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Three firefighters in shadow in front of fire

As the son of a retired firefighter, I’m familiar with the sight of raging flames, but every new wave of smoke brings new fears and worries.

Female hands holding red ribbon for AIDS awareness

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, I'm again struck by the final lines from American playwright Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

Stop sign spraypainted with the word HATE

Each November, the FBI releases its annual report on hate crime statistics. The report is rarely uplifting, but this year, the results are especially frightening.

Young girls in the Shanghai Ghetto

In 1941, Japanese aggression was not foremost on the minds of America’s Jews. The relative silence may have been influenced by numerous factors.