Tag Archives: arthur goldreich

the drum that thunders

Maybe there is some intelligent thinking behind the fact Jews establish identity through matrilineality. Maybe rabbi Akiba saw through the fantasy of ethnic purity, the sham of the blood line and well as understanding that inbreeding, albeit producing some interesting … Continue reading

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rivonia and MLK

Not a utopian, but not a negationist either, neither a nihilist. Rather, an unwillingness to be absorbed into the system neither a ¬†desire to be an agent or manger of the system. When Obama rebuked Harry Belafonte by saying, “when … Continue reading

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Do you compromise?

That’s an ironic headline. Considering it came in a fold-over card weight flyer in the weekend Globe and Mail for State of Israel bonds. Evidently, militarism, belligerence and bad faith negotiating, not to mention illegal settlements, human right violations, and … Continue reading

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outlaw culture: drawn to darkness

Drawn to darkness and obscurity, but with a tenacious grip onto the light. Pure forms existing, withstanding, even though they convey impressions of isolation and alienation. There is a heroism of the outlaw, a kind of aesthetic, a beauty of … Continue reading

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turning the page

Imagine, the history of the nation hinged on an art book. One of the most dangerous anti-apartheid activists was arrested while reading an art book? What book? Until we find out, we can only speculate, that either it was a … Continue reading

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if i forget thee

Lebensraum!A policy based on expansion, usurpation, of the living space of the other to make way for a growing race. Like the Third Reich, the basic intention of Israeli policy. By any other name it is ethnic cleansing. A resettling. … Continue reading

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telling stories about our neighbors

Its an axiom today, that the “story” is not to be trusted, a forewarning of the dangers to be risked of buying into a “good story” . The¬† storyteller is a pejorative term, tenuously linked to the tradition of the … Continue reading

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storyteller: the way they were….

From a Rick Salutin piece that appeared in the Toronto Star. I am barely old enough to remember this comedy duo written about by the author but I remember sensing their spirit, vulnerability, insecurity, defiance and basic goodness that made … Continue reading

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what a wonderful world

A messianic redemption in a revived Israel? In A.M. Klein’s epilogue to the Second Scroll he wrote, “Where shall I find Thee?” It was a search that became more pressing during a time of God’s eclipse when absence dominated; the … Continue reading

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collaborating with the un-people

The principle of hope.Funny and unpredictable things can happen when political ideology is mixed up with religion and a confrontation with the messianic. … Sometimes a naive demand for justice, revolutionary change, is sated simply through an exchange with the … Continue reading

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