Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
By:
Jay M. Starr
Most of our great-grandparents and grandparents landed here from Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920 in four great waves of immigration, and quickly grasped the differences between America and Europe. Although they'd known poverty in their shtetls, the conditions of the sweatshops and mills of industrial America were new. But here they found the freedom to speak, write and gather...
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By:
Michael Rosenzweig
The National Museum of American Jewish History recently opened its grand new facility on Independence Mall to great national and local acclaim. American Jews are overwhelmingly proud of the museum and all that its presence on the mall -- the very birthplace of American freedom -- represents. The museum tells a story told nowhere else -- of why and how...
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By:
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
The rapid changes in the Middle East are leading many in the American Jewish community to suffer from "analysis paralysis." We have become so mesmerized by events in Egypt and Libya that we have stopped doing vital work to advance U.S. interests and stability in the Middle East, as well as Israel's security. It is critical that we refocus our...
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By:
Harold Messinger
Two weeks ago in Parshah Ki Tisa, Moshe comes down the mountain after receiving the word of God, whereupon seeing the Israelites dancing around the golden calf, he smashes the Ten Commandments. Later, he will receive a new set, and place the broken shards of the first one with the unbroken and "perfect" set in the Kodseh HaKodashim ("the Holy...
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By:
Ruth Ellen Gruber, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The day after Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a widespread public uprising, I found myself presenting a lecture about Solidarity, the mass trade union movement that convulsed Poland 30 years ago and paved the way for the collapse of the Iron Curtain a decade later. It also helped land me in jail in 1983, resulting in my expulsion...
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