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The Woman who Would Not Shake Biden's Hand

Israeli pop star, Yuval Dayan, sets off a firestorm. She’s just being true to herself.

During Her Pregnancy Crisis, Don’t Stand Idly By

Vulnerable pregnant Jewish women need more than rhetoric.

In Aftermath of Chicago’s July 4th Shooting, Local Moms Provide Countless Points of Light

After the horrific shooting, a team of volunteers quickly mobilized into action.

Insulting Mayim Bialik

We are masters at writing people off based solely on external superficialities.

The Stockdale Paradox

Surviving what life throws our way requires maintaining the sometimes-contradictory attitudes of hope and optimism, and realism and pragmatism.

My Father, the War Hero

My father was a POW at Stalag Luft I and was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster for his incredible bravery.

The Two Jewish Brothers who Defied Segregation in Atlanta

And paved the way for Atlanta to join the Major Leagues in the 1960s.

I'm Right, and You're an Evil Monster

Toxic polarization is turning disagreements into a binary war of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, enlightened vs. barbaric.

My Visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center

My Memorial Day memories are shaped by a proud Jewish combat veteran who cared deeply about others.

Listen to the Silence

If you want to encounter God, you need to experience silence.

How a Spate of Synagogue Bombings in the 1950s Is Impacting Us Today

Changes made to federal law ensure that the Justice Department can step in when houses of worship are threatened.

Regine: The Holocaust Survivor Who Invented the First Disco Club

The legendary “Queen of the Night”, who recently died, was haunted by her Holocaust experiences.

God, Grades & Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success

A new study conclusively shows multiple benefits of a faith-based life to working-class adolescents – particularly males.

Has Social Media Us Made Stupid?

An indictment of the “Wild West” atmosphere of social media and the price we all pay for it.

It's a Mistake to Ban Holocaust Denial

A government that can criminalize Holocaust denial this week can criminalize other opinions next week.

We Need to Change How We View Disabled People

Michelle Friedman, a blind disability advocate, shares her story and strong opinions on what it means to be disabled.

Pharaoh, Putin and Why This Passover is Different

Again, a despot brainwashes a nation into committing atrocities against an innocent people. But in Poland, we discover history does not have to repeat itself.

Slay Your Idols

What are you enslaved to? For me, it’s video games.

Pivoting from Funeral to Wedding

How do you change gears from the death of a young person to the celebration of a marriage of two young people?

Why Is an Award-Winning Russian Journalist Fighting for Ukraine?

A former correspondent for the LA Times put down his pen and picked up a rifle, taking a stand in what he calls “a battle between good and evil.”

Madeleine Albright’s Secret Jewish Past

The former Secretary of State, who has just died, discovered she was Jewish at age 59.

Six Million People Have Died from Covid

OP-ED: Let’s mark this haunting milestone by strengthening our resolve to fill our lives with meaning and love.

Putin has Zombified My Good Friends Back in Russia

With ironclad control of media, Putin wants Russians to forget their history so he can repeat it.

Queen Esther’s Love Letter to Her People Is Just What We Need

With everything going on in the world, we need to inculcate her message now more than ever.

We Have to Talk About Charvona

Why do we have to remember the most forgettable guy in the whole Purim story?

Who Needs “Denazification”?

Russia invaded Ukraine for its own imperialist reasons. Ukraine, like other sovereign nations, has the right to chart its own destiny.

Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

In Krakow, Rabbi Avi Baumol is aiding Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky: Six Facts

Ukraine’s youthful and unconventional Jewish president is inspiring his nation.

The Frightening Parallels of Covid and War

Let’s heed the lessons of the pandemic and apply them to the threat of war.

Dispatch from Ukraine

No one teaches you what to do in a war. Rebbetzin Miriam Moskovitz shares what it’s like in Ukraine right now.

A Refugee’s Secret Act of Kindness

Having fled Italy in 1939, Isaac Kinek was very sensitive to the needs of the underdog.

Nazi Salute Stirs Controversy in Alabama

Jewish student posts footage from class and opens opportunity for community dialogue, education.

The Uyghurs: The Essential Facts Everyone Should Know

China has been accused of committing genocide against the Uyghurs. Here’s what you need to know, and what you can do about it.

Judaism and Privacy

The more valuable and treasured something is, the more private and protected we keep it.

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.

Whoopie, What Were You Thinking?

Whoopie Goldberg isn’t an antisemite; she’s ignorant.

Banning Maus, a Holocaust Graphic Novel, from Schools Is a Mistake

A Tennessee school board’s decision to remove the Pulitzer-prize winning book from its curriculum furthers the ever-increasing ignorance about the Holocaust.

The American Couple who Risked Everything to Help Holocaust Refugees

Only five Americans were honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous of the Nations. This is the story of two of them.

Not Safe Anymore: Rapper Responds to Texas Terror Attack

We fight for humans but at the same time, attacks on Jews are more than half of the hate crimes.

On the Other Side of Hate: A Former Nazi Speaks Out

After the synagogue attack in Texas, former Nazi TM Garret says we can rise above fear.

The Other Side of the Physician’s Desk

With her daughter failing to thrive, a pediatrician is submerged in a world of uncertainty, support groups and advocacy.

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