A top aide criticized President Barack for choosing Sunday, the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights for his address on terrorism. A better night, he said, would have been … wait for it … wait for it … Friday (Shabbat).3
A day before University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler made headlines with a hunger strike protesting racism on campus, a coalition of 36 Jewish and civil rights organizations contacted University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to protest a vile act of anti-Semitism that had recently occurred at Mizzou: Someone had used feces to smear a swastika on a bathroom wall.71
After the Paris attack and the San Bernardino mass shooting, many of Alon Gratch’s New York patients are shaken. The psychologist offers them — and us — some advice.10
Those who oppose displaying flags in synagogues may be surprised to learn that the preeminent legal authority for Orthodox America agrees — but not for the reasons they might think.
Nowadays, nationalist symbols are ubiquitous in our synagogues. But Alex Kane says flags — whether Israeli or even American — inject toxic political debates into a space that should be free of them.181
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