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Is Kevin MacDonald Right?

Is Kevin MacDonald Right?
By February 27, 2007

Kevin MacDonald has been described as the “Marx of the Anti-Semites.” Google around the slimier regions of the web and you’ll see that his trilogy of books on Jews—A People that Shall Dwell Alone, Assimilation and its Discontents, and Culture … Read More

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Jews Should Turn Back to the Sephardic Legacy

Jews Should Turn Back to the Sephardic Legacy
By February 23, 2007

From: Stephen Schwartz To: Kerry Olitzky Subject: Muslims and Jews—a single “ummah” Kerry, We’ve discussed including non-Jews or intermarried couples in the Jewish community. But how about bringing the Sephardim into the American Jewish dialogue? American Jews hardly know that … Read More

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The FrankenJew Generation

The FrankenJew Generation
By February 22, 2007

From: Kerry Olitzky To: Stephen Schwartz Subject: Inclusion—It’s That Simple. Stephen, An “inclusive” Jewish community would accept those who cast their lot with the Jewish people. This includes interfaith families who would otherwise be excluded. Of course, there must be … Read More

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Semites Everywhere You Look

Semites Everywhere You Look
By February 21, 2007

From: Stephen Schwartz To: Kerry Olitzky Subject: What would "Jewish Inclusiveness" look like? Kerry, I'm intrigued by your mention of "an inclusive Jewish community [that] include[s] Muslims as it does Christians." Could you elaborate? Certainly a great many Gentiles or … Read More

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Brace Yourself for Jewish-Muslim Intermarriage

Brace Yourself for Jewish-Muslim Intermarriage
By February 20, 2007

From: Stephen Schwartz To: Kerry Olitzky Subject: Jews, Muslims, and Intermarriage Kerry, The striking thing we have in common is that neither of us proceeded along a predictable or linear path. Is this American, Jewish, just typical of religious people … Read More

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Building a “Big Tent” Judaism

Building a “Big Tent” Judaism
By February 20, 2007

From: Kerry Olitzky To: Stephen Schwartz Subject: Beginnings…From Squirrel Hill to Mt. Sinai My background is not quite as exotic as yours, Stephen, but I’ll share it with you nonetheless. I was born in Pittsburgh, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, … Read More

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Why I Chose Islam Instead of Judaism

Why I Chose Islam Instead of Judaism
By February 19, 2007

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz is executive director of The Center for Islamic Pluralism, and a supporter of the Jewish people and Israel. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, which brings Judaism to interfaith families and the … Read More

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Day 4: Is Jewish Renewal the Next Step in Spirituality, or Boomer Narcissism?

Day 4: Is Jewish Renewal the Next Step in Spirituality, or Boomer Narcissism?
By February 16, 2007

From: Arthur Waskow To: Daniel Bronstein Subject: We must learn to live with power Daniel, If I repeat myself, it’s because I feel unheard and caricatured. A new Judaic paradigm will not require us to abandon all elements of the … Read More

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