Arrive at Auschwitz a Tourist, Leave As a Traveler

We may arrive as tourists at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, but most of us turn, retroactively, through study and reflection, into Auschwitz travelers.

To Really Love Thy Neighbor, Invite a Syrian Refugee Into Your Home

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz found it rewarding to shelter a family from a war-torn land in his family’s home.


If Trump Really Knew the Somalis of Minnesota, He Would Rethink His Cruel Ban on Refugees

On the last Sunday before the presidential election, Donald Trump swooped into the Minneapolis airport for a typically inflammatory rally. At a transit hub with hundreds of Somali employees, in a city with about 25,000 Somali residents, the Republican candidate fed his audience fear, rage and resentment. “Everybody’s reading about the disaster taking place in Minnesota,” he declared. Then he added ominously: “You don’t even know who is coming in. You have no idea. You’ll find out. You’ll find out.”


How I Came To Grips With My Bias Against Poles — on Visit to Auschwitz

OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) — I did a shameful thing on my first visit 20 years ago to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In a guestbook outside an Auschwitz museum exhibit featuring information on 70,000 Polish non-Jews who were murdered here, I downplayed the significance of their deaths by writing: “Your pain is no credential here,…

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