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Why I Went Back To Spain To Trace My Jewish Roots

When I was a child, I learned about my family’s roots. We were from Spain, and during the Spanish Inquisition, we were expelled from the country, along with the rest of the Jews who wouldn’t convert to Christianity. My family eventually ended up in Turkey, and some of my cousins still live there today. Today, […]

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Dave Chapelle’s “Comedy” Is Endangering Jews

I have a monologue for Dave Chappelle after his recent monologue on SNL: It’s getting a little bit tiring now, having to address these antisemitic comments that are happening more and more frequently by respected celebrities. People who have large platforms and are not crazy types that no one listens to. The more celebrities with […]

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Can A Teenager Rebel And Honor One’s Parents At The Same Time?

Dear Jew in the City, Honoring your parents is a Torah commandment that Jews of all backgrounds seem to know well. Jewish guilt is an often joked about stereotype and parents can sometimes become experts in guilting their children to abide by their wishes under the aforementioned commandment.  In all seriousness though, part of a […]

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Why Do Jews Pray For The Dead?

Dear Jew in the City, The Calling has the Orthodox detective saying a prayer (Kaddish) over every dead body he finds. Why do Jews pray for the dead? Sincerely, Jon Dear Jon, Thanks for your question. I haven’t seen The Calling so I can’t comment directly on the show, but there seems to be sufficient […]

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My Orthodox Grandfather’s Fight Against Cannibalism in WWII

Zaidy’s War is the life-story of my grandfather, centered tightly around the events of WWII and his constant struggle between his Jewish identity and survival. My grandfather’s story involves serving four armies under wildly unique circumstances, being present for both the largest land invasion in human history and the final battle of WWII, avoiding cannibalism […]

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