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A disagreement between major Indonesian religious leaders and the government on how to respond to China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims raises questions about the Islamic world’s ability to sustain its silence about what amounts to one of the most concerted assaults on the faith in recent history.

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Sand and death.” With a phrase that sounded strangely poetic, U.S. President Donald Trump prophesied what lies ahead for the armed forces of the United States should this country maintain a military presence in Syria indefinitely. Given Trump’s past utterances on the same subject, these off-…

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I knew this child. In my heart, this child was mine. In my 22 years of teaching English as a second language in Takoma Park, I loved them all. I can imagine this child, Jakelin Caal — who died a few weeks ago in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol — visualizing her as a beautiful little gi…

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“There’s a problem with cheating at our school,” I was told when I first arrived at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy), a pluralistic community day school for sixth-12th graders in the Philadelphia area. Colleagues were sounding the alarm bell and because I had ju…

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After once warning of Ireland’s downward spiral into the welcoming arms of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, I regret to report that this slump is only gaining speed as the hour goes by. What has transpired in recent days has not been a shift in policy; rat…

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At a time when DNA tests are a national craze, as well as source of political controversy, we shouldn’t be surprised about claims of Jewish identity from anyone. But when they come from someone as controversial as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the expressions of joy and dismay about her possible…

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Academic and educational collaboration between Israel and the U.S. has been a cornerstone of their close relationship for many years. Israel is a leader in science and technology innovation, and many U.S. higher education institutions have formed partnerships and joint ventures with Israeli …

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The killing of Virginia resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in cold blood by a Saudi Arabian death squad has unleashed a political earthquake in Washington. And this earthquake threatens to create a massive upheaval, one which has the potential to engulf the Trump administ…

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This year, the Jewish Media Summit in Israel, put on jointly by the Government Press Office and the Diaspora and Foreign ministries, reached out to a new group of Jewish journalists, bloggers and social media influencers rather than the traditional group of newspaper and magazine writers. Ev…

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The New 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 members of the tribe that are among its most loyal readers. An article published the week before Chanukah about the health ris…

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The midterms are behind us, and now it’s time to take a look at the challenges facing our democracy. Despite President Donald Trump’s allegations, there has been almost no voter fraud in our elections. There are, however, other serious threats to our democracy and our country’s ability to ho…

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The Trump administration recently proposed a change to federal immigration rules that would significantly broaden who is deemed a “public charge” in the United States. For many of us in the American Jewish community, this proposal is a painful reminder of the dangerous consequences of such p…

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It was 2007. I was studying at a Chabad yeshivah when an exciting opportunity came my way: I would spend my summer with Chabad’s “Roving Rabbis” program in India. We arrived at the Chabad House in Mumbai and were given very general tips for our goal of finding Jews in Bangalore and Auroville…

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Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, who died this month, took a strong interest in the Holocaust in recent years. His final published essay appeared as the introduction to the recent book “We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust” by Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe. “We Spoke …

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I watched in horror as developments of the heinous attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue unfolded on TV. This gut-wrenching, violent murder of innocent civilians hit me in a particularly personal way — I am an 83-year-old survivor of anti-Semitic persecution by the Nazis in World War II. The ev…

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Watching someone you love slowly forget everything about their life is hard to witness. So as my grandmother’s memories continue to fade, it’s important for us keep the good memories of her alive.

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In the aftermath of the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, the Jewish community is asking itself how to best counter rising anti-Semitism. How can we ensure that there aren’t other attacks? How do we keep anti-Semitism on the margins of society? 

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Hebrew school taught us that there are 613 mitzvot, or obligations, that instruct us on how to be good people in the world. Among them are caring for the sick and welcoming the stranger. As Jewish professionals working with college students, recent elections have shown us a glaring omission …

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Just three hours after the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was called to chant Torah in Phoenix as I became a bat mitzvah at the age of 55. As part of my service, I explained the relevance of my Torah portion. In light of recent events, including the massacre of Jews as they prayed,…

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We are all aware of the increased anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry in our world, which leaves us feeling helpless and, at times, hopeless. 

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On Friday nights, we walk past the police officer who stands outside the gates of our synagogue. The girls smile and wave at him as we enter for Shabbat services. The girls haven’t experienced Jewish life without police presence. There are officers who guard their Jewish Day School during th…

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Saturday’s vicious anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh was a cowardly act of a man acting alone. Yet his radicalization, like the “MAGA-bomber” days before him, had obvious accomplices at the highest levels of power. Today’s political discourse is wobbling dangerously off axis, and to right it…

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I’m in Israel right now with Hazon’s largest ever Israel Ride — 219 participants, plus more than 60 crew and staff members. 

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Recently, I have been contacted by a surprising number of people who have shared with me their stories of past sexual abuse of different kinds. This has been a very difficult period for a lot of people. The senatorial process dealing with the approval of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Su…

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October is National Work and Family Month. The best way to celebrate our nation’s commitment to both work and family is updating our nation’s archaic and ineffective paid leave laws.

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My father was a very religious Jew, and when his parents died, he said the Mourner’s Kaddish for my bubbie and zayde twice a day, every day for a year. When he died last November, I wondered, “Who is going to say Mourner’s Kaddish for my dad?”

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The circus that surrounded Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court made the Clarence Thomas affair look like a Disney movie.

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Following the torrential rains and high winds brought by the remnants of Hurricane Rosa, walking down the hallway to my office became an obstacle course. Our temple is filled with the sounds of heavy-duty fans drying out the carpet. The stucco from the soggy ceiling above must be replaced af…

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It’s thrilling to be part of a historical moment when women are stepping into the political arena in record-breaking numbers. They’re tossing their hats into the ring — left, right and center — in national, statewide and local races. It’s an auspicious lead-in for next year’s 100th anniversa…

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There are more than 400,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors worldwide, but the survivor population is rapidly diminishing. As we begin another year, each of us needs to reflect on what we have done in the past year to support this shrinking community and commit to doing more for them in the coming year.

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In business, an effective planning process is essential for success. During the just completed High Holidays, Jews are urged to engage in this sort of process for our own lives. We reflect on the past year, seeking lessons to help us in the coming year. Are we committed to the right ideals? …

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When the regime of Bashar al-Assad launched an all-out assault on eastern Aleppo in 2016, tens of thousands of civilians sought refuge in the Idlib province. When Syrian forces crushed the rebellion in Ghouta, thousands more traveled north. Now the Syrian military, with the backing of Iran a…

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This is the most dire, crucial time for women’s privacy, health and bodily autonomy in more than half a century. Despite the concern over the U.S. Supreme Court hearings, Roe v. Wade is already non-existent for most women in this country. There are 1,100 state restrictions that have limited …

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Many would say the hardest part of Yom Kippur is fasting. For others the hardest part is being in a synagogue for so long or saying the Kaddish prayer when we remember recently departed loved ones. For some, it may be refraining from conjugal relations. For still others it may be the soul se…

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I am a knee-jerk liberal. I am in favor of reproductive rights, universal health care, gun control, protecting the environment, the decriminalization of marijuana, consumer protectionism, gay marriage, immigration, a livable minimum wage, sanctuary cities, civil and equal rights.

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Israel’s new “nation-state” law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That’s why I was proud to join tens of thousands of Israelis recently in a peaceful, unifying protest led by the Druze community.

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Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, the entity that rules the West Bank, (otherwise known as Judea and Samaria) has been appointed to lead a terrorist organization. Although the press has frequently called Abbas, who also leads the Fatah movement and the Palestine Liberatio…

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Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, following up his March 18 New York Times tirade against Israeli settlers and several other targets (“Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds”) doubled down with a second op-ed in the Times on Aug. 13 with an attack on Orthodox Jewish influence on…

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Anybody who pays attention to contemporary popular culture knows that stories about heroism are passé. But why then do we still long for them? One example comes from an incident that took place almost a century ago.

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The online nonprofit site “The Conversation” ran an article by Northeastern University Professor Dov Waxman titled, “As Israel turns 70, many young American Jews turn away.” He argues that young Jews are less connected to Israel than ever before, and that they are no longer interested or com…

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Because of creeping Iranian entrenchment on Israel’s northern border with Syria on the Golan Heights, two weeks ago the Israel Defense Forces were forced to shut down the “Mazor Ladach” Field Hospital. The clinic had treated approximately 6,800 casualties of the brutal seven-year Syria civil…

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On the streets of the former Jewish ghettos of Vilnius, rain pounded on umbrellas as an unlikely group walked the cobblestones. Some wore hamsas or kippot, others wore Catholic clerical shirts.

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The most important person in the story of America’s response to the Holocaust, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was not mentioned even once in a recent article about the new “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. But perhaps that’s not surprisin…

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Jewish schools need to teach their students how to use the Internet as a Judaic resource. There is no Jewish knowledge that can be imparted to students that is not available to them on the Internet. In fact, many of the things that can be taught to adults already exist in cyberspace.

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On August 12, 2017, the nation was gripped by the shocking scene of hundreds of white supremacists taking to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, bellowing racist and anti-Semitic chants. While some wore polo shirts and others waved Nazi flags, their message was clear: non-whites and mi…

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