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The Personal Stories of the Warsaw Ghetto

While most German studies of the Holocaust center on the perpetrators, a new wave of historians are focusing on the victims. Andrea Löw’s new book takes a personal look at the Warsaw Ghetto.Read More


Holocaust Claims Fraud; The Changing American Rabbinate; Comedian Marc Maron

THIS WEEK: How employees pilfered $57 million meant for Holocaust victims; the changing nature of the American rabbinate; Marc Maron’s new TV show.Read More


ADL Hits 100; Are Jews a Race?; Is Gwyneth Paltrow the Most Beautiful Woman?

THIS WEEK Staffers discuss the past, present and future of the ADL; a rogue scientist takes aim at the theory that Jews are a race; Is Gwyneth Paltrow the most beautiful woman in the world?Read More


Jews and Sex Trafficking; Orthodox E-Rate Windfall; Six Word Memoirs

THIS WEEK: Staffers look at the Jewish communal response to sex trafficking; why one Orthodox town is getting huge internet subsidies and six word memoirs about your mom.Read More


Kotel Compromise; Supportive Rabbis; Hezbollah's Paper Pushers; Vice's Vices

THIS WEEK: A compromise for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall; how one rabbis crossed denominational lines to help another; how to handle Hezbollah’s paperwork; the problem with Vice magazine’s new TV show.Read More


100 Years of Centennials; How to Survive Passover

THIS WEEK: How to survive Passover; Why we will be celebrating the past 100 years for the next 100 years.Read More


Favorite Rabbis; Obama in Israel; Newark and Philip Roth

THIS WEEK: Staffers discuss the Forward’s list of inspirational rabbis, how Obama is doing in Israel and how Newark looks on a Philip Roth bus tour.Read More


Day School Struggling With Special Ed; the Rise of Gluten-free Matzo

THIS WEEK: What are the responsibilities of Jewish day schools to children with special needs; the curious rise of gluten-free matzo.Read More


States Move to Extend Window on Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits; Was AIPAC Boring?

THIS WEEK: States move to extend the window on child sex abuse lLawsuits; was AIPAC boring this year?Read More


Abuse Allegations at YU Didn't End Abuse; Israel Lobby As Pop Culture

This Week: Staffers discuss the ongoing abuse scandal ay Yeshiva University and why the notion of the “Israel Lobby” seems to have hit the mainstream.Read More





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  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
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