Archive by Author: Steven Zipperstein

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Favorite Poet — and Ours

By Steven Zipperstein

What Bialik Has To Tell Us About Jews and Violence   July 7, 2014   First at the November 2012 memorial ceremony for the victims of the Toulouse school massacre, and again in response to news of the three murdered Israeli teenagers earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaned on the same line […]

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No more Jewish loyalty oaths

By Steven Zipperstein

Reprinted with the Author’s permission. Mostly we talk with those with whom we agree. There is a palpable satisfaction in seeing those sitting beside us nod happily, finishing our sentences, relishing the movement of our minds. Those, in stark contrast, who react by questioning every statement — I know some such people, I suspect you […]

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Distorting the Word ‘Zionism’

By Steven Zipperstein

No doubt, nostalgia plays a role in the insistence of some, like myself, in continuing to describe ourselves still as Zionists. There remain with us the edgy, sensuous stirrings of Israel’s youth, the emotional entanglements of the Six Day War, memory of that astonishingly reluctant handshake that seemed to promise so much on the White […]

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