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I'm Mordecai P. Martin, but you can call me Mo. I write about Judaism, my life as a New Yorker who no longer lives in New York, cities, solidarity, my wife Atenea, my cat Pharaoh-Let-My-People-Go the Cat, and sometimes I get silly.
abortion, ppl not in Louisiana how to support
If you can - spreading the info from the New Orleans abortion fund would be helpful or donating!
Made a blog post about Hagar, an argument with Atenea, and Torah
re: Judaism, wife posting
this post became a much longer blog post https://mordecaimartin.net/2020/09/19/the-fight-at-the-start-of-the-world/
re: Judaism, wife posting
I always seem to learn something from Atenea when we disagree. I hope she would say the same, and fear she would not. Without going too far into details, I want to share what I learned from my wife during our disagreement, because I think it's relevant to all Torah, especially mine: Whenever we talk Torah, including in one on one discussions, but especially in public discussions, we must, must, MUST be speaking Torah with respect and openness to everyone in the room.
re: rbg thoughts, anarchism
And indeed, Justice Ginsburg's legacy is most powerful when she advocated for that very thing. Reproductive rights should be a model for us all. A woman, working with her doctor and her family and community, decides whether there will be another life in the world. Working together, we should weigh and make the decisions that will shape the quality of that life, and our lives.
rbg thoughts, anarchism
Justice Ginsburg's quotation, that women belong in all places decisions are made, would have, for me, much more power, if she had also advocated that those places and decisions themselves be democratized; that decisions of meaning, real influence, be made by each of us, in our own homes and communities, instead of in the lofty halls of an elite few.
One of the great crimes of modernity has been the luring of the people into electoralism, the investiture of hope in politicians. Hope is a spiritual practice. It is a material practice to, we invest in visions of the future that we hope for. And we have allowed people to accrue brutal, vicious, violent power through our praxis of hope. It is sick.
She was not a queen, as in Yassssss Queen. She was a judicial activist in some ways, a consummate jurist in others, a believer with foolish naivety in the goodness of the law and its possibilities. She was my fellow Jew, her children's mother, her grandchildren's bubbe. She died on the last day of 5780, a last stroke of a disastrous year. We are now left with what will happen after, which should not happen.
What to say about the death of a major Jewish public figure, and human bulwark against encroaching fascism, on erev Rosh Hashanah? We can not function like this, as a society. Already, we had put too much on the shoulders of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as we do all women, as we do all Jewish women. She had already disappointed us, in any number of supreme court cases, in her cozy working relationship with the reactionary Scalia.
My dad grew up in Beth Page, New York. My mom grew up a ten minute drive (an hour walk) away in the model suburb of Levittown. Yaphank NY was 40 minutes east of them. In the 1930s, Yaphank was a German American Bund camp, allied to the Nazi party, Camp Siegfried. Why and how did my parents grow up SO secure in the idea that the USA was safe, secure, that antisemitism was a thing of the past?
Wrote a piece about "my" tree and owning things https://mordecaimartin.net/2020/09/18/my-empress/
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