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Bernie Talks Like a Jewish Guy from Brooklyn and You Need to Get Over It

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Bernie Sanders: Not Good Enough To Be Simply Pro-Israel -- The Forward
Bernie Sanders: Not Good Enough To Be Simply Pro-Israel -- The Forward
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After the Democratic debates, many critiqued Sanders for appearing "angry." Some American Jews, however, saw these comments as ignorant or even anti-Semitic. Linguist and professor of contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College Sarah Bunin Benor said these critiques of Sanders’s speech  reveal an unfamiliarity with the way Jews, particularly Jewish New Yorkers, speak. “The idea that arguing is part of how we as Jews speak, and the idea that Jews talk a lot with their hands has been the popular understanding of Jewish language for many decades,” she said. According to a 2008 survey Benor conducted, 47 percent of Jews report having been told their style of speech was too aggressive, compared to 36 percent of non-Jews.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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