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Hebrew Union College, the training grounds of the American Reform movement, is known for a liberal bent in much the same way that, say, Yeshiva University tends to be more right-wing. What isn’t known, and what Adam Chandler reveals today in Tablet Magazine, is just how ingrained left-wing orthodoxy on questions like Israel is at HUC, up to the point that an ample donation may have been turned down due to the conservative (not Conservative) giver.


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So, if someone wanted to make a contribution to endow a gay-Jewish studies chair at YU you’d run all the same scandal-mongering stories, right?

I didn’t think so.

Dennis Yedwab says:

I read that story and think the issue of the donation is framed wrong. If I read it correctly, it stated that the donation was meant to endow a chair for a politically conservative scholar. That’s a problem – as it would be if you changed the word “conservative” to “liberal” or “moderate” or “communist” or “libertarian”.

Frankly, the rest of the piece feels like an ideologically-grinded axe. Whenever the term “reflexively liberal politics” is as a descriptor, I assume the article is editorializing rather than describing.


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