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Nov 16, 2018, 11:25 PM
Place is central to our most important Jewish dream. That singular dream is recounted at our Passover Seders: L’shanah habaah b’yerushalyim—next year in Jerusalem. And now, as the Psalmist sings, we are in fact like dreamers who have returned...
Nov 16, 2018, 7:18 AM
What if I Don’t Feel Grief for Another’s Tragedy?
The Torah demands of us to perform actions; we should not feel guilty for who we are emotionally. This article is adapted from a sermon given two weeks after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA....
Nov 15, 2018, 11:12 PM
This is NOT your Grandfather’s anti-Semitism
Swastikas painted on synagogue buildings, machine guns trained on Jewish souls, pogrom style marches and hate-filled speech about Jewish “termites” all are familiar-sounding alarms that put us into a defensive posture that we have been accustomed to for centuries....
Joseph C. Kaplan
Nov 15, 2018, 10:52 PM
We Are (Not) One
One of the most overused slogans in Jewish institutional life is “We are one.” And while it often is true, it is just as often not true. Indeed, it is sometimes both true and not true concerning the same...
Olivier Jack Melnick
Nov 15, 2018, 3:27 AM
To the antisemite, we are all Jews!
In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre, a lot of Jewish people are starting to ask themselves the same questions that European Jews have been grappling with for a couple of decades. • Are Jewish people no longer safe...
Nov 11, 2018, 8:34 PM
I am a Pittsburgher-Israeli
To be an expat in Israel means feeling the occasional longing for America, and lately, especially for the city where I grew up, Pittsburgh. These past two weeks I am feeling a level of homesickness that I have never...
Charles E. Savenor
Nov 11, 2018, 8:07 PM
The Sting of Projectile Prejudice
As spring dawned on suburban Boston in the early 1980s, I rolled down the window to enjoy the fresh air. Waiting at a stop light on Route 9, I believed something had hit my mother’s car. I heard a...
Nov 11, 2018, 12:55 PM
Pittsburgh and Jerusalem
At a vigil for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told attendants, “My holy place has been defiled.” He spoke the bitter truth that terrorism defiles mankind, no matter where it strikes. This...
Nov 11, 2018, 10:46 AM
Jewish Democrats opposed bigotry by voting for corporate donors and bigotry
During the 115th Congress that concludes next month progressive and liberal activists claimed that the GOP was infested with bigots and religious fanatics that will disenfranchise minorities, amplify the voices of hate, empower the rich, and threaten the civil...
Nov 11, 2018, 10:19 AM
3 Reasons why Trudeau’s MS St. Louis apology was not pointless
“Your Country failed you, and for that, we are sorry,” were the words that I had the privilege of hearing on Wednesday November 7th in the House of Commons. The MS St. Louis was a German ocean liner harbouring...