I'm over 200 pages into Constantine's Sword by James Carroll. Carroll, a former Catholic priest, tells about his discovery (through study of history and himself) of how inherent Christian (especially Catholic) Jew hating teachings led to the Holocaust.
It is very clearly written and well researched. But I'm starting to be reluctant to continue reading the book because it is adding to my paranoia of a resurgent antisemitism in Europe. Over the last couple of months, I've been reading many articles in the Israeli press about an increased sense of harassment (and actual attacks) of Jewish communities in Europe and elsewhere. Everybody is talking about how blatant antisemitism is no longer frowned upon in European societies. But it begs the question - has Europe changed at all? All it takes is an economic crisis for Europe to return to its ol' Jew hating self.
As one of the organizers of a Friends of the IDF event I went to said, "We all know how every 100 years somebody wants to kick our butts." This is true. At least this time, we have a democratic Western world. Technically, the last 60 years has been a Golden Age as far as Jewish history (and world history) is concerned. There is no reason for it to stop, economic crisis or not.
I started a new blog recently. It's called iKibbitz. It's going to be a Jewish collective blogging experience. It's still in the development phase, but I already started writing there. I'll try to have my posts published in both sites, but please check there first. I have a longer description on the website in a post title "Welcome to iKibbitz".
If you are a blogger who would like to join, please contact me at mweis89 [at] gmail [dot] com. It's going to start Jewish but we are going to add none-Jewish bloggers sooner or later. If anyone is willing to offer help to create a WordPress theme for free, also contact me.
I decided to start this blog because I was not satisfied with the discourse I was having on the Israeli-Arab issue on other blogs such as PhlipWeiss, RichardSilverstein, LGF, JIDF, and others. Peace and Human Rights are among my concerns. To a large extent, it seems that other blogs demonize the other "side" (Israeli or Arab) rather than discussing ways to solve the issue or the positive side to the Middle East. I plan to comment on some stories regarding that area. There is a lot of change happening over there , for better or worse, starting with Israel and spreading across the Middle East. I will cover the stories that I think are important to paint an honest picture of the Middle East (Old World) and show progress (New Ideas) towards peace, freedom, and equality. I was born in Israel on a secular kibbutz. My mother was born in Tunisia, but grew up in France. My father was born the US. In total, I have roots in Spain, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Tunisia, France, Israel, and the US.