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Peace, the Grand Delusion of the Jews

At a time of turmoil, a crossroads for a people in search of justice

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What Was on the Minds of Selma’s Jews?

An unpublished 1965 study offers a glimpse of a community at a crossroads

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MLK’s Greatness Wasn’t in His Dreams, but in His Ability To Seize the Moment

Why Hollywood gets social movements wrong: They are not the work of messy, failed organizations or misbegotten armies

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Six Children’s Books for Martin Luther King Day

From picture books to graphic novels, great reads for all ages

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Ferguson on the Hudson

Why the anti-Semitism present in other recent protests almost kept me from this important one

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Should Jewish Judges Recuse Themselves From Cases Involving Palestinian Terrorism?

Parallels, and precedents, in recusal cases based on race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation

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Honoring Jewish Civil Rights Workers in NYC

On a city block named for three activists killed during Freedom Summer

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How the Ghosts of the Holocaust Haunted the 1960s, But Quietly

The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’

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Israel Expands Law of Return to Include Interfaith Gay Couples

Non-Jews can now make aliyah with their Jewish, same-sex spouses

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FBI Burglars Break Their Silence in New Film

Activists behind 1971 break-in that exposed government surveillance tell all

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Why Didn’t FDR Help European Jews? Hints in His Decision To Intern Japanese Americans

Now, 70 years after the Supreme Court upheld the internment of civilians in WWII, it may revisit the ruling

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The Power of a Circle: Standing Hand-in-Hand to Overcome Discrimination

Listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1958 speech at my synagogue, and you’ll understand how his words continue to inspire activism

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How a Jewish Sportswriter Introduced White America to Black College Football

In his new book ‘Breaking the Line,’ Sam Freedman recounts the history of a 1968 documentary that helped break color barriers

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Is Jewish Control Over the Slave Trade a Nation of Islam Lie or Scholarly Truth?

When Louis Farrakhan says, ‘You need to get this book,’ he means an insidious 1991 title whose claims to scholarship echo today

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Gospel Music’s Jewish Genius

The Fan Who Knew Too Much collects Anthony Heilbut’s essays on politics, culture, and gospel music

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General Frenemy

In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued an order expelling all Jews from his territory. Turns out, that was a good thing. Historian Jonathan Sarna explains.

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Road Rage

Neo-Nazi couple ‘adopts’ a Delaware highway

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Missing

An Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum underscores the children’s book author and illustrator’s striking ambivalence about his Jewishness

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Foreplay

A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.

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Don’t Stop Believing

The good lessons in this week’s Torah portion, and Jack Black’s advice on what to do with the bad lessons.

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Little Boxes

How Jews both segregated and integrated Levittown

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Solomon’s Son

Half a century ago, Albie Sachs sat defiantly on a bench designated “for non-whites only.” Today he sits on South Africa’s highest court.