Jews Are Not “White” And We’re Not “Just a Religion”

Last week, a Sephardic member of our shul (synagogue) asked me which Middle Eastern country my family comes from. “None,” I explained, “We’re Ashkanazi.” “Really?” he exclaimed, “I was certain you were Sephardic.” After this encounter, I got to thinking: despite being completely Ashkanazi, with both sides of my family hailing from Ukraine, Russia and […]

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Jews In Hiding (No More)

From Roman invaders And Hellenist Greeks From violent Crusaders Those days were so bleak From Inquisitors in Spain And Nazis of Reich three Cossacks in Russia And then the KGB   But not in New York, Toronto, or LA. Not in London, Lima, or Paris, we won’t hide today.   The world woke up to […]

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Jews Need To Not Be Afraid To Stand Up For Ourselves

The Jewish people are an interesting group. I love my brethren dearly, but sometimes they frustrate me. To our credit, many of us are quick to think about the needs of others. We are overrepresented in groups like the Peace Corps, various social justice causes, and we give a tremendous amount of charity as a […]

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