Jewish Journal

  • The Maccabees Were Not the Taliban.  Or Che Guevara.  Or the Irgun. Let’s Celebrate the Miracle.

    By Robin Podolsky

    December 14, 2012 | 2:20 pm

     (For now, the only constructive comments I can think to offer about Connecticut are an acknowledgement of the horror and an offering of prayers.  Next week, after the close of this festival during which we’re forbidden to eulogize and after more facts have come to light, there may... read on

  • There Was A Choice?  Then This Is Wrong.

    By Robin Podolsky

    November 15, 2012 | 6:45 pm

    No, nobody is obliged to put up with rocket barrages aimed randomly at civilians.  Nobody could watch as their children are traumatized daily, or live with one’s own growing anger and anxiety when just commuting to work or going to the store becomes an act of steely resolve, and... read on

  • On Election Day, I hugged a Republican

    By Robin Podolsky

    November 9, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    So I’ve been quiet lately, election-obsessed, but still trying to work out that ‘non-partisan’ thing in anticipation of becoming a rabbi.  No more need for coyness now.  If you’re my FB friend, you know who I supported (and if the rest of you should guess that my candidate’s name... read on

  • Jew Prays, Is Arrested

    By Robin Podolsky

    October 19, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    We should all be outraged. On Tuesday, October 13, a Jew in the Middle East was arrested, shackled, stripped and roughed up for praying the Shema in public.  As it happens, the Middle Eastern country in question is the State of Israel, and the Jew was Anat Hoffman, Executive... read on

  • The Guilt of the Warmongers

    By Robin Podolsky

    September 16, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    First of all, Christopher Stevens sounds like a decent guy, a real mensch.  May his loved ones, those of everyone killed at the US embassy in Benghazi and everyone who died in protests this weekend be comforted.

    Second of all, this story is so full of weird wrinkles, it will be... read on

  • It Took Four Days

    By 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’ and not, and what are the practical how’s, when’s and where’s of it.

    So today I’ll... read on

  • Who’s A Good Pussy?

    By 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

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