Op-Ed

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Opinion | Your Sympathy Isn’t Enough to Stop Anti-Semitism

By Elena Gormley This story originally appeared on Alma. Everything was going well until I checked my phone. I had just finished teaching Sunday school at...
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Opinion | How an Uninvited Shabbat Guest Put Everything Into Perspective

By Amy Litzenblatt This story originally appeared on Kveller. Most nights, dinner feels like a triathlon. Due to different bedtimes and work schedules, we often eat...
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Opinion | Pittsburgh Mayor: Our City Is Etched Into History

By Bill Peduto The depth of the Tree of Life tragedy hit home immediately. I knew within minutes that morning I would know some of...
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Opinion | I Was 8 When Kristallnacht Happened

By Rabbi Walter Jacob Nov. 9, 1938: The Final Solution had begun with us in Germany — men into concentration camps, businesses looted, moneys confiscated....
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Opinion | We Welcome the Updates to Our Hate Crime Laws

By Robin Schatz Hate crimes are on the rise and, for too long, Pennsylvania’s infrastructure has been ill-equipped to respond. As the director of government affairs...
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Opinion | How You Can Show Your Gratitude for Veterans

By Leon S. Malmud In November, we celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. These two holidays have a common thread — that of gratitude. On Veterans...
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Opinion | Yiddish Is Alive and Thriving at Yiddish School

By Marcia Bronstein I spent an amazing week at Yiddish School at the Yiddish Book Center (YBC) last year, along with 41 fellow students from...
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Opinion | Is Cheshvan Ordinary or Extraordinary?

By Rabbi Shmuel Goldin The transition could not be more abrupt. Behind us is the month of Tishrei — the busiest, most eventful, ritually richest month...
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Opinion | My Yom Kippur in Prison

By Aaron Bernstein Bernie Madoff is certainly the most infamous of the residents at North Carolina’s Butner Federal Correctional Facility, but, scanning the congregation at...
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Opinion | Journeying Into Civil Rights History

By Adam Garber I’m walking through a forest of metal pillars in Alabama with Jews from across the country. The spiral of 6-foot rusted monuments...