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My Squirrel Hill

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I find it very sad that the shooting of October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life synagogue put Squirrel Hill onto the world...

2,000 years, 52 questions, 1 Jewish history quiz

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By Ralph Shapiro 1Q. Why has the survival of the Jewish people been described as “stranger than fiction”?   1A. In all world history, after about two...

K is for Kilimanjaro

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  By Frank Solomon  Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It contains almost every kind...

Truman and the Jews: A Complex Legacy

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Seventy years ago, the front page of the November 3, 1948, edition of The Chicago Tribune read “Dewey Defeats Truman.” The Tribune’s announcement proved...

October 27 must be a turning point

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In the time that has passed since the unthinkable events in Pittsburgh, we have tried to support the families of those senselessly killed or...

Standing in line after Pittsburgh

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Sometimes you stand in line to get somewhere. Sometimes it’s the destination. Coming up from the Metro escalator at Cleveland Park I could hear the sound...

Teaching the Holocaust in Portugal

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Teaching the Holocaust in Portugal can provide a different perspective than that of most European countries. For one thing, historic anti-Semitism in Portugal resulted...

Comparing Chinese and Jewish Culture

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As a child of Chinese and Jewish parents, I’ve had the experience of growing up under the roof of a culturally diverse family. But...

The Comfort of Discomfort

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If you Google “Jamaica images” you get sparkling beaches, white sand, emerald palms, and azure skies. But I just returned from Jamaica with images...

A Melody That Survived the Holocaust Inspires A Silver Spring Congregation

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The National Library of Israel maintains the Piyut and Tfila Website  אתר הפיוט והתפילה - a musical repository and a rich archive documenting and preserving authentic liturgical...