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Articles written by Menachem Z. Rosensaft

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  • As the children of Holocaust survivors, we understand where discrimination-protected speech will lead us

    Eva Fogelman and Menachem Z. Rosensaft|Jul 28, 2023

    (JTA) — When the U.S. Supreme Court sided last month with a Colorado web designer who refuses to do work for same-sex couples because of her religious objection to same-sex marriage, it risked opening the floodgates to a host of discriminatory acts under the guise of First Amendment freedom of expression. Most of us thought that we had made progress in eliminating government-sanctioned bigotry. Justice Neil Gorsuch’s 6-3 majority opinion in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, saying that her refusal to serve a same-sex couple is “protected speec...

  • Writing poetry helps me process the unspeakable evils of the Holocaust

    Menachem Z. Rosensaft|Apr 16, 2021

    (JTA) — Not long after the gruesome reality of the Holocaust had burst onto the world’s consciousness, the philosopher and social theorist Theodor Adorno famously observed in 1949 that writing poetry after Auschwitz was barbaric — “nach Auschwitz ein Gedicht zu schreiben, ist barbarisch.” Less well known but equally insightful was Adorno’s subsequent conclusion, expressed in a 1966 radio address in Germany, that Auschwitz itself constituted nothing less than a “relapse into barbarism.” Adorno understood that the Shoah’s calculated, systematic s...