A Mondoweiss Collage (With Songs From A Bob Dylan Setlist In Tel Aviv)

“I hereby acknowledge the remarkable rise of Jews inside the U.S. establishment in the last generation. Let’s just look in my field of law. Three Jews sit on the Supreme Court. A Bush Administration attorney general was an Orthodox Jew, and another Jew ran the Bush OLC. Jews are around 25% of all law professors, and are among the most influential professors on the far left (e.g., Brian Leiter), liberal left (e.g., Cass Sunstein), and libertarian right (e.g., Richard Epstein). Some of the most influential lower court judges, including the liberal Stephen Reinhardt, the conservative libertarian Alex Kozinski, and the eclectic Richard Posner are Jews. And of course most of the contributors to the leading law professors’ legal blog are Jews. Jews are doing very well in the United States. Yay! Good for American Jews, and good for America.

But my post wasn’t about denying that Jews have joined and thrived in the American establishment (heck, even the founder of a leading American anti-Jewish hate site is a Jew).” (http://wapo.st/1HLXIYW)


“Mondoweiss is an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. We provide news and analysis unavailable through the mainstream media regarding the struggle for Palestinian human rights. Founded in 2006 as a personal blog of journalist Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss grew inside the progressive Jewish community and has become a critical resource for the movement for justice for Palestinians.” (http://bit.ly/1MDkqKY)

“Philip Weiss is an American journalist who co-edits Mondoweiss (“a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective”[3]) with journalist Adam Horowitz.[3][4] Weiss describes himself as an anti-Zionist and rejects the label “post-Zionist.”[5]

[3 ]About: Mondowiess

[4] Phil Weiss at Mondoweiss.


“It’s normal for members of a community – imagined or not – to attend to the facts and stories of their daily lives and the lives of people who are like them. The broadening and fragmentation of the media landscape enables and encourages the phenomenon. Sites like this one even help drive the development of new communities.

Yet, one consistent and durable criticism of the Jewish-Israeli left goes to its bewilderingly myopic perspective. It’s not so much an inability to see other people. Rather, it’s the tendency to see others as objects (or rarely, agents), situated within a narrative of self. A preening egoism adorns every “humane” pronouncement about the need to end the occupation. Don’t you see? Apartheid undermines the very essence of our whatever and etc…

Fine, one group of people is painfully self-involved and grandiose. Why is that important?

In other circumstances it wouldn’t matter: like a whole culture dedicated to bathroom selfies. But in the apartheid context it matters a lot. The dehumanization of other people occurs through the extraordinary status we afford ourselves or through the denigration of others. For the Jewish-Israeli left it’s the former, for the right it’s both.”(http://bit.ly/1VxY2G6)


“Taylor: “When responsibly understood, the implications of deconstruction are quite different from the misleading clichés often used to describe a process of dismantling or taking things apart. The guiding insight of deconstruction is that every structure – be it literary, psychological, social, economic, political or religious – that organizes our experience is constituted and maintained through acts of exclusion. In the process of creating something, something else inevitably gets left out.”Leiter: This isn’t an insight, it’s a tautology. Necessarily, every X excludes not-X, else it would not be X. As even Professor Taylor notes: “something else inevitably [i.e., necessarily] gets left out.” (Whether as an hypothesis about the fundamental workings of language–as Saussure originally conceived it–it is a more substantial hypothesis is a different question, not implicated in Taylor’s formulation.)” (http://bit.ly/1SpPdx5)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSN1ZD1geE0&list=PL6C92A468FAF94250&index=8″Jews are around 25% of all law professors, and are among the most influential professors on the far left (e.g., Brian Leiter), liberal left (e.g., Cass Sunstein), and libertarian right (e.g., Richard Epstein).” (http://wapo.st/1HLXIYW)


Derrida on Levinas on Israel

But today
is also,
still in relation
to the singular
of Israel,
a name
from modern
ity. Sinai,
the Sinai:
a metonymy
for the border
or frontier
Israel and
the other nations,
a front and a frontier
war and
a provocation
to think
the passage between
the eth­
ical, the messianic,
the political,
at a mo­
in the history
of humanity
and of the Nation-State
the persecution
of all these
the immigrant
or without
, the exile,
refugee, those
a country
, or a State, the
or popula
(so many
that call for
on every
to a
his eyes
from this violence
and this distress,
of it directly
or not, in one way or another.

Actress Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism

says Haaretz.com:

«Actress Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism.

Deschanel, the daughter of a Quaker and Roman Catholic, converted shortly before marrying producer Jacob Pechenik, Us Weekly reported Monday. The article did not say what denomination of rabbi supervised her conversion.

The two married in June, a month before the birth of their daughter, Elsie.

“Zooey con­verted to Judaism for Jacob,” an unidentified “insider” told the celebrity magazine.

Deschanel, 35, stars in the Fox sitcom “New Girl” and has appeared in numerous films, including “Mumford” and “Almost Famous.”»

Here’s a picture from the film 500 Days of Summer, in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the lovesick male role, and Zooey the woman who just want to be friends. According to wikipedia Gordon-Levitt  is Jewish, from a family that is “not strictly religious”; his parents were among the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance» So if Zooey had chosen him she would maybe still been a Qauker/Chatholic, but then again, that was just a movie.

The Hebrew Bible And Jews In Modern Linguistics

From http://www.jinfo.org/Linguists.html



 Genesis 2:19 is recorded as the first exercise of human free will, thereby linking the human linguistic and moral faculties.  Genesis 10:5 describes the geographical dispersion of the postdiluvian human population and the differentiation of its language.  The famous account of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 is conventionally interpreted as the Biblical explanation for the previously described diversification of language (viz., that in order to frustrate Man’s amoral ambitions, God confused his language and thereby scattered the resulting linguistic subgroups).  But this passage can also – and perhaps better – be interpreted as an account of the partial decoupling of language from its semantic deep structure.1  This theme of the ultimate power and transcendent nature of language relative to its more limited human manifestations is, of course, also reflected in the ancient Judaic doctrine of the ineffability of the Tetragrammaton and carries over into Christianity, e.g., through the Gospel of John, which adopts Philo Judaeus’ logocentric synthesis of Hebrew and Greek thought when it summarizes the Creation according to Genesis as: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”  Finally, Pharisaic and Rabbinic Judaism originated the art and science of textual hermeneutics.Modern linguistics begins with the work of Ferdinand de Saussure, a Swiss scholar of French Huguenot extraction.  There are two widely used references 2,3 on the history of modern linguistics.  Each describes a group of about fifteen major contributors, although the two groups only partially overlap since the first of the two references adopts a broad, philosophical view, while the second takes a more narrowly focused, technical view of what constitutes linguistics.  Nevertheless, approximately one-half of the individuals profiled in each work were, or are, Jews.  The six individuals whose work is highlighted in both studies are de Saussure, John Firth, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Edward Sapir, Roman Jakobson, and Noam Chomsky, the last three of whom were, or are, Jews.  The following lists contain the names of prominent Jewish scholars who have influenced the field of linguistics (including the philosophy of language).  See also Jews in Anthropology, Jews in Psychology, Jews in Philosophy, and Jews in Literature.

SHORT LISTÉmile BenvenisteLeonard BloomfieldFranz BoasJerome BrunerNoam ChomskyJacques DerridaErving GoffmanJoseph GreenbergMorris HalleZellig HarrisRoman JakobsonWilliam LabovGeorge LakoffEdward SapirAlfred TarskiLudwig Wittgenstein 4Ludwik ZamenhofLONG LISTYehoshua Bar-HillelJacob BarthHans BauerTheodor BenfeyWalter BenjaminÉmile BenvenisteEliezer Ben YehudaBasil BernsteinBernard BlochJules BlochLeonard BloomfieldMaurice BloomfieldFranz BoasJerome BrunerNoam ChomskyMarcel CohenJacques DerridaAron DolgopolskyJoshua FishmanJerry FodorVictoria FromkinNorman GeschwindLila GleitmanErving GoffmanJoseph GreenbergMorris HalleZellig HarrisEdmund HusserlAbraham Ibn EzraRay JackendoffRoman JakobsonHenry KahaneDavid KimhiSaul KripkeWilliam LabovGeorge LakoffEric Lenneberg
Claude Lévi-StraussElijah LevitaAlvin Liberman
Fred Lukoff
Yakov MalkielFritz MauthnerIgor Melchuk
Bernat MunkacsiSteven PinkerJulius Pokorny
Hans PolotskyHilary PutnamPaul RadinPeter ReichHans ReichenbachSimon ReinischSaadya GaonEdward SapirAlfred SchutzLeo SpitzerHeymann SteinthalMorris SwadeshAlfred TarskiEdward UllendorffLev VygotskyFriedrich WaismannMax WeinreichUriel WeinreichNaphtali Herz WesselyLudwig Wittgenstein 4Ludwik ZamenhofViktor Zhirmunski
1. In his translation and commentary on Genesis, the great nineteenth century German Neo-Orthodox rabbi and scholar, Samson Raphael Hirsch, provides what is perhaps a more accurate translation of this very difficult passage.  Working from an elaborate system of Hebrew philology that attempts to establish the true meaning of the Biblical text from within itself based on the etymological and phonetic relationships among the words of the Biblical lexicon, Hirsch makes a compelling case that the Hebrew text in Genesis 10:5 is saying that the proliferation of dialects (literally “tongues”) was a consequence of the dispersion of peoples, not its cause.   He further points out that the Hebrew word for “language” used in Genesis 11 is not the same as the word for “tongue” used in Genesis 10:5, but describes something much more general.  He argues that what is being described in Genesis11:7  is not a confusing of language in the sense of dialectification so much as a “withering away…the thought that is conveyed by this passage is that when God comes down, language is detached from its formative source.” (The Hirsch Chumash: Sefer Bereshis, Feldheim, New York and Jerusalem, 2002; English translation of the 1867 German edition by Daniel Haberman, pp. 252-280). 
2. Landmarks in Linguistic Thought II: The Western Tradition in the Twentieth Century, by John E. Joseph, Nigel Love, and Talbot J. Taylor (Routledge, London and New York, 2001).  The major figures cited after de Saussure are Edward Sapir, Roman Jakobson, George Orwell, Benjamin Lee Whorf, John Firth, Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Austin, B. F. Skinner, Noam Chomsky, William Labov, Erving Goffman, Jerome Bruner, Jacques Derrida, and Roy Harris. 
3. Schools of Linguistics, by Geoffrey Sampson (Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 1980).  The major figures featured after de Saussure are Franz Boas, Leonard Bloomfield, Edward Sapir, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Roman Jakobson, Zellig Harris, Noam Chomsky, Louis Hjelmslev, Sydney Lamb, Peter Reich, Morris Halle, Henry Sweet, John Firth, and Michael Halliday. 
4. Jewish father, half-Jewish mother; see, e.g., Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, by Ray Monk (Penguin, New York and London, 1990, pp. 4-7).

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