Religion & Beliefs

Wicked Bad Progressive Jews!

I'd imagine that many Jewcy readers might describe themselves (among other things) as "Progressive Jews." Such readers might be interested in reading this article in the NYTimes and the AJC essay it discusses, 'Progressive' Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism." … Read More

By / February 1, 2007
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I'd imagine that many Jewcy readers might describe themselves (among other things) as "Progressive Jews." Such readers might be interested in reading this article in the NYTimes and the AJC essay it discusses, 'Progressive' Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism."

Evidently, "a number of Jews, through their speaking and writing, are feeding a rise in virulent anti-Semitism by questioning whether Israel should even exist."

I'm not going to get started on the "Does anti-Israel=anti-Semitism" question today, and I want to state here that I've carefully avoided the Jimmy Carter mess, because I'm having a really hard time thinking it through in a clear way. But this NYTimes piece is really really really worth your time, and I'm going to re-read it myself right now.

There's so much here, and I think it's critical, as we head into this particular fray, that we try to avoid taking sides automatically, and actually ask ourselves what we believe as individuals, and as a community.

You know, the way Jews have been known to do.