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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Jews Always Are Scapegoated for Pandemics. Are We Safe Today?

The Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of 100 million to 200 million people in...

“Rugrats Passover Special” Just Turned 25, But It’s Ageless

“They want to audition you on the phone to play a new character — the mother of your “Rugrats” cartoon mother Didi — a grandmother from...

I’m Not Cut Out for Family Quarantine

“How did you do it?” I asked my mother a few days after our kids’ schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Do what?” she responded. “How...

Confronting Passover in Absence of Community

The very essence Passover is based on an understanding that it is spent in the company of others. The concept of someone spending the...

The Sacred Space of Light

Many have suggested that we view COVID-19 as a test — of our resilience, unity, ability to restore our best selves. As a Manhattanite...

President Trump Should Not Depend on ‘Guidelines’ to Save America, But Lock It Down

In the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, a boisterous boy named Elliott darted away from his parents as they pushed their two younger sons...

Chabad Rabbi: Don’t Break Quarantine in the Name of Judaism

The wise sees calamity and hides. This verse was cited by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Horodoker, writing from Tiberias in the aftermath of an epidemic in...

The Shock and Fear of Coronavirus Differs for All of Us

In a stunning turn of history, a tiny virus has united humanity. Suddenly, every human is fighting the same enemy. Tribal and sectarian rivalries...

Shoah Foundation Head: Bigots Prey on Coronavirus to Incite Hate

As Americans adapt to the new normal of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, videoconferencing has become our lifeline. The likes of Zoom and FaceTime...

Six Ways to Be Extra Jewish in a Pandemic

You are on a ship in the middle of a tempest. The ship is pitching and heaving. Water is sloshing over the deck. The...

Shifting Our Perceptions to Survive Crisis

Each of us is experiencing anxiety, discomfort and fear right now. We are living with real circumstances that have repercussions, unknowns and yet-to-unfold realities....

Dating During Coronavirus, Everyone is Like An Orthodox Jew

Orthodox Jewish dating isn’t like secular dating. In the Orthodox tradition, there isn’t supposed to be any contact — no kissing, no hugging, no holding...

Covering the Story of Stories

Remember the BDS movement? Remember the rise in anti-Semitism? Remember Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg? Remember the Iran deal? The covers of the Jewish Journal...

Coronavirus is Becoming Grounds for Divorce

What happens when a married couple spends too much time at home together? Divorce, apparently. In China, local registrars are reporting a surge in couples filing...

How to Be Present for Others when Social Distancing

Over the years I have sent (and received) numerous invitations that said, “In lieu of presents, your presence is your gift.” And I meant it....

Be Careful What You Wish For

Last night I dreamed that I awoke, showered, prayed and went to work. I got in my car and merged onto Pico Boulevard. I...

Anti-Israel NGOs Are Exploiting Coronavirus to Spread Hate

For anti-Israel advocacy non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which constantly attempt to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state, the COVID-19 pandemic’s domination of the global news...

Living With a Positive COVID-19 Result

The good news: I have food, a roof over my head, a sweet (although needy) dog, two amazing kids and an incredible network of...

Jews Are An Indigenous People. Let’s Decolonize Our Identity.

I recently joined the new Moise Safra Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Having spent most of my life in Ashkenazi synagogues...

Inspiring American Youth When Coronavirus Demands Altruism

I grew up in Miami but never participated in the spring break ritual because I was studying in a Yeshiva. So no doubt there...

Jewish Heritage Doesn’t Mean You Can Be Anti-Semitic

On March 17, actress Rosanna Arquette published an anti-Semitic tweet about the coronavirus and Israel. She then tried to dodge the backlash by announcing...

Our Elderly Need Us Now More Than Ever

We all are hunkered down. Schools, shuls and community centers are closed. Restaurants are empty. There is little joy in life right now, especially...

We Found The Perfect Synagogue. We Know That Now That We Can’t Attend.

There have been very few times when I encountered someone or something and immediately thought, “This just feels right.”It happened when I met my...

Buddy, Can You Spare a Chicken?

I was late getting the memo that we Jews had jumped aboard the insane food-hoarding train. When I finally elbowed my way into the...

Experience Suddenly Matters So Much

There are four men seeking national office in this year’s election. At the height of the current coronavirus pandemic, two of those men have...

L.A.’s Jewish Coronavirus Response

The initial disruptions of COVID-19 are quickly becoming a way of life, but are we prepared for what may be on the horizon? We...

Israeli Chutzpah Can Beat Coronavirus

My aliyah story is a bit unusual because I moved to Israel after having been treated for the five years before for a Jewish...

As A Refugee, The Coronavirus Crisis Triggers My PTSD

On a frigid February day in 1988, I held my father’s hand as we walked through the nearly empty streets of Tehran. Roughly 30% of...

Jewish Leaders Must Establish an Emergency Fund to Combat Pandemic Fallout

When the news first came that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had donated $100,000 to support the team’s arena employees and cover their salaries while...

A Nation Presses Pause: Shabbat Shalom

They are the two words that may come to define our age: Social distancing. Long before disease experts were urging us to quarantine ourselves...

New Articles

Man Who Held Anti-Semitic Sign at Ohio Protest Wanted to Target Jews at Kent State, Report Says

A man who held an anti-Semitic sign at an April rally in Columbus, Ohio, reportedly sought to target Jews at Kent State University. The Cleveland...

Bench Near Minneapolis Synagogue Vandalized With Swastikas

(JTA) — A bus stop near a synagogue in Minneapolis was vandalized with swastikas. The graffiti was discovered Tuesday on a bench outside Shir Tikvah...

ADL Report Highlights ‘Significant Trend of Anti-Semitism’ in ‘the Anti-Israel Movement on Campus’

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report on May 27 highlighting how anti-Semitism permeates “the anti-Israel movement on .” The report acknowledged that although the...

A New Relief Fund Is Providing Aid to Jews of Color Who Are Struggling Due to Coronavirus

(JTA) — A new relief fund is providing financial aid to Jews of color who are struggling economically due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Jews...

Israeli Defense Ministry: Gaucher’s Disease Drugs Can Treat COVID-19

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on May 26 that the Israeli Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has determined that two drugs used for Gaucher’s...

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