Avi Weiss


Why I Had To Protest Nelson Mandela

By Avi Weiss

Why I Had To Protest Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a great leader, but his relationship with the Jewish community was rocky at times. Avi Weiss explains why he once protested his arrival in New York.Read More


Revisiting a Soviet Jewry Milestone

By Avi Weiss

Revisiting a Soviet Jewry Milestone
Avi Weiss looks back at the massive Soviet Jewry rally that took place 25 years ago in Washington, an event he thinks is being remembered falsely as the defining moment of the movement.Read More


Ahmadinejad Was Heard — Were We?

By Avi Weiss

Ahmadinejad Was Heard — Were We?
And then the shofar was sounded. For the first time the crowd stood still. The sound carried to the United Nations building across First Avenue. First a long blast and then the short staccato wailing sounds, reflecting the brokenness of too many in Israel and the world today, and then again the long tekiya, as if declaring against all odds we will prevail. When it was over, the crowd broke out in applause. Hearts and souls were finally touched, and the assembled were saying thank you.Read More


I Danced at the Wedding of Sharansky’s Daughter

By Avi Weiss

It was a dream come true. There beneath the chupah stood Rachel Sharansky, daughter of Natan and Avital Sharansky, with her beloved, Micha Danziger.Read More


Mourn for Gaza, Pray for Unity

By Avi Weiss

As Israel prepares to disengage from Gaza, it is not only natural but also proper that we experience a keen sense of mourning over our loss. Imagine if we were evicted from our homes, if our synagogues were dismantled, the remains of our loved ones disinterred. These feelings only become more acute when we recall that many of the residents of GushRead More






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  • That sound you hear? That's your childhood going up in smoke.
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