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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  (rabbi@adathisraelsf.org) has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


 

This past week, a Texas school administrator was recorded stating that a new law requires teachers to provide “opposing” views on the Holocaust. The Texas law mandates that controversial issues be taught from “diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective.” This led to an interesting op-ed by David Bernstein, founder of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values, titled “On teaching ‘opposing’ views of the Holocaust and systemic racism” – see Blog #1. 

Based on the sentiment expressed in Blog #1, which states that “Educators must contextualize the facts surrounding historical events so students can wrestle with alternative perspectives on why these events occurred, I share with you Blogs #2 and 3. In Blog #2, the argument is made that Jews should not be considered indigenous to the Land of Israel and the Middle East. In Blog #3, the argument is made that Jews should be considered indigenous to the Land of Israel and the Middle East. After reading both pieces, where do you stand on the issue and why?

Blog #1: “On teaching ‘opposing’ views of the Holocaust and systemic racism,” by David Bernstein, originally published on the Times of Israel

Blog #2: “When Settler Becomes Native,by JB Brager, originally published on Jewish Currents 

Blog #3: “Jewish indigeneity to Israel,” by Sarah Levin, originally published on the Jewish News Syndicate