“The whole point of ‘Anti-Zionism on Campus’ is that it takes courage to speak out in defense of Israel on campus today. ‘[C]ampus anti-Israelists are in it for the long haul,’ writes [Andrew] Pessin in an epilogue titled ‘Inconclusive, Unscientific Postscript: On the Purpose of the University, and a Ray of Hope.’ He continues: ‘It remains unclear whether those who do not believe that Israel is an unqualified abomination will be able to stay in it for the long haul as well. It is a hard battle to fight, and the personal costs are great.’
His words are intended to inspire — and, perhaps, to shame — the reader to speak up for his or her convictions in the face of anti-Zionism wherever it is found. When compared with what others have already given to the cause of the Jewish state, and what the citizens of Israel continue to give, it is not much to ask of anyone who proudly calls himself or herself a Zionist.”
Source: Jonathan Kirsch, review of Anti-Zionism on Campus: The University, Free Speech and BDS, edited by Andrew Pessin and Doron S. Ben-Atar (Jewish Journal)
My own menorah, lit up for the sixth night of the holiday back in 2014/5775. With dreidels.
Simchat Torah is just ending, but at National Public Radio (NPR), they’re at work assembling the next “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast. (It’s a program that I’ve always been fond of, particularly since I contributed a story.)
Through the grapevine, I was encouraged to check in with NPR’s Madeline Clement, who gave me permission to share with my networks this info about what they’re looking for:
“Either fiction or essay is fine. Must be about Hanukkah in some way.”
Length: “Less than 15 minutes read time is ideal).”
Pay Range: “$300/story.”
Stories are welcome from anywhere, but they must be in English.
Reprints welcome if prior publication wasn’t exclusive/author owns rights.
Deadline: ASAP (stories are being considered on a rolling basis) until 10/14.
Please don’t ask me your questions! I’m JTM (just the messenger). Please do contact Ms. Clement with questions/submissions.
Thanks, everyone—and good luck!
“I understand why some Jews are alienated from Judaism or don’t see it as relevant to their lives, but I think it’s important for them to give Judaism another chance. If you’re Jewish, it is in you. Even if you weren’t raised with it, it’s somewhere in your genetic code, in your kishkes [gut].”
“The Holiness Hidden Within The World: Rabbi Rachel Timoner On Rediscovering Judaism,” interview conducted by Laura Esther Wolfson (The Sun)
Image description: pages of Hebrew text.
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I’ve been trying (with mixed success) to keep up with texts and videos of Holy Day sermons. Here’s one that I discovered (via Rabbi Jeff Salkin), that left an especially strong impression. Continue reading ›