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Depending on how you count, we’re now in month eight of this endless trauma. I’ve been describing it as a bitter Napoleon — you know those pastries that are layers of filo and cream? Instead of layers that are yummy, our layers are loss on trauma on grief.

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On Nov. 25, 1942, a five-paragraph article, buried on page 10 of The New York Times, confirmed the deaths at that time of 2 million Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe, and warned of the perilous plight of the remaining 4 million. The final solution was no longer a secret, if it ever had been.

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President-elect Joe Biden recognizes the shared values between the U.S. and Israel, understands the  benefits of the close relationship and supports Israel’s strategic and military edge in the region. While we believe that his administration will continue this country’s special relationship …

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With control of the U.S. Senate hanging in the balance, the two runoff elections scheduled to take place in Georgia on Jan. 5 are, in effect, national elections. Attention and campaign dollars have been attracted from far and wide, since the Georgia results will determine whether the United …

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Saeb Erekat was the Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator with Israel since the 1990s. He was accusatory, confrontational and uncompromising in his public persona, but was reportedly more realistic and accommodating in private. When he died in an Israeli hospital last week of complications fr…

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Many articles have been written about the long-term effects of the pandemic on mental health. They warn about isolation and loss of social connection. They remind us that while we should be taking precautions to physically distance ourselves from others, we need to stay connected. We are soc…

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Last weekend’s demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and other cities by President Donald Trump’s supporters made clear that there are a lot of people who believe that there were improprieties in the recent presidential voting — perhaps enough to have stolen the election.

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Alongside the unexpectedly close result of the U.S. presidential election, preliminary polls show that the voting patterns of American Jews did not provide any surprises. It also showed how far a divide exists between American Jews and their Israeli counterparts. Yet following this incredibl…

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For the first time since ceding the reins of a Jewish newspaper, I was called a traitor last week by a member of the Jewish community. I was guilty of betraying Israel, of betraying the United States, of betraying the Torah, because I had voted for Joe Biden.

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks exemplified the best of Modern Orthodoxy. Erudite, personable, a prolific writer, a beloved teacher and a public intellectual, Sacks moved comfortably in the Jewish community and in the larger world. He began his career as a congregational rabbi in London, served as Brit…

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In claiming victory this past Saturday as the nation’s 46th president, Joe Biden  hit all the right notes. He was forceful, empathetic and steady — and sought to begin the healing process for a divided nation following a bruising presidential election.

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The last few months, in the depths of the pandemic, I have been extremely quiet about my role as a COVID-19 front-line respiratory therapist. I was concerned that people would be uncomfortable around me given my close proximity to the plague. “Do you work directly with COVID patients?” they …

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Jeremy Corbyn, who led Britain’s opposition Labour Party until earlier this year, was suspended from the party last week. He was a leader with a blind spot for his own dislike of Jews and the anti-Semitism he helped foster in his party. The suspension was another sign that the Labour Party i…

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It’s a new Middle East and anyone who has been following the news or more importantly, social media, is discovering an entirely new language with respect to Israel-Arab relations, one characterized by warmth, curiosity and excitement sparked by the recent peace deals signed between Israel an…

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It took 18 years, but reality finally overcame politics. And now, the U.S. passport of Menachem Zivotofsky shows the unremarkable but much litigated truth that he is a U.S. citizen, born in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Many pundits have claimed that the upcoming 2020 presidential election next Tuesday, is “the most important of our lifetime,” and are encouraging everyone to “go out and vote.”  

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We are living in a moment of deep division and disagreement. Political polarization in our country is more pronounced than at any point in our lifetimes. We watch people using social media to dehumanize those who hold different viewpoints, and we worry about the threat of political violence …

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The shooting on Oct. 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, impacted me in ways that I never expected. The feelings of shock, grief and vulnerability left a mark on me that I still feel today, and I’ve spoken to enough people to know that I am not alone in this.

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Last December in this space, we urged readers to vote in the elections of the World Zionist Congress, the once-every-five-year meeting that chooses the leadership of the World Zionist Organization and other veteran institutions that connect Israel with the Diaspora and, between them, boast a…

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In 1990, First Amendment attorney Richard Godwin proposed what has come to be known as Godwin’s Law. The law essentially posits that comparing someone to Hitler as a way to score points in an argument is glib, lazy and usually ends the discussion. And by overuse, repeated reference to Hitler…

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In this time of social distancing and sheltering in place, people all over the world are spending more time on streaming sites than ever before. However, as users go digging for content to fill their time, they are also coming across an increasing amount of anti-Semitic content. Unfortunatel…

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett is impressive. She appears intelligent, articulate, confident and poised, and spoke evenly in her public testimony over several days of lengthy proceedings last week before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals…

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Clergy play an important role in combating domestic abuse: they speak out about the issues; they listen to victims; they offer counseling, referrals and spiritual resources; they seek to create safe environments within the institutions where they work. And clergy are often the first people t…

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I enjoyed reading your 2020 Best of Jewish News/Senior Living & Lifestyle magazine. It was very informative regarding helpful information and resources for older adults. I would like to add some clarification about the Federation Senior Rides program. I believe that your readers deserve …

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The sometimes violent protests last week in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park were disturbing. Although the communal frustration that prompted the reaction may have been fueled by poor or misleading communications by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, much of the graphically reported respon…

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October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and the best way to prevent substance abuse is to talk about it. We must acknowledge that it is also a problem for us, the Jewish community. 

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He did it again. When presented at the first presidential debate of 2020 with another opportunity to make a straightforward condemnation of white supremacists, he refused. Or at least that’s what many headlines screamed the next morning after the train wreck of a debate that was held in Clev…

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On May 15, with the coronavirus raging around the world, Israel reported just 13 new cases. It appeared that the start-up nation had succeeded in flattening the curve, as only a few other countries had done. That was cause for praise. Indeed, as others struggled to address the coronavirus, I…

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Last week’s first “debate” between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was a mess. More than 70 million people tuned in to watch. Unfortunately, they didn’t get to hear the candidates discuss their views concerning the significant issues and challenges facing our country.

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Even amid scourges of seemingly biblical proportions — a pandemic, wildfires and floodwaters — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death jolted us with an unbearable blow. Though we knew she was battling a recurrence of cancer at age 87, she had vigorously beaten the disease four other times, so w…

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California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign into law Assembly Bill 331 this week, which will require public high schools to offer an ethnic studies course by 2025, and to begin making the course a requirement to graduate by 2029. While the innovative educational effort is commendable,…

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable career ended with her death on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. An icon for liberals, Ginsburg stood with the “the outsider in society … telling them that they have a place in our legal system,” as President Bill Clinton described her when he nominated her t…

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As his time grew short, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., recalled the words of an ancient Latin poet: “Death, death, plucks my ear, and says, ‘Live! I am coming.’” Death was surely coming for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why, it was coming for years. At the end, her body was riddled with …

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I will never forget the night when I revealed my intention to move back to Israel to my “second family” at Arizona State University.

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It is now more than seven decades since the end of the Holocaust. The number of precious survivors continues to diminish, even as we pledge to never forget. Numerous impressive projects have been undertaken to record the history of one of the world’s darkest chapters and combat the lies of H…

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The historic Abraham Accords, signed at the White House last week, established normalized relations between Israel and two Arab monarchies, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. While the ceremony was impressive and its results significant, the Accords had an important side benefit: They cleared…

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My father was tortured and put in a labor camp in Siberia for five years during WWII. He lived in the Bergen Belsen displaced persons camp for four years after the war ended. His crime was being a Jew. He lost his entire family including 12 siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and …

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Today was not just the eve of the Jewish New Year, but the dawn of a new era for the entire Middle East.

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How much government support is required in order to address the extraordinary needs of Americans more than a half-year into the coronavirus pandemic? No one knows for sure. But everyone knows that the number is very high, and that the needs are extraordinary.

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The Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the beginning of the Jewish new year, has always been a time of reflection and introspection. Particularly as we get closer to Rosh Hashanah — which we will celebrate this weekend — we look back over the past year and think about the possibilities and…

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Now more than ever we are digging letters out of the attic, both literal and figurative ones. Isolation is forced reflection, so it’s only natural if quarantine has us thinking of the past.

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We are all familiar with the term “cybercrime” — we regularly read about hackers who steal financial or personal information from individuals, institutions or businesses through which they gain access to money or valuable data. Sometimes, the theft stops with the targeted taking. Other times…

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Among the many issues we are confronting during the coronavirus pandemic, public policy regarding housing affordability and stability ranks near the top. Affordable housing is an essential component of our societal infrastructure, and has a direct impact on our most vulnerable.

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