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On the Doing Unto of Others

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(Ravi Joshi/Tablet Magazine)

Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (provided he or she emails me at mtracy@tabletmag.com with his or her mailing address).

This week’s winner is “Lee,” who actually took much issue with Jeremy Seth Davis’s polemic against Nonie Darwish, but first argued, “I share some discomfort with Jewish organizations sponsoring speakers who criticize Islam or the Arab world. I don’t think the comparison to Jewish apostates in Medieval times is valid—just too many dissimilar points in the two cases—but I still think Hillel’s dictum ‘That which is abhorrent to you … ’ should apply. Muslim bashing, as understandable as it may be given the negative propaganda aimed at the Jewish State, is a bad precedent.”

Lee obviously receives a copy of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s Hillel: If Not Now, When?.

Hillel: If Not Now, When? [Nextbook Press]

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Oddly enough, Marc, you didn’t quote the next sentences of Lee’s comment:

“On the other hand, the characterization of Nonie Darwish, who she is, what she’s done and what she stands for, feels libelous. The author makes it seem like there is something devious about her campaign, yet never makes the case and even contradicts himself.”

Granted, Lee’s very partial non-disagreement with the article stood out as nearly unique among commenters on the article, the overwhelming majority of whom confined themselves to deploring it as a despicable hatchet job on a brave religious dissenter. Still, it seems just a tad, well, *defensive* to generously reward him for adding a just a tiny bit of charity to his otherwise scathing critique of yet another barely-tolerable far-leftist Tablet screed. Isn’t there anyone in your editorial office who can count comments and recognize the huge market opportunity for a genuinely balanced online magazine of Jewish culture?

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