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Imams Spouting Hatred Must Be Disciplined

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Imams Spouting Hatred Must Be Disciplined

Islam is supposedly a religion of peace and friendship, but if you’re Jewish, you may be excluded from its friendly embrace. Sermons delivered by two imams in California recently prove this point yet again. At the Davis Islamic Center, Ammar Shahin prayed for the Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem to be freed “from the […]

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An Absurd Decision in Australia

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An Absurd Decision in Australia

Is a synagogue a security risk? The question inspires derision, but unbelievably enough, a municipal council in Australia recently banned the construction of a Chabad-affiliated synagogue, Congregation of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, on precisely these specious grounds. The decision, taken in the Sydney suburb of Bondi, was upheld by a land use court, […]

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Menashe: First Yiddish Film In 70 Years

Filed in Film by on August 4, 2017 0 Comments
Menashe: First Yiddish Film In 70 Years

Joshua Weinstein has gone where no American movie director has ventured in about 70 years. He has made a film that unfolds almost entirely in Yiddish, with a sprinkling of English and Spanish thrown in. Menashe,¬†which opens in Canadian theatres on August 11, was filmed¬†in Borough Park, a Hassidic neighborhood in New York City. Menashe, […]

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Auschwitz On Tour

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 3, 2017 0 Comments
Auschwitz On Tour

When I last visited the sprawling site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, I knew I had seen one of the most diabolical and depraved places on the planet. The bleak barracks, the barbed wire fences, the guard posts, the gas chambers and the ruins of crematoria reminded me of the lengths Nazi Germany went […]

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Stalin’s Warsaw “Wedding Cake”

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Stalin’s Warsaw “Wedding Cake”

Some Varsovians call it, caustically, “Stalin’s wedding cake.” Others have wanted it razed to the ground. It sits plopped in the middle of the city, looking like a 1930s-era building, and is now surrounded by modern office towers. In its own way it looks sort of kooky. It was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s “gift to […]

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In Krakow, One Of The Righteous Among The Nations

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 31, 2017 0 Comments
In Krakow, One Of The Righteous Among The Nations

Thanks to the popularity of the 1993 movie Schindler’s List, as well as the success of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, many people assume that the Kazimierz neighborhood, where most of the city’s Jews lived prior to the Holocaust, served as the Jewish ghetto during the war. Elsewhere in Poland, a Jewish district typically […]

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The Vel D’Hiv Raid

Filed in Books by on July 30, 2017 0 Comments
The Vel D’Hiv Raid

Seventy five years ago this month, the collaborationist Vichy regime in France committed its worst single crime. On July 16-17, 1942, French police in Paris rounded up 13,152 stateless Jews — men, women and children — and consigned them to purgatory. Some were taken to a detention camp in Drancy, near Paris. The rest were […]

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The Polish City Where Communism Died

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 29, 2017 0 Comments
The Polish City Where Communism Died

The left-wing American journalist Lincoln Steffens, after a three-week visit to the new Soviet state in March 1919, famously proclaimed, “I have seen the future and it works.” However, during my visit to the model Polish Communist city of Nowa Huta, created after World War II, I can confidently declare that I have seen the […]

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A Sobering Lesson For Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 28, 2017 0 Comments
A Sobering Lesson For Israel

Israel has learned a sobering lesson from the nearly two week standoff at the Temple Mount: Its sovereignty in East Jerusalem, already widely challenged by the international community, is subject to a panoply of constraints and pressures. Israel possesses sweeping powers in the eastern half of the city, conquered by the Israeli army in the […]

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Cultural Appropriation — or antisemitism — in Krakow?

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 27, 2017 0 Comments
Cultural Appropriation — or antisemitism — in Krakow?

The last few months have seen major debates across Canada regarding the cultural appropriation of indigenous art and literature by non-natives. The same issue has also emerged in Poland, especially in the southern city of Krakow, which I’m currently visiting. As most readers know, Krakow is an incredibly beautiful and well-preserved medieval city, and the […]

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