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Nov 1, 2018, 6:04 PM
Love is stronger than hate
In the shadow of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, an attack on a synagogue is particularly chilling. But this was not Kristallnacht. When the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked, people from all over poured in to...
Oct 17, 2018, 8:34 PM
How to talk to your kids about the Holocaust
“Mom, what do you know about the Holocaust?” You swallow, take a deep breath, play for time, your mind racing. “They’re not old enough to know about this,” you think to yourself frantically. “Can’t I hold on to their innocence...
Oct 3, 2018, 6:27 PM
Did you know (that was happening)?
Recent events have made me realize that the question “Did you know?” can be more complicated than it sounds. The story of Brett Kavanagh and Christine Blasey Ford hits close to home for me, literally. I grew up in Bethesda,...
Sep 18, 2018, 6:03 PM
For Yom Kippur: Go Set a Watchman
For the sin we have committed against You by running away from the chance to do good in order to make our lives easier. “I can’t live in a place that I don’t agree with and that doesn’t agree with...
Sep 5, 2018, 5:59 PM
Americans, the Holocaust is not about you
How do we tell the story of the Holocaust? Here in America, the Holocaust is taught from a distinctly American point of view. The story of the Holocaust typically begins in 1938, with a sudden explosion of hatred that penetrates...
Aug 22, 2018, 6:59 PM
Building communities through the stories of individuals
The Vilna ghetto diary of Yitzhok Rudashevski shines a light on the strength with which Jews coped with suffering
Aug 8, 2018, 6:11 PM
A new ritual for Yom HaShoah as the fragile window closes
We have reached a tipping point where the Holocaust is changing from an immediate, traumatic memory to community history. At this transition, we have an obligation to frame how we as a Jewish community will commemorate this event for...
Jul 26, 2018, 8:32 PM
Does “Never Again” still have meaning?
Never again is the anguished cry of Holocaust remembrance, seeking to find a meaning from the suffering. But can we still say never again when genocides have happened again, and again, and again? Does the phrase still have meaning? In...
Jul 11, 2018, 3:29 PM
‘There is no Jewish Question’
In mid-1942, the prime minister of Finland, Johann Rangell, was asked by SS chief Heinrich Himmler about the “Jewish Question.” Rangell responded that there was no Jewish Question in Finland, only respected Jewish citizens.1 Finland was an ally of Germany...
Jun 25, 2018, 11:18 PM
Why we should compare current events to the Holocaust
As a well-known aphorism tells us, a spurious comparison to the Holocaust devolves an argument to a standstill. But a well-placed comparison to the Holocaust can be a call-to-action, can help to highlight bias and create change. Last week, Nicholas...
Dr. Deborah Fripp is President of the Teach the Shoah Foundation and Holocaust Programs Coordinator at Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas. You can sign up to hear about her new blogs at www.teachtheshoah.org/#optin.