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Benjamin Netanyahu head and shoulders shot

Recently, when I was asked to comment on the Israeli film, Oslo Diaries, I noted that I see it as a valuable perspective on a missed opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and a sobering reminder that there were sincere proponents for peace on both sides. I also view the movie as a “hatchet job,” on Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

A friend wrote that if it is a “hatchet job,” it is a well-deserved one. He then asked rhetorically if Netanyahu’s silence in the face of right-wing sentiment...

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Black and white archival image of a Nazi march down East 86th Street in NYC on October 30th 1939

The Oscar-nominated short film A Night at the Garden is a 2018 documentary about a massive pro-Nazi rally that happened in Madison Square Garden 80 years ago this week, on February 20, 1939.

At the time, Adolf Hitler was constructing his sixth concentration camp and would soon instigate war with Poland, kicking off WWII and beginning the Holocaust. At Madison Square Garden, these 20,000 Americans gathered publicly to celebrate Nazi racism, anti-Semitism, and the forthcoming genocide.

In so many ways, the country has forgotten...

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Wall lined with black and white photos of individuals who perished in the Holocaust

Shortly after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), reintroduced the Never Again Education Act, an important piece of legislation designed to improve Holocaust education and combat anti-Semitism. This bill could not come at a more opportune moment, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is proud to...

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Silver hand mirror reflecting a marbled bar of soap and a string of pearls

This poem plays with the concept of hester panim (the hidden face of God), which is related to the name Esther, who plays a central role in the upcoming holiday of Purim. It also alludes to this line in Exodus 33:20 and related lines in Exodus 34 in Ki Tisa, this week’s parashah (Torah portion): “But you cannot see My face, for a human being may not see Me and live.”

Hester Street

I long to see your face on Hester...

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Haley Stav on stage presenting her address on the bimah

It's been one year.

One year since I could go to school without seeing massive fences around the 1200 building.

One year since my small town became synonymous with mass shootings and joined the ever-growing list of schools who had experienced gun violence.

One year since I learned to despise Valentine’s Day displays at stores.

But, most importantly, one year since the shooting at my school that left 17 injured and another 17 dead. My name is Haley Stav, and I’m a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

To say that the last...

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