It’s that time of year again. The apocryphal “War on Christmas” has begun.
Dave Flomberg is a 6-Time Society of Professional Journalists Award Winner for his editorial and feature writing over the 20+ years he’s been covering Colorado and beyond. His credits include Yellow Scene Magazine, Westword, Boulder Weekly, Downbeat Jazz Magazine, and the Rocky Mountain News, where he was a columnist for the final 7 years of its run. He also worked as the Music and Sports Editor for Citysearch.com, ran Editorial Operations for Examiner.com, and is the author of Management for Zombies (available at fine local book purveyors and online at Amazon.com). If you have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism, let him know at [email protected] and let's work together to stamp it out.
To say we live in a post-truth era is an understatement.
The Shomer: Vandals Strike Denver High School With Antisemitic, Racist, Homophobic Messages; Break Windows at Denver Academy of Torah
“I hate Jews/why do the big nosed rats boss us around”
I’m not sure how we can be any clearer about this. We’ve said it a million times at this point, and yet so many of the Trumpublican Right seem utterly incapable of getting it — looking at you Gigi Gaskins, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and of course our own Lauren Boebert, to name a few.
On July 1, Rabbi Shlomo Noginski was minding his own business outside of a Jewish school in Brighton, Mass. A man walked up to him, pointed a gun at him, and demanded he open his van, ostensibly to kidnap him. Then the man pulled out a knife and started stabbing the Rabbi — eight times — as the Rabbi attempted to flee to a park across the street.
“People judge you by the company you keep.”
It was the second week of February in 1994. I was in my freshman year of college, and most of my closest friends worked at the theatre in Tamarac Square in Southeast Denver. Tombstone was still running, and just a week prior, Schindler’s List was released. I popped in to meet a buddy who was finishing his shift. What I saw when I walked through the door stopped me cold in my tracks.
…An old joke, but it’s actually an effective summary of the nature of Halachic law. The underlying theme here is the idea that everything is truly relative; that nuance, detail and context are crucial to understanding and resolving conflict.
“He used to work out at my gym. Dude is off his rockers.”