Drawing on her years of experience teaching classes and organizing programs for Jews eager to learn more about Judaism after completing their formal schooling, Erica Brown addresses the common flaws in American Jewish education and how they can be fixed. In particular, she warns against the “march of the Jewish cliché”—that is, the way in which rabbis and adult educators offer a “warm bath of familiar phrases and slogans” instead of exposing their audiences to the richness and intellectual complexity of the Jewish tradition. (Interview by Jonathan Silver. Audio, 52 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)
The Challenges of Jewish Adult Education
The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself
Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.
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