I am sure you do.

Folks have been sending me links and clips of folks that might fit the profile.  (I am also trying to find some folks to sit on a panel about this for my book launch at the MNJCC in May… details to follow!)

By the time I'm out the door, you tear men down like Roger Moore...

Here are two.  The first comes from Andrew Lustig, whose “I am a Jew” def-jew-poetry-slamfest has been lauded by some (see the comment section for the love) and dismissed by Rabbi Andy Bachman (among many) as “wrong on many levels”  … I was mildly entertained with an emphasis on mildly, though somewhat offended by Andrew’s dig at gefilte fish… and definitely taken aback by his Amy Winehouse-ish ‘do.  I also had the sense that, though culturally literate in Jewishness, Judaism was something he could refer to but not necessarily do.  Check it out here.  (I would have embedded it for your viewing pleasure, but the neveilehs who made the clip disabled the feature!  View-mongers!)

The second example comes from a Martin Luther King Day essay contest about race and difference.  Written by 17 year old Jesse Lieberfeld, his piece entitled “Fighting a Forbidden Battle: How I Stopped Covering Up for a Hidden Wrong” pulls no punches about confronting one of the more vexing moral dilemmas facing his generation of North American Jews…

Whether you regard these texts as simplistic, fey, or naive, they are representative of where a substantial tranche of the North American Jewish community is headed…

Does that make you nervous?

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