September 30, 2012 | 1:00 am
William Satelan of Slate asks why it is acceptable to ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims.
This debate between East and West, between respect and pluralism, isn’t a crisis. It’s a stage of global progress. The Arab spring has freed hundreds of millions of Muslims from the political retardation of dictatorship. They’re taking responsibility for governing themselves and their relations with other countries. They’re debating one another and challenging us. And they should, because we’re hypocrites.
Miriam Krule of Tablet Magazine meets John Kirkpatrick, a Presbyterian from California who is the only large-scale grower of etrogs in the U.S.
Kirkpatrick knows his Jewish religious terminology, at least as it pertains to etrogs. He recounted the differing opinions about the necessity of pitoms, or stems, to be intact to qualify the fruit as “complete.” And he explained that his business began to turn around in 1987, “when we got to our first shmita” —the last year in the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah as a year of rest—“and had a pretty good year.”
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