Growing Up Jewish In the South

By fierce example, my father taught me the importance of social justice, equality and fairness.

Bystander or Hero: Who Do You Want to Be?

You don’t need to jump in front of an oncoming train, like my cousin, to be a hero. You have to stand up to harassment, bullying or other injustices.

Our Two Sinks, Two Dish Washers Conundrum

My husband wants them and I think they’re luxuries we don’t need.

The Song of the Grapevine

Contemplate the Jewish symbolism of the grapevine and its wine.

Creating a Culture of Hate

Where will the culture of internet attacks lead? The diaries of Nazi opponent Friedrich Kellner offer warnings.

Masks and How We Relate to Others

The pandemic has made us more sensitive to the fact that everyone has the capacity to harm another – with our germs, with our words, with our actions.

The LA Jewish Community Is Thanking Local Police and Increasing Community Safety

Public-private security coordination is the name of the game in today’s new reality. Bringing good food helps, too.

7 Things An American Pickle Gets Right about Judaism

Surprisingly, Seth Rogen's film gets a number of things right about Judaism and the Jewish immigrant experience.

Orthodox Jew Falsely Accused of Treason

For years Dr. David Tenenbaum has worked to clear his name.

Zvi Suchet’s Radiant Portal: An Online Exhibit

A unique selection of art depicting Jewish Magical Realism.

Resentful Working at a Hospital

Why can't a colleague and fellow working mom work as much as I do?

Hiroshima and the Pilot’s Tear

How a survivor of the atom bomb stopped hating the pilot who flew the plane.

The One-Handed Pianist

Leon Fleisher, who recently died at 92, built a piano career despite losing use of his right hand.

Take Holocaust Denial Off Facebook

In the #NoDenyingIt campaign, Holocaust survivors ask Facebook to remove Holocaust denial.

Fear of Speech is Replacing Freedom of Speech

Culturally, the freedom to express unpopular views has never been more endangered.

Why We Still Mourn the Destruction of the Temple

If we're not a unified family, we no longer need the house.

Minimizing News Consumption is Keeping Me Sane

The quickest way to make yourself crazy is to focus on everything in life you cannot control.

The Origins of Antisemitic Conspiracies

Antisemitic ideas in America today and the conspiracy theories that drive them.

The Jewish Owner of The New York Times

A century ago Jewish newsman Adolph Ochs made the New York Times America’s premier newspaper.

Pandemic of Hate

We can either choose to divide or connect. Dividers spew hate, connectors share love.

Bari Weiss and the New York Times

The paper has lost sight of its "deepest responsibility to make readers think".

Queen of Bananagrams

Life lessons we can learn from playing Bananagrams.

Outrage Without Rage

What stimulates positive change, and drives people to pursue justice, equality, goodness, and truth is not anger or rage, but outrage.

Sports with No Spectators

Greatness isn't measured by the applause of the crowds.

Increasingly Cruel Cancel Culture

Don't let a legitimate goal – overcoming racial bigotry – turn into a frenzy of character assassination and public humiliation.

The Unsung Black Female Soldiers of WWII

African American women of the 6888th Battalion delivered millions of pieces of mail during World War II.

Will We be Remembered Only for What We Did Wrong?

It has become tempting to reduce historical figures to a single, defining, negative characteristic. It's also false.

A Wife who is Overworked and Underappreciated

I wish my husband would acknowledge the fact that I'm working very hard, especially during Covid-19.

A Policeman Speaks Out

I will never stand for or justify racism, illegal acts, brutality or excessive force by police officers. But we need to set the record straight.

My Experiences as a Black Orthodox Jew

The past several weeks have been overwhelming and heartbreaking for me.

The Song of the Ocean

Comprehending the music of the roaring sea.

Made In the Image of God

Judaism gave the world the belief that that there is one infinite Creator of the universe Who is the Father of all humanity, regardless of the color of one’s skin.

The Nazi in Harvard’s Midst

Senior Nazi official Ernst Hansfstaengl attended his 25th Harvard reunion in 1934, despite his Nazi ties.

The Antidote to Bigotry and Hatred

A rabbi's acts of kindness and respect make a surprising impact decades later.

Facebook is Radicalizing Us

Jewish tradition shows us how to resist.

Embrace Your Mask

Besides the health benefits, there is another upside that could help us create a warmer, more inclusive community.

A Life Full of Uncertainty

How to navigate the waters knowing we don't have control.

A Black Jew’s Advice on Combating Racism

Growing up as a black Orthodox Jew in Chicago, Lev Perlow witnessed racism first-hand.

Outrage over Floyd's Murder Doesn't Justify Intersectional Myths

Jews share the pain of those who protest racism. But extremists who link this crime to Israel's efforts to defend itself against Palestinian terror are spreading a big lie.

Indecent Cops, Indecent Rioters

The killing of George Floyd was intolerable. So is the mayhem.

Pain, Horror and Fear in Minneapolis

The shock of seeing our quiet city become ground zero for a jarring, horrific abuse of power, launching violent protests across the country.

Rioting and Shul Vandalism

The murder in Minnesota is horrific. It's shocking to me that that level of police racism, abuse and brutality still exists. Unfortunately, the reaction is no way to right the wrong.

How Do I Get the Love I Need?

I love my husband but he is so distant and uncaring.

Three Talks about Death You Should Have Now

It’s necessary to talk to your rabbi, your doctor, and to your children.

New York City Serenade

Blowing my shofar to our suffering city from my balcony.

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