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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

On what appears to be a segment of an open Torah scroll, the words “Jewish Lit Links” appear.

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“Progressives can and should debate Israeli government policies, and American government policies, and Chinese government policies, and stand firmly on the side of justice. In doing so, they must not impose litmus tests for Jews or disregard the historical Jewish experience of marginalization, oppression, and mass murder—and they must acknowledge Jewish self-determination in our indigenous homeland as a human right.”

Source: Carly Pildis, “Anti-Zionism Has No Place in the Progressive Movement” (Tablet)

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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“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)

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“As rabbis who critique our people’s shortcomings from our pulpits, we have this advice for Chabon: Acknowledge Israeli fears and vulnerability and not just Israeli power. Presume the good faith and good will of the Israeli people, even if you believe its policies may be wrong. People are far more likely to listen to you if you listen to them.”

Source: C. Strauchler & D. Wolkenfeld, “Saving Judaism from Michael Chabon” (Commentary)

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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