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.
Anne Frank’s Final Entry, and What She Taught the World
Seventy-seven years ago today, one of the most influential and widely-read writers of all time was silenced—not by death or infirmity or age, but by bigotry and hate.
Another Victory for Inclusion—First Orthodox Jews in History Drafted by Major League Baseball
When all is said and done, and when the ink has dried and the contest is at an end, in the game of baseball, as well as in the game of life, the only question that really matters is, “Can you play the game?”
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.”
“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.
Defamation Kills: The True Authors of Religious Violence
Can it be that governments and commercial interests have knowingly used the lunatics who reside at the fringe of our society to do their dirty work?
For the Future’s Sake—Let’s Work Together
My family fled anti-Semitism in the Ukraine about 100 years ago. Jews coming to America at that time were often fleeing the pogroms. Basically, if you were headed to Ellis Island, it was likely someone back home wanted you and your family dead.
Is This Who We Really Are?
I, for one, don’t believe it. Don’t get me wrong. I believe the statistics, the surveys and the opinions. I believe the anger and the hostility. What I don’t believe is that this is who we really are.
Kristallnacht—and What Groups Like ADL Are Doing About Its Legacy
Today marks the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass,” so named for the myriad shards of glass littering the streets of Germany after a riot that saw the destruction of Jewish shops, buildings, and synagogues in 1938.
Never Again: An Homage to Elie Wiesel
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. The opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” - Elie Wiesel