It’s a mega-webisode of Morning Jew! Michele Bachmann chastising Jews, ultra-Orthodox protesting mandatory Israeli military service and what’s with the low on-screen, on-stage Jewish quotient at the Oscars, despite Idina and Bette. Plus Rep Alan Grayson, and why some scandals are more scandalous than others.
I was the victim of hate speech. I will never forget the day. It was nothing if not shocking. I am openly gay, a Jewish man — a rabbi — who wears a yarmulke in public. Amidst a crowd of people, from all walks of life, I was told to leave.
A t this point I probably should say that the establishment where this hate speech took place was a gay bar. And the man who insisted I leave was gay. And also Jewish.
This past Wednesday was a trifecta for the LGBT rights community.
The Republican Arizona governor vetoed a bill allowing refusal of services to gays and lesbians, hopefully setting a precedent for similar bills being considered in several other states. And the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released a major new survey on a decade of changes in attitudes on LGBT-related issues. The research revealed a 21-point jump in support for same-sex marriage from 2003, when one-third (32%) of Americans supported same-sex marriage, to 2013, when a majority (53%) of Americans do.
The Week in Review with Morning Jew: this week, comics Heather Gold and Katie Halper tackle new anti-gay Jim Crow style laws, crypto-Jews in New Mexico and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir’s new Jewish husband. Plus a new feature debuts: Mishpokke Messages. (Send us yours!)
In the new Morning Jew, Heather Gold and Katie Halper weigh in on Natalie Portman, Woody Allen, a bubbe’s heartfelt warning to a gay grandson not to go to Sochi. Plus, a nomination to take the place of the ADL’s Abe Foxman, who’s stepping down. Watch now to find out who the “new face, new head of hair,” younger, sexier ADL head should be.
“I was horrified at what I assumed at that time was a very unusual situation. I thought it was an aberration. Only later did I realize how typical his case was. But so many aspects of what made his case problematic are emblematic of our death penalty system and our criminal justice system.” –Jen Marlowe on writing “I Am Troy Davis”
On this week’s Morning Jew, comedians Katie Halper and Heather Gold chime in on the connection between racist Tea Baggers like Ted Nugent and paranoid Jews, the “Nazi” Pope’s return, and pay tribute to the irreplaceable mensch Harold Ramis, master of caring comedy: “Just because it’s broad doesn’t mean it has to be shallow.”
I didn’t set out to become a social justice rabbi. I didn’t grow up in an activist family or do a lot of community service in high school, and my Judaism is not all about tikkun olam.
“I’m looking for an internship in lobbying,” I said to my high school guidance counselor toward the end of junior year.
“Ok. Lobbying for whom?”
“I don’t care — could be the NRA, could be Planned Parenthood. I just want to learn how this lobbying thing works.”
Earlier this month, a few brave Jews made a trek to the middle of Brooklyn. I know what you’re thinking, what’s so brave about Jews in Brooklyn? They were brave not only to venture outside during an ice storm, but also because they knew they would be spending the evening talking about privilege and race in the Jewish community at the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN) Parlor Meeting. The question: Am I racist?
“It would be good for the Jews to not have Woody Allen represent us anymore. I still want jokes, but they can be less self-loathing, and they can be jokes that aren’t based on misogyny.”
In this week’s morning Jew, Heather Gold and Katie Halper weigh in on which of the week’s headlines are good for the Jews. Dylan Farrow, David Wildstein, talmudic hate mail, and more.
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