Please stop referring to “Jewish” as if it only denotes a religion. It does not.

Please stop referring to “Jewish” as if it only denotes a religion. It does not. It denotes a people: religion, ethnicity, culture, history, & shared experience. No one is less Jewish b/c they do not practice Judaism.

And many, many people practice Judaism who are not even religious! Anyway, I hope it goes w/out saying, but I’m not lecturing Jews here. Only non-Jews.

Sometimes I worry we strand American Jews a bit-as well as British Jews. The far-right is hyper focussed on Jewish ethnicity and culture as something to eradicate. They’re actually less focussed on religion, here. But then the left often seems to think Jewish only equals religion.

So this means we don’t only not respect all of the facets of Jewish identity, but we also ignore the specific aspects that are under direct attack from the far-right. which, in turn, is picking up a long tradition of secular anti-semitism.

In a way, at least as I see it, there are ways in which Jewish existence are under direct attack from the far right, and most of these facets have to do w/ culture/history/ethnicity/shared experience. But these are the same facets that are not recognized by the left.

And so, in this sense, we leave many aspects of Jewish identity unrecognized or disrespected while, at the same time, these same aspects are targets of bigotry from the right. Time to fix that, I think.


Mangy Jay


Updated: December 18, 2019 — 6:10 pm
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This is something I have had to learn….i thank the jewish women on Twitter for educating me. I don’t come in contact with Jewish folks very often so I have unwittingly made offensive comments about Jewish folks regarding religion, race, and ethnicity.

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Thank you for being so open! One of the best things about the internet is that we can learn so much from so many others. None of us can know enough at any time. Openness and humility is a beautiful thing.

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I was one of the people in the “Bernie is a fake jew” chorus. And realizing that adding to that discourse does a disservice to the conversation of Bernie being a piece of shit. There’s good reason to call out Bernie but the “fake jew” narrative isn’t one.

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Again: thank you for your openness. I think this is really common and the more we look at it and grow, the better off we will be.

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Appreciate your support. So many treat anti-semitism as less serious than other forms of prejudice.

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And, of course, our most important tenet: sworn fealty to George Soros, provider of delinquent global conspiracy checks. (/s)