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Let's show more appreciation to Jews-by-choice

May 27, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

Each year, as we read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot, we are reminded of the remarkable spiritual journey undertaken by the heroine of the story, a Moabite woman who left behind everything she knew to tie her fate with the people of Israel.

In one of the Bible's most moving declarations of pure faith, Ruth expresses her desire in simple yet compelling terms, telling her mother-in-law, Naomi, "Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people and your G-d shall be my G-d" (Ruth 1:16).

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The historic and modern battle to retake Jerusalem

May 21, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

Every city has its symbols, be they landmarks or logos, which our minds immediately conjure up when thinking of a certain metropolis. The mere mention of New York, London or Rome can evoke a range of visual or verbal imagery, which reveals much not only about the city itself but also how each of us might perceive it in our own unique way.

Jerusalem, whose liberation and reunification by Israel in 1967 we celebrate today, is of course no exception. For some it is the Holy City, with the Western Wall, the tomb of King David and other sacred sites. For others, it is the seat of Israel's government, home to the Knesset and host to a variety of national institutions such as Yad Vashem.

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Remembering Jewish heroism on V-E Day

May 7, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

Seventy-five years ago, on May 8, 1945, one of the most consequential events of the 20th century took place, when the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces went into effect, bringing the European conflict in World War II to a decisive end.

At the time, news of the surrender sparked enormous celebrations throughout the US and Western Europe, as throngs of citizens took to the streets to cheer the demise of the so-called "thousand-year German Reich".

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A Porch, a Prayer and a Pandemic

April 24, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

Over the course of the past month, as the sun began to set each Friday afternoon, casting a brilliant sweep of colors across the firmament, the sliding doors of various apartments would slowly crack open, giving way to a series of occupants as they emerged into the spring air.

With a prayer book in hand, each one put aside their daily concerns and worries, such as the anxieties of life under lockdown, and joined together for a plenum of the porches.

It was time to welcome Shabbat, and even if the threat of COVID-19 prevented us from huddling together, it would not stand in the way of a group of Jews determined to pray in unison albeit at a safe distance from one another.

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How to Contend with the Coronavirus Crisis: A Jewish View

April 6, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

As we hunker down in our homes, sequestered from society and gripped by uncertainty about what the future may hold, it is tempting to succumb to the notion that the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything mankind has ever known, an idea that only further exacerbates the situation.

But such thinking is not only feckless and unhelpful, it is also patently untrue. And while the coronavirus has indeed taken a devastating toll in human life and agony, it is important to view things in the proper historical perspective, if only because doing so may help to alleviate, even somewhat, the anxiety that many people feel.

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