Judaism

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It’s Easy to Knock Religion
I recently came across this piece and found it to be a beautiful, uplifting and timely response by Rabbi Marc Gellman to a bigoted question about religion.
A Rabbi Speaks Out—Preventing America’s Courts From Becoming Religious Tribunals
What a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge did by interpreting scripture and failing to consult religious authorities on a matter of church doctrine was wrongful.
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Anti-Semitism 101, Part 2: Modern Anti-Semitism
Old lies die hard. A recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League revealed that 13 percent believe that “Jews are more likely to use shady practices to get what they want,” and 18 percent believe that “Jews have too much power in the business world.” 89 percent of citizens surveyed in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan surveyed had a “very unfavorable opinion of Jews.”
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British Royalty Honors Holocaust Survivors
Prince Charles met one of the survivors, 98-year-old Lily Ebert, who, showing him the numbered wrist tattoo forced upon her at Auschwitz said, “Meeting you, it is for everyone who lost their lives.”
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“Can’t You Take a Joke?”—The Anatomy of Discrimination
As a Jew, I’ve heard a lot of this jazz. All in good fun, right? When I was a kid, I walked into a novelty store with my dad, an Orthodox Jew who, as an army officer, had liberated a concentration camp in 1944.
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Finding Comfort in Faith During Times of Tragedy
On the morning of June 24, safe in my studio in rural upstate New York, I tuned into my usual morning mix of email and news blurbs, casually rendering mental opinions on the latest political tempests-in-their-teapots.
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German Dictionary Redefines “Jew.” Who’s Next?
The latest edition of Duden, the leading dictionary of standard German, recently added a notation to its entry of “Jude” (Jew).
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Hanukkah: A Holiday For All Who Believe Freedom of Religion Is Worth Fighting For
The story of the one-day’s supply of oil that lasted for eight is the story of the Jewish people—a culture and a religion whose flame should have flickered out time and time again but kept burning.
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How a Jew and Roman Catholic Make Their Marriage Work
I was raised Roman Catholic and my husband was raised Jewish. I had my First Communion at the age of 6 and my husband had his bar mitzvah at age 13, so we’re both legit in our respective faiths.
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Jewish-American Heritage Month: A Reminder of the Blessing to Our Nation the Jewish People Have Been
The story of the Jewish people is the ultimate allegory for perseverance. With origins almost as old as history itself, the Jews, through millennia of privation and persecution yet endured and prevailed.