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Jews and America

For better and worse.

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My People

Back here in the U.S. of A, though, American Jews aren’t European, but American…and what better way to be American than by listening to the quaintly strummed tunes of your homeland?

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Not a Gentleman

Anthony Trollope, Enlightenment liberalism, Jews, capitalism, and the evils of modernity.

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What’s “Clark Kent” in Yiddish?

This essay first ran on Splice Today. _________________________ One of the smartest books I’ve ever read about ethnicity is James Loewen’s Mississippi Chinese. Like the title says, it’s an academic study of Chinese immigrants in Mississippi during the first half of the twentieth century. Specifically, it tries to explain why virtually all of them ended […]

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Spiritual Enlightenment from Peanuts

I was reading the 1963 Fantagraphics Peanuts collection to my son (now on sale!) he’s gotten really into them recently. Anyway, there’s one fantastic series of strips where Linus paints a Biblical mural on the ceiling of Snoopy’s doghouse. In perhaps the best, Linus comments that he isn’t sure what Antiochus Epiphanes of the Maccabee […]

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