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May 2009

May
31
2009

An urgent request to Our Leadership for the Jewish reponse to anti-Indian violence

How is it that the only Jewish person to appear in the mainstream media condemning the recent violence against Indian students is David Vorchheimer? His letter to the editor, appearing in Saturday’s Age was a triumph of understatement, reason, and should be a template for the language with which our community’s leadership responds to this [...]

May
31
2009

Mazal Tov: A Very Sensible Community Prevails at Maccabi

The SJ would like to wish the Jewish community and Maccabi a hearty mazal tov on overturning the directive to rid the sports organisation of non-Jews.
As reported in today’s Age, due to community uproar, Harry Procel and his board were forced to abandon immediate plans to keep the clubs from being overrun by barbarians Gentiles. [...]

May
29
2009

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom

We wish all our readers a wonderful, cheese-cake filled Shavuot and a restful Shabbat. We, at The Sensible Jew, plan on eating quiche.
We will resume serious posting on Sunday, May 31, when we answer reader questions about diaspora criticism of Israel, and the folly of agressive Israel advocacy on western campuses.
We will also address a [...]

May
29
2009

AJN 4: We Made News

In a secret hideout, early this morning, non-academic, non-employees of Monash University, non-anti-religious, non-anti-Palestinian women clandestinely celebrated their inclusion in the pages of our community’s paper – quietly.
We are very grateful to both the Schmooze section and the part of the editorial which reported on our activities quite kindly.
We can only hope that the mention [...]

May
28
2009

AJN 3: StandWithUs and Interfaith Peace

Two articles caught our attention in this week’s AJN (May 28).
The first article, on page 6 of The AJN, details the virtues of one Michelle Rojas, emissary for StandWithUs, an organisation devoted to the rehabilitation of Israel’s image on campuses throughout the world. These folk are worth googling, because they run a plethora of websites, [...]

May
27
2009

Reader Response 8: Canada, Isi Leibler, and Advocacy

This post is another response to some very interesting issues put forward by the reader, Blistering. He/she argues that the Canadian Jewish experiment in restraint regarding public statements about anti-Zionist activity has been an abject failure and that anti-Semitism has risen as a result.
Blistering directs us to an article written by Isi Leibler for the [...]

May
27
2009

Reader Response 7: Responding to our Non/Anti-Zionist Readers

The Sensible Jew has received two comments from two separate readers over the last 24 hours. These readers have in common a non- or anti-Zionist perspective. We think it is important that we address some of their questions/statements.
Reader, Gustavm, writes “You need to address “the elephant in the room” which you seem to want to [...]

May
26
2009

A Brief Comment on Numbers

Before today, the greatest number of visitors to this site was (the very Jewish) 613, on May 22. That particular spike occurred on the day on which we posted about Colin Rubenstein vs David Langsam, and the AJN’s coverage of the protests at the 8 minute play.
Today (May 26) we have had 761 unique visitors. [...]

May
26
2009

Reader Response 6: Sha Shtil – Correcting a Misconception

One commenter, Blistering, summed up the sentiments of some of our readers in his last comment, here.
Blistering writes, “I’m not sure if you’re aware of this but the Canadian Jewish community tried to go with the PR approach in about 2004 and undertook the same course that you and others are advocating and it failed [...]

May
26
2009

Reader Response 5: Israel, Kangaroo Courts, Unity, Speaking Out, and Subheadings

Today, we’ve not only experienced a major spike in readership, we have also seen a plethora of comments, some of which we’ll answer in this post.
Firstly, Israel is clearly integral to a Jew’s identity – whether said Jew is pro- or anti-Zionist. We find it hard to imagine a Jew without an opinion either way. [...]