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Daily Archives: March 19, 2021

Writer and researcher Dovid Zaklikowski takes notes from archival documents, 2020. Photo by Menachem Serraf/Hasidic Archives.

The exodus under Hitler’s rule

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After many years of trying to locate the postcards written by the parents of Rabbi Chaim Meir Bukiet during the war, they were finally in my hands. As I flipped through them, several names...

Wiesenthal Centre at UN Human Rights Council Inquisition Against the Jewish State

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The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations and Observer to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Dr. Shimon Samuels, today sat through three excruciating hours of defamation of the State of...

March 19, 1933: Philip Roth, one of America’s most powerful and celebrated novelists, was...

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Philip Roth, one of America’s most powerful and celebrated novelists, was born in Newark, New Jersey on this date in 1933. Roth’s twenty-seven novels range from out-and-out political satire (Our Gang, about Richard Nixon being...

After Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Senate Rules Still Threaten Gun-Control Bills

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It is a relief to learn that the nearly 10 million Americans who live in Arizona, Montana and West Virginia feel safe from gun violence. Three Democratic senators from these states will not take all...
Israeli and Canadian flags. Source: Facebook via B'nai Brith Canada.

Canadian Jewish groups urge political party to reject push to overturn IHRA definition

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Canadian Jewish groups are urging the New Democratic Party (NDP) to reject a push by members to overturn the party’s support for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. In a letter spearheaded by the Centre for...
Colin Kahl in 2012. Credit: Ralph Alswang/Flickr.

A profession where results don’t matter

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Should we really care whether Colin Kahl becomes undersecretary of defense for policy? Some friends of Israel think that defeating his nomination for the third-ranking civilian post in the Pentagon matters a great deal...
Aerial view of 'Sacred Dreams' by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. The large-scale installation was donated by Dr. Robert B. Feldman to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink, and resin.

The Collector Robert B. Feldman Donates Major Aerial Sculpture Installation by Mira Lehr to...

Dr. Robert B. Feldman, the New York-based art collector, has promised this large-scale installation by Mira Lehr as a gift to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The artwork, titled Sacred Dreams, is comprised of 183 aerial...
The flag of California. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish, pro-Israel groups express mixed reactions to adoption of California’s ethnic-studies track

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Jewish and pro-Israel groups expressed mixed reaction to California’s approval of the state’s ethnic-studies curriculum that had become a flashpoint over concerns about anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. On Thursday, the State Board of Education unanimously approved the...

Watch “Who Knows One?” Yiddish-style: “Mu adabru, mu asapru” in 4-part harmony

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Traditional Yiddish Passover song with Aramaic title Akin to the English “Who Knows One?” Choral arrangement: Binyumen Schaechter (2017-18) This choral arrangement was funded by a grant from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq4RUs27Eas Jewish People’s Philharmonic...
Gomel, Belarus. Credit: Grisha Bruev/Shutterstock.

Anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on synagogue, JCC in Belarus

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A swastika and the letters “SS” in the shape of lightning bolts were spray-painted on the building of a synagogue and Jewish community center in Gomel, Belarus, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) announced on Monday. According to...