Lessons from Lockdown

My top three transformative takeaways.

How 3 Previous Pandemics Changed the World

From the rise and fall of major religions to the very structure of society, mass outbreaks have challenged paradigms that appeared set in stone. There’s a chance COVID-19 will, too.

Embracing Insecurity: COVID-19 and Sukkot

The pandemic has stripped away security. But we don't need the security of yesterday to be happy today.

The Difference between Success and Happiness

Sukkot and the shortage of psychiatrists in Silicon Valley.

The Joy of Admitting We Don't Know

Humility, nuance and admitting we don’t know are not signs of weakness, but strength.

Auschwitz Museum Director Offers to Trade Places with Imprisoned Child

Piotr Cywinski is offering to serve time in prison in Nigeria so a child imprisoned for blasphemy can go free.

The Ballerina of Auschwitz

Dr. Edith Eger offers keys to free ourselves from our own prisons of the mind.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Modeling Civility

The late justice displayed respect and warmth to all.

The Billionaire who Gave Away His Fortune

Charles Feeney gave away $8 billion to charity. And he did it anonymously.

Why Dip into Honey?

There are many ways to add sweetness to the new year. What is the significance of honey?

Why is a Terrorist Speaking at San Francisco State University?

The university should rescind their invitation to Leila Khaled and take a stand against terrorism.

Helpful Things We Can Do Instead of Corona Shaming

When looking out at the world, make sure to clean your windows first.

Teenagers Are Mourning for a Life that Suddenly Ceased to Function

In our rush to retain some semblance of normalcy we haven’t allowed our kids to mourn what they've lost.

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.

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.

Creating a Culture of Hate

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

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.

Orthodox Jew Falsely Accused of Treason

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

The One-Handed Pianist

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

Hiroshima and the Pilot’s Tear

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

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.

Minimizing News Consumption is Keeping Me Sane

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

Why We Still Mourn the Destruction of the Temple

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

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.

Sports with No Spectators

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

Outrage Without Rage

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

Black and Blue: One Cop’s Quest for Balance and Healing

An interview with Lieutenant Steve Riback.

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.

The Liberty Bell's Crack

Why do we "proclaim freedom throughout the land" with a broken, imperfect bell?

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.

My Experiences as a Black Orthodox Jew

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

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.

The Nazi in Harvard’s Midst

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

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.

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