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In Pittsburgh, Hard Questions Unsettle a Somber Commemoration

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.

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It’s Time to Lock Your Synagogue’s Doors

American Jews aren’t threatened by their synagogues turning into fortresses, they’re threatened by armed anti-Semites walking in through open doors

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Pittsburgh, One Year Later

Episode 201: Revisiting the Tree of Life massacre, speaking with survivors, and pondering Jewish notions of vengeance

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Facebook’s Hate Speech Policy and the ‘Mystery of Elche’

A medieval Spanish passion play brings an ancient stereotype into the networked 21st century. Should the social media giant ban it from its platform?

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When the Destruction of the Temple Isn’t an Abstract Historical Event

On the first Tisha B’Av after the Pittsburgh massacre, understanding the horror of destruction—and the possibility of renewed joy

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Rethinking Conversion

Unfortunately, we’ve lost sight of how best to welcome newcomers to Judaism

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Justice Wecht Breaks Judicial Silence on Anti-Semitism

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

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Why We Need to Do More to Fight Islamophobia

After the Christchurch massacre, time to double down on partnerships and inclusion

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Building Bridges at Passover

A new initiative aims to fight anti-Semitism one Seder at a time

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The Joy of Purim

What the holiday can teach us about fighting evil in our midst

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Anti-Semitism and Orthodoxy in the Age of Trump

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

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Cops Don’t Make All Jews Feel Safer

Our synagogues need a police presence that makes all of us feel safe—including those who are terrified of police

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Message From a Yiddish Werewolf

A 1920s epic poem about fear, and Jewish vulnerability, that could have been about 1944—or 2018

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The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

Is American anti-Semitism really distinctive from that of other diaspora countries? Just how worried should we be?

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The First Shabbat After Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh

Our last dispatch from a city that is still in shock

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The Squirrel Hill Diaspora 

Jewish Pittsburghers living around the world struggle to process the synagogue attack while far from the city they love

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A Booklist for Non-Jewish Kids and Parents

The Association of Jewish Libraries has suggestions in the wake of Pittsburgh

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Shiva in Pittsburgh

The shivas are packed, and like the funerals, people from every conceivable Jewish background are on hand

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A Psalm for Pittsburgh

Finding words in liturgy to cope with tragedy

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The Roots of American Anti-Semitism

The Christian Identity movement, white supremacy, and the future of homegrown anti-Jewish terror

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My Pittsburgh, My Squirrel Hill

I grew up in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I mean that literally.

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Their Bloods Cry Out From the Ground

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

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Anti-Semitism Is a Conspiracy Theory

Anti-Semitism is different from other kinds of bigotry and to confront it we have to understand why

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Talking to Kids About Pittsburgh

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.

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Burying the Victims of the Pittsburgh Massacre

Through funerals and protests, stories and memories about the lives of the people killed rise through the chaos in Squirrel Hill

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In a Tragedy Always Look for the Helpers

A rabbi rushes to Pittsburgh looking for ways to help and finds that he is one of many

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The Funeral of David and Cecil Rosenthal

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’

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The Pittsburgh Principles

Wondering what to do in the aftermath of the horrendous attack on the Tree of Life synagogue? Just look to the city of steel.

 

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Stop Erasing the Jewish Victims of Anti-Semitic Violence

Why do so many Americans seem uncomfortable with the particular nature of the attack—its apparent motive, its specific victims—in Pittsburgh?

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Correcting the ADL’s False Anti-Semitism Statistic

The spread of misleading information on hate crimes is counterproductive in the fight against real and rising anti-Semitism

 

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