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Kathryn Hahn, May 2016. Credit: T'ruah via Wikimedia Commons.

Jews need to opt out of the ‘woke victim’ competition

Maybe the problem is that we should stop paying so much attention to what comedians say. Too much of our national discourse has become the function of what writers for late-night comedy shows say...
Zebulon Simantov, Afghanistan's last Jewish resident. Source: Twitter/Screenshot.

Rescuing Afghanistan’s last Jew

One of the most extraordinary stories of the Afghan pullout is the rescue of Afghanistan’s last Jew—Zebulon Simantov, who lived in and took care of Kabul’s synagogue. Simantov is now out of the country,...
A statue of Roman Emperor Hadrian. Credit: Akimov Konstantin/Shutterstock.

The obligation to remember, even on a day when we look inward

It comes in a part of the Yom Kippur service that even many of those who are more than three-day-a-year synagogue-goers often skip in the late afternoon as the daylong fast heads towards its...
Zebulon Simentov, Afghanistan's last Jewish resident. Source: Twitter/Screenshot.

Despite Taliban takeover, Afghanistan’s last Jew opts to remain

Despite the takeover of Afghanistan this week by the Taliban, the country’s last remaining Jew said on Tuesday that he intends to stay. In an interview with the New Delhi-based international English-language news channel WION, Zebulon Simentov explained...
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram (bottom) posing with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Village. Source: Facebook/Israel Olympic Committee.

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel’s record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, both of whom captured...
Canadian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Canadian Jews remain most targeted for religious hate crimes, report finds

Jews remained by far the most targeted religious group for hate crimes in Canada, according to the Canadian government’s annual survey of police-reported hate crimes. The report found that there were 1,946 police-reported hate crimes in Canada...
Rabbi Doobie Lisker with Robert Powell, 65, at his bar mitzvah ceremony, Jan. 7, 2021. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Coming home: 65-year-old hidden Jew celebrates his bar mitzvah

“My family were hidden Jews, but not anymore. With this coming of age ritual, I’m proudly reclaiming my Jewish heritage,” said Robert Powell, a 65-year-old Wisconsinite about his recent bar mitzvah at Chabad of...
“Selection” of Hungarian Jews on the ramp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland, May-June 1944, during the final phase of the Holocaust. Jews were either sent to work or to the gas chamber. Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archives, Jerusalem.

Polish court ruling on Holocaust libel case causes profound concern among Jewish groups

A ruling issued by a court in Poland on Tuesday is meeting fierce criticism from Jewish groups and others who claim that the decision will silence further examination of the role of Polish citizens...
The flag of Morocco. Credit: Wikipedia.

US-Morocco MOU exempts Jewish ceremonial objects

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last week between the United States and Morocco intended to protect Moroccan cultural property exempts Jewish objects. The MOU was signed on Jan. 14 by then-U.S. Ambassador to Morocco...
President-elect Joe Biden announcing his picks for his national security team. Source: Joe Biden/Facebook.

It’s time to stop counting Jews in the Cabinet

Jewish Democrats are celebrating this week and with good reason. Their party is about to take back power in Washington and end the presidency of the man they all love to hate: President Donald...