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A Holy Nation

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“You shall be holy, for holy am I, HaShem your G-d”: This message was given to all Jewish people, young and old, at the...

A Hero’s Tale

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I often hear people talking about the Holocaust as if it was something that occurred centuries ago, way back, maybe 500 years ago. “There...

Book brings rescuer Carl Lutz to light

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"Under Swiss Protection: Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime Budapest" Edited by Agnes Hirschi and Charlotte Schallié. Foreword by Timothy Snyder  Ibidem Press, Stuttgart, November 2017, $30 Gratitude—hakarat hatov—is...

My Grandfather, GrandDoc

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My grandfather, whom we fondly knew as GrandDoc, was an exceptional person who brightened the lives of many people. In addition to his roles...

The man who translated the Haggadah into Persian

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By Helen Eliassian My grandfather’s Haggadah has become the way we feel his presence at the seder each year. Eshagh Roshandel was responsible for being...

DC Area Teens Represent at HaZamir International Gala

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  My first clue that we had signed up for something special was when a veteran parent told me, “You have to bring tissues. Trust...

Patriot Ale in Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv is sweltering even in January. On Ha Ta’asiyah Street, two men sweat through t-shirts lifting industrial sized boxes into a warehouse across...

A Purim Lesson: Unblurring the “Blessed Mordechai” from the “Cursed Haman”

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By Saul Golubcow Purim, replete with the structured chaos surrounding the Megillah reading and shpiels, the costumed merriment of song, dance, and sweets consumption, and...

A rabbi’s letter and a hoop dream

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“I’m not a Zionist, I’m not really Jewish, but I am Israeli,” Willy Workman tells me. As we enter the café under the Maccabi...

Mrs. Maisel is Marvelously Different

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By Saul Golubcow I think I have been waiting for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” ever since I was a coming of age teenager in the...