The Newsletter of Fig Tree Books LLC
January, 2020: Issue #2
Fredric D. Price, Founder & Publisher
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In reading this book, I am reminded that I, too, have undergone some revised feelings about free speech. And I may probably rethink my position again. Isn’t that, after all, exactly what the First Amendment protects?

I am listening carefully and thinking a little more deeply when Rosenbaum argues that human dignity should be given the same weight as free speech, that mutual respect is the cornerstone for how ideas can be embraced, and that the marketplace of ideas should be reserved for ideas worthy of entry.
Reviews of SAVING FREE SPEECH ... from ITSELF :

This is a brave, incisive book that smartly challenges much of what we take for granted about the First Amendment. Scott Turow , the author of two works of non-fiction about the law and 13 bestselling novels, including  Presumed Innocent and the  The Last Trial
She’s Sarah Silverman’s Sister—And Just Officiated Tiffany Haddish’s Bat Mitzvah
"Sure, there are a lot of Jews in Hollywood. But not one of them has ever had quite as memorable a showbiz bat mitzvah as Tiffany Haddish."
APPLES & HONEY: A Small Taste Of Lit
“Around the dinner table, friends recount their travels to family manses in the Old
Country. Anita describes the house in Spain that’s been home to generations of her
mother’s family, brimming with relatives eating three-hour meals under the arbor. Her
grandmother emigrated to the New World of the Caribbean, and her parents to the United States when she was a child.”
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The winning Q&A (from Barbara Zaslov):

Q:  Will non-Orthodox Jews start to move away from the Democratic party in 2020 in a manner similar to what happened in the UK with Jews voting for Boris Johnson in unprecedented numbers?

A:  In 2016, Jews voted for Hillary Clinton by a 71%-24% margin according to a Pew poll. 1  The percentage voting for Clinton among non-Orthodox Jews was greater. In the UK, a 2019 pre-election poll indicated that only 6% of Jews were going to vote for Labour, 2 which was an extraordinary turnaround. 

So the answer to the question is, “It all depends.” It depends on who the Democrats nominate, what the Democratic platform says, how the nominee sticks to the platform, and how the members of the left (i.e., The Squad and their followers) push anti-Jewish and anti-Israel themes (e.g., BDS, the one-state solution, reduced American aid to Israel, etc.) It’s ironic that ‘the Jewish Question’ of the nineteen thirties has been resurrected in this century with different labels.

We now live in an era of Holocaust denial and attacks on Jews, which has spawned a convergence of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. It is becoming increasingly difficult for anti-Zionists to hide behind ‘some of my best friends are Jews’ as a way to distinguish between these two antis. Unfortunately, they now appear to be more of the same, and a politician with anti-Zionist views gives cover to anti-Semites.

Informal discussions with friends and relatives who describe themselves, in various fashion, as either secular, classically liberal (not necessarily in the political sense), or occasional synagogue attendees, suggest that were the Democrats to nominate a candidate who would run on a platform highly critical of Israel, that there would be angst in voting for such a person, which might manifest itself in not voting for anyone for president. 

Would this represent a radical shift away from the Democratic party? Again, it all depends upon whether such a nominee is emblematic of a significant shift or is a one-time event. Frankly, it’s too soon to tell. But who could have imagined that the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt could have morphed into the party of Mitch McConnell and William Barr?

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My Mother's Son (by David Hirshberg), a multiple award-winning debut novel, is written as the memoir of a radio raconteur that uses the inconceivable events of his family’s life and the world in which he lived in the 1950s as a foil to deal with major issues that affect Americans today–disease, war, politics, immigration and business. It has been purposefully set in earlier times so as to provide some distance from the current ‘talking heads’ climate that instantly categorizes and analyzes events from a narrow, partisan perspective.
A River Could Be A Tree (by Angela himsel) asks the question, "How does a girl who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York?" This devout Christian Midwestern girl found her own form of salvation—as a practicing Jewish woman. Angela’s seemingly impossible road from childhood cult to a committed Jewish life is traced in and around the major events of the 1970s and 80s with warmth, humor, and a multitude of religious and philosophical insights. 
Celebrate The Tenth of Tevet with Abigail Pogrebin

“I learn that this holiday
was picked to honor the Holocaust, but the concept fell short. On January 11, 1949, four years after the concentration camps were liberated, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared that 10 Tevet would be come a day of remembrance for those who had died in theHolocaust without anyone to say the mourner’s prayer—Kaddish—for them.”