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Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

It is not in the heavens… Neither is it beyond the sea… No, the thing is very close to you.
Deuteronomy 30:12-14

Binyamin Minich
Old gravestone with Hebrew lettering

“I knew your father, of blessed memory, in Bendin,” the elderly man informed me in the midst of a bar mitzvah party.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasir Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993

“There is a short road that is actually long, and a long road that is actually short.”
-- A young boy to Rabbi Yehoshua, Talmud, Eruvin 53b

Rabbi Neal Gold
Hand holding cell phone with icons visible

When I had my bar mitzvah two years ago, my parents wrote an inspiring message in the back of my prayer book, stressing the importance of remembering my Jewish roots and carrying on traditions impo

Andy Lebowitz
Arial view of Masada

Aretha Franklin lays it all out on the greasy diner floor, truly giving us something to “Think” about as she attempts to keep her

Uri M. Feinberg
Jews digging a trench during World War II in Ponar Lithuania

NOVA”’s terrific new one-hour film, “Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” is a reminder that in an era of alternative facts, science and history still can separate fact from fiction.

Wes Hopper
Chaplain lighting Hanukkah candles for Jewish troops in Korea

Some readers may recall the classic Monty Python comedy, “The Life of Brian,” portraying the land of Israel under Roman occupation 2,000 years ago, and featuring conflicts between groups w

Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.
Orphan children in DP camp following WW II

After their liberation from Nazi captivity, my parents were reunited in Feldafing, a displaced persons camp in the U.S. Zone of occupied Germany.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Group photo aboard the S.S. Flandre in 1939

“For you have known the heart of the stranger….” (Exodus 23:9)

Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg
Martin Luther King marching in Selma with Black and Jewish leaders

Albert Vorspan was present at every milestone of the early civil rights movement, serving as the point person for the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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