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Cornel West: On Chesed, Hamlet, and the Jewish Prophet Amos

You may remember the uproar Cornel West, the Zelig-like black scholar, caused last year when he viciously attacked Obama on the liberal website Truthdig.  The big news was that West—a prominent voice in American public life, but especially within the black community—had turned against the man he spent much of the 2008 campaigning for.  But there was a lesser-noticed quote in that interview that raised many Jewish eyebrows.  Embedded in his criticism that Obama wasn’t quite black enough, he said that Obama seemed “most comfortable with upper-¬middle

On the Jewish Mount Rushmore, Would Ulysses S. Grant Make it?

Do you ever wonder what, one hundred years from now, historians will make of Obama’s record?  And how about something more specific: his record with Jews?  I do.  But reading Jenna Weissman Joselit’s review of a new book on Ulysses S.

Conservative Judaism: You Think It's Struggling in America? Check out the UK

There was once a talmudic student in Europe who was brilliant scholar, as well as a fervent believer. He practiced religious rules scrupulously, and was moved by a godly spirit too. But when he said that God may not have actually given the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai some 4,000 years ago, his colleagues were outraged.  "Blasphemy!" they implored, and cast him out of their sight. 

Angry America & Jewish Wisdom

08/17/2010
JInsider

America is sick and tired and isn’t going to take it any more… Whatever “it” is. From the Tea Party movement and the Glenn Beck circus on Fox TV (below, right) to the folk hero response JetBlue steward Steven Slater (below, left) received for his dramatic exit from employment, we are one fed-up nation. What does Jewish wisdom tell us about human rage? Are there any good techniques for anger management? Here are a few excerpts from our expert rabbis. Share your feelings at connect@jinsider.com.

Venting on Venting

Why The American Jewish Divide Is Growing

02/29/2008
Editor and Publisher
It’s no secret that the divisions between Orthodox Jews and the rest of American Jewry are deepening, not only in religious practice and belief but in ideological, social and political terms as well.
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