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Purim costumes at Brurya in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, Purim is a unifying force

Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of...

An etching of Sabbatai Sevi (Wikimedia Commons)

Muslims’ reverence for the eccentric Sabbatei Sevi

ULCINJ, Montenegro — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had...

A group of graduates from Brandies class of '17. (Mike Lovett/Brandeis University)

How to land your first job after college

BOSTON — Perhaps no question irritates college seniors more than this query: “What are you going to do after graduation?” Liberal arts majors who don’t have a...

Lester Wolff (Drew Angerer/Getty)

At 99, ex-congressman Lester Wolff holds forth

MUTTONTOWN, NY — Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his...

L-r: Gabrielle Birkner, Rebecca Soffer

Jewish journalists confront ‘Modern Loss’

By Lori Silberman Brauner NEW YORK — When Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer met in 2007, the two Jewish journalists found they had much more in common than their...

Rabbi Osher Litzman, under the canopy in black, performing a Jewish wedding in Seoul, South Korea.

Olympics won’t be Jewish desert

SEOUL — Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won’t have to skimp on kosher...

A holographic image of Sam Harris Kildeer. (Ron Gould)

Speaking to a Holocaust survivor 100 years from now

By Ellen Braunstein SKOKIE, Ill. — In an otherwise darkened theater, viewers gasped when they saw what appeared to be a seated 83-year-old man wearing a light green...

Rabbi Avram Mlotek, right, at his Base Hillel home in New York City.

Base Hillel is another entry point for young Jews

NEW YORK — At a small stove in the kitchen, a man exploring conversion to Judaism is frying tofu with red onions. Chatting with him is a woman who works for a...

Rexhep Hoxha, left, and Fatos Qoqja, pictured with a medal that Qoqja's father received for saving Jews during the Holocaust.

Albanian Muslims saved Jews

TIRANA, Albania — Most anywhere else in Nazi-occupied Europe, an encounter with police would have likely sealed the fate of Jewish refugees like Nissim and Sarah...

Jan Zwartendijk pictured with one of the transit visas he issued.

Jan Zwartendijk: Unsung Holocaust hero

YAOTSU, Japan — Like other journalists and researchers, I traveled all the way to this rural area to gain a better understanding of the actions of Chiune Sugihara, one...