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First Class Jew

First Class Jew

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Suddenly my flight was upgraded, and I began to view the world differently.

Spielberg Phone Home

Spielberg Phone Home

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Munich is a distortion of truth and morality.

Light in the Strangest of Places

Light in the Strangest of Places

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At a Grateful Dead concert one Chanukah, I felt like the only Jew in the world. Then an amazing thing happened.

The Candles and the Tree

The Candles and the Tree

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A child who sees no difference between the flames of the menorah and the twinkling lights of the tree.

Shedding Light on Anti-Semitism

Shedding Light on Anti-Semitism

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Chanukah's uncomfortable message.

Ma's Intermarriage Game

Ma's Intermarriage Game

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The decision to marry a Jew evolved from being my mother's choice, to finally my own choice.

Jews and the Jewish Birthrate

Jews and the Jewish Birthrate

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Low fertility and high intermarriage are pushing American Jewry toward extinction.

Don't Call Him Doctor

Don't Call Him Doctor

by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

One rabbi, untrained in medicine, is perhaps the leading medical expert in all of Israel.

Dancing with the Torah

Dancing with the Torah

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A true Simchat Torah story.

Safe in the City

Safe in the City

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I wanted an evening filled with the magic experience of Sukkot, but I was getting in the way.

The Rabbi and Katrina

The Rabbi and Katrina

by Rabbi Yisroel Shiff

A deeper look at the storm's impact from a spiritual leader in New Orleans.

Campus Surprise

Campus Surprise

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At a growing number of university campuses, ignorant and hostile anti-Israel sentiment has become the lingua franca of an influential chattering class.

A Jewish American Hero

A Jewish American Hero

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Ted Rubin, a Holocaust survivor and Korean War hero, is being recognized this Friday with a long overdue Medal of Honor.

The Scam

The Scam

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Yes, I'm a sucker. But in a culture where skepticism is the norm, I'm glad that my instinctive response is to trust the sincere intentions of others.

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Jerusalem

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Jerusalem

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We were in an old world together, that's for sure, but not the one they expected.

Adopting Ilana

Adopting Ilana

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Plucked from a bleak Russian orphanage, one Jewish family welcomes their new daughter home.

France: Reality Strikes

France: Reality Strikes

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This summer I was attacked on a Paris subway car -- verbally, religiously and, yes, physically.

Tisha B'Av: Waking Up to a World without God's Presence

Tisha B'Av: Waking Up to a World without God's Presence

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How to bring God's palpable presence back into our world.

Poland's Fascination with Jews

Poland's Fascination with Jews

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In a country with no more than a wisp of Jewish life, where does such an appetite for things Jewish come from?

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

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How I learned to stop worrying and love sending my children to Jewish Day School.

The Berlin Memorial

The Berlin Memorial

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Perhaps one can say that the Germans have their 2,711, and we have ours.

Are Jews Smarter?

Are Jews Smarter?

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Don't let a recent study about enhanced intellectual ability among Jews go to your head.

The Inner Exile

The Inner Exile

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Everywhere else in the world being Jewish makes you different. In Israel, being Jewish is normal. And that, somehow, is the strangest thing of all.

UK Anti- Semitism

UK Anti- Semitism

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The openly expressed loathing for Israel and Jews among a large swath of Britain's elites is cause for concern.

Goodbye, Seri

Goodbye, Seri

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People ask me how a life that ends at the age of six can possibly have meaning. Now I have an answer.

Teaching the Holocaust to Our Children

Teaching the Holocaust to Our Children

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In order to understand who we are, our children need an authentic exploration of our past, including the Holocaust.

Denying the Holocaust

Denying the Holocaust

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As a child, I was obsessed with the Holocaust and swore I would tell the story. Then I became a mother and everything changed.

The Greatest Confession in 2,000 Years

The Greatest Confession in 2,000 Years

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The pope's legacy to the Jews.

Orphan No More

Orphan No More

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A young bride receives the gift of love and concern.

EMT No-Gossip Zone

EMT No-Gossip Zone

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A gleam of light finds its way into a forlorn area.

Along the Talmudic Trail

Along the Talmudic Trail

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How learning Talmud every day, rain or shine, indelibly altered my view of reality.

Finding My Place on the Jewish Bookshelf

Finding My Place on the Jewish Bookshelf

by Debbie Berman

The beauty of Jewish learning is that one needs is an inquisitive mind and a desire to find what being Jewish is all about.

Just Doing

Just Doing

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When tragedy hits our lives, do we stop living?

A Very Special Passenger

A Very Special Passenger

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Something extraordinary happened on my recent flight to Israel.

Zaidy Says Hello

Zaidy Says Hello

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Advice to my newborn grandson on his first day on Earth.

Fragments

Fragments

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If this Tsunami was a shofar, then there is at least one word that seems to be calling out to us from its stormy voice: Humanity.

The Shechita Controversy

The Shechita Controversy

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The "PETA Principle," the moral equating of animals and humans, is an affront to the very essence of Jewish belief.

My Meeting with the King

My Meeting with the King

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Meeting the King of Morocco opened up new vistas in my understanding of God.

The Nazi Who Returned to Harvard

The Nazi Who Returned to Harvard

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New research shows that Harvard, like other elite institutions, was largely unmoved by the early horrors of the Hitler regime.

Reunion: A Holocaust Memoir

Reunion: A Holocaust Memoir

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Suddenly I froze. Before me stood Ana, our Jewish Kapo, an image that I had tried with all my might to erase from my memory.

The Bedouin Activist

The Bedouin Activist

by Ismail Khald

A proud Israeli Bedouin questions American-Jewish apathy.

An Arab Speaks Out

An Arab Speaks Out

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A survivor of Palestinian tyranny defends Israel.

A Cantonist's Prayer on Yom Kippur

A Cantonist's Prayer on Yom Kippur

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On that Yom Kippur the community wept, as they confronted the plight of Jewish children forced to serve in the Russian army.

Something to Live -- and Die - For

Something to Live -- and Die - For

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Reclaiming the source of inspiration for our Israeli soldiers and ourselves.

Becoming a Student Advocate for Israel

Becoming a Student Advocate for Israel

by Jeremy Gillick

With some basic knowledge of the dimensions of the Middle East conflict, any student can speak out on campus.

A Prayer Is Answered

A Prayer Is Answered

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A special wedding in Jerusalem, arranged with heavenly assistance.

Unified Jews Theory

Unified Jews Theory

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Why is there a lack of Jewish unity?

Anti-Semitism and the UN

Anti-Semitism and the UN

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Has the UN arrived at a turning point? Or was Monday's conference merely a fig leaf -- a PR response to some bad press?

U.N.'s One Small Step

U.N.'s One Small Step

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Is the U.N. finally ready to get serious about anti-Semitism?

A Fire that Destroys; a Fire that Builds

A Fire that Destroys; a Fire that Builds

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An arson attack on Aish UK should spur us to stand up for Jewish education.