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Big Tent Zionism  // Posts tagged as "Big Tent Zionism"

06 Mar Posted by | Comments

A Republican Jew on Progressive Jews, Israel, and the American Jewish Community

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As a Republican Jew I often find myself in the minority. As someone who is deeply involved in Jewish life, this happens quite often. Yet when it comes to Israel, I find affiliated Jewry, especially those identified as liberal, becomes lackluster in their commitment to classical liberal values. This is not a clarion call for the Jewish community to wake up and smell the politically conservative flowers. Rather, it is a call for our community to recognize that Progressive Jews are right on Israel and wrong regarding their critique of the Jewish community. Israel is not perfect and, it is my opinion that the Jewish Progressives are 100% right that this fact should not be hidden from inquiring minds. Whether on Arab-Israeli’s, women’s, and religious rights, Israel has a lot of space for growth. Many Progressive Jews want an Israel...

29 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

Bibi, Bonnie and Clyde

Posted in: Israeli Culture

Two nights ago, I went out to see a new musical on Broadway. Bonnie & Clyde. Spoiler alert. They die. It was a phenomenal play. More interesting though, were the reactions of the 9 Israelis I saw it with. They mostly enjoyed it. They found the scenes with the gospel choir to be quite amusing. But none of them had ever really heard the full story of Bonnie and Clyde that the average American is familiar with and it was definitely novel. By intermission, one young woman was utterly confused by the ideology of the play. “I don’t get it”, she said, “I’m feeling like I want the bad guys to win”. It must be a peculiar thing that we do in America, turning mobsters, villains and murderers into folk heroes. Especially in the face of economic catastrophe (Bonnie and...

16 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

Exploring the Threat of Delegitimization


The campaign to delegitimize Israel is growing steadily and becoming ever more hostile. Not only does this movement seek to strip away Israel’s lawful existence but to prevent Jewish self-determination altogether. A key point is that the delegitimization movement is mostly non-violent, so outsider observers have the false impression that it is no real threat. Yet harm is being done: Delegitimization has become such a critical issue inside the Jewish community itself that infighting has flared, with multiple organizations challenging the validity of one another’s “pro-Israel” identity, and questioning the right of certain groups to even “belong in the tent” of the organized Jewish community. Delegitimization is such a hot topic that it became one of the major agenda points at the 2011 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Denver last week. Several panels devoted their energies to...