By Cheryl Moore Just after Christmas, while traveling in Poland, I visited Auschwitz. As a Jew from Pittsburgh, who lost neighbors in the Tree of Life massacre, the visit was especially painful. Everywhere I looked, I felt the horror. I learned how the Nazis used propaganda and a sustained campaign of dehumanization to create an acceptance of Jews, my people, as an evil and dangerous people, deserving of subjugation and extermination. Three … [Read more...] about Victim to Perpetrator in Three Weeks
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin “Ben Bag Bag says: Search in it and search in it, since everything is in it.” Pirke Avot 5:22 When I worry about the Jewish future (spoiler alert: this happens a lot), I try to imagine that I am a historian of Judaism writing a paragraph about this era a thousand years from now. Sometimes, we can look at the debates of the moment and see them as urgent, and many times this is a good thing, because all transformative … [Read more...] about The Infinite Game of Jewish Life
Lessons from Machzits Hashekel
By Moshe Hecht
There are two tiny, impish little “Mini-Moshe’s” (or “Mini-Mimi’s”) - one with a harp and a halo, the other, with horns - that pop up on our shoulders when we think about charity. The Tzadikel “Mini Moshe” understands the necessity of the mitzvah of tzedakah, and knows that regardless of what I give - whether it’s just a penny or a million dollars - I’ll be fulfilling G-d’s commandment to be just … [Read more...] about Give Like It’s 15th Century BCE
[From the Tzedaka’s Present Column]
By Timothy Langille The Soviet Red Army liberated the most notorious of the Nazi death camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau, on Jan. 27, 1945. This year, the United Nations and 39 countries will commemorate that date with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This date acknowledges the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. But, as a Jewish studies scholar, I have found it also reveals how traumatic memory works in the present and can serve as … [Read more...] about How Will Generations that Didn’t Experience the Holocaust Remember It?
By Karen L. Berman As the Jewish and global communities prepare to mark the United Nations-designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, there’s a foreboding sense of déjà vu in the continued persecution and hate which links the Nazi atrocities with contemporary anti-Semitism - and it’s a connection which isn’t necessarily as distant as we might assume. For many Jews in America and worldwide, one of the enduring memories of … [Read more...] about Holocaust Education must Lay the Foundation for a More Tolerant, Safer Future