Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fire the Fear

I have not liked the ADL and their alarmist "they-are-all-going-to-kill-us" attitudes for some time. Like my feelings for AIPAC they have been muted (not muzzled) out of respect for those who feel these organizations are important aspects of the Jewish community, namely my mom. People of my mother's generations grew up knowing about the horrors of the Holocaust by living with those who survived and understood the more disgusting forms of anti-Semitism in this country because they experienced them. But the time has come for our community to mature past the fear of our history.

Joey Kurtzman, senior editor at Jewcy and JTA Daily Briefing proclaimed "internet provocateur," explains all of this in regards to Abe Foxman with a little less respect for other's beliefs. In this particular case he is right to do so. The thesis of Kurtzman's piece is that Foxman needs to go. He is a relic of the fearful past.

According to Kurtzman, Foxman's support of the Turkish governments opposition to the US Congregational recognition of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks was the last straw. He is self-serving and the wrong voice for the Jewish people. The ADL is not obsolete, but it is getting there, says Kurtzman and I agree. But please take a look at the piece (linked below) because it outlines a very interesting argument.

This general argument is new for the Jew.0 crowd. It isn't a "throw away everything and move to the country together and have indy-minnyanim" argument. It calls us to fix the problems of our system by working with our organizations to represent all of our needs, and I like that.

Bravo Mr. Kurtzman for the courage to stand up and write some truth on your website. Time will tell what will happen, but until then I look forward to hearing you called a self-hating Jew by the ADL.

In the News: Abolish Abe

7 comments:

DK said...

"But the time has come for our community to mature past the fear of our history."

No. The time has come to put the Holocaust in perspective, and recognize that the U.S. is not nazi Germany in utero.

BZ said...

You're misrepresenting me. Maybe you've never lived outside of NYC, but if you visit the rest of the US, you'll see that merely moving out of NYC is not the same as "throw[ing] away everything and mov[ing] to the country".

Liberal Jew said...

bz- Sorry that isn't how I read your piece. I am pretty sure you were calling on your friends and fellow IMers to start communities outside of the city and live close to each other...you know start small communities. But that was my reading.

dk- Fear is powerful. The only way to get away from it is to embrace the fact it isn't scary if it is in the past.

BZ said...

I am pretty sure you were calling on your friends and fellow IMers to start communities outside of the city and live close to each other...you know start small communities.

Well, yes. But again, starting these communities outside of NYC doesn't mean "moving to the country" -- there are other cities out there.

Liberal Jew said...

Give me just a little editorial leeway here BZ. The but my over all point, in general is that with time, move on sure, but whole sale abandonment of the system isn't great. Move on, move up and learn more sure, but an exodus from one place to another isn't great. Moving backwards isn't good either, but working on our problems is better than "cut and run."

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand the connection to moving-away piece of BZ's post. BZ is going to be involved in indy minyanim rather than mainstream institutions whether he's in NYC or not. The moving away had only to do with the rising expense of living in NYC.

Liberal Jew said...

anoyn-

The point was that Kurtzman was dealing with the problem and trying to fix it, while it is a radical solution, as instead of leaving.