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Feb 12, 2019, 5:57 PM
Familiarity Breeds Empathy
This Valentine’s Day, we can learn about loving our neighbors from watching how rats do it. Anyone with kids in American schools knows that Valentine’s Day can be a pain. Modern American elementary schools insist that every student gives a...
Jan 29, 2019, 10:26 PM
Who will write our history?
It distresses me how long it has taken for us to realize what Emanuel Ringelblum recognized in 1940 at the very inception of the Warsaw ghetto: unless we Jews tell our story, the story of the Holocaust will be...
Dec 18, 2018, 5:22 PM
Let the Light Shine on: Reassessing God’s role in the Holocaust
What was God’s role in the Holocaust? Was God a perpetrator, a bystander, or a savior? Many of us have grappled with these questions: Where was God during the Holocaust? How could a God who loves us let such a...
Dec 5, 2018, 5:43 PM
What Chanukah teaches us about Holocaust Remembrance
As Chanukah reminds us, Jews are no strangers to persecution. We have been fighting for our right to exist since the beginning of our recorded history. As we say at Passover: “In every generation, there are those who wish...
Nov 14, 2018, 7:12 PM
Why I teach the Holocaust in Churches
Holocaust education needs to be different in a church than in a synagogue. Although we like to think of Christians and Jews as similar, there are fundamental differences in our background knowledge of and emotional connection to the basic elements...
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...
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.