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It Took Four Days

By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

September 7, 2012 | 5:32 pm

So what I really want to write about are the political party conventions.  However, I’m trying to sort my way through the issues around clergy and politics, what it means to be ‘partisan’... read on

  • Who’s A Good Pussy?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    August 20, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    I don’t think the women of Pussy Riot should go to prison.  With their Punk Prayer, they’ve pushed human rights issues in Russia onto the international stage in ways that ‘respectable’ NGOs could not.  And they brought in some neon to break up the grey; they’re fun and kind... read on

  • Anglo-Saxon?  And By That You Mean…

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 26, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    So, I used to work as a flak in politics, and here’s something I learned.  If a candidate wanted to get a controversial opinion out there—say a racially marked dig at an opponent—here is how they might do it: get an unpaid advisor to make the remark for print but not... read on

  • Erev Rav, Really?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 20, 2012 | 1:22 am

    (I will be writing more about the Auschwitz trip at some point, but stuff is marinating, and it’s time to get back to life in LA.  So let me check in about something closer to home.)

    I’ve had some pushback about the name of this blog.

    It appears that, for adherents of a... read on

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  • Debriefing Auschwitz Part 2: Poland

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 4, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Krakov, the Polish city in which we stayed prior to seeing Auschwitz, is, well, charming.  That’s such a dicey word—right up there with ‘picturesque’—but, really, it is.  Cobbled streets are crowded with cafes and bars and with boutiques that offer the fabulous clothing... read on

  • Debriefing Auschwitz: Part 1

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 1, 2012 | 6:14 pm

    So I’m back in the States, on retreat(ish) working through the lessons of this trip to Auschwitz.
    What did I learn that I didn’t know?  Of what was I reminded?  Am I changed?  (No this hasn’t become a Holocaust blog, but this excursion is going to be my curriculum for the next... read on

  • Birkenau and Krakov: Absolute horror, undeniable hope

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 29, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    BIRKENAU: So outrageously beautiful here in early summer.  Dana Schwartz, a child survivor of the ghetto and forest, now in her seventies, once told me what a friend, a former prisoner at Auschwitz, said in response to the common observation of first-time visitors to Auschwitz in the... read on

  • The graves that aren’t there

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 23, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    "The SS man learned the attitude of a warrior for war's sake; unquestioning obedience; hardness as hardening himself against any human empathy; contempt for the ‘inferior'; and arrogance towards all who did not belong in the Order..."
    Hans Buchheim, 1967


    Berlin: We've seen a lot... read on

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