anti-Semitism

Grassyards and Anti-Grassyards: Notes on The Gunter Grass Affair

In the war waging over Gunter Grass—the Nobel Prize winning German author, teenage Nazi soldier, and author of a poem denouncing Israel’s threats on Iran—it’s hard to tell whose national psyche is more scarred.  In Germany, where Grass, 84, published the poem, translated into English as “What Must Be Said,” the intellectual landscape has been virtual

On Adrienne Rich, R.I.P., and Radical Transformation

For the first half of her life, the woman born Adrienne Cecile Rich, in Baltimore, 1929, lived the life you would have expected.  She was baptized and raised in the Episcopalian church; her father was a medical professor at Johns Hopkins; her mother a pianist and composer.  Adrienne went to Radcliffe and wrote poetry.  By 1950, the kingmaker of mid-century poets, W.H. Auden, helped her publish her first collection, “A Change of World,” which featured accomplished if rather dull formal English verse—punctual meters, rhymes, etc.

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.

French Attack Shakes N.Y. Community; Security Alerts Here

Massacre at Toulouse Jewish school results in call for vigilance as NYPD steps up visibility.

03/20/2012

Yet another warning for local Jewish organizations to increase their vigilance due to events overseas went out this week, as the gruesome murder of four French Jews, three of them children, sent shockwaves around the world.

The New York Police Department had a visible presence outside major institutions such as large Manhattan synagogues, prompting some other organizations to demand the same level of protection.

Relatives and mourners attend a ceremony at the Ozar Hatorah school.

Tragedy In France

03/20/2012
Editorial

In the season before Passover, one of the most joyous dates on the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish communities of the United States, France and other lands find themselves in mourning, on high alert and reminded once again that anti-Semitism remains a reality, especially in Europe.

J'Accuse! Robert Alter on Nathan Englander, a New Literary Feud

When I saw that the new issue of The New Republic had Robert Alter reviewing a new work by Nathan Englander, I instinctively thought it’d be of Englander’s new translation of the Passover Haggadah.  Given that Alter is a widely admired translator of the Hebrew Bible, it was only natural for me to assume as much. 

U. Cal President Defends Farrakhan Speech But Faults Group That Invited Him

03/11/2012

University of California President Mark Yudof defended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's right to speak at the university's Berkeley campus.

Farrakhan's speech Saturday was billed as being about black empowerment, but was also peppered with anti-Semitic and hate speech, students told The Daily Californian student newspaper.

FBI, Police Probing Anti-Semitic Messages At Fla. Restaurant

03/06/2012

An investigation has been opened into anti-Semitic messages left at a new kosher restaurant in South Florida.

The FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a series of hate messages left at the Mozart Cafe in Deerfield Beach since its opening more than four months ago, WSVN-TV reported.

Richard Taruskin and Classical Music: Good for the Jews

Perhaps the greatest irony of classical music is that, while Jews have excelled in the genre as both composers and musicians, they have left very little notable music with an identifiable Jewish strain.  Many have tried, to be sure—Leonard Bernstein and Steven Reich, to name two.  But both those greats will be forever famous for their non-Jewish work.

Paul Reportedly Was involved In Racist, Anti-Semitic Newsletters

01/31/2012

 Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul reportedly signed off on racially charged newsletters in the 1990s, despite denying his involvement.

Paul said recently that he was not involved in the writing of and did not read the “Ron Paul Survival Report” pamphlets produced in the 1990s as part of a marketing campaign for a company and non-profit organization that was intertwined with his political career, the Washington Post reported Saturday, citing three people with direct knowledge of his business.

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