Friday, October 5, 2007

Shabbat Ideas - October 5, 2007

It is Friday and so therefore it is time for my Shabbat Thoughts for October 5, 2007:

The Forward losses some of its edge: Uses Safety Word against Ha’artez editorial
Yankees Lost (yippy) Red Sox won (yippy)
Rats in a Yeshiva
Hannah Farber of Jspot JFSJ writes a Humor Piece that is not funny and misplaced
More nipping info on the nipping the tip
Really, whatever happened to Jared Leto?
Why the Republican Party really, deep down, hates the Jews
A new, witty and intelligent blog on Israel
Haunting, Horrific Sculpture belongs near a rabbi’s office. (take it as you will)
Mideast Youth gets a makeover

I started painting my apartment this week with my lady. This is hard work and I have a lot of respect for those who do it for a living. Labor is often over looked by many of us urbanites while glorified by many of us on the Left, particularly the Jewish Left.

We regularly see articles written about Jews working for the Labor Movement and our long history of this kind of work. Yet since the mid-1900s most Jews were not laborers. If involved at all with labor, they were organizing while wearing the white color of Labor Union “corporate office.” This is fine but we need to take this step back to remember the reality of our situation.

Jews do have a history of working for justice and involvement in a lot of different causes. But it would seem that because of the dominance of the Labor Movement within the Lefty Jewish world, that the worker was the primary Jewish cause in America. This isn’t really true. Religious liberty, civil rights and labor made up a trifecta of traditional Jewish involvement. The richness of Jewish activism is based in its diversity. Today we act for Israel, Darfur, the environment, religious liberty, civil and glbt rights and labor (and many many more). While some things change, many stay the same.

Our history should be read, not re-written. Jews were active in the Labor Movement. Jews were also active in the anti-Labor Movements. It is important to me to remember all aspects of what did and what we do, not just the ones that fit our ideal of the persecuted yet triumphant Jew.

Shabbat Shalom.

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