The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

You defeat fear by joy. You conquer terror by collective celebration.

Why Harry S. Truman Recognized the State of Israel

Like Eddie Jacobson, God is calling on each of us, saying there is something only we can do.

Not Just Purim: Five Extraordinary Stories of Miraculous Redemption

Jewish communities around the world that were saved from the brink of destruction.

C Is For Connection, Not Cancel Culture

This Purim, build bridges to Jews different than you.

Yes, Moses Speaks Directly to Me

I am not just connected to my roots. I am living them.

Last Survivor of Legendary Warsaw Orphanage Dies in Israel

A beacon of hope during the Nazi occupation, the orphanage directed by Dr Januscz Korczak was built on the pioneering ideas of respecting and empowering every child.

Garlic and Jews: 6 Little-Known Jewish Facts

Garlic has long been associated with Jewish life and cooking.

Tefillin Found Hidden under Warsaw Ghetto Building

Construction workers discover a secret bunker with 20 sets of tefillin, several prayer books and weapons, testifying to the spiritual resistance of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto,.

Horrific Valentine’s Day Massacre of Jews

On Valentine’s Day 1349 thousands of Jews were burned to death, accused of poisoning wells.

Poles and Jews in Wartime Scotland: Setting the Record Straight

Examining the complex relationship between Jews and Poles in Scotland during World War II.

Jews of Myanmar: 10 Facts

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has a fascinating Jewish history.

Jews Aren't Alcoholics and Other Misconceptions about Drinking

Before I could make the admission that I had a problem, I had to understand what the true meaning alcoholism.

Descendants of Jews Saved by Heroic Pole Find Each Other

Wladimir Riszko hid 16 Jews for two years during the Holocaust.

My Debt of Gratitude to Rabbi Abraham Twerski

Thanks to the rabbi, I felt comfortable going to a 12-step program that paved my way to recover from an eating disorder.

Rabbi Abraham Twerski’s Copious Blessings

The trailblazing rabbi died at the age of 90, a week after publishing his 90th book.

8 Ways to Celebrate Your Jewish Birthday

Tips for making your Jewish birthdays a time of meaning and growth.

Internment Camps in Scotland

A little-known network of internment camps operated in Scotland during World War II.

Austrian Jew Leaves Fortune to French Town that Saved His Life

Eric Schwam was one of over 3,000 Jews saved by the residents in one small French town.

My Grandfather Survived the Killing Fields of Ukraine

Yankel Wiesenfeld miraculously emerged from the Ukrainian hell with his life and faith intact.

Holocaust Survivor’s Falafel is Tribute to His Survival

Every Jan. 18th, the anniversary of his darkest day, David ‘Dugo’ Leitner eats a falafel as a tribute to his mother’s love and that he’ll never go hungry again.

Born in Berlin, 1943

My German birth certificate is a testament to life, humanity, and to the spirit and courage of my dear parents.

How to Talk to a Neo-Nazi

The anti-Semitic skinhead couldn't believe the kind storeowner was a Jew.

Remembering Jews who Fought for Black Civil Rights

In the 1960s, hundreds of Jews worked tirelessly to advance civil rights. Two of them were murdered.

11 Things a Non-Jew Learned from Hasidic Jews

After spending more than a week in the Hasidic community and creating 13 videos, here are Peter's takeaways from his experience.

Remembering Sheldon Adelson

The casino tycoon set new standards of Jewish mega-giving.

5 Maverick Jews who Saved Millions of Lives

Thinking out of the box, these 5 Jews – 4 doctors and 1 engineer – used science, medicine and chutzpah to save lives.

Jews and Morocco: 10 Fascinating Historical Facts

As Israel and Morocco establish full diplomatic ties, take a look at some of Morocco’s epic Jewish history.

Feng Shan Ho: Hero Who Saved Thousands of Jews

China’s Consul General in Vienna was the foreign diplomat who helped Austria's Jews during WWII.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda: Father of Modern-Day Hebrew

In celebration of Hebrew Language Day, meet the father of modern Hebrew.

Who are the Jewish US Supreme Court Justices?

The first Jew was Louis Brandeis, appointed in 1916. Less than a century later, Jewish justices would hold three of the nine seats on the bench, astounding considering that Jews represent only 1.8% of the U.S. population.

Orthodox Jew Poker Champ Donates His Winnings

Gershon Distenfeld is donating over $125,000 after playing in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

8 Memorable Jewish Quotes from 2020

Select quotes from a tumultuous year.

The Mishnah: Writing Down Jewish Law

With the destruction of the Second Temple, the rabbis feared for the survival of Jewish life and practice. The Oral Law was written down for the first time to ensure it would always endure.

Planning a Wedding with 2-Hours' Notice

Hours before Tier 4 restrictions went into effect in London, Rabbi Alex Chapper and a cadre of people sprung into action.

The Christmas Tree

A Jewish family comes home to discover their house festooned with holiday lights.

Online Anti-Semitism is Soaring

Foreign trolls and other extremists are targeting Jews on social media.

Is the Vatican Hiding the Menorah?

What happened to the menorah, the iconic Jewish symbol that once stood in the First and Second Temples?

Why Hanukkah: 4 Insights Everyone Should Know

Including the meaning of the oil and why turning it into the Jewish Christmas as antithetical to the holiday.

Saying Hello to Hanukkah

As a convert celebrating my first year of Jewish holidays, I can see that there's something in Judaism that is very much worth fighting for.

Resisting the Nazis: Unknown Stories

A London exhibit highlights little known stories of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.

Why Only Hanukkah Is Celebrated as a Family

Judaism places the value of a happy marriage more than military victory, children more than soldiers, and the home more than the battlefield.

Dreidel: 5 Interesting Facts

A dizzying array of fascinating insights behind this iconic Jewish symbol.

Flames of Hope: The Power of Hanukkah

The menorah represents the faith and hope of the Jewish people that cannot be extinguished.

Behind the Scenes with Jewish Rapper Nissim Black

Hear the story of Nissim Black's life and the story behind his music.

Jews and Chess: 7 Facts

Jews have long helped shape the game of chess.

Oldest Greek Holocaust Survivor Passes Away

Esther Cohen, a survivor of Auschwitz, died at the age of 96. This is her story.

Jews in Exile, Making their Way Home

I am grateful that despite years of oppression, Soviet leaders were not able to erase the yearning for our spiritual inheritance.

This Scares Me More Than Antisemitism

The statistical threat of antisemitism pales in comparison to the damage we are doing to ourselves that is spurring the disappearance of our people.

Remembering Rabbi Hertzel Schechter

Beloved teacher, role model, and sweet singer of Israel.

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