Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

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Gunshots pierced a still, sunny morning at Dachau concentration camp. My husband and I cringed. It took a moment to remember that the Bavarian riot police have an active training facility on a portion of the property that once housed SS guards. I suppose it's economical to make use of the land. Nevertheless, the jarring sound rang like an offensive...
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This week, we embark on our annual springtime emotional roller coaster, commemorating watershed chapters in Jewish history that continue to define so much of our collective memory and identity. We move in rapid succession from April 19, when we mark Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, to April 25, when we remember Israel's fallen soldiers on Yom Hazikaron, which turns into...
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Menachem Z. Rosensaft
For more than 2,500 years, these fast days have remained on the Jewish religious calendar, and the Book of Lamentations continues to be read on Tisha B'Av. This is as it should be. Even though it is a far more recent horror, the Holocaust was no less a national Jewish catastrophe than the destruction of the first and second Temples...
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Long before April 15 became synonymous with "tax day" (1955) and the sinking of the Titanic (1912), the date heralded a more welcome arrival: the birth of the Jewish Exponent. On April 15, 1887, the premier issue of the Exponent rolled off the presses. Each week since then, our publication has woven its way into the fabric of our community,...
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On the second night of Passover, observant Jews began a practice known as S'firat Ha-Omer, counting the barley sheaf, a ritual counting of each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. For many Jews, S'firat Ha-Omer is obscure, even irrelevant. This is a shame, for it speaks to an important value, one that our society needs now when issues...
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