect country, yet American Jews have the audacity...

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