It has been a little more than a year since a friend and I started The New Partisan. What was intended as a blog written from a left-liberal, critical perspective about current affairs and political theory transformed into an extended meditation on Jewish identity, Israel, Zionism, and philosophy. The blog became my personal platform for discussing what I experienced during my year living in Israel. Neither of these transformations is bad. But as the new year begins, it is strange to look at all of the changes, mistakes, and discoveries I made. I never quite got the hang of blogging. I was unable to find the balance between longer, essay-like posts and short, wittier quips. I struggled to achieve a tone that was at once self-aware and self-confident. I failed to match indignation and outrage with measured critique and good prose.
I started college this week. And while it is impossible to predict what the next four years will be like, I know I am about to enter a period of intense reading, learning, and intellectual exploration. The time, I feel, has come to turn off the polemical engine and turn on the more contemplative one. After twelve months and ten thousand views, The New Partisan is going on indefinite hiatus.
There are, however, a ton of topics I never got a chance to write about. I’m listing them here so that anyone who has any interest in continuing some of the debates and conversations here can take and explore them as he or she wishes.
• God, Labor, and Marx: An exploration of surplus value and wage-theft in the Bible and the Talmud
• Praxis and Belief: Ideological Commitment and Practical Actualization through the eyes of Georg Lukacs and Yeshayahu Leibovitz
• Occupied Minds: How Israel’s Policies in the West Bank and the Experience of Occupying Informs the Israeli Political Psyche
• Sitting Shiva for the Two-state Solution: Assessing the End of Zionism’s Last Hope
• The Left’s Obsession with Palestine as a Symptom of the International Left in Crisis
• Social Justice or Social Revolution: The Danger of the Entrepreneurial Turn
• The Joy of Diaspora: Complex and Multiple Identities are Incomprehensible to Israelis and Suppressed by Israel Society
• The Prospects for Peace in a Post-Ideological Era: How does the devaluation of national identity and the rise of the human rights discourse impact the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
• Can there be a Diaspora Judaism without Israel at its center? What holds non-Orthodox American Judaism together?
• The Soldier/Civilian Disconnect: Palestinians experience Israelis only as occupiers, Israelis experience Palestinians only as colonial subjects
• Uncomfortable Zionism: Dealing with the Religious-Nationalist influence on Contemporary Judaism
• The Spirit of the Radical: Messianism and the Politics of Disappointment
• Does the preservation of a culture and people require geographical contiguity and state-like structures?
• Israel’s Forgotten Jews: The Dark History of Israel’s Immigration Policies
• The Grand Old Party in Zion: The Republican Turn in Israeli Political Rhetoric
• Where does Diaspora end and Israel begin?
• Questions of Identity as Questions of Consciousness
• Moral Failure, Political Myopia: The Flawed Case of the Pregnant Woman at a Checkpoint
• The Illusion of Jewish Social Justice: How the marriage between philanthropists and non-profits has turned social justice into a slogan and a strategy of the ruling class
• Towards a Post-Zionist, Jewish Socialism