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Judaism Hasn’t Learned Anything

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To paraphrase Benjamin Netanyahu’s deathless slogan “They’ve forgotten what it means to be Jewish,” one might say, following the deportation of a family from the Philippines, that perhaps we should forget what it means to be Jewish. If this is Judaism, and if the Jewish state is acting according to Jewish values, then it follows that the Jews haven’t learned anything – not from refugeehood and persecution, and not from everything that humanity takes pride in when it compares itself to the other species with which it shares the planet.

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I’ll never give up on comparing the holocaust of animals to “our” sacred Holocaust. I’ll never get tired of trying to prove the degree to which the metaphor “like sheep to the slaughter” isn’t a metaphor, but rather an expression of equivalency. Suffering and murder are the same for animals as they are for humans. But to my great regret, I have learned that getting others past the barrier of........

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