Seattle blogger Richard Silverstein has called for protest at an Oakland synagogue, and has led a letter writing campaign directed towards local community leaders. Why he thinks our local community is his business is a mystery. He is spurred on, no doubt, by little more than his own elevated sense of self-importance and his own humorless existence.
In his cross-hairs is comedienne Roseanne Barr, who is scheduled to appear at Congregation Beth Abraham later this month.
Such criticism is particularly rich coming from Richard Silverstein who openly shills for the terror-supporting International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
Roseanne Barr's long journey of self discovery has led her back to Judaism and Israel. We wrote about it last year, before an earlier Bay area appearance was cancelled
How seriously should we take Roseanne's Twitter outbursts? Roseanne Barr is a public figure, but she is not an academic or a journalist. She's a comedienne- essentially a shock jock , who uses the literary tools of exaggeration and hyperbole to drive home her points.
Does it make us uncomfortable? Yes- but its meant to....
What can we, as a community, learn from Roseanne Barr's personal journey? One thing is certain. Human beings are capable of much more nuance and subtlety when not restricted to 140 characters or less.