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Are you a Member of the Tribe?

I must confess, it wasn’t until fairly recently that I heard the term M.O.T., as in member of the tribe. But then the person who asked if the guy I was telling him about was an MOT, probably had never heard of JOCs, as in Jews of color. I’ll never know. I didn’t ask when… Continue reading Are you a Member of the Tribe?

Holocaust · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · teaching

I overdid it, thank G-d!

I definitely overdid it today trying to squeeze in seeing a bunch of friends in one day. OUCH. This morning, I saw my best friend from my teaching days. As it happens, she is the wife of a Presbyterian pastor! Yeah, this is not the beginning of a joke. We have been trying for years… Continue reading I overdid it, thank G-d!

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Racism and the Myth of a "Victim Mentality"

Racism and the Myth of a “Victim Mentality”By Tim WiseFebruary 20, 2010 Recently, I received an e-mail from a college professor who shows a video of one of my speeches in her classroom. She explained that she was in need of a citation for a claim I had made in the video, to the effect… Continue reading Racism and the Myth of a "Victim Mentality"

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A self-hating Jew?

If you haven’t heard of it already, then you’ve probably been living under a rock (or a sukkah?). The news media is ablaze with a (possibly) tall tale that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might be a Jew. Apparently, his parents changed their surname to Ahmadinejad after converting to Islam. The name before? Sabourjian…a Iranian Jewish… Continue reading A self-hating Jew?

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Why White Supremacists are scared…

“…America at its best — open, diverse, pluralistic, fighting for human dignity and decency, confronting the hatreds that resulted in the Holocaust, the hatreds that would invite its repetition.” “Holocaust Museum: America at its best” is a heartfelt look at the latest tragedy and how we can fight against it. 

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Nightmare at the Museum

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the museum, a shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum says different. Why would anyone shoot up a Holocaust museum of all places?

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Dead on Arrival

The Reform and the Conservative movements are dying. The Pope is not a demon. The Orthodox aren’t ready for female rabbis. Homosexuals aren’t welcome? Um, did I embellish the points I took away from this profile of Yeshiva University chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm, “Non-Orthodox Judaism disappearing”? I don’t think so. What do you think? And… Continue reading Dead on Arrival