Tag Archives: Germany

Unruly Religion

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a panel discussion about “discrimination on religious grounds.”[1] At the end of the discussion, someone in the audience asked me whether I had experienced a rise of anti-Semitism during the past months. … Continue reading

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Das Spiel mit der Angst

Seit einigen Wochen schon schwelt die Anti-Willkommenskultur-Backlash-Debatte. Der Plot läuft ungefähr so: Nachdem unsere emotional agierenden Kanzlerin Flüchtlinge „willkommen“ hieß, und diese gleich einer „Lawine“ unsere schöne Kulturnation überrollten, müssen nun die Männer der CDU-CSU wieder Ordnung, Sinn und Verstand … Continue reading

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“The sun does not shine, it radiates.” About Tel Aviv, Philosemitism and Germany’s Redemption

Each year, towards the Jewish New Year, the Berlin-branch of the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) issues a journal, containing schmancy pictures of Bar Mitzvot, Chanukkah-balls, and the organization’s laudable activities and accomplishments. It is not a journal one is … Continue reading

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Our Closed Doors

I am thinking a lot about the pictures, the horrible ones, that float in the internet, in facebook, everywhere. We are seeing those pictures, as they just pop up in our news-feeds, whether or not we “invited” them. Once one … Continue reading

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Der Baumarkt und Ich

Als ich gegen 10:00 morgens durch das Eingangsportal des Baumarkts trapse, herrscht dort schon seit zwei Stunden reges Treiben. Der professionelle deutsche Heimwerker schwingt bereits ab 8:00 fleißig sein Hämmerchen. Er läuft auch nicht zu Fuß dorthin, sondern fährt mit … Continue reading

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Why is Nobody Here Talking About Conversions?

First, a disclaimer: There are many good reasons not to speak about one’s own conversion. It is an individual legitimate choice, it is private and nobody’s business, and in halakhic terms, a converted Jew is bound by all obligations and … Continue reading

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Pegida, anti-Pegida and no Space Beyond

I During the past weeks, a meme directed against Germany’s Pegida demonstrations has pervaded the Internet. The meme features a quotation from Harald Martenstein, a well-known columnist of Germany’s prestigious, liberal left-wing weekly paper Die Zeit. Martenstein says: “One is … Continue reading

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