Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
Don't let non-Exodus theme Seders overshadow the original story
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Are the four most unpopular words of the seder in North America the last four? The concluding refrain of the Haggadah is a rousing messianic pledge “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Yet I wonder how many American Jews are actually saying, let alone singing, this messianic pledge nowadays? According to surveys of American Jewish life, a Passover seder is the most...
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I've often mentioned the piles of magazines that fill my study, and how, on weeks when Jewish news is slow - which, I admit is rare - I tend to rifle through these publications and find something of interest to write about in this space. What I haven't discussed is the mass of magazines on our third floor, which I...
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Stand With Denmark, as They Stood With Us! When Hitler invaded Denmark during the World War II, Denmark's protection of - and solidarity with - its Jewish population was unprecedented. Not only did Denmark's non-Jewish citizens help get their Jews to safety in Sweden, but in a show of solidarity, many Danes also donned yellow Stars of David, when Jews...
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Lori Lowenthal Marcus The world press just could not resist this story: the intolerance of a Jewish Museum of Tolerance! A piece in the Feb. 15 Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Simon Wiesenthal Center is building a Museum of Tolerance in the center of Jerusalem. Muslim leaders lament that the site being excavated sits on what was once their ancient...
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In an Era of Holocaust 'Comedy,' It's Important to Confront the Haters Columnist Suzanne Fields writes in The Washington Times ( www.washingtontimes.com ) on Jan 26 that a United Nations commemoration of the Holocaust was long overdue but worth it: "The United Nations, which has not always been friendly to the Jews, marked the first universal observance of victims of...
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