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Yom Kippur's Big Ask: Forgiveness

By Lenore Skenazy

Apologies not only reopen doors, they let the sunshine in. Before Yom Kippur, Lenore Skenazy talked to people about the most important apology they gave or received.Read More


Judith Levy's Best-Selling Series Inspires Grandparents to Record Life Stories

By Renee Ghert-Zand

‘Grandmother Remembers’ is essentially ‘a baby book backwards’. It’s filled with prompts to help a grandmother put down her memories on paper for posterity.Read More


Peddler Bound, Gagged and Robbed of $21 in Alphabet City

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, a New York peddler was robbed of $21 by a man pretending to sell him clothes. In 1963, ultra-Orthodox students attacked Catholic schools in Israel.Read More


The Great Shtibl Revival of Hungary

By Eric Marx

A house in Budapest is at the center of a burgeoning global network of ‘little room’ synagogues. They appeal to unaffiliated Jews who may stay away from organized shuls.Read More


Laurel Bellows Is Above the Law

By Meredith Mandell

It’s been a whirlwind year for Laurel Bellows. As president of the American Bar Association, she led the 400,000-strong group through culture wars over guns and government snooping.Read More


Yelena Goltsman Pushes for Gay Rights Boycott of Russia's Olympics

By Michael Kaminer

Yelena Goltsman has become one of the most prominent voices calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics to protest Russia’s new anti-gay laws.Read More


Does Zionism Have a Future With Jews?

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, the Forverts decried the state of Zionism and pondered if it had a future. Muslim clerics called for peace in wartorn Palestine 25 years later.Read More


Filmmaker Joseph Shamash Tries To Bridge Gap With Iran

By Renee Ghert-Zand

A Persian American Jew went to ask Israelis what they thought of his Iranian homeland. Joseph Shamash’s video surprised even himself.Read More


Anti-Semitism Taints Leo Frank Murder Case

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, Leo Frank’s supporters claimed that anti-Semitism affected his murder trial. Twenty-five years later, the atmosphere in Jaffa was tense after a bombing.Read More


When a Jewish Day School Closes Days Before Start of Classes

By Karen E.H. Skinazi

Thirteen days before the start of classes, a Schechter school in central New Jersey announced it would not reopen after summer. Parents and students were left to ask: ‘What now?’Read More





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