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Arbeit Macht Frei

Arbeit Macht Frei — those infamous, arched words, fashioned out of steel — that wrought iron gate at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest...

Iranian protesters deserve better — from us

It’s a study in contradictions. The extremist progressive youth of the American University. And the extremist progressive youth of the Iranian university. Both groups...

From halva to ma’amoulim

When I was growing up in Jerusalem, Israel was practically a third world country. Since then, remarkably, Israel has leap frogged into today’s “Startup Nation.”...

Anti-Semitism that doesn’t fit the narrative

The recent and rapid escalation of anti-Semitic attacks unleashed in the New York metropolitan area is horrifying, almost reaching epidemic levels. It seems like every...

The Menorah

Ever since I was introduced to the poignant story “The Menorah,” published in 1897 by Theodor (Binyamin Zev) Herzl, I always think of it at the end of Chanukah,...

My menorahs

CHANUKAH 5780 SECTION E PAGE 23 When I think of the different Chanukah menorahs I’ve lit over my life, it feels like they represents the places I was at in my life, be...

The loathsome symbol

It’s not often that you see a photograph that epitomizes the adage “a photo is worth a thousand words.” Every once in a while, though, just such a photo comes...

Israel resolved its refugee problem

Danny Danon, Israeli’s ambassador to the UN, wants to introduce a new resolution to the General Assembly on behalf of 850,000 forgotten Jews who were forced to flee...

A small donation, a large meditation

Browsing Facebook this week I came across a gofundme fundraiser, posted by someone I know, an observant Jewish man. It was for someone he personally knows, a single...

Should we condemn bin Laden’s assassination?

The sirens in southern Israel are wailing again. Families are running for their lives in their narrow multi-second window of time to bomb shelters yet again. In reaction...