Why I took my Children to Palestine: Raising Ethical Jewish Children in the Age of the Zionist Empire

this is how parenting is done. #class.

"And you shall teach this to your children"


Many Jewish families take their children to Israel to strengthen their children’s Jewish identities. I, as a Jewish mother, instead took my children to Palestine. Rather than touring the modern Israeli city of Tel Aviv, we toured the heavily occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Rather than going to Israeli resorts to float in the dead sea, we took infrequent “Arabic showers” where water for bathing is heated on the stove because fuel is too expensive to have continuous running hot water. Instead of going to the Ayalon Institute, a Tel Aviv museum of munitions productions from 1945 to 1948, we picked up the tear gas canisters and rubber bullet casings that scatter the ground in West Bank villages.

Why, as a Jewish mother would I choose this option for my children? Isn’t this a terrible choice for a children’s vacation and shouldn’t adolescent American Jewish children be shielded from…

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so i haven’t been on here for a while, which probably mean nothing to anyone, except for like that one guy on whose feed this pops up. i have this tab open every time im on the internet, but life happens and i never got around to updating. and if life wasn’t happening, i was sleeping to avoid life, or procrastinating all of the above, so sorry. but yeah. i’m back. ish. i will make an effort to keep this up to date, but no promises, sorry! spots and not changing and all that jazz.

hope to see you soon!

once again, so sorry!


Bandhobi: The Most Interesting Korean Movie You’ll See This Year

The Grand Narrative


Well, it certainly sounds like it will be, although I admit I have some reservations about Bandhobi‘s (반두비) “crude political satire,” and especially of its portrayal of an American English teacher as an “occasional rotten apple.” Given that it otherwise aims to transcend and/or educate viewers about such issues as racism, illegal immigration, and possibly even teenage sexuality, then it would be both ironic and quite a pity if it resorted to gross stereotypes of foreign male English teachers in the process.

(In passing, as I probably won’t get to mention them otherwise then reviews of the book “The East, The West, and Sex” by Richard Bernstein here, here, here, and here may help to put those stereotypes in comparative perspective, and are interesting in their own rights)

Still, Korea Times’s movie criticLee Hyo-won, whose excellent movie reviews I’ve sung the praises…

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