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World map spray painted in white on a red brick wall

In a dramatic shift, the Jewish people has gone from being a worldwide people to being a first-world people.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Black and white photograph of a Jewish family in Jedrzejow Poland, circa 1900

Jews were "undesirable" and "filthy," said a report submitted to the House Committee on Immigration in 1924, written by the director of the United Stated Consular Service.

Ben Sales (JTA)
Bank of the Nile River beneath a shining red sunset

Netanyahu's expulsion of African asylum-seekers from Israel may be technically permissible, but that does not make it moral or decent.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Closeup of two peoples hands as they hold their filled champagne glasses as in a celebratory toast

Whether or not you believe in superstitions, it can be fun to put your own spin on them! Close out the year by putting a Jewish twist on traditional New Year’s foods.

Kate Bigam Kaput
Amber colored crystal pendant engraved with a Star of David on a chain against a white background

Aaron Hahn Tapper talks about weaving together the multiple ways Jews identify in terms of culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Closeup of an old and slightly faded globe of the world

Recent headlines tell of Jewish life in countries around the world; here are just a few that caught my eye as of late. 

Kate Bigam
Photo of Temple Beth Shalom the brick synagogue in Puerto Rico damaged internally by Hurricane Maria and its floods

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, with basic living conditions and communications extremely challenged. The challenges and needs its residents face are many.

Kate Bigam
Israeli flag on flagpole in desert, populated by visitors

The world’s two largest Jewish communities – Israel and North America – do not understand each other. In fact, there’s a challenging and fruitful gulf between them.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Hands holding a small and fragile globe against a white background

As a Reform Jew, I never felt called to fast on Tishah B’Av - until this year. Here's what changed my mind.

Rabbi Ilana Schachter
Closeup of French President Emmanuel Macron speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel dHiv Holocaust roundup in Paris on July 16

It wasn't the first time that a French president acknowledged his nation's Holocaust-era guilt, but Emmanuel Macron's speech Sunday was nonetheless groundbreaking in format, content, and style.

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)

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