Rabbi Dov Fischer’s Definitive Year 5782 10-Part Guide for Understanding Jews

The Jewish New Year 5782 begins at sunset on September 5, 2021. Towards that occasion, this is a ten-part series of online articles that, with G-d’s help, I hope to transform into a larger book. It is prompted and inspired by questions I have been asked over the past half century by my readers and particularly these past five years by non-Jewish political conservatives of Christian background who often love Jews but cannot figure us out. Because most online opinion articles range between 600-3,000 words, this subject cannot be treated properly in one single article or even in a series.

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Rabbi Dov Fischer’s Definitive Year 5782 10-Part Guide for Understanding Jews

The Jewish New Year 5782 begins at sunset on September 5, 2021. Towards that occasion, this is a ten-part series of online articles that, with G-d’s help, I hope to transform into a larger book. It is prompted and inspired by questions I have been asked over the past half century by my readers and particularly these past five years by non-Jewish political conservatives of Christian background who often love Jews but cannot figure us out. Because most online opinion articles range between 600-3,000 words, this subject cannot be treated properly in one single article or even in a series.

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Universities Are Slashing Faculties and Blaming Covid

A Covid-19 awareness sign at the University of Vermont, where administrators are moving forward with a plan to terminate 12 majors, 11 minors, and four master’s programs. (Lisa Rathke / AP Photo)

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Universities Are Slashing Faculties and Blaming Covid

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Why and How Marjorie Taylor Greene Differs From Ilhan Omar

My readers know that I am, uh, Jewish. (For those who did not know, please dial “2” for Spanish.)
On first blush, one would expect that I would have major insoluble problems with Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Bless her soul, she has uttered and tweeted some doozies. The Rothschilds. The Holocaust.
But I simply cannot join the easy chorus that she is an anti-Semite. I refuse to be bullied by the media mob.

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Why and How Marjorie Taylor Greene Differs From Ilhan Omar

My readers know that I am, uh, Jewish. (For those who did not know, please dial “2” for Spanish.)
On first blush, one would expect that I would have major insoluble problems with Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Bless her soul, she has uttered and tweeted some doozies. The Rothschilds. The Holocaust.
But I simply cannot join the easy chorus that she is an anti-Semite. I refuse to be bullied by the media mob.

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On Jew-Haters and Jewish Haters of Jews

The Talmud tells us in Tractate Pesachim 49b that, as bad as non-Jewish anti-Semitism can get, no one hates Jews of authenticity as deeply and severely as do other Jews who are outside the pale of Judaic knowledge. With this week’s annual J Street conference, a hatefest aimed at tearing down the foundational core of the authentic Israel that two-thirds of its population democratically supports, we see how true the Talmud’s sad observation is. No one — truly no one — hates as many Jews as deeply as do Jews of the left. Of course it is a sickness.
First, a word of reality.

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Free the Covid Vaccine Patents

President Joe Biden made the Defense Production Act (DPA) a key part of his campaign coronavirus platform. He began calling for the act to be invoked to boost mask production in March 2020. On his first full day in office, he spoke of a “full-scale wartime effort to address the supply shortages by ramping up production of protective equipment, syringes, needles, you name it.” His executive order that afternoon directed all federal agencies and private industry to use the DPA to accelerate the production of “everything needed to protect, test, vaccinate, and take care of our people.

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Conservatives shouldn’t oppose mask mandates

As local governments and private businesses institute policies requiring individuals to wear masks, conservatives have been quick to denounce these laws and policies on social media as government overreach, claiming that mask mandates suppress freedom. For example, Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, recently said in his podcast that masks are a “civil liberties issue” and that he simply “doesn’t like being told what to do.” Sounds very … progressive.

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“A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” with Many Prominent Liberal Signers

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Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts.
But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.

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