... essay on American Jews and their impact from the Democratic Party (nominal Left). Superb piece, which illuminates the road to self-destruction and possible rebirth.
Tikkun Olam means repair the world. This has been driving American Judaism since the early 20th century. Meanwhile, the genocide of the 1940s gave new impetus to next year in Jerusalem for what remained of the European Jews, and thus you get the establishment of Israel in 1948 — notwithstanding the geopolitical legerdemain that actually brought it about. American Jews, while sympathetic to a fault with the founding of Israel, and deeply vested emotionally in its success, had a different agenda in the USA after World War Two. They endeavored to repair America. Tikkun Olam! Mostly this expressed itself in Jewish support and involvement in the Civil Rights movement, since the end of discrimination against anybody was considered a good thing for the Jews as well as humanity in general. The country needed a moral repair job, especially after defeating manifest evil in the big war. That effort climaxed in the mid 1960s with the federal legislation that ended Jim Crow policy in voting and public accommodations. Much of the actual on-the-ground work to make this happen was accomplished by Jewish lawyers. This is a fact, not an accusation.
Read the whole piece--it is excellent.
Meanwhile, Sergey Melikov, the head of Dagestan, mocked rioters many of who are now arrested and will be prosecuted, including Article 212, for inciting ethnic hatred against, in this case, Jews, about looking for Jews in the engine of B-737 which flew into Mahachkala from Israel.