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What’s The Deal With ‘Heeb’?

If you’re going to offend, at least make a point

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I get, and to an extent can get behind, the magazine Heeb’s stated goal of pushing the envelope in order to redefine what it is to be a contemporary Jew. Explaining an earlier controversy, the publisher said that his magazine “interrogates stereotypes and ideas (hopefully in creative ways) that many hold sacred in order to represent the complex and nuanced perspectives that many Jews have about their identities.” If the satire occasionally borders on the offensive, that can be a price I’m willing to pay. (And certainly I wish them all the best with their rumored business troubles. Almost any place that pays writers to write gets my support.)

… But it’s really difficult to see the point of the magazine’s “take” on T. Alan Hurwitz, who is the first Jewish president of Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is a school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Washington, D.C., and Hurwitz himself is profoundly deaf. There’s probably something interesting worth saying about that; maybe there is even a provocative, counter-intuitive position on it. I would love to read a creative argument against the 1988 Deaf President Now movement (which the post cites), in which the students demanded a deaf president, perhaps analogizing it to Jewish tokenism.

But this? It feels mean, offensive, gratuitous, and—maybe worst of all—not funny.

Gallaudet University Gets a Deaf Jewish President [Heeb]
Earlier: ‘Heeb’ Explains Hitler Image
Is ‘Heeb’ On Its Way Out?

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what says:

heeb doesn’t pay it’s writers — they is broke

what says:

also, they don’t have writers anymore because there is NO MAGAZINE

Take this piece together with Shalom Auslander’s latest contribution, and Tablet seems to be vying for Abe Foxman’s gig.

JanetG says:

And when someone responds with a humorous “story” about how they couldn’t get an Orthodox Jew to answer the phone or turn on the light on Shabbat, what then?

So, they made fun of a deaf guy for being deaf? Wow, that must have taken a lot of thinking to come up with.

Josh R. says:

not even worth posting or commenting – when will they finally go out of business?

I actually liked Auslander’s genocide-attic piece. Very well written. It actually brought home to me what it meant / might mean to hide a family in one’s home. No simple matter, is it?

Mirele says:

A shande far di yidn.

I’ve said that least 324603 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

Just admit it! Just pleasing! Your posting manner is charming and the way you dealt the topic with grace is valued. I’m intrigued, I assume you’re an expert on this subject. I’m subscribing to your upcoming updates from now on.

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What’s The Deal With ‘Heeb’?

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