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The Tony Kushner Debate

Does ‘honor’ mean anything anymore?

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Visitor Comments: 93

(83) Malka Kideckel, November 2, 2012 2:19 AM

Honorary "not honor"

The bottom line is if Tony Kushner spoke against the blacks, the Hispanics, he wouldn't get the degree. Israel doesn't hit home and doesn't hit a raw nerve. A liberal American Jew gets away with alot they have chutzpa. Rabbi Solomon here's something you just have to swallow: Jewish blood is cheap. Rabbi Pinchas Winston says, listen to the news, listen to what the goyim are saying, G-d speaks to us through the Goyim. We have to do T'shuva, work on ourselves. We can't change the world we have to change ourselves and that will have a ripple effect on other Jews and then the world at large. The Chofetz Chaim speaks about this in his famous work Shmirat HaLoshon. No one but no one becomes religious when you throw rocks at them and scream Shabbos. Invite them in for Kiddish and ask about them, take an interest in them that will change even the hardest nut.

(82) Anonymous, December 10, 2011 3:55 AM

kushner honorary degree

Disagreeing with Israeli policies doesn't make Tony Kushner anti Israel. Tony Kushner is a terrific playwright--so glad he got an honorary degree. Seems to me true lovers of Israel can disagree with the government and be vocal about it. That's what a true patriot does.

(81) C.R., June 5, 2011 11:42 PM

Honorary degree...

While I do not agree with anti Israel/anti semitic points of view--I think its more important to learn why CUNY would want to give this man an honorary degree--what has he done to deserve it? It also seems to me the Rabbi is confusing the word honorary with honor.

(80) Chaim, May 30, 2011 3:36 AM

Pick our battles

While I fully hear the points you're bringing out, I'm not so sure this is what we should be concerned about right now. An honorary degree is usually seen as a gesture to show significance in a certain area regardless of all else. I just feel that there are such more important things going on in the world today that this should hardly be an issue. Just my thought...

(79) Anonymous, May 23, 2011 11:39 PM

It was the School of Criminal Justice!

Why is the school of criminal justice giving out an honorary degree to a playwright? Did you know that MIT does not give out honorary degrees?

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