Intersectionality and Michael Chabon

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Intersectionality is real. Whatever the technical meaning of the term "intersectionality" is irrelevant to me, but its current popular usage is quite relevant. Intersectionality is used to describe, especially on college campuses, the apparently inherent connections between various political, racial, and moral views. 

It goes something like this: pro-choice, therefore pro-gay rights, hence anti-christian, to pro-muslim, to anti-Israel. That's how you end up with Israel, a country with abortion and gay rights (r'l), being opposed by the left-wing spectrum. That's also why everyone who enthusiastically supports the second amendment also enthusiastically supports Israel. Its all intersectionality. Of course, there are exceptions to all of this, but there always are. 

And this explains the leaders of the "women's march" being anti-semitic and so many other seemingly contradictory opinions all make sense when viewed through intersectionality. And intersectionality will provide us with a stark lesson for the Jewish Community, so here goes! 

As you may have seen in the news (see here), a little over a week ago, Jewish author Michael Chabon spoke at the graduation of students from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. This institution is affiliated with the reform movement (r'l).  One particular thing he said during the speech has caused quite a stir. (response from reform leadership here). He said that that he viewed intermarriage as “the source of all human greatness" and criticized the idea of Jews marrying other Jews, referring to such marriages as a "ghetto of two". 

While these vile statements are well worthy of vociferous condemnation, let's learn from them - using intersectionality as our guide. The speaker who said these things, in the same speech, condemned in even worse terms the Jewish Presence in Hevron and the Jewish residents living there. This is actually a common theme for this author and his jezebel-impersonating wife. (see here). In this particular speech, he said: 

“I abhor an enclave, too, a gated community, a restricted country club, or a clutch of 800 zealots lodged in illusory safety behind a wall made from the bodies of teenage soldiers, gazing out in scorn and lordly alarm at the surrounding 200,000 residents of the city of Hebron”.

While of course there is no obvious connection as to what any of this has to do with a graduation of reform leaders in LA and the Jewish Community in general - there is a connection! The concept of intersectionality clearly explains to us that those who support intermarriage (and the destruction of Jewish families) are also against the Jews in Hevron, and vice versa. There certainly exist those who support one and not the other, but they are statistical freaks. 

The organized Jewish Community overwhelmingly and vigorously supports (both financially and morally) Jews marrying other Jews and they should extend that fervent and public support to our brethren in Hevron and throughout all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria! In essence, they are the same thing! 

Intersectionally yours,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem