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Hanukkiah with the Statue of Liberty to hold each candle

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, established by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Kate Bigam
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
Barbed wire fence in front of Majdanek concentration camp on a sunny day

From Anne Frank's diary to Elie Wiesel's Night, books about the Holocaust remain some of the most powerful and well-known pieces of literature published in the past century.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
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
Jewish Holocaust era rescuer Tuvia Bielski and a group of other Jews standing in the woods in an old black and white photo from the Yad Vashem Photo Archives

As the Jewish community marks Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), it is time we begin honoring those Jewish victims of th

Mordecai Paldiel
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
Black and white photo from Yad Vashem showing 1940s Jews observing a seder in the ghetto

Have you ever noticed that when we teach the Holocaust, we let the perpetrators dictate the story for us?

Dr. Deborah Fripp
Photo of an elderly and smiling Agi Rado with short grey hair and wearing a pink patterned blouse

I met Agi Rado many years ago when I was a philosophy major at Loyola University Maryland and she was on staff in the music department.

Haydee M. Rodriguez, J.D.
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

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