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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.

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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.

Woke up from a (sexy) dream where Atenea and I had opened our relationship. Spent the morning with both of us agreeing about why that would be a bad idea for us. Imagination is a funny thing. I'm glad it goes and plays somewhere else, but I don't lose sight of reality.

What does this change? Another weapon in their hand. But when has it been that they did not have a weapon in their hand? Indeed, why we oppose them is their constant brandishing of weapons. And all we have is hope, and love, and each other. So what chance do they have? Right? Right.

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.

How long is ten minutes? Unfortunately we have no way of knowing for sure

Additionally, how the fuck did they sell Long Island so successfully to my grandfather's generation of Jews? I woulda been like "I'm sorry, we are talking about the same Long Island? Where the Nazis and potatoes and oysters come from? I'll take my chances in Brooklyn, thanks."

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?

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