We’re Number Eight!

‘Nothing Sacred’ entered the San Francisco Chronicle’s non-fiction bestseller list at #8 this week. The greatest part about it is the implicit approval in their choosing to categorize it as non-fiction! (I’ll take what I can get, given some of the reviews.) Off to Toronto this week (in spite of family warnings about the new […]   read more »

Rushkoff the Atheist Kills God and Judaism

I’m back from a four-week leg of the tour. It was the longest one I’ll be going on, and by far the most expensive and grueling one, too, so I figure this means I reached the apogee of my road experience. I don’t think I’ve ever been as encouraged and discouraged at the same time. […]   read more »

Evolution as Tradition – the continuity of change

A lot of the people I’ve been speaking with lately are wrestling with what seems to them like a paradox: if we keep our relationship to religion so alive that it seems to be reborn for every generation, then what happens to continuity? Or they’re afraid that if Judaism becomes primarily concerned with social justice, […]   read more »

Welcoming One Another

http://www.thejewishweek.com/top/editletcontent.php3?artid=2713 Welcoming One Another Douglas Rushkoff Special To The Jewish Week So just who is allowed to participate in the conversation that is Judaism, anyway? Is it a blood test, a history of contributions to the right philanthropies, or a working knowledge of the Talmud that earns one a place at the table? Sure, I […]   read more »

Icons and Iconoclasm

Okay, enough about Judaism as Judaism for today. Here’s a little piece I wrote for an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone about “The Power of Icons.” I suppose its Jewish-themed, after all, since I see the starting point of Judaism as iconoclasm. Ahh. No escape. — The Power of Icons Take a look at an […]   read more »

Judaism as a Medium – practicing what we preach

So I think I’m finally learning how to speak about Judaism. That is, I’m learning how to speak about religion as a process, rather than as a thing. And this tends to make the whole discussion a heck of a lot less contentious. In media theorist’s terms, I guess what I’m trying to do is […]   read more »

Speaking to People About Religion

So, the tour for Nothing Sacred is underway. I’ve got a few dates in NYC and DC before heading out West. Very intense, so far. So intense, that I’m thinking of softening my approach. I’ve only spoken at a couple of synagogues and seminaries so far, but I’m fast learning that people are less willing […]   read more »

Shucks and Awe

Okay, so they went through with it. I do think they were hoping to kill or frighten Saddam into submission without wasting all of this ordinance, but here’s what happens when you go to war. Interestingly, they’re making their bet on the presumption that Iraq is a truly top-down society. They’re not working on revolution; […]   read more »

Scared? No. Morose, yes.

I keep getting emails from people who live outside the US, asking if we New Yorkers are really as afraid of terrorism as everyone says we are. I’d have to say, no. We are not jumping at every loud sound, worrying about every large package on the subway, or tossing and turning in bed at […]   read more »

Nothing Sacred Tour

Okay, I’m posting this for two reasons. First, a lot of people have been emailing for information on when and where I’ll be speaking when my new book, Nothing Sacred, is released (April 8). Second, pasting this info into my blog window is the easiest way to get it into simple HTML for my tour […]   read more »