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Sundown: Send In the Clown

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• “I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in Jews,” is something Larry David may as well have said. Read this brilliant essay on Curb Your Enthusiasm. [The Atlantic]

• A beautiful tale about falling in and out of love with Zionism. [The Awl]

• Moving, sad story of Jewish former lineman Bruce Schwager, whose dementia-care treatment may be cut short by the NFL lockout. [NYT]

• Esther Petrack makes the Big Jewcy. Her fellow Big Jewcy-er Dvora Myers wrote all about her. [Jewcy]

• Cindy Adams goes to Israel. What a trip! [Page Six]

• Introducing the Latino-Jewish Caucus. [James Besser]

Already can’t wait for the Carole King memoir. Here is my favorite song of hers:

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Both the “Awl” article and Cindy Adams’s travel reminiscence represent the evil of banality, at least when it comes to understanding the real Israel.

Actually, the “Awl” article is a perfect (though probably unconscious) depiction of American Jewish anti-Zionism as just one facet of many American Jews’ complete rejection of particularistic Jewish identity and community, in favor of total assimilation. To the author–and to most Jews who have abandoned their kin and their heritage–despising Israel goes hand in hand with dating non-Jews and forming “a united front against the organized Jewish community”.

The only baffling part is why Marc Tracy calls this bitter tale of anti-Jewish alienation and hostility “beautiful”.

Dan Simon- my sentiments exactly. The Awl piece summed up the stereotypical Jewish anti-Zionist, “I’m too smart and moral to go along with the Jewish community, and my parents are so naive” camp. And calling it beautiful? Whats beautiful about it? The shallowness of her beliefs? Her obnoxious and venomous husband? Come on, Marc.

Carl says:

What I find most amazing about the Awl piece is her selective morality. She has lots of criticism of Israel. However she should remember that she is living in a country that every week has killed large numbers of innocent civilians half-way around the world for the past 10 years. A country that invaded Panama not very long ago and killed several thousands there. A country that atom bombed 2 cities in Japan for the crime of attacking a US navy base. A country that is probably one of the most racist in the world where thousands of Afro-Americans were lynched. A country that was founded on ethnic cleansing of it’s native population and on stealing California and the Southwest from Mexico in a trumped up war. That doesn’t bother her?
Also I guess the fact that hundreds of thousands of Jews ethnically-cleansed from Arab countries found a home in Israel doesn’t seem to matter to her too much.

If my “beautiful” you mean “shallow”, then it is indeed a beautiful tale.

I have to agree with others Marc. Allison Benedikt’s story was a surface skate over the usual shallow platitudes of a shallow, platitudinous American Jewish life. Me, me, me. Blah, blah, blah. “My best memories from childhood are from camp.” That pesky Reality has a way of bursting illusions.

Dave says:

Jeffrey Goldberg gets the Awl essay:

“It is the sort of piece that passes for brave in progressive circles.” Listen up, Marc.

Are Jews the only people for whom abrasive self-distancing is an issue? All this self-conscious “I’m not with Them, at least not with the Them I think you think They are” ruckus is beginning to make me itch.

I’ve been reading the Scroll since its beginning and have wondered about Marc Tracy’s gradually emerging cyncism and snideness toward typically zionist american jews. Then Marc wrote last week about how he sits next to Liel Leibowitz and it all suddenly made sense.

sidecar says:

Awl piece could have been titled, “I stopped being a Zionist becasuse my husband was a dick about it.”

editrix says:
Nicole says:

Or it could have been titled, “I stopped being a Zionist to appease my anti-semitic goy husband and his family.” Allsion is just another intermarried self-hating Jew whose now an anti-Israel moonbat. What else is new?

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