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Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Explores Divorce Between Liberal Jewish Americans and Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 09.21.2016 | Books
Carlo Strenger

"Here I Am" is Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel after 11 years. Jacob Bloch, its anti-hero, after one well-received novel published when he was very young, is writing for television, and doesn't like it.

Yom Kippur 5775: Israeli Liberals Are in Pain

Carlo Strenger | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.

Is Zionism Opposed To Jewish Values?

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Contemporary political Zionism, in Butler's view, has constructed a very slanted narrative of Jewish history −- one that glorifies the kingdom of David, the Maccabees, Masada and Bar Kochba, all equated with the type of bellicose masculinity embraced by some early Zionist activists.

Soul-Searching On Yom Kippur: Who Is A Good Jew?

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

How can we Jewish liberals be cured and turned again into good Jews? All we need to do is shut down our brains. According to Netanyahu & Co., this is the road to redemption.

Jews, Evangelicals And 2012: The Sky Is Not Falling

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

Unquestionably, there is a dark, fundamentalist side to American evangelicalism. They plot to use their political influence to push the U.S. in a theocratic direction. If they could. The thing is, they can't.

Friends of Israel: Bear With Us Until the Right's Frenzy Will Wear Out

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Nothing seems to penetrate the minds of Israel's right-wing politicians. It's as if they live in a bunker where the simplest of truths -- that most of the word wants a Palestinian state along 1967 lines -- doesn't reach them.

Tony Judt's Testimony on his Jewishness

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Tony Judt has been called a self-hating Jew by some of his critics. In reality he was proud to continue the Jewish tradition of irreverent, independen...

Jewish Liberals from all Nations, Unite

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

The movement initiated by J Street is now joined by the European JCall which includes leading Jewish intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Finkielkraut, which has presented its message to the European Parliament this week.

Herzl and J Street are right: You can be Pro Peace and Pro Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlo Strenger

Lately there have been attempts to exert pressure on Obama's administration to minimize conflict with the Netanyahu government. An open letter by Ron ...

A "Liberal Jew" Responds to Norman Podhoretz

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

The American system did make good on its promises for Jews; this is why so many Jews refuse to support the conservative politics of exclusion and fear. Podhoretz would have us chop down the ladder behind us.