Fifty years ago today, a group attempted to steal a Soviet plane and escape to Israel, highlighting the suffering of Soviet Jewry.
I have always believed that when horrors like the Pittsburgh shooting occur, our responsibility is to run to that place.
The Holocaust ended less than a century ago — but if we’re not careful, the world will soon forget it ever happened.
Rabbi Avi Weiss reflects on the 25th anniversary of the acquittal of Lemrick Nelson for the Murder of Yankel Rosenbaum in the Crown Heights Riots.
This week, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to Poland, visiting Auschwitz – the notorious death camp in Poland where 1.1 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Auschwitz is comprised of two camps: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, also called Birkenau. Birkenau is the actual “theater of death,” where the vast majority of Jews were murdered.
Weeks after his father died, Rabbi Avi Weiss went to Charleston to attend a Bible study at the AME Church and offer his support. But it was the grieving black community that ended up comforting him.
Rabbi Avi Weiss was at the airport in Tel Aviv when he realized he had to be with the Jewish community in Paris. He starts a whirlwind visit with the simple words: ‘Je suis juif.’
Nelson Mandela was a great leader, but his relationship with the Jewish community was rocky at times. Avi Weiss explains why he once protested his arrival in New York.
Avi Weiss looks back at the massive Soviet Jewry rally that took place 25 years ago in Washington, an event he thinks is being remembered falsely as the defining moment of the movement.
And then the shofar was sounded. For the first time the crowd stood still. The sound carried to the United Nations building across First Avenue. First a long blast and then the short staccato wailing sounds, reflecting the brokenness of too many in Israel and the world today, and then again the long tekiya, as if declaring against all odds we will prevail. When it was over, the crowd broke out in applause. Hearts and souls were finally touched, and the assembled were saying thank you.