Every year for Hanukkah, my mother would gift me a book about the Holocaust. Every vacation we took, even within the continental United States, my mother insisted we carry our US passports, just in case we needed to flee at a moment’s notice. Those books and passports served as reminders of my Jewish ancestry — a multigenerational story of persecution and upheaval. Despite living in the world’s greatest democracy, my mother had subconsciously prepared me for the possibility of regime change, and that a day could come when it would no longer be safe for Jews in the United States.
Afghanistan’s last Jew, Zebulon Simentov arrived in Istanbul Sunday morning, its one more step in his long journey out of the Taliban-ruled nation.
It’s not always funny, but what it is may be more valuable.
When the US was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, I was the same age as the current cadets at West Point are now.
This has been a tough week for all of us at HIAS, but it has been so much worse for the people of Afghanistan.
A haredi Orthodox activist from Brooklyn and an Israeli-American businessman teamed up to help dozens of Afghans, including some former soccer players
The scenes from Afghanistan seem too dire to overcome. But there are things each of us can do right now that can make a major impact.
The disaster unfolding in Afghanistan is a tragedy we’ve seen before.
Jews know the story unfolding in Afghanistan — and know it doesn’t end well for those left behind. We must act now, before it is too late.
“We all know that they were not fond of, mildly speaking, keeping heritage sites of other religions,” said one rabbi active in restoration work.