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Ghostlike figure rising up out of fog as a man faces into dark woods

Evil never disappears. It just goes into hiding

David Stanley
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)
Closeup of a man pulling off a buttonup shirt to reveal a Superman tshirt underneath

Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War, is banking on the superhero genre conceived in the early 1930s by two Jewish high school students.

Arie Kaplan
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

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