On a Spiritual Quest for Authenticity, Americans Trade Religion for Advertising Campaigns and Internet Newsfeeds

Sept. 23 2020

In her book Strange Rites—which she previously discussed on the Mosaic podcast—Tara Isabella Burton explores the various quasi-religious clusters of ideas that have sprung up in post-Christian America, from “wellness” and “fandom” to witchcraft and radical political activism. At the heart of all of them is Americans’ burning desire for “a spiritual identity and surrounding community that precisely reflects their values, their moral and social intuitions, their lived experience, and their sense of self.” Michal Leibowitz notes in her review:

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More about: American Judaism, American Religion

BDS, Unable to Harm Israel, Has Turned Its Sights on Jews in the Diaspora

Feb. 26 2021

March 15 marks the beginning of this year’s Israel Apartheid Week, during which campus groups around the world hold rallies and events for the purpose of defaming the Jewish state and mustering support for the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction it (BDS). Richard Kemp comments:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS