Henry Abramson is a specialist in Jewish history and thought. His most recent book is Torah from the Years of Wrath 1939-1943: The Historical Context of the Aish Kodesh.
By Henry Abramson
This deadly tragedy at a Yiddish performance is the reason it’s illegal to yell ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater
(JTA) — Former President Trump’s impeachment defense team intends to argue that his infamous Jan. 6 speech, in which he exhorted his followers to “fight like hell” and march “to the Capitol,” was permitted by his First Amendment rights to free speech. Political opponents are already calling reference to the well-known Supreme Court decision (Schenck v. United…
Jewish history shows the consequences of tolerating police brutality
NEW YORK (JTA) — “Pray for the welfare of the state,” Rabbi Hanina writes, “for if it were not for the fear thereof, people would swallow each other alive.” As cities around the nation burn with righteous indignation over yet another horrific incident of police brutality directed against a black man, Jewish leaders must reflect on…
How Did The Murdered Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi Build A Huge Modern Following?
This month, thousands of unlikely Hasidim will commemorate the martyrdom of a lesser-known rabbi sometimes called “The Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto.” Since the discovery of his buried Holocaust manuscripts in December 1950, fascination with the creative genius and theological heroism of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira has swelled into a rising tide of interest in…
When Jews Were ‘Illegals,’ They Took Away Our Children
We don’t know how exactly many Jews were forced out of Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella’s cruel Edict of Expulsion in 1492, but conservative estimates put the number of refugees somewhere between 100,000 and 160,000. We climbed the northern mountains to escape into Navarre, and from there we took to the sea, hoping to find…
For Bob Dylan’s 82nd birthday, his 10 most Jewish songs
Kissinger at 100: ‘If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic.’
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