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The March/April issue, headlined "The New Racism," might as well have been slugged "The New Anti-Semitism." Practiced by Jews alienated from Jewish religion and culture, it persists. Why the Brown Alumni Magazine has given attention and exposure to Sean Altman's Taller Than Jesus escapes me, except that Altman is an alum and there is always space to fill. Altman's lyrics, which consist of humorous turns on the canards that anti-Semites have pinned on Jews for centuries, is a singular example of the sort of offal produced by some Jews who have become alienated from Jewish religion and culture. I would point out, however—at the risk of sounding square—that derogatory lyrics and jokes ridiculing Jews were used by the Nazis to dehumanize them and facilitate the Final Solution.

Max Gartenberg '48
Fort Myers, Fla.





Comments (1)
08/21/08
 
Had Max Gartenberg '48 bothered to listen to my album at jewmongous.com, I expect he would have come to the same conclusion as dozens of rabbis, cantors and Jewish journalists: the JEWMONGOUS repertoire revels in its Jewishness and *skewers* the stereotypes, thus deflating them, ala "All In The Family" or "Borat". These songs are nothing if not proud, even self-aggrandizing. What's worse, Gartenberg's comparing the chipper pop songs of a proud Jew to the work of the Nazis both trivializes the holocaust and does a disservice to himself and our tribe. In the term "knee-jerk", Mr. Gartenberg makes a convincing claim on the latter half.
 
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