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A Jewish Renewal In The Arab World

It was recently announced that Jews in the Persian Gulf have formed the first communal organization, the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities. It will cater to the religious and educational needs of Jews in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, all of which are officially pro-Western and aligned with the […]

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Israel’s Supreme Court Upholds An Important Principle

By an overwhelming margin of eight to one, the Israeli Supreme Court has belatedly but boldly challenged the blatantly unfair monopoly the Orthodox rabbinate has held regarding officially recognized conversions in Israel. On March 1, Chief Justice Esther Hayut ruled that non-Jews who convert to Judaism in Israel through the Reform and Conservative streams of […]

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Historian Of The Holocaust Issues a Stern Warning

The right-wing Polish government is trying to curtail free and independent scholarship with respect to the Holocaust, says Jan Grabowski, a Canadian scholar of Polish descent who was recently ordered to issue a public apology concerning a two-volume book he and Polish colleague Barbara Engelking co-edited. Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties […]

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French Bishops And Vichy Antisemitism

The pro-German Vichy government in France enacted antisemitic legislation with the full knowledge and support of  the Catholic church, says a Canadian scholar who’s currently writing a book about that charged topic. Aliza Luft, an assistant professor at the University of California’s campus in Los Angeles, made this claim at a zoom lecture recently sponsored […]

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What Is Antisemitism?

The commonly accepted definition of antisemitism is crystal clear. Or is it? Until quite recently, antisemitism was universally understood to encompass a broad spectrum of hostility toward Jews. This animus could assume multiple forms, but at the end of the day it was an expression of unambiguous dislike of the Jewish people. This form of hatred, […]

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Adelson Upended The Status Quo In Israel And The U.S

If money talks, Sheldon Adelson was a remarkable example of the truth of that adage. A businessman, philanthropist and political activist, he deployed his fabulous wealth to promote conservative and Jewish causes in the United States and Israel, his respective birthplace and adopted homeland. Adelson died on January 11 at the age of 87 from […]

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Jewish Encounters With Aboriginals In Canada

Although there have been a wide range of Jewish-Indigenous encounters in Canada, they have never been at the center of Jewish concerns, according to historian David Koffman. Indeed, aboriginal people have been “written out” of Canadian Jewish history, said Koffman, who holds the J. Richard Schiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry at York […]

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The Babi Yar Massacre 79 Years On

A crime of unspeakable proportions took place in a wooded ravine on the outskirts of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, 79 years ago today and yesterday. At Babi Yar, or Babyn Yar, the Nazis murdered 33,371 Jewish men, women and children in one of the biggest single mass killings of the Holocaust. It was carried […]

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An Abysmal Level Of Holocaust Knowledge

Six months ago, the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, otherwise known as the Claims Conference — a sponsor of Holocaust education programs and a coordinator of restitution payments to survivors — conducted a survey to gauge the level of Holocaust knowledge among Americans from age 18 to 39. One thousand respondents from all […]

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Dual Realties In Contemporary Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a balanced tone recently when she hailed the emergence of a vibrant Jewish community in postwar Germany, but denounced the uptick in racism and antisemitism in her country. Celebrating the 7oth anniversary of the founding of the Central Council of Jews,  Germany’s leading Jewish organization, Merkel made two major points. […]