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‘Semite,’ ‘anti-Semitism’: two different things

The dowager queen of Jordan, Noor Al Hussein, tweeted: “#Semite. Definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary. How it has been coopted for so long to exclude all but one...

Occupation in the Old City of Jerusalem

Who is occupying whom? Be careful with language and with history. Imagine that Temple Emanuel  in Denver were captured by foreign forces, who tore down the temple. In...

Occupation in Toledo, Spain

It was not only in the Land of Israel that Jewish holy places were occupied by an imperialistic religion that sought the end of Judaism. In Toledo, Spain, no less than...

Rachel Brosnahan as Mrs Maisel (Amazon Studios)

For your viewing pleasure: Jewish Golden Globe nominees

There’s something about this time of year and movies. Maybe it’s the cold nights, maybe it’s the days off. But the Jewish tradition of going to the movies on...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #31b

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #31(b), “Loving acts of charity” The list of...

One day a pacifist, one day a warmongerer

Maybe you thought that the discovery of tunnels built by Hezbollah under the border between Lebanon and Israel would generate a full-scale debate about the deadly nature...

Dior

The first clue that you’re entering something special is the Parisian storefront. Walk through its doors and you may not be in Maison Dior on Avenue Montaigne in...

The right and the wrong way to counter anti-Semitism

ADL reports an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. CNN and the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency report high levels of anti-Semitism in Europe. This is all...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #31

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #31, “Loving G-d’s creatures” Given all...

Chanukah hypocrisy?

TheNew York Times’ coverage of Jewish topics has long been fodder for those who study both media bias and the complicated relationship between the newspaper and the...