Tag Archives: Philosemitism

A Name to Hide. On philo-Semitic Desires, Subjugation and Recognition

Strategies of Shaming It is slightly weird, but a certain institution, that describes itself as educating “Rabbis for Europe,” consistently refers to me as Christine Steuer-Tzuberi, all the time, again and again, determined and systematically. In the beginning, this provoked … 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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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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Secular Israelis in Liberal Synagogues in Berlin

A few weeks ago, I read an article, published in an Israeli newspaper that described the author’s great joy about joining one of Berlin’s synagogues and witnessing the opening of the Torah Ark. The synagogue to which the author referred … Continue reading

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Nebenwirkungen

“Jews are often viewed as symbols of all persecuted peoples: honoring lost Jews and their annihilated world can become a means of demonstrating democratic principles and multicultural ideals, regardless of how other contemporary minorities are treated, be they Turks, Roma, … Continue reading

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