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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...
Jun 12, 2018, 8:32 PM
Can doing nothing be justified?
If my neighbors are threatened, as the Jews were in the Holocaust, what should I do? Should I help my neighbors or should I protect my family? If I wait until the threat is obvious, then I will face...
May 30, 2018, 5:47 PM
For Memorial Day, Thank You to the Liberators
Suffering does not move armies, but suffering does move soldiers. Much as we might wish it otherwise, World War II was not fought to save the Jews. It was fought to stop aggressive countries from changing the balance of power...
May 23, 2018, 9:57 PM
Safety Nets for Teaching the Holocaust to Children
Discussing the Holocaust with young children is important but takes careful planning. How we present Holocaust stories makes a big difference to whether the lessons feel traumatic to them. The last few weeks we’ve been discussing ways of teaching the...
Dr. Deborah Fripp is President of the Teach the Shoah Foundation and Holocaust Programs Coordinator at Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas.