gratitude to the blogosphere

July 26, 2006

Apropos of “doikeyt” (“here-ness” in Yiddish), a concept that I mentioned in a comment on my previous post, thank you to jspot, for this very important post about not forgetting that while a war rages on in the Middle East, there are tons of domestic issues that are getting the back burner that really deserve our attention right now.

Jeremy Burton writes:

It is not to say the Jewish organizations ought not or should not be deeply attentive to the Middle East in a moment of crisis, nor that it doesn’t remain high on Jewish agendas at all times – reflecting the diverse politics and positions of our community and organizations. It’s just that we also cannot afford to lose sight of the broad vision of what we care about in the world, the issues that have implications for us and millions of others here at home and around the world. These are equally important to a powerful Jewish vision of the world and our place in it.

The rest of the post provides a short list of current issues not getting much attention. Visit the post here and bookmark jspot.org, the group blog for “Jewish perspectives on contemporary issues of social and economic justice,” which focuses only on domestic issues: “no foreign policy, no Middle East, no Israel.”



  1. Regarding doikeyt: wouldn’t we want to question what “hereness” is? Are we ignoring morphic resonance (see Sheldrake) or entanglement/bioentanglement? Nothing wrong with a new tribalism, but I think there might be something “shortsighted” about ignoring what can’t be (apparently) seen or heard.

  2. I have no idea what morphic resonance or bioentanglement mean. If I understand you correctly, I think your suggestion that it might be “‘shortsighted’ to ignore what can’t be (apparently) seen or heard” applies even more so to the fact that many American Jews put aside or simply ignore domestic issues for foreign (well, Israeli) ones. My point in this post, if I remember correctly, was that there were a lot of important domestic issues happening at that time and it seemed that all of the Jewish media (not to mention all the Jews around me) were paralyzed by news events in Israel and were unable to really be “here.” I remember being quite frustrated by the lack of balance between domestic and foreign news, and my point wasn’t to ignore what was happening in Israel: it was simply not to forget where we actually live.

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