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Closeup of the upper half of the Statue of Liberty against a blue sky with clouds

Like parents of most American teenagers these day, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of Hamilton a lot.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter

I had never seen a challah until I first came to America in 1961, but once I disco

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino
Black and white image of Israeli soldiers in a tank approaching the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem on June 7 1967

The three paratroopers casting eyes upward at the Western Wall. The troops reveling in the waters of the Suez Canal.

Ron Kampeas (JTA)
Colorful and intricate stained glass window depicting Moses holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments

It would be rare today to visit a synagogue and not see a visual portrayal of the two rounded tablets of the law.

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

It is not in the heavens… Neither is it beyond the sea… No, the thing is very close to you.
Deuteronomy 30:12-14

Binyamin Minich
Old gravestone with Hebrew lettering

“I knew your father, of blessed memory, in Bendin,” the elderly man informed me in the midst of a bar mitzvah party.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasir Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993

“There is a short road that is actually long, and a long road that is actually short.”
-- A young boy to Rabbi Yehoshua, Talmud, Eruvin 53b

Rabbi Neal Gold
Hand holding cell phone with icons visible

When I had my bar mitzvah two years ago, my parents wrote an inspiring message in the back of my prayer book, stressing the importance of remembering my Jewish roots and carrying on traditions impo

Andy Lebowitz
Arial view of Masada

Aretha Franklin lays it all out on the greasy diner floor, truly giving us something to “Think” about as she attempts to keep her

Uri M. Feinberg
Jews digging a trench during World War II in Ponar Lithuania

NOVA”’s terrific new one-hour film, “Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” is a reminder that in an era of alternative facts, science and history still can separate fact from fiction.

Wes Hopper

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