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29 minutes | 4 days ago
Ron Coleman on social media and silencing dissent
My friend Ron Coleman, a lawyer, was fighting cancel culture and social media censorship long before Twitter, Facebook and YouTube silenced the President, and Google, Apple and Amazon ganged up to silence Parler. We talk about the double standards, the silencing of conservative voices, the inaction of judges — and lower courts ignoring Supreme Court precedent — and conclude with a surprisingly positive message for the future.
17 minutes | 10 days ago
Violence, impeachment and censorship are all wrong
If any good will come out of the horrible riot at the Capitol last week, it will be unifying around the idea that violence is always wrong under all circumstances. Given the leftist narrative of the summer, however, there is ample reason to believe that they will persist in promoting the idea that violence is an appropriate way to express a grievance. They are placing their vendetta against the President ahead of their own agenda, much less the needs of the American People, and censoring (deplatforming) dissenting voices, which — according to their own rhetoric, and reality — only encourages violence to erupt.
17 minutes | 19 days ago
Leftist Name-Calling Cannot Succeed
According to the left, Rabbi Ilan Feldman, Mort Klein and I are all “racist” and “Islamophobes.” By this math, Hadar Susskind, the President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now, is an Anti-Semite, and everyone associated with Electronic Intifada and the “Palestinian” cause is directly tied to the murder of Jewish children. That’s what happens when you distort what people say and engage in guilt by association to attack a person rather than address his or her statements. Listen to learn more. I refer to my opinion piece, “The Jewish Left’s Warnock Whitewash,” Electronic Intifada honoring me among “The anti-Palestinian racists attacking Raphael Warnock,” and a previous interview I gave on Israel’s Nation-State Law.
13 minutes | 25 days ago
A New Name, and the Downside of New Ideas
I decided to renew the podcast under a new name, with a new dedication and sponsor that obligates me to keep it up on at least a weekly basis. That, and the downside of new ideas.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
Why Doesn’t the JTA talk to Hassidim about Hassidus?
If you want to know about Hasidism, shouldn’t you talk to Hassidim? I was struck by the JTA’s article, “Rabbi Art Green says the Hasidism that lasts finds sparks of holiness everywhere.” I understand that the real focus of the article is Rabbi Green and his life of service to the Jewish community. I’ve never met nor, to my recollection, even heard of Rabbi Green before, so this certainly is in no way about him or even his scholarship. But if the Jewish Telegraphic Agency wants to know about Hasidism, especially a “Hasidism that lasts,” shouldn’t they ask a Hassid? Why is it that Hassidism is seen as something to be studied from the outside, rather than encountered? YouTuber Peter Santenello visited Borough Park, Williamsburg and Crown Heights, and learned more about the Hassidic community — and how Hasidism is realized in practice — that one could hope to get from a conversation with a non-Hasidic, non-Orthodox Rabbi who is deemed “one of the world’s leading experts on Hasidic Judaism” in a world with over 100 actual Hassidic Rebbes that one could ask. It’s astonishing. Please listen for more.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Jew-hatred on Campus, with Lauren Isaacs of Herut Canada
Anti-Israel isn’t the “new Anti-Semitism” — it’s the same old hate using its latest facade. We talk about intersectionality, progressivism, and the endorsement of the Anti-Semitic hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine. And we talk about helping young Jews to understand their heritage, and the truth behind why they are hated.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Stahl vs. the President, and the Woke Campus
I paid no special attention to the 20/20 interviews with either President Trump vs. Leslie Stahl or former VP Biden taking softballs from Norah O’Donnell, until someone commented on Twitter with a 2-minute clip. What I soon learned is that the left can only agree that Orange Man Bad, but not why. It’s fascinating. Also, a Princeton alum offered a series of events proving the decline of racism in America as proof of racism. He may claim to be “Seeking a New Anti-Racist Normal in Theater,” but if he keeps up his current practices and ideology, he will only make matters worse.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
Keep Out the Charedim: ARZA and Mercaz USA reveal their true tolerance
ARZA and Mercaz USA were unable to motivate even 2% of their claimed memberships to vote in the World Zionist Congress elections. So they did the next best thing: try to upend the results and disenfranchise the new Charedi slate, in order to retain power. All of what I say here is documented for those who wish to verify.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Criticism of Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic Beliefs is Antisemitism
I realize this sounds crazy — perhaps that’s why the title caught you. But it’s actually true: because the beliefs for which she is being condemned come from Judaism, and Antisemitism is rooted in hatred for Jewish moral beliefs, the condemnation of Barrett is a form of Antisemitism. It is also anti-science, and projects the secular mixture of moral beliefs into secular jurisprudence onto Barrett. If you’re confused, you’ll have to listen to my explanation! I refer to an article I wrote a few months ago that appeared in Newsweek: Judaism Is Emphatically ‘Pro-Life’.
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