Monthly Archives: April 2009

Jewcy Zeitgeist: U.N. to Avoid Future Racism Conferences, Beyoncé Not Tone Deaf, and Disabled Michigan Girl Found Dead

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the Obama administration will not tolerate any Palestinian government that does not recognize the right of Israel to exist. After the goings-on at Durban II, … Read More

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Torture and the Problem of Constitutional Evil

A year ago, in a blog post at Balkinization.com, Mark Graber discussed John Yoo’s role as an example of what he has called "the problem of Constitutional Evil." Graber’s point is that the assumption that anything that is "evil" is … Read More

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Public Nudity

Last summer, when I told my agent that I was pregnant, she honestly offered her heartiest congratulations – she’s a warm, generous person – but I could see a flicker of anxiety cross her pale, pretty face. "So you’re due … Read More

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Peoples of the Blog

By now, we’ve all heard the hype: Web 2.0 is changing the very notion of media, blogging is replacing journalism, and thanks to MySpace and YouTube (not to mention XTube), we are all, just as Andy Warhol predicted, movie stars … Read More

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This is Social Justice

The irresistible urge to work for justice is a hallmark of Jewish engagement with the modern world. Ever since the Haskalah, a.k.a. the ‘Jewish Enlightenment,’ began to pry open the gates of European ghettos in the 18th century, Jewish law … Read More

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The Hideous Face of Hamas Rule in Gaza

“You can only imagine what would happen if Israel dealt with its internal political enemies or dissenters in such a fashion,” writes Richard Cohen of a new Human Rights Watch report detailing the appalling abuses of human rights entailed by … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Freddie Mac Exec Hangs, Maine to Support Gay Marriage, and Turbulence Causes Paralysis

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order: The acting CFO of Freddie Mac was found dead in his Vienna, Virginia home this morning, the victim of an apparent suicide by hanging. The battle between Miss California and Perez Hilton rages on … Read More

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Everyone’s a Critic (of the Jews)

One of the biggest–and strangest–choices a writer has to make in the months preceding the publication a book is whether or not to read your reviews. If you’re not a writer, this probably sounds insane. Why wouldn’t you read the … Read More

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