Menachem Z. Rosensaft


Leaders Must Speak Out on Wailing Wall Arrest

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Leaders Must Speak Out on Wailing Wall Arrest
Reform leader Anat Hoffman was detained and mistreated for praying at the Wailing Wall. Imagine our outrage if a Jew were treated that way for praying in, say, Russia or Venezuela.Read More


Elan Steinberg, Fighter for Jews, Dies at 59

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Elan Steinberg, Fighter for Jews, Dies at 59
Elan Steinberg, who died at 59, brought equal parts eloquence and street smarts to his lifelong fight for Jewish rights.Read More


Making Holocaust Remembrance Matter

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

On January 27, the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the United Nations and much of the world will be observing Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sadly, the rhetoric of commemoration will once again be severely undercut by the international community’s wholly inadequate response to the numerous genocides that have taken place, and continue to take place, since the end of World War II.Read More


Analogies Have Consequences

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

In 1995, right-wing Israeli demonstrations opposing any political accommodation with the Palestinians featured posters depicting Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the uniform of a Nazi SS officer. The message was duly received. On November 5, 1995, Yigal Amir, a far-right Israeli law student, assassinated Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally.Read More


On National Mall, a Gathering of Guardians of Shoah Memory

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

“Remember, fellow survivors, when we emerged from the ghettos and the forests and the death camps, hopelessly determined to invoke hope and tell the tales, few were willing to listen. Survivors were understood by survivors alone. They spoke in code. Those who were not there will never know what it meant being there. All outsiders could do was toRead More






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  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
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  • William Schabas may be the least of Israel's problems.
  • You've heard of the #IceBucketChallenge, but Forward publisher Sam Norich has something better: a #SoupBucketChallenge (complete with matzo balls!) Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman & David Remnick, you have 24 hours!
  • Did Hamas just take credit for kidnapping the three Israeli teens?
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  • When YA romance becomes "Hasidsploitation":
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