The community’s leaders wanted the ceremony commemorating the Tree of Life massacre to be free of politics and conflict. One rabbi, and many congregants, felt differently.
American Jews aren’t threatened by their synagogues turning into fortresses, they’re threatened by armed anti-Semites walking in through open doors
Episode 201: Revisiting the Tree of Life massacre, speaking with survivors, and pondering Jewish notions of vengeance
A medieval Spanish passion play brings an ancient stereotype into the networked 21st century. Should the social media giant ban it from its platform?
On the first Tisha B’Av after the Pittsburgh massacre, understanding the horror of destruction—and the possibility of renewed joy
Unfortunately, we’ve lost sight of how best to welcome newcomers to Judaism
A sitting American justice from the state of the Pittsburgh massacre speaks out on First Amendment rights, Christchurch, and the dangers of a pivotal moment in our history
After the Christchurch massacre, time to double down on partnerships and inclusion
A new initiative aims to fight anti-Semitism one Seder at a time
What the holiday can teach us about fighting evil in our midst
How religious Judaism helps shield the American president’s disparagement of globalism, cosmopolitanism, and other features of progressive secular Jewry from claims of anti-Semitism
Our synagogues need a police presence that makes all of us feel safe—including those who are terrified of police
A 1920s epic poem about fear, and Jewish vulnerability, that could have been about 1944—or 2018
Is American anti-Semitism really distinctive from that of other diaspora countries? Just how worried should we be?
Our last dispatch from a city that is still in shock
Jewish Pittsburghers living around the world struggle to process the synagogue attack while far from the city they love
The Association of Jewish Libraries has suggestions in the wake of Pittsburgh
The shivas are packed, and like the funerals, people from every conceivable Jewish background are on hand
Finding words in liturgy to cope with tragedy
The Christian Identity movement, white supremacy, and the future of homegrown anti-Jewish terror
I grew up in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I mean that literally.
The team tasked with the ritual preparation of the bodies of the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre lean on thousands of years of Jewish martyrdom
Anti-Semitism is different from other kinds of bigotry and to confront it we have to understand why
Age-appropriate but honest conversations, and even children’s books, can help you talk about what happened, and why. Here are some resources for parents.
Through funerals and protests, stories and memories about the lives of the people killed rise through the chaos in Squirrel Hill
A rabbi rushes to Pittsburgh looking for ways to help and finds that he is one of many
The brothers, victims of the horrific attack in Pittsburgh, weren’t just the greeters at Tree of Life, they were ‘the righteous people of this generation—and now everybody knows’
Wondering what to do in the aftermath of the horrendous attack on the Tree of Life synagogue? Just look to the city of steel.
Why do so many Americans seem uncomfortable with the particular nature of the attack—its apparent motive, its specific victims—in Pittsburgh?
The spread of misleading information on hate crimes is counterproductive in the fight against real and rising anti-Semitism