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Radical Jews

The New Jews are really the Old Jews.

Published: December 13, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 36

(36) Tanya, October 1, 2013 3:59 PM

Funny! IoI

(35) Steven, June 27, 2013 2:58 PM

Yeah! You go Tzvi, You counter culture bad boy!

Well said! We missed you. Glad to see you're back!

(34) Ra'anan, December 23, 2012 4:15 PM

Radical 1960's Jews Hoffman & Rubin & Dylan & Bruce

Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin & Bob Dylan & multitudes of others like them in the 1960s challenged so much of what was then establishment. They changed crew cuts into long hair, iron button shirts neatly tucked into slacks were exchanged for long, baggy threats & later jeans, a race for wealth exchanged for communal good, more "tamed" music was traded for a wilder, unrestrained rock & roll. They challenged, they searched, they screamed "who says?" What came out of all of that? I think it was the right to question. I've always been fascinated w/the big picture. Where did Rubin, Hoffman & Dylan go? Jerry Rubin went to Wall Street in the end. That doesn't have to be bad, but Abbie Hoffman felt he'd betrayed "the cause." Before Hoffman overdosed, he caught a television show w/none other than Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the singing rabbi, definitely a radical in his own right. Hoffman said that watching the rabbi ignited something w/in himself that he thought was long dead. He telephoned the tv station to try & get in contact w/the singing rabbi, but the rabbi had already left & Hoffman tried DESPERATELY to track him down in those pre-cell phones days, but to no avail. The next time the media mentioned Hoffman was regarding his death through overdose about 2 weeks later. Bob Dylan was far more pragmatic, but he, too, had a strong desire to get back to his roots as well, after bouts w/xty & who knows what. He ultimately connected w/Lubavitch & he even has an orthodox son in-law. Most unexpected for me, though, was ultra-radical, standup comedian Lenny Bruce calling orthodox Jews "cool." He admired their clarity & he, too, attended at least one Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach concert & admired him. These were the most visible searchers of their generation & they wound up wanting to get back to orthodox Judaism after trying so many other things.

(33) Shannon, December 17, 2012 2:55 AM

agree 100%

YEAH yasher koach to you man! Being Jewish is about being different; it's NOT about giving in and conforming to the larger culture. To shine a light on the world you have to stand up and stand out.

(32) yaakov, December 11, 2012 2:35 PM

rebbi

Nicely done the video is definitely a "keppa"

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