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A Jewish American Tale

Jewish life in America has been fraught with tension between assimilation and maintaining their unique identity.

Should Jews Support Ukraine?

Despite Ukraine having a Jewish president, some Jews are conflicted about aiding the ongoing crisis due to the complex history of Ukrainian Jewry. Let's unpack the issue.

Golda Meir: The Girl from Milwaukee who Became Prime Minister

Though some of her five years as prime minister were controversial, her commitment to helping the Jewish people and the State of Israel remain her legacy, earning her a spot as an integral part of Israeli history.

Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

The Black community continued to face discrimination under the racist Jim Crow laws in the South which led to the civil rights movement. Jews across the United States, by overwhelming majority, joined the cause to end segregation and supported the civil rights cause.

Being a Jew of Color: Will Accepting Our Differences Make Us Better People?

Part of being proudly Jewish to me means fighting for the truth, that our differences, not just our similarities, make us human and that every group should feel safe.

How Israel Is Helping to Solve the Global Water Crisis

Through many forms of innovation, Israel is a leading example for the world in creating sustainable models of water consumption. Israeli companies export about $2 billion of water tech all over the world every year.

Shabtai Tzvi: The False Messiah who Betrayed Judaism

When the charismatic and popular messianic figure was told to convert to Islam or die, Shabtai Tzvi converted, changing his name to Aziz Mehmet Effendi, creating an embarrassing stain on Jewish history.

How A Breast Cancer Gene All Jews Should Know About Uncovered a Secret Connection

Whether Judaism is a religion, culture or ethnicity, shared genes provide further insight on Jews as a part of a historical people.

Martin Luther's Reformation and Antisemitism

When Jews wouldn’t convert to Protestantism, Martin Luther’s response set off a chain reaction of antisemitic rhetoric. His writings have been used for centuries as a justification for antisemitism, permanently altering the course of history for European Jews.

The Shulchan Aruch: How a 500 Year Old Book Shaped Jewish Practice

How Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews preserved their scholarship and unique customs while maintaining Jewish unity.

Can Jews be Antisemitic?

From the Middle Ages until the present day, there are plenty of examples of Jewish people perpetuating antisemitism, despite being Jews themselves.

Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi

Meet the Rambam, also known as Maimonides, one of the most famous Jewish scholars of all time.

Is Criticizing Israel Antisemitic?

Israel is, and should be, subject to political criticism over its conduct. However, some bigots will say their problem is with Israel, when their real problem is with Jews.

Beyond Left or Right: Whose Fault is Antisemitism?

Antisemitism has always been spread by offenders across the ideological spectrum. That's why it is key to focus on the fighting antisemitic ideas and not get hung up on the identities of whoever is perpetuating them.

Why is Antisemitism Still Around?

Why is it that even post-Holocaust, Jews experience a large percentage of the world’s hate crimes, despite being less than 0.2% of the world’s population?

The Single Word That Changed My Life

Our words can be as hurtful as our actions.

Is Zionism a Form of Colonialism?

Rooted in the word for the Land of Israel, Zion, the word Zionist may not actually be as “modern” as you think! In fact, Zionists have been around for thousands of years.

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.

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.

Is the Vatican Hiding the Menorah?

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

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.

The Top 10 Most Elite Units of the IDF

An inside look at Israel's extensive special forces keeping its citizens safe.

The Origins of Antisemitic Conspiracies

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

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