After decades of relative obscurity, the tale of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara has become one of the best-known Holocaust rescue stories, rivaling those of Oskar Schindler and Irena Sendler.
One of the most healing aspect of Judaism to me is remembering pain and then transforming that into a commitment to heal myself, help heal others, and stand up for injustice so that our world can be better.
When I asked my Iraqi grandmother why the Holocaust is significant to us, she answered, “It is a horrible thing that happened to the Ashkenazim,” and that we are one family; we are all Jews.
Music and Judaism go hand in hand. Every Shabbat service, lifecycle event, Jewish holiday or Israeli holiday has a specific song or melody that relates to that special day.
When I light my menorah , I let the whole world know that sometimes I cannot see, and I really need you, my fellow-being, to show me the way, to lift me up, to push me forward and to encourage me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The last few weeks, Jewish communities across the world listened once again as there were threats of genocidal violence alongside more Islamic State-generated terror and tragedy, all amid the specter of indiscriminate terror towards innocent travelers. These weeks seem to be the norm rather than the exception. These weeks seem to highlight what the world has not learned from decades of violence — especially violence against Jews.
For a generation—whether black, Jewish, or both—to forge its future, it needs to look ahead, and not just behind.
An odd series of events led Jennifer Teege to discover that her grandfather was none other than the notorious Nazi Amon Goeth.
Devorah’s world is shattered by the tragedies of post–Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors.