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  • American mediocrity

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jul 12, 2024

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) — There is a certain kind of person for whom “The West Wing” was dramatic television at its finest. It featured sharp, brainy, political dialogue with a cast walking around the White House outwitting one another—not outdoing the other’s wits, but simply being wittier. The president was a former professor and Nobel Prize-winning economist. Naturally, he was a Democrat. “The West Wing” catered to coastal elites in the same way that “Roseanne” and “My Name Is Earl” were beloved by the working class in red states—or, at...

  • Behind the scenes of the ICC arrest warrants

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jun 7, 2024

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) — Middle East heat indices aside, the truest hot spot on the planet is, always, wherever the Israel Defense Forces happens to be killing Muslims, no matter the reason. Jews taking the lives of Arabs always commands the world’s attention. Muslims killing Muslims—such as the savage sectarian violence between Shi’ites and Sunnis, with a body count in the millions — is never newsworthy. A cause of death brought about by Jews, however, is of special interest to the “human rights” community. Jews fighting for their surviva...

  • Biden's Zionist bona fides and burden

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jan 19, 2024

    (JNS) — The world feels like it’s on fire, with flames spreading in diverse directions. If the Jewish state was not at center stage, however, there would not have been any smoke. Ukrainians wonder why no fuss was made over Russia’s invasion of their country nearly two years ago. Twenty thousand Ukrainian children were kidnapped. No posters exist for them; no one is tearing down posters, insisting that it’s all propaganda. What a difference a change of scenery and age-old antisemitism makes. Ukrainians shouldn’t feel too neglected, though. T...

  • Movie Review: 'Oppenheimer' and the lesson of brainy Jews

    Thane Rosenbaum|Aug 18, 2023

    (JNS) - Finally, a movie about two Jews facing off in a war of ambitions, petty rivalries and contrasting moral absolutes-with actual wars in the background! ("Schindler's List," after all, is a film about two Nazis.) Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" is a movie experience worth watching in old-school fashion-in a darkened theater, on a wide screen that does not allow for pandemic-streaming or impulsive pausing. Nolan, the director of "Interstellar," "Memento," "Inception" and "The Prestige,"...

  • That lonely Jewish seat on the Supreme Court

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jul 21, 2023

    (JNS) - Here's a joke: "A Jew, a Black and a Hispanic walk into a bar... association.... " It's not really a joke, but rather a colorful way of describing the composition of liberal Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, as embodied by justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, in order of seniority. The black robes, as it turns out, are mere uniforms for when the court is in session. Compared to the first 233 years of its existence, when it was largely an all-white male...

  • Of documents, balloons and laptops

    Thane Rosenbaum|Feb 17, 2023

    (JNS) — Come on. Be honest. Surely someone reading this is hoarding a keepsake from the Eisenhower administration, stashed away in the attic. Better check, because you might be in violation of the Espionage Act. It seems that anyone who’s anyone, and even a few nobodies, is in possession of state secrets with classified markings and fuzzy provenance. Secure facilities are so yesterday. Nowadays, top-secret documents apparently have feet and simply slip away to improbable locations. That’s the only conclusion one can reach now that we know...

  • The real woke Jews

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jan 6, 2023

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) — As members of the progressive Jewish left continue to raise their fists while marching on behalf of movements that largely hate Jews and despise Israel, a beachhead of cultural pride and resuscitation was erected in lower Manhattan at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The annual festival “Yiddish New York” opened right before Christmas and closed out 2022 with a sampling of the old-world Jewish culture of Eastern Europe and the Pale of Settlement (what is now Ukraine). It will involve the new world too. Yiddish made...

  • Will impeachment ramifications point fingers at American Jews?

    Thane Rosenbaum|Dec 20, 2019

    Regardless of how Jewish Americans feel about U.S. President Donald Trump—whether they view him as a menace to democracy (I do), or whether they feel deep gratitude to him as a defender of the Jewish state (I do)—one thing is certain: Tiny though Jews may be in number, their undying loyalty to the Democratic Party, coupled with the disproportionate imprint they are having on these impeachment proceedings, is both a perfect storm and a winning recruitment pitch for anti-Semites everywhere. Hopefully, it won’t disrupt the otherwise frien... Full story

  • Enter Michael Bloomberg... and his draw for Jewish votes

    Thane Rosenbaum|Dec 6, 2019

    (JNS)—With Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that he will be running for president as a Democrat, the former New York mayor may have given American Jews a reason not to decamp for the GOP en masse. Yes, I realize that the Democratic Party has been home to American Jews since the New Deal. So cozy has this domestic arrangement been that nearly 80 percent self-identify as Democrats. Even pro-Israel Republican presidents—the current incumbent, especially—have been exasperated by this staunch party solidarity. But apparently, American Jews are not... Full story

  • Amos Oz's fiction is forever, while reality left his politics behind

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jan 4, 2019

    By Thane Rosenbaum (JTA)—The young nation of Israel has witnessed in recent years a dwindling of its founding generation—from the passing of statesmen like Shimon Peres to the death last week of novelist and political activist Amos Oz. Oz was 79; Israel is but 70. Oz was old enough to witness Israel’s fight for independence, and now his death turns the page on yet another chapter of its improbable resurrection—with an old language that became new again. Oz had a lot to do with that. He imbued Hebrew with a literary style and gave it a novelis... Full story

  • Remembering Aharon Appelfeld, from charnel house to whorehouse to a home in Israel

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jan 19, 2018

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Arguably the world’s greatest writer of fiction about the world’s foremost nonfiction atrocity, the Holocaust, died Thursday in Israel. Aharon Appelfeld, a Holocaust survivor himself and one of the icons of Israel’s first generation, was 85. No writer captured and reclaimed the lost world of European Jewish life with as much imaginative intensity and heartfelt longing. The author of over 40 books, written in Hebrew and translated around the world, he was the recipient of the State of Israel Prize for Literature in 1983, and a f... Full story