Psychedelics, Informants, & More…

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-Joseph Epstein provides a comprehensive and generally favorable review of the PBS documentary “The Jewish Americans.� (National Endowment for the Humanities)

-The editor of a Jewish community monthly magazine in Vienna “who brought the wrath of Austria’s right-wing forces upon himself after accusing an Austrian professor of defaming Jews� is acquitted of causing the professor’s suicide. (Baltimore Jewish Times)

-An appreciation of recently deceased Russian historian Rashid Kaplanov, who explored subjects as diverse as the Karaites of the Black Sea region, the Karaims, a sect of Jewish origin in Lithuania, and “the conversion to the Russian Orthodox church of Sephardic Jews in 18th-century Moscow� and “the intellectual resurgence of Jewish culture among the remnants of communities almost destroyed by the Nazis and the Communists.� (The Times Online)

-Jay Michaelson on Psychedelics and the Future of Spirituality. (Jewcy)

-The issue of mesira, or informing, “has prompted a round of collective soul-searching in segments of Los Angeles’ Jewish community.â€? (Forward)

-And Allan Nadler takes a deep look at the “violent hatred, especially within Hasidic culture, for informants.� (Forward)

Posted on January 29, 2008

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