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Close up on American flag; stars in the foreground, stripes in the background

This year, Flag Day offers us a unique opportunity to reflect on the intersection of faith and patriotism in the context of flag etiquette.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Israeli flags

As Israel observes the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, this moment offers us a unique point of reflection.

Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
Black and white photo of Isaias W. Hellman at his desk in his California office

Isaias W. Hellman was the principal builder and financier of many of the infrastructures and institutions that endure in modern Los Angeles.

Jared Goldin
Picture of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun from the 1950s, when it was located in Newark, NJ

Now that Roth is dead, the American Jewish community, by virtue of the adjective “American,” can do what it always does: remake him in our image. Which is rather a shame.

Rabbi Neal Gold
The author and his elderly mother posing together against a white background

There are some questions about growing up as the son of Holocaust survivors I had never asked my parents, so a week before Mother’s Day, I phoned my 96-year-old mother, Adela, and asked her to shar

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Unemployed men queued outside a Depression era soup kitchen opened in Chicago by mobster Al Capone in 1931

What did American voters, the constituents who may have done more to pressure their lawmakers to intervene, know at the time?

Ron Kampeas (JTA)
Mans head facing away from the camera wearing a white kippah embroidered with a white Star of David

While being beaten with a belt, Armoush managed to capture on video one of the attackers, a 19-year-old Palestinian from Syria identified by the police as Knaan S.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Black and white photo of Rabbi Henry Cohen

Rabbi Henry Cohen became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in 1888, he couldn’t know that he would remain at the synagogue for the next 64 years.

Ivan Koop Kuper
Shiny but rumpled Israeli flag lying upon a white surface

Seventy years have gone by since the great miracle of the establishment of the State of Israel, and we are called upon to learn how to sow and reap at the same time.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Barracks at Auschwitz Birkenau in the snow

As the son of Holocaust survivors, I ruled out the possibility of ever visiting a concentration camp. Doing so would be emotionally off the charts.

Marty Yura

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